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Design & Inspiration

Project Spotlight: Villa Bonita

By Kali |

Working from the ground up, designer Becki Owens uses refreshing tile installations to tie this new home's kitchen and all four bathrooms together. From the beloved Ogee Drop to new takes on classics from our Foundations Collection, this house is full of tile inspiration. Read on to learn more about Becki and this new build. 

A bit about Becki: 

My style can be described as…Clean modern lines, with a mix of organic elements and layered vintage textiles. My design include bohemian, mid-century, coastal and farmhouse styles.
My design philosophy is…Less is more. I like to start with a fresh neutral foundation and ad color with a few accessories. It doesn’t take a lot to make a space look styled and complete.
I got my start…After finishing my degree, I worked for an interiors designer for a short time. My husband and I had a business staging homes and it evolved from there. I began remodeling spaces and building custom homes.
I find inspiration in…I draw a lot of inspiration from the beach town I live in, unique textiles I stumble on and even fashion.
I can’t live without…Downtime with my family and chocolate.
My best design advice would be…Don’t feel like you have to conquer a space all at once. Start with a piece you love, maybe an area rug or piece of art that inspires you. Build you space from there. But take time to map our your vision on paper.
I love tile because….There are so many pretty options for tile that give a space a crisp, modern look. You can play with design, shape and color to make each space feel unique while adding character.

First, can you tell me a bit about yourself and what you do?
I’m a mother of four children first. Design really started as a hobby for me and evolved in a business I love. I spend my time between the soccer field and the office really. I love transforming spaces for people, making them feel new, crisp and modern.

Can you tell me about about this spec home? Was it a remodel or renovation?
Villa Bonita was a new build. It was a fun being able to choose the finishes from the ground up.

What is the overall aesthetic you are going for in the home?
Villa Bonita is a classic home with clean modern lines and layers of organic texture.

You used tile throughout the house, what made you choose ceramic tile over another material?  
I loved incorporating tile in most of the spaces in the home. It really helped define the spaces and give them a custom look. Tile adds a bit of shine and gave the spaces a modern crisp feel.

Let’s talk about the Pitch Black Ogee Drop floor in the kitchen nook first: what made you choose this shape and color? 
Black has always been one of my favorite colors to incorporate into my designs. It makes a space feel polish and adds a bit of refinement. In this space I love how the pitch Black Ogee Drop defines the kitchen nook space. The rich black color pops in an otherwise large, neutral space. I love the unique shape of the Ogee Drop. It brings in a global feel which blends well with the layers of vintage textiles I like to mix into my designs. 

I love the unique shape of the Ogee Drop. It brings in a global feel which blends well with the layers of vintage textiles I like to mix into my designs. 

Tile Shown: Ogee Drops in Pitch Black 

For the masterbath, what look were you going for? What made you choose the 2x6 in White Wash in a herringbone pattern? And the 2x2s in French Linen?
I love herringbone, so I knew we wanted that somewhere and I loved the wall application. It made the room look so good when you walked in and saw it on the walls behind the tub and into the showers.  It made a statement. The 2x2s we a perfect match with the cement tile that was on the rest of the floor. We loved how all the tiles worked together.  

Tile Shown: 2x6 in White Wash with 2x2 in French Linen on the shower pan floor. 

Tile Shown: 2x6 in White Wash with 2x2 in French Linen on the shower pan floor. 

Note: Our 2x6 in White Wash is one of the shapes and colors from our Foundations Collection and start at $15/SF. 

Tile Shown: 2x6 in White Wash

In bathroom 1, you used 3x12s in White Wash—what made you go for this larger field size?
We wanted to do a bigger scale, because it was a jack and Jill bathroom with more space and knew it would really make the space look great, because we could really see the pattern we chose. 

Tile Shown: 3x12 in White Wash 

Tile Shown: 3x12 in White Wash 

The shower features 2x2s in White Wash on the floor: 

In bathroom 2, you went for Ogee Drops again, this time on the walls and paired with cement floor tile—any tips for mixing two patterns in a space?
We knew if we went with the white Ogee, it would be fun to pair it with a bolder pattern. We thought it turned out awesome. 

Modern matte black fixtures pop against this scalloped shower tile in White Wash: 

Tile Shown: Ogee Drops in White Wash 

In the powder room, you chose 2x6 in French Linen and White Wash in an alternating pattern, what was the inspiration here?
We wanted to create a unique pattern and we loved the look of the alternating smaller tiles.  

Tile Shown: 2x6 in White Wash and French Linen 

Note: These 2x6s in White Wash and French Linen are both a part of our Foundations Collection

How did the installation process go? Did you face any challenges?
Everything went great. No Challenges.

Lastly, which of our colors/shapes/patterns would you love to use in future projects?
The Ogee again, actually I loved them all. I would use them again.

Tile Shown: Ogee Drops in White Wash 

Inspired by this home? Order color samples online now. Need some help? Simply call, chat or fill out our Design Assistance Form and one of our talented Design Consultants will get back to you shortly. 

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