Kitchens With COLOR: Yellow

Well, October is officially over, and November is here. To me, this marks the beginning of the holiday season. And before you jump down my throat about celebrating holidays too early (Christmas decorations for sale in October? Slightly excessive, Costco), let me clarify that my mood begins to shift from winter dread to childlike excitement. … Continue reading

TileTramp Fireplace Design – Pt. 2

Several months ago, I introduced you to my very first personal home renovation project: my fireplace.  If you haven’t read that particular post, the gist is that the builder placed some very cheap (re: ugly) tiles over our fireplace wall, preventing us from being able to mount our TV in the middle of our living room. Instead, … Continue reading

Why I Don’t Like Chinese Tile

Well folks, I think I’ve officially hit the tile big-leagues. If there is such a thing, I think you would know you’re in it when Chinese tile manufacturers start spamming you with product brochures about their glass and stone tiles. It’s both flattering and annoying simultaneously. It’s flattering that I’m showing up on their radar. It’s annoying because … Continue reading

Kitchen Backsplash Trends

So, earlier this year I wrote a post discussing the tile trends for 2011. This was an all-encompassing list of the top 5 trends in the world of tile. A reader has suggested that I do up a post on backsplash-specific tile trends, and I thought that was a fabulous idea, so here we are. … Continue reading

A Concept Board by Request (Sort Of)

This wasn’t a direct request, but as I’ve been helping to choose paint colors for a friend of mine, I thought I’d whip up a quick board for her kitchen remodel. She has beautiful pre-existing slate flooring which meets up with hardwood in the adjoining living room. As it stands now, she has evergreen laminate … Continue reading

10 Ways to Add a Red *Kapow!* to Your Kitchen

Ah red. Deep down, I believe that we all love red…in large part because it’s so unexpected. It’s rarely found in nature, so when it does pop up, it has quite the “wow” factor. Since design tends to mimic nature, it’s natural that it has the same “kapow” when showing up inside a home. Below, I … Continue reading

Herringbone & chevron…siblings, not twins

It’s true that in the past I’ve used the terms “herringbone” and “chevron” interchangably quite a bit throughout my posts. I would like to clear up a misconception: herringbone and chevron patterns, while strikingly similar, are not the same. Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know this, because I didn’t really notice the difference until … Continue reading

Herringbone Strikes Back!

OK, so I have already discussed the beauty of Chevron tile. I already told you all about the glamour it brings to a room and its timelessness. However, I noticed two things within the last week: 1) The single most popular search term people are using to find my blog (thank you!) is “herringbone tile”. … Continue reading

What tile coordinates with a calacatta or carrera marble countertop?

This is actually an email question I received, but I thought it would make a good post. So thank you Carly for the inspiration! For the purposes of this post, let’s assume you’re using the most standard of marble countertop: carrera or calacatta marble. First I’d like to go on a tiny bit of a … Continue reading

Introduce Some French Design With Tile

Throughout my travels in France, I noticed a number of things. For instance, the French don’t like when you try to open a conversation in English. Apparently that’s insulting. Also, you can buy a good bottle of wine in a grocery store for 3 euro. Wish I would have figured that out much earlier in … Continue reading