Posts Tagged ‘Tuileries’
Blue. Perhaps the most popular color in the spectrum, it rivals even red for the the gamut of emotions its various shades evoke. From the cheerful optimism of a
clear pale blue sky to the dark sultriness of midnight blue this color speaks to us in a
myriad of hues: robin’s egg blue, steel blue, baby blue, french blue, navy blue…the list is simply endless. It’s no wonder when it came to picking the images for this week post we were hard pressed to choose our favorites. Here are just a few stand outs from our Pinterest board “So Blue…”
A panel behind a sink or stove that protects the wall from splashes.
Ooh… if it were only that simple! Originally this definition probably held true. Back splashes came about simply as a way in which to protect the wall behind our stoves, sinks, and bathroom vanities from the splatters of spaghetti sauce, dish soap, and the occasional misdirected squirt of toothpaste. In today’s world of design however, choosing a back splash for your kitchen or bathroom has to be one of the most daunting decisions in any design project. The options are unbelievably endless. Whether it be glass, ceramic, marble, mosaic, or simply a single slab of stone, with the images below and the collection on this weeks Pinterest board, we’re certain that “We’ve got your back (splash)”.
We always really enjoy working with Interior Designers on Showcase Houses, because it gives everyone involved a chance to pull out all the stops and create spaces that are showstoppers (pun intended). I’d like to share one such great space that Walker Zanger recently worked on, the Master Bathroom of the 2012 Pasadena Showcase House of Design . Created by Kathryne Designs, it is the highlight of a beautiful Spanish Style Villa in La Canada, a wealthy suburb tucked into oak covered foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, a dozen or so miles east of downtown LA. Beside being gorgeous, this space also a great example of how to work within an existing room footprint of an older home, to create a space that is luxurious and spacious.
Kathryne Dahlman created a beautiful space combining several different patterns of Ceramic Tile and Mosaic against clean crisp background of white venetian plaster. The Moroccan Pattern above the vanity references the Spanish them of the house, while the White and Brown Marble Octagon and Dot of the mosaic floor brings a classic traditional style into the mix. The overall pallet of taupe, brown, white and silver lends a crisp contemporary edge to the design.
The vanity counters feature Sequoia Brown, an amazing new marble from Walker Zanger. Notice the “leather” finish on the stone, which gives the surface a soft texture that feels amazing. This would be a wonderful place to start you day!
The luxury continues with the generously proportioned shower highlighted by Tuileries Handmade Tiles in a brick pattern and a feature wall of the Moroccan inspired Arabesque tile in a blend of colors. I especially love the dark “Chocolate,” which looks good enough to eat!
In this close up of the ArabesqueTiles, you can really appreciate the beautiful, soft undulation of the handmade surface. The tiles literally comes to life as the reflections of light play across the brilliant, shiny glazes. This is the result of an intensive handmade production process, in which each tile is rubbed by hand, creating an uneven surface that allows the glaze to pool in wonderfully random ways, making each tile a unique piece of ceramic art.
This parting shot shows the detail in the crackle surface of the Vibe Morrocan Mosaic. I love how Kathryne Designs chose the stark white grout for this pattern, a daring choice, but one that ties in nicely to the white plaster, wall tiles and white marble on the floor.
Bravo to Kathryne Designs for creating such a lovely space! Walker Zanger was thrilled to be part of it and we are already looking forward to next year’s Pasadena Showcase House.
All photos by Stuart Watson