It’s starting to feel a lot like spring but I know I’m still a few weeks away, if we are really, really lucky with the weather this year. So instead of trying to take the inside out this month we’ll talk about bringing the outside in. Using organic materials inside a home has been a big trend for the last few years. We’ve painted tree stumps and set them next to a favorite chair or beside the bathtub to naturally hold our towels or a tray of exotic bath salts, we’ve set oversized balls made from driftwood next to the sofa and smaller ones ontop of the coffee table, we’ve hung mirrors adorned with petite sea shells in the foyer and have laid down organic wool area rugs that look as if they are made from tumbled pebbles and have filled our decorative vases with knarled boughs from the orchard but now we are taking the organic movement one step further by bringing the exterior building materials inside as well.
Looking through the pages of your favorite design porn, you’ll undoubtedly start to notice rock and natural stone being used more frequently on interior walls in addition to the exterior walls of a home. I love this look of rough natural textures as a back drop for sleek leather furniture, long sensual shags, faux fur rugs and glass and metal table tops. Wow, what a wall finish. I’ve been waiting to bring this look into my own home for a while and last weekend my husband finally had a little time to start covering the walls with my stone blocks. I ordered three different sizes of granite blocks to be made 13×13, 18×18 and 20×20. Not only was the stone cut in three different sizes but it was also cut with varying thickness-from half inch to three inches. Masonry wall art! This is something that I would have expected to see at a chic hotel or public building but these finishes are on their way home. From luxury villas to modest suburban homes look for designers and builders to start showing off fabulous stone feature walls.
Although I chose geometric patterned stone walls for my personal home, we are currently working on a show home that will feature a more natural round stone feature in the dining room. Brick cut, au natural round or geometric it’s all about the texture. As you know rock also comes in a variety of colours to work with any palette, I went for grey granite to work with my palette of concrete, rich espresso browns, white and blue but in the show home we are working with a travertine coloured stone to work with our palette of olive, black, grey and mushroom.
Can I do this work myself? Absolutely as long as you have a wet saw that is able to cut through the stone, although you can also consider using cultured stone. It’s also heavy work, I got a great work out last weekend carrying all the stone pieces to the wall. Besure to chat with your local concrete supplier and let them know the details of your project so that they can supply you with the right cement to hold the stone on the wall. Now that’s fabulous living!
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Wouldn’t you love to walk into a space and have the light turn on automatically? I love this idea and recently changed the light in our powder room to be motioned sensored. Its easy to do, all you need is a motion sensored light switch (the sensor is imbedded into the actual light switch which is available at you local do it center). A great idea for laundry rooms, powder rooms and even closet spaces.