Splash School: Candace Wolfe Design

A little while back I had the best morning with my girls Candace and Justine as we got crafty and learned all about creating a custom tile pattern. So what exactly do you mean by custom tile pattern you ask? Let me tell you....

Just scroll through the "I have this thing with floors" feed or search on pinterest for a few minutes and you'll see those stunning photos of rooms with intricate patterned floors, showers or fireplaces. Sometimes they have funny sayings, other times they're bold and colourful while they can also be monochromatic and simple. I usually see these patterns and think I'd LOVE to have that in my own home but there's no way I could ever afford it. Well, that's exactly what this workshop was all about - how to achieve that high end designer look without breaking the bank. All you need is a little creativity and the bravery to get handy and flex your DIY muscles. 

Aaron from River City Tile first took us through some inspirational photos. His passion is contagious and before he finished his presentation I was chomping at the bit to get started. He explained that with patience, creativity and a little elbow grease anyone - yes anyone- can create a custom tile pattern fit for pinterest. 

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By using hexagonal tiles we each set off to create our own masterpiece. Justine totally killed her design and made the cutest plaque for her heritage home. She shared more about her splash school experience here also. 

Aaron showed us that with only a wet saw (which you can rent for cheap), a few supplies and hexagonal tile sheets in varying colors that your imagination is the only limit for what you can create.  Using inexpensive tiles, you can pop pieces off of the sheets to create a pattern then set in place with mastic, allow to dry, grout and you're done! This workshop left me inspired and feeling confident that I can add some personality and character to my own home - especially our fireplace where we've left things pretty minimal for the time being. 

Thanks Candace for hosting such a great workshop and for being such an inspiration in the #YEG community. Keep up with Candace on her blog, especially my favourite series "At Home With", as well as on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter