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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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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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Styled by Marsha Golemac  •  Photo by Brooke Holm 

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Montage: 28 Rooms With Roller Shades

Yesterday I was having lunch with a friend who also happens to be an interior designer about to embark on gutting her family’s new home. “I hate roller shades,” she said, to which I gleefully replied, “I love our roller shades! They disappear at the top of the window; you can’t see them at all.”

She reasoned we must have had a good installer, rather than the cheapie versions meant for homeowners to pop in themselves. Nope. My husband put them up, and did a damn fine job. It’s pretty easy to get a great look out of a roller shade on your own, assuming you can measure (and re-measure) accurately and are semi-handy with a drill. Neither are strong points of mine, but luckily my husband is good at this sort of thing.

For the nurseries back in our bungalow in D.C., and then for the boy’s bedrooms in Boston I ordered white duck Roman shades from Smith & Noble. They worked out well; I particularly like the wooden piece on the pull cord (what’s that called anyway?).

Then I discovered The Shade Store. I ordered a zillion roller shade samples in every kind of white, from blackout to solar to papery linens, and made my picks. I used bright white blackout roller shades in the bedrooms (we face East… the sunrises over the Atlantic Ocean and is blinding). If you look at the first photo below, carefully, you can make out the shade rolled up neatly at the top of the window. Basically invisible, right? (I realize the shade on the door is hardly ideal, but I couldn’t come up with another solution.)

Ready to measure: Have a look at my post “Workbook: How to Measure Windows for Blinds

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Master bedroom in our house on the Cape

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White roller shades over wood framed doors  •  Champion Blinds

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Laura Garner  •  GKW Working Design

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Vermont Integrated Architecture

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White roller shades in Portland, Maine bedroom
Whitten Architects  •  Photo by Rob Karosis

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Solar shades on sun porch windows by The Shade Store

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Black solar shades in contemporary Charleston, SC living room
All About Windows Inc.

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Bismut + Bismut Architects  •  Photo by Francis Amiand

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Black roller shade in the kitchen of Rita Hazan’s home
Photo by Brittany Ambridge for Domino

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Gradient blind DIY project  •  Bambula

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Mountain shade DIY project  •  Bambula

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Cortinas roller shades by Hunter Douglas/Luxaflex

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White roller shades and a sheepskin rug  •  Design Sponge

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Solar shades in contemporary dining room in Chelsea,NYC
Brett Beyer Photography  •  Drew McGukin Interiors

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Ikea Urban blind with added red trim  •  Bambula

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Nursery with white shades in Amsterdam  •  Apartment Therapy

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White roller shade in pastel living room in Rotterdam  •  VT Wonen

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 Rattan chairs, oak flooring and white roller shades
Photo by Mia Linnman • Solid Frog

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Tree roller blind in blue by Bodie and Fou

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Victorian home in London  •  Air Space Locations

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Eichler home  •  Apartment Therapy

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 Black roller shades at American Blinds

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Roller shades built into wood framed windows in Brooklyn brownstone
Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture

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Large white roller shade in Grand Rapids, Michigan kitchen
Green Apple Design  •  Solomon Building Group

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Roller shades in contemporary kitchen with Wishbone chairs in Toronto.
Croma Design   •  Michael Graydon Photography

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Stenciled roller shade  •  Photo by Tjitske Lions  •  VT Wonen

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Montage: 18 Rooms with Bare Branch Arrangements

Two years ago, after a trip to Copenhagen, I posted 22 Rooms with Scandinavian Holiday Decor. Although this post is not about the winter holidays, it is about decorating with branches and twigs in their bare, natural state in wintertime. While it can be nice to splurge on pretty, colorful flowers to brighten a room, especially during the depths of winter, bare tree branches are an easy (free) alternative. Tree branch arrangements add drama and interesting shapes and texture to a room. Stick them in a pot or clear glass vase with water. If you want a bit more embellishment, try branches with berries, pussy willows, flowering branches, or branches with a few leaves still intact. Here are 18 Scandinavian style interiors with tree branch arrangements.

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“Snow in Japan” print by Phil Noller – bare trees in a snowy landscape.
The bare tree branch in clear glass cylinder jar echoes the scene.
The sheepskin rug and fur throw add coziness.
Sydney, Australia home of Alice Flynn of Penny Farthing Design House
Photo by Tim Pascoe  •  via SF Girl by Bay

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A handful of bare skinny twigs plucked from a city tree.
Gray linens by Bedouin Societé

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Pussy willows in brass jug vase.
Vintage elm wood table from Danish home brand Bloomingville.

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Sweeping branch and photos of food in the kitchen of Fjeldborg blogger.
Note the sky blue tile counter.

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Tree branch arrangement in funky black vase.
Copenhagen apartment of Majbritt Meng & Jesper Johansson
Photo by Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer or Gaelle Le Boulicaut  •  Bo Bedre
Shell Chair by Hans J. Wegner (1963)

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Makeover of a home that’s a 1930s church.
The tree branch arrangment in the big black pot adds height.
Styled by Judith Dekker   •  Photo by James Stokes  •  Vt Wonen

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Reclaimed wood table, wire chair, sheepskin, bare tree branch arrangement.
Anna Malin  •  a Skona Hem blog

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Bare branches in glass vase in Scandinavian style apartment in Amsterdam.
via Homedit

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These branches still have some green leaves attached.
Stacked shelving system by JDS Architects for Muuto.

