#FARMHOUSEDIALFANO KITCHEN TILE

if you’ve been an instagram follower for awhile, you’ve no doubt seen countless posts + stories where i’ve talked about our desire to add a backsplash to the #farmhousedialfano kitchen. despite our home being from the 1830’s, the kitchen was a more recent addition and therefore we didn’t have to do anything other than some cosmetic and style-related updates. we even kept the paint color {a light blue} + the existing open shelving. but both bill and i always thought something was missing and that my friends, is a killer backsplash. thanks to a partnership with my friends at fireclay tile, it is FINALLY happening. and in just a few weeks! cue the digital fireworks!

i actually feel that backsplash is too small a term because we’ve decided to tile pretty much the entirety of three walls. here’s where we are now here are a few photos that show the areas we’re tiling {excuse the mess but #reallife}. the first photo presented the biggest dilemma when deciding what to tile. the kitchen has a vaulted ceiling with beams {a much-appreciated touch in a house that otherwise has 7 and 8’ tall ceilings}. i went back and forth on whether to follow the natural ceiling line on the sink/fridge wall or to go alllll the way up. in reality it’s only another 40 square feet but ultimately decided to just follow the ceiling line all the way throughout the room. let’s hope i don’t regret the decision but we can always add!

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below you can see what we’re planning for the rest of the kitchen, in total we’re tiling 155 square feet.

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ok so the plan! herringbone. brick. i want a showstopper design but one that’s also timeless and appropriate for our centuries old house. i went back and forth {and back and forth} on what color brick to do…i knew i wanted something neutral to allow for my decorating whims and eventually narrowed it down to klamath and elk. elk being the warmer tone, klamath being the cooler. we {ok i} have decided to go with klamath as the glaze isn’t so heavy that you can’t see the natural variation of the brick and while it’s more of a cooler blue color, it doesn’t feel TOO cool.

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so here you go! a mockup of how it will look! we plan to swap out our existing white open shelving with a more natural wood and no brackets. what do you think?! i can’t tell you how excited i am for this. we’ve talked about doing it for SO long and i can’t believe it’s finally happening! a former colleague of bill + mine now has his own tile company so he’ll be installing!

mStarr design / #farmhousedialfano kitchen tile mockup / fireclay tile

i’ll be sharing peeks and the whole process over on instagram so be sure you’re following along. and do stay tuned because there might be some other big changes

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disclosure / fireclay tile is generously providing the tile for our project. we are covering the installation costs.

 
 

 

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JOSS & MAIN PATIO UPDATE

joss & main outdoor dining tablescape by mStarr design
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one of the draws when we bought our house was the amount of outdoor space it has. there is a decent size front yard, 2 side yards, a small back porch {where we keep our bbq}, and a large fenced-in backyard with brick patio space. well the patio has become a catch-all for tables/chairs/kids toys/smoker in the past couple years but this is the year we finally are getting our act together and first up are a quality dining table and chairs. enter joss & main!

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we moved in july of 2014 and with all the other expenses of first-time home ownership, we didn’t spend a lot on outdoor furniture. instead we got an affordable table and chair set from ikea that were nice enough looking and served their purpose but didn’t last long. this time we wanted to get something of higher quality to withstand the unpredictable new england weather and after perusing joss & main, i was immediately drawn to this solid teak style table with matching chairs.

joss & main outdoor dining tablescape by mStarr design
joss & main outdoor dining tablescape by mStarr design

i love that the table is plank style but the spaces between them are thin. it’s a beautiful teak color that will naturally age with time {did you know that teak will eventually turn to more of a grey color?!}. however i might get a cover for when the weather is particularly bad as i’d like to keep some of the natural color! the design is perfect for casual dinners outside but can also be dressed up for nicer occasions or used as a buffet or drink table.

joss & main outdoor dining tablescape by mStarr design
joss & main outdoor dining tablescape by mStarr design

BONUS assembly of the table was a breeze! the top is hinged so when winter comes, we can remove the legs and support beams and fold the top right up for easy storage. the chairs are simple but stylish and also fold easily. win win.

joss & main outdoor dining tablescape by mStarr design
joss & main outdoor dining tablescape by mStarr design

add some simple + versatile pieces and voila, instant tablescape!

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this post is sponsored by joss & main. opinions are always my own.


 

mStarr is a lifestyle studio specializing in interiors, creative direction, editorial design and brand partnerships. if you’ve got a project, let us know!