5 Questions to Ask When You Decide Tile over Tile?

I get you. It is going to be a really big mess if you decide to demolish the original tile flooring.  And you might  do some research work and find out that it is possible to install tile over tile. Well, based on the guideline of ANSI A108 — the Installation Standard Specification for Ceramic Tile, the  general requirements for tile installations, A108.02 4.1.1 states:

“All surfaces shall be structurally sound, clean, dry and free of oily or waxy films and all foreign matter.  Concrete surfaces shall be free of form oil, curing compound laitance, and cracks.”

That  said, there are still conditions that you are able install tile over tile, but here are 5 questions you need to answer before you take this strategy:

  • Did the old installation fail?
  • If so, what was the cause of failure?
  • Was it an installation or structural problem?
  • If it was properly installed, is the membrane still well adhered and able to perform its job to support the new installation?
  • Did it survive the demolition process intact?

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Elegant in Red

 

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Nicole Kidman arrived Emmy Awards last Sunday in a a Calvin Klein By Appointment grenadine silk gazar pleated bodice dress by Raf Simons. The gown was paired with Calvin Klein 205W39NYC pink satin sandals with asymmetrical crystal straps.  She looked absolutely elegant and stunning in color of red.  Red is the color of energy,  strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love.  When paired with pink,  red create warmth, vibration,  excitement and romance  in both fashion and interiors .    It’s intriging, elegant, fashionable, ladylike and timeless.

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the Romance of Pink and Red

Here are more photos for pink and red paring in fashion:

 

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Edgy yet elegant
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the queen

 

Let’s look at pink and red pairing in interiors:

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Everyday Romance

 

 

 

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Fresh, fashionable, modern and ladylike
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Vintage and romantic
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Glamours and romantic

 

 

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the story-telling

Enjoy!

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2018 Home Color Trends I

Today is the last day of August!  Time just flies so fast.  It seems we just welcomed  2017 yesterday.   Then there are only 4 months to go for 2017.  Maybe it is a good time to reflect a little bit and look ahead to see what’s new and what excited next year.   From today, we will blog home and color trends of 2018 from different painting companies and home decor brands.

Dunn Edwards predicates that 2018 is about celebrations, individuality, tech, digital,  finding happiness in small things, etc…

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Restyling—Before & After

 

It’s summer time.  Wouldn’t you agree with me that there is always a lot of fun   to change a little bit here and there in home ?  Truly, life is really about living every day beautifully.  For this restyling project in the video, we did several changes:

  1. change the wall color to millennium pink;
  2. change the drapery;
  3. change the carpet
  4. add tray on the ottoman;
  5. add flowers on the side table.

 

 

Enjoy!

 

Getaway

 

Hope you enjoy your 4th July holiday.  Here is ours by the poolside.  The fabric,  decorative pillows, outdoor draped daybeds and lounge chairs really put us in a relaxing mood.  Maybe you can get some inspirations to dress up your poolside.

 

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Pretty in Pink

What is your Wednesday mood?  We are in the mood for some hot pink because it’s chic, warm, pretty, elegant, feminine and energizing.

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Happy Wednesday!

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Weekend Brunch Tabletop

It’s fun, fun, fun to host our own Sunday brunch at home because we can control what we put in the mouth and specially,  it’s the beginning of the summer time and the weather is so nice.   What we do have a lot now are floras and greeneries.    Peonies are in the season in LA.  So there is no reason not to go big on greenery  and floral table decor. But I rather do them in a very organic and  simple way.   Here is the video we shot for one of our weekend brunch tabletop.

 

I hope you enjoy watching the video.  Here are 3 take-aways for an elegant yet casual tabletop setting:

  1. Have a lot of greeneries accentuated by in-season flowers.
  2. Have a main color theme for the table-setting—we used blue-and-white in the video—the perfect color palette to celebrate the beginning of the summer.
  3. Just schedule time to do it over the weekend.  You are going to enjoy it a lot!

 

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Breakfast Room Before-and-After

From traditional country to modern chic.

Hot Kitchen Design Trends in 2017

We all agree that kitchen is the heart of home.   Today, people treat kitchen more like a new living room, where, besides cooking, they lounge, entertain and host get- together parties.   Therefore, kitchen design has shifted from traditional triangle focus to creating multi-functional zones.

