I’m working with a fun client who is doing a kitchen remodel. We have been visiting slab yards looking at a variety of interesting countertops. During this inspiration process, we discussed the idea of a waterfall island. Recently on trend, this involved taking the countertop to the floor. Yes, it involves much more materials and will be a bit more expensive, but can truly be stunning. Take a look….
Tile can make a real statement if done correctly. I always believe that classic is always best, and encourage my clients not to overdo it or to become too trendy. With my latest client, we are considering a combination of neutral marble and tile that’s subtle but beautiful. This particular bath was perfect for introducing a tile border. Assuming you have some space to work with and there are not a ton of corners to assess, tile borders are a real crowd pleaser. I usually allow for some breathing space around the perimeter of the room, followed by a nice small border about 3-6″ within that, followed by smaller tile in the center.
Here is some inspiration to get you started….
I did it. In my own kitchen. I always wanted marble countertops and they have arrived. It took me months to find the right slab. I didn’t love the deep gray streaks in the Cararra although the price point rocked. Calcutta, my true love, was just too darn expensive. Eventually I found Bianco Levantina. It had the veining and coloring of Calcutta at the Carrara price. I called for weeks and it arrived one day at 8 AM and I was there on the dock waiting to chose my favorite slabs. By 10 AM, all 30 slabs were taken. Guess it’s the hot thing in Dallas right now.
Here is a shot of the in process update. I changed the cabinet color from the popular creamy BM White Dove to a whiter BM – Chantilly Lace which worked better with the slab. I’m in love with the polished nickel Rohl faucet that shines like a new piece of jewelry. I also need to add sconces over the bar and accessories. But it’s getting so close to perfect.
Am I nuts? Won’t marble stain? While it can, I doubt it. Not only am I a bit anal, but it takes something pretty crazy to do so. Check out these blogs if you have your doubts: Cote De Texas, Casatelli Marble and Petch House.
This week I ventured with a client to Ann Sacks and Renaissance Tile & Bath. These showrooms really help a client visualize a space through their vignettes of beautiful tiles mixed with bathroom fixtures. Our goal was to find some tiles we love, play with faucets and find the perfect claw foot double slipper tub (where both ends of the tub slope).
Victoria + Albert makes a stunning volcanic limestone tub we adored, but unfortunately doesn’t make double slipper with claw feet (please, please make one) so we will be settling on a cast iron version.
Ann Sacks also has a fabulous new line of affordable Italian porcelain tile that has the weathered look of antique wood and linen. Perfect for the floors of a lakehouse with lots of texture. We also love the classic look of carrara for the master and of course the Hampstead line of faucets….all great finds for me to build from…