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!


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


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.


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


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



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this post is sponsored by scotties facial tissues


january is kinda the worst right? the excitement surrounding the holidays has gone and we’re left with cold weather, full work weeks, what feel like empty homes after the decorations have been trashed/put away, and actual colds. like seriously, i don’t know what is going on this year but max and i just can’t seem to kick the colds we’ve now had for several weeks! so when scotties reached out about a collaboration, the timing felt quite right.

the one thing january has going for it is that it offers a fresh start. sure the cozy holiday decorations are gone but it’s a great time to regroup, reorganize, and redecorate! and if you’re like me {and everyone else on instagram}, you’re also probably purging like crazy thanks to marie kondo’s new netflix series. maybe {?} it’s counterproductive but there are 2 reasons for me to purge…the right reason is to get rid of excess stuff, of which i have much of. the other reason l purge is to get new stuff. sue me.

new  pillow  for the couch + a new plant

new pillow for the couch + a new plant

a scotties  herringbone  design is a perfect fit for our living room

a scotties herringbone design is a perfect fit for our living room

i’ve been working on both big and small changes around #farmhousedialfano recently but i’ve found it’s the small ones that often provide the biggest impact. even the smallest of changes can go a long way in making your home both feel and look different. think new pillows or a throw. new hardware and plants. picture frames or decorative objects.

with a 2 year old who is in daycare, we need access to tissues EVERYWHERE and at all times. tissue boxes that blend into the design of our home? score. scotties has a wide variety of designs to choose from and are a fun way to incorporate necessary items while also expressing your style. bonus points: they are high quality tissues and not those flimsy see-through tissues that scrape your nose.

new  planter  / new  vase  / new  candle holder  / new  tray  / new wood  scoops  / new  artwork  / new  frame

new planter / new vase / new candle holder / new tray / new wood scoops / new artwork / new frame

until i can get the marble looking countertops i really want, i’ll settle for a  marble inspired tissue box !

until i can get the marble looking countertops i really want, i’ll settle for a marble inspired tissue box!

max’s room is a larger project right now as we transition from nursery to little girl’s room. so far we have a new rug {which incidentally is 20% off right now!} and chair to replace the rocker, and i recently found the perfect pillow for the chair. pillows really can make the biggest difference, whether a new pattern, color or shape. we’ve actually got two scotties boxes in there right now, another herringbone and moody nature scene.


are you guys working on any home projects right now? big or small? let me know in the comments! and thank you to scotties for partnering on this post and for supporting brands i’m a fan of. all opinions are my own.