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Hola, everybody!

We just paid a small fortune

to have bathroom tile installed at the Dutch colonial.

Methinks it was money well-spent.  What say ye?

Let’s begin upstairs + then work our way back down again.


My tile design scheme:  classic, timeless

+ making it look like they are original to the house.


I am especially pleased with my design for the window surround,

because it was a big challenge to keep things looking original.

We used inexpensive chair rail or cap tiles, in stock at Home Depot.

The subways were bought there at the same time.


Now let’s head back downstairs.

First up, our powder room:


May I just say that I’ve never loved anything more?

I call these 2″ tiles hexagons, or “hexies”,

but they’re also known as honeycombs.


And does it go without saying that this room has to be gray,

to complement all the gray in the marble?



I’m not afraid to choose something dark-ish,

since the floor is so light.

Meanwhile, check out this masterpiece:

gray panelled bathroom walls -- apartment therapy

Apartment Therapy


That picture frame molding might be too much troublesome for G.O.

I dunno, but stay tuned.

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Meanwhile, here’s our quality control officer, Chloe, giving that floor the once-over:


She approves!

Now let’s have a look-see at the downstairs main bath:


I’ve always loved this kind of tile, which I refer to as “flowers”.

We searched + searched at tile retailers, but had no luck.

We ended up ordering it from Amazon.

Back to our room:


As you can see, this tub’s been tricked out just like the one upstairs.

Love it!

And now, because I’ve been keeping so “bizzy”,

please allow me to share a few snapshots of my recent projects:

IMG_4667(1) IMG_4683(1) IMG_4697(1) IMG_4702(1)

As always, thanks for viewing!

It means a lot!

Shopping For ‘Wacky’ Tiles

‘Tis time for us to choose tile for our Dutch colonial’s kitchen + baths!

I knew I wanted this vintage awesome-ness for our main bath floor:

tile -- main bathroom

Black + white floral mosaic

So, we gassed up the car + searched for said-same.

7 different places in 3 different cities — incl. Chicago — but nothing.

Apparently, my tastes are so ‘wacky’,

that nobody — ever — carries what I want!

Does this happen to you, too?

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Anyway, the good news is that moments later,

G.O. found it online at amazon.com (free shipping, no waiting!)

+ ordered it just yesterdee.

tile -- main bathroom

$5-something sq. ft.
Plus, amazon’s free shipping.
Not bad.

Thank goodness for the internet, am I right?

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But wait.

Back to the brick-and-mortar tile search.

I was hoping to find kitchen backsplash tiles, too.

Something 3″ x 6″ + medium gray, please.

Let’s have a look-see at said-same in my latest kitchen sketch:


Look how a medium gray contrasts so nicely

with both white cabs + dark countertop:

backsplash #6 -- pinterest


The humanity, though!  We struck out again!

Who’d have thought 3″ x 6″ gray tiles would be too ‘wacky’ to find?

Anyway, it was back to online shopping for us.

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I’ve already sent for samples, + these 2 have arrived in my mailbox:

tile 5th avenue smoke glossy $3.99 per sq. ft.

5th Avenue tile in smoke glossy @ $3.00 sq. ft.

Methinks ‘smoke’ is code for too brown-ish, so this was nixed.

tile 5th avenue gray glossy $3.99 per sft

5th Avenue gray glossy @ $3.99 per sq. ft.

This is pretty but too pale to pop nicely against white cabs.

So it’s back to the search!

I’ve already found something that appears pretty spectacular:

tile -- crackled glaze from Home Depot

Ms International from Home Depot
Dove Gray @ $8.98 sq. ft.

It looks suitably medium gray, appears hand-crafted, it’s crackled.

Nobody loves the crackle glaze tiles more than I do!

Here’s what Home Depot sez about it:

With the MS International 3 in. x 6 in. Dove Gray Porcelain Wall Tile, it’s easy to add a splash of contemporary styling to your decor. This attractive tile features a crackled look on a smooth surface in a trendy subway style. Handsome gray shades of this glossy porcelain create a distinct pattern for various install projects in bathrooms, kitchens and other residential or commercial spaces.

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So.  Excuse me while I whip out my Visa card

+ order a sample box of these wacky cuties.

Fingers crossed I’ll love them!

Stay tuned!



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