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Embracing the Blues

Written by Emily Dievendorf


This week the Great Lakes State of Michigan was anything but a flyover state for my sister, who was in Lansing, Michigan to do a backsplash tile project. Because sisters can be so inherently different, my meticulous and always organized sister arrived in Michigan for a four day tiling project and was greeted by a delay of one full day caused by indecisiveness and very late ordering. A natural problem solver, Rachel organized her tools, plotted out the project, picked up the necessary mortar and grout and insisted that it was well within her capabilities to finish the job in the allotted time, even with her own high standards. She was, of course, so right!



Living the healthy takeout life, my partner has been renovating his kitchen since early January. Over the last five months, Bob and his friend Renan have installed a new tile floor, cabinets, countertops, and appliances. It was finally time for a professional to put the finishing touches on the project, just as the space was to become livable again. I have been impressed with Rachel’s skills and dedication to her business from afar and knew just the tiling professional!



Bob’s former kitchen was dreary dark blues and muck greens with limited light allowed in. The doorway into the room is now bigger, the floor a brighter and bolder black and white. The cabinets and counters are Ikea, light natural wood Torhamn doors with Kasker Quartz in Organic White for the counter.


We never hated the blues, they just didn’t need to make us miserable, so we decided Rachel could artfully bring blue back with gorgeous Catania blue 6x12 tile from The Tile Shop in a straight herringbone pattern. A big thank you to Nick Williams at their Grand Rapids location for excellent service!!


We decided that for much of the kitchen we would let the tile climb the walls to highlight the rangehood and window. Rachel did the tile the way I like it, vivid and all over!

The result is nothing short of an ocean of ahhmazing that Van Gogh's Starry Night might be a little jealous of. There’s nothing wrong with a little competition, Vincent.

We’re only sad to be done with the job because in addition to being such a talent, Rachel is an unfairly lovely human to be around. Virginia really lucked out.


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