Subway Tiles - A Timeless Classic .....

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Hi Everyone

I hope life is good with you all.

Today I thought I'd chat a little about subway tiles - or, as our American cousins would say "tile"-  as in singular - anyways moving swiftly on :) ........

I know it's personal taste but I tend to use wall tiles sparingly. However, when I first spied white subway tiles many years ago, I thought - "yip, those are the boyos for me" !!! I just like the timeless simplicity of them - not too overpowering - and above else, nice and casual.

I first used them in the bathroom in a little cottage we renovated back in 2009  .......

We loved that little house and probably wouldn't have moved if we could have created some extra space - but the footprint of the site didn't allow for that.

Anyways - life moves on and when we renovated our present home, I chose just a few pale grey subway tiles above the cooker and hung a couple of pictures above .....

The up-stands were the same Corian as the worktops.

It all looked nice - but turned out not to be very practical - the joins between with the worktops and up-stands became very grubby around the sink - and as I kind of half expected, the area above the cooker needed regular touching up with fresh paint.

Soooo - I decided the replace the up-stands with tiles and also to tile to the extractor hood while I was at it.

All that was needed was a quick call to my old mate Joe Dunne of Banbridge Bathroom Centre who has worked on all the homes we have ever renovated - he not only looked after the bathrooms and tiles but project managed several trades for the rest of the work - he is a star !!!

I would actually have used the same pale grey tiles as before - but they are no longer available - so I asked Joe to choose some flat white-ish ones (not bevelled) with dark grey grouting for a little change .....

The boys arrived .....

Nothing is ever a problem for Joe and his team ......

I knew that Joe would choose nice tiles for me-  and he did just that ..... there is a subtle crackle glaze in these ...

Anyways - job done ..... and I'm delighted with it.

Below are a few quick snaps with my Ipad ..... which are distinctly dark I'm afraid - there were bleak snow laden clouds outside when I snapped these !!! But I didn't want to put the room lights on as the shots would take on a "yellow" tinge and I didn't want to distort the colours.

When we shoot homes for magazines, would you believe that if we leave a single room light on, the feature would be rejected ..... thank goodness Ashley is a complete maestro with photographic lighting gear !!!!

Anyways, the new tiles are much more practical than what I had before ...

When clearing up, I took the opportunity to do a little bit of re-styling .... and erm, a lovely simple Lene Bjerre lamp somehow found its' way from the stock room to our kitchen - hmmmm - wonder how that might have happened :)

Ah sure - a bit of "footering" keeps us girls happy :)

I really like the bottle of JD against the blackboard :)

Well folks that all from me for now.

 

Take Care

Marie x

You'll find the details for Banbridge Bathroom Centre here - ..http://www.bathrooms-ireland.com/