Sick and Tiled

Okay, we’re not sick. But between my surprise root canal last week and our camping trip this weekend, we haven’t had much time to work on the Little House.  Instead, we’ve been dreaming of our bathroom floors.  We 100% sure we want to go with Carrara marble, but we have no idea what style. Sure, it’s expensive, but the room is tiny and shouldn’t be too much of a splurge – if we can ever make up our minds as to which kind we want.

Initially, we were planning on going with 2″ hex tile in order to recall the white ceramic hex tile on the floor in there now.

Carrara Marble Hex Tile(via)

Then there’s large scale hex tile which I recently fell in love with at The Tile Shop.

Carrara Marble Large Hex Tile(via)

Along the same lines is this small square mosaic floor seen over at Life Begins at Thirty.  It’s clean, it’s crisp, and it has a lot of little white grout lines to get dirty, just like the small hex tile.

Carrara Marble Small Square Tile

And in a completely different direction are herringbone floors. I’ve been in love with herringbone for a long while now and would LOVE to try it out. I just don’t know if I love the large scale or the small scale herringbone more. Probably the large.

Carrara Marble Herringbone Large Tile(via)

No, the small.

Carrara Marble Herringbone Small Tile(via)

We don’t want to do anything too trendy and want to keep the vintage character of the Little House going, but I don’t want it to feel too dated at the same time.  We also want to go with white grout (or nearly) which could pose problems (although, it’s holding up really well in the office).  Above all, we have to be able to do it ourselves.

All the design decision on this bathroom will be the death of me. I’m terrible at making decisions and these just seem so permanent!  Help!


  1. Kristen says:

    I agree with Annabel – I always prefer small tiles in small rooms. My favorite option might be the small herringbone but I’m surprised by how much I love the small squares!

  2. Anne @ Planting Sequoias says:

    1. So sorry about the root canal! NOT a fun surprise, I’m sure.

    2. HOW ARE YOU CAMPING!?! We have 2 feet of snow on the ground (literally) here in Grand Rapids and I can only DREAM of not wearing mittens.

    3. LOVE both of the hexagon options but you really can’t go wrong with any pattern when it comes to marble IMO!

    • Jessica Beals says:

      1. I’ve had better surprises.

      2. It was 70 in Dallas last weekend, but we drove 5 hours south to San Antonio and camped around there (it was in the 80s). There’s a reason we left the Midwest (and to be honest it has nothing to do with snow, but this time of year we’re sure glad we landed here)!

      3. I know, right? For once I’m glad the room’s so small so marble is an option!

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