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Stories: The Fresh Exchange

By Kali |

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We had the distinct pleasure of outfitting The Fresh Exchange founders Megan and Mike Gilger's home with tile. The best part? You can take it home with our latest Story. Invoking childhood memories of summers in Lake Michigan, The Gilgers used our tile to infuse nearly-neutral blues and rustic touches into their Scandinavian farmhouse-style home. See the inspiration behind their home and this Story below, but if you want more, head to the Pinterest Board.

Already in love with the look? Shop the Story with tile color and pattern pairings taken from the Gilger’s home. The Pack includes 2x4 samples of: Salton Sea, French Linen, Sea Glass, Flagstone, Halite, Magnetite, Pyrite and Sand Dune.

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Moments like the one below, inspired the palette of the Gilger's new home: 

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Work from a color palette so that your home feels like it flows.
Even if you are a neutral person, a subtle color palette will create warmth and connection throughout your space.

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Tile Shown: 3x9 in Salton Sea with 6" Hexagons in Flagstone

We had very strict guidelines for fixture colors so we didn’t have to make different decisions in every space. It could be cohesive without thought really. 

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Tile Shown: 3x9 in Salton Sea with  2" Hexagons in Flagstone on the shower floor 

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Tile Shown: 3x6 in French Linen 

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Brick Shown: White Mountains

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Tile Shown: 6" Triangles in Halite and Magnetite 

Take note from the world around you.
I used my greatest inspiration of Lake Michigan to drive our color choices in our home. I wanted to feel like our bathrooms emulated the colors of the lake throughout the year and now when we take a shower here, it feels like we are swimming in the depths of the lake in the winter. 

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Tile Shown: 6" Hexagon in Sea Glass 

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Tile Shown: 3x9 in Salton Sea with 2" and 6" Hexagons in Flagstone

Color doesn’t always mean bold.
I am a neutrals person because I want my wardrobe and life to flow with the seasons of my life and the ten acres that we live on, but that doesn’t mean we couldn't have color.

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Tile Shown: 6" Hexagons in Flagstone

Trend-Defying Tile
Choose colors that will compliment your life but won’t ever feel limiting as your life changes and tastes shift.

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Tile Shown: 3x9 in Salton Sea with 6" Hexagons in Flagstone

Our kid’s bath does this wonderfully. I wanted it to feel fun for small children, but adult enough for our guests as well. The sea glass is fun but neutral and subtle still that feels relaxing and calming to guests. 

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Tile Shown: 6" Hexagon in Sea Glass 

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Tile Shown: 3x6 in French Linen with 6" Hexagon in Sea Glass 

Give the classics an update.
I wanted to think beyond subway tile in our home, but I wanted to have a space I wouldn’t become bored with quickly. So I took note of classic farmhouse styles but added in subtle colors, slightly elongated shapes and more so that it felt modernized and intriguing but still classic and timeless. Small shifts to classics can make them feel fresh without eliminating timelessness. 

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Brick Shown: White Mountains

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Tile Shown: 3x9 in Salton Sea 

Trim tip: Going for a wainscot wall? A glazed edge, shown below, is the most simple, clean way to finishes the edges of your tile: 

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Small Space? Add Impact
Small spaces are such awesome places to add something a little edgy. Inspired by boutique hotels in New York and LA, I wanted to feel something similar in this space.

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Tile Shown: 6" Triangles in Halite and Magnetite 

Inspired by this Story? Order your own sample pack 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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