it was brought to my attention that no pictures were posted of the installed main floor tiles. here they are!
we are really happy with the final outcome of all the tile installed. the look is very clean and simple, perhaps even a little vintage. a lot of white with a little gray. i'm partial to solids, but the tile selections give the floor a bit of a pattern and definitely up the interest factor in a way that isn't trendy.
a few things: 1) these hex tiles were very affordable, which is good because we needed like 100 square feet. 2) however, the tiler said they were incredibly difficult to install. (and he knew what he was doing—he was a pro and did a great job all around.) the hex tiles came mounted on a 12" x 12" mesh backing but the tiles themselves were super thin. they slid around a bit when he was installing them, which is made obvious by a wider grout line in a few areas. oh well. i'm not worried about it.
oh yeah—we decided to go with corian countertops for the vanity (and it has nothing to do with the fact that someone from dupont posted a comment here the other day). like i said, i'm picky about speckles, and as beautiful as the quartz was, it competed with the marble tile and the "patterned" floor and didn't match as nicely as i'd like. conveniently, when we had our white corian countertops made for the kitchen, they cut out a large hole for our drop-in sink and gave us the extra material. well, i plopped the cutout on top of the vanity to see how it would look and it was love at first sight. (see above.) clean white. love it. (also, a phone call inquiry revealed that the high corian estimate we had received was due to the fact that two integrated sinks would cost almost $500. ouch. so we reworked the plan to include undermount sinks instead, which brought the cost down considerably. so lesson learned: ask!)
i've met with a few vendors to get bids for glass shower enclosures. we bought faucets and a toilet. looking at carpet tomorrow, still need mirrors and light fixtures. we've painted the closet, finished painting the trim, and will paint the bedroom tomorrow night. oh yeah, we need a closet system! we'll be out of town next week, and while we're gone, the trim and doors will be installed. as weird as it sounds, coming home from vacation will be fun because we'll see progress made while we were gone!