My Favorite Things: Part 1

There are some elements of design & decorating that I find myself consistently drawn towards.  I love a combination of items that are warm, timeless, and can be incorporated into a variety of styles.  Here are a few of my favorite things…

Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed WoodI contribute my appreciation of real wood over the faux alternatives to my Dad.  This was instilled in me as a kid “helping” him with projects around the house and has evolved into a true adoration of reclaimed wood.  Whether it comes from an old barn, a park bench, railroad ties, or any other number of places, I don’t think there is anything that can match the beauty of reclaimed wood.  Every scratch, dent and scrape contributes to the character and simply cannot be artificially created.  Reclaimed wood can be transformed into furniture and other design elements that range from rustic to modern, shabby chic to industrial.  Best of all, the story behind the origin of the wood can give meaning to a piece or space that simply can’t be manufactured.  So please, always keep an eye out…that seemingly desolate barn could be a goldmine full of beautiful reclaimed wood ready to be given new life.

Subway Tile

In my opinion there are few things as classic and timeless as white subway tiSubway Tilele.  It can be used for bathrooms, kitchen backsplashes, accent walls and more.  Instead of white being the only option for grout now there are variations of grey and black that can completely transform from the traditional look.  Another option for a twist is adding a band or accent of colored tile to white subway tile (photo).  Added bonuses are that subway tile is readily available at most home improvement stores and is typically a budget friendly option. It may not be the hottest new design trend but I don’t think it will ever be out of style.

Glass Coffee Mugs

Coffee CupThis one may not be as closely related to design but I think it still applies…and I LOVE coffee.  If you look in my kitchen cabinet you will find an assortment of mugs, I’m sure many of you will find the same in your own kitchen.  There may be some mugs tucked away up there that are sentimental and mismatched and you will never get rid of…the same goes for me.  However, my favorite mugs are made of clear class and come in an assortment of sizes and shapes.  The best part is that you can mix and match for a simple and beautiful collection that is a nice touch when serving coffee (or tea, hot chocolate, etc) to guests.  Also, glass coffee mugs are affordable and typically dishwasher & microwave safe.  I purchased mine from Target ranging from about $2-5 dollars each depending on the size.  The best part is that you never have to worry about trying to coordinate with your place settings or serveware because they go with everything!

What are some of your favorite things?

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