Peaceful Remodeling, Part 2


Today we continue our two-part series on how to keep peaceful during a remodeling project. Make sure to read part 1 first!

Healthy Outlets

Be sure to find a healthy outlet to vent frustrations to keep your relationships healthy. Maybe it’s a sprint up and down your street, preferably not in heels. Maybe it’s time with punching bag in the garage, or a late night trip to the gym to sweat it out. A phone call or coffee date with a friend. Find what works for you.

Positivity

Sometimes a project can feel like it’s coming off the rails and nothing is going right. But the truth is, something positive can always be found. Keep a record of life’s good things in a notes app in your phone or in a small notebook kept in your purse or car. Track the positives in life on the go to keep them in the forefront of your mind.

Stay Strong & Healthy

Maintain your exercise routine—or start one. Even if you shorten it for a period of time, you’ll benefit from the energy it provides.  Make healthy diet choices. This will be challenging if your kitchen is non-functional. You’ll need to be creative in finding ways to prepare meals without the use of appliances, or choose the healthiest options on the menu if fast-food is your choice.

 

Give some energy and intention into adding these ideas into your life during your remodel and your inner life and your relationships will benefit. Remember, in the end, it’s our relationships that matter the most, and you’ll want to enjoy your beautiful new space together knowing you worked hard along the way to value the peace you share together.

 

If in our daily life we can smile,

if we can be peaceful and happy,

not only we, but everyone will profit from it.

This is the most basic kind of peace work.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

 

We wish you the best with your remodel! Let us know in the comments if you’ve found success in maintaining peace in your life with any of these ideas.

Peaceful Remodeling, Part 1

Remodeling can be the antithesis of peace. It can seem like everything in life is thrown into disarray. Even if you’re a highly organized planner, mishaps like delays and mistakes are unavoidable. Everything in your home that normally has a place, is moved and messes feel constant. Your normally busy schedule is made busier as you juggle all the details involved in scheduling work, and the giant number of decisions to be made.

When you feel the internal strain of change, you’re more likely to experience external strain in your relationships. Since your home is meant to be a place of peace and rest for you and your loved ones, you’ll benefit from some intentional work on your part to find ways of obtaining peace.

Work to include the following ideas:

 

Breathe

The Navy Seals are trained in a way of breathing to keep their bodies and minds sharp through intense periods of stress. It’s called box breathing. Here’s how to do it:

Inhale to a count of 5, hold for a count of 5, exhale to the same 5 count and hold again for 5.  You can start at 3 if this is too challenging, or add time if too easy.  You should be uncomfortable on the exhale, and be forced to fill the entirely of your lung capacity on the inhale.

Step Outside

Even better—do this form of breathing while outside. Step away from the office, or the mess of your space-in-progress and get the benefit of fresh air and sunshine to revive your body and spirit.

Meditation

Even if you take three minutes every day to be still and quiet your mind, you’ll reap the benefit of added peace. This can be a time when you practice the breathing technique above.

We will continue our ideas in Peaceful Remodeling, part 2.  Look for it soon!  In the meantime, continue to practice the relaxation methods detailed above.

 

Riding the Waves of Trend in Home Decor

For some people, following trends in home decor can cause some anxiety. Maybe you feel like you’re always trying to “keep up” or “fit in”, like you’re constantly trying to force your house into certain appropriate looks? Maybe you’re worried those red chairs you loved a year ago are out of style because red is totally “out” and nowhere to be found in stores. If this sounds like you, we’d love to help you overcome this and find joy in decorating, rather than stress. We think decorating can be a fun, fulfilling pursuit, one that helps bring out your creative, playful side and not something to resent or feel like you “should” be doing.

First of all, let’s get some healthy perspective on trend. Trend is marketplace. Trend is economy. It’s not remotely personal and does not have to be tied to how you express yourself in your living environment. Your home is yours and is as unique as your own personality and the way your family is made up. If you feel like trend is something that needs to be kept up with and followed constantly, then please free yourself from this thought.

