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TILE it on!


Whether it is for a client or in the recent custom build for our family, I turn to tile to infuse personality and set spaces apart. When making my selections, I feel like the proverbial kid in the candy store. So many shapes, colors, and textures. How can you choose just one?


The main bathroom is my place to escape. An oversized freestanding tub and large shower allow me to get away from the stress of the day. I used marble in contrasting shapes and coordinating lighting to make this feel like a five-star retreat. A final French mosaic saying “Madame and Monsieur” makes sure my husband doesn’t stray too far to store his cologne on my vanity. Just kidding, if anyone overruns the bathroom countertop with products, it’s me.


My in-home design studio is where I work with clients, so I wanted to make the guest bath friendly and energetic. To do this, I used contrasting penny tiles to create a heart in the shower inset. This was the only place in the home not overrun by boys, so I embraced my love for all things feminine.


When clients enter my office, they are greeted by a mosaic with the Courtney Warren Home initials inlaid on the hardwood floor, creating the appearance of a floor mat.


This mosaic is a showstopper with the unifying message that gives us a wink as we come and go — the white wording pops against the black subway tile that flows through the room.

BOYISH CHARM I was excited to provide a bit of masculinity in this shared bathroom. Penny tile is a classic, and when you use contrasting grout, it can create a bold statement. Cement tile in a herringbone pattern is paired with a matching penny tile inset to tie it all together.

These statement bathrooms are some of my favorite uses of tile. This Frisco family was ready for their “best day ever,” so we included it in the mosaic in the shower, and we used black marble hexagon tile around the freestanding sink.

We paired black star tile in the same home to pack a punch in the guest bath surround. A rattan rug highlights the bold star statement and “you look good” sign.

ABOUT THE DESIGNER Courtney Warren is a Waxahachie interior designer whose awardwinning work has been featured in numerous national magazines and media and whose clients span the North Texas area. She believes, “You deserve a beautiful home you can be proud of, and it doesn’t have to be complicated.”


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