Master Bath & Bedroom: Cement Tile

Did you have a nice weekend? Our Easter was so special – we celebrated Marley’s baptism! It was a beautiful morning followed by an afternoon of good food, Easter egg hunts and friends.

Very sorry if you’ve had a hard time loading this site over the last few days, I have too and it’s been so annoying. I’m trying to figure out what’s going on (I seem to always have issues with that despite caching and all of the other quick load time secrets).

So we are incredibly close to laying the cement tile floor in the new bathroom and I’m so excited. I feel like this was a bold design choice but one that I’ve had zero regrets about since picking the tile out, waiting for shipment and storing it. And that feels like it’s been a long time!

The cement tile that we chose is here (love Cement Tile Shop), but today I thought I’d share images that I’ve been attracted to for so long and that have helped me fall in love with the idea of using a cement tile in our bathroom (it also doesn’t hurt that our home is built with 1930s Spanish influence, so it works well for the integrity of the space too).

On to beautiful images…

Master Bathroom Cement Tile Inspiration | PepperDesignBlog.com

Master Bathroom Cement Tile Inspiration | PepperDesignBlog.com

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Cement tile on the floor might be a favorite, there’s something about that intense graphic design at your feet.

Master Bathroom Cement Tile Inspiration | PepperDesignBlog.com

Master Bathroom Cement Tile Inspiration | PepperDesignBlog.com

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Master Bathroom Cement Tile Inspiration | PepperDesignBlog.com

Master Bathroom Tile Inspiration | PepperDesignBlog.com

Master Bathroom Cement Tile Inspiration | PepperDesignBlog.com

Master Bathroom Tile Inspiration | PepperDesignBlog.com

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Not a bathroom… but I couldn’t exclude this image because this kitchen is incredible.

Master Bathroom Tile Inspiration | PepperDesignBlog.com

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Cement tile isn’t the only way to draw attention to the floor in a space, the shock of blue on the right and the gradient herringbone on the left is perfection.

Master Bathroom Tile Inspiration | PepperDesignBlog.com

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I’m all for one statement wall as well. We played around with one cement tile wall (even just a backsplash) instead of the floor, but I think for our layout what we’ve chosen is best.

Master Bathroom Tile Inspiration | PepperDesignBlog.com

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A simple Pinterest search for cement tiles in bathrooms pulls up so many amazing options, and here’s my master bathroom Pinterest board for more goodness.

We’re planning on installing radiant heating underneath the cement tiles (rumor has it that it’s a very cold flooring material to use) and installation for that project begins tomorrow. What do you think, would you venture down the cement tile path? I can’t wait to see it in!

PS more master bathroom renovation progress here.

Natural Easter Egg Dye

Natural Easter Egg Dye | Dying Easter Eggs | PepperDesignBlog.com

As promised, an overview of our natural food dye Easter egg experiment!

For the record, food coloring is so much easier and faster. Liv was bored half way through the process of creating our natural dyes and began plopping big droplets of food coloring into cups of water before my veggie dyes were even close to being egg-ready.

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But! These turned out pretty cool. If you have the patience to source the ingredients, boil veggies (and other fun stuff) down, and then to let eggs sit overnight submerged, you won’t be disappointed.

Natural Easter Egg Dye | PepperDesignBlog.com

I was inspired by a Pinterest pin leading to this post to give veggie dying another go. I tried it back here with little success. This time around I expanded my color options and really went for it.

After online research/experimentation, here are my findings:

1. Red = red beets
2. Blue = blueberries
3. Purple blue = red cabbage
4. Light brown = coffee
5. Yellow = curry powder
6. Light yellow = yellow beets
7. Green = greens (such as mustard greens or chard)
8. Brownish red = paprika

I also tried yams (hoping for a nice orange-y color), but the starchy vegetable didn’t seep enough color into the boiling water to create a dye.

Natural Easter Egg Dye | PepperDesignBlog.com

Most unexpected result goes to red cabbage! Who knew that those shiny red cabbage leaves would turn purple when boiled and would produce blue water as a result?

Natural Egg Dyes
 
Ingredients
  • Red cabbage
  • Red and yellow beets
  • Blueberries
  • Mustard greens or chard
  • Coffee grounds (not used)
  • Curry powder
  • Paprika
  • White vinegar
Instructions
  1. Boil eggs.
  2. Cut up vegetables into 1-2" chunks and cover in water (just enough to cover veggies) in a quart sauce pan. Similarly for blueberries. For coffee and spices, use a 1:16 ratio (aka mix ⅛ into 2 cups of water and so on).
  3. Bring mixture to a boil for several minutes and then let cool.
  4. Stir in 2-3 tb vinegar.
  5. Add egg and allow to sit for several hours (preferably overnight).

The mottled texture of some of my eggs are a result of vinegar or resting on the bottom of their bowl. Too much vinegar resulted in a very bubbly skin (which was kind of cool). I omitted the vinegar from a few batches (such as the beets) so that I could keep the chunks of veggies in the dyed water with the eggs (to add more bulk to my water so that I could completely cover many eggs at once, otherwise I would have had to use a lot of beets or dye them in a small cup one at a time).

Natural Easter Egg Dye | PepperDesignBlog.com

Since most of the veggies are now boiled and ready for a hearty salad, they won’t be wasted either.

Below and clockwise starting with the brown spotted egg in the top corner: paprika, curry powder, red cabbage, coffee, red beets, yellow beets, red cabbage (different batch and slightly different blue), blueberries, greens. Liv gave the coffee egg a nice crack against our counter, she was ready for a snack.

Natural Easter Egg Dye | PepperDesignBlog.com

We seperately dyed eggs with leaf imprints from around the garden, but we’re off to have some family time so I’ll save that for another day.

PS a spring party palette.

Three Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs

Dying Easter Eggs | Gold Foil | PepperDesignBlog.com

Family is coming into town, we’re preparing for Marlowe’s baptism (on Easter! What a great day!) and tomorrow I’m planning on dying eggs with all of Liv’s friends during my weekly Thursday morning mom day (best work decision ever).

Looking back over the past few years we’ve tried out different dying techniques. Seems I have a thing for blue eggs? Above, several different gold (including foiling) techniques. Below, easy speckled eggs.

Speckled Easter Eggs | PepperDesignBlog.com

Last year we decoupaged eggs (perfect for kids that are just a little young for all of the dying techniques but still want to be really hands on) at a little Welcome, Spring! party at our house (also included in that post is a little Spring bag print out and giant tissue paper flowers).

Decoupaging Easter Eggs | Dying Easter Eggs | Giant Tissue Paper Flowers | PepperDesignBlog.com

Decoupaging Easter Eggs | Dying Easter Eggs | PepperDesignBlog.com

This year, if all goes as planned, we are trying this technique. I can’t wait!

PS a round up of great Easter ideas and what to do with all of that Easter candy

PPS these silly April Fool’s Day cupcakes are adorable and did you catch this roundup of tech pranks?

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