Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Spanish Tiles Make Magic

The geometric patterns of Spanish tiles have created alluring charm in homes for centuries. These time-tested patterns still make magic today.  This powder room is a great example of how these classic patterns still have style staying-power.

Powder Room using Spanish Tiles
Powder Room using Spanish Tiles
Photo Credit: Jo Ann Richards, Works Photography
About a year ago, Ines Haml, a designer in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada called me looking for Spanish tiles.  We discussed the different hand painted Spanish Tiles lines.  She expressed special interest in the La Merced pattern from our Barcelona line. I could tell she had done her homework because of the detailed questions she asked and her familiarity with the tiles on our site.

A few days later she placed a sample order that included several popular hand painted Spanish decorative tiles and our Yucatan field tiles.  The subtle variation in color in our hand painted Yucatan field tile works well with the change in color values found in hand painted decorative tiles.  Samples sent to Ines included the SpanishValenciaCalifornia San Diego and the Barcelona La Merced.

Barceloan La Merced Spanish Valencia California San Diego

She mentioned she was working on a very special project and was certain one these tiles would be the right fit for her client.  Ines and I found each other through Houzz. I later learned she was also the Principal of her design firm, The Sky is theLimit Interior Design Concepts.

A Hand Painted Sink Adds a Special Touch
A Hand Painted Sink Adds a Special Touch
Photo Credit: Jo Ann Richards, Works Photography
Spanish Tile and Hand Painted Trim

A few months later, Inez asked for an estimate based on her material take-off and lead time based on our current production schedule.  A few weeks passed before she submitted her final order for the project and it included one of my favorite patterns and trim: Barcelona La Merced and Yucatan Cobalt Molding.  We didn’t have all of the decorative Spanish tiles in stock and the Yucatan tiles are always made to order.  Not a problem, Inez had worked that into the plan based on discussions we’d had earlier.  She was prepared for the lead time.  A few months later, Inez sent me teh photos from the project and just have to share them here.


Decorative Spanish Wall Tile in Powder Room
Decorative Spanish Wall Tile in Powder Room
Photo Credit: Jo Ann Richards, Works Photography
What a beautiful powder room! The hand-painted designs of Spanish tile add charm and color to this powder room. Together with the terracotta Arabesque floor tiles, these La Merced ceramic tiles reveal a warm and friendly surrounding.

Hand Painted Spanish Tile Patterns Paired with Bisque Pavers
Hand Painted Spanish Tile Patterns Paired with Bisque Pavers
Photo Credit: Jo Ann Richards, Works Photography


Spanish Tile Formats, Colors, and Lead Times

The Barcelona line is available in small quantities for quick shipping. This flexible line comes in five patterns, each in their own unique colorway. You'll find complete designs in both a 6"x6" and 3"x3" format. Hand-painted 3"x6" and 3"x3" border/corner trim is also available for each line, and provides a variation on a theme for a cohesive look. The rich look of Yucatan Cobalt P-Molding provides the perfect trim to set-off the entire look.  All tiles in our Yucatan line are made-to-order here in California.  Allow about four weeks for most orders.

Different Spanish Wall Tile Patterns Add Interest
Different Spanish Wall Tile Patterns Add Interest
Photo Credit: Jo Ann Richards, Works Photography


Thanksgiving Greetings

Santa Rita Hills, California Central Coast
Santa Rita Hills, California Central Coast 

Fall is one of my favorite seasons and Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  It’s a great time to slow down and re-connect with family and friends over a great meal and glass of wine.  The warm days are appreciated after the cool nights and shorter period of daylight.  Take some for yourself.  I wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!  

Colorado  Rockies near Mancos, CO
Happy Thanksgiving - Find a Peaceful Place
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