How to Retile a Bathroom for a Bright New Look

I had originally planned to use a gray grout for the shower alcove, but once we got all the tile up on the wall I realized that a gray grout would make our already small bathroom feel even smaller. The Bright White grout helped brighten the entire space and make it feel nice and open!

We ended up using two one-gallon buckets of grout for the entire bathroom, and I was so happy to find that there wasn’t any color variation between the two grout buckets. And the best part is that Fusion Pro grout is a proprietary formula that is stain resistant, easy to clean, and never requires sealing. Look how great the tile looks with what bright white grout!

The bathroom layout didn’t change at all; the tub, toilet, and sink are all in the exact same spot as they were before. Even though it’s our master bathroom (and the only full bathroom in the house), it’s a fairly small room and we decided that the existing layout made the most sense for the space. But it’s amazing how a simple change in materials can make a huge difference even with the same layout!

The lighter tile and bright white grout make the entire space feel brighter and bigger, which is huge for a room that receives zero natural light. Bathroom renovations are a lot of work, but the result is a timeless and elegant bathroom that we’ll enjoy for years to come!

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Why You Should Choose Bright Paint Colors (If You Want To)

I have a memory from when I was young—five or six—and I asked my mom what her favorite color was. “Green,” she said. “Because I like trees and being outside.” It hadn’t occurred to my baby brain that there had to be any specific reason for something to be your favorite. I suppose it’s not so different when you’re an adult—you learn that there is almost always a why, even if you can’t quite make sense of it in the moment. Why do we gravitate to some bright rooms more than others? Why does that bright pillow make you feel some kind of way?

The “color-in-context theory,” conceived by psychologists Andrew Elliot and Markus Maier in 2012, muses that “the physical and psychological context in which color is perceived is thought to influence its meaning and, accordingly, responses to it.” How we understand color, they argue, is not so much about aesthetics but about the associations we hold—certain colors mean certain things to us, relying on our previous experiences and interpretations to inform how we feel about them in the future. I would argue that this is how design operates as a whole. Good design is all about context.

Bright colors and kooky silhouettes have always sparked design joy for me—and as far as Instagram is concerned, I’m not alone. Brands like Aelfie, Abigail Bell Vintage, Dusen Dusen Home, and Coming Soon are just a few purveyors of the uniquely chaotic feel-good design I’m talking about. Almost the opposite of the “Tyranny of Terrazzo” or millennial minimalism—this wave of furniture that’s somehow graphically retro and bizarrely futuristic, pattern-clashing that would make your grandmother gasp, color combos that force you to wince before you eventually think they’re edgy. It’s as if the inspiring, soul-soothing parts of the internet were a tangible room you could hang out in.

Despite how chaotic it may be to have a rug that clashes with the coffee table that clashes with the art on the walls, decor that is full of life somehow brings me peace. As Color of the Year becomes Colors of the Year, and color-blocked rooms begin popping up in stylish spaces around the world, it is a helpful reminder to choose what moves you. “My color philosophy is extremely personal,” Justina Blakeney told Clever editor Nora Taylor in a recent episode of AD Visits. “For me, it really is about your own connection to that color and your own color associations.” Color helps to create a reality that thrills you and helps remind you who you are at your core, even on the days when it’s hard to remember.

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The Etsy x Half Baked Harvest Collection Will Bake Your Kitchen Merry & Bright

Picture this: You’re baking peppermint crinkle cookies while enjoying a jolly good playlist and massive mug of eggnog. It feels like a scene in a holiday film. Well, almost. All you need to complete this picture-perfect scenario is Etsy x Half Baked Harvest collection that’ll make your coziest dreams come true over the holiday season.

Creator and author of Half Baked Harvest, Tieghan Gerard, collaborated with Etsy for this special collection that’s filled with cozy kitchenware and decor. From cookie boxes to oven mitts, this line will make baking some of your favorite holiday recipes even more Insta-worthy and fun. Not to mention, the decor pieces such as candle holders and ceramic ornaments will transform your space into something out of a Hallmark Christmas movie.

Each one of the items in this collection has been handcrafted with the help of 12 Etsy artists that Gerard worked with. Everything is budget-friendly, too, with items ranging from $20 to $100. Get your bestie who’s always in the kitchen a cute apron or adorable reindeer measuring spoons. Or, treat yourself to a gingerbread latte-scented candle for chill December nights at home.

There’s sure to be something sweet you’ll want to gift yourself or purchase as a present for a loved one, so start browsing some of the items in the Etsy x Half Baked Harvest collection now. This collection is only available until Dec. 31, or while supplies last.

1. These Oven Mitts Will Come In Handy When You’re Baking

Tieghan Gerard worked with Etsy shop confetti mill to launch an adorable collection of oven mitts, pot holders, and kitchen towels you’ll definitely want to grab this holiday season. They come in cute colors like oatmeal grey or forest green that’s reminiscent to your tree at home. If you plan on baking lots of Christmas cookies this season, you’ll definitely want a good oven mitt by your side.

