home progress: bathroom update & tile patterns

bathroom progress // smitten studioWell hello almost pretty bathroom! As you can see we’ve made a bit more progress in our new loo (sometimes painfully slow progress, but I’ll take it). We had the leftover marble from the kitchen cut to size and installed on the shower ledge and as the vanity top. The sinks are in as well as the faucets and shower head, and we are getting oh so close to a working bathroom. The only things stopping us are the missing toilet, the plumbing under the sink needs to be finished, and the glass shower enclosure, mirror, and lighting still have to be installed.

bathroom faucet // smitten studioalternate patterns with subway tile // smitten studioIn the meantime, I thought it may be helpful to chat about our subway tile pattern and share some alternative pattern options. Let me just say again that I love subway tile. It’s simple, clean, white, readily available, and affordable (win, win, win, win).

The traditional running bond pattern, like we used in the cabin, will always be a great choice but I wanted to do something a little different here, so I started playing around with the 3×6 shape in adobe illustrator and that’s when I came up with these alternate patterns, all which can be made with the common 3″ x 6″ subway tile. I chose to go with the herringbone pattern, which is a classic pattern for wood floors (and a million other things), but I hadn’t really seen it translated to subway tile (until I googled it that is, and found a bazillion examples…sigh ;) (it’s ok I still love it)). The “linear vertical” would work great in a really modern space and I am already thinking I may want to try the “perpendicular” or “windmill” version when we re-do our other bathroom (Lord help us!).

To see all of the renovation progress check here.
To see my bathroom plans check here.

Product Sources: Kohler Purist Shower Head // Vessel Sink // Kohler Purist Faucet // Merola White Hex Tiles // Vintage Credenza // Daltile White Subway Tiles

  • It looks like it is going to be a gorgeous bathroom. So fun to see the progress that has been made. I love your gold hardware that you chose! Cant wait to see the final product when it is all complete!

  • Even if it’s been done before (though I hadn’t seen it either!); it still is a magazine-worthy bathroom. Really beautiful work!

  • Great choice. The fixtures are just absolutely stunning. Forgive me for my curiosity but your reno seems to be going incredibly smooth. Everyone I know that’s gone through one always comes out mean and angry on the other side- homicidal rage but yours seems to be going splendidly! I’m enjoying seeing it all, it’s an absolute dream home!

  • love! it looks amazing. Great alternative patterns! Makes the tile look so different!

  • […] we still have another bathroom in our house to remodel (it never ends!), I like these alternate patterns for subway […]

  • […] *An AMAZING bathroom in the works. […]

  • Amazing! I love love love that tile pattern! We’ll done!

  • *well* done, that is. :)

  • Love the unique tile layouts. Bookmarking for sure!

  • Anama Prz

    Hi, I was wondering if you could please share your source for the shower glass enclosure, Im having a really hard time! Also love the oversized hex mirror from your entryway, where is it from? Thanks so much! your house looks lovely.Ana

    • Hi Anama,
      Thank you! Both the glass shower enclosure and that mirror I had custom made which is why there is no source listed. A local shower & glass company would be your best bet.

  • Michelle

    Hi, do you by chance remember what the distance is from the wall to the center of of your pendant light (closest to the wall). I am working with a very small space and I want to make sure my pendant isn’t too close to the wall.Thanks! Love it all :)

  • Can you tell me if your photos show a 3×6 or a 4×12 subway tile? Need to decide this weekend which one I want!!

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