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Marimekko pillow, Muuto table, books on a ledge, bare branches.
Styled by Rikke Graff Juel / Ellen’s Album

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Wood style tile flooring by Topps Tiles.

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Twiggy arrangements in metal vessels in the home Annalena’s Hem blogger.

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Alseda stools from Ikea, Eames chair with sheepskin throw,
and tall branches in home of Norwegian blogger Tonje Boganes
via Dream Home Decorating

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Extra tall bare branches on wood dining table in front of a wooded view.
Sydney, Australia home of Alice Flynn of Penny Farthing Design House
Photo by Tim Pascoe  •  via SF Girl by Bay

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Flowering branches in white pitcher.
Sydney, Australia home of Alice Flynn of Penny Farthing Design House
Photo by Tim Pascoe  •  via SF Girl by Bay

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Bare branch arrangement on walnut dining table with black Eames chairs.
Styled by Louise Kamman Riising  •  Photo by Pernille Kaalund 
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Tree branch arrangement sporting pink flowers.
Boucherouite rug from Beldi Rugs
Home of  SF Girl By Bay blogger Victoria Smith

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Gnarled bare branches in clear glass vase.
Neon heart available at Penny Farthing Design House.

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Montage: 16 Rooms with Asian Cabinets

Little known fact (if you haven’t known me forever): I was an Asian Studies/Chinese Language & Literature major in college. This otherwise rich course of study included just one Asian art history course. Said course included nothing as pedestrian as Asian furniture. I took a Chinese Art course later on, and that too was highbrow. We roamed the ceramics galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but never ventured near the furniture. (I actually don’t even know what kind of Asian furniture collection the Met has.)

Years later, here in Boston, I took a History of Furniture class at the BAC, but I don’t recall covering East or South Asian furniture in that either. Chairs from ancient Greece and Rome, yes. Louis this and that, Chippendale, of course, but nothing non-Occidental. Accidental?

That said, while I have a strong academic interest in various aspects of Asian culture, I can’t say I’ve been drawn to Asian furnishings for my house. (Perhaps if I knew the background, I’d be more included to integrate Asian pieces into the decor.) I’ve noticed lately, especially in British decor magazines, Asian furniture incorporated into Scandinavian-influenced spaces. It’s quite a modern look.

The  Chinese wedding cabinets (otherwise known as an armoire with Asian-style hardware), look quite good in black or a pop of color in all white spaces. There’s one instance below in which an unpainted, rustic wood Asian cabinet pairs perfectly with an Eames chair. And I’m intrigued by this Dynasty cabinet with lattice design. Here are 16 rooms that feature Asian cabinets in fresh ways.

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Photo by Peter Carlsson  •  Hus o Hem

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Photo by Kirsten Hinder  •  House & Home

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Jacques Grange Interior Design

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Angel At My Table

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Living Etc.

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Tessa Chrisp  •  NZ House & Garden

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Black Balloon Photography

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Home of Tine Kjeldsen, owner/designer of  Tine K Home  •  Photo by Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer

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Abaton Architecture  •  Photo by Bethlehem Imaz

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Skona Hem

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Baazar

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Peter Wilds Design  •  Photo by Janis of Pinecone Camp  •  Anthology

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Montage: 15 Bathrooms With Porcelain Wood Effect Tiles

As I continue my search for bathroom tiles (not to mention a tasteful light fixture for over the mirror to replace the one that looks like it should be in a starlet’s dressing room),  I realize I’ve been seeing so many  wood effect tiles, that it deserved its own post.

I first noticed porcelain tiles that look like wood when the condo board of our building in Boston finally decided to redo our lobby. (It had what looked to be tiles you might find in a hospital, complete with tile baseboard.) Our upstairs neighbor brought a few samples as suggestions. We decided to use them, so the lobby now has tiles that give it a New England-y feel, with medium wood effect porcelain tiles, golden walls, and wood baseboards in creamy white. A huge improvement. (Now I need to get rid of the awful, elaborately framed mirror.)

While I likely won’t be using wood grained tiles in our Florida condo bathroom, as it isn’t a good match with the cork flooring in the rest of the place (though would be an improvement over the existing flesh-toned pink tiles), I think there are some great options. I particularly like the pale gray wood effect tiles, and the idea of doing an faux wood tile accent wall in the shower. Have a look at these 15 bathrooms with wood effect tiles.

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Projekt Home

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Creative Homebody

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Jeff King and Co.

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Stone Source

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Planete Deco

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DKOR Interiors

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Home Adore

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Vt Wonen

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Stephani Buchman Photography

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Better Homes & Gardens

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Eliot Tuckerman Southeastern Custom Homes

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Tanju Ozelgin

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Beyond Homes

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