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A Step Inside: Timber Trails’ Chef’s Delight

We invite you to step inside Chef’s Delight, the newest home from Timber Trails Development Company. Join lead designer Julie Howard as she walks you through this beautifully designed Chicago-area home and shares the inspiration and tile choices behind each space.

Keep scrolling for a closer look at the inspiring spaces in this elegantly chic home!

Living Room

The fireplace is the focal point of this bright and open living room. The Noir Honed limestone tile with its subtle silver veining creates a stunning harth with lots of visual texture. The dark fireplace against the white wall creates a solid base, which is balanced by the large abstract painting above.

Bright and open living room with black limestone tiled fireplace.
Featuring: Noir Honed and Noir Honed Subway, and Madera Miel, Slim Cap Trim and Slim Trim. All images: design by Timber Trails, photography by Stoffer Photography.


In a house dubbed Chef’s Delight, you know the kitchen is going to be the star. Of course, the delight of this house is that it boasts not one but two kitchens with gorgeous tile choices in both. The primary kitchen features the Antique Mirror Bevel Glass tile above the stove. This reflective tile adds depth and shine to the room and complements the linear forms of the hood.

Open kitchen with blue cabinets and mirrored subway tile backsplash.
Featuring: Antique Mirror Bevel Glass and Silver Mist Honed Somerset.
Kitchen stove with mirrored subway tile backsplash.
Shot of a kitchen with blue cabinets, mirrored subway tile backsplash and entrance to a pantry.
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Scullery Kitchen

This second kitchen, or scullery kitchen, features more brilliant design choices. The Noir Honed tile (which we saw earlier on the fireplace) is paired with the Silver Mist honed limestone tile for a sophisticated checkerboard pattern. As Julie explained in the video, the linear veining on this tile creates a pattern within a pattern, but the Silver Mist tile is installed in alternating diagonals to maintain a sense of order and flow.

Pantry with sink and grey brick-look subway tile backsplash and black and silver checkerboard limestone floor.
Featuring: Noir Honed, Silver Mist Honed and Brick x Brick by Alison Victoria Powder.

The Brick x Brick by Alison Victoria Powder blends blue and grey tones for an elegant backsplash that complements both the dark grey walls and grey and black floor tiles. Though the obvious choice for this backsplash might have been to use the same limestone tile as the floor, we’re glad Julie took a risk on this unexpected tile choice. The blue-grey elongated subway tile creates a beautiful transition between the white cabinets and granite countertops.

Pantry with sink, grey subway tile backsplash and black and silver limestone floor.
Black counter with glasses and a pitcher and grey brick subway tile backsplash.
Mudroom with silver and black limestone checkerboard floor and pictures on the wall.
Featuring: Silver Honed and Noir Honed.


This gorgeous bar area is perfect for entertaining. The Look Avio handmade-look tile features variations in its blue-green coloring for a natural sense of movement. While handmade tiles often feature uneven edges, these handmade-look tiles have more uniformity, allowing for the neat straight lines accentuated by the white grout. The result is a highly designed look that creates order without being overly homogeneous.

Bar area with green handmade-look vertical subway tile wall.
Featuring: Look Avio and Madera Miel.
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Primary Bathroom

Nothing is more luxurious than marble, and this primary bathroom uses the Firenze Carrara to optimal effect, creating a clean, classic space. The herringbone pattern adds interest in the floor while maintaining the elegance of the room and the marble’s grey veining pairs nicely with the wooden cabinets and intricate, antique rug.

Open bathroom with a white tub and marble floor in a herringbone pattern.

The Firenze Carrara tile extends to the shower walls, creating a lush, luxurious and rejuvenating space.

White marble with grey veining shower walls.
Featuring: Firenze Carrara Honed.

Laundry Room

Don’t you long to linger between loads in this lovely and inviting laundry room? The floral motif of the Elaizig Hex tile adds sophisticated whimsy to this room. We love how the bee prints above the sink tie in both thematically and aesthetically with the floral-inspired patterned tile.

Laundry room with floral-patterned grey, white and black hexagon-shaped tile floor.
Featuring: Elaizig Hex.

Jack and Jill Bathroom

The custom tile design created with the Black and White Quarter Round tile is an unexpected moment that adds character to this charming Jack and Jill bathroom. The simple color palette gives this room depth while allowing the floor tile to claim the focal point of the space.

Blue bathroom with black and white quarter-round tile floor.
Featuring: Quarter Round Black and Quarter Round White.
Blue bathroom with black and white quarter-round tile floor.

Kids’ Bathroom

The Imperial Black Matte Rhombus tile used in this charming kids’ bathroom proves that you can have fun in black and white. The shape is simple, yet playful–perfect for children–but can easily age as kids grow. With the right accessories, this room is suitable for young kids all the way up to teenagers and young adults.

Bathroom with black rhombus patterned tile floor.
Featuring: Imperial Black Mate Rhombus.

That concludes our tour of the elegantly chic Chef’s Delight. We hope you loved Julie’s design choices as much as we did! If you’re feeling inspired to renovate your own space, be sure to schedule a free design consultation or visit one of our stores. Our helpful tile experts are ready to answer all of your questions, and help you visualize your space!

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