Compromise—when you’re just too tired to care anymore.
I am going to yet another tile store. I have no more enthusiasm for this slogging around.
UPDATE: here is my tile installed and grouted!
I want a vintage-style bath, but with a sleek, clean modern design. Trying to marry these two aesthetics seems to hinge on the choice of floor tile. At this point, I am thinking I am going to need to compromise. My least favorite idea.
This is Pilar Guzman’s bath, (Martha Stewart’s editor). Her home was featured in one of last summer’s magazines. And is worth checking out for some really gorgeous design. (Her kitchen is outstanding.)
What I love about her bath is the authentic, Victorian feel—subway tile, claw foot tub… but it’s clean and modern at the same time. However, she has small floor-tile. And, I assume a cleaning lady to go with it.
Home Tours: Home Tour: A Family-Oriented Brownstone in Brooklyn – Martha Stewart.
Below is the Dunsmuir-Hellman Estate in California. My other favorite bath. I love everything about it. But I don’t think it’s practical.
Like most authentic baths, the sink counter is non-existent, the medicine cabinet is tiny, and the lighting isn’t direct enough to do anything but wash your hands.
And finally, this bath. Which I love for an entirely different set of reasons. I love all the mirrors, the chrome, the marble, the blinding whiteness…
Love the oversized blue hexagon floor tile. If I hadn’t already chosen a tile, I would be tempted to seek this out.
Also, blue subway tile… so charming!
- Finished bathroom!
- Bath Index – everything from what we started with… to the fixtures we chose.
May 1, 2012 @ 2:07 pm
I am in the same boat as you (tired), and I am after the same look for our bath,
but we are no where near the time ready to do the work on the bath.
Collecting ideas is relaxing, so thank you for the great photos and your insight.
We have a tub-but instead of the claw feet it has a pedestal,which I don’t like as well. Don’t know what we do there. We also have the small octagon tiles but they are damaged.
So, I will be following your progress with a vested interest. Cheers.
May 1, 2012 @ 3:29 pm
I love small tile. But loathe the grout. Especially for a bath that gets a lot of use. At this point though, I’m ready to install linoleum—at least it’s easy to clean.
We had a pedestal tub in another home… we ended up replacing it with an option that allowed us to use the space differently… but the architectural salvage company who bought it said that the pedestal tubs were rarer, and harder to come by. So, at least you’re more special than the claw-foot owners.
May 2, 2012 @ 1:37 pm
That’s nice to know….I’ll look at it with new “positive” eyes. 🙂
May 2, 2012 @ 5:24 pm
I know you’re teasing about the linoleum…you seem like a person who knows what they want and WILL find it. But I agree… the running around looking for the “right” thing is maddening. Bathrooms and kitchens are so hard and so expensive. You spend so much time in them that you should get exactly what you want. Hang in there…
May 3, 2012 @ 7:55 am
I brought home a tile sample yesterday, that I think I’m pleased with. (It would be nice to be certain.) I’ve stared at it all day while counseling myself not to over think it. The possibility of being able to move forward is trumping my natural inclination to second guess everything…
May 3, 2012 @ 8:04 am
I know that feeling all too well. When I get to that point and I feel like.. THAT’S IT… I’ve had enough… This is what i’m going with! Its time to move on… And it usually ends up to be just right. I hope this is your “just right” tile. I suspect you have excellent taste and it’s really beautiful.
May 22, 2012 @ 5:39 pm
You joke about putting in linoleum, but when we purchased our home two years ago, that’s all there was – except for some carpet in the living room. Every room (bedrooms included) had a different pattern and some areas had the peel and stick ones with patches of yet another pattern – it was BEYOND hideous.
I love the pic of Pilar’s bathroom. What about a 12 x 24 porcelain tile in charcoal, laid in a brick pattern to mimic the walls? Simple, classic, yet adds a modern touch. Best of luck and try not to get overwhelmed. It really does come together in the end.
Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
May 23, 2012 @ 9:40 am
Wow. Linoleum in every room. It doesn’t get much better than that.
I’m pretty much planning to come back as Pilar in my next life, so that’s really going to simplify things for me…
August 2, 2013 @ 4:05 pm
Your Toilet is WAY better than Pilar’s
January 20, 2014 @ 1:29 am
Do you remember where that blue wall tile/blue hex tile floor photo is from? Our bathroom is identical (way less spacious and fab, but identical tile). I want to keep it and update the bathroom using it. It’s so hard to find inspirational images like that! I want to see more of that bathroom! Our house was built in 1939 and I think my grandmother put in the blue tile in the late 1950s or maybe early 1960s. It’s really in pretty good condition. I’m hoping to work with it. Let me know! KBW
Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
January 20, 2014 @ 10:39 am
No, I don’t. My apologies. (This is one of my first posts, and I would not use something I could not credit now.) I did an image search, and could not find any original source.
I sort of assume it is vintage? But maybe take the photo to your local tile store?
February 24, 2014 @ 10:52 pm
10,000 years later! Can you tell I’m in the model of some remodeling or what? Okay, I STALKED that photo down. Because, seriously I have never seen anything that even remotely resembled a lovely version of my blue tile. So excited. It is via Houzz. A Hilltop Family Home in Santa Cruz. This is a bathroom she designed NEW for her daughters. Inspired by her grandmothers home. Which I love because the home we live in and are remodeling is MY grandmothers home! Love it! Link @ http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/3650246/list/My-Houzz–A-Hilltop-Family-Home-in-Santa-Cruz
Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
February 25, 2014 @ 10:15 am
I’d thank you, but obviously now I need to rip out my bathroom floor. Fantastic.
PS– nothing hones your internet-searching skills like the quest for perfect tile.
PPS– if you use this tile? SEND ME A PHOTO!!
July 24, 2015 @ 9:26 pm
Hi, I loved this blog. I was wondering if you know where I could get the sconces that are featured in the white bathroom with the mirrors and Waterworks AKDO products (3rd picture from the top)? These are perfect for a project I am working on.
In addition, I can really appreciate renovating Victorian houses. I live in a Victorian that was built in 1867 and have spent many years fixing it up. At this time, I have my design studio situated on the third floor. I pride myself in seamlessly blending design elements that are contemporary and traditional; combining existing architectural details from a vintage home with some contemporary pieces of furniture, materials and finishes, can bring a historic building back to life!
I love tile shopping! There are so many beautiful tile options to choose from these days, it can really make a bathroom standout if you choose the right tile(s)!
Thanks for sharing your ideas and thoughts on renovating bathrooms and old houses!
July 31, 2015 @ 10:57 am
Having purchased a derelict of a turn of the century Victorian Cottage, I can assure you I did not want to make life more difficult with all the cleaning that a tile floor requires. However I fell in love with the small hexagon marble tile flooring and was torn, do I use it or the porcelain 4 inch tile? Well in a side note we purchased quartz counter tops and found out that they require being sealed. So I went out looking for sealer and found some for all stone, including marble. The gentleman that sold it to me mentioned that it works great on marble floors. Well, that got the wheels turning. We tried it on the up stairs bathroom. 3 coats, tile grout and all. Nice semi- sheen. I LOVED IT. We did the down stairs bathroom with more marble and stone in the shower. it has been five years and it looks great. This bathroom gets a lot of use it is the main bathroom. I use a steam mop and it is done. We reseal once a year but it is the best floor in the house. I say go for it. You will love it too.
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