You guys, I have been wanting to tile everything in my home lately. Patterned tile to be exact. I’m blaming it on Instagram and all the crazy good tile inspiration I’ve been seeing as of late, including #ihavethisthingwithtiles. Anyone else with me? From bathroom floors to kitchen backsplashes to fireplaces, I (happily) rounded up some of my favorites below. Let the tiling adventures begin!
Today’s home tour style embodies one of the most important aspects of designing your home—it tells a story. Lance and Michael have sprinkled their home with gems of meaning, from the colorful art pieces to wedding gifts that serve as decor, and we can’t get enough of their eclectic vibe! See the full tour here in The Vault.
We moved into this house a little over two years ago after a long time searching for the perfect home for us – we actually were considering the one across the street first! But this one won us over with its open layout and great views. We actually have plans to add a 2nd floor and library to the house sometime soon, when we’re not traveling back and forth from New York.
Michael: We love mixing classic design with modern design throughout, and love neutral colors, but the artist in me always wants to mix in punches of bright colors and exotic textures/metals. These lamps were a steal from HomeGoods, and we love the drama they add as soon as guests walk in the front door.
Lance: Our dog Dingo loves this rug – he was my first rescue dog here in LA, he’s almost 13 years old at this point. We always have tons of dogs running around because we foster them, and in the end can’t bear to give them up!
This room has tons of interesting pieces – starting with this amazing glass-top coffee table that was the first piece we bought for our home together. The bottom is a real 500 lb. boat propeller from an old ship that docked in New York – we both love the ocean so it was the perfect piece.
Michael: We love coffee table books and eclectic “tchotchkes.” As a pop artist, I really utilize art to make a room come to life (my pieces are very colorful and pop-culture influenced, so we always have tons of color.) I think properly arranging/designing what goes on a coffee table or bookshelf is so crucial in fully designing a room, so that was a focus for us here.
Lance: This gold impala head is one of our favorites. We fell in love with this animal when we visited South Africa a few years ago for a safari – they were everywhere! This piece really called to us because right when we got back from the trip, we were at HomeGoods and saw this staring at us and thought, this HAS to go in our house! It was a sign. HomeGoods is great at helping you find the accessories and accent pieces that help make a room personal. This crystal vase was also a wedding gift of ours from Kris Jenner, and it’s just too beautiful to not display. The black accent piece on our bar console is actually an award that I got from The Beastly Ball at the LA Zoo. I typically like to keep awards in my office, but this one looks more like a piece of art!
The open layout of the kitchen and living room make this space perfect for entertaining. We love hosting game nights here – our friends can be playing in the living room and we can still be involved in the action, even if we’re in the kitchen.
Lance: Cooking is one of my all-time passions. When we renovated this house before moving in, we purposely designed the kitchen to look like the set of a cooking show – it’s always been a dream of mine! We love testing new recipes and collecting different types of oil and vinegars – stored on these awesome floating shelves. My favorite gifting tip – instead of bringing a bottle of wine to the hostess when you’re heading to a friend’s for dinner, bring a nice bottle balsamic vinegar instead. They always love it and it lasts so much longer than a bottle of wine! This large bottle on the far left is from HomeGoods – they have an amazing gourmet food section.
Michael: We also were able to build in a little bar section into the corner of this room, since our guests love to hang out at the counter stools. These trays and ottomans can be moved around for temporary seating during game night, and these large champagne bottles were a gift from our wedding last year, which we love being able to display as a reminder of that day.
Lance: Adding small touches to even typically undecorated rooms like the bathroom was fun for us – Michael found these amazing decals that we hung on the otherwise boring walls in our guest bath, and I put an old MTV Moon Man award to good use!
Michael: Since we love having friends and family over, we try to always keep this guest bathroom looking presentable with faux florals and sleek accessories (these ones are from HomeGoods – so affordable but still look super luxe!)
Photography: Harry Van Gorkum For HomeGoods
Sometimes an image crosses my path that stops me dead in my tracks and often times it involves dessert. I have a weakness and this meringue is totally catering to it. As party of our Valentine’s Day Party Extravaganza, we cooked up some gorgeous treats infused with blush tones and perfect for nibbling or gifting. Looking for even more Valentine’s sweets? Click here.
1 Hour/s 10 Minute/s
- 1 1/2 cups superfine sugar
- 5 egg whites
- food coloring
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, pour in sugar and bake for about 5 minutes at 400 degrees F until the edges just begin to melt.
- Meanwhile, pour egg whites into the bowl of your stand mixer (make sure it’s clean) fitted with the whisk attachment. Whisk on low allowing bubbles to form, increase to high and continue whisking until stiff peaks form and you can turn the bowl upside down without the egg whites falling out.
- Remove the sugar from the oven and begin whisking again at high speed. Add one big spoonful at a time, ensuring that the whities come back to stiff peaks after each addition. Once all the sugar is added, continue to whisk for 5 - 7 minutes. You should be able to rub the mixture between your fingers and not feel any grit from the sugar. You know it’s ready to use when it forms a smooth shiny peak on the tip of your finger.
- Decrease oven temperature to 200 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Place a dab of meringue on four corners of pan and press paper on top to hold it down flat.
- To acheive the "kiss" - use a large circle pastry tip. Hold vertically above your parchment paper. Using a good amount of pressure, squeeze your pastry bag to create your base, then gradually release pressure as you pull directly upward.
- To achieve the ombre - Start with white kisses. Once you've piped about 12, add in 2-3 drops of food coloring. You can always add more but you can't take away, so start slowly. You can also add a single yellow drop if you want a peachier hue. Pipe another 12. Then add in more food coloring, repeating this process until you have 4 gradual but distinctly different colors.
- Bake at 200 degrees for 30-40 minutes until the kisses can easily be lifted off the parchment paper with bases in tact. Let cool completely. Meringues stored in an airtight container will keep for up to two weeks
And for a few more reasons to save your seat on the ombré bandwagon, check out this collection of inspiring goodies in various shades of pink and maybe a few other colors too.