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Hot Trend in Turquoise


A New Design Trend for Springtime

Turquoise is the new design trend for Spring and is making its way into homes everywhere. Beaded details jazz up chandeliers and lamps, colorful ceramic inserts in hardware, and fabulous glass tiles are part of the design frenzy. For all types of looks, this gemstone dates back to Egyptian times as a prized possession.  With renewed popularity and versatility, there are many options to add a pop of color.

Layers of turquoise color brightens this Houzz Kitchen

Bright Kitchen Details in Turquoise (photo by Houzz)

Fun facts from Houzz about the hot color for spring:

“Turquoise is found in only a few places around the globe. Mostly dry areas where aluminum and phosphorus in the soil react with copper in the groundwater are where this opaque stone is born. According to the Gemological Institute of America, the name turquoise comes from its association with Turkey.”

And here are great ways to introduce the splash of color in your home, available for purchase through Houzz:

Chandeliers dripping in beaded turquoise offer an exotic blast from the past. Set the mood for a free-form party with pendants and sconces that reflect that of glamorous bead-curtains. Create tantalizing conversation corners with dazzling turquoise lamps.”

Glass mosaic tile and chandelier featuring turquoise colors

Ideas for materials with turquoise

The small capiz shell chandelier is a bargain!  Note the 12” x 12” x 21” size– it might be too narrow (or too tall) for certain spaces.  But if space and price are right for you, this is a great piece to shed a new light in your home.

Turquoise shells light up this chandelier

Hot Bargain in Turquoise

Choosing the perfect kitchen backsplash


There is No Perfect Kitchen Without Backsplash 

Choosing the “perfect” backsplash is often one of the most challenging tasks in a kitchen renovation.  This detailed Houzz article identifies the top 10 backsplash material choices on the market. Stainless steel, glass tiles, stone slabs and even mirror to add some “feng shui” to your space. Each material has their pros and cons. However, matching the right look and the proper function ensures that your backsplash will be a well-chosen element for the long term.

Natural stone and mirrored backsplash

Backsplash idea

Cottages & Gardens, Kitchen Issue


CT Cottage and Gardens’ January Kitchen issue: great photos, resources and tips from JWH (and other local design experts.)