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Swatching: Timorous Beasties Does Tile

One of my favorite wallpaper brands (based equally on its name as its designs), Timorous Beasties, has recently designed a line of five patterned tile designs called the  Rorschach Tile Collection for clé.  Designed by Paul Simmons and Alistair McAuley of Glasgow-based Timorous Beasties, The Rorschach Tile Collection is comprised of five designs inspired by traditional damask motifs from the ninth century. The symmetrical blotches, splats, and drips are creating with hand drawing, marbling, and puddles of ink. The patterns are hand lithographed on 12″ x 12″ limestone or thassos marble tiles. These patterned tiles are certainly statement-making.

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Splitter Splatter Damask

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Omni Splat

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Grand Blotch Damask

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Sphere Stripe

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Vertical Stripe

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Swatching: Seema Krish’s New Textile Collection

Bombay-born, F.I.T.-educated textile designer Seema Krish, who founded her textile design firm in 2010 in Boston and re-located to San Francisco last year, will debut her new embroidered and hand blocked fabric collection “New York Story” this May.

Like Krish’s first textile collection and her second, “Bombay Glitz,” the “New York Story” fabrics are produced by hand in India with techniques that include block print and embroidery. The collection consists of six designs each done in four to six colors, and was inspired by the colors of Bundi painting and the vibrant feel of New York City.

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Seema Krish Textiles – Central Park

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Seema Krish Textiles – Broadway

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Seema Krish Textiles – Empire Stripe

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Seema Krish’s new textile collection

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Seema Krish pillows in grey and plum

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Cobblestone colorway

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Chair cushions

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Swatching: Bathroom Floor Tiles

We’ve been enjoying the Florida condo immensely. Last weekend, the painter started, and I’ve signed the contract to have very cool (and inexpensive) cork floor tiles put in throughout. Except in the bathrooms. One bathroom is remaining in its pink tile and flamingo wallpaper glory. But the master bath is getting a simple upgrade. (There’s a before photo at the end of this post.)

I’ve already had the pink wall tile and pink tub re-glazed in white. The wallpaper was removed this week, and the walls painted white. The vanity cabinet will be painted white too, and be treated to new brushed chrome knobs from IKEA. The countertop is pink Formica, with an overmount pink sink and awful cheap faucets. I don’t have a plan for that yet. (I’m thinking of tiling the counter since stone is way too expensive.)

Meanwhile, the floor is an easy fix. The pink floor tiles must go! I think they’ll even be able to tile right over them, which will save money. I looked around for inspiration, including Waterworks, Urban Archaeology, ABL Tile & Bathroom Centre, Overstock.comHome Depot, and of course Pinterest.

I might just do a plain white penny tile on the floor. We have that in the boys bathroom and laundry room on the Cape, and I love it. Or, something in an airy green.Here are 22 blue, green, and white tiles that caught my eye, along with my thoughts. Feel free to chime in.

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Interesting mix of materials (metal, concrete, glass), but too busy.

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Adore these flat ocean pebbles, but won’t work with the overall Scandinavian decor.

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Simple gray penny tile—total contender.

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Love the color palette, but a basketweave tile pattern is too traditional.

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Love these skinny gary horizontal tiles. Is the shape too on trend/contemporary?

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Dreamy colors. Definitely a possibility. Possibly perfect.

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Three-dimensional pattern in green concrete. Would work well with plain white tile. Too design-y?

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Gray, clear and white in a mix of materials. Maybe?

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Green and blue glass is fresh and pretty. Too right now? Too sleek? Too slippery for the floor?

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Pretty penny tile in ombre, but the lavender hues are annoying.

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Basic white penny tile. These are kind of small, and marble; I’m thinking glossy porcelain.

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The rest of the condo flooring will be cork. Should the bathroom be cork too?

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I’m so attracted to the blues, but really I want the bathroom to be green.

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Emerald green penny tile. Intense.

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Green penny tile. Perfect.

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More blues.

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Oval white tile. Fresh clean but not too modern.

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Organic white tile. Very pretty, but maybe too fashion-y for such a basic bathroom.

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This is fun. Blue, white, and green together.

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Nah. Too kid-like.

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Beautiful deep celadon green.
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Also love this lighter cleadon green penny tile. Lighter, fresher, better with plain white.

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Here’s the bathroom.  Imagine it in white. 

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Swatching: Martyn Lawrence Bullard for Ann Sacks

Last May I met Martyn Lawrence Bullard at the Boston Design Center, where he was promoting his new fabric line for Schumacher (I blogged about it here.) In addition to another fabric collection for Schumacher, he has a new tile collection for Ann Sacks. Swatches from both collections, below.

Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s new tile collection for Ann Sacks

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“Mousharabia” inspired by carved wood latticework screens of Morocco

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“Eastern Promise” concrete tiles

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“Hermitage” mirrored glass tiles  

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Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s latest collection 
for F. Schumacher & Co.

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Theodore

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Delos

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Kerylos

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Shambala

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Baglioni

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Serpetti

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Swatching: Tilton Fenwick for Duralee

This is the first post of a new column for StyleCarrot, called Swatching. As you can probably guess, I’ll be highlighting textile, wallpaper, tile, rug, and other similar collections of products used to decorate. I don’t get over to the Boston Design Center as often as I’d like, so maybe this will motivate me. Of course I also get press releases and images directly from the companies and designers as well.

On Monday night I had dinner at Trade, chef Jody Adam’s restaurant on the Waterfront, with the lovely ladies of Manhattan-based interior design firm Tilton Fenwick. (Thank you Duralee for hosting!) I first met Suysel DePedro Cunningham and Anne Maxwell Foster in the spring of 2012, through Traditional Home when the designers we nominated won a spot in magazines digital TRADHome issue. (I wrote about Palmer Weiss; have a peek here.)  I’ve followed their work and stayed in touch.

Earlier this year, Suysel and Anne, who are known for mixing a giddy array of color and pattern, launched their first fabric line, Tilton Fenwick Collection for Duralee. Here is a sampling of their fantastic prints. Now, I need to go see what I can re-cover . . .

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Miraval

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Marvin

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Whittaker

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Barlow

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Jax

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Cecilia

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Cline

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Berk

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Soskin

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Rocat

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Quintessence

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The designers behind Tilton Fenwick
Suysel DePedro Cunningham + Anne Maxwell Foster

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