Think about trend like a wave that you can choose to jump on and ride if it looks good to you. If it doesn’t look like a good wave in your opinion, just wait for the next wave. In the meantime, keep playing in the water with abandon! Enjoy the sun and the feel of the waves surrounding you.

The key is being confident in your own style and embracing what you really love. For some, this can be hard to pin-point because we are bombarded such a variety and quantity of images and products to choose from. Shopping for one item becomes an exercise in avoiding distraction. If you tend to be drawn to one particular style, embrace that style, even if you think it’s not “on trend”. You can still be stylish and not follow the trends. Or, maybe you can’t pick one style you like because you like such a variety of looks. Embrace that eclectic spirit and collect a beautiful variety of things you love in your home.

You’ll find when your home expresses who you are, people will notice and see beauty there. Just as you are inspired by a friend who exudes confidence in who they are—as you embrace your own preferences and become more confident in your own style, you’ll radiate that confidence and others will notice the beauty you’ve created around you.

So, go play in the waves and don’t worry about following trends. But don’t hesitate to jump on a wave that looks good to you—but only if YOU really want to. And if you still love the red chairs—keep them–because your love of them is more important than any trend.

We’d love to hear from you in the comments—do you enjoy following trends, or do you avoid them?

Pop Art

Pop art became popular in the 50’s as a reaction to traditional art. It uses imagery from popular culture such as advertising, news, comic books, and mundane objects and then isolates, removes the object from its context, or combines it with unrelated material to make a statement. At the heart of pop art, it is more of a reactionary art, not focusing on originality but rather taking something that already exists to make a statement.

 

Pop art can be a great way to add a modern touch to your own space. If you have brick walls in a room, pop art will stand out beautifully against the traditional medium. Look for pieces with bright colors, think Andy Warhol’s Campbell or Marilyn Monroe.

 

If you are trying to find the right furniture for your space and it has dark walls and floors a pop of color with a piece of bright furniture is another way to bring a pop art feel to your space. A brightly colored couch accented with bright pillows and a smaller complimentary piece of artwork will brighten up your space.

 

Speaking of a “pop of color”, in a space with many neutral tones, one way to spice up your room is to choose a singular bright color and add touches of it throughout the room. Think throw pillows, vases, blankets, and artwork, spreading the color throughout the room.

 

If your room is decidedly modern, with glass and metals commanding much of the room, with crisp lines and strong neutrals leading the way, pop art will compliment this style while adding color and interest. Try focusing on a single color to lead with and from there choose artwork and accents that will set your room apart.

 

Another way to showcase your pop art in a room is to choose one wall and paint it with a striking color that works with the artwork you intend to hang. This will provide you with the perfect backdrop with which to showcase your pieces. Hang them sporadically to add visual interest to your room. Together, they are sure to impress.

 

These are just a couple of ways you can add pop art to your space. Be creative with it.  The key to pop art is not what will match, because often the most interesting and successful designs incorporate pieces that you wouldn’t imagine would coordinate – in the end their stark differences are the key to their integration.

Need Some Inspiration For Your Shower?

The shower.  This has the potential to be the most relaxing place in your home — a place to unwind, let go of your day, or energize for the day to come.  Then why do many people neglect this small but incredibly important portion of the home?  

Simply due to the size, showers are a rewarding area to renovate.  Small square footage allows a homeowner to splurge and use their imagination in ways that might not be practical in larger rooms. The addition of stone or tile in the shower is quickly rewarded and continues to be rewarding every day.   Who wouldn’t want to want this luxury in a space where so much time is spent?

Our design specialists at Westside Tile and Stone can help explain your options and offer advice on the newest bathroom tiles in our deluxe showroom. With years of experience remodeling bathrooms, our experts have seen ideas come to life and can offer first hand knowledge of design ideas that have worked and others that proved to be less than stunning.

The pictures displayed below are for visual purposes only. We do not take credit for installing any of these installations since we are a retail store. These pictures have been gathered in order to display the how masterful tile installers are able to properly install tile in showers and achieve a tremendous result. The materials shown in the pictures below are available for display in our showroom.  See many more installations on our Shower Inspiration page!  

