Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley June 9, 2017

Hello friends, whatcha up to this weekend? Tomorrow morning, I’m driving a group of my fitness buddies to the Tough Mudder in Sacramento. I’m just a spectator for the event but perhaps they’ll inspire me to give it a go next year! :)

Sunday I’m flying to Vegas for a few days, I’m overseeing the kitchen cabinet installation and appliance delivery on the flip house and narrowing down my backsplash tile options. Gotta finish that house!

Favorite links below:


The Spanish tile in this kitchen is so pretty!

I love the mix of modern and traditional in this mostly white home tour.

You’ve seen Faith Hill and Tim McGraw’s island home right? Wow.

This is a lovely outdoor scene and a fab DIY stenciled cement patio.

Selling your house? Make more money by painting your bathroom this color.

Don’t miss the new cheerful blue kitchen cabinets in this remodel.

Another favorite black + white remodel of a kitchen and dining room.

These DIY fabric pool floats are so fun!

Ireland is at the top of my travel list, and now so is this cottage.

15 words to eliminate from your vocabulary to sound smarter.

13 women who made travel history (love the illustrations).

7 lessons to teach daughters.


Have a fantastic weekend friends!

Stack Bond Tile

By Kate Riley June 8, 2017

Up in the studio above my garage there is a little kitchen and I was looking at it this week thinking it’s time for a few upgrades in that space. I painted the cabinets white a few years ago and I’m still happy with that, but I believe the kitchen could look better if I replaced the countertops and light fixture and added a counter to ceiling tile backsplash.

I remember when I photographed my friend’s kitchen last year that she had installed beveled white field tile in a stack bond format in her kitchen. The client I’m working with now also chose a gray glass tile stack bond installation for her kitchen (I’ll be sharing her home soon!)

Stack bond installations are gaining popularity for those who seek a contemporary look in their bathrooms, kitchens, or commercial spaces. The more I see it the more I consider it for my studio’s kitchen too. Stack bond is different from brick pattern installation which has more movement because the tiles are offset. Stack bond is a straight grid format, below are some horizontal stack bond tile installations:






imola ceramic

avocado sweets


melissa davis


coco cozy


style at home


westside tile

Vertical installations have an elongating effect and feel very contemporary.


amber interiors



bicker design


boro new york

I’m still on the fence and still looking around at tile in search of “the one” that calls to me. What do you think of this stack bond tile installation? Does it feel fresh to you, or do you prefer the more traditional flow of brick pattern or herringbone?

See also alternatives to white subway tile and subway tile pattern options.