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Mirrors Brighten Any Home

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Mirrors serve a wide variety of purposes. The most common use of them is to see the reflection. A bedroom or a dressing room may look empty without a mirror. Have you ever thought of something different a mirror could do? New home décor ideas take mirrors a long way around the globe assigning them more and more specific tasks to perform. In fact, mirrors could be used in different ways to decorate modern homes. Here are a few ways how common mirrors could add color and value to your home.

To reflect natural light

There may be dark areas of your home which you find it hard to brighten. Usually, long corridors, cornered rooms or hallways may look gloomy and have less visibility. So, the house owners may have abandoned such areas without making any use of them. In this case, you can use a mirror or a few of them to reflect sunlight into the room and illuminate it. Anyway, you must be creative and clever enough to do it successfully without harming the overall beauty of the place.

Best quality mirrors are always excellent gifts

A gift you offer somebody often makes a cozy room for you in his or her heart. Do you need to give something exceptional to your beloved? People’s needs and interests vary and it’s hard to select a gift that lasts forever. Why not think of a hammered copper mirror? Your fiancée will remember you whenever she looks into it! Isn’t that wonderful? I suppose a superb copper mirror is one of the best gifts one can present to a beloved. If you make up your mind to give a mirror as a gift to somebody, you must select a reliable brand. Mexican hammered copper mirrors are the best among a sea of other brands. They are hand hammered by skilled Mexican artisans. So, each one of them looks unique and beautiful. Their exceptional copper hue gives a gorgeous finish to the product. These clever craftsmen assure of the quality and durability of each and every copper mirror they produce. And Mexican hammered copper mirrors never disappoint you by showing a crooked, haggard-like facial reflection. So, they reduce the stress and make you happy by reflecting you without distorting your ideal beauty.

They add light to home décor patterns

Mexican hand hammered copper mirrors come in different eye-catching shapes and sizes. Mirrors of various shapes could be used to brighten wall decorations. Just imagine a wall decorated with triangular, rectangular and circular pieces of mirrors put together in beautiful patterns! They reflect rays of sunlight and brighten the whole area. Mirrors of different sizes hanged on a wall in different heights make a fine decoration that adds lots of color and light to your home.

So, come out of the traditional boundaries. Use mirrors appropriately to make your little home a pleasant place.

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DIY Mexican Tile Coasters

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I am Courtney Hamby from Hamby Home Décor and I’m so honored to have the opportunity to share these easy DIY mexican tile coasters.

DIY Mexican tile coasters

We’re in the process of building a house with an open floor plan and I’m planning to use the blue and white ceramics in the kitchen which means I need some blue and white accent pieces in the living room as well. Blue and white ceramics are all over the place these days (antique stores, thrift stores, Home Goods, Pier One, etc.) but I have yet to see blue and white coasters which would be beautiful and great accent pieces for our living room. I saw an Instagram picture with blue and white tiles that got me thinking, why not make some blue and white coasters out of Mexican tiles?! And that’s how this project was started!

Here is what you’ll need:

Supplies needed

  • Tiles
  • Cork Sheets
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Hot Glue

How to Make Them:

Step 1: Purchase Desired Tiles

Fine Crafts & Imports has a great selection of Talavera Mexican tiles at great prices ($1.30 each)! You could use multiples of the same style but I decided to make every coaster different by ordering 8 different style tiles. That’s another thing I love about the blue and white ceramics, you can mix all kinds of patterns and it works!

Supplies needed

Step 2: Paint Tile Edges

These tiles are gorgeous and so fun but the sides are rough and unfinished because they’re typically not used alone. I took acrylic paint and painted the edges of all the tiles to give them a more finished appearance and you would have never known they didn’t come that way. I just used whatever color was used on the edge of the tile to make it look as natural as possible.
If any paint gets on the top of the tile, just wipe it off with your finger and it comes right off! Did I mention how much I’m loving working with these tiles? They’re so easy to work with!

Mexican tile edge painting

Step 3: Prep Cork Backing

The tiles are rough on the bottom and need some sort of backing/cushion to protect them from scratching the surfaces they’re used on. I picked up these thin cork sheets from Michaels and it is perfect for this! The tiles are slightly larger than 4×4 so I marked and cut the cork sheet into 4×4 squares.

Corking Mexican tiles

Step 4: Glue Cork Backing

Then all you need to do is glue the cork to the tiles. I used hot glue but any glue will work. Apply glue to the edges and around the center of the cork and place the cork on the bottom of the tile. Press to flatten and secure the cork backing and then flip the tile over and apply pressure.
Note: If you are using hot glue, make sure to apply the glue to the cork, not the tile. I applied the glue to the tile the first time and it cools immediately causing problems securing the cork backing.

Mexican tile cork gluing

That is all!! I’m in love! These will be perfect accent pieces in the living room and wherever they may be used to tie in the “blue willow” ceramics I’m using throughout the house!

DIY Mexican tile coaster

DIY Mexican tile coaster

This blog post was created for the Landeelu blog. You can view the original post here.


Hamby blog profile picI’m Courtney, from The Hamby Home blog. I am a wife and mother of two fur-babies and marketing coordinator by occupation. I have lived in Alabama my entire life. I have always had a love for DIY and frugal home décor projects and that’s usually what you’ll find me doing during my free time. I am a bargain hunter, trash-to-treasure lover and thrifting enthusiast that’s just trying to create a beautiful home on a small budget.

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Different Tile Options For Your Home

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mexican-tile (1)Tile can be a great flooring choice for almost any room in your home. Tile is durable, scratch-, fire- and water-resistant, and easy to clean. Depending on the function of your room, you’ll want to choose a different kind of tile. Here are a few things to consider when picking your tile flooring, and some of the tile options available.

Roughness

It’s important to look at the tile’s roughness before you buy, as this is the quality that determines how slip-proof it is. Baths and kitchens are two of the most important rooms in the house that require tile that is non-slip. Slip-resistant tile is treated with an abrasive material to roughen up the surface, thus making it safer to step on.

Hardness

Some tiles are harder than others, and can stand heavier traffic without wearing down or breaking. The Porcelain Enamel Institute has the following five hardness ratings:

Group I, Light Traffic: good for home bathrooms, where bare feet or socks are norm.
Group II, Medium Traffic: good for home interiors other than kitchen and entryways.
Group III, Medium-Heavy Traffic: any home interior.
Group IV, Heavy Traffic: any home interior and light commercial areas
Group V, Extra Heavy Traffic: can be used anywhere.

Porosity
Porosity is the measure of how water absorbent a tile is. If a tile is not absorbent, it means it is water proof. This is the tile you want to use in baths and kitchens. The porosity ratings are:

Impervious (least absorbent)
Vitreous
Semi-vitreous
Non-vitreous (most absorbent)

Types of Tile
There are countless different types of tiles to choose from. Here are just some of the basic kinds.

Brick – Brick is a good choice for rustic home designs and is usually used in outdoor spaces.

Ceramic – Ceramic tiles are treated in one of two ways, glazed and unglazed. Glazed tile has a glassy surface and comes in more varied and brighter colors. It is also more stain resistant, but not slip-proof. Unglazed ceramic tile is rougher and its color is already present during firing. Unglazed tile need sealant to help with stain resistance.

Porcelain – Porcelain tile is very dense and resistant to moisture.

Saltillo – Also called Mexican tile, this type of tile is air dried, giving it a unique look. However, the exposure makes it softer than other tile and less durable.

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