Monday, April 22, 2013

Mexican Tiled Windows.

Mexican Tile added to inside of windows.

Guests use the blackboard wall to record good meals out.

I split a trim piece to add a border to main tile

yes, it's wonky!


Counters changed to Carrera Marble....a good way to age your house quickly

Old science class stools.


I've had a little hiatus from blogging for the past few weeks. We've been away in Florida and I used that time to put my kitchen and house back together after the big leak. Now were are back home, I thought I would post some photos of our Florida kitchen now that the water damage and mold has been remedied. I only made subtle changes since the cabinets were rebuilt and the faces re-used. The counters were changed to Carrera after the granite got broken. The jury is still out on that one. Lots of etching despite being sealed and the good part is, I wanted it to more authentic to the age of the house and I should accomplish that in about 3 weeks. 

The most noticeable change is the window tile.I decided to tile the inside of the windows because they are 5" deep and I wanted to add some Spanish touches to the house. The downstairs of this house has been all re-done and no original features remain. So I added some that are authentic to me. I bought authentic handmade Mexican tile that is literally set out in the sun to dry (the dog prints will prove that) and that means it is pretty wonky.....Tile Guy was patient and very accommodating and he dis a very nice job, given the wonkiness. We split a trim piece in half to edge the hand painted main tiles and we left the window sill in marble. TO me, it looks like it could have been original to the house and because we don't need a blind there, the whole window shows nicely. 

We extended the counter on the island by 11" to made room for bar stools. These we bought at Paper Street Market on Central Ave in St. Petersburg. They are old science stools. One was orange and one was greenish. I sanded them down and sprayed them white. 

While I was there, I visited a little beach side apartment my friend has just bought. I will post photos later this week. 

17 comments:

  1. I actually had a little sigh when viewing these.. so you- so comfy

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  2. I was just about to send you an email to see if you were doing okay! I absolutely love the Mexican tile in the windows. It just pops and is the perfect compliment to your kitchen. I think the "wonkiness" seals the deal on the look. Stools. A great find. Did the house next door sell? How is baby doing? Ann

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  3. Love the tiles, perfect touch. And the science room stools are "wonky" and wonderful! Great idea with the chalk board too. Have you tried out the restaurant suggestions. Love the clock . . . amazed at your vision, ideas.

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  4. It looks great! Love the tiles around the windows. It adds so much to the look.

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  5. I'm sure dealing with water damage and mould is not fun. You did an amazing job with your kitchen. Love that tile around the window. A fantastic detail, as is the blackboard wall and I love the collection of vintage jars. Well done!

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  6. Looks wonderful, Chania! Love the tile!

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  7. Your place is so beautiful. It's got the feel of a true home and I bet all your guests feel instantly at home.

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  8. Tiles are striking ... I love wonky!

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  9. I love them .. I like Mexican tiles and love using them in a window. I had some tiles from Provence that I did not permanently set into a window but used on the window sill to protect it from the plants that sometimes leaked water .. tile changes the whole look of the window so easily !
    It is good to see the photos, to know you are enjoying the house again .. after the big leak. :(

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  10. Hello Chania,
    Hope you are bearing up after your loss. The kitchen looks wonderful and the tiles are perfect (I like a 'wonkiness' in tiles - character, no!). Glad to see you got down to Florida for some sun.
    Ivan

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  11. That is a lovely corner with the new tile, Chania. Don't you have similar tile in an upstairs window ledge? The blue jars and chalkboard look great too and love love the science class stools.

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  12. You're a decorating genius! Can't wait to see the photos of your friend's place.

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  13. LOVE the tile around the window - so pretty and such a custom touch. The stools are perfect and of course, I'm always in love with chalkboard :)

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I love to read each and every comment and are thrilled that you take the time to send one. Thank you so much. Chania