Photography above, Lisa Romerein
Surprised to see something so graphic designed by Michael Smith? The green and white tiles in this guesthouse bathroom were laid in a traditional Portuguese pattern. So, the look is timeless but also energetic and fresh. Both the kitchen and bath, above, are part of a guesthouse on a California estate conceived by Smith with strong Portuguese influences.
The designer says he became intrigued with the rich fusion of varied cultures found within Portuguese style; creating a Portuguese-inspired home, as opposed to the expected California-Mediterranean, allowed him to be a little more freewheeling. Smith's tile source was the Los Angeles-based Lascaux Tile.
Oh and speaking of tiles, there's a vast array of antique tiles at Architectural Accents, located at 2711 Piedmont Road in Atlanta. Most of the fired tiles here are English, from around 1860-1914.
See also, Candida Hofer: In Portugal.