Dueling Tile + Artwork On Fixer Upper

It’s Wednesday, which means I must be mulling over last night’s Fixer Upper.

AND . . . yes, I AM!

(These photos are from Joanna’s blog: https://magnoliamarket.com/blog/)

fixer uper bean house front exterior

We’re all on board with this charming house’s being awesome, no?

They don’t focus too much attention on their landscaping on the show,

but they always knock it out of the park, + I always love it.

The curves!

 Going to have curves out front

when we finally get to landscaping here at the Dutch colonial.

But I digress.

Let’s go inside:

fixer upper bean house kitchen tiles

And . . . welcome to what I am going to call DUELING TILES!

Yes or no?

First, let’s look at the kitchen’s back splash — painted tiles.

fixer upper bean house kitchen tiles close up

Since it’s (my favorite color) blue + vintage looking, I vote yes,

but not a very enthusiastic yes.

I fear they will be out of style sooner or later or I will tire of them.

I prefer the 2nd dueling painted tiles  — those on the bathroom floor:

fixer upper bean house bathroom floor

I really love the painted tiles they chose for here.

I think it looks a little like a quilt pattern.

fixer upper bean house bathroom floor and tub

Thumbs up!

But wait.  There’s more.

I wonder how well were you paying attention last night.

Did anyone else notice these stunning botanical prints in the dining room?


(These photos were taken by me, off the TV screen.)

The prints were shown during the evening

when Joanna was finishing the staging of the house.


I was instantly smitten, + not just with the botanicals.

They were framed in such an unusual + interesting way!

Looks like each print was sandwiched between 2 panes of glass.

Any-hoo, at the end of the show, I noticed the prints had gone missing.

fixer upper bean house dining area

In their place, Joanna chose some galvanized metal containers,

with what looks like faux greenery “planted” inside them.

fixer upper bean house dining area buffet

I wonder what she was thinking.

Were the prints too attention grabbing?

Would they have strayed too far from her go-to neutral design?

Maybe that rug might be the only strong item she wanted to use.

(Oh, + of course, that is a gorgeous herringbone brick floor!)

I wish to have said herringbone brick in our front sidewalk!

But I digress, once again.

So, anyway, did anybody else notice those prints?

Am I the only one who prefers the botanicals to the metal containers?

Vote early, vote often!

a. botanical prints

or b. tin containers of faux greenery?


Yes or no: painted tile kitchen back splash?

fixer upper bean house kitchen tiles

Yes or no: painted tile bathroom floor?

fixer upper bean house bathroom floor

Thank you for voting,

+ as always, see you next Wednesday for more Fixer Upper chit chat!

9 responses to “Dueling Tile + Artwork On Fixer Upper

  • staceyweichert

    I think I must be one of the rare people that have grown a bit weary of the show. I agree, the cement tiles are too much on the backsplash–would be much better as a floor tile.
    I dislike all the ‘faux’ greens and flowers–It’s just that I was a florist for most of the 80’s and 90’s and I’m ‘all silked out’!

    I believe the bathroom with the bowl sink and wall faucets look good, but will be a disaster to use!

    And YES, put the botanicals back up!

  • ginger

    I like the tiles in the bathroom but mainly because they are black and white… tooo much in the kitchen and will be sick of them and outdated quickly. If you have money to spend to change it up that’s no big deal, but I would have gone with something a little more classic maybe. The faucets for the sink in the bathroom on the wall look cute, but not so functional and also are gold when the fixture for the tub was black or bronze. That kind of bugs me. Over the fake floral and loved the prints but not how they were framed. Design is all about what you love so it’s good to make it your own in whatever way works for you.

    • cardinalkay64

      I love a good wall-mounted faucet because it’s so vintage, but look more closely at the vessel sink + what looks like a repurposed table in the bathroom. The sink is shoved against the wall, leaving an awkward space in the front of the table. You know, maybe the photos are deceiving. I dunno.

  • nancy

    I like the floor tiles in the bathroom, and the light fixtures. I do like the tiles on the back splash BUT, not on the whole wall, they might get old after a while . I wonder if the botanical prints ended up somewhere else in the house. I have seen frames where they are, indeed, 2 panes of glass held together with a frame. And, those bathroom tiles do remind me if someone else’s bathroom/powder room.☺

  • Dolores

    Love the bathroom tile that looks like a quilt!

    • cardinalkay64

      Dolores, you leave me no choice but to wax nostalgic, go down memory lane, etc. etc.
      All this talk of quilt patterns on floors remind me of my late, great Heart-in-Hand shop.
      From Day One, I stenciled a Nine Patch motif on the floor of my space, wherever it was at the time!

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