Getting Off the Subway

Hello all. I know I know, I have been quite the absentee blogger. My only excuse is my thesis, which is controlling my life these days–but I’m officially counting down to May when I am finished with graduate school and back in New York. I thought in preparation for coming back to earth, I would slowly try and bring myself back to you all and do a little blogging now and again. I can’t promise more than once or twice a week while I’m writing my thesis, but that’s better than nothing, right? 

So I have long been a girl who loves a good subway tiled bathroom. I know its simple, and has gotten trendy, but there has always been something about it that seems so right. 

House Beautiful
This is a shot of House Beautiful editor, Newell Turner’s, bathroom. Love the subway tile as wainscoting. However, yesterday I was at Ann Sacks in NYC, and saw the most amazing collection of Michael S. Smith tiles, that are leading me astray from my usual affinity for the simplicity of the subway tile. 

Modern Fretwork

Square Dance
How amazing are these? I can’t get enough of the chinoiserie/greek key/vintage aesthetic of each. They bring so much, but are still just white. WWB says that I am very safe in many of my decorating choices. I think that these tiles are the perfect blend of safety and haute chic. However, if you can’t fully commit to ditching your bathroom reno plans of subway tile, Michael Smith offers some options that will allow you to keep your subway tile and add a sexy border or detail … 
 Greek Key Border

Maze Border
How amazing are these trim pieces? you could still do all subway tiles, and then add a really great looking border that can have a significant effect on the experience of the bathroom space. Just a little bit of luxe. Love it. What do you all think? 

Photos courtesy of Ann & House Beautiful 

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  • Thank you so much for your blog. I have been stalking the picture of Newell Turner’s bathroom across the internet for months, but tonight was the first time I found any information about it. Of all the pictures I have looked at (tens of hours and thousands of pictures)this bathroom is the one I’ve fallen in love with. Thanks to the information you gave, I was able to look at the complete bathroom for the first time and find the resources to make it a reality in my upcoming bathroom remodel. Thank you!