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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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Have you ever been to New Orleans? It’s one of those cities I’ve visited on and off throughout my life, and if you’ve ever been there yourself you’ll agree it’s like no other place. I think the same can be said of New Orleans interior design–and certainly it’s true of the home I’m featuring today. There’s a feeling of being transported to another time and place in these spaces. I think it has to do with the colors and furnishings, but also there’s something about the way the rooms are scaled in older, deeply Southern houses that feels otherworldly. Let’s take a trip to New Orleans.

This living room displays all of the elements I was just mentioning, from the muted but rich tones to the pieces you want to touch and the intimate scale. Where but New Orleans would you have this particular quality of natural light?

I'm digging the feeling of this New Orleans interior design. |

The fireplace mantle is a makeshift coat rail in this bedroom. There are a number of fireplaces throughout this house–even in the kitchen.

The fireplace mantle makes for a makeshift coat rail in this New Orleans home. |

You can see the kitchen fireplace in this image of the dining area taken from the front room. Another feature of old Southern homes is the room known as the front room–different from a living room.

The dining space of the kitchen--with its fireplace--as seen from the front room. |

The home’s simple, contemporary, eat in kitchen. The bicycle is leaning against the fireplace.

A contemporary eat in kitchen in a New Orleans home full of character. |

The kitchen’s dining area has mirrored hanging barn-track doors at one end.

The kitchen's dining area has mirrored hanging barn-track doors at one end. |

A corner of the half-bathroom off of the kitchen holds a simple collection with plenty of visual texture.

A corner of the half-bathroom off of the kitchen holds a simple collection with plenty of visual texture. |

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I’ve just got to show you these modern homes in the desert. Each one is special in its own way. Do you love them as much as I do?

First, this Borrego Springs, California house; it feels like the perfect party enclave:

Love the mysterious looking entryway to this Borrego Springs, California house. |

What's a modern desert home without a pool? |

Next, this Palm Springs marvel; it’s a modernist bungalow amongst the desert rocks:

Fantastic materials used here; desert bungalow in Palm Springs. |

Set back on and against the rocks, this place is a real gem. |

And finally this amazing tiny compound in Tucson made of glass and corten steel:

A group of units making an amazing tiny compound in Tucson. |

This big solid stainless steel island is the kitchen. |

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