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Montage: 16 Bathroom Tile Backsplashes

While I’ve been focusing on the Florida condo for the last year or two in terms of my decorating energies, especially when it comes to bathroom tile (I posted on Bathrooms with Contrasting Tile Floors, Bathroom Floor Tile Swatches, and Tiled Bathroom Vanities), I’ve been putting off a tiny bathroom project in Boston—a teeny tiny bathroom tile backsplash above the pedestal sink in our powder room.

We wallpapered the powder room as part of our renovation a few years ago and the wallpaper quickly became dirty right above the sink. Now would be the perfect time to pick out tile for a bathroom tile backsplash and have it done, since Merlin, our wizard of a handyman, is coming next week to paint our bedrooms and bathrooms. (Did I mention HGTV is coming in two weeks to photograph the apartment for the magazine? Nothing like a photo shoot to make you scramble.)

The backsplash tile wouldn’t go all the way across the wall. Rather, it’d be just above the pedestal sink, just enough to add some protection against all the water. We’re talking sixteen-by-eight-inches. I’ve found 16 bathrooms that feature smaller swathes of tile or marble, or just a tiny square of tiles, above the sink.

The backsplash would be installed over my Tres Tintas Barcelona wallpaper. The next question is, what kind of tile to use for this teeny tiny bathroom tile backsplash? Fireclay Tile sent me a press release today with some interesting new tiles. But that’s a whole other post.

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House to Home

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Styling by Rosemarjin van Zandvoort and Barbara Natzjil
Photo by Margriet Hoekstra  •  VT Wonen

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Aaron Hojman  •  Casa Zinc

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Elle Decoration Sweden

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Home of Fiona Doublas of Bluebell Grey  •  Design Sponge

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Chamberlain Javens Architects

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Welke

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Marie Laure Helmkampf

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Florence Jaffrain  • Marie Claire Maison

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Mally Skok Design

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Sara Gilbane Interiors

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Steven Volpe Design  •  Elle Decor

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House to Home

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House to Home

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Styled by Marsha Golemac  •  Photo by Brooke Holm 

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Montage: Walk in Showers with Frameless Glass Partitions

Door or no door? There’s no question that a walk in shower is the way to go (nobody wants to climb over a tub), but do you do just a simple, frameless glass partition, or do you add a door?

I was just having this conversation with someone (though I don’t remember who), and she pointed out that it’s a lot less expensive if you skip the door, not just in terms of the glass, but the hardware and installation. There’s also the whole hassle of shower door seals.

A shower without a door is good for a smaller space. We used one when we renovated our master bath down in DC, and also in the guest bedroom on the Cape. You also need to consider the shape. We did a door in the master because it’s square. And of course, if you don’t like a breeze on your naked body.

The other option is to do a tile wall or half wall. Not sure how the pricing works out. I guess it’s a decent option for more modest folks, but it definitely closes in the space, whereas glass keeps everything light and open.

Here are 15 walk in showers with frameless glass partitions sans doors.

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MiCasa

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Silvio Rech + Lesley Carstens Architecture

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Lori Pepe-Lunché  •  Design Sponge

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Eric Roth Photography

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Fabio Galeazzo Design

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Minarc Design

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John Granen Photography

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Home of artist  Rory Dobner  •  Elle Decoration

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Canadian House & Home

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London loft of Hosh Ibrahim 

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Architects Felipe Hess & Renata Pedrosa  •  Fran Parente Photography

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Heath Tiles

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Montage: 26 Rooms with Black Leather Sofas

Quick, what’s the first association you have with black leather sofas? Bachelor pads? ’80s decor? The truth is, a leather sofa can be quite palatable, decor-worse. I wouldn’t have thought so, but it’s true. The trick seems to be using it in all white rooms, either sticking to a neutral palette and modern bent, with a bit of rich wood and brass, and maybe a kilim, or going Scandinavian, with pops of clear, bright color. Here are 26 rooms with black leather sofas that won’t make you cringe. And, if you prefer a softer neutral, have a look at January’s “Montage: Cognac Colored Leather Sofas” and “Get the Look: 28 Leather Sofas in Cognac, Tobacco, & Caramel” for shopping suggestions.

