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November 17, 2022

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With the recent reveal of Greta’s bathroom, the obvious star of the show is the tile. That bathroom is dressed in gorgeous tile head-to-toe (our most intricate tiled space to date)! Oftentimes, I think tile is mistakenly seen as the supporting actor, but I always consider it to be the lead character. The tile you use can completely transform a space and set the mood entirely for the other finishes. In Greta’s bathroom, I made all my tile selections before doing anything, and then everything else really fell into place.

We have been working with The Tile Shop since 2012 in our VERY first kitchen (see that marble backsplash here!) and then again for the wood tile floors in our rambler. In the Modern Cottage bathroom, we used all their pretty limestone tile, and more recently, we DIY’d the penny tile in the powder bath! We use them again and again because they have the most gorgeous assortment of quality tiles, and they have never let us down.

I put together four different mood boards incorporating their show-stopping tile, paired with some other complementary finishes. Hopefully, this inspires you in your own homes, but also check out the variety of styles on their website.

Kitchen Mood Board

For this fantasy kitchen, I was very inspired by our current kitchen, but I wanted to give it more of a mid-century modern twist.

Petal Emerald Porcelain Mosaic Wall and Floor Tile – How cool would this mosaic wall tile be as a backsplash? A backsplash is a statement-maker.

Stoffer Home Cabinetry in Plymouth Green – This is the same Stoffer Home cabinetry color we have used on our island, and it is soooo good.

Kitchen Faucet – This faucet is very similar to the one we have in our kitchen but a fraction of the cost. Beautiful in every way.

Pendant – With every space, I love to mix metals and wood, and this pendant is the perfect mix. I’m obsessed with that warm wood finish.

Electric Kettle – This taupe kettle is cute enough to leave on the counter, and I love that it really warms the space.

Cabinet Knob – The great way to elevate any kitchen or cabinetry is to upgrade the hardware. These knobs are perfect.

Bathroom Mood Board

This is a very elevated take on a “coastal”-inspired bathroom. This is the perfect example of letting the tile set the tone and personality of the space and then making selections that support it.

Imperial Gris Matte Ceramic Subway Wall Tile – Mixing Tiles in a space can be intimidating, but you can’t go wrong when pairing a geometric with an organic pattern.

Zara Blue Porcelain Wall and Floor Tile – The tile that inspired it all! As someone who loves designing with color, this blue tile would make such a statement.

Pewter & Glass Wall Sconce – These sconces have so much character and charm.

Lucie Wood Wall Mirror – Have you ever seen a cuter mirror than this wood, scalloped edge mirror?

Kohler Shower System – These brass shower fixtures are stunning.

Granada Vanity – This vanity would complement the floor tile so beautifully.


This utilitarian space is earthy and neutral, but far from ordinary. The textured tile would make a mudroom feel historic and full of character.

Jerica Ceniza Porcelain Wall and Floor Tile – Subway tile, but make it textured! This almost looks like a herringbone brick, but it’s porcelain. Would bring so much character to a mudroom.

Hook Rack – I’ve been eyeing this hook rack for far too long, and I had to include it on this board!

Hazeldell Wall Light – Every utilitarian space needs a lantern light!

Asymmetrical Mirror – For all the geometric lines in this space, you need this organic-shaped mirror to soften the space.

Upholstered Bench – Speaking of soft! It’s always nice to have a place to sit to put on and take off shoes every day.

Dressing Room

Everything about this dressing room is feminine and delicate, starting with that jaw-dropping tile.

Lafaenza Oro Crema Porcelain Wall and Floor Tile – When I saw this tile, my heart stopped. I might have to sneak it into our bathroom/closet remodel next year. It has the most feminine, pink undertones.

Carved Wood Floor Mirror – I have this mirror in our bedroom, and I’m convinced there’s not a more beautiful mirror at a better price than this.

Haylen Wall Sconce – Cute, cute, cute!

Grasscloth Desk – The thing I miss most about our closet and dressing space is the desk I sat at to do my makeup. This is a piece of art.

Velvet Chair – Every lady needs a velvet chair to sit on while she does her makeup!

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  1. Janine says:

    I love these fantasy mood boards! Especially the mud room. I wouldn’t turn down more mood board content!

  2. Amy says:

    I LOOOOOVVVE that kitchen pendant light. I so wish it was a multi-bulb fixture…a single 60w can’t do what I need it to. But love the mood boards! What a fun way to flex your design muscles, offer inspiration, all without tearing up your own house!

  3. Nicole says:

    I love the tile you chose for the mudroom mood board. I will be curious to see if you choose tile for your mudroom/dog room and what it will look like :)

  4. REK981 says:

    If I ever get to a point where I can design a bathroom from the ground up I may have to hire you!! I have LOVED going back through the archives and seeing your designs come to life.

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