DIY Fabric Floor Mat

By Kate Riley February 10, 2016

For the longest time I had a cotton stripe runner from Dash & Albert under my sink, over the years it got soiled so I need to have it cleaned. Meanwhile I was looking for something vibrant and colorful, I thought of just buying another rug but instead opted to sew a fabric floor mat with some outdoor fabric I spied on sale at Joann Fabrics.

I used a yoga mat as an insert to make the floor mat thicker and softer underfoot and I love the fun palm print with a tropical vibe, it’s a much welcome color injection in my kitchen in my favorite shades of blue and green.

 diy floor mat under sink

 diy fabric floor mat

To make a fabric floor mat, all you need is 1 ½ to 2 yards of canvas or outdoor fabric (the length depends on if you want a runner size or something smaller), thread, and an inexpensive thin yoga mat to fit inside.

Tile Crushes

By Kate Riley February 9, 2016

The past few days have been filled with parental obligations – my son had an important school project due which required my support and we also hosted a big birthday party for my daughter yesterday. I sent them both off to school smiling today but then remembered, oh yes the blog, I better get back to that! :) We’ve had a few days of sunshine (did you see all those shots of the Bay Area during the Superbowl? Beautiful!) and I can almost feel spring in the air, I’m so anxious for it to arrive.

Meanwhile I’ve got my head down on planning a few space makeovers coming later this year and if given the choice, I’d rather spend an hour in a tile showroom than a shoe store. I get lost looking at beautiful tile installations spied around the web and on brand websites.

How striking is this pattern on these 24” floor tiles? One you’d never want to hide under a rug – lovely in a bathroom, dining room, sunroom, where else? Porcelain tile is Frame by Refin Ceramiche.

 patterned floor tile

andrea mclean design

Below a modern pattern with a beautiful curve stands out with dark grout. Modern Ogee Drop by Fireclay Tile.

 modern backsplash fireclay tile

I found this installation interesting, it’s a creative way to install brick pattern subway tile: mix two high contrast tiles in the same size but on diagonally opposite walls. Suprema Mexican Hand Crafted Tile in Slate.

gray white tile medley bathroom

urrutia design

I love this artistic tile installation achieved by rotating different colored diamond parquet tiles in an abstract pattern, so stunning on a focal point wall. Imagine it in your favorite colorway. Tile source unknown.

 abstract geometric tile installation

via design milk

We’ve seen so much white tile with gray grout in the past two years, I love this look in reverse, dark tile with white grout emphasizing the geometric pattern. Tile by LEA.

 black geo tile white grout

apartment therapy

Buffalo horn has such rich chocolate variegated tones, amazing on a floor or wall application. Can you see it wrapping around the checkout counter in a menswear boutique? Horn Porcelain tile from Mission Stone Tile.

horn porcelain tile


Beautiful as a floor tile but stunning as a countertop – you can’t go wrong with this classic geometric shape, the high contrast double hex pattern is so dramatic. Hex Appeal (perfect name) in several colorways by Mission Stone Tile.

 hex tile mission tile

Elongated hexagons are a modern approach to the classic shape, this gray adds pattern and contrast to an all white kitchen. Dwell by Heath Ceramics.

 heath ceramics kitchen backsplash

I’m crushing on iridescent and mother of pearl applications lately, find a few options here.

 irridescent backsplash


Find more gorgeous tile patterns on my Pinterest board. Do you have a favorite tile you’re crushing on? Link to it, I’d love to see it!