Room of the Day: See What Dazzles the Kids in this Bath

A classic blue-and-white nautical theme and a surprise ceiling create a fun atmosphere for siblings

Despite their diminutive size, kids sure can cause a lot of wear and tear. That was the case in this bathroom shared by a 4- and a 6-year-old. Though functional, the space needed a style refresh to upgrade the worn-out and underwhelming beige tile on the walls and floor. Interior designer Rhona Chartouni tackled the project, introducing durable materials and kid-friendly design with a nautical theme that includes a custom-painted night sky on the ceiling.

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Room of the Day: Ferraris, Fossils and Bubbles Inspire a Bath Update

A pink 1950s bathroom decimated by black mold is brought back to life with color and loads of artistic touches designed by the homeowner

Psychologist Jan Ferris knows what she likes and what rubs her the wrong way. She disliked her 1954 pink bathroom, but it wasn’t until two difficult life events struck — the death of her father and a leak that destroyed her bathroom — that she decided to finally tackle some upgrades. Ferris tapped into her former practice as an artist and embraced her love of color to create a cheerful new bathroom that also helped her heal.

Read the full story HERE

A California Kitchen Boots Out Beige

A down-and-out kitchen catches the joy wave and turns up the fun for a social family of 5

These homeowners aren’t fans of bland. After moving from the Midwest to embrace the laid-back vibe of the West Coast, the frequent entertainers wanted to bring spunk to their neutral kitchen.

Now new white cabinets and counters keep the room light, while vibrant yellow window trim, funky hardware and custom tile in retro colors jazz it up. Click HERE for the full story…

Crush of the Week: Moroccan Circles Tile

Moroccan Circles tile by Mercury Mosaics in Marshmallow and Driftwood

Moroccan Circles tile by Mercury Mosaics in colors Marshmallow and Driftwood

I love when two seemingly unrelated things converge, resulting in an “aha” moment. I’m just starting working on a new quilt and after a lot of back and forth decided on an orange peel pattern.

For you non-quilters out there, it looks like this picture (below). Admittedly, this stunning quilt isn’t mine, but it served as inspiration.

Orange Peel Quilt via Squares and Triangles

Orange Peel Quilt via Squares and Triangles

Today, I came across Mercury Mosaics’ Moroccan Circles tile, and it looks a lot like my orange peel quilt pattern. Okay, you need to turn the motif a little bit, but you get the idea. Naturally, it was love at first sight, so Moroccan Circles tile is this week’s Crush of the Week.

What makes the Moroccan Circles pattern particularly unique is that its appearance changes drastically depending on the colors and contrast chosen.

Here’s the pattern in a single color of tile, called Seaglass. The thin line of the grout joints creates a more subtle pattern focused on outlines.

Moroccan Circles in Seaglass

Moroccan Circles in single color: Seaglass

Opposite of gray and white image at the top, this installation below places the lighter value tile as the “pinched square” in the middle, and the darker for the outer “wedge” shapes.

Switching the values creates a completely different effect, as your eye focuses more on the middle shape rather than the rounded wedge shapes. Dark grout makes the value contrasts between the tiles even more pronounced.

Moroccan Circles in Patina and Olive

Moroccan Circles in 2 colors: Patina and Olive

Here’s the same pattern is shown in a more random mix four tile colors: Black, Antique Pewter,  Deco White & Fog (a retired color).

The pinched square centers alternate like a checkerboard between light gray and white. The surrounding wedge colors are irregular, some black and some dark gray.

Moroccan Circles in "Zebra" option of Deco White, Antique Pewter & Black

Moroccan Circles in 4 colors: Deco White, Antique Pewter, Fog & Black

This is a kitchen backsplash installation, so you get an idea of the tile’s scale.

Moroccan Circles and all of Mercury Mosaic’s other tile shapes are available in about 140 colors. Contact them directly for pricing.

A longtime fan of Mercury Mosaics, I wrote a separate article a couple of yearsago on their fun penny round tile .

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Crush of the Week: Furry Friends Delft Tiles

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Crush of the Week, but I’m happy to announce it’s back!

While researching an article on how Vermeer’s Work Can Make Its Mark in Your Home, I found these great Dutch tiles featuring our favorite furry friends.

