Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Beauty of Onyx

I’ll be honest, when I first thought of onyx I pictured a black material. However I was surprised to find out that this material is actually mainly light in color and is translucent. That means you can have a light source behind or under it and it will glow!

So what is onyx exactly? Onyx countertops are quite rare. Onyx is made of a calcareous stone (meaning mostly or partly composed of calcium carbonate, in other words, containing lime or being chalky). In caves, drip water forms onyx as stalactites and stalagmites. It is a soft, brittle stone and should be carefully evaluated for its intended use. It’s slabs are formed by dissolving limestone and redeposited as a new kind of stone. Onyx slabs almost always have a fiberglass mesh material on the back to hold the stone together. This is an indicator of just how fragile the stone is and how valuable it is to find pieces that will work together for larger installation pieces.

Sinks and backsplashes made with onyx have a unique and look awesome.

It also makes a stunning wall display that can be backlit.

As a countertop, onyx is visually appealing but has some drawbacks.. Wine, fruit juice, lemons, and vinegar will all react with onyx and can etch the surface, so make sure to wipe up spills right away. It will scratch easily and quickly looks old and well worn so care must be taken with where you use it and how you treat it. It is not like granite that can take a beating, so make sure to NOT use it as a cutting surface.

If you choose to use onyx, Real Stone and Granite located on the Treasure Coast is your go to source if your in South East Florida. When I was at their facility I got to see some onyx slabs for an upcoming job they had for a bar. It was phenomenal! They will work hard to make sure you are able to get what you need for whatever project you are doing.

Post written by Jennifer Harris of JLHwordsmith.com

 

Halloween Entertaining

Today we are going to break outside the norm here on the blog. I wanted to share with you some cool and unusual Halloween decorating and recipes. I’m giving you a couple of weeks to get your items together so you’re not running around at the last minute, which is what most of us do on a daily basis.

FIRST ON THE LIST IS FOOD!
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 NEXT COMES DRINKS

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LAST THE DECORATIONS

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Whether you need a kid friendly Halloween theme or something more scary and adult themed I hope the images and links will provide inspiration. Remember you can always click on the image to go to the original source to get recipes or more detailed information. Have a happy and safe holiday!

Blog post written by Jennifer Harris of JLHwordsmith.com

 

The Spa Space

Recently I was in Colorado and we went to an area that had a natural hot spring. The location boasted pools of different temps as well as the river area that you could nestle down into small eddies surrounded by rocks. It was very relaxing and made me long for a hot tub at home.  Being in Florida though does not make me want to go from one hot area to an area of hot water. However many of you are on cooler areas and with Fall now here and Winter soon to come, having a nice spa/hot tub area can be just the relaxing thing to invest in!

Having an area dedicated to relaxing does wonders for your psyche, physical body and emotional happiness. Here are some inspirations for you if you decide to either invest in a space like this in your home, or upgrade an existing area.

Indoor or semi enclosed areas are also very nice to have.


This is your private oasis, a retreat location for you to relax and get your energy in check. Make sure that it fits all of your specifications so that you can truly unwind.

Post written by Jennifer Harris of JLHwordsmith.com

The Most Relaxing Haven In Your Home

The bathroom tends to be the quietest place in the home for both men and women. Men like it because they can say they’re taking care of business while sitting there on their phone/ipad/tablet or reading a magazine.  For moms it tends to be the one time when the kids don’t bother them.  A long relaxing bath or shower allows us to stop worrying about things for a few minutes.

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One of the last things I need to redo in my home is my bathrooms. Both of my spaces are small so I don’t have as many options. However I do like to use ideas I find online and alter them to use in my own space.

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Today I want to show you some of the bathrooms I found that mix styles and materials making beautiful combinations that I hope will inspire you when you are looking to redo your space.

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For the guys out there here are some more masculine themed bathrooms.

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And finally for the kids, playful and vibrant these bathrooms inspire kids to come in wash, brush their teeth and get ready for school every morning!

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However you decide to either decorate or remodel your bathroom, remember it’s a haven for you and your family.  It’s a relaxing place in the home and should make you happy to spend time in there.

post written by Jennifer Harris of JLHwordsmith.com