Many homes have a standard 4 inch tall backsplash in their kitchen and bathrooms.

Even if you are lucky enough to have a full height backsplash in your kitchen, your builder may have put a standard 4 inch tall backsplash in your bathroom.

Why is this backsplash so common?

It is very common because it uses so little material that makes it cheap, and it covers the edge between the countertop and wall to disguise a wall that is not straight and/or granite that was not cut perfectly.

There is technically nothing wrong with a 4 inch backsplash, however it tends to be common place in mass produced mid to lower end homes, thus making homes that have them look less high end.

Fortunately, there are many other backsplash options that cost the same or only a little bit more, but give your kitchen or bathroom a custom and high end look.

A better alternative to a 4 inch backsplash

Many people have very ugly or plain light fixtures above their bathroom mirrors.

These light fixtures were most likely selected by the home builder because of their low cost.

Upgrading these light fixtures is an inexpensive way to personalize your home, make it look more stylish, and increase its value.

Upgrading ugly or basic vanity light fixtures in your bathrooms with budget friendly yet stylish light fixtures can increase the value of your home by 5 to 10 times the cost of the light fixture.

Whether you prefer a traditional, modern, or contemporary aesthetic, there are many attractive yet budget friendly vanity light fixtures to choose from.

Designer vanity lights under 100

Many people have recessed can lights, sometimes called pot lights, in their home. 

They have been around since the 1950's and are loved for their ability to provide light while staying somewhat inconspicuous.

There are some drawbacks though - they require room in the ceiling, which is not always available, and they are notorious for leaking air, which is not good for energy efficiency.

Luckily, there is now a better alternative to recessed can lights.

A better alternative to recessed can lights

Many people in our area are being forced to remodel their homes due to flooding related to hurricane Harvey.

If your home was flooded and you have to replace flooring, doors, cabinets, furniture, and more, make sure to create an overall cohesive design plan for your home before you start purchasing the exact same items that were previously in your home (unless you absolutely love everything that was in your home).

The flood was definitely not a good thing, however this is your opportunity to make your home into a cohesive reflection of your style and taste.

Here is a step by step guide to order to create an interior design plan, as well as a few professional designer tips and tricks.

How to create an overall interior design plan for your homephoto courtesy of

My parents recently moved over 1,000 miles away.  Sorting and packing everything in their home took months, since they lived in that home for over 40 years.

Their home was professionally decorated around 1990, so some of their home decor from that era was dated and did not make the trip.

Other items in their home were not very high quality and not worth the cost or effort of moving them.

Here is a list of their furniture and decor items purchased nearly 30 years ago that my parents decided to take with them.  Hopefully this list will help you determine what is timeless and a good investment when decorating your home.

 What Home Decor is Truly Timeless?photo courtesy of Didriks