Posts Tagged ‘Installation Contest’

11 Ways to Go Green in your Kitchen and Bathroom

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Follow these simple steps to an environmentally-conscious home:


1. Fix a drip.
Drip, drop, drip, drop. That leak in the bathroom sink is not just annoying. It’s costing you loads of cash in water and energy bills and wasted gallons. Get it fixed ASAP, and if you can’t get the plumber scheduled right away, use this old trick: Tie a string on the faucet and allow the drops to dribble silently down into a cup or small bowl. Use the collected H2O to water your houseplants.

2. Get clean.
Avoid using harsh chemical cleaners in favor of natural cleansers (soap, water, vinegar, baking soda). You’ll do a favor for the environment and yourself.

3. Be water wise.
Low-flow toilets have come a long way. New models max out at 1.6 gallons of water per flush, but the very latest models can use even less.

4. Be water wise some more.
Tankless water heaters are a great energy saver. There’s no reason to keep a giant tank of heated water at your beck and call all day and night. Bonus tip: Go the extra mile when you turn on the shower by placing a bucket or other container under the showerhead. In the few moments it takes for the water to heat up, you can gather enough for the dog’s bowl and the houseplants. Don’t waste a drop!

5. Smell Sweet.
Cut down on harmful chemicals and gasses released into your home by using low- or no-VOC paints when giving the bath, or any other room, a fresh color.


6. Be water smart.
A simple hardware store doo-dad called an aerator on your kitchen (or bath) faucet cuts down on water consumption, sacrificing very little if any water pressure. For less than $15, you can install one of these yourself and save up to 500 gallons per year.

7. Vent a little.
Proper ventilation in the cooktop hood of your kitchen keeps bills down and air quality up.

8. Think small.
The kitchen is the energy gobbler of the home. If you’re planning a remodel, building new, or just replacing an old appliance, remember that bigger isn’t always better. In addition to looking for energy-efficiency ratings on your new purchase, consider going for a smaller model that uses less energy to begin with. Bonus tip: New drawer-style dishwashers help cut back on water use for smaller loads.

9. Lighten Up.
Opening up a kitchen with skylights and windows that allow natural sunlight to stream in not only helps your mood stay perky, it is a natural, free way to light your space. No budget to add windows? At least let the light in by removing heavy, lightblocking window treatments.

10. Divide and Conquer.
Dedicate a little space for recycling bins or bags to make living green convenient for the whole family. You can purchase color-coded units with separate compartments and lids, or create your own recycling center with inexpensive bins from the home center or discount store.

11. Go, greens!

Try your hand at going green by growing herbs or salad greens in the kitchen. Bringing in a natural element adds some coziness to your home’s busiest room, and naturally cleans the air you breathe. (And of course, nothing beats adding your own fresh basil to that pasta at the dinner table.


Written by: Suzanne Morrissey


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diy project: sculptural paper orb lights

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

I found this great diy project via Design Sponge. It is inexpensive, creative and the results are simply fabulous! I will be making my own this weekend, so excited! =)


  • 100–125  white standard-sized paper cupcake liners
  • 100–125  vertically striped petit fours papers
  • (1) 18–20″ white paper lantern
  • hot glue gun
  • 1 Hemma Cord from IKEA (for lighting) ($3.99)


1. Assemble the lantern and place it top up in a wide, shallow bowl to act as a base.

2. Put a small dot of hot glue on the backside of a white cupcake liner. Starting about 1/2″ in from the wire ring at the top of the lantern, place the cupcake liner on the lantern and press until it is attached.

3. Continue around the ring, spacing the papers so that the circular bases are approximately 1″ apart, allowing the outer edges to merge and shape.

4. Apply the cupcake papers around the lantern in rings until you are 3/4 of the way down, and then flip the lantern over and gently place it back in the bowl, top side down.

5. Complete the underside, and fill in the bottom so that the papers cover the base opening.

6. Begin applying the petite fours papers, centering them inside each white paper. Three-quarters of the way up the lantern, flip it top side up. Complete the top side.

7. Go back through, gently manipulating the outer papers to the desired shape. I kept mine fairly organic.

8. Drop a light in, and voila!

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Frosted Blanco Kitchen Installation!

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Thank you to my good client Chappy from Corte Madera, CA for sending me these beautiful shots of his kitchen remodel.  Chappy used the Frosted Blanco 3″ x 6″ Subway Tile as a backsplash and it looks so chic! This project is one of our finalists for the quarterly installation contest, have you submitted your pictures yet? Time is running out!

Frosted Blanco 3" x 6" Subway Tile Backsplash

Frosted Blanco 3" x 6" Subway Backsplash

Frosted Blanco 3" x 6" Subway Backsplash

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March Newsletter

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Weave Glass Tile

This month we added the new Weave Glass Tiles and are awaiting your photo contest submissions! Check out the March Newletter and get your  free design advice!

