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I’ve got a new interior design obsession: mini matte black subway tile. Unfortunately, I’m not finding many examples of its use when I scan my resources so there’s not really enough out there to devote a whole post to it yet–calling all designers to start using it more! Until then, I’ve got some images of other kinds of black subway tile to help fill out this post. They’re all good, I just have a thing for the small matte version…

Glam It Up

There's no denying the glam factor that glazed black subway tile can bring to a space. |

Before we get to my obsession, there does happen to be this. Wanting major glamour and impact in your space? Try glazed black subway tile; it’s like being inside a dark diamond.

Go Industrial

Industrial chic steakhouse in Budapest with stainless steel, butcher block, and black subway tile. |

Maybe that should be “Go Industrial Chic” — this Budapest steakhouse uses black subway tile, butcher block, and stainless steel to get the look.

Dial It Back

Handsome kitchen space using matte black subway tile. |

Not sure you’re ready for full on butcher shop drama? Tell the same story a bit more subtly by using matte black subway tile and stainless steel counters like in this handsome kitchen.

Make Mine Mini

Miniature matte black subway tile run almost all the way up these walls; I'm obsessed. |

We’ve seen matte black, now let’s look at a more miniature solution. This use of the tile–running it almost all the way up the walls–is sooooo nice.

Black It Out

Matte black mini subway tile, black grout... this is the look I'm loving right now. |

This is the look that I’m crushing on hard these days: matte black mini subway tile with black grout–it’s impossibly sexy.

There’s something about Chris Nguyen, graphic artist, photographer, and interior designer from Houston–aka Analog|Dialog. For me, that something can be summed up in one image:

I've been on the edge of my seat for months, all because of this simple image. |

It may be the most compelling interior design image in the history of the Internet. No, I’m not exaggerating; this one simple photo has been out there in cyberspace (does anyone still call it that?) for months now on the Analog|Dialog site under the heading, “Stanford Preview” with the notation “coming soon”. And it’s had me on the edge of my seat because I reallyreallyreally want to see the rest of this space. Based on some of the other interior design work Chris Nguyen presents on his site, Stanford is going to be a knockout. Let’s take a look at some of those other projects:

Marshall Studio

This was the first of his projects I saw, when it was featured on Apartment Therapy’s Small Cool Home contest (it took the division win).

Chris Nguyen's studio space-a one-room wonder. |

There it is, the whole thing. A marvel of space planning, this one-room unit (there’s actually a small kitchen and dining area on the right of this image–that you can’t see) packs a lot of style into the space.

The workspace in the Marshall Studio. Designed by Chris Nguyen |

I’m particularly fond of this workspace and how he hung art in front of the windows. That desk has a roll-top closure that’s pretty dang sweet.

Houston House

Houston House is the second project of Chris’s that I remember seeing. It’s notable for using a strong masculine aesthetic in a model unit of an apartment development.

Terrific plumbing pipe bookshelf and desk in Chris Nguyen's Houston House design. |

You’ve probably all seen this terrific plumbing pipe bookcase and desk; it’s one of the best examples of this I’ve seen.

That sofa comes alive against the dark wall. Designed by Chris Nguyen |

The dark paint really makes that sofa come alive. It’s easy to see how Chris’s work as a graphic designer has influenced his interior design. I’m still not a fan of the gigantic task lamps as floor lamps, though.

There's strong graphic appeal to this open shelving display. Designed by Chris Nguyen |

The dark wall color and strong graphic nature of the interior design continues with these floating shelves in the kitchen.


This project is where we can see Chris really hitting his stride–and it’s all the more reason to want to see what else he has in store for us with the Stanford design. There are so many great images for this space that I think I’ll just post them and let them do all the work:

Fannin: living and dining. Designed by Chris Nguyen |

Fannin: living room day bed. Designed by Chris Nguyen |

Fannin: living room chairs. Designed by Chris Nguyen |

Fannin: dining space. Designed by Chris Nguyen |

Fannin: bedroom detail. Designed by Chris Nguyen |

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Renowned interior designer and author, Eric Cohler, has been featured in Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Veranda, The New York Times, and Traditional Home — among others — and is, as the first word of this sentence states, renowned. One of his latest projects just hit my radar, and I wanted to share it with you; it’s his own apartment in San Francisco atop the Chambord and it’s a terrific mix of unexpected elements that make for a very special space.

When it comes to using white, this is about as good as it gets. Designed by Eric Cohler |

When it comes to using white, this is about as good as it gets. The mix of eras and styles here is so appealing.

A simple and sophisticated drinks tray. Designed by Eric Cohler |

A simple and sophisticated drinks tray. With a hint of “Rear Window”–we are in San Francisco, after all.

Dark and dramatic dining anyone? Designed by Eric Cohler |

Dark and dramatic dining anyone? Those amazing chairs in this refined space could not make me any happier.

It's this kind of terrific mix that's so appealing to me. Designed by Eric Cohler |

It’s this kind of terrific mix that’s so appealing to me–it’s like the best of several decades all pulled together and making beautiful music together.

This fireplace and all the architectural details in the room are brought to life by the dark paint. Designed by Eric Cohler |

This fireplace and all the architectural details in the room are brought to life by the dark paint. I’m not sure if you can see it clearly in this image, but that side table is covered in snake skin.

Bathroom windowsill as shelf; I love this. Designed by Eric Cohler |

Bathroom windowsill as shelf; I love this; it actually reminds me very much of the bathroom in one of my favorite movies.

A stylish table lamp with a small footprint like this makes for a terrific bedside lamp. |

Whenever you deal with someone who tries to give advice on the “best” of anything, you already know it’s going to be a subjective call. So, in order to qualify my list of best bedside lamps, I thought I’d provide some criteria. In other words, these are the qualities I look for in a bedside lamp, and these lamps meet those qualities really well. My criteria are: a small footprint—I don’t want my bedside lamp to take up all the room on my nightstand, so having a small footprint is important to me; the ability to provide both general light and reading light; a sense of style; and the flexibility to be used in rooms other than the bedroom. Let’s dive right in! – See more at: The Interior Collective.

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