To follow up on my closet post from yesterday I was going to write about the girls’ bathroom today. I ran by the house this morning to get a few more pictures of the space, but the painters were busily painting the upstairs, and the smell was so caustically strong I couldn’t even walk up the stairs, especially with my little helper along. So that post will have to wait for another day.
Instead, today we will reveal the first of many tile patterns found throughout the house. The kitchen floor! We took our inspiration for this pattern from the Reynard Restaurant at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn, New York. The Wythe Hotel was originally a factory built in 1901 overlooking the vast glittering New York City skyline. The hotel is a testament to old and new living within the same structure; giving a profound feeling of stability, growth, and balance to the surrounding neighborhood and within the building itself. I have always wanted my kitchen to feel like an old restaurant or old pharmacy; a floor with nostalgia, warmth, depth, and interest. We looked at several patterns over a period of several months, and this was always the one to which we returned.
Photo credit for photo below goes to The Wythe Hotel.
Photo credit for photo below goes to Guest of a Guest.
Photo credit below goes to Petite Passport.
Before fully committing to this pattern, my apparently crafty husband went to Home Depot, purchased a sheet of hexagonal tile and some pain pens, drank some wine, watched a 30 for 30 episode, and recreated the floor pattern. The picture of him below is him actually recreating the bathroom patterns (more on those in a post to come).
So, we decided yes to the pattern! We knew what we wanted it to look like, but who in the world would be able to recreate the pattern in actual tile (not just paint penned versions). After some searching we came upon American Restoration Tile located in Mabelvale, Arkansas. We sent them pictures, dimensions, and a computerized sketch of the way we wanted the tile pattern and border to layout in the kitchen space. Not only were they delightful to work with, the end result was perfect!
We used hexagonal tile for the interior pattern and square tile for the exterior border. After the tile was manufactured and arranged into patterned sheets, American Restoration Tile shipped us boxes upon boxes of our tile. It was then basically a huge puzzle as we arranged the different components to create one cohesive pattern filling the entire kitchen floor. Our rather exhausting research and development part of this project took many months, the manufacturing of the actual tiles took eight weeks, the installation took two weeks. Time well spent on a floor we will love forever!
The border was completed first. The border components consisted of several loose black and white tiles, full sheets of the long pattern, and corner pieces. The largest challenges of the border pattern were the angles around the sink bay area and the corners in general.
Once the border was all set we began the interior pattern. The interior pattern components consisted of 6 different sheet patterns that all fit together. We began in the middle of the kitchen and worked our way outwards in all directions. This way the pattern visually leads all the way from the front of the house to the back, from the entrance of the kitchen directly to the stove.
You should visit American Restoration Tile’s website or Facebook page!
Love and hugs,