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Installation Stories: Jaclyn Johnson's pattern play bathrooms

By Kali

Installation Stories: Jaclyn Johnson's pattern play bathrooms

All Images: Monica Wang Photography

Founder of Create & Cultivate Jaclyn Johnson went for pops of bold pattern in both of her bathrooms in her Spanish style bungalow. Her and her husband wanted to enhance and play up the Spanish vibe, so they opted to have some fun with the tile, wallpaper and accessories throughout their space. We're sharing more about Jaclyn, her remodel and of course all the tile below:

First thing: can you just tell me a bit about yourself and Create/Cultivate?
My name is Jaclyn Johnson and I am the CEO of Create & Cultivate, currently reside in Los Angeles, CA and just re-modeled our 20s Spanish style bungalow! Create & Cultivate is an online platform and offline conference for women looking to create & cultivate the career of their dreams.

This is Jaclyn:

Here's a bit about Jaclyn:
My style can be described as
…California comfortable.
My design philosophy is…Keep it simple with bold accents.
I got my start…In the magazine world.
I find inspiration in…My community.
I can't live without…Coffee.
My best design advice would be…Don’t over think it.
I love tile because…It can change an entire room.
My favorite tile color is…Patterns! lots and lots of patterns!

On to your house...

Can you tell me about your home?
We have a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom spanish style home that was built in the 20s. The home was in really good condition when we bought just had dated upgrades (think 1980s) and a ton of walls that really weren’t conducive to create an open floor plan nor maximize the space.. We worked with our friend who runs a company called the Tradecraft as well as Whitney Leigh Morris to chat through the renovation and new floorplan as well as the creative look & feel!

You did an entire remodel of your home, what were the major things you wanted to change?
Kitchen first and foremost, the kitchen was tiny and had a ton of walls and weird uses of space. For instance, the laundry room was huge and could very easily act as an extension of the kitchen plus there were really oversized appliances taking up a ton of room. Second was the master bathroom, which was a tiny add on, we wanted a larger master bathroom so had to totally re- configure the third bedroom converting it into a smaller offer and larger bathroom.

What type of aesthetic were you going for?
We wanted to enhance and play up the Spanish look & feel of the house so we added a Spanish tile roof which completely game changed the outside of the house. Inside we restored the original wood floors and darkened them to make the mint green cabinets really pop. We had fun in the bathrooms and office using wallpaper, interesting tiles and accessories to bring it to life.

Tile Shown: Small Diamonds in White Wash

How did you come up with your color scheme/design?
I went room by room, we wanted to keep it somewhat cohesive but also have fun with the design. We knew we wanted bright white, spanish red and mint green as the foundation of our color scheme and we just played on it from there.

In terms of tile, what sort of look were you going for in the bathrooms?
For the guest bathroom we had a super fun geometrics wall paper that we wanted to enhance so we tiled in a geometric pattern using simple white tile and played with mixing and matching tile shapes. The results were awesome — clean but playful and everyone LOVES that shower.

Tile Shown: 3x6 tiles in White Wash.

Just so you know: the 3x6 tiles in White Wash that Jaclyn chose for her bathroom are from our Foundations Collection and are priced at $18 per square foot.

Tile Shown: 3x6 Subway Tiles in White Wash

Here's the shower niche:

Tile Shown: 3x6 tiles in White Wash and 2" Hexagons in White Wash

Design Tip: Use mosaics, like our 2" Hexagon, in your niche for an added pop of pattern

Tile Shown: 2" Hexagons in White Wash

For our master we had a lot of ground to cover since it was a big space, we wanted something impactful and playful but also didn't want to go too trendy. We loved the Small Diamond tiles with black grout, it is super eye catching without being distracting and looks great tied in with the black vanity we chose.

What made you go for for the classic field tile and small diamonds?
I tend to go with more is more and was leaning toward bold colors (hello pink tile!) and bold patterns, but I had a few friends and my husband reign me in. They convinced me to keep it more classic but also have fun with shapes and grout colors which I am glad I did! I was able to add more stylized items that are temporary like rugs, paintings and baskets and it looks super clean and modern.

What made you decide to go for a bold contrasting grout?
It was a no brainer, not only is it easier maintenance it really enhances the tile and makes it stand out!

How did the installation process go? Did you face any challenges?
No, it was amazing! We definitely want to add even more tile down the line as we start tackling other areas of the house like outside!

Lastly, which of our colors/patterns are you hoping to use on any future projects?
I love the Black and White Collection in particular the Kasbah trellis and definitely want to explore using them in our outdoor space!

Tile Shown: Kasbah Trellis in Black and White Motif

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