Last week I finally bit the bullet and ordered our master bathroom tile. A few days later, the fine folks at Home Depot called back and said it had been discontinued and was no longer available anywhere. The factory didn't have any. No Home Depot on the Eastern seaboard had any hiding on its shelves. The measly eight cases that I needed didn't just didn't exist. Upon confirming this with the manufacturer myself, I could feel my heart dropping down into my toes when I realized this little tile dream just wasn't going to happen.
I could kick myself because I hemmed and hawed over this purchase for months, because I am terrible -- terrible -- at making decisions. (And also because we had other things to spend our renovation cash on at the time, like HVAC for ensuring we have heat this winter...)
So now I don't know if my favorite bathroom scheme will work out. I haven't been able to find anything comparable at a similar price point, though I am slightly hopeful that the kind people at American Olean -- one of the primary tile brands at Lowe's -- might be my tile heroes. (I'm looking into it.) Meanwhile tile companies and condescending home improvement store employees keep telling me that "most people want bright white," but I am just not feeling it. The bright white tiles, because they are glazed, have a completely different (i.e. less natural) look and feel. I'm not aiming for a weird or eccentric look by any means, but I think the item that "most people" would go for probably won't work for our house or for me.
So for now it's back to the drawing board, and I'm hoping maybe I'll find something even better. You never know, right? Or maybe I'll just make my own (ha).