The Ashland House: Tile

So far selecting tile for the bathrooms has been the most daunting task. I feel a tremendous amount of self-imposed pressure to make the “right” decisions. So much work has gone into this project. I don’t want to mess it up!

Before I reveal some of my choices I’ll let you know what I considered before making our selections:

  1.  What style and color was in the home originally
  2.  What makes sense given the architecture of the house
  3.  What would be practical for how we will be living in the space
  4.  What the house wants (If you ask it, it will tell you.)
  5.  What would give us the most flexibility in terms of accessorizing (wall color, fixtures, rugs and towels are much easier to change than tile)
  6.  As much as I hate to say it – RESALE* value

With that said here we go:

Original Tile The Ashland House

This was the original 1915 tile. It had been covered with vinyl flooring for the past 50 years or so. It wasn’t possible to salvage since we relocated the existing bathroom. Back then tile was set in poured concrete. The guys that did the demo worked so hard to get this out!

Here’s what we’re going to put in the powder room:

Sample of Hex Tile with Grout

We’ll never be able to have an exact replica because materials and manufacturing are so different these days. We’re going to use a different/more practical/original grout color than this sample.

Here’s my favorite:

Jack & Jill Floor & Wall Tile Combo

Penny Round (very popular in the 1900’s) with 3″x 6″ subway tile. These will go in the Jack & Jill on the first floor. This sample has a gloss finish, however, our floor will have a matte finish (less slippery).

When we visited the house yesterday this is what we saw in the Jack & Jill:

Penny Round Jack & Jill

Penny Round patiently awaiting grout.  It’s a happy little tile, isn’t it?  🙂

Here is a close up of what we are using for the floor in the Master Bath:

Sample of 2%22 Hex with Grout

Of course I will not pick the same grout color as this. These hex tiles are twice as big as the original. I like the scale in relation to the shower tile that we are using (tile that is 4″ x 16″). I also enjoy that these tiles are a more modern size with a traditional shape.

Here is what our Master Bathroom looked like as of yesterday:

Hex Tile Master Bath

2″ Hex Mosaic Tile patiently awaiting grout.  🙂

This same floor tile will go in the kiddo’s bathroom with black grout. Ha! Just wait and see…

Thanks for reading and have a Joyful Day!

xo Whitney

*As one of my dear friends says of her lovely home, “I am going to be buried in the floorboards.” I feel the same way so don’t go thinking that we’re going to sell this house any time soon.


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        1. Jim Noonan

          Sleep? What is this “sleep” you speak of? Ha! Actually it’s a long story concerning twins, midnight, 3, and 6 a.m. feedings, and the inability to revert to a normal sleep schedule even 4 years later!

      1. Whitney Parchman Post author

        Thanks Yasmina! For some reason picking the tile was a tough one for me. Part of the reason was that I didn’t want every bathroom to be the same. That’s a tall order when the palette is the same and the house is very particular! 😉 xo

      1. Whitney Parchman Post author

        Are we so close? I told our GC we’d be moving over Spring break (last week in March). So close yet so far away. Or maybe just so close but so much work to do? I’m glad you love the tile. 🙂 xo

        1. Integro Rehab

          Well…you have your floors in, right? Now tile…all that’s left is paint, cabinet installation, plumbing fixtures, and lighting! Your GC has done a lovely job.

          1. Whitney Parchman Post author

            When you put it that way it doesn’t sound so bad. 😉 Thanks! I’ll pass the compliment on to our GC. I watched your episode on HGTV the other day. Holy smokes! Would you consider letting me interview you about your experience for our blog? In all of your free time, of course. xo

    1. Jo

      Getting tile down is so exciting. Both floors are looking good and I agree with all your points of how and why you chose what you did. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music