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San Francisco Bay-area designer Kriste Michelini uses tile to create a divide between the wet and dry areas of the bathroom. She frequently experiments with unique combinations of tile and uses various tile shapes in the same marble material to create a sense of infinite space.


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This marble bath is pretty exquisite, yes? It’s very Lisa Vanderpump if you ask me.

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I am a self-professed lover of tile. Naturally, I love tiled bathrooms, but recently I’ve been seeing more tiled bathtubs which is like, Why didn’t I think of that? First there was this pretty little number all done up in blue by Anthony Baratta. Then I saw this mosaic bathtub by Mosaic Sweden and I don’t know what happened, but I had to be revived with smelling salts.

mosaic bathtub
I can’t read Swedish (I know, so uncultured!), but I think this was a project for the Stockholm Furniture Fair 2012. The mosaic’s subject matter is apt for this time of year when I am yearning for spring. The details and depth of color in the mosaic plus the dramatic shape of the clawfoot tub make this an all-around impressive piece. Just throw in a petal-packed Lush Rose Queen bath bomb for a full-flower sensory experience!

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Seeing this gorgeous ikat tile by New Ravenna Mosaics reminded me of those old commercials for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Like, “You got your ikat in my tile!” “You got your tile in my ikat!” Fortunately, I think ikat and tile are two great trends that taste better together, if you will.

ikat tile

I adore this for a funky yet elegant powder room like the one shown, or an accent wall anywhere, really! Then again, I’m a sucker for tile, so I could be biased. (See my bio below.) What do you think? Do you wish you had walls — or even just a backsplash — like this?

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A few days ago, I thought I had found the coolest tile floor ever. A few days ago, I might have been wrong. Because I just spied this PLAID TILE FLOOR on Houzz, and my life is forever changed.

plaid tile flooring

Look closely, rub your eyes, squint, and then pinch yourself like I did. I cannot believe this is tile, and not carpet. I also cannot imagine the kind of patience needed to lay down such a work of art. A doff of the cap to you, Andrea May!

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I’m not what you’d call a minimalist. In fact, I subscribe to the whole “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing” philosophy when it comes to design. Which is why this Danish home’s funky floor is so appealing to me.

funky bathroom floorBy Heyhome for Bolig, via From Scandinavia With Love

This festival of zig zag and highlighter colors feels like a giant Missoni print translated from textile into tile. The real genius is that everything else is kept simple, so the floor gets to glow against dramatic black cabinets and stark white walls. What do you think? Do you love a bright, bold statement like this on floors? Or does it feel too Saturday Night Fever-ish for you?

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Remember when I shared this bathroom inspiration board? Things are finally starting to look just as I planned. As of today, our master bathroom looks like this:

She’s pretty, yes? Ken has been hard at work laying our 360Flooring tile (with radiant floor heating), grouting, finishing the sauna, prepping trim and gearing up for the big plumbing finale: toilet, sink and shower.

And while he’s been toiling away for weeks, we’ve still got quite a bit of work left. Here’s our to do list, complete inspiration board, so you can envision what I’m thinking!

Honey, Do Check Out The List

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The Boundary Hotel bathroom tiles provide a “view” not often experienced while showering.

cityscape bath tiles

British designer Dominic Crinson creates ceramics and wall coverings with a fresh and unexpected perspective. His collections include cityscapes like the one above, as well as other stunning graphics.  Have you ever considered a permanent mural in your home?

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Remember that post we did on Curbed’s Operation Dollhouse? Our miniature garden is finished and being photographed today. Get a behind-the-scenes peek at the project before it goes live:

Our Assistant Editor, Karli, gluing down tiles. She’s putting those interior design skills to work!

The bed, the door, more glue…and binder clips for clamps. Here’s to raiding the office supply cabinet!

Brenna, our intern, with Karli, and the fan that kept the glue fumes to a manageable level.

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It’s taken a few days—scratch that. It’s taken many, many, many days and countless hours of toiling through pages and pages of instructions that don’t make sense to assemble the new cabinetry in my sister’s basement. I think my brother-in-law is ready to strangle me. I don’t blame him.


Yes, there’s still a tiny bit more work to be done: the kick boards need to be put in place, and obviously there’s a door missing. But considering that this thing came in 800 different pieces, I think my brother-in-law deserves a beer even though he wouldn’t drink it.

TOTALLY against the BYU honor code. Maybe I’ll buy him a huge Sprite.


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My older sister September (yes, that’s her name despite the fact that she was born in January, long story but the gist of it is that my parents are nuts) has five amazing, albeit a bit rambunctious kids and a house that is holding on by a thread. Her husband is a principal at a local middle school, and because she has chosen to stay at home to raise the kids they’ve had to budget here and there where they can in terms of home improvement. Meaning, the cabinet doors in the kitchen are falling off, but at least the water heater is working!

Several weeks ago I stopped by her house to see how their basement renovation was coming along, and I’ll be honest. My first thought was, oh dear. This is going to take you guys ten years to finish. Because her husband was doing every single thing himself: from painting, to patching, to laying down every piece of tile:


And when I saw the arrangement of the tile my right eyebrow started to twitch and I began itching my neck uncontrollably. I mean, look at it. LOOK AT IT. That right there is a violation of every law of thermodynamics, am I right? No? I should up my meds? Point taken.


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