Made in the Netherlands by Harlinger Aardewerk, they’re 5″ by 5″ and hand-formed like they were four centuries ago. After they’re baked for the first time, the tile is glazed, and while still wet, hand-painted then baked again with a layer of tin gaze.

Sold by Nelis’ Dutch Village at $69.95 each, the price isn’t anything to sneeze at, but worth it considering they’re unique and hand-made.

Here are some of my favorites…

While the cat and dog decorative tiles are my favorite, others featuring owls, farm animals, tulips and boats are available too — and your choice of a plain or crackle finish. You’ll need to install these with Harlinger’s coordinating field tile to match the thickness and finish.

Trick Out Your Kitchen Backsplash for Storage and More

Free up countertop space and keep often-used items handy by making your backsplash more resourceful.

Besides having aesthetic value, backsplashes can also be a useful, easy-to-access storage area.
Hanging frequently used items such as knives, utensils and cookware on wall space in front of you rather than hiding them behind cabinets saves time with food prep and also frees up precious counter space. Adding hanging bars, magnetic strips, shelving and even pot-filling faucets can help make the most of your kitchen backsplash.

Click HERE to read the full story on how to do it.

Mosaic Tile Designs That’ll Thrill You to Bits

Whether you go for simple stones or imaginative expressions, mosaic tile can turn any surface into a work of art.

Dating back to 5,000 years ago, mosaic tiles are one of the world’s oldest art forms. Few other creations in human history have enjoyed that kind of aesthetic longevity. And mosaic tile continues to be an integral part of our homes, parks and public spaces.

Aside from its inherent durability, mosaic tile is extremely versatile. Just about anything is possible with mosaics, in terms of patterns, sizes and color combinations.

If you’re considering this timeless art form for your home, you’ll want to understand the different types of mosaic and how they’re made and installed. Click HERE for the full story.

Moor Tile, Please! Spice Up Your Space with Moroccan Tile

Add an exotic touch with Moroccan tiles in everything from intricate patterns and rich colors to subtle, luminous neutrals.

When Euclid declared, “The whole is greater than the part,” I like to think he had Moroccan tile on his mind.

Moroccan tile is typically noted for complex geometric designs; artisans use mathematical precision to produce masterpieces. Designs rely on symmetry and repetition of complex patterns to cover large areas, such as walls and floors.

Although intricate kaleidoscope-like patterns are the most renowned, not all Moroccan tile is highly patterned. Graceful arabesque shapes, rich solid hues, crosses and carved tiles also add to the mix.

If you’re looking to spice up your next tile project, you can count on these Moorish numbers for inspiration.

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So Many Reasons to Love Cement Tile

You’ll notice their beautiful patterns right away, but cement tiles have less obvious advantages too.

Would you believe me if I told you cement tiles are a lot like checkerboard cake? Hear me out. When you slice into a checkerboard cake, you see alternating squares of chocolate and vanilla goodness. Cement tiles, popular in Mediterranean- and Latin-style spaces, are often highly patterned with geometric and floral designs. So what’s the connection? That lies in how the cake and tiles are made.

Like checkerboard cake batter, cement tiles are formed by hand pouring pigmented cement into decorative molds similar to cookie cutters to separate the colors. When the cement has set enough, the molds are removed and the tile is compressed under 2,000 pounds of pressure. The result is an irresistible work of art for floors or walls. Sounds pretty sweet, eh?

Click HERE to read more about how they’re made, their benefits and where to use them.

Bling Where It’s Least Expected

Give your interior some sparkle and shine with metal tiles on a backsplash, shower or floor.

Anyone who’s ever gone fishing with a flashy lure or held a baby while wearing blingy earrings knows that shiny things are attractive. There’s a magnetic draw to them.

In fact, recent research suggests humans are innately drawn to shiny surfaces because they reflect an age-old quest for fresh water to ensure our survival. Thirsty or not, we can easily infuse our lives and homes with shine — at a minimum to ward off the threat of monotony. One way is by using metallic tiles.

Metal tiles gained popularity in the past decade or so with the explosion of stainless steel kitchen appliances, and stainless steel tiles were (and still are) great harmonizers.

However, they’ve also made their way out of the kitchen — and all that glitters isn’t always stainless steel. Tiles are available in different metals, including bronze, copper and titanium, as well as different surfaces, such as brushed, polished and textured.

Click HERE for the full story.