The backsplash is now mounted and awaiting grout, and damn it looks good. Since I had never done tile before it was a bit of an adventure.
The tile is glass but isn't clear like most glass tile. The clear stuff looked nice, but at prices from $20-42 a sq ft it was just a bit too pricy. I ended up deciding on the 'art deco' blend from www.mosaictilesupplies.com. It was face mounted to paper, and was on sale for about $8 a sq ft. Score! After buying the tile, the thinset, grout and tools to install the tile it, the cost for the back splash was about $300.
The tile goes on the backsplash between the upper and lower cabinets, as well as the space between the elevated bar counters.
Also, the foyer is now completely ripped out, with the electrical hanging beautifully from my ceiling... Now I need to figure out how to frame out the area and re-route the electrical.