Summer is coming.  A lot of people start to plan kitchen remodeling.  According to NKBA’s 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends Report, here are 10 kitchen trends to watch for.

1. Clean lines, built-ins and simple door styles dominate kitchen designs. Contemporary- styled kitchens will overtake traditional to be the second most popular design after transitional. Emerging: industrial and mid century modern. Mountain modern and coastal are variations on contemporary.

 

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 Credits: Designer: Nar Bustamante. NAR Fine Carpentry Inc., Carmichael, CA. Photo: Fred Donha

2. White and gray painted cabinets dominate kitchen color schemes and show no signs of slowing down, especially gray. Blue painted and high gloss cabinets are emerging. For overall color schemes, blue as well as black are emerging.

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Credits: Designer: Cheryl Kees Clendenon. In Detail Interiors, Pensacola, FL. Photo: Greg Riegler

3. Two-toned kitchens are gaining in popularity. Also mixing it up: materials and metals, across surfaces and as accents.

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Credits: Designer: Leslie Lamarre, CKD, CID. Co-Designer: J. Michael McGinn, CID. TRG Architecture + Interior Design, San Mateo, CA. Photo: Bernard Andre

4.While wood cabinets dominate kitchen designs, metal – currently a small segment of the cabinet market – appears to be emerging. Metal cabinets are most frequently specified by younger and male designers.

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Credits: Designer: Sandra Gjesdahl. Co-Designer: Scott Gjesdahl. Bristol Design and Construction, Seattle, WA. Photo: Cory Holland

5.Furniture-look pieces, rollouts, pullouts and under cabinet lighting (LED) are among the most popular kitchen cabinet features. Crown molding is declining. Rustic and reclaimed woods were mentioned.

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Credits: Designer: Gina Bon, CMKBD. Airoom LLC, Lincolnwood, IL. Photo: Cherie Cevantes

 

6.Quartz is the most popular kitchen countertop material, and trending up. Granite, the second most popular countertop material, is trending down.

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Credits: Designer: Dedra Hinano Nahinu, CKD. Co-Designer: J.R. Ludlow, AKBD. Inspiration Interiors, Honolulu, HI. Photo: Augie Salbosa

7. Induction cooktops and convection ovens are trending higher, and microwave drawers are outpacing freestanding or built-in microwaves.

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Credits: Designer: Gladys Schanstra, CKD, CBD. Schanstra Interior Design, Melrose Park, IL. Photo: Eric Hausman

8. Technology in the kitchen is increasing. About one-third of NKBA professionals included wiring and pathways for future tech integration. Also trending: internet connected appliances and docking stations.

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Credits: Designer: Leslie Lamarre, CKD, CID. Co-Designer: J. Michael McGinn, CID. TRG Architecture + Interior Design, San Mateo, CA. Photo: Bernard Andre

9.Interior barn and pocket doors are trending up.

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Credits: Designer: Robin R. Fisher, CMKBD, CAPS. Robin Rigby Fisher Design, Portland, OR. Photo: Dale Lang

10. Accessible and/or universal design features continue to trend up for kitchens.

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Credits:Designer: Cassandra Nordell-MacLean. William Standen Co., Sarnia, ON. Photo: Gerald Mabee

For more NKBA studies on this topic, please click here

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Small Outdoor Living Space Before & After

 

We have 90+ degree weather for several days.  It looks like summer is here.  Well,  the weather in LA is always such a drama.  But with Memorial Day next week and official summer beginning on June 22nd, we know now it’s the great time to plan outdoor living for summer and enjoy nature as much as we can.

Outdoor living space can be large, luxurious and also can be as simple as a  small area that is dedicated to get-together lounging and entertaining.  Although it’s small, there are  always ways to make it interesting.   The outdoor living space we created in the video is French country style featuring with blue-stone circular pavers around the tree, French bistro chairs, teak dining table, wrought iron bench.   The orange fashionable umbrella adds a pop of color while perennial plants such as  ivy, iris, bird paradise lend a romantic feel to the space.

 

 

Enjoy and have a great Sunday!

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