Farmhouse Design Inspiration : Tiles

Choosing tiles is an exciting and overwhelming concept. There are just so many options!! Thankfully, I’ve been dreaming about subway tiles ever since Joanna Gaines entered my life. So kitchen tiles = subway tiles = not even a question.

I did falter a tiny bit when I was offered grey and marble grey subway tiles (enter bulging eyes / jaw drop / drooling). Then I looked on Pinterest at “grey subway tiles”, oh my! The marble wall tiles against the marble benchtop… yum!

BUT! I still love the display kitchen that I first fell in love with, with its white subway tiles / dark grout / marble benchtop. This is the Plunkett North Hampton.

Plunkett Kitchen 1

The bathroom, laundry, and ensuite tiles were much harder decisions. I wanted a consistent theme throughout the kids bathroom, toilet and laundry as the 3 rooms open up together at the end of the hallway.

I was inspired mainly by this gorgeous bathroom styled by 100 Layer Cake for Crate and Barrel. The dark grey floors ground the colour palette, and the dark grout pops in the subway tiles. And I love the addition of timber for warmth.


I chose a slightly lighter grey floor tile and matching grey for the grout. The kids bathroom will have larger subway tiles than the above design. This was a cost-effective decision that I think will still look great. I’ve chosen a light grey stone-look laminate for the bench-top, and cream doors. And I will add timber baskets and accessories to warm up the space. I can’t wait to see how it looks.


The laundry will have the same flooring, but I’ve chosen a dark grey subway tile for the walls. I’m really excited about this space – and not just because it will be twice the size of any laundry I’ve ever had. I absolutely hate laundries that have no bench-space or room for an ironing board.  I’ve designed a long laundry that has room at the entry (from outside) for a mini mudroom / place to hang coats and leave dirty boots. Then plenty of bench-space for folding washing. Hopefully I’ve left enough room for the ironing board, and there’s a big storage cupboard at the end. I can always get J to hang shelves and/or cupboards if I need more storage.


And for the ensuite, I chose the same large matte white subway tiles with dark grout. Very simple cabinetry colours. All because I fell in love with this feature tile and I just want the whole focus to be on this gorgeous tile.


I’m using that tile above the cabinets and a line of the tiles will be used in the shower to add WOW and break up all the white. I’m so excited!!

Farmhouse Build Update 4 : Essastone Benchtop

Choosing my bench-top was easy – and that is a massive statement coming from a super-procrastinator!! As I mentioned earlier, I fell in love with the modern farmhouse kitchen in the Plunkett North Hampton. Unfortunately the bench-top isn’t too clear in this photo. Having said that, I find it appealing that the bench-top doesn’t have contrasting features.


The benchtop used in the display is Essastone Fino Venato, and it is beyond beautiful. No long/large veins typical of Italian marble. It is new I think.

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I called Essastone in Perth and they welcomed us to view the display bench-top in the Perth showroom (much closer than the display home). We took the kids…


Delish right?!


And they were lovely enough to give me a little square to add to my samples.


Farmhouse Design Inspiration : Display Homes in WA

The hunt was on, and there is nothing more fun than dragging toddlers through display homes for hours/days/weeks. We were looking for an Hamptons / Farmhouse style. We didn’t want open plan, which made our job even harder.

This WA Country Builders Karri Creek Design was our first stop and we fell in love the farmhouse style. I loved the addition of the weatherboard, and the stone fireplace.

This Rural Building Co Marri View display home was also a beautiful design. Too open and lofty for us, but very representative of the Rural Building style. It was beautiful.

We also loved the look of these exteriors. Top left is WA Country Builders Lamont Design. Top right is Summit Homes Orchard Design. Bottom is Plunkett New Hampton Design.

The Plunkett New Hampton interior is a gorgeous mix of hamptons and industrial farmhouse. The base colour palette is typically simple, with pops of colour and wow-feature lighting.  The addition of the recessed ceilings to separate the living spaces looked brilliant – as did the fireplace. We loved everything about this home, except for the open plan. It looked beautiful but we didn’t find it would function perfectly for us.

E v e n t u a l l y we found our absolute favourite design in the Plunkett North Hampton Design. This house is everything we were looking for. The design is perfect. We’ve lived in a few rentals now and ‘road-tested’ a variety of living spaces. Open plan doesn’t work for us, so this concept of separated living spaces blew our mind. As you can see from the pictures – the kitchen, sitting/dining, and theatre surround the sunken alfresco area. Therefore all spaces can be opened up if we want, or they can function as separate rooms. Most important is that whatever is happening in the kitchen won’t directly impact/annoy the watching of tv in the theatre room, or chillaxing by the fire in the sitting room. And the options to eat inside or outside are both easily accessible.

Now I have to mention the kitchen. The heart of every home. This kitchen grabbed my heart. I know it’s just a design etc. But the subway tiles, the marble island, the settler/shaker profile (had no idea what it was at first), the layout, design, just WOW. The wine rack was also a very unique and stylish design element. And I can’t not mention the scullery / butlers pantry. What’s the difference again? Butlers pantry’s have a sink? Vice versa? Whatever… It’s brilliant! A place to hide the mess? Yes please!! Toppathalist!

The sitting room with huge bookcase AND fireplace?! You had me at bookcase! It did come with a warning though regarding the price tag… but IKEA might be able to hook me up!!?! And speaking of price tags (cough) fireplace (cough). What a whopper of an addition though? I mean, who wants a farmhouse without a place to warm your bones after feeding the pigs in the freezing cold?? Anyone? Didn’t think so!

So?! Design found, whoop! Love, happy, kids relieved… everyone relieved actually. Especially since we’d driven over 2 hours to this display home… twice already. We had to double-check that we loved it, of course. And there just wasn’t anything even close to similar in design or style. So we got the graph paper out and started working out how to transform this perfect design into the double home that we wanted.