I’ve been wanting to do this project since we moved to the North Beach neighborhood in 2015. It’s been really fun getting back into tessellations and color after a year of doing almost exclusively black and white sgraffito tiles. It took awhile to figure out the best way to install the tiles on our bumpy stucco garage but I think the cement board was a good choice. The installation went very smoothly. I’m starting to think about ideas for another panel on the opposite side of the door.
I’ve finished a second batch of Scratching Dogs tiles. Click on my “Shop” button above to see the new ones. The two photos above show how tiles from the first group of Scratching Dogs were used to accent a dog bath in NY. They were combined with larger photo tiles of the owners’ dogs. The photo tiles were made by Zazzle.
We recently replaced a broken exhaust fan over the range in our kitchen. As you can see the new fan has a more slender profile than the last fan and it left an exposed strip of brick along the top edge of the backsplash. I thought long and hard about which of my tiles to use to cover the brick. As it turns out, nearly all were too tall for the space. I decided instead to press a few simple tiles with one of the many clever quotes coined by kitchen goddess Julia Child, “Everything in moderation… including moderation.” I’m not sure she was the first to use the phrase but it has been attributed to her and I really like it.
Here we go again! Our [not so] new house has the luxury of a bathroom attached to one of the bedrooms. The only problem is it was never built properly and could not be used because it leaked. We’re told the plumber and tile setter each accused the other of shoddy work. The former owners simply capped the shower head and it hasn’t been used in 50 years. Having gone through the shower renovation process not too long ago, I’m looking forward to rebuilding this one. The first one was hard but I learned a lot and it’s nice to have an opportunity to do another one. Stay tuned…
Well it’s May 10th – Mother’s Day – and I’m finally finished with the shower! It’s a simple design but I think it looks original to the house.
A lot has happened since my last post in October. We moved to a mid century house on the other side of Seattle. We love the house but it has needed some work. The former owners had lived in the house for many years without making too many changes to it. It’s great that the house has many of it’s original details intact but there were a few updates in the 80s – primarily a kitchen renovation. Ironically, unlike the original house, the 80s kitchen seemed dated. We didn’t have a lot to spend on a new kitchen so I decided to make a few changes with tile, paint, and cabinet pulls to give it a fresh look.
Having exhausted dozens of tubes of silicone caulk in the past three years (that’s James’ handiwork), we’ve decided that it’s time to renovate the basement shower. We’ve never done a project like this before but with all the Youtube videos out there to guide us, how hard can it be? Should be a great way to incorporate a few handmade tiles. I’ll keep you posted…