Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Two Weekends | Herringbone Tile + Hilton Head

We've been traveling the last two weekends, so I finally have a chance to get caught up!

Here's a recap of our past two weekends.


Two weekends ago we spent a long weekend at our house and made progress on our mudroom! We probably would have finished the tile, but we wanted to paint the ceiling first, so that delayed us a little.

With two coats of Kilz stain blocking primer, it took one coat of Sherwin Williams ceiling paint.

Then we were ready to start laying out our gorgeous tile. We went with Pietra Naturale Athens Gray marble in 3x12 from Mosaic Tile Co.

Here's a little backstory on the tile .. we went to a few stores with a specific look in mind, a neutral to warm gray with veining in a long rectangle. We went to a few stores with no luck (I guess I'm picky?) Sitting in the parking lot frustrated, we got a call from the last place, Architectual Ceramics (right style of tile, but not the perfect size and not in stock) that Mosaic Tile Co. would mostly have what we wanted in stock. We were so impressed that they took the time to call us and give us the info of a competitor.

Everything aligned (LOVE it when that happens). It was right around the corner from where we were. When we walked in, it was installed in a bathroom subway tile, so much nicer than just a small sample (especially since it's a natural stone and there are variances). While checking out, we were given tips on how to install it and what products to use. Since it's a natural stone, it's a a little different than ceramic tile (I'll recap in a future post). We had a great experience, I'd highly recommend if you're in the MD/DC area! (I think they have locations in VA and NC too) This isn't a sponsored post, just wanted to share. 

Here's how far we got (I forgot my wide angle lens, so I just got a tight shot) .. basically everything but the corners.

I'll be sure to post our process once we finish laying out the tile!


This past weekend we decided to go to Hilton Head last minute! My parent's were there for the week, so we caught the tail end of their trip.

It was nice to have a little beach time, we've missed it! Annabelle probably the most .. as soon as we got close, she pulled all the way to the sand. Then, she instantly dug through my bag to find her tennis ball, which she would always do when we went to the beach in CA. It's amazing what they remember!

We relaxed on the beach for the day, it was lovely!

Before leaving, we did a little thrifting. My obsession with bamboo continues .. I've been looking for a Chinese Chippendale chair for a while, so I was SO excited when I found this for $20. It's in pretty good condition, just a little glue, paint (maybe something bright?) and a cushion (either loose and tied to the back/underneath or a piece of plywood cut to size).

The past two weekends have been a lot of driving, so we're looking forward to staying put and getting back to a normal schedule for a little bit!


  1. I am IN LOVE with that herringbone tile!! It looks fantastic! We did a large scale herringbone pattern in our master bathroom and absolutely love it. I can't wait to see your finished space!

  2. That tile! That chair! It all looks amazing!

  3. ok. that tile. swoon! we did the herringbone pattern with white subway tile in our recent kitchen reno. lthat chair is amazing. the price even better. there's a great thrift store near bluffton where I scored a campaign dresser two summers ago. obviously I need to extend my radius and head over to HH the next time we go to palmetto bluff.

  4. you guys are too cute! and i LOVE the chair, and hello sexy herringbone!

  5. That tile is gorgeous! Can't wait to hear more about it!

  6. Love the tile and the herringbone pattern is perfect for it!

  7. The tile looks amazing! Love the veining and the layout you went with. Great progress!!

  8. I have never seen beautiful tile like this. It looks amazing!

  9. love love love the herringbone layout for the tiles, its pure Genius and looks amazing! Can't wait to see the finished product.

  10. The tile is looking amazing, Sarah! And I'm glad you had a nice little getaway!

  11. I am looking at using the same tile and I was wondering if its slippery at all?

    1. I haven't found it to be slippery - it is smooth - no variation, I'd recommend testing the sample and talking to the sales rep :)


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