Friday, February 21, 2014

It's so darn pretty

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

I have yet another weakness I have so-far not confessed in many years of blogging.

I love tile. I look forward to going to Home Depot just so I can stand in the tile aisle and gaze upon what's available. I don't dare go into a dedicated tile store for fear of never leaving.

On the most recent Sunday Morning episode, they did a whole segment on azulejo Portuguese tile.  OMG! It was wonderful!

It only occurred to me after watching that episode that I collect them, mostly using them as coasters.  (A little glue, a little felt--and you've got a coaster.) I have them all over my house. I have tile hanging in my office.  I have a tiled mirror in my guest bath.

My favorite is Victorian tile.  But I have a bunch of tiles from Mexico that we bought when we were in the Southwest.
Hmm...I have a lot more tile than I thought.

But it's not practical to really collect it.  So why not have a virtual collection?  So Monday I started a Pinterest board for tile.  So far, I don't have many.  The one to the left is one I found online.  Can you imainge an entire wall of that tile?  It might be a bit much, but boy would it be pretty (and very busy). I guess that's why I like accent tiles in a sea of more mundane ones.  That makes them stick out more, and I think they'd be better appreciated.

Here are a few more I found.

 Isn't that gorgeous? (Is it apparent that I'm a fan of Art Nouveau?)

 A little late for Chinese New Year (and it's the year of the Horse), but stunning.

So, what do you think about decorative tile?


Aurian said...

It is very pretty Lorraine, and yes, if you have a boring all white bathroom, why not put some of those pretty tiles in. I have used some stickers so it looks like ancient Dutch tiles, but the real ones would be nice too.

Susan L. @ Full Happy Muffin and Mama said...

I like tile, decorative and otherwise. I have a few left over in the attic from when the house was being built (not really decorative tile), and have the plans (and pins from Pinterest) to make them into coasters, but I just haven't done it. I have even assigned them to people as gifts for the last two years and had to find/buy/make something else because I simply...haven't...done it. My fix is paint chips. I feel the need to get lost in the sea of paint chips. I don't really need to paint anything. I just need to see the different variants of the same shade.

Jeannie D. said...

I love the Craftsman style era of architecture. They used alot of the art deco tiles in decorating. Beautiful!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I didn't know how I felt about decorative tiles until I read this! Now I'm afraid to be hooked.
The dragon is especially wonderful - any day of the year!

Gotta try those coasters too.

Thanks for a fun post and great idea.

MJ (off to Pinterest)

Karen in Ohio said...

Love tile--there are so many gorgeous styles these days.

That red one reminds me of Rookwood, which is here in Cincinnati and has been revived from its former days of glory. Now you can buy all kinds of beautiful Art Deco/Craftsmen era tiles from them, and the Cincinnati Art Museum actually sells individual tiles as coasters. A lot of older homes in this area have Rookwood fireplaces that are works of art in their own right. In fact, the Cincinnati Art Museum has one room with some exquisitely beautiful fireplace/mantels, a fountain, and four wall panels depicting the seasons. If you ever get a chance to visit this area, this is a must-see.

Dru said...

They are pretty.

Anonymous said...

I saw that CBS Sunday morning episode on the tile. The tile work was unbelievable.
My bathtub/shower tile surround has a row of decorative tiles of roses.