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The Hunt for Tile

We have been interviewing contractors for our master bathroom renovation. We know that we have to get busy and make some design decisions – one of the most important is the tile. Today, I found this bathroom on the web and it got my creative juices flowing.


The green tile is glass which is very pricey, but they have mitigated this by using it with plain white tiles. I love the clean, modern look of this.

We have looked at a couple of tile places, together – Ann Sacks and Pratt and Larson. The latter is a local company that produces tiles that are sold in tile stores across the country. Their show room is a veritable plethora of tile eye candy.

Steve stopped at another store that he really loved and felt would have what we wanted. We went there today. Oops! Not for Gerrie. I could see why he liked the store. It was nicely organized with displays of what went with what. Almost all of the tile was in earth tones and very traditional or arts and craftsy. And, there was not tile everywhere like Pratt and Larson. He was sure they must have something I would like. The salesman, after listening to what I wanted, whispered, “Have you been to Pratt and Larson – that is the store for you.” I just laughed. So off we went – back to Pratt and Larson.

These are the tiles that I am interested in for our mid-century modern home.


These are glass mosaics. Aren’t they cool? They look like little quilts. They are 8 X 8 inches and very pricey. These two are my favorites:



So I am thinking that I can use these mosaics as accents with plain subway or square tiles. We are meeting with a designer at the store on Tuesday. We also have to come up with something for the floor.

Otherwise, I have had a very quiet week-end. I didn’t even make it downstairs to my studio. I think that tomorrow, after church, I will get back to some work. I have a bunch of things that need quilting.

9 Responses to “The Hunt for Tile”

  1. Judy says:

    Somehow I missed this post!
    I love them all, and not one surprises me as a choice you would make…that said, I’ve seen your choice and I LOVE it!


  2. Kathie says:

    Gorgeous! I’d love do something to spark up my plain vanilla bathroom tile.

  3. lisa says:

    have you thought about Heath tile? it’s absolutely the prettiest in the world.

  4. Wow, those tiles are so much fun. They make my bathrooms seem dull!

  5. Reva says:

    I love those Pratt & Larson tiles! I’m fantasizing about something similar to those bamboo-y ones for our upstairs bathroom. Choosing tile is so daunting because you’re going to be living with the results for a long, long time.

  6. terry grant says:

    Love these wonky tiles. The first one (of the two you prefer) has a bamboo-ish vibe. The second one looks like you! The colors, which are quirky and sophisticated and the “construction” look. You won’t surprise me at all if you pick that one! I think it would be stunning with black plain tiles. Too far out?

  7. The tiles that attract you remind me of your quilts. Similar elements. You will be happy with these.

  8. Vicki W says:

    Hi Gerry, are you familiar with hakatai tile? When I was looking for glass tile for my backsplash and powder room last year I found them on the web. I wanted a floor to ceiling gradient effect in the powder room and Hakatai lets you custom make your own mix! They have beautiful glass tiles that are much more affordable than what I could find in my local shops. I’m not affiliated, just a very happy customer!

  9. Kristin L says:

    Oooh, me likey the “quilty” tiles! I like the green/aqua one since it’s a color scheme appropriate to your home’s vintage. I think it’d look great with subway tiles or plain white squares. Would a black and white checkerboard for the floor be too much??