White Subway Tile

Susan Geier and Michael Ranson Design
It’s no surprise that we can’t get enough light, bright, beautiful white. In a kitchen or a bath, there’s simply no color that feels as clean and refreshing. We all know when using a neutral palette, it’s crucial to mix up the shades and textures to make the room feel rich and deep, not sterile.
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That’s why one of our favorite looks for the kitchen or bath is the streamlined, tailored, yet slightly out-of-the-ordinary look of white subway tiles. They add pattern and interest without being so bold as to take away from the other elements in the room. For us, subway tile is the same idea as fresh, crisp linens in a bedroom or bath. 
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While some varieties of subway tile can, of course, be pricey, one of our favorite things about this staple is that it is readily available in budget-friendly styles as well. We think adding a gray grout, like in this kitchen, gives even a generic tile a custom look — and coordinates beautifully with gray cabinets or grey veining in classic marble.
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It really can’t be said enough: Lighting makes a space. The right lighting on this tile makes it sparkle and shine.
Kathy Manzella Designer
The many elements in this room are a feast for the eyes. (No pun intended!) A simple, clean backsplash ties it all together without feeling overwhelming.
Kathy Manzella Designer
We know we’re talking about tile here, but isn’t that range just to die for? Wow! And the open shelving here makes the space seem big and open.
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Subway tile is perfect for a bathroom, and the gray grout not only customizes the look but is also much easier to keep clean than white! The whole point of a shower like this is to relax — not be scrubbing grout stains with a toothbrush!
Kyle Dillon Architecture
In a bath like this, subway tile is a great way to make an area fade into the background a bit while other elements like the marble bath and mosaic tiles shine in the forefront.
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We love it on the walls, ceilings and floors.  
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What a dreamy bath! That classic black and white tile combined with rich white marble and crisp subway tile is hands-down one of our favorite combinations for a timeless bath. Here’s wishing you a weekend full of bubble baths (and bubbly!) in a tub just this fabulous!

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In Good Taste: M. Elle Design

We just love a mother-daughter team, and the team of Mary Lynn Turner and her daughters Marie and Emily is no exception. This team is known for capturing the soul of a house and bringing it to life. An eye for architecture and the ability to create a laid-back yet well thought out look is why we think the work of the ladies of M. Elle Design is in such good taste.

We hope you are all having a great day! I’m just over here wanting a canopy bed now… Thanks for visiting us!

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Chandeliers in Bathrooms

Tamzin Greenhill Designer
Like it or not, it’s a room of the house that we all spend a good bit of our time in.
Traditional Home
Why not make the bathroom just a tad more glamorous?
Virginia MacDonald Photography
Even in a casual space, the contrast of a sparkling ceiling fixture is fabulous.
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And can’t help but make your morning routine feel just a little bit fabulous too!
Dana Lyon Design via House Beautiful
Gold, silver or black…
Anita Kaushal Design
A few stark crystals…
Or a few sparkling clusters…
tiny white daisies
Any type chandelier can be just right.
Rozanne Jackson Design
From morning to night, a chandelier is guaranteed to brighten your day!

We hope your day is bright, bright, bright!

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Insanity…

 

insanity beach house

 

And, no, we don’t mean the workout. (Although, I’d kind of like to try it… Any thoughts?) We finally, after months of searching, bought a house in Beaufort, NC! Yay! Here’s the insane part: It’s a MAJOR fixer upper. The front part was built in 1813, the rest in 1907, and we’d say it hasn’t been updated in a good forty years. Add to that that it has been empty for five, and you can imagine what we have ahead of us.
It was one of those places that we walked in, chuckled and murmured under our breaths: “Who would buy this place?” But there was something about it that just wouldn’t let us go. 
Brace yourself for these before photos. You have to see the before to really be able to appreciate the after, right? We’re just going to give you a glimpse into the downstairs today. This is the entrance. Good news: fireplace. Bad news: Faux brick mantle. 
The bones and charming details are there, but these photos actually do the condition of the place justice. Even the ceilings have to be completely redone. Well, I mean, they don’t have to be, but ceiling tiles covering peeling plaster weren’t what we had in mind for our dream coastal vacation spot.

 

Bright side: The hardwoods under this carpet are in fixable shape!
It has a great, big dining room for holding lots of fun summer parties! (You’re all invited any time, of course.)
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Ta da! We are actually beyond thrilled with this kitchen. There is really nothing salvageable in the entire thing, which is great. It reduces that “Well, maybe we should save the cabinets and redo them later” thinking. The true tabula rasa.
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We can gut it, add French doors and windows… a few hardwood floors… a little marble… a giant island… some glass cabinets… snazzy appliances… and — voila! — we’ll have the kitchen of our dreams!
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This is going to be a darling mudroom when it grows up!
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This is the downstairs master. As Will said, you can tell there was a well-worn foot traffic pattern going on here. Bad news: The floors under here are not salvageable.
Good news: The toilet seat cover came with the house. I bet this was one sassy bath in its day!
Oh, wait. What’s that you say? There’s another bathroom on the other side of the downstairs master! Until you walk in it… Or, rather, crawl on your hands and knees. The ceiling is, no exaggeration, four feet tall. It is one of the great unanswered questions about this house. When we find out why one would have a bathroom with a four-foot tall ceiling — in the downstairs master — we’ll let you know!
Although, truth be told, the view sort of makes up for any of the home’s shortcomings… Pun intended 🙂 We can’t wait to show you rest of it and keep you updated as we begin this fun renovation! I’m sure we’ll need lots of advice, and we’re lucky to have all you chic readers to help us out! Stay tuned…
Happy Monday, everyone! 

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In Good Taste: Ferguson and Shamamian

Gorgeous decks, 
private porches,
pretty pools,

beautiful baths
and divine dining.
It’s no wonder that Ferguson and Shamamian was just named one of Architectural Digest‘s top 100 architects and designers.
From the coast
to the kitchen, 
to a nice long soak,
we think you’ll agree that Ferguson and Shamamian’s work is in good taste.

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