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Go Bold or Go Home.

I think I’m going to start calling this house the surprise house, because there have been so many things that have genuinely surprised me since we’ve moved in.  And no, I’m not talking about bad surprises.  I’m talking about good surprises.  Like Noel’s reaction the first time he walked into this house.  Or Noel loving so many things (like the table or the bed) that I never would have dreamed he’d like.  I’m starting to sense a common theme…maybe I should revise the name to “The House Where Noel Likes Things I Thought He Wouldn’t.” 

The reason I bring this up is because Noel surprised me once again.  The weekend after Thanksgiving, we were doing some furniture shopping, when we stumbled upon this beauty, the Tailor Sofa, at Crate & Barrel.  Thinking it was far too classic for Noel’s taste, I was floored when he saw the couch and exclaimed “this couch is awesome!”  I don’t know if it’s the bright color or what, but for some reason, he was oddly excited about this couch.

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And don’t get me wrong: I’m not complaining in the slightest.  I love the couch.  The clean, classic lines with a little bit of a modern flair, that’s exactly the look that I’m going for in our house.  But Noel liking it?  So strange.

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Anyways, we almost bought it that weekend, but decided to wait a little bit (since our main level is still a construction zone).  Plus, I wasn’t 100% sold on it, because to tell you the truth, I was a little uneasy about the color.  I adore the actual color itself, but the entire couch being that color?  That’s kind of scary.

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Normally, my style is to keep it really simple and neutral with the big pieces, and then to add in pops of color in things you can easily change (like curtains, pillows, and accessories).  So if we were to go bold with the couch, it would definitely be out of my comfort zone.  But 90% of the time, when I push the boundaries of my comfort zone, that’s when awesome things happen, and I end up being OBSESSED with the room.  And let’s be real, how gorgeous are the rooms above?  Umm…very.

So, what do you think I should do, take a risk and go bold, or play it safe and stick with neutrals?  After all, it does come in gray…

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I guess we shall see where we end up.  Which route would you take?

Black Hex Bathroom Tile

Remember the black hex tile I showed you on Wednesday?  And remember how I was thinking about possibly using it as an accent above our stove?  Yeah, I changed my mind.  After sketching it out, I wasn’t quite sold on how it looked.  So I took to Pinterest in search of inspiration, and I think I have a new plan of attack: use it in the bathroom.  Because, you guys, I need that tile.

For a long time, I’ve actually been debating using a black hex or penny tile for our bathroom floor, but I wasn’t too certain about it.  The reason I was second guessing myself is because we are going to be painting the clawfoot tub black, and although it has silver feet, I was afraid it would all blend together.  But then I saw this picture:


Gah. I know right?!  Stunning.  Here’s another view of the bathroom:


This bathroom was remodeled by Mandy Milk of House and Home.  Didn’t she do an absolutely fantastic job?  While I’m now convinced that a black tile floor and black clawfoot tub can coexist, I’m not completely sold for our bathroom.  It totally works in Mandy’s bathroom because the brass is a completely different hue than everything else in the bathroom, which makes it pop.  I’m still a little afraid that if the legs and other shower trim were silver (like in our case), the result wouldn’t be nearly as striking as there isn’t the same level of contrast.

Not only do I worry about the lack of contrast, but I’m on a huge mixing black + brown kick.  I’ve also considered installing wood looking tile (which will accent the wood window trim and door currently in the bathroom), and complementing that with a black clawfoot tub and black vanity.  Sort of along the lines of what Tracy did for her bathroom makeover below.


Yeah, I’m smitten with that combo.  The only downside I see to that option is I don’t know if the wood tile will look really fakey as it would butt up to an actual hardwood floor in the hallway.  So that’s where I’m at right now.  Even if I do go the faux wood tile route, there are still two other bathrooms where the hex tile can live in our house: in either the master bathroom or the powder room.  And maybe, just maybe, the master bathroom could end up looking something like this:

There I go again with my black + brown.  But in all seriousness, I’m drooling over that last image.

So what do you guys think?  Are you as in love with hex tile as I am?  Would you mix the black hex with a black clawfoot tub?  Or would you opt for the black clawfoot + wood look?

Subway Tile Backsplash

Exciting news – the tile for our kitchen backsplash is ordered!  My original plan was to wait for awhile to order the tile, even though I knew what I wanted, seeing as the backsplash won’t be going in for a few months.  BUT THEN…The Tile Shop had a mega Columbus Day sale (I’m talking big).  They ended up extending it to yesterday too, but when I went online this morning to get links for the tile I ordered, the sale price is still there, so run and buy it while you can (it’s over 45% off!!).

Anyways, I’ve known since I basically saw the house that I wanted to put in a white subway tile backsplash, it was just a matter of picking the right subway tile.  I’m a big fan of The Tile Shop (and no, they’re not paying me to say that, I really just love them that much) so I really only looked there.  While they can be a little pricier than Lowe’s or Home Depot, their quality is amazing, their return policy is outstanding (you can return basically anything you didn’t use and there is no restocking fee), and they are SO easy to work with.  I use them a lot with my clients, so I’m excited to get to use them in my own house this go round.

I debated between the Imperial Bianco 3×6 Gloss subway tile, and the Imperial Bianco 3×6 Crazed.  Although the Gloss (pictured left), was cheaper (way cheaper once the Columbus Day sale came around), what eventually made up my mind was that I felt the Crazed was a bit too crackly.  I’m going for a mix of old+new in our house, and who knows, the crazed could have turned out awesome, but it just looked a little too old for me.


So, the Imperial Bianco Gloss won out in the end, which means we are that much closer to having a kitchen that looks a little like this:

There’s just one thing: I still haven’t figured out what exactly I want to do for our accent tile above the stove.  I am love-love-loving the herringbone pattern of the subway tile in the photo above, but I wasn’t 100% sure that’s the route I wanted to take.  I thought it might be fun to add a little pop with a bold black + white patterned tile, so I headed over to The Tile Shop in search of some inspiration.  I saw a bunch of beautiful tile, but I knew I hadn’t found “it” yet.
Then, as I was walking around, the Milky Black Hex tile caught my eye, and let’s just say, I was a goner.  The classic lines, the contrast between the black + white, yeah, I was in love.
I’ve been toying with the idea of adding a single border row or some sort of cool accent with this stunning tile above our stove (I mean look how well it pairs the subway tile we bought), but before I get too carried away, I’ll have to sketch out a few scenarios to make sure I’m still in love with it.  So what do you guys think?  Yay or nay on the black hex tile?  What would you do for an accent above the stove?
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