The Many Patterns of Tile

Well our tub is in Chicago, we are just waiting for it to be delivered….in one piece, white in color, drain on the right side, correct apron front, no dents or scratches, carefully put down in our living room, without Bentley getting injured, and anything else that I am overlooking.  Please and Thank You.

So while we have been awaiting the tub, we have more time to think about our tile layout in the bathroom.  I made my decision right away and then went back and forth a bit since Mark liked opposite of what I picked and I am not opposed to it.  The tile on the floor will be vertical, it will elongate the bathroom and I like how it looks on the floor as oppose to horizontal.  In the shower/tub however, I picked horizontal.  If it were just a separate shower, I would do vertical for sure, a tub horizontal, but since ours is all in one being a smaller bathroom, I think horizontal looks classic with our fixtures we picked.  Let’s face it, you can’t go wrong with marble, it will be pretty either way.  Vertical makes your ceilings look taller, and overall bathroom seem bigger.  It’s more modern in style, so if you don’t like modern, you won’t ever pick this way.  Mark & I happen to love modern, but with a classic twist.  I asked for people’s opinions on Facebook, and I am not even sure why as I knew the answer.  I know 80% out there are going to pick a more traditional look, which is why horizontal won the vote.  I usually am the 20% that likes the exact opposite with a twist, but I think I am going to keep with my original horizontal.  Mark loves the way vertical looks and I know why.  It’s cool, it’s edgy, it’s modern, it’s different, it’s sexier for tile dare I say.

photo 1(25) photo 2(7)The good thing is we would be happy with either, but horizontal wins it for me and Mark is on board.  Plus, since we are doing a vertical floor we will get some differentiation which we both like.

Take a look at these bathrooms.  The tile layout does make such a big impact in a room.

- shower by genevieve gorder

Via Things That Sparkle - Master Bathroom - Marble Floor and Walls2x8" herringbonebathroom subway tile.

Soothing Shower  A spacious marble shower nestles beneath a sloping roofline. A pair of recessed wall niches streamlines shower storage, offering ample space for shower necessities without the bulk of a caddy. A built-in shower bench provides a perch for shaving. The shower’s unpolished marble achieves a warm and soothing look.

Butter Factory Transformed into Sculptural Modern Apartment in Australia

love this marble wall.  The stone wall tile is:   GM.B.WOOD.1224.HN   Bianco Wood   Marble Honed   12” x 24”   Olympia Tile

Designer Frank Roop installed molded-aluminum Ann Sacks tile “subway style,” but vertically. A mitered marble bench appears to run through the glass shower enclosure.In vertical areas, maximize the textured effect of cobblestones with a stacked mosaic instead of a flat one, like the Cobblestone Beige 3D Stacked Marble Mosaic Tile.  This type of tile would be uncomfortable on the floor, but adds visual interest stacked up the wall of a shower.White Art Deco Bathroom with Marble Walls and Floors : Designers' Portfolio : HGTV - Home & Garden TelevisionMateria Designs Remodel in Ulster County, Photographs by Poul Ober | RemodelistaSubway style: Inspired by train stations, this style consists of offset rectangular tiles and has evolved into a variety of sub-styles like the modern vertical subway style with thin rectangular tiles in various colors.vertical tile lined upsubway tiles with grey grout... Old photographs =)ETC INSPIRATION BLOG DESIGN HOME INTERIOR FRENCH STYLE BATHROOM MARBLE MONSIEUR MADAME TILES BRASS FIXTURES INTERIOR DESIGNER BETTY LOU PHILLIPS 2 photo ETCINSPIRATIONBLOGDESIGNHOMEINTERIORFRENCHSTYLEBATHROOMMARBLEMONSIEURMADAMETILESBRASSFIXTURESINTERIORDESIGNERBETTYLOUPHILLIPS2.jpgBenjamin Cruz Designs - bathrooms - Benjamin Moore - Dior Gray - white and gray bathroom, dior gray, gray vanity, gray washstand, frameless ...I bet no one is regretting which way their tile is laid in these bathrooms. :)

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My Glamour Girl Shop Gift Guide

Christmas is right around the corner.  Crazy!! It really doesn’t feel like it without any snow.  This girl is ready!  Mark would be happy if it stayed like this the whole winter, but I know he secretly wants a little snow.  :)

If you aren’t done with your Christmas gifts, you better get shopping!  I have one more gift guide and it’s items from www,theglamourgirlshop.com   Hopefully it’s females left on your list, although Mark does use the Cream listed below.

