Anna's first experience with tile.

I decided I wanted to tile my entry hall to separate one half the house from the other. I thought it might help protect the cherry floors from weather and gravel and such too.  Julia McDonald at Rock and Tile in Charles Town spent many a long afternoon and zillions of emails helping me pick out just the right tile and giving me pointers on the best way to go about this. If you’re interested in tiling, and live in the Tri-State area, I’d advise a visit to Julia. But beware,  she’ll encourage you to live out all your wildest tile dreams…

Next on the list of my helpers is Jen Reineck. I couldn’t have done this project at all without her support and extreme expertise and experience with tiling. She spent 2 long (half) days with me mixing mortar and laying tile. But we got it all done — everything but the pieces that needed to be cut and the grouting. I’ll post another update when it’s completely finished. I’m just so excited, I felt the need to post what we’ve done so far.

All the lines are straight!
All the lines are straight!
When the baseboard goes in and it's grouted, it'll look perfect!
When it's grouted and cleaned up and the baseboard goes in, it'll look perfect!
Pfff. It's practically professional.
Pfff. It's *practically* professional.

When this entry is finished, I’ll only have 2 more tiling projects to go!

Albino crocodile backsplash in my bathroom.
Albino crocodile backsplash in my bathroom.
Spooky tiles imported directly from Van Tiki Island
Spooky tiles imported directly from Van Tiki Island for my temple of doom half-bath.

Tile is fun.