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bathroom, decorating

The Hex Tile Obsession Continues Unabated


Vintage inspired hex tile floor on Mr. and Mr. Blandings

I long for the day when I can pull up the light brown flooring that lines the bathroom of the Dream House and install beautiful, vintage inspired hex tile. Until that day arrives, my gaze¬†will fall longingly on any hex tile surface I encounter. The beautiful tile floor shown here is at a new coffee shop/bakery in the suburbs of Chicago. As I stood in line waiting to order my breakfast, I kept my eyes fixed on the flooring. While it’s a little busier than I envision for the bathroom, I love the design and detail. Oh how wonderful hex tile will look in the bathroom … someday.

Image: Mr. and Mr. Blandings

American System-Built Home, Frank Lloyd Wright, history

A Peek Inside a Renovated American System-Built Home


Milwaukee American System Built Home by Frank Lloyd Wright

As we’re renovating our big old Dream House, we’re also looking around at the other remaining American System-Built Homes for inspiration. While most ASB homes are private residences, there’s a beautifully restored house in Milwaukee that’s offered as a vacation rental. Scrolling through the photos of the house, it’s both exciting and daunting to see how our house could look…

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DIY, kitchen, making do

DIY Inspiration: Painting Tile Floors



While we plan to switch out this flooring in the kitchen and side entrance hallway, we’re a year or two away from being ready for the project. We won’t want to replace the flooring until we give the kitchen a major overhaul. And to redesign the kitchen, we need to save all of our nickels and dimes. Meanwhile, I’m thinking about covering the existing flooring to give it a little refresh.

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