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If you were to ask me about my favorite material for countertops, I will always say marble. Why? Because it’s beautiful and timeless. It can also be paired with almost any design aesthetic. The biggest question with marble is, is it durable? Why yes, yes it is. It’s not just a trend that we have seen popping up these past few years. It’s a classic natural stone that has stood the test of time!

Associations such as MIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute are here to educate the consumer on the beauty and benefits of using natural stone in interior and exterior  design/décor. In fact, the usenaturalstone.com campaign has a goal to educate homeowners, designers, architects, and builders. Natural stones like granite, marble, and soapstone are much more than just a stylish trend, and Use Natural Stone is here to give us all the info that we need.

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A natural stone floor is a gorgeous option for indoor and outdoor living. This transitional space is both comfortable and beautiful.

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If you want a fresh take on the classic subway tile backsplash, use marble in longer rectangular shapes.

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I love that this kitchen has marble floors. It shows marble applications can extend beyond counters and backsplashes in the kitchen.

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Dark counters are all the rage right now. Pair it with light cabinets for a sleek look.

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Saatchi Art features the world’s largest selection of original art and helps people all over the world find art and artists they love. The site offers more than 500,000 original paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs by over 50,000 emerging artists from over 100 countries. Saatchi Art is redefining the experience of buying and selling art by providing art lovers with free art advisory services and an expertly curated selection of art, while giving artists a convenient and welcoming environment in which to exhibit and sell their work.

This holiday season they’re offering the chance for 5 lucky individuals to win an original piece of artwork. In the spirit of giving, every sale on Saatchi Art benefits an artist, who will receive a 70% commission, as always. You’ll kick off the New Year with an original piece of artwork to love and the feel-good sensation of supporting real artists in meaningful ways. A true win, win.

To enter the sweeps, select your favorite work from this collection and share it to your Instagram, tag @saatchiart and #stART2017right and #sweeps. 

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Christmas without parties is like spaghetti without noodles. This time of year is clearly an excuse to gather your friends and family and celebrate the night away. From brunches to secret santa parties, it’s a time to stay up late and eat too much cheese. I wanted to gather a few friends and do something a little different and out of the “Christmas box” this year. With the help of Papyrus, I decided to throw a sushi party, complete with a sushi chef. Our good friend, Joel, is a true sushi master, so I requested his skills and he made us a feast to remember. It honestly was a blast!

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A party with Papyrus via Simply Grove

I still wanted to create a strong holiday ambiance, so I chose to use classic Christmas colors, mixed with gold and white. Papyrus has a new holiday entertaining line that is full of color and style. They have items ranging from plates and napkins to banners and party picks. They also have everything you would except Papyrus to have, including greeting cards and gift bags. I used the florals and plaid pattern and paired it with gold cutlery and simple branch name cards. I also had Wildflower Florals and Events create a few centerpiece bouquets. They turned out stunning and filled the space with color and texture.

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For the dessert, I picked up the Berry Chantille Cake from Whole Foods. BEST.CAKE.EVER!

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A party with Papyrus via Simply Grove

Each of my guests left with a bottle of wine in these adorable gift bags and a personalized Papyrus card.

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One quick tip for adding texture and color to your space is to use garland everywhere and anywhere. I even draped some over my pendant for some added hoiday loveliness.

A party with Papyrus via Simply Grove

A party with Papyrus via Simply Grove

These cute little party picks are perfect for a cheese platter. And speaking of cheese, every party can use a classic cheese tray, complete with chili jam and rice crackers.

A party with Papyrus via Simply Grove

A party with Papyrus via Simply Grove

A party with Papyrus via Simply Grove

A party with Papyrus via Simply Grove

A party with Papyrus via Simply Grove

A party with Papyrus via Simply Grove

A party with Papyrus via Simply Grove

A party with Papyrus via Simply Grove

Such a fun night! I think we should make sushi nights a tradition in the Grove household.

Shop Papyrus here.

Photography: Hailey Wilson for Simply Grove
Sponsored by Papyrus

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Freestanding bathtubs, whether stylishly streamlined or intricately antique, bring a sense of sophistication and a relaxing atmosphere to bathrooms. These versatile fixtures not only are beautiful, but also incredibly inspirational for upping your bathroom game.  Some of the most beautiful bathromms that I’ve personally been in, have some version of a freestanding tub. When your planning the design of you bathroom, remember that if you choose a freestanding tub, you will most likely need a separate showering area. These tubs are primarily designed for deep soaking. However, some manufacturers do have options for shower attachments. Typically freestanding tubs need a larger bathroom space for full effect, but with some careful planning, they can work in smaller spaces as well. Whether you’re remodeling, starting from scratch, or just love to look at pictures of pretty bathrooms, I’ve gathered some of my favorite stand-alone tubs to motivate the inner stylist in you. 

The Floor Set Model

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The floor set model tub is firmly placed on the floor. Ranging from rectangular, oval, round or free-form shape, the tub’s characteristics set it apart from other tub designs. The flat, slender edges and defined minimalist lines give the freestanding tub a distinct modern look. The smooth contours and sides allow them to become focal points for the bathroom. This look is perfect for a modern, sophisticated bathroom. It also can be paired with a more traditional bathroom for a perfect juxtopoition.

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The Footed Bath

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The second type of freestanding tub is the footed bath. This is one of the most popular types because of its elegant look. Whether you prefer the clawfoot look for an antique touch or veer towards contemporary wood and metal alternatives, the feet on the tub can be of any design. Don’t be afraid to mix styles and get creative! Also, choosing a creative material, like copper, can create the most beautiful look.

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The Slipper Bath

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The slipper tub is a piece that demands attention. Rising at either end, the tub’s shape mimics a shoe or slipper and is made for comfort and relaxation. The tub comes in either a single or double-slipper design. If you’re looking to make your tub the center of attention and love to combine aesthetics, the slipper tub is the right choice.

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