I remember years ago visiting a friend’s home that always felt warm, charming, and easily familiar.  The kitchen was my favorite space with it’s carrera marble counter tops, subway tile, and cool vintage fixtures and hardware.  It had a timeless feel and I instantly fell in love with the idea that when I design my dream home, I want it to stand the test of time.

On a recent segment of The Nate Burkus Show, Nate reveals his top 6 picks for renovation building materials that are fail-safe both stylistically and practically, and can contribute to holding and even increasing the value of your home. Below are sample designs utilizing these materials along with links to some cost-friendly “DiggersList Finds” (just click on the photo to view):

#1. Shaker-style Cabinets: these can be identified by their “frame within the frame” design that come in all types of finishes.  They can be left natural or painted if desired, and because of their clean lines, the style is very neutral and enduring. Sample design photo courtesy of

#2. Carrera Marble: this is Nate’s all-time favorite material to use because of its classic elegance for bathrooms and kitchens. It can be used on back splashes, floors, showers, and counter tops. Sample design photo courtesy of

#3. Slate Flooring: another unfailing material that is beautiful and handles moisture very well.  Excellent for entryways, hallways, bathrooms, and kitchens. Sample design photo courtesy of

#4. White Subway Tile: never goes out of style and is excellent to install floor to ceiling. For a bit of a modern twist, subway tiles come in stainless steel and is great for back splashes. Sample design photo courtesy of

#5. Sea-grass Rugs & Wall Covering: natural woven materials have been used in homes throughout the world for years.  Its versatility is apparent when it comes to pairing it with many styles (i.e. antiques, country, modern, etc.). Sample design photo courtesy of

#6.  Pedestal Sink: with its clean lines and simplicity, you can’t go wrong.  Personally, I love them, but would install mainly in powder rooms.  Women need their counter space! Sample design photo courtesy of

Nate Tip: Vintage/reclaimed hardware is a fantastic way to dress cabinets, drawers, etc., for  custom, personalized flair and character. Sample design photo courtesy of

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