HOUSE: Newburgh

Tile for the vestibule.

I love the vestibule at our front door, but I do not love the tile on the floor. It’s cheap, it’s dirty, the color is awful, and it’s just way too big for the space. I have a strong dislike for large tiles in small spaces. We’ve been putting off this little job for years now, but I think we’re finally ready to do the demo work and start prepping the floor for new tile!

This is what we picked out. I’m not sure if there’s a name for this pattern—it’s almost a basket-weave, but not quite. It looks like marble, but it’s actually some sort of cultured material. I like that it looks old-ish, but not fakey old-ish. And it’s graphic. I like graphic. It’s also pretty inexpensive (Home Depot! In stock!), so we should be able to come in at around $200 for this entire project.

We’re planning to use a very dark gray or black grout. The display at HD used a cream-colored grout, which made the tile look sort of faux-Tuscan (which is decidedly not my thing). I’m excited. This is going to look great. The vestibule is the first thing you see walking into the house, so it should look great, right?

ETA: Here’s a close-up!

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  • Reply Ludmila June 24, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Love it! And it suits good the wallpaper (which I secretly ADORE). great choice!

  • Reply juli June 24, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Wow, Home Depot! I think it’s going to look great! Reminds me of old timey entryways, like what you see in the UK.

  • Reply Jenny N. June 24, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Can’t wait to see the finished photos! And in-progress photos! And before and afters!

  • Reply CapreeK June 24, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Wow! That tile looks great! I can’t believe it’s from Home Depot, either. Looks Ann Sacks-y! Can’t wait to see the final product!

  • Reply Hana June 24, 2010 at 6:07 pm


  • Reply Kerri June 24, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    I adore it!

  • Reply Thessa June 24, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    That tile is so “you”. Best choice you could make.

    I’ll be waiting for lost of photos. 🙂

  • Reply puck June 24, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    That will be gorgeous. Can’t wait to see it against the grout.

  • Reply Nicolette June 24, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Your wallpaper is, of course, gorgeous. I can’t wait to see the completed space.

  • Reply robin June 24, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    3 rolls of that wallpaper has been sitting in my house for a couple of years. one day i will have the courage to actually hang it on my wall. **sigh** i love it so but am so afraid of it.

  • Reply a perfect gray June 24, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    the wallpaper is wonderful and the tile will look perfect…

  • Reply alex sunday June 24, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    great choice. i’d call it a parquetry pattern. and good call on the grout colour. i’m looking forward to the after shot.

  • Reply jd June 24, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    I think the tile will look great… and i agree with the darker grout. Just wondering, have you considered not demo-ing? It looks like with those baseboards and the marble… um, what do you call those things again… that maybe it would be easier to just tile over the existing tiles.

    I don’t know? I am facing the same issue in my bathroom right now. My contractor says tile over, but it also looks like that has happened already a couple of times, but then I think with ten foot ceilings, what is another quarter or half inch to the floor… of course, I am just stepping up a bit and into my bathroom, walking across an entryway may be different.

    I am sure it will look great no matter what you do. Best of luck finishing it – and surviving the heat.

  • Reply Kerry @ just-you-wait June 24, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    That tile is going to look amazing!! I’m so jealous that your Home Depot has such awesome tile in stock!

  • Reply Cath June 24, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Love your tile choice especially for the $$. Dark grout will be nice – kinda like you might see in an old bar and you’ll never have to scrub it.

  • Reply Fiona June 24, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Nice! I would love to see a close-up of the tile so I could really get a sense of it.

  • Reply Anna at D16 June 24, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    @jd: I’m not a fan of tiling over tile. You really never know what could be going on underneath (especially in a bathroom!), and laying down tile is no small job. I really think it’s worth taking the time to demo properly, make sure the subfloor is up to par, and just as importantly, assuring that the underlayment is perfectly flat and stable. Tile will fail if the underlayment isn’t right — whether it’s cracked grout, lifting tiles, or cracking tiles. I’d really rather not have something like that happen.

