Hit Refresh: Tile Shopping at Ann Sacks



Harry and I were so happy with all of our Kohler fixtures that knew we had to find the right tile for the shower wall to give the room the “wow” factor. With that in mind, we headed to the Ann Sacks in New York where we were greeted by Michael Black, the showroom assistant showroom manager. So many incredible choices, including a delicate floral mural behind Michael’s desk, were everywhere we turned that we knew this would not be an easy task. We looked at ceramic, porcelain and stone tiles in patterns from geometric to floral to abstract.

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While I was looking around the showroom with our decorator, Amy Leonard, I heard Harry call over to us saying, “How about this tile?” It was a surprise for many reasons: first, he is often slow to make up his mind and typically likes to look around before even admitting he likes something; second, the tile was very dramatic and he is the more traditional of the two of us. Amy and I went to see his choice and it was good looking, it had the dramatic note that I wanted, and that Amy felt we needed for the space. Wow! We had a tile. That was easy. “Cross Azul” from the Casa Mila Collection was roughly 12”x12” in size so it would definitely be dramatic.

Before committing to this tile, I looked at the other tiles in the collection. I wondered if “Diamond Negro” would be more sophisticated in black and white versus Cross Azul which was a study of blues. I loved both tiles for their undulating surface and natural imperfections and the maintenance-free nature of porcelain. With both of these tiles in the running, we turned to Michael for help with a field tile that could work. Michael offered two options and all three of us agreed that a long thin tile in “Ricepaper” from the Savoy Trims collection would look terrific. Amy also suggested that we run the field tile in a stacked style to keep the look cleaner and run on the ceiling since we were going to have a rainhead shower.

Our last decision was what should we put on the floor. We were concerned about how all of the tiles would look and whether the grout lines would be too crazy. Amy suggested the classic penny round tile for the floor since it was much smaller in scale and would not fight with the larger field and decorative tiles. We chose “Cottonwood” which was a slightly darker blue than the blue trim in “Ricepaper.” In addition, we decided to add the penny round tile for the niche. Luck was with us; they were all in stock so we were off and running.

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