My top 5 picks for gifts on the glamour girl shop:

1) Resin Tray’s  $32 each.  They are so pretty and useful.  You could put jewelry on it, a catch all tray for keys & change, by the kitchen sink to put your soaps on, in the bathroom with a bottle of perfume on it, on your desk for pens/pencils, whatever your heart desires.  They come in tan & blue with different patterns.

slideshow_82)  P.F. Candle CO. Candles $18 – Teakwood & Tobacco is what I have burning now.

photo 33)  Cream $32 – this stuff is the best during our dry winters.  I put it on my face before bedtime to help combat my dry winter skin.  Mark uses it too.

photo(3)4) Sweater Leggings $48 – Snugly, Warm & Cute.  They are one size most which is great when it comes to buying clothing for a gift.  I have been living in mine.

1417372032356_1024x10245) Statement Earrings $38 – A great pair of earrings is always a fun gift to give and receive.  These are neutral in color to match a number of outfits and make a statement.

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Decorating for the Holidays

Well I had every plan to decorate our condo this Christmas since last year the house was in too much chaos to decorate.  Fast forward a year and we just happen to be living in chaos again.  I had to cancel our Christmas parties planned at our house, and didn’t buy one thing besides fresh garland and greenery.  However I am not the Grinch, I still put up a (fake) tree!  It’s far from anything I wanted it to look like, but it’s a tree.  We had this tree in our condo 6 or 7 years ago and I brought it home from my parent’s basement this summer.  I used whatever I had in a box for ornaments.  Mark put the tree up in 15 minutes and it may have taken me 15 minutes to “decorate.” :)

photo 1(24)photo 2(4)So while my house is far from decorated, it doesn’t stop me from looking at all the pretty holiday decorations everywhere and enjoying the season.  I love this time of year and anything with some added sparkle lights and extra decor just makes it that much better.   Take a look at some holiday inspiration I found on Pinterest.

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candledining tables, this is super cute. I love this idea!Snowman wrapped Christmas gifts

20 Decorating Ideas from the Southern Living Idea House. Amazing home and the porches are incredible! #slideahouseChristmas Table Settings & Centerpieces/love the bright colored deer on mantel.A Colorful Christmas Tree via @inspiredbycharm #gradient #christmas #treeHow to pick the right wreath and tree size, Ideas for a beautiful gold Christmas tree,Happy Thanksgiving, French Bulldogs, Modern Wool, French Inspired Autumn TableI made tons of small stockings for my christmas tree.. never thought to use for silver. LOVE IT! Around The Table │ Typhanie Peterson DesignHome Slice - Gin, Honey, and Pear #theeverygirl #cocktailWishing You some Inspiration during the Holiday’s :)

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Our Master Bathroom Fixtures

Well, we are still in limbo mode waiting for our bathtub to get in, but we made it a week!

Today I figured I would share some elements going in our bathroom :)

Our Vanity – Zinc Vanity from Restoration Hardware   I LOVE IT.  Before we bought a house, Mark & I wanted this vanity, so we are super excited to finally get this in our bathroom.

photo 3 (5)Our Vanity Top – Italian Carrera Marble (Restoration Hardware)

photo 2 (22)Our Flooring/Shower Walls – Oriental Marble from Tile Outlet   It’s marble, so every single piece varies.

photo 3(4)We have ceiling lights, but these lights will be above our vanity in zinc instead of the bronze shown here. (Restoration Hardware)

Union Filament Milk Glass Tall SconceMirror above Vanity (Restoration Hardware)

Venetian Beaded Mirror – Silver Garbage Can – Pottery Barn

Mercer Lidded Trash CanTurkish Towels – Etsy

Turkish Towel Peshtemal towel Cotton Peshtemal Stone washed Black Towel

Now you have a feel for what our bathroom will look like now. :)  I know it won’t be done done for awhile, but I am so excited that we are least in the process.

Before you go, here are some dream bathrooms to gaze at.

Richard Lane by Ryan Street & Associates

Modern Meets Traditional: The Lovely Hawthorn House in Melbourne, Australia

hotel | "alila" | oman

master bathroom. - Contemporary - Bathroom - Images by a simple room | Wayfair

Modern Country House by Gregory Phillips Architects

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Mirror hanging above alabaster vanity in the master bathroom | New York Cottages & Gardens | May/June 2014

SHOWER black steel framed doors Designer: Jenny Wolf

Do you want to freshen up your bathroom without breaking the bank?  Paint, Paint, Paint.  New fresh paint does wonders for any space.  It’s a pain in the butt to pick a color, but it changes a room instantly.  Add in some new towels and accessories and you have a changed space.

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Gifts $25 & Under

Gifts $25 & Under
Buying gifts is easier when you spend more on the person, but when your limit for a person is smaller, sometimes you run out of ideas.  Here are a handful of gifts $25 & under!      Still not sure what to get?  Stationary, candles, hand cream, & coffee shop gift cards are usually a safe bet.
Wishing you some inspiration for that Holiday List of yours :)
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