10 Bathroom Tile Trends for 2019

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One of the easier and more cost-efficient ways to update a Kitchen or Bathroom is to change out the tile. Whether it’s the backsplash, tile surround or floor, switching out the tile can take your home from boo to whoo hoo!

Here is a quick peek at Tile trends for 2019…

These daring tiles made a splash in 2017 and seem to be gaining ground. Often colourful or mixed pattern, the tiles are used as a feature point in the room. In 2019 expect to see this more and more often in Show Homes.

 

Honeycomb (or Hexagon) will be the number one trend of 2019. Almost every trend on this list can be found in a Honeycomb Shape. Varying in sizes and textures these geometric shapes are showing up in all kinds of design.

 

Bringing together a cohesive design using multiple styles of tiles within the same colour scheme is becoming more popular. Gone are the days of having one kind of tile throughout your entire home. Use a bold pattern in the shower and muted honeycombs in the same colour palette to offer a fresh design statement.

 

Browns have been a no zone for quite a few years, but it seems that warmer tones are slowly starting to push their way back onto the scene. It is important when considering this trend to choose a modern shape tile.

 

Subway is classic, if you are ever at a loss for what to do a simple subway tile will always work. For 2019 this fresh update on the old classic is hot. With multiple ways of installing the tile, this look can work in many different design themes.

 

Though this trend emerged in 2016, it is hanging on. Especially pretty and bold when done in jewel tones, this tile can offer a softer alternative to the straight lines of Subway or Honeycomb shapes. Fish Scale is also really pretty when done on the floor in an oversized pattern.

 

Best used with subway tile, this is another spin on the classic. Vertical Subway Tile can be used side-by-side with horizontal subway as a feature wall or by itself for an updated look.

 

 

Colour lovers everywhere are going to be thrilled with this trend. Jewel tones are popping up in every single area of design. These rich beautiful colours can be paired with dark or light colour palettes and when done tastefully are absolutely dreamy.

 

Trending for years, the modern farmhouse look doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Simple, clean and cozy with industrial elements this classic look seems to be liked by everyone. Make it fresh by incorporating honeycomb, wood texture or even some bold patterned tiles.

 

Labeled as ‘Cocooning’ on one design blog, the desire to bring the outdoors in has never been stronger. Many people use wood texture tiles on the floor for durability but it is also being used as a way to craft our homes with a retreat lifestyle in mind.

Shop Local Gift Guide

By | Lifestyle, Uncategorised

Are you looking for something unique to buy your loved ones this year, something that has more meaning and relevance than just another thing from the mall? Supporting local artisans is such a thoughtful way to gift… not only are you finding something beautiful… you are keeping dollars in the local economy.

I’ve scoured Etsy to find some awesome gift options for everyone on your list. Whether it’s the person that has everything or your BAE, you will be able to find something for them here.

Scroll through the images below to check out some super talented local artists. You can click on the image to go directly to their Etsy store and begin tackling that holiday list.

Happy Shopping!

Enjoy a Staycation in Calgary

By | Calgary, Vacation

Road trips, month-long holidays and weekend getaways are always a fun time, loads of timeless memories, but dang they’re a lot of work! Between packing, planning and executing the adventure (especially if you have kids) there is only a small fraction of time that allows you to actually enjoy the vacation at all.

That’s why we are encouraging you to put on your tourist hat and enjoy an exciting staycation right here in YYC. Our city has a ton of culinary delights, hidden gems and adventures to be had. Even if you think you’ve seen it all we promise you there are still lots of adventures to be had.

In our most recent episode of Homes and Lifestyles our host, Kim Hayden took a mini tour around Calgary and hit up some of her favourite spots around the city. She highlighted a few of her favourite spots, how to get around, where to dine and hotels with amazing amenities that will have you truly believe you’re on vacation!

Here are just a few must-see locations to add to the bucket list this summer without having to spend a pretty penny on a plane ticket!

The Glenbow

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This magnificent place holds some of the greatest art collections and artifacts from Calgary’s history in all the city. Throughout the last 50 years, the Glenbow has entertained many generations and hosted a variety of unique international art exhibitions that works to connect art, culture and the world around us. Giving us a sense character and place, the Glenbow has helped to shape our community, curate creativity throughout the city and connect us on a national and global level. It’s the spot where our city’s story is best told and we can grantee that you’re in for a memorable and personal experience every time you talk a walk through its art-filled hallways. You can always join them for an exhibition tour, behind-the-scenes experience, a film screening or an artist chat, whatever you prefer. Bring the whole family or simply come on a solo adventure – there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

The Calgary Zoo


Travel across the world, without having to leave the city at all! That’s right, the Calgary zoo is split up into continents, so you will feel like you’re in a different climate and country in each exhibit you visit. From red pandas to flamingos to gorillas to lemurs to hippos to penguins, there are lots of animal varieties for you to observe and even interact with, in a safe environment of course. New to the zoo this year re the Giant Panda’s and they have created quite the stir so far. Be sure to check them out more than once in the next few years that they are here. Grab a snack from their many cafés and head out on a safari adventure – YYC style!

See the city on a Segway

 


There are many ways to see the city, but have you seen it on a Segway? If the answer is no, we highly recommend booking on for you and the family this summer. The guides at River Valley Adventure Co will lead the tour, expanding on Calgary’s rich cultural history, while pointing out landmarks and showing you hidden gems that you might have otherwise missed if you were on foot. We can guarantee you this experience is safe, fun and more than memorable. It’s time you saw Calgary from a different angle and fell in love with your city all over again.

The Calgary Tower + SKY 360


It may be cliché, but you have to venture up the tower if you’re spending the day rediscovering Calgary! For most of us that live here, we haven’t actually explored the tower very in-depth. To make your experience even more worth it, this year is the 50th anniversary of our iconic red tower. As a result, they will be hosting a variety of events, contests and fun activities throughout the year in celebration. While you’re there you have to dine at SKY 360 and get a rotating birds-eye view of the city during your meal. This is the truly authentic way to view the city from above!

International Avenue


For a truly unique experience, we highly recommend hitting up the International avenue. This is one of the oldest and original parts of the city and its rich history is still very evident throughout the community. It’s a one-stop shopping stop for all things international! From retail goods, services and food you can find just about any cultural dish here on the ave. We recommend starting at Illichmann’s Sausage Shop Ltd., Begim Uzbekistan Restaurant or Indonesian Kitchen. All are very unique and authentic to the customs and traditions of each culture – especially when it comes to the ingredients. You’ll feel like you’re in a different country at each of these delicious restaurants!

YYC Food Trucks

 

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You’ll see them scattered around the city during lunch hour, along with at the various events, festivals, and activities that happen around the city each summer. The trucks are colourful and each one brings with it, it’s own personality, taste, and experience. They bring people together and hang out in some of the most beautiful corners of our city. Keep an eye out for them this summer and eat your way through Calgary, one food truck at a time!

Shop local


Instead of spending your summer in an air-conditioned mall, head out to the many shopping districts that are scattered around the city. You’ll not only be getting a way better quality product, but you’ll be supporting a small business or the work of local artists or maker while helping to pump up Calgary’s vibrant economy – it all comes full circle. Be sure to hit up Kensington Village, Mission (also known as 4th Street) and Inglewood, just to name a few. Each of these areas holds their own unique character and charm and will have you lost in an adventure all day long!

 

Missed the episode? Watch it here!