Thursday, September 17, 2009

Interior Identity: Bubbly (Designing a Guest Bath)

In this post, we'll be putting together an eclectic guest bath, worthy of the description "Bubbly". The word bubbly is defined as "pertaining to bubbles; lively; effervescent; full of high spirits. When we think of bubbles, we think circles (and water), and we'll be using the circular shape throughout the design, along with a free-spirited bent in the decor, and colors that make us think "water" or beach.

First, the shower tile - Interior Identity: Bubbly by

We've decided that this guest bath has a tub/shower combination, so we picked out this CUTE Ice Circles Shower Curtain at

Now, for a vanity-- this one is a bit of a DIY project, but we couldn't resist. We found this article on the DIY Network about repurposing antique & vintage furniture for the bathroom, which inspired us to pair a vessel sink with an antique dresser.
We found the DeNovo Bergles Glass Vessel Sink at

This vintage dresser is thanks to the Life In The Fun Lane Blog, as is the inspiration for using driftwood as a functional decor item, which we will discuss shortly.

This dresser is a great size for a single vessel sink, because it leaves room on either corner to hold a few fun but functional decor pieces (not to mention the storage space underneath). On one side, try a small grouping of bottles & jars (mix new with vintage pieces) to store cotton balls, small soaps, bath salts or oils and lotions. Just use a cork for any bottles that don't have their own lids. The apothecary jar set (with the luscious etched pattern) is from Graham and Green. The others were found on eBay, for $15 or less.
Use the other side of the vanity counter for hand towels, and this gorgeous Alabaster Inlay box, perfect for a bar of handmade soap. The alabaster box was also found at Graham and Green:

Above the vanity, we picked a 20" round hanging mirror with a ball chain that we think works with the quirky bits in this bathroom. We found this one at - the Babbette Moderne Mirror:

Next, the floor. We like the charcoal color in the frosted glass tile, but we wanted something a little more unique for the floor, so we chose the Lyric Unglazed Penny Round Mosaic Tile in Charcoal from

For the walls, we decided to go with Beadboard panels (from 2/3 of the way up the wall, and a beautiful blue paint (MPC Match for HulsJaybird) from

For a few finishing touches, we chose a fun print we found at - The Doan Gilman Weathervane print - the driftwood (repurposed as a towel rack) that we referred to earlier, found at, and a round microfiber bath rug in Aloe Green, at

That's all for now. We'll be back soon with our next Interior Identity virtual room makeover.

In the meantime, Keep Coloring on the Walls....

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Interior Identity: Ambitious (Kitchen Design)

The word "ambitious" brings to mind the type A personality- individuals with focus, drive and a strong desire for the all of the best things in life. This kitchen mock-up will be comprised of products and design that reflect high performance, function and quality in order to create a design worthy of its "Interior Identity".

First, let's look at the glass tile blend we've chosen for the backsplash: Interior Identity: Ambitious, from

Next, the countertops. We looked for high performance,function and modern appeal as well as color & texture.

Our material choice? Recycled Glass. Why? Recycled Glass Countertops are durable, sustainable, heat resistant, and available in a myriad of colors and color blends. Price-wise, recycled glass countertops are in the same range as Corian or granite, with the added benefit of being an eco-friendly choice. For this kitchen, we chose IceStone in Gelato, because the color works beautifully with our backsplash tile, and we wanted a light surface to contrast our cabinet choice.

Speaking of cabinets, we found the perfect door style and color at, from HomeCrest Cabinets' Heritage Collection in Java Linen. We love the cream (Linen) piping against the black base color, which makes the detail of the cabinet doors stand out, as well as working well with the other colors in our (virtual) kitchen design.

Moving on, we decided to use a light-toned flooring to keep this room from being too dark. After all, since we're doing this without a final destination in mind, we don't know how much natural light the room will have, and too much black can overwhelm a space without sufficient light in it. We like the earthiness of the palette in this room, and decided to go with a floor that would have the same feel. Wood flooring is always a great choice, but we decided to have a little fun, and chose a wood grained rectified porcelain tile flooring in a 6 X 24" size, with an offset joint - Torino Natural Driftwood, available at It has a great wood grain, and beautiful natural color, but offers the higher performance, easy clean-up and low porosity benefits of porcelain tile.

Now, there's only one major surface left in this project - the walls - and dependent on the architectural design of the kitchen, precious little area may be left uncovered by cabinetry and windows. However, no design is complete without discussing the wall color. We found two choices that would work beautifully in this layout, and we're including them both here so that you can let us know which you prefer. Both Choices are from the Valspar Ultra Premium Line.

The first, for those of you who prefer to remain in the neutral palette for wall color, is December Starlight:

The second is for those of you who love to "color on the walls". Stillness is the perfect shade to add a little more color to this room, without being overwhelming:

That's all for this post. We look forward to hearing what you think about this room's color & product choices, and to the next virtual design, coming soon.

In the meantime....
Keep coloring on the walls,

Creating a Home with Personal Style

Many of us realize that our home's personality reflects our own, and we take that into account when designing & decorating a new space. Taking that into account, Mosaic Tile Supplies created a series of glass tile blends called the Interior Identities Collection, and each blend was named for a personality trait. We'll be using these blends as well as other products we find online for the starting point in creating each room, and will attempt to create a complete design for each room that "fits" with its interior identity.

This blog will focus mainly on the projects and products that will offer inspiration & assistance in creating rooms that reflect your own personal taste and design style.

We hope that you enjoy the series, and welcome your thoughts, input, feedback and suggestions as we go.

Keep Coloring on the Walls,