The newly relocated laundry room is in a hall space adjacent to the kitchen and serves as a combination laundry, pantry and home office. It features a patterned black, white and gray tile floor — and yet another set of large-scale French doors.
This master bedroom is a surprise of color and light in a scale-appropriate setting. White plaster walls meet dark oak floors in a room anchored by a bright green tiled fireplace flanked on either side by French doors and green chairs.
In this beautiful white kitchen, seen on HGTV's Sarah's House, vintage brackets are given a coat of light yellow paint and repurposed to create open shelving. Behind the countertop, the wall is dressed up with grey stone tile and a smaller tile accent strip. A mixed selection of white and colorful dishes, an antique kitchen scale a set of deer antlers add a rustic flair.
An aerial view captures the full scale of this home's spacious front entrance. A mix of materials brings intrigue to the driveway and connected pathways leading to the front door and backyard. Darker, large tiles in the driveway compliment the red-tone brick exterior of the home while light neutral elements tie in the garage and siding color.
Fiberglass soaking tubs, while functional, can appear as eyesores. Since the soaking tub is properly scaled for the space and in fine working condition, it was left in place, then updated with subway tile cladding as the walls. In order to create a seamless look, the front of the tub was framed out with two-by-four lumber, then covered with backer board before being tiled and grouted.
A central, two-sided fireplace and a back wall swathed in a broad expanse of glass give a nod to mid-century design in this California contemporary home. Shimmering tile that wraps around the structural fireplace brings a touch of modern glam. Large-scale architectural photos in the dining room give the space added depth.
In this kitchen, the mix of materials was created not by a tile manufacturer, but by the designer. Brigitte Fabri, CMKBD, of Drury Designs, wanted to create a "castle wall" effect in this kitchen, without detracting from the room's focal point — the copper hood. For most of the backsplash, she chose a large scale 12x24 'Crema Marfil' limestone because the larger the tile, the fewer distracting grout lines. Behind the range, a honed glass tile called 'Malaga Cove Wings' by Stone & Pewter was used.
For the master bedroom of this remodeled 1950s adobe home, designers removed the 80s tile that surrounded the fireplace and scaled it down in size, more in keeping with what homes of that era might have. White-painted floors and ceiling are a charming, farmhouse touch.
This modern double vanity bathroom is the way to do black and white. The black tile floor is a honeycomb pattern, repeated on a smaller scale in the gorgeous glassed-in shower with black and white tiled soap inset and built-in shower seat. All the appliances have brass faucets. Twin brass-framed mirrors below glass sconces overlook a white marble-topped double sink vanity that sits on six drawers in black with brass drawer pulls.
Ceiling Beams add architectural interest and coordinate with the darkly stained lower cabinets. Having two light fixtures over the island gives the space a sense of scale and the tile backsplash and colorful rug add character and a touch of personality. Gray bar chairs provide seating for the kitchen island and a nifty display shelf provides storage/display options.
Similar to using a quarter to show the scale of an object in a photograph, the juxtaposition of any color against white will ensure its proper tonal values read clearly. When looking over paint samples at home, try laying them out on a white surface or the lightest surface in the room like this marble tile.
In a large, open interior — and this is especially important when the space has soaring ceilings, as this one does — it’s essential to choose furnishings and details that fit the large scale of the room. Says stylist Sophie Gunnersen of Studio Stamp: “All the pieces in the room are rather big and bold, and everything has a purpose. The custom-made dining table sits at bar height and it is large and chunky. The black AGA cooker is really the key piece in the space — it adds ambience and attracts most people with its warmth. The vertical bookshelf along with the softer green tiles divide the room.”
Throughout the home's space, designer pulled in bold colors to create the fun, eclectic space that the homeowners desired. The master bathroom is no exception, but to create a more soothing space, designers scaled back the multiple colors from the rest of the home and complemented the bold, blue painting that hangs above the soaking tub with rich wood and tile textures, creating a space that is as vibrant as the couple, but that gives them a private space to relax.
The home’s open plan living room is airy and fresh with windows that look out onto the Hudson River. On the wall, sketches of the home’s original design have been framed, a testament to how far the interior design has come in just one year. Ana Claudia and her husband took on a full-scale renovation, bringing this midcentury home fully into the 21st century. In the living room, the fireplace, once an eyesore, makes a bold statement, tiled to resemble the sidewalks of Copacabana. It’s flanked by colorful side chairs upholstered in Kelly Wearstler Graffito fabric.