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Are you the January Winner?

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Lotus Backsplash Tile

It’s almost time to pick the new Photo Contest winners!

We had so much fun seeing all the amazing installations you sent us last time! And we can’t wait to pick the 3 new winners! To enter just send us pictures of your installation looking amazing and we will give you money to spend at Design For Less!  (See last quarters winners here)

The rules are simple…

  • All pictures must be original and not previously submitted for a Design For Less promotion.
  • The products in the project photos must have been purchased by the submitter from Design For Less with valid order number.

The prize is attractive…

  • 1st Prize:  $200 Design For Less Gift Certificate
  • 2nd Prize: $100 Design For Less Gift Certificate
  • 3rd Prize:  $50 Design For Less Gift Certificate

Submitting is easy…

  • Email your photo(s) to
  • Include your name, address, and phone number in the email so that we can contact you if you win!

A little hint…
If you remove any extra items from your counters and take the picture during the day when the light is natural, this will get you a picture right out of Home and Garden.  Young House Love has a great how-to on taking beautiful pictures of your house.

If you are done with your remodel and do not think you can use the gift certificate we would love to see your pictures anyways.  It is always a treat seeing the final look of the projects.  You can also pass the discount on to a family member or friend.

Good luck and we look forward to your submissions!

Because of the holiday we are extending the submission cut off date till January 7th.  But the contest runs quarterly so keep the installations coming!

See videos of some of our favorite installations.

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Sealing the Ipe Deck Tiles

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

It was great to finally be able to let all the contest winners know that they won last week.  Everyone was thrilled and ready to get started on their next projects.  When the owner of that beautiful Ipe Deck got back to me she sent me a picture of her newly sealed deck and I had to share.  They said they had sealed the deck tiles and were loving it even more.  “Wishing summer never ended…”

Here is what the tile looked like before it was sealed.

Deck Tile Floor

Deck Tile Floor

The tiles look great natural like this but all hard woods will silver over time if you do not seal them.  Which means that these warm tones will start to fade and grey a little.  Some people choose not to seal the tile and let them take their natural course.  But if you want to make sure you retain those warm tones or enhance them you are going to want to seal the tiles.

This is what the tiles look like after they were sealed.

Sealed Ipe Deck Tiles

Sealed Ipe Deck Tiles

As you can see they have richer color and look much more finished.  Now it won’t stay this way forever and you will need to reseal depending on your climate and the look you want to achieve.  As a general recommendation you should reseal every year with Cabot Stain Australian Timber Oil.  Others that we have had good results with are Messmers Exotic Hardwood sealer and Penofin hardwood sealer (brown can) these color tints add UV protection to the wood and make the sealer last longer.  You can read about more deck tile maintenance here.

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Fall Photo Contest Winners!

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Wow this was a really tough one… There were so many amazing installation we wish we could give everyone a prize!  But there were 3 that really stood out to us and we had to pick them.

The First Place winner is this beautiful Lotus Fusion and Bali Black bathroom.  These two tiles look so amazing together!  And with everything else in the bathroom.  It all comes together effortlessly.

Lotus Bali Black Bathroom

Lotus Bali Black Bathroom

The Lotus Fusion is showcased beautifully next to the white sinks and counter top.

Lotus Bali Black Bathroom

Lotus Bali Black Bathroom

Especially nice is the Bali Black on the bathroom floor.  It looks like they might have used a sealer with an enhancer to darken the stone which looks even more striking with the light grout color.  This pictures also shows how great lighting can really make a room.

Lotus Bali Black Bathroom

Lotus Bali Black Bathroom

Second place went to this amazing Ipe deck tile installation.  Ok, we have to admit that we may have been mesmerized by the view almost more than the tile.  But we couldn’t think of a better complement to that view than the Ipe Deck Tiles.  In the mist of so many buildings the natural look and feel of Ipe wood is the perfect complement.

Ipe Deck Tile Installation

Ipe Deck Tile Installation

Ipe tiles also have the same fire rating as concrete which make it the only deck tile you can use on patios and rooftops in New York buildings.

Deck Tile Floor

Deck Tile Floor

Third place goes to this luminous Stainless Steel Circle kitchen.  The Stainless Circles are a unique tile and this kitchen shows how fun they can be!

Stainless Steel Circles Kitchen

Stainless Steel Circles Kitchen

Stainless Steel Circles Kitchen

Stainless Steel Circles Kitchen

We loved her choice of grout color as well.  You get all the tile and minimal lines.  It looks amazing!

Stainless Steel Circles Kitchen

Stainless Steel Circles Kitchen

Can’t wait to see what you guys do with your winnings!

Thank you to everyone who entered their photos!

The next winners will be picked in January. You can enter at

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