Tiled Staircases

By Kate Riley June 7, 2016

Hey everyone! This week I’m working hard on the house we’re renovating, I’m also taking a few hours between jobs to soak up the sun since this is the official first week of summer for me. I’m making a list of future projects and one I’m dying to complete is to remove the carpet on the stairs in this entry and replace it with wood treads and tile risers, I absolutely love the look.

Years ago I photographed beautiful Spanish tiled staircases in Santa Barbara on a coastal California road trip. There in that amazing beach destination you’ll spy tiled staircases all around the town, in the hotels and also in residential bungalows.

Tiled staircases are always at home in a Mediterranean or Mission style home, however it’s a detail that can enhance other styles as well as the images below reveal.

 patterned tile staircase

weglarz design

 green moroccan tiled staircase

project inspo

 tile staircase

my domaine

 tiled risers

camille stiles

 blue tiled staircase


 brown and white tiled staircase wood treads

brown design inc

 spanish style tiled risers

norman design group

The tile on the risers need not be traditional as this staircase demonstrates with its modern herringbone mosaic.

 herringbone tiled staircase

mike schaap builders

With patience and a steady hand, the look can be achieved with stencils.

 stenciled stair risers


You can also mimic the look with strips of wallpaper like with this clever application.

 tiled wallpapered staircase


Another easy way to decorate your stair risers is with removable decals. Several online shops offer removable tile lookalike decals to get the look without the cost or labor of actual tiles.

 blue and white tile decals on staircase


 Three more sources on Etsy:

tile staircase decals

decoskins / stickdecor / alegria

I’ll be back on Friday with another roundup, see you then!


Father’s Day Gift Ideas from Etsy

By Kate Riley June 6, 2016

Hello friends, welcome to another week! After wrapping up another school year I took it easy at home playing with my nephews and watching the Stanley Cup and NBA Championship since two Bay Area teams are battling it out right now. Now that summer has arrived my focus is on keeping those kids entertained! They have a few camps coming up and we will be taking a few trips as well.

It dawned on me that Father’s Day is less than two weeks away so I went in search of something special and I love to browse Etsy for unique gifts from small businesses. Here are a few I found that may help you find something special for a husband, father, uncle or grandpa.

Leather Apple watch bands from Choice Cuts.

 apple watch band

Magnetic bottle opener from Drop Catch.

 drop catch

Monogramed grilling set from Frederick Engraving.

 grill set