• Reem Hassaballa

When I started thinking of redoing my laundry room, I knew I wanted to have a fun, bright space that would make me want to do laundry. Laundry has to be my least favorite household activity, so having a bright space is a must. I began by choosing classic, timeless tile and my ideas flowed from there.

This is the after

Before (Nice, but not a happy place)

Tile Choices

I decided to do a plain white chevron tile for 2 reasons. The first being that I knew I wanted wallpaper and since I hadn't decided on the wallpaper until a little later, I wanted to choose a plain tile that would match any wallpaper that I choose. The wallpaper was chosen after I spent hours and hours scrolling my favorite shop, https://www.coloraydecor.com/, whom I partnered with in the past, and you can see those projects here.

The second reason I chose this plain white chevron tile is because it is very inexpensive. I had first contemplated doing a cement tile on the wall, but I did not want to spend that much and I wanted the versatility of a plain tile, which was still very interesting. If I wanted to redecorate the space, the tile on the wall and the floor will likely match anything. Black and white is classic and timeless and that is why I love it so much.

The floor tile was a very easy choice for me. I knew I wanted a plain black, matte, hex for ages and I knew that the laundry room would be the perfect place. I found it at Flor N' Decor, but Home Depot also carries black hex, as does the Tile Shop. I went with a glacier white grout because I wanted the grout lines to really stand out.

The black hex before it was grouted

After I installed both tiles, I knew that this pattern from ColorayDecor was the perfect choice. The poppies just took my breath away. More importantly, it totally was the vibe that I wanted for this laundry room. This peel n stick is the easiest thing ever. Do not fear getting your own and trying it out. I have forever wanted to put some wallpaper up, but have been so scared to. When I discovered ColoryDecor it resolved my fears and now it is my go-to online shop for wallpaper. Everything just meshed together so perfectly in this laundry room and I could not be more excited.

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  • Reem Hassaballa

Updated: Apr 17, 2020

Well, I hemmed and hawed for months about whether to paint the fence, white, leave it natural or I just don't know. Finally, I woke up one day and thought, "what if I stained it black"? Well, it wasn't that easy. The wonderful contractor from Deck Medic helped me. He first brought me a sample that I was not crazy about at all, which was a semi-transparent creamy color. It wasn't white and I saw right through it. I didn't know what to think of it. I knew this wasn't the right fit for our home. He really stressed to me the importance of getting something with some sort of pigment. When I wanted to leave it a natural tone, he did not recommend this at all. Because one year from now, it would be weathered and dirty again and this is not the look I wanted for my home. I wanted something a bit more clean and modern. After looking at my house and realizing that I have a lot of modern black accents, I thought it might make sense to try a black stain. The exact stain we used was

The black stain really pulled in the black accents in the house and stands out so beautifully against the white brick. Now, I cannot see myself going back to a natural stain. More importantly, this will last so much longer than a plain, transparent stain because it has that pigment in it. Also, it really has given our historic home a fresh new look!


This is the after

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  • Reem Hassaballa

Recently I have become obsessed with the Modern Farmhouse. So much so, that we almost went ahead and ALMOST built one. We even bought a plot of land and started planning the home. Unfortunately, that did not work out and you can read about that here. But, ever since then I have been a bit sad that we did not go ahead with our plan and I decided to add bits of shiplap to give me that feel to our new (older) home.

And I have to say that this has been my most fun and exhilarating project to date. I have decided to do it in just two areas, my son's room and our mudroom. These are small spaces that I feel I can get away with black because the natural light is fabulous and it is not a larger space that would feel overwhelmingly dark. It has been so satisfying seeing the shiplap go up and I have been absolutely stunned with the outcome!


t took me a while to figure out the color. At first, I thought it would be cool to do a dark navy. Then, I thought that I might tire of it in a while. So, I finally decided on black since I consider black and white timeless colors. And the black color that I chose was SW- Iron Ore. As soon as it went up in my son's room, I walked in and I knew this is the perfect deep deep charcoal. It isn't quite an absolute black and that is exactly what I wanted. I wanted it to look black in some lights and just a tad lighter in other lighting.

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