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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: 21 Interiors With Statement Seascapes

I normally don’t go for seascapes. Especially a seascape with a sailboat, or worse, a lighthouse. That’s not to say I’m not ever attracted to seascapes. I even own a few, though they’re older purchases. One of our statement seascapes in particular holds major real estate in my living room—an Anne Packard oil painting. Packard is a prominent Provincetown artist, and while the work is hardly avant garde, it’s sedate, skilled, and looks great over the fireplace. Very grown up.

Lately I’ve been drawn to interiors that showcase statement seascapes that are photographs. Huge ocean vistas hung over a sofa, bed, or dining table that serve as the centerpiece of the room. Perhaps because the weather has been especially dismal in Boston this winter. I certainly like to keep my swimming pool photos in plain sight of my desk. But also, I’ve noticed that I’ve been appreciating the ocean more and more as I get older.

Or maybe it’s just that waves and beach art are a tad bit trendy. While a seascape (even a statement seascape at times) seems somewhat mundane in terms of subject matter, huge splashes of brilliant cerulean blue and tone-on-tone turquoise is rather appealing. It certainly meshes with my decor. I wonder if I could photograph the ocean in such a way that it could qualify as art. I think I’ll walk across the street and try it.

Until I post my own, here are 21 interiors with statement seascapes.

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Home of Jeanne Chan of Shop Sweet Things  •  via Houzz

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Tori Golub  •  NYC&G  •  Photo by Rick Lew

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Thom Filicia

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Ace Hotel London Shoreditch

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William Hefner

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Halyards Restaurant, St. Simons Island, GA
Photo by Sarah Winchester Studios

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Timothy Whealan Interiors

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Interior designer Steven Gambrel‘s Sag Harbor home
Seascape by Marine Hugonnier
Photo by Simon Upton  •  Elle Decor

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The Fat Radish  •  Nicole Franzen

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Clements Design

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Smitten Studio

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Beach Art by Judith Gigliotti in the home of interior designer Jana Bek
Photo by Erik Melvin  •  Glitter Guide

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Mega Bulb pendant by Sofie Refer for &tradition

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Home of jewelry designer Meg Shackleton  •  Apartment Therapy

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Steven Gambrel  •  Seascape by Marine Hugonnier

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Zanotta Lama Chair by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba

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Photo by Kara Rosenlund

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Photo by Manolo Yllera

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Montage: 24 Bedrooms With Bedside Light Pendants

When did the bedside reading sconce morph into a pendant? Sconces are much preferred over a table lamp, which I tend to find clunky both visually and functionally, but why the sudden fascination with pendant lights in the bedroom? Low hanging pendant lights, no less. Pendant lights that dangle much closer to the ground have been a growing trend, both in the bedroom and other rooms.

Would you do it? I’ve actually been thinking about swapping out the articulating sconces in our master bedroom. Then, last week, a 12-year-old with a strong throwing arm smashed the glass shade with a football. But I’m not sure I’m sold on the pendant light by the bed thing. Maybe I’m wrong. Thoughts?

Today, I’ve pulled 24 bedrooms that boast low-hanging light pendants, bedside.

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Jean-Louis Deniot  •  Photo by Simon Upton   •  Elle Decor

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Mikel Irastorza

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Photo by Marcia Prentice

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UK House & Garden

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INT2 Architecture

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Home of stylist Elisabeth Heier

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Country Road Bedding  •  Est Magazine

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Home of creative director Tom Adair
Stylist Stephanie Stamatis  •  Photo by Toby Scott  •  Est Magazine

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Studio Moore

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Home of Hansen Family furniture designer Gesa Hansen
Photo by Nathalie Mohadjer  •  Remodelista

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Stylists Gabby Deeming and Olivia Gregory  •  UK House & Garden

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via Designville

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Stylist Julia Stadler  •  Photo by Warren Heath  •  House and Leisure

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San Giorgio Mykonos Hotel

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Stylist Julia Green  •  Photo by Armelle Habib   •  Inside Out

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Mikel Irastorza

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Photo by Jason Busch  •  via Timber Awards

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Manoir de Verzy/Veuve Clicquot  •  Lonny

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Moroccan Pom Pom Blanket at Mui Ma

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Photo by Masfotogenica  •  The Style Files

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Stylist Claire Delmar •  Photo by Prue Ruscoe  •  HomeLife/Inside Out

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Moai Furniture via Behance

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Alvhem Makleri & Interior

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Montage: 24 Rooms with Cork Floors (Plus My Own)

The cork floors have been installed in our Florida condo! And the walls are all a bright, sparkly white. So happy. The cork floor is amazing. It feels good under my feet (it’s not squishy though, more like a pressboard with a coating, like you’d find as the backing of a picture frame, as unappealing as that sounds), cleans well, and looks cool.

I was worried that the 1’x3′ tiles would read too traditional, but the look is practically seamless. There are a number of manufacturers of cork tile out there, in different shapes, colors, and finishes, though I chose the plainest one possible. (I wouldn’t have minded a lighter color, but this is probably more practical.)

The cork floor has the funky, almost unfinished loft look of the plywood floor I had been contemplating, but is much better in terms of feel and durability. The price was very reasonable. They even installed new sharp-edged baseboards. I’m thrilled. Thanks to Steve Gee/Tiffany’s Flooring for doing an impeccable job.

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Photo by Marni Elyse Katz/StyleCarrot
New cork floor in Florida condo.

M O R E   C  O R K  F L O O R S

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Wicanders

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DISC Interiors

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Good Housekeeping

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Real Cork Floors

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This Old House  •  Photo by Susan Teare

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Christina Simon  •  Apartment Therapy

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Home Life  •  Photo by Richard Powers

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Taalman Koch Architecture  •  Dwell  •  Photo by Lisa Romerein

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Photo by Leela Cyd Ross

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Taalman Koch Architecture  •  Dwell  •  Photo by Lisa Romerein

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Taalman Koch Architecture  •  Dwell  •  Photo by Lisa Romerein

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Home Life  •  Photo by Richard Powers

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Home Life  •  Photo by Richard Powers

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Butler Armsden Architects

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Tom Scheerer  •  Elle Decor •  Photo by William Waldron

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Sunset Magazine

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Real Cork Floors

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Design Sponge

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Design Sponge  •  Photo by Emily Gilbert

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House & Home

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Home Life  •  Photo by Richard Powers

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Better Homes & Gardens

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Real Cork Floors

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Real Cork Floors

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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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