A Marble Backsplash and Rose’s Presentation Ball


Well hello good people.  This week I want to talk backslash.  Marble herringbone tile backsplash, to be precise.  And Downton Abbey.  But I’ll get to that in a bit.

Hubby and I spent last weekend tiling the Ravenna House’s kitchen backsplash and this is how it looks:

The backsplash still awaits grout and someone’s got to pick those tiles spacers out (read: me), but even in it’s current state, I love it.   I’m obsessed with the subtle pattern of the marble and how the window trim and crown molding seem to pop out of the wall.  It’s classic and downright pretty.

Then I watched Downton Abbey’s Season 4 finale.  (Have you seen it?  Well don’t spoil the end – I’ve still got another 30 minutes to watch!)  There are all of those beautiful pastel dresses, veils, and flowers at Rose’s presentation ball.  And I got to thinking…is my kitchen going to look just like a twentieth century teenage girl’s coming out party?  Soft palette.  Check.  Feminine feel. Check.  Shiny accessories.  Check, check, check!

Let’s recap.  This kitchen has white cabinets, marble countertops, marble backsplash, shinny stainless steel appliances, frosted lights, and a cream capiz chandelier.  Have I designed the ultimate feminine kitchen?

No.  Yes.  Maybe?  Who cases!  After stewing on this question for most the week, I’ve realized that it simply doesn’t matter.  Here are two reasons why:

1. Hubby likes the kitchen.  He thinks the tiles are cool.  Plus, according to him, I live with 3 males (if you count the dog) and there should be one room in our house thats all woman.

2. Women buy houses.  At least that’s what I’ve always heard and it certainly works that way for us.  Women see the house, fall in the love with the house, and launch an all out campaign until their Hubby agrees to buy that house.  So a kitchen that’s on the feminine side could work in our favor, if we ever decide to sell this house.  At least that’s my theory and I’m sticking to it.

Besides the women at Downton never minded a little bit of feminine grandeur!

What do you think?  Do you like the backsplash?  Is it too feminine for you?


p.s. I lOVE this life-advice wrapped up under the guise of money-saving-tips article on Oh Dear Drea (here).

p.p.s. Baby Wilder (eight months) wanted to make a guest appearance this week.  And who am I to stand in his way.  He’s got a mind of his own, that one!

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  1. Emily Decker says:

    I LOVE your kitchen! Will you guys remodel our next house? Love your blog. I am your new number one fan!

  2. Just found your site via the Censational Girl blog. Your kitchen redo is amazing but that herringbone tile job is exquisite!!!

  3. This is a beautiful kitchen. Is marble tile backsplash a certain name or color. Or do all marlbe tile have this color?
    Thank you

    • Thanks Thomas! The tiles are Carrara marble. We bought them at Home Depot. We noticed quite a bit of color variation in the tiles so ordered a bunch of extras (maybe 10% more than we needed) and returned the darkest ones. I tried to spread both the lighter and darker tiles throughout the backsplash so that no one area was too different. The tiles are as light as they’re shown in the final shots – I think they may look darker in the progress photos due to the lighting.

  4. Another question I would like to ask is the tile done in a specific order to get the color variation? And I see when the tiles are in place with spacers the tiles look a lot darker than they do in your finished backsplash. Is this just he lighter that makes the tiles look darker?
    Thank you.

  5. You did a fantastic job – but the kitchen is still too small for my taste. I need room for lots of storage and lots of counter space!

    • I totally see what you mean. We do wish we had a little more counter space. The table often serves as prep space and table, which isn’t always ideal.

  6. Love your new kitchen. Brave you to install that herringbone patterned tile. Gorgeous.
    Thanks for sharing.


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