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Installation Stories: An Ocean-Inspired Subway Tile Kitchen

Posted by: Kali • Mar 28

Installation Stories: An Ocean-Inspired Subway Tile Kitchen

In a snow covered landscape, Jennifer and her husband were looking to bring a coastal, ocean-inspired feel to their brand new home.  After finding the perfect blue tile for their classic subway tile backsplash, their nautical inspired kitchen came to life.  We took a minute to chat with Jennifer about her kitchen design and her Fireclay Tile experience.

Hi Jennifer!  First of all how did you hear about Fireclay Tile?

Jennifer – I found Fireclay Tile on the internet while searching for a deep blue tile, which was hard to find elsewhere.  I worked with your Design Consultant, Yvette–She was very helpful and was able to thoroughly answer all my questions in a timely manner.  Yvette also sent me pictures of installations that helped us decide how we wanted to install our tile.

Can you tell me about the space?  What did your kitchen look like before, and what did you change?

Jennifer – We searched for a long time to find a house that we loved and suited our needs, but couldn't find what we were looking for.  Instead, we started designing our new home from scratch with our builder, Lockwood Construction.  They drew up the plans but we had very specific ideas about the style and layout we wanted to use.  We have a love of Craftsman style homes and a nautical feel and wanted our new home to reflect both of these styles.

What type of look were you going for?

Jennifer – We wanted our kitchen to have a nautical feel with a Craftsman design style in the cabinetry.  

How did you come up with your color scheme and design?

Jennifer – Specifically we went with a surf and sand look.  Our countertops match the "sand" and we wanted to use blues for the "surf". My degree is in Marine Biology and I have always had a love for the ocean.  In past homes I had nautical decor accents but never a subtle nautical feel.  We wanted this home to have a subtle nautical Craftsman style without it seeming overdone.

Why did you choose to use Martinique?

Jennifer – We had 5 sample tile colors sent to us and they were all a rich blue color.  We had it narrowed down to two choices, Martinique and Turquoise, but we decided that Martinique was our perfect ocean blue.  We decided on a Subway Tile Backsplash layout for our design.

How did the installation process go?  Did you face any challenges?

Jennifer – The installation process went smoothly but it was a lengthy process.  Somehow during shipping half our tile order arrived broken.  Fireclay Tile was more than happy to send us replacement tiles once we sent in pictures of our boxes of broken tile.  Our builder had a contractor who specializes in tile install our tile for us.  We decided to go with an offset pattern using a 3 x 6 size.

Did you work with a designer on your project?

Jennifer – We did not work with a designer on our project.  I have always had an interest in design and I have signed up for an interior design course since building our dream home.  It has been a really fun experience designing a home from scratch.

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