Tile Crushes

By Kate Riley February 9, 2016

The past few days have been filled with parental obligations – my son had an important school project due which required my support and we also hosted a big birthday party for my daughter yesterday. I sent them both off to school smiling today but then remembered, oh yes the blog, I better get back to that! :) We’ve had a few days of sunshine (did you see all those shots of the Bay Area during the Superbowl? Beautiful!) and I can almost feel spring in the air, I’m so anxious for it to arrive.

Meanwhile I’ve got my head down on planning a few space makeovers coming later this year and if given the choice, I’d rather spend an hour in a tile showroom than a shoe store. I get lost looking at beautiful tile installations spied around the web and on brand websites.

How striking is this pattern on these 24” floor tiles? One you’d never want to hide under a rug – lovely in a bathroom, dining room, sunroom, where else? Porcelain tile is Frame by Refin Ceramiche.

 patterned floor tile

andrea mclean design

Below a modern pattern with a beautiful curve stands out with dark grout. Modern Ogee Drop by Fireclay Tile.

 modern backsplash fireclay tile

I found this installation interesting, it’s a creative way to install brick pattern subway tile: mix two high contrast tiles in the same size but on diagonally opposite walls. Suprema Mexican Hand Crafted Tile in Slate.

gray white tile medley bathroom

urrutia design

I love this artistic tile installation achieved by rotating different colored diamond parquet tiles in an abstract pattern, so stunning on a focal point wall. Imagine it in your favorite colorway. Tile source unknown.

 abstract geometric tile installation

via design milk

We’ve seen so much white tile with gray grout in the past two years, I love this look in reverse, dark tile with white grout emphasizing the geometric pattern. Tile by LEA.

 black geo tile white grout

apartment therapy

Buffalo horn has such rich chocolate variegated tones, amazing on a floor or wall application. Can you see it wrapping around the checkout counter in a menswear boutique? Horn Porcelain tile from Mission Stone Tile.

horn porcelain tile


Beautiful as a floor tile but stunning as a countertop – you can’t go wrong with this classic geometric shape, the high contrast double hex pattern is so dramatic. Hex Appeal (perfect name) in several colorways by Mission Stone Tile.

 hex tile mission tile

Elongated hexagons are a modern approach to the classic shape, this gray adds pattern and contrast to an all white kitchen. Dwell by Heath Ceramics.

 heath ceramics kitchen backsplash

I’m crushing on iridescent and mother of pearl applications lately, find a few options here.

 irridescent backsplash


Find more gorgeous tile patterns on my Pinterest board. Do you have a favorite tile you’re crushing on? Link to it, I’d love to see it!

Super Bowls (in the Bathroom)

By Kate Riley February 4, 2016

Are you ready for the Big Game? We’re invited to a Superbowl par-tay at a friend’s house, they have a ginormous TV. There will be much snacking, drinking, cheering, and watching of The Commercials. I love everything about the Superbowl, my team doesn’t need to be in it for me to enjoy it, and this year it’s in the City by the Bay so that’s exciting although I wouldn’t go near San Francisco this weekend, the traffic is off the charts awful. I have a little crush on Cam Newton but I am routing for Peyton and the Broncos #westsidelove – who do you think will win? Me thinks the Panthers offense will prevail.

And yes the Superbowl inspired this post on ‘Super Bowls in the Bathroom’ ha ha aren’t I clever. I’m a lover of a great bowl sink, it’s one detail that can make a bathroom extra special. To me, they’re a flashback to the old fashioned pitcher and bowl from the past before running water. I spied this beautiful bowl sink at the Kitchen and Bath Show last month and it’s my current favorite.

I prefer the undermount sink in a master bathroom where the daily prep occurs since in my experience the water seems to splash about more in the vessel or bowl sinks (but that’s my personal preference). In a guest or powder room, I say bring on the super bowl sinks for the look alone. Enjoy the eye candy.

marble bowl sink


 gold bowl sink

new york times


bowl sink nickel sconces

beach chic design

 rustic marble bowl sink

heather bullard


 mary douglas drysdale

 bowl sink blissathome

bliss at home

bowl sink natural vanity

kathleen dipaolo designs

 white bowl sink

halcyon homes

 intricate bowl sink

 dresser with bowl sink

chenault james interiors

 hammered nickel sink bhg

better homes and gardens