CLEAR GLASS TILES

Glass (eye) candy.

 Top: Modwalls Lush 4×12 Surf Kitchen by McCaffrey Construction

Transparent glass tiles are making big waves in bathrooms and kitchen backsplashes.  The upside of glass tiles is that they tend to reflect rather than absorb light, are durable and supposedly easy to clean. They are more ecologically friendly than ceramic tiles as they use less energy to make and many styles are made from recycled glass. The downside is that they are very expensive and using a professional specialized in glass tile is highly advised.

glass tiles Angelina Random Pattern Clear Mixed Mosaic by Original Style | Mosaic glass tile at Carrelage Mosaique | Hexagon glass mosaic at Tile Daily  |  Mosaic glass tile in Luxe Silver at Indoor Capri |  Lush Weave by ModWalls | Mosaic glass Piazza series in Crystal Ice by Martini Mosaic |Offset Sky raised blue tiles by Original Style | Black/white mosaic glass tiles via Ali Express

I’ve been dreaming about using clear square glass tiles on our bathroom floor like in the below left side shower.  I don’t know if this is a feasible option (practically or economically speaking). But I do think it would help add some luminosity to an otherwise dark bathroom and would work well with the glass shower blocks.

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Top left: Island Stone Beach Glass tile image via Houzz |Top right: Lush 1×2 Surf Shower by Modwalls | Bottom: Bathroom by Penelope Irwin, Glass Expressions – Polaris White clear glass tile by Complete Tile Collection

I just love the color and finish of this tile so much.  (more…)

GLASS BLOCKS

A practical and durable partition option.

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Our bathroom will unfortunately have to be placed between two bedrooms in an area where there is no natural light. Using beveled tiles and overhead lighting will hopefully help us brighten up an otherwise dark bathroom and we need as much of that light to come into the shower as possible.

While I love the look of factory windows used as shower partitions, it seems like they would be really hard to clean (and kinda dangerous too). So we’ve tentatively decided to use glass blocks to divide the shower space.

I love the above bathroom by architect Hélène Silvy-Leligois. This is the style of glass and grout we would go for. Click here to see more images of this amazing small studio apartment in Barcelona.

What’s neat about glass blocks is that they are relatively cheap, easy to install and easy to clean. In addition, there are a ton of options on how to finish the edges. Many block systems have components with rounded or finished edges or you can use tile, concrete, wood or special caps to complete them. (more…)

BATHROOM TREND: BRASS

Polished brass continues to shine.

Brass, an alloy of two metals (copper and zinc), whose ratio can be modified to obtain different degrees of hardness and aesthetic finishes, was a huge trend for 2013 in all sectors of home design. Highly versatile, it can be used in a wide range of products such as cabinet and door hardware, lamp bases and light shapes, candle holders, picture frames, decorative items, and plumbing fixtures. It is a particularly popular choice these days for bathrooms and the trend will likely continue in the future.

Here are some of my favorite examples of brass hardware:

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1. Mandy Milk’s bathroom renovation, Canadian House and Home  | 2. John Derian, The Make-Under, T Magazine  | 3. Interior: 1 month Makeover, Style at Home | 4. Chic Design Investments LLC

1/ Vintage modern: In Mandy Milk’s bathroom renovation, brass is wonderfully used to pick up an otherwise dark color palate. The brass just works so well here tying in the different colors and shapes of the tile with the dark color of the tub and its vintage brass claw feet. I am absolutely amazed how big this bathroom looks after renovation in contrast to the super small cramped “before” pictures and I think the shiny brass really makes the difference here.

2/ Salvaged vintage:  When transforming his NY East Village loft, home decor designer John Derian didn’t seek to hide all the imperfections that made the place authentic. Instead he chose to highlight them by going with an interior design that is understated, worn and vintage. The dark grout between the white subway wall and hex floor tile is a great example. The salvaged vintage brass faucets and fixtures are another. It picks up the space and gives it a bit of richness it might lack otherwise. I love this bathroom so much.

3/ Restored vintage: Canadian TV host Karen Bertelsen and author of the very funny and informative blog  The Art of Doing Stuff, had the privilege of using the vintage plumbing that had been carefully preserved in her 170 year old home. Kudos to her for keeping and restoring all the stunning original brass hardware!

4/ Bright modern: With the brass trend in full effect, there are plenty of new shiny brass fixtures on the market which interior designers are using to full effect. Interior design company Chic Design (from my home state of Oregon!) used brass in this remarkable bathroom renovation which united 2 attic rooms. Here, the brass makes an already bright bathroom seem even brighter.

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Bring on the brass: D-type shower rod in polished brass by Kingston Brass | Brass shower kit from Light in the Box |Keswick Exposed Wall Mount Shower and Tub Faucet by Whittington | Exposed Bath/Shower Floor Entry Set (Brass Gold) from Bunnings | Morracain engraved brass faucet from Laloly Shop

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RETRO TILE TRIM

Adding trim tile for that vintage effect.

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We won’t be going over the top trying to be historically accurate to any set period in our vintage bathroom renovation. Instead, it will probably be a mix of Art Deco and bungalow styled bathroom details.

One area that I’m particularly obsessed about, however, is the tile. As I mentioned, we want to do white subway tiles with beveled edges like the ones found in the Parisian Metro. And it would be great to be able to add some classic retro trim details like the examples here.

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The above image is work by design gods Roman and Williams. The detail here is crazy amazing. The design duo had the tiles specially made for Ben Stiller’s home bathroom renovation. The tiles are now commercially available through their creative partnership with Waterworks.

To evoke American athletic clubs of an era past, Alesch and Standefer sought tile that looked like it had been soaking up steam for a century — not the typical glossy, looks-new subway tile. So the designers worked with Waterworks to create a custom tile with an aged patina. “It’s a surface that looks a little like bone or stained teeth,” Alesch said of the variations in the tile. “The fire really caramelizes the glaze.” They also designed a decorative tile that avoided the “pregnant molding” syndrome of so many tile collections. “We wanted the decorative tile to lie flat, not bulge out like cake frosting,” he said.

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*Sigh*. While we won’t be developing our own “aged patina”, I will be trying to source some vintage tile components to add to the mix.

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BATHROOM INSPIRATION

Is this beautiful or what?

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Stockholm based vintage design store Dusty Deco has a collection of the most impossibly beautiful design inspiration images. This photo above probably started me on my double basin bathroom sink obsession.

I finally had the time to add a couple of new posts, and they’re all about bathrooms. It’s really quite premature however, since as I mentioned in this post, we don’t even have a working bathroom in our Tour yet. We’re still kicking around a lot of ideas and when the time finally comes, who knows, maybe we’ll go in a completely different direction. Oh well, it’s fun to dream.

  • More images of this beautiful 19th century house in Antwerp, Belguim owned by Bert Verschueren and Vincent Defontainers via Remodelista.
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DOUBLE BASIN BATHROOM SINK OBSESSION

Vintage double basin bathroom sinks from the 1930’s and 40’s.

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  Top 3 photos: J Delafon double basin C.1930 with original Art Deco taps from Stiffkey Bathrooms  |  Middle left: Double sink colonettte from Antic Store  |  Middle right: French serpentine fronted double basin and Bottom right: French Art deco double basin both from Lassco  | Bottom left: Rare double bowl barber shop sink from The Atlanta Prop House

Voila my obsession for the last 3 months. Finding a vintage double basin bathroom sink!

After searching for that perle rare at a reasonable price on Le Bon Coin, we finally found one via French eBay. It’s a Jacob Delafon like pictured above! It will serve as a design focal point for our future bathroom!

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