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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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Styled by Marsha Golemac  •  Photo by Brooke Holm 

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Montage: 20 Room Changing Windows

Windows are always good. My first apartment in New York was a grim little one bedroom on a charming, brownstone-lined block, with windows that looked onto an air shaft. Being on the first floor, I had to stick my head out and look way up, in hopes of ascertaining the weather. I remember hanging out an investment banker friend’s apartment to watch the marathon, a sleek highrise with windows all around, and realizing that windows make all the difference.

I’ve since lived in much better places, all with much-improved window situations, though I still suffer from window envy. We have a great bow window with an architecturally appealing city street view in our living room but tour bedrooms are underground. The window situation is kinda dismal down there.

In three of the places that I’ve (c0)-owned, we put in new windows during renovations. I always start out thinking that it’s a boring use of a lot of money, but I guess I’ve since learned a lot about windows. Good windows certainly muffle noise and keep out chill (we had FROST on our windowsill INSIDE when we first moved to Boston).  We recently upgraded the living room and family room windows; being able to open the windows, especially in the city, is huge. (Thanks honey for your insistence.)

I’d love to be able to open some of the windows we have high up in the stairwells in the house on the Cape. They are functional double hung windows, though way out of reach. I never really thought about it, but apparently you can get automatic window openers for hard to reach places, from companies like Rocburn Ltd. Perhaps worth pursuing.

Before getting caught up in the boring mechanical details, let’s turn to aesthetics. I’ve posted a bit about windows before, including Tubs With a View and Houses With Colorful Window Trim. Following up on Rooms With Spectacular Windows, here are 20 more spaces with windows that are space-changers. Living with soaring, expansive windows, and all that light would be heavenly.

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Architect  William O’Brien Jr.

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Strata Arkitektur

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Givone Home  •  Red Field Photography

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Nanna Lagerman  •  Philip Karlberg Photography  •  Elle Interiör

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Conrad Gargett Riddel Architecture

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Studio Four

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Wingardh Arkitektkontor

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Michaela Scherrer

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Carrier and Company •   Specht Harpman Architects  •  Architectural Digest

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Mount Fuji Architects Studio

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David Jameson Architects

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David Jameson Architect

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Michael Habachy

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Ouriço Architecture

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Olga Freyman  •  Afflante

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AOME Architects

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Photo by Jean Pierre Verger  •  Cote Maison

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Marie Claire Maison

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Montage: 13 Bathrooms With Tiled Vanity Countertops

I still haven’t figured out what to do about the pink Formica countertop on the vanity in Florida. Buying a piece of stone is out—definitely no budget for that. And really, it’s a basic, white tiled bathroom, so it doesn’t call for a slab of luxurious stone anyway. There’s no way I am paying for an updated lamintate countertop. Blech. So I’ve been looking at tiled vanity countertops.

I think tiling the vanity countertop is the way to go. I’ve come across a number of how-to articles for installing tile over laminate;  how-to tile is a rather popular DIY project. We also need to swap out the light fixture above the mirror. The vanity lighting fixture that’s there is now  more appropriate for a C-lister’s dressing room. Maybe we can tuck some LED strip lights behind molding and add a more contemporary light fixture. This industrial-style bathroom light bar could also be an interesting look.

Perhaps my husband could get to work on some simple changes over winter break when we’re there. After all, he has all sorts of tools—step ladder, pliers, wrenches, and plenty of stuff I can’t even name. It’s nice that he’s handy : )

It’s hard to find examples of cute bathroom vanity countertops with tiles, I’m guessing because it’s a low budget solution and gorgeous, photographed homes showcase more upscale materials. I did find 13 bathrooms with tiled vanity countertops that are quite nice. I should go for it, right?

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 Photo by Jonas Ingerstedt

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Home of architect Lisa Breeze  •  Design Sponge

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Home of designer Ana Spiro  •  Apartment Therapy

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Maison Hand Design

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Bathroom of blogger Iris Vank of Enigheid for Ixxi

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Marie Claire Maison

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Tracy A. Stone Architect

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Maison Hand Design
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Photo by Julie Ansiau

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Fired Earth via Sunset Magazine

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Home of vintage furniture dealer Annabel Gueret  •  Elle Decoration South Africa

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Montage: 23 Beach House Bunk Rooms

I’ve done a couple of bunk bed montages, and just recently built-in alcove beds, but today’s entire post is dedicated specifically to bunk rooms. Most often, kids bedrooms with multiple built-in bunk beds. They tend to be done in summer houses in nautical styles, though not all of them. The very simple Scandinavian ones are lovely. I like the idea, and the design of these quad bunks, but I’m not really into having four or more kids sleep over; two boys are enough!

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 real estate in Australia

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 Scott Christopher Homes

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Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

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Charles Myer Architects  –  Andra Birkerts Design – Photo by Eric Roth

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 Elle Decor

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Cottage Living

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 Justine Hugh-Jones

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Coastal Living Ultimate Beach House

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Goli & Bosi

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Sally Markham
Photo by Thomas Loof for House Beautiful

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Superkül  |   Tom Arban for House & Home

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Photo by Jason Busch for Vogue

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Design Nehez

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Traditional Home 

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House Beautiful 

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Kelly Abramson Architecture

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Melanie Turner

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Marie Claire Maison 

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Montage: 36 Lofts and Houses with Mezzanines

I feel like I’m at the point in my life where I’m not collecting ideas for my “dream” house. Will I live here the rest of my life? No, but we’re set for now. And, I’m lucky enough to have a great apartment in Boston and a place or two to escape to in winter and summer. But having had the opportunity to build a house from the ground up a number of years ago, I definitely wonder what I would do differently if I were to undertake such a project today.

I remember, at one of our first meetings, the architects suggesting a cathedral ceiling and open second floor mezzanine. I shot them down immediately. I’m still glad we didn’t do that (images of the boys hanging over the railings, yelling, shooting foam darts from their Nerf guns, and flying remote controlled helicopters from above still haunt me), but I can appreciate the appealing in certain situations.

I love a mezzanine library, for instance. Or an open master bedroom, complete with enormous soaking tub, on a mezzanine in a romantic aerie for two. And certainly, the visual appeal of soaring ceilings and oversize plate glass windows is alluring, but I still maintain it’s just too noisy and impractical for a family, at least one like mine. Here are 34 residences with mezzanines, with many different vibes.

architects Ilse Lang and Trajan Straggiotti Silva.

Architects Isle Lang and Trajan Straggiotti Silva

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Architect Alejandro Rosuti Kotti

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060 Woodland Drive in Beverly Hills REal Estate

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Studio Gang Architects

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Olivier Chabaud Architects
Home Adore

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Elia Mangia Industrial & Interior Design
100 Interiors Around the World

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Elding Oscarson Architecture

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B&B in De Aap, The Netherlands

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Chicago Home + Garden

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A loft in Paris

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 Paola Navone Interiors

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Photographed by Adam Friedberg for Dwell

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 Elding Oscarson Architecture

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 Geonik

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Klavs Rosenfalck  –  Elle Decor

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50/60/70 Iconic Australian Houses

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Arhitektonski Studio Fabijanic

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 Bassam Fellows

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Design Sponge

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Marie Claire Maison

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Photographed by Fred Vant Slot

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Poteet Architects

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Proto Homes model home

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Andre Piva Arquitetura

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 Roche Bobois Spring/Summer 2009 collection

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 Skona Hem

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 Taylor Smyth Architects

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Marie Claire Maison

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Artist loft in Paris on Airbnb

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 Alvhem Malkeri & Interior

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Skona Hem

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