I looked for a before picture, but couldn't find one.
We actually finished it when the wood stove was installed, but I'm only just now getting around to posting about it. Shame, shame.
When we installed the flooring in the kitchen, we were left with a gap between the wood and new floor exposing the sub-floor. Why? Because the wood floor wasn't even and we couldn't lay the laminate tile up against it. We had to end up cutting up some of the wood anyway, and the laminate would have fit, but hindsight is 20/20.
Since this is a main area of the house, I wanted something that was flush with the floor. We looked at trim, transition molding, even metal. Nothing looked right or was flush enough. Finally it hit me... tile!
I envisioned a river rock style, but that would have cost us almost $200 more. I couldn't bring myself to spend that kind of money on such a little project when other choices were available.
I am really glad we went with the tile we did. The different colors make a nice transition from dark wood to lighter laminate. Next project is the stairs (as you can see).