2. These Cookie Boxes Are Especially Sweet

Give your friends something extra sweet this season, like this beautiful box that’s filled with your own homemade Christmas cookies. This box kit from Half Baked Harvest and Etsy contains scalloped lids, box dividers, parchment squares, and bakers twine to wrap everything up nicely. There are even jingle bells so your friends can jingle all the way to this sweet treat in the kitchen.

3. This Cookbook Stand Is Oh-So Perfect For Holiday Baking

Keep your cookbook neat and readily available with this adorable recipe stand. It’s made from yellow birch, and has champagne gold accents that will look gorgeous in your kitchen.

4. This Candle Holder Will Light Up Your Holiday Table

Add a merry and bright centerpiece to your dinner table with one or more of these candlestick holders. Create a look like something out of A Christmas Carol with the vintage-like handle. Depending on the style and color palette of your space, you can get this holder in either black or white.

5. These Cute Ceramic Ornaments Are Definite Keepers

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House Hunting in Chile: A Bright, Modern Villa in the Andes for $1.3 Million

(As of Sept. 29, Chile had reported 461,300 cases of Covid-19 — a much higher rate per capita than neighboring Bolivia and Argentina, and higher even than Brazil’s — and 12,725 deaths, according to The New York Times’s coronavirus map.)

Santiago’s high-end market has been stable for decades, said Luis Novoa, the CEO of Chile Sotheby’s International Realty. He estimated the average asking price among properties with his agency is about $800,000, or $330 a square foot.

The social unrest that erupted last fall initially led to an increase in supply of high-end properties, as affluent homeowners decided to sell vacation homes, but that trend has slowed, Mr. Novoa said. Now buyers are awaiting the results of a coming national referendum in October. Investors, though, have started to jump on properties with price cuts, and some are buying sight unseen. These conditions are also emboldening high-end buyers to offer well below asking price.

Across Chile, luxury prices range between $750,000 for a family villa in Santiago to $20 million for select properties in Patagonia, said Martin Rivera Saez, the director of Alto Andes, a luxury agency based in Santiago. But there has been a shift in what is deemed to be luxury, he added. In the past, buyers wanted “large mansions with luxurious finishes, located in areas with privileged views.” A few years ago, the “concept began to change,” and buyers began to seek “less ostentatious” apartments that are easier to maintain.

Because land for new developments is scarce, “we have seen a vertical densification,” with large single-family properties being replaced by high-end condominiums with seven to 10 dwellings, Mr. Novoa said. Meanwhile, areas “with large spaces and better quality of life” are increasingly in demand with the upper middle class.

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Sabine Marcelis designs work-from-home cubicle with bright yellow interior

a close up of a box

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Candy Cubicle is a desk by Sabine Marcelis, created as part of the Design Museum’s Connected project at London Design Festival, that hides its contents inside a pale wooden shell when they are not in use.

The wooden box sits on hidden wheels and can be opened along a central axis, transforming it from a block into an L-shaped desk setup.

This offers storage for books and documents on one side and space for a computer on the other.

a close up of a box: The desk is made of maple wood

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The desk is made of maple wood

Marcelis created the piece in response to a brief by the Design Museum and the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), which called for nine international designers to develop a wooden desk and chair set up to suit their “new ways of working from and living at home” during lockdown.

Candy Cubicle was designed not for Marcelis herself but for her partner, an architect with whom she shares a loft together with their newborn baby.

“He has a big screen, which has taken over our dining table for the past month,” said Marcelis.

“It’s super annoying – it’s always there, it’s ugly. I just want to be able to hide it. The desk is something that can be transformed from working mode and then back into hiding mode. It means we won’t constantly be confronted with work equipment.”

a box on a table: The interior is varnished in a bright yellow, glossy lacquer

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The interior is varnished in a bright yellow, glossy lacquer

The entire desk, as well as the drawer trolley and matching cylindrical stool nestled within it, are set on wheels so that they can be easily closed and moved around the loft’s open floorplan.

From the outside, the wooden desk is finished in a muted white colour while the entire interior is covered in a high gloss yellow varnish.

A drawer trolley is nestled inside and can be pulled out when needed

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A drawer trolley is nestled inside and can be pulled out when needed

The yellow a references a scene from the movie Pulp Fiction, in which John Travolta’s character peers into a briefcase but all the audience can see is a tantalising golden glow emanating from within.

“It makes you wonder: what on earth is inside? I was keen to achieve that sense in this project – a minimal shape that beautifully shows the wood but then there’s something inside it that’s to be discovered,” she said.

“The object we’ve come up with has two states: the closed, anonymous object mode, then it opens up and the inside is completely contrasted to the outside.”

Marcelis's trademark translucent resin is used to form the wheels

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Marcelis’s trademark translucent resin is used to form the wheels

Like all of the designs in the Connected project, it was realised by the British furniture maker Benchmark with whom she was only allowed to communicate via the internet.

Another challenge lay in the material itself. Generally, Marcelis works with things such as resin, as in her Fendi fountains, the plaid Burberry displays and Candy Cubicle’s see-through wheels.

But in this case, almost the

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