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Backsplash tile goes in at Lincoln Park Kitchen Renovation!

My favorite part of the kitchen renovation is when the backsplash tile is installed.  Not only does this step signal the imminent completion, it often ties the whole design together.



It can be sleek and clean or multi-color and varied, the tile adds a unique touch.  Often it is the hardest to select because there are so many great options.  Materials range from glass to metal and clay.  Shapes can be small square or round mosaics or large rectangles, hexagons or circles.  Surfaces come in matte, shiny, smooth or textured.


In this kitchen, the goal was to create an light, airy and calming space, in a classic modern style.  A monochromatic color scheme of white, cream, champagne and taupe was chosen to accomplish this goal.  A ceramic subway tile from Mission Stone and Tile  features a raised geometric design, adds a timeless element with a modern twist.



The walls have been painted and the space feels suddenly light and airy!  The tile will be grouted, the pendants will be hung and the vent hood and microwave will be installed this week.  Almost there!

Bathroom Renovation in Downtown Chicago

The Bathroom as a Place of Relaxation and Well-Being

Mich ave bathroom photo 1

As the emphasis on luxurious bathrooms continues to grow, they have become places of relaxation and well-being. Any bathroom can be transformed into a “home spa” while being functional and durable. This relatively small master bathroom in a downtown Chicago high rise was updated, modernized and outfitted with abundant storage. The neutral gray color scheme sets the tone for a calming and soothing space. A floating vanity was chosen to make the room airy and open. Lighting from beneath highlights it and adds ambiance.

Michigan Ave bathroom photo 2


Large porcelain tiles cover the floor and the side of the bathtub while the same tile in brick size surrounds the tub. Thermofoil cabinets in stainless steel are a modern feature while also offering easier maintenance than wood. A tall cabinet sits on the quartz countertop to provide additional storage.


On one end of the soaking tub, a niche with shelves is filled with easily accessible bath items. At the other end, there is a hand-held showerhead to make cleaning the tub– and the dog– easier.

Michigan Ave bathroom photo 3

The Starck Organic Hansgrohe faucet is sculptural and sensual. It boasts an invigorating spray with low water consumption. Behind the vanity, stacked ceramic tiles are installed flush with the mirrors for a seamless look. The tiles are hand made in California of locally sourced clay.


The soothing color palette, lighting and soaking tub turned this bathroom into a home spa which is also functional, durable and easy to maintain.
Thinking about taking on a bathroom renovation? See my worksheets to help you get started.