Thursday, February 3, 2011

surely everyone is interested in tiles

The wall behind our kitchen range was tiled last week while we had no Internet access. I couldn't post a photograph of it, couldn't read a minor flood of admiring comments and the occasional quibble from maverick commentators who would have said that I should have chosen pink tiles, or perhaps something more country-style with pictures of roosters. It was as though it had been tiled in vain.



Scottish Husband says he is going to fix the magnetic knife-strip back into place. I merely mention this in case he reads this post.

45 comments:

  1. Jaboopee doesn't care for yellow. She only told me this AFTER I had the range installed at great trouble and expense. Some people.

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  2. Yellow is my fav color and I love it- Nice tiles they look so sparkly and clean.

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  3. We call those subway tiles here in the US and I'm quite fond of them. Do you have a similar or different term off in the wilds of the Far West?

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  4. Love them - had similar in my last house & think they are perfect for the kitchen! G

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  5. Ah, but if you'd chosen pink tiles, then your pink pots and bottles and vases wouldn't stand out.

    (Did I say "stand out?" I meant "pop," surely. I believe that's the preferred term in the lifestyle blogosphere. What a dreadful gaffe I've made!)

    I just love white subway tiles; they're classic.

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  6. Tiles are nice. Stove is totally cool. Who has a yellow stove? Nobody I know.

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  7. Splendid! I love your yellow stove, and I think that the white tiles are just right; you can always add colour with accessories should you need to.

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  8. I am all for white subway tiles....especially with a gorgeous yellow aga.

    Is that another shelf for Bonne Mamman Mise?

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  9. How can Jaboopee not care for your yellow range! It's fantastic, and I love the white butcher tiles ( that's what we'd call them here!). Great kitchen inspiration for me Mise, although I seriously doubt that I'd ever be allowed an Aga.

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  10. You've just ruined a perfectly good urinal by placing an Aga in the way, Mise.

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  11. Yep that is the only thing missing...the knife whatsit. Scottish husband needs to get on to that immediately. I don't covet much, but that yellow stove...now there's covetable if ever I saw it. Jaboopee needs colour re-education fast.

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  12. No quibbles from me (but then, I'm not a maverick commentator and I would NEVER choose or recommend pink roosters to anybody).

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  13. Look at that AGA!! sigh and swoon...jeepers what a fab kitchen..I guess you need a bright spot over in Ireland or Wales or Isle of Man ...Beautiful Kitchen miss mise.

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  14. Splendid job but your right it is just not finished - knife strip maybe??!!... thats for your scottish hubbi in case he reads this far!!Sinead

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  15. Tom, you meanie, you need to go on a Marks and Spencer training course, the ones in which they train staff to be positive and cheery no matter what.

    'Butcher tiles' is good, Amanda; that's what I'm going to call them from now on.

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  16. Oh no...would you not have considered a whole panel of tiles with a scene on it...perhaps something with pheasants and bracken?!?!
    Is the left hand part of your range electric? The oven too, or just the top...does the main part work on oil...and of course it is Beautiful! My navy Rayburn seems very conservative in comparison...perhaps I should put a panel of tiles behind mine...something with pheasants....

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  17. oh wow mise, I have MAJOR aga envy right now!
    The tiles look beautiful too!

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  18. Thanks, everyone! Thanks for putting up with yellow.

    Yes, Millie, I should have put a full hunt scene behind it or something by Vermeer. The left hand bit is electric right enough - two ovens and the stove-top, and the other two ovens and hotplates are oil-powered.

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  19. It looks great. It is also good to see that you plan Scottish husband's day via the blog. xx

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  20. Subway tiles! My tippy top favourite of all time. They look amazing. Especially (Jaboopee - listen up!) against the gorgeous yellow range. So, the "if a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it" question remains....if you decorate and don't blog about it...did it ever really happen at all?? (local friends and family just don't know how to comment as decisively and expertly as those in blogland, right?).

    Meredy xo.

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  21. I always wonder does that "you're my very best friend" statement appear on everyone's computer or just mine?
    Thought so!

    So speaking as your BFF, I love your tiles and I love your stove and I couldn't live without my magnetic knife rack. If the husband doesn't get around to it, I'll send Luis. He put mine up. I think he's back in El Salvador but I'm sure he'd go if I asked:)

    xo Jane

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  22. my legal team are hastily preparing the affidavits,subpoenas have been issued and witnesses have been called .
    I WISH TO PUT IT ON RECORD AND TO STATE CATEGORICALLY , unambiguously ...and in no uncertain terms....and let me MAKE NO BONES ABOUT IT ... ... , my yellowism does not now ,nor has it ever in the history of the exsistence of time extended to this yellow aga ,
    you may rest assured on that one, ms. far west .

