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  1. Stacey@agoodehouse
    May 4, 2012 @ 6:48 am

    After all that… you deserve this beautiful floor. It’s really nice and seeing so many down all at once instead of 1 or 2 tiles is so MUCH BETTER! Lovely.


    • VictoriaElizabethBarnes
      May 4, 2012 @ 6:55 am

      I know!! I will never again be satisfied with a measly 12×12 sample!
      I’m not sure this is the magical, elusive tile I imagined, but I think I will really like it once it’s grouted and everything else is in place…


  2. Monika
    October 5, 2012 @ 10:39 am

    Hi! I just want to thank you for the tile store info. I ended up going to the magic floors store as well and they gave me a better price. The. tile. is. AWESOME. Glass smooth, not a ripple in sight. Now I have to choose between the museum bianca carrara or the versailles. Again thanks for the tip!


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      October 5, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

      I am SO SO glad you love it! Plus, it totally validates my excellent taste!!

      If magic tile lets you return what you don’t use (NJ store will), buy an extra box. We found that one of the tile’s pattern repeated more frequently than the others. Of course, since I am OCD, this probably wouldn’t be remotely noticeable to anyone else, but you seem “particular” like I am… lol.

      Glad your search ended well. Such a relief, I KNOW!


  3. Julie
    February 25, 2013 @ 11:13 am

    Hi — on the web link you provide, do you know, or can you tell from what you paid, is the $25.something price per box or per tile?


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      February 25, 2013 @ 12:05 pm

      HA! I think we paid between $8-$9/ sf.
      I can’t figure out what’s included in the price on the website, but it cannot be per-tile. (Or if it is… they are crazy and you can get it far cheaper.)


  4. Danielle
    February 26, 2013 @ 9:08 pm

    Wow, Elizabeth…. Went to two tile stores this weekend and my oh my! Are your tiles 18×18 in the Peronda Museum? They look smaller than that in your photo..


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      February 27, 2013 @ 8:23 am

      Yes… 18” x 18”. Did that look TOO big to you? I know not everyone is searching for an absolutely giant tile, but I was. I would have gone even bigger if possible…

      I really like oversized design items as a rule. Plus, I wanted to minimize the grout as much as I could.


  5. tracey
    April 30, 2013 @ 11:16 pm

    Hi Victoria,

    Love your tiles and admire that you are prepared to do the scrubbing that comes with them. I have over recent years given in to grout and now choose grout that looks the colour of dirt (I like to call it dark Mocca to pretend I have some higher aesthetic reasoning) – this serves to cover up the fact that I haven’t scrubbed them recently! Now the entire color scheme throughout the house is anchored to ‘dirt’ colored grout. Just lucky that so many beautiful creams and warm greys and shades of mocca and the occasional ‘pop’ of white go so well with dirt!


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      May 1, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

      Ah, well… I do the reasonable thing and insist no one step on the grout… you know, the tiles are plenty big enough that everyone can just RESPECT the grout.

      Or, at least I pretend they do… I think it’s possible Paul may not actually be adhering to the rules… I too may go “mocha” next time.


  6. maija
    July 15, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

    Hi, lovely result perfection!
    If you think you have taken the bisquit for tile search,I have beaten that! I have searched for the perfect tile for 1 year 7 months ,200+ samples 100+shops ,150+ magazines bought for inspiration,snooty sales stuff experienced…….Huge stress I have to lay down down.


  7. Les
    August 20, 2013 @ 11:08 am

    Thank you so much for the tile store information.


  8. Abbey
    February 18, 2014 @ 1:49 am

    Was just recommended your site by a friend because she knows we’re getting ready to renovate our 50+ year old home.

    And. Now. I’m. Obsessed! Mostly because I’ve had so many of these exact same conversations with my husband…the very handy man, who does not always see or understand my “genius.” 🙂

    I just read this post to my hubby…and when I got to the part about not going to the store close to your house because it was “crappy?” Yeah…he just pointed at me.


  9. Katie C.
    April 16, 2014 @ 3:01 pm

    Hi – I’ve recently found your blog via The Gardener’s Cottage blog. I’m reading my way through and have only gotten up to here so I have a tile question that may have already been addressed. I’m currently culling ideas and plans for redoing a 1964 (blue toilet/sink/tub/tile) gut job of a bathroom. The bathroom is not big, as in sideways I can touch both walls, so I was wondering if you think that the large tiles would look odd in terms of size and cuts? (how’s that for a run on sentence) I also wonder if placing the tiles on a bias grid would help…I appreciate the insight regarding cleaning of the grout but doesn’t sealing the grout take care of the grung problem?


  10. Michele M.
    October 21, 2014 @ 2:56 am

    Stumbled across your blog as I am up at 2 a.m. staring at HOUZZ and reconsidering the floor tile I chose today. Funny thing I had woke up debating about the 12 x 12 carrara look a like ceramic tile I saw today at the store. I really want to do the marble but everyone insists it stains and it is a main bathroom. How do you like your tiles today? The only reason I didn’t get them was because I felt they might be very slippery when wet and I have a five year old. Imagining her falling and cracking her head would put me on a guilt trip for life. .. so I opt for a white with brown beige rustic ceramic tile … Any feedback?


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      October 21, 2014 @ 6:18 am

      Still love our tiles! They look brand new/so easy to clean… I get the slippery question a lot and normally I write that we haven’t had a problem, but I suppose they *could* be slippery.

      But last month someone commented on another tile-post about COF (coefficient of friction) and while I haven’t researched it, she REALLY sounded like she knew what she was talking about. I think you’d find it interesting!

      Good luck!


  11. Margaret
    April 2, 2015 @ 5:15 pm

    How did you find a dealer of Peronda tile? I can’t get them to tell me who sells it in Georgia. Your house is beautiful, by the way!


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 3, 2015 @ 8:47 am

      I happened to see this tile in a shop that carried it… (Or I might STILL be looking for tile.) So I cannot tell you exactly how to find a dealer.

      But if you are working with a decent local tile shop, theoretically they should be able to order you a sample of anything you would like to see? Have you tried asking someplace local if they can help you?


  12. Mary
    September 28, 2016 @ 5:45 pm

    Forgive my ignorance, but what is the piece of darker gray marble (looking?) tile that is in the doorway called?
    Does it help bridge the gap between two different floor levels?

    We are doing a kitchen remodel and the tile floor in the kitchen will be slightly higher than the original hardwoods in the attached rooms. I have been banging my head into walls trying to figure out how to make that area look intentional and I LOVE the look of this.


  13. K. Anderson
    February 14, 2018 @ 10:07 pm

    I realize that I am inquiring about the floor tile many years after you installed it, but I was wondering if you could pass on the name of the store where you purchased it. I have read all of your posts and tried the various links with no luck! Thank you for any help you could provide. Hopefully, the store is still in business!


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      February 15, 2018 @ 7:32 am

      Hey! It WAS:
      Tile Gallery 302 Crescent Boulevard, Brooklawn, NJ 856-456-4777

      I just googled that, to see if they were still in business… google is showing that maybe they changed their name to “tile buyer’s outlet” it’s showing up at that address. BUT I have no idea if same owner, etc. They used to have a large warehouse in PA too, but cannot find anything about that, so just sending the NJ info!!


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