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Alvhem Makleri

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Photo by Pia Ulin

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Alvhem Makleri

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Home of Victoria Smith of SFGirlbyBay

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Eklund Stockholm New York

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Photo by Chris Dorsey

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Jane Kim Design

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Home of Ellen Degeneres & Portia de Rossi
Photo by William Abranowicz  •  Elle Decor

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Jamie Bush

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Lonny

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Domino

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The 10 Cent Designer

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Photo by Lina Ostling  •  Hus & Hem
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Fritz Hansen

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Photo by James Geer

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Photo by Paul Barbera

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Finnish blogger Lily of Likainen Parketti

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Ligne Roset Togo sofa by Michel Ducaroy

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Elle Espana

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Uusi Muste

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West Elm 

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Styling by Rikke Graff Juel  •  Photo by  Frederrike Heiberg
ALT for darmerne

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Lily

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Photo by Kristian Frires  •  Design Sponge

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Montage: 28 Rooms with Cognac Colored Leather Sofas

We all know that a classic brown leather Chesterfield sofa can look quite dignified in a traditional library setting. Thinking of other types of modern leather sofas in natural colors or rich luggage tones, one might imagine a Danish modern setting, or something quite Italian and sleek. But there’s an in-between.

I actually wouldn’t have guessed that I’d find so many examples of cognac colored modern leather sofas so easily, and that they’d be in such tasteful decors, including Scandinavian interiors,  Brooklyn brownstones, modern houses, and bohemian lofts.

These modern leather sofas mix as well with sheepskin as they do with kilims. Some are clean-lined sectionals, other a tad squishy. While most are in mainly white settings, many are mixed with deep reds, or yellow and green accessories. Here are 28 rooms with modern leather sofas in natural colors like cognac, caramel and tobacco  that are worth studying (and emulating).

For shopping suggestions see: “Get the Look: 28 Leather Sofas in Cognac, Tobacco, & Caramel.”

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Femina

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Shoot Factory

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Rolf Benz Furniture

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Photo by Jean-Marc Wullschleger •  Elle Decoration UK

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Photo by Yolandé Marx

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Photo by Frederik Vercruysse

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Morrison Hair Co., Laguna Beach

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Nuevo Estilo

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Shoot Factory

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Jonathan Adler •  Elle Decor

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Jonathan Adler & Simon Doonan’s home on Shelter Island
Dwell

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Freedom Winter Collection 2012

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Zanotta 

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one forty three

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Shelton, Mindel & Associates

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Femina

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Home of Petra Bindel

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Home of Danish designer Birgitte Rabens
Photo by Raúl Candales •  Elle Decor Spain

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Photo by William Brinson  •  House of Brinson

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Editor Pilar Guzman’s Brooklyn brownstone
Matthew Hranek  •  Photo by Martha Stewart Living

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Nuevo Estilo

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Wood & Wool Stool

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Nuevo Estilo

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Photo by Will Pryce  •  Dwell

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Montage: Bedroom Sconces

We spend summers at my husband’s family’s home in Cape Cod, and recently got a little condo in South Florida for sunshine doses during Boston winters. That pretty much (most definitely) means the travel budget is depleted. We don’t, have never, taken a grand family vacation. By contrast, our kids’ friends have travelled to some amazing destinations during school breaks (Israel, Tanzania, Norway, El Salvador, Paris, etc.). My kids have pointed out that they’ve never been out of the country, and have asked for “a trip to Canada, at least” just to say they have.

Spending thousands of dollars for the privilege (?) of spending 24/7 with family is not at the top of my list. On the other hand, I too wouldn’t mind a trip overseas, and who knows, maybe we’d even all get along and have fun. We thought, if we were to do this, we’d start off easy, with London. (After all, until just a few years ago,  a family trip to Target was a challenge.)

Part of what makes travel hard, for me, is that I like a nice hotel. But that’s a huge budget-eater, especially for four. I was thinking about looking into rentals at short stay apartments in London. Does anyone have suggestions? What does this have to do with bedside sconces? Not much. While I was perusing one of those sites, I came across a photo with interesting placement of reading sconces.

When we built the house on the Cape, I installed slightly odd sconces in a guest room—ones that stick straight out above the bed. Not the best idea, as they get very hot and guests hit their heads when they sit up. That said, I applaud the efforts for trying sconces that go beyond the boring. Here are 20 bedside sconce ideas.

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London Shortlet

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Satyagraha House

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Instagram: Kenziepoo

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Casa Brazil

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CCS Architecture

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Brian Atwood’s bedroom by Nate Berkus
Photo by Simon Upton for Elle Decor

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Emily Henderson

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HK Living

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Laura Fulmine

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Amy Lau

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Cindy Sherman’s Hamptons house  by Billy Cotton
 Jason Schmidt for Architectural Digest

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Lonny

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Elin Kicken

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Imagine Living/Houzz

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Arquiteto Piero Lissoni

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Home of Trinny Woodall  •  Femina

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Flavor Paper

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Photographer Sean Fennessy  for  The Design Files

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John Coolidge Photography

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