Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Project Update // Entry-way Tile

Today, I thought I'd post an update to #projectfail and the entry-way disaster I shared with you last week. Some of you had asked what our next move would be. We've considered nixing the tile completely in lieu of acid washed concrete in our foyer, but have now flipped back to an updated take on tile for this space. Though we both really like that clean, no-fuss look, I think a lot of our concrete dreams may have been budget driven to begin with. But researching that option showed a polished concrete surface would still come at a hefty expense. Still, my hesitation on tile in the first place was that I wanted to get away from the standard square tile entry you see in many of the homes around us. I want something a little more remarkable for our 100 square feet and with just a little more digging, I was finally lured back to tile by the promise of so many cool tile options that now exist out there.

So we're circling around the directions above.

The plank-style may end up being most affordable, though if possible, I'd like to see a little less grout in our final outcome. A lighter, geometric tile would be a fun spin and would tie in with a lot of what we have going on throughout the house. I've only scratched the surface here, but my initial impression is that this might be a little tougher to source locally. Ideally, we go with a polished multi-toned herringbone plank, one that seamlessly feathers together with no grout-lines. The style and color above would be exactly what I would want if the sky was the limit. So perhaps we'll start there and see what options exist (if any) within our price range. For now, we will live with the dated tile as is and avoid anymore painted disasters. I'm still nursing some wounds over that one. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Fresh Ideas // Modern Master Bath

One of my favorite aspects of modern home design is the creative use of what is often very limited space.  I've been thinking a lot about what we would do with our own Master Bath once we eventually renovate it and bring it into the 21st century and as such, my inspiration file has been filling up with fresh ideas like these that would make the most of our own square footage.

If we could remove the wall that sits between our own vanity and the toilet/shower area, our layout would very much mirror the bath above. One my favorite features of this particular modern bath is the sunken shower stall that does dual service as a shallow soaking tub.  We have a similar situation in our own shower and seeing the sunken floor used creatively here is making me rethink plans we had to raise ours in an eventual renovation. I also love the idea of backlighting the vanity mirror in lieu of a traditional overhead vanity fixture. The wood handle on the frameless shower doors grounds an otherwise sleek space, something I hope to achieve through wood used somewhere in our own bath.  I also favor placing two shower heads side by side vs. one at each end. Along with the tub faucet in the recessed nook below, it would keep all of our plumbing along one wall. 

There is lots to love about this bath and the rest of the house designed by Ong & Ong Architects. See the full project, photographed by Tim Nolan on Arch Daily.

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