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Not-so-basic backsplashes bring personality to kitchens
Not-so-basic backsplashes bring personality to kitchens

Kitchen backsplashes are a popular kitchen upgrade, right up there with a fancy stone countertops. Tile and glass are probably the easiest and the most common — even the big-box stores carry them now for DIYers. And the Internet is filled with photo galleries for inspiration. But what Jackie Smith and her architect husband, Chris, do for their customers is off the grid. (Excuse the tile pun.) "I ask them what would make them smile when they come down for their morning coffee." That's how Smith begins the process of creating her backsplash murals. Clients send her a list of their favorite things — flowers, birds, animals, Amish wagons — and she designs a...

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