Tracey Stephens Interior Design
June 2012
Tile Mosaic
Mindful Living
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This month I had the pleasure of hosting two high school students (Stephanie Brunner & Kira Farris) from Montclair Kimberly Academy for a two week summer internship.  More about our adventures in next month's newsletter. 
Click here to learn more about internships with me for interior design  students. 
Broken tile mosaic backsplash ~
project of the month 

This is the 2nd in a series of fondly remembering my house as I prepare to move next month.  I made minimal changes to the kitchen in my own house (as you know the cobbler's children have no shoes).  I did funk up the backsplash and it was a really fun project! I'll be posting more photos on my FB page so check it out.

And here's a link to a new page on my website which now introduces the kitchen section.  Thanks to Charlotte Eulette for the wonderful quote about the essence of kitchen-ness.

broken tile backsplash - kitchen overview

broken tile mosaic with slasa
The Salsa spoon rest was the starting point for the color direction. 
Mindful Living & Green Design ~
Trash to Treasure

A broken tile backsplash is all about re-using.  I used leftover small bits of tile from client projects (that would have gone in the trash), broken pottery that friends keep leaving on my front porch and yard sale finds.  Lots of back stories and memories here!

This technique is perfect for you DIYers to use on all sorts of surfaces such as table tops (just use all flat pieces), fireplace surround, lamp bases or mirror frames.  It works best on ceramic, sheetrock or metal.  Not so great on wood which as you know expands and contracts and in so doing might crack the grout.

Have fun with this and send pix of your completed project.  I'd love to see them
Inspiration ~
Travel + Doing Good in the World

Last winter I asked you readers for photos of travel that inspires you.  Here are some from Jessica Sporn from one of her many trips with From Houses to Homes, a NJ based organization that builds houses, schools and health clinics in Guatemala.  To donate or volunteer click here.  Travel combined with the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of families is particularly inspiring!
Guatemala weaving
Guatemala kidsGuatemala women shawls  

Featured in many national publications, Tracey's award winning kitchen and bath design showcases her innovative design sensibility and her exceptional and confident use of color.  Also offered - whole house design services including paint color consultations and furnishings.

If you would like help with kitchen or bath design or re-using something you have in your home, contact me at 973-744-8947 or, and please use the link below to forward this newsletter to your whole wide world!
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