    Yours in abject horror that anyone would think for a minute that i would ever say anything against that divine yellow aga now made all the more beautiful with this cinematic backdrop of shimmering incandescent delight wot we call tiles. I am , as always your humble servant.

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  23. the bonne maman jars would look splendid displayed above the knife rack, if you're reading this scottish husband

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  24. It's an admirable arrangement. I associate "esse" with its German meaning (eat) more than as a brand of stoves. It would be especially apt if you installed a spit, but this might be tough on the tiles.

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  25. These are the exact tiles I want! I love them, white, rectangular. I love the shape and size. *sigh* My dream kitchen is still 50 light years away.
    The ladies look very happy on the mantel piece overhead too, and I love the yellow!

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  26. I can see myself in the shine!

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  27. Oh Mise,
    I am a little green about your yellow range !! My friend has a blue one and I'm very green about that as well ! ( that was a rainbow of a sentence, wasn't it ?)
    I love white tiles....you never get fed up with them and they go with anything and everything and look lovely too.
    ....and, many, many thanks for your lovely comment and birthday wishes.....I wasn't sure if I should have told everyone that I was 60....I thought that maybe people wouldn't want to visit the blog of an old fogey !! haha
    Thanks for giving me a day off from jar-filling ....it was much appreciated !!
    ... and to Scottish husband.......
    WHIT'S FUR YE'LL NO GO BY YE
    Translantion:
    WHAT'S MEANT TO HAPPEN WILL HAPPEN !!!!
    Poor Jaboopee.....she is being victimised and singled out. I am starting a 'Let's make it up to Jaboopee' Campaign. XXXX

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  28. the tiles have the pattern of a brick wall so the tiles plus the black stove pipe turn your kitchen into a house in the house. can you get the picture ;-)

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  29. That stove is FABULOUS. Big Smile. tiles great too.

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  30. Pretty far gorgeous! Mise, could I trouble you for the identity and origin of these very tiles? I'm looking to tile an entire kitchen and bathroom in lovely flat metro tiles of that size, but can only find bevelled ones and large ones.

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  31. Oh, oh, oh, I am stylish after all- I have the very same utensil pot as you! I can't get over missing that before, given all the ogling I've done at your kitchen... (I have to take stylishness where I can get it)

    When we moved in, our kitchen tiles had pictures, and one big montage thing of ye olde kitchen stove stylee. We took the cheap option and painted over them- white, of course

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  32. Jaboopee, my heart is at rest now. Everything is much better. I'm pouring a celebratory martini&prosecco. I will join Jacqueline's 'Let's Make It Up to Jaboopee' Campaign. Hon. Sec. of the Campaign, that's me.

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  33. Zita, thank you! The tiles are called Paris White no. 7397, and I got them in Rocca Tiles in Galway. I don't recall what they cost but I know they seemed inexpensive.

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  34. Speccy, what an honour it is to share a utensil jar with you. They are French mustard jars, or something like that, aren't they, or maybe that's only what the seller said to give it some glamour.

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  35. Hi Mise, Thanks for your visit. Aperture is an Apple photo manipulation type thingy. It’s hard to do though and I’m finding Picnik to be alot easier and the basic one is free...so I may stick with that instead of the Aperture.

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  36. Looks pretty cool to me. Can I come round and you can cook me a nice meal on that yellow stove, just so I can look at the tiles more closely ......

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  37. Looks very nice, and white is neutral and allows the pretty stove (do you described stoves as pretty?) to take center stage. Other accent colours can be added and changed as desired.
    Is you entire house being redone?
    Kitchen done, on to....

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  38. I love it when technology breaks down...it's the only time where we get household projects done. Love your tiling, and I wouldn't have chosen another style or colour!

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  39. Mmm - Would you indeed have tiled your kitchen with butcher subway tiles had you thought your internet connection would be permanently and irreparably damaged? Only you can ever know …

    Should you decide that your yellow aga no longer 'fits in' with the butcher/subway theme of your new tiles.

    Please feel free to let me know that I may flit over and take it off your hands.

    Poor Jaboopee. Maybe it would help her too if I took it off your hands. :)

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  40. Howdy Mise
    Love the subway tiles.. my favourites... and if anyone can do yellow it's you!!! Have a fab week... i'm still stuck in bermuda triangle.. but at least the temps have dropped.. ciao xxx Julie

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  41. the tiles are perfectly sensational, but you know they should have been chevron with a feature of ikat don't you?! pls say you do.

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  42. Hello, i just meet your blog, and i love it.

    Your house is beautiful, congratulations for all your posts!

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  43. It looks fantastic! Working on something similar for someone's home. I think it's beautiful!

    xoox,
    -maria

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  44. Yep, LOVE it! Looks so much more interesting than typically laid tile.
    subway tile

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