Very nice job Dick. I took a look at that simple mat... WOW how sweet that stuff seems. Hard to wrap my noodle around just sticking that to the wall then sticking tile to it with no thinset. Especially being in a moving, flexing, bumpy environment. You say others have used it, anyone give any long term progress reports?
And that ceiling medallion with the lights looks really sweet. Between that and the tile backsplash, folks will be thinking she's a 2009, not a '99.
And your dear wife doesn't need any extra bling....she's plenty pretty just the way she is.
What a great gal to help with the remodeling!