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Design & Inspiration

Installation Stories: Cool Take on Classic Style

By Kali |

Bay Area designer Nina Jizhar shows how a bit of handpainted tiles can go a long way in this dual bathroom remodel. Using two of our handpainted patterns, along with some field tile, she's created two spaces that really inspire (there's a tiled rug folks). Read on to learn more about Nina and to see more of the bathrooms below: 

First, here's a bit about Nina: 

This is Nina: 

My style can be described as...Clean, tailored and edited.
My design philosophy is...Don’t be afraid to mix different periods; having a room with a mix of old and new, something high and something low.  
I got my start...With a really strong cup of coffee.
I find inspiration in...Travel and Pinterest!
I can’t live without...My daughters.
My best design advice would be...It should be effortless and always edit.
I love Tile because...It’s so versatile and you can make a work of art with even the simplest ones by creating pattern.
My favorite Fireclay color is...French Linen! It goes with everything.

Now, on to the project: 

1. How did you hear about Fireclay Tile? Who here helped you, what did you enjoy about the experience?
Through social media. Gary helped me way back in San Jose showroom.

2. Can you tell me about the space? What did it look like before?  What did you change?
The house is a Spanish bungalow built in 1900’s. It has a lot of traditional characters and original fixtures. We wanted to update and modernize it, but still showcase some of the historical elements of the house. 

3. What type of look or aesthetic were you going for?

Simple, with a wow factor but still classic and sophisticated.  

All Images: Lauren Edith Anderson
Tile Shown: 4x8s in Foggy MorningMurietta in Black and White Motif

4. How did you come up with your color scheme and design for each of the bathrooms?
We love the handmade look Fireclay tiles bring. For the master bathroom’s field tile, we chose a color with high variation to show the watercolor effect and brought in some patterns in the accent tile found in shower niche and “rug.” 

Tile Shown: 3" Hexagons in Foggy Morning and Murietta handpainted tiles on the floor; 4x8 tiles in Foggy Morning on the walls. 

Here's a close up of the tiled rug: 

Tile Shown: Tile Shown: 3" Hexagons in Foggy MorningMurietta handpainted tiles in Black and White Motif

And for the guest bath, since it was so tiny, we want a fun and interesting pattern on the floors to bring in more visual interest. We chose neutral color palettes on both bathrooms to create a calm and soothing ambiance.

Tile Shown: San Carlos Handpainted Tiles

5. Why did you choose the color/pattern? 
We wanted to infuse some patterns in both bathrooms and were looking for ones that had a Spanish/Mediterranean feel to stay true with the history/character of the house but yet fresh and modern.

Tile Shown: San Carlos Handpainted Tiles

6. What other Fireclay color, shapes, patterns are you hoping to use in future projects?
The Chaine Homme/Femme always appeals lux and sophisticated to me. I think the hunter green color is a perfect color to pair with natural wood cabinetry.

Tile Shown: Chaine Homme in Hunter Green

7. How did the installation process go?  Did you face any challenges?  Did you work with a tile installer or contractor?
The contractor hired on the remodel was really good and didn’t run into any obstacles installing the tiles. It was a pretty smooth installation. 

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