Yippee! Backsplash paralysis has ended well...

momto3kiddosJune 4, 2013

I did not have a hard time choosing anything for our new house until it was time for the backsplash. I had even already described myself as a "granite girl" not a "backsplash girl" when I started shopping for tile, but in reality, finding the right look, color, pattern and feel was much harder than I expected. Then a weekend in Chicago shopping at all of their fabulous tile places and I was utterly confused. Eventually I found the right tile... Pratt and Larson 3x6" subway laid in herringbone pattern. After waiting a month for it to arrive, I told the tile guy that I wanted it in herringbone on a 45. He had a few sq ft up when I walked in and it was run vertically and horizontally, so. He pulled it down. Then I laid it out on the counter to show him what I wanted. I walked around the house making a punch list, then came back to see a vertically running herringbone where the visual zig zag was top to bottom, so I asked him to change it once again. It is now fully installed and I am thrilled with it! I thought you guys might like to take a peek. I will post full kitchen pics once my new pendants are installed. Thanks for all of your feedback along the way.


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mnnie

Very pretty - really perfect style, especially ties with the wine rack.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 12:34AM
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cat_mom

Lovely! Looks perfect with your granite, too.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 1:04AM
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ivaniphone

Beautiful. The texture makes it extra special, and herringbone is always interesting. Flows very nicely with the granite.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 2:47AM
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akl_vdb

Looks great!

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 2:56AM
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a2gemini

Love it! Glad you didn't hang out too long in the abb club!

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 5:09AM
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rkb21

Looks beautiful!

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 6:53AM
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deedles

Very nice! Always like that herringbone pattern. Looks good with the granite, too.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 7:06AM
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kksmama

Very pretty. Thanks for explaining the difficulty of communicating, clipping your picture so I can "show" rather than "tell" when the time comes.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 8:03AM
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rosie

I really like it, Momto3. I'd copy that! Really. I really like the gentle movement and energy the herringbone adds.

Thank goodness you were there, though. The guy laying my hearth brick totally ignored my layout, set out in place just the way I wanted it and explained to him moments before he started, to completely rearrange it into a running bond that that required cutting brick, which mine didn't. Seriously, this guy was neither blind nor deaf, and I think it had to be some kind of pathetic power thing. He didn't win--because I was home.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 8:41AM
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heidihausfrau

Beautiful!

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 9:55AM
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chiefy

Beautiful! I love how much more "oomph" changing to a herringbone layout adds.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 9:58AM
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Holly- Kay

Beautiful!

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 10:54AM
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ellendi

Perfect. Can you share the granite and the actual color of the tile? Inquiring minds, always want to know!

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 11:00AM
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Linelle

Beautiful!! I love herringbone. Good thing you were there, huh? I can't even visualize what he tried to do the second time. It's certainly a cautionary tale and a reminder that if you want stuff done a certain way, you need to verify it yourself.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 11:10AM
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Locrian

Lovely =). When you have time, please share the type of tile & granite you used. The cupboards, granite & backsplash colours all work harmoniously.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 6:33PM
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oldbat2be

It looks lovely, congrats! Looking very much forward to the reveal pictures.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 10:03PM
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marti8a

It's beautiful. I had been thinking of doing a herringbone pattern too and your photo clinched it for me. Thank you!

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 10:44PM
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psyohe

Whey don't they ask us to explain if they don't understand what to do? My cabinet guy had a copy of my cabinets drawn out. Four to a stack turned into three on the finished cabinets in my kitchen. He didn't even ask me!

I am so very glad you were home to catch his mistakes.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 10:53PM
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