Master Monochromatic Décor

Decorating monochromatically is not as hard as it may seem. For one thing there is only one color to deal with, so that eliminates coordinating other colors. A monochromatic space should be used in a sophisticated space rather than a space designed for children.

It is a common misconception that monochromatic means decorating with all white or all cream. Monochromatic means one color and decorating in this manner means using varying shades and tints of that color. For example, red could be the chosen color and you would complete the look by incorporating different shades and tints of red from dark red to pink.

A monochromatic space can become boring very quickly if you are not careful. Make sure you have a very select few accents of colors. The accents should be small and understated. For instance if you are decorating a space and the monochromatic color choice is ivory, then add a plant with ivory blooms. The green in the stem and leaves will add a small amount of accent color. Select art in the chosen color, but make sure there are small amounts of other colors as well.

Layers are a must in order to successfully pull off a monochromatic scheme. Accomplish this by using different textures in textiles and wall coverings. Without layers the scheme can quickly turn monotonous.

Don’t be afraid to use a powerful, bright color in monochromatic schemes. Play with the intensity of different shades of that color and take risks. Using understated tones of a dramatic color is how this look is pulled off successfully.

If you have any questions about how you can integrate this color scheme into your home, feel free to visit one of our locations or contact us.  We are always happy to help!

A Look at Our Collections: Alyse Edwards

Alyse Edwards tile and natural stone line features a very broad line of absolutely stunning tiles, mosaics, and decorative borders. And the best part, they are very competitively priced. We are proud to be one of the few dealers in Southern California to offer Alyse Edwards’ line of tile and stone treatments, contact our showroom today for more information.  Enjoy the images below!

Stone Introduction

Choosing the right stone for your home can be a difficult decision to make. If this is your first time working with stone as a material, you are bound to have many questions regarding what each type has to offer in terms of practicality and style. Here we will go through several of our offerings to help you make the right decision for your home no matter what the project.

 

One type of stone we offer is granite and this material is great to use for countertops in kitchens or bathrooms.  The various coloring and striations that make each slab of granite unique add beauty and dimension to your countertops. Granite is very durable and because of this, is great for high traffic areas such as kitchens or bathrooms. When properly sealed they are also stain resistant and can last for many years as the centerpiece of your room. It is important to keep up with sealing your granite countertops to ensure they retain their luster and beauty.

 

Sandstone is another material we offer and the natural look, with texture and coloring ranging from dark to light, can make a great addition to your home. Because of it’s porous nature it lends itself to an authentic earth inspired design. It is a great way to highlight your room with flooring or tile on your walls.

 

Slate tile is great for its versatility. You can find a wide variety of slate colors and textures to fit your needs. It can be uniform for a more formal approach. You can also use different colors and sizes to create visual interest in your room by creating a mosaic. You can even create geometric patters and designs with slate to help build a beautiful backsplash for your kitchen.

 

Marble can make any countertop stand out and it can also make for beautiful flooring. The strands of color that seem to dance through the stone make it a graceful addition to any kitchen or bathroom. You can find it in a variety of colors on our website and with the right choice of marble you can create timeless, classic looks with our marble selection.

 

Head to our website and under the stone section you can preview our selection of all four of these beautiful stone choices.

Happy Holidays from Westside Tile!

May your holidays be relaxing, happy and filled with fun!

A Look at Our Collections: AKDO

We are presenting a series on our various collections at Westside Tile.  The beauty and individuality of each collection is one to be experienced separately.  Our first collection is AKDO.  Look for more collections soon!

AKDO has been importing the very best natural stone slabs, tiles and handcrafted mosaics for nearly two decades.
AKDO offers an incredible collection of natural stone tiles, slabs, mosaics and specialty stone in an unrivaled variety of colors and patterns. Their products are ideally suited for aesthetic-focused interiors, including residential, hospitality, and commercial environs.