We spent a little time discussing the look we wanted with the tile inset in the entry (or is it a foyer? - what's the difference? what do you call yours? what should we call ours?). I told Alex what kind of look I was going for and we played around with the boards and the tile for a little while. He said most of the floors he installs with a tile inset have three boards surrounding the tile. I said I wasn't sure I would like that because I wanted the tile to be the emphasis in that area, not the wood. He was very hesistant about going narrower than that, so I hemmed and hawed and finally said it was okay to go with the three boards.
LUCKILY! He called us in the afternoon and said he'd been mulling over what I'd said all day. He was nervous that if he put in the three board widths I would end up hating it and that he would feel awful if that happened. So we went back up to meet him. We played with the boards again, we put the tile down in the middle and decided that one board width was all that was needed there. I'm so relieved he trusted his gut AND I realized that I should have stuck to my guns and asked for the narrower trim all along.
Unfortunately, we didn't get pictures of the tile floors before they laid down the protective covering, so you'll have to wait to see those later. But, just so you know, I LOVE the tile for the foyer / entry and powder room (same tile). I'm very happy with the tile I selected for the mudroom and I think I'm going to like the tile in the bathroom. I'm holding my breath to see if it will really work with the granite and backsplash. I also really like the slate that we put in the kitchenette area downstairs and think that's the perfect amount of slate for this house and the perfect place to use it.
Looking from the corner of the stairs and the entry towards the kitchen.
The fireplace and piano niche.
Our perfectionist tendencies definitely came out that morning! But at some point we had to say, enough is enough.