What do a French kitchen, Mexican restaurant and Malibu home have in common? Hand painted tiles.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the heart of our home, but whenever I see an elaborate kitchen with hand painted tiles I find myself thinking “next house.” I’ve had this scanned copy of a European kitchen for the longest time. After I had decided on today’s post subject matter, I discovered Jane had already featured the kitchen. It belonged to none other than the artist Claude Monet himself. I then wondered if Monet had a hand in designing his Giverny kitchen. He did, according to giverny-impressions.com. (Isn’t the internet wonderful?!) The walls are covered with blue Norman tiles. I counted nine different patterns. Could I be that bold in real life, or is this the kind of kitchen I only dare to dream about creating.
A close-up of the tile shows a pot filler located behind the range. Primitive compared to modern day fillers. (The internet is not always so wonderful, as a five minute search yielded no results on the true origin of the now popular pot filler.)
According to a consultation I had in 1983, I am an autumn gal. It’s true, I am happiest when wearing fall colors, it is my favorite season and I am in L.O.V.E. with these autumn color tiles. They are hand glazed decorative art tiles from the Malibu Quick Ship collection at Catalina Classics. I will be setting up a tile fund account this afternoon. Donations are appreciated, but sadly not tax deductible.
One of Mr Shops favorite places to eat is Chuy’s. It’s a new to our area Mexican restaurant. The first time I went into the ladies room I snapped iPhone pictures of the tile walls and floors (since deleted to avoid the embarrassment that I would do such a thing but, now that I’m confessing, I wish I had saved them.) It’s too busy for my taste, but reminded me of my long coveted Adamson House kitchen photo with its ornate tiled floor, arched stove area and walls. It’s a reminder of “why stop with the walls” and JaneT’s feature post of the home’s Malibu Persian tile rug. Exquisite, so don’t miss.
These soft color ceramic hand painted Deco tiles would be beautiful in the traditionally blue and yellow American version of a French country kitchen. They are from the Mission series at Glