subway tile

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

renovation update: finished floors & bathroom progress

kitchen-progressWe are getting closer to the end of our renovation and I CAN NOT wait to start moving our things back in, hang some art, and just enjoy some time at home. I can’t believe how much counter space we have now that that wall is history. The new pieces of marble for the extension of the countertop and backsplash are in place, and all that is left to do hang the upper cabinets, put the doors on the new base cabinets, and paint the toe-kicks.


home progress: mixing modern & vintage in the bathroom

vintage & modern mix // bathroom round-up // smitten studioSInce the new bathroom is beginning to take shape, I’m getting into some major retail therapy by ordering all the fun finishes.

I love mixing old and new, so when it came to designing our little loo I wanted to find the perfect modern vintage mix. I did this by combining sleek new pieces, like the gold Kohler Purist faucets and the clean round mirror, with timeless finishes, like the classic subway tile for the shower walls, and the white hex tile for the floors, as well as adding in some vintage pieces like this walnut credenza. The plan there is to retrofit the credenza into a bathroom vanity that will hold two of the square vessel sinks (fingers crossed all goes well). I also stayed with a monochromatic color palette which allows me to play up all the different patterns and textures. Now just to wait for the walls.

Product Sources: Kohler Purist Shower Head // Spotted Candles & Ceramics by Oui // Hexagon Towel Rack // Handmade Horn Comb // Vessel Sink // Kohler Purist Faucet // Tissue Holder // Ferm Wire Hamper // Merola White Hex Tiles // Natural Sea Sponge // Vintage Credenza // Round Mirror // Daltile White Subway Tiles // Pendant Lamp // Black Tea Soap

cabin progress: kitchen plate rail

cabin kitchen with shelf // smitten studioIt has been a while since I have done a cabin update. Things over there have had to slow down over the winter as it is just too cold to do a lot of things and too cold for me to want to visit as frequently! We were there over the holidays though, so although we didn’t get a ton accomplished we did put up this plate rail/spice rack of a shelf in the kitchen.

cabin kitchen // smitten studioI am planning to put some full sized open shelving on the back wall as well, but now that I see how the oak shelf looks above the oak countertop, I might paint the shelves white. When in doubt paint it white right? Or in my case, when in doubt paint it “whisper gray”?

So far in the kitchen we have:
1. Torn everything down to the studs. 2. Hung, finished, and painted the drywall. 3. Refinished & trimmed out the ceiling 3. Assembled the new Cabinets 3. Installed the new flooring. 4. Put in the new oak countertop 5. Placed the new appliances and apron front sink. 6. Put up the subway tile back splash and put on the cabinet hardware.  7. Created a plate rail/spice rack above the backsplash.

Still to do in the kitchen:
1. Grout the tile back splash (yes, I know we are taking forever on this part. This is one DIY that makes me a little nervous and I decided I will wait until the walls aren’t so freaking cold to tackle that project). 2. Make and install the rest of the shelving. 3. Find a rug.

See all the cabin progress here and see all of the product details here.

Images by sarah sherman samuel

cabin progress: bathroom paint & mirror

bathroom update paint colorsWe’ve made some progress in the bathroom lately. There will be no more getting ready for the day while looking into the reflection of the patio doors, because the mirror is up! I know one friend who was astonished by our lack of mirrors that will be pleased at this news (Ryan… you can come back to visit now, you little narcissist. ha).

There is also a fresh coat of paint. I chose Dutch Boy’s Gargoyle Shadow in high gloss and am loving the stark contrast between the wall color and the white trim, marble tiles, & bathroom fixtures.

Still to do in the loo:
1. Figure out some shelving/storage
2. Glass shower door or shower curtain

To see what the bathroom looked like when we first started look here.
To see all of the cabin progress so far go here.

Images by Sarah

from the weekend: cabin arrival


Yee haw, we made to the cabin this weekend. My stress level immediately drops as soon as I hit this driveway in. We also made a bit of progress on the renovation… here’s a little sneak peak at the subway tile backsplash going in.

Images from my Instagram. (I’m ssspics)