    It’s not a rug, after all. 😉 It’s worth doing the demo work!

  • Reply Anna at D16 June 24, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    @Fiona: Wish granted! Check the revised post. 🙂

  • Reply christiana June 24, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Woah, that is going to look GORGEOUS.

  • Reply the domestic fringe June 24, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Love this tile!

  • Reply Yolanda June 24, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Wow! My HD doesn’t have this tile…..what is the name of the company/style? Gorgeous!

  • Reply heather June 24, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    We had tile in that same chocolate marble in our apt. I really love it in this parquet pattern! It will look amazing with your wallpaper.
    I wonder if you’ll find the original tile underneath when you demo?

  • Reply Design Love June 25, 2010 at 12:11 am

    I feel it’s perfect…I love anything with a touch of black! You go for it…gonna be fab!

  • Reply Barb F (Australia) June 25, 2010 at 12:58 am

    Ooooh yes. I like it.

  • Reply Lena June 25, 2010 at 1:56 am

    I first wasn’t sure about the tile but after seeing the close-up I really like it. I look forward to seeing the results!

  • Reply Cat's Meow June 25, 2010 at 4:10 am

    That looks AWESOME! You really have a great eye…

  • Reply Fiona June 25, 2010 at 4:37 am

    Perfect as usual.

  • Reply Sarah June 25, 2010 at 4:47 am


  • Reply Leah June 25, 2010 at 7:53 am

    i love the tile! can’t wait to see it. also,love the wallpaper!

  • Reply Cherry June 25, 2010 at 10:13 am

    It’s very you.

  • Reply m.fay June 25, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Love, love, LOVE.

    happy to find you on bloglovin, stop by and say hello. xo

  • Reply kay* June 25, 2010 at 11:59 am

    wow – LOVE that tile! looks fantastic, if I owned my place – I’d definitely be looking at getting some of that tile…

  • Reply Melissa June 25, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Awesome choice can’t wait to see the finished project.

  • Reply Patti Powell June 25, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    That is awesome tile. Who makes that tile? Dal? I love all the work you have done to the house. You continue to inspire us all. Keep waiting to see the finished project

  • Reply Lori June 25, 2010 at 10:46 pm


  • Reply Lissa@AfterAdornment June 26, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Wow! That will make such a huge difference. Love the tile choice, especially for such a small space. Can’t wait to see the final pic.

  • Reply PhillyLass June 26, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Gorgeous! It’s going to look amazing (per usual)!

  • Reply jan June 26, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    i love these tiles – and the darker grout is a great idea. i look forward to seeing the finished project.

  • Reply audrey June 27, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    LOVE the tile, it has an old-but-new feel to it. I can’t wait to see the completed look!

  • Reply sarahe June 27, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    hi Anna, the tiles are very striking, I think they will work great. I love the wallpaper too, who makes that btw? Love your style!

  • Reply Becky June 28, 2010 at 10:49 am

    These are beautiful! I like how intense they are. I can’t wait to see what the finished product looks like!

  • Reply Ragnhild Jordtveit K June 28, 2010 at 3:37 pm


    I really really find your blog inspiring and fantastic, so I just had to send you a tiny “Blog Award”.

    My blog is in Norwegian, but you can see the award here:

    Keep up the great work!


  • Reply Jason June 28, 2010 at 11:06 pm


  • Reply Penny June 29, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    GO to the post office and pick up a couple of address change packet for 10% lowes or home depot coupon(I don’t remember which store it’s for but you can use at either store because they take competitor coupons.)

  • Reply Liane July 2, 2010 at 6:56 am

    love the tile choice. can’t wait to see it with the dark grout.

  • Reply Ceramic July 12, 2010 at 2:36 am

    love the tiles,can’t wait to see the finished project.

  • Reply rebecca July 16, 2010 at 10:03 am

    that tile is BEAUTIFUL! I can’t wait to own a home someday…your site inspires me 🙂

  • Reply susan September 26, 2010 at 8:17 am

    love the tile, who wold have know Home Depot!!

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