Brick by brick

I’m building a house where I can think
And have some balance and dignity
I’m building a house where no one can hurt me
I’m huilding a house where the weak are strong
I’m building a house with a real song
I’m using faith that is immortal
I’m building it with simplicity
and the way that we feel, you and me
I’m buidling it with what I believe in

It was so much fun driving by the house watching the roof and second floor disappear a little more each day. Out builders are doing an awesome job getting stuff done. G and I have also had a lot of fun picking out the tile and vanities and other fixtures for the bathrooms. After some initial sticker shock, and two weekends straight of shopping we figured out what we were doing.

I have to say Pinterest is truly the best invention of 2012. It is amazing to me how much information can be aggregated with a few keystrokes. Type in master bath and bam! you have pages and pages of ideas.

Houzz is another fantastic resource. Before our first meeting with the tile lady, I printed probably 20 pages of inspiration rooms to review with the hubs.

  • Sidebar: one of the things I absolutely love about my husband is how he and I make decisions. We are not hem and haw’ers. We might discuss/argue for a little about various points but once we come to a decision there is no second guessing, only moving forward. That’s how planning our wedding was, and that’s how tile shopping was.

We went through all the pictures, pulled out the ones we liked, which happened to be the same, and pretty much fell in love with the first thing we were shown. Not because it was the first thing, but because it was exactly what we were both picturing. It actually freaked all three of us out a little (me, g, and the sales lady). Being that both sets of our parents have trained us to triple bid everything, we took the knowledge that we gleaned from this first excursion and continued to two other tile stores.


The second store, which I had called ahead and made an appointment, was such a bad experience. I honestly couldn’t get out of the fast enough. The owner/sales person couldn’t be bothered to even show us his merchandise. He barely paid attention when we were talking about what we were looking for, instead he really must wanted to listen to euro-trash techno music and update his Facebook page. I honestly could have turned around and left right then, but hubby felt the need to try to engage the guy in any sort of salesman like behavior, ie asking the price of things and oh I don’t know it’s availability.

Then we headed to the big box tile store, Standard Tile. It was fine, but nothing blew us away and we didn’t see anything both price and look wise that compared to the first store.

Unfortunately our fantastic sales lady, Maria, was headed on vacation so we had to wait until last week to actually order anything. But order we did.

Our master bath is going to be so serene, the tile looks like sand! And we are going to have this really cool/modern 12 x 24 tiles in the shower area, 12×12 on the floor, and detail 2×2 throughout.

Here were some of our inspiration images:

This is what Maria showed us:



The kids bathroom is going to be timeless. All white tile, hex on the floor with white grout, and white subway tile in the bath/shower area. We will also be adding in a bit of glass tile detail above the tub.

Our inspiration:

Super classy. We’ll also have wainscoting in their bathroom. We also just picked out the colors, but that is another post. 😉



hex flooring with white grout


So that’s the tile… the following weekend we figured out the whole vanity situation. THAT
was fun, and that is a story for another time.



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