Travel Interruption and Products and Links Not to Miss

Although I just returned home from Phoenix Friday night, I’m headed off to Miami for an incredibly early flight this morning – and as I mentioned previously, my travel doesn’t slow down much until late March. With the back-to-back business trips I didn’t feel like working too much around the house over the weekend. But I can assure you, after today’s trip, I should have one incredible hotel tour to share with you {actually two, however, the Miami one will likely be killer}. One of the few perks of frequent, exhausting business travel – visiting warm locales and great hotels!


Over the weekend, I did make a quick trip to HomeGoods {you’ve seen these if you follow me on Instagram}. To my surprise they have a bunch of rolls of Serena & Lily wallpaper for $29.99!

And although I don’t plan to use much Radiant Orchid {Pantone’s color of the year} in my decorating, I thought this huge bench was pretty incredible. And it was on clearance for $119!

We also made a stop at Lowe’s and I saw that they now carry a Moroccan tile that is nearly identical to the one we used in our last kitchen backsplash. Plus, they offer a larger version that I also love!

I really enjoyed these posts {part I and part II} from The Wood Grain Cottage about how she found her style. Although our decorating styles are somewhat different, I love her home and a lot of what she said in these posts really resonated with me, particularly in my early decorating days. She also offers tips on how to find your own style. Definitely a work in progress for me!

I’ve also been doing some research on Carrara marble alternatives for our kitchen. There are a lot of great new products on the market that have a similar look and feel without the negatives sides of marble {etching, staining, etc.}. I found this post helpful. Unfortunately some of these products are so new that I am having a hard time finding good pictures of kitchens with some of these products. The ones I plan to see in person are Caesarstone Frosty Carrina, Caesarstone London Gray, Silestone Lyra, Silestone Lagoon and Cambria Torquay. Has anyone out there used these in projects? I would love to see pics in a real space!


This post was also helpful and the image more clearly shows some of the options I am considering along with a sample of actual Carrara.


I hope you understand my lack of posts throughout the next few days. I’ll be back Friday for another round of Fabric Friday. I also have a great giveaway lined up for next Monday. Have a great week!


  1. says

    I have ceasarstone and dandy marble in my kitchen and truly, the etching is troublesome. I love the caesar stone, truly non-porous and indestructible, wish I used it too on my island instead of the marble, but I just have to have the marble si I have to bear the ‘burden’ of it! Have a great trip, we were in Miami over the holidays and enjoyed our stay immensely at Fontain Bleu!

  2. says

    Let me know if you find any more good info on carrara alternatives! I’ve been doing a little bit of research myself, but it’s hard to find pricing info or reviews for some of them.

    I’m not into the Pantone color of the year. I feel like I’ve seen a lot more cobalt and indigo and radiant orchid!

  3. says

    Hi Sarah,

    First, just wanted to say that I love reading your blog! I’m totally copying your board + batten wall for our guest room one of these days…

    Coincidentally, we had Frosty Carrina installed in our kitchen a few weeks ago & love it so far. I’d describe it as more of a creamy white with subtle light grey veining. I haven’t posted a final reveal yet, but we do have 2 posts that might be helpful to you:

    Hope that helps! :)

  4. says

    HI I love your blog it is so informative and you have great taste, the company I manage installs and fabricates granite, quartz and marble so I wanted to give you some info on the products I have dealt with first hand. We have carried all 3 quartz lines you mentioned and still carry Silestone and Caesarstone. We do not carry Cambria anymore due to us having several issues with a couple of their products, none of which was the Torquay. The Caesarstone slabs in my opinion look more natural than the Silestone, Silesone slabs tends to look more like a pattern where the Caesarstone veining seems to look more random and natural. I wouldn’t personally recommend marble in any high traffic areas, it tends to stain and scratch a lot easier and a lot of cleaning products ruin the finish. Good luck with your decision, I just wanted to give you my observation of what I have seen at work over the last 6 years. =)

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