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Mosaic Monday… Spa Day


In the Spotlight…


… Our Vibe Ashbury Mosaic in Key Lime.

Heidi Bonesteel, Michele Trout,

and Jill Hall of  Bonesteel Trout Hall, have created a great “vibe” in this Pacific Palisades kitchen. Sophisticated yet unpretentious. Fresh, inviting and full of character, this is most definitely

a room worthy of being “in the spotlight”.






The Breezehouse.

photo courtesy of Blu Homes

This year Sunset Magazine selected the Breezehouse by San Francisco-based green prefab company  Blu Homes.  Nestled hillside in an olive grove in Healdsburg CA, this modular house lives up to its namesake.  Bright and spacious, each room shares a primary color pallet of oranges, blues, reds, yellows, and greens. We were thrilled to be able to add some of our tile selections to the mix. Here’s a peak at some of the Walker Zanger highlights.



Fireplace detail: Studio Moderne Paramount Pattern in Jute Gloss


Studio Moderne Paramount Jute Gloss


Main Kitchen backsplash: Studio Moderne Ming Blue Field


Kitchenette features Studio Moderne Coconut Matte Field Tile/photo courtesy of Blu Homes


Studio Moderne Coconut Matte Field Tile



Vibe Hustle Hex in White Matte


Vibe Hustle Hex Shower in Matte White


6th Avenue Round Mosaic in Pale Sky Gloss



Master Shower detail: Vibe White glass Andy Mosaic


Raffi Glass Tile 4 x 8


Studio Moderne Lacquer Field Tile. Photo courtesy of Blu Homes.


Open: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Days: Fridays through Sundays Aug. 3 through Sept. 9
Admission: $17, $15 on Fridays for seniors; children 12 and under are free. Cash or check only. A portion of proceeds will go to the Healdsburg Animal Shelter.
Tickets: Available at the house or online at sunset.com
Parking: Visitors should park at the Sonoma County Park and Ride Lot, 25 Grant Ave., Healdsburg, at the corner of Healdsburg Avenue) in the Grant Avenue Industrial Park. Shuttles will pick up visitors from the lot every hour on the hour (approximately), from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information:
Sunset Magazine: sunset.com/breezehouse
Blu Homes: Bluhomes.com. They are offering a tour of the Mare Island, Vallejo factory from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 24. For information and to sign up visit bluhomes.com.



Mosaic Monday… Chartreuse.

L to R: Contessa Tapestry Chartreuse on Cream, Pasha Taj Mosaic Green River Onyx, Chelsea Art Glass Spring, and Vibe Ovals Key Lime.


Master Class in Master Bath Design

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.


Exterior of the home.

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.

Vibe Morrocan Mosaic in Suede and Studio Moderne Regency Mosaic in Calacata and Cafe Bruno are featured.


Located on the second floor, the bathroom has east facing windows that bathe the space in clear morning light.


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!


Tuileries Collection Brick in Blanc, Arabesque Field in Blanc, Fedora and Choclocate. Floor is Studio Moderne Regency Mosiac in Calacata and Cafe Bruno.

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!

Tuileries Collection Arabesque Field in Blanc, Fedora and Chocolate


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.


Vibe Moroccan Mosaic in Suede.

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

All photo images and text are the property of Walker Zanger. Please do not use for commercial purposes without permission. You are welcome to repost. copyright 2014.

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