Where To Get Encaustic Cement Tile at 1/2 the Price! (SERIOUSLY!!)

Guys!! Thank you so much for all of the love on yesterday’s sneak peek post!  We can’t wait to get it cleaned up and share more info! Its been such a fun project and there is SO much to share! Until then I’m working on a post rounding up the sources (especially for the faux wood siding!) But today we’re talking about tile.

Encaustic tile goes by a few different names, Encaustic, Cement, Moroccan, but regardless of what you call it, its GORGEOUS. It’s wildly on trend and completely timeless at the same time. You know what else it is? Expensive (starting price is usually ranges from $16-20/sq foot BUT GUESS WHAT?! I’ve found (and used!) a shop that sells it for $9/sq foot!!

Are you dying? Cause I was.

It was almost too good to be true, so before I shared it with all of you I wanted to make sure that it was legit and it TOTALLY is. We used Zanzibar in my MIL’s master bath and it’s one of my favorite things in the entire house. (It still needs to be cleaned and sealed #constructionzone)

These are a few of my other favorites:

El Fenn Black

 

Estrella Black

 

Nola Pink

 

Nola Black

 

Riad Tile not only has killer prices but their customer service is incredible!!  If your obsession with cement tile runs as deep as mine you MUST check them out!! They get the VR gold star of approval!!

 

 

 

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Sneak Peek at My In-Laws Dream House!

Happy Tuesday you guys! How are you surviving summer? Things have been so good and crazy over here. We’ve had volleyball camp after volleyball camp for Ives, we’re getting geared up for the renovation on the Merc to start, and trying to not die from evaporation in this ridiculous heat.

As some of you know, my in-laws have been building the last (almost) year. Its been a cool process to be part of and we’ve learned so many great lessons along the way that will help us with the Merc (I can’t wait to share them with you!) They are almost done with the build and I thought it would be fun to show you guys what the house looks like right now before its cleaned up and decorated.

The style is casual modern with loads of monochromatic finishes.

Isn’t it so pretty?! My favorite part is the faux wood on the exterior. You’d never know it was metal, except that it requires zero maintenance.

 

The inside is just as good.

The railing for the stairs has since been installed, and the brick on the fireplace still needs to be painted.

One of my favorite parts is the master bath/closet. The tile is so good and if you can believe it I’ve got a secret source that sells it for HALF the price of most companies. HALF. I’m spilling the details tomorrow so hold on for one more daaay (Wilson Philips always!!)

The laundry room is freaking amazing.

There’s a nice big family room upstairs, perfect for all the grandkids.

All of the tile and finishes are just so good.

They’re hoping to have it move in ready in the next few weeks and I will share ever detail and source room by room once it doesn’t look like a dirty construction zone!

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June 26, 2017 at 04:42PM

According to a legend, tea was first discovered by the legendary Chinese emperor Shennong in 2737 BC. Today, China is the world’s biggest tea producer, selling many varieties of tea leaves such as green tea, black tea, oolong tea, white tea and yellow tea. It is the most highly consumed beverage in the world. China still boasts many teahouses, particularly in cities with a strong teahouse culture such as Hangzhou, Suzhou, and Chengdu. Different regions are famous for growing different types of tea. Hangzhou is famous for producing a type of green tea called Longjing or the Dragon Well tea. Tea tastes also vary regionally. Drinkers in Beijing tend to prefer jasmine tea while in Shanghai prefer green tea. Processing raw tea leaves for consumption is a time and labor-intensive activity and still done by hand in many areas in China. The Chinese tea industry employs around 80 million people as farmers, pickers and sales people. Tea pickers tend to be seasonal workers who migrate from all parts of the country during harvest time. The pickers work from early morning until evening for an average wage of around 120 RMB (around 16 euros) a day. Tea can be sold from around 80 RMB (around 11 euros) to over 4,000 RMB (around 525 euro) per kilogram. In 2016, China produced 2.43 million tons of tea. Chinese people believe that the practice of brewing and drinking tea can bring the spirit and wisdom of human beings to a higher level. — By EPA

Seasonal workers harvest Longjing (Dragon Well) tea at a tea plantation in the Meijiawu village, outside Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, April 13. (Roman Pilipey/EPA)

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June 22, 2017 at 12:42AM

The huge forest fire that erupted on June 17 in central Portugal killed at least 64 people and injured hundreds more, with many trapped in their cars by the flames. It is the deadliest natural disaster to hit the country in decades. The cause of the fire is still being investigated, as a claim stating arsonists may have started the devastating blaze emerged on Wednesday.

National Republican Guards GIPS and firefighters try to extinguish a fire in a forest after a wildfire took dozens of lives on June 19 near Pedrogao Grande, in Leiria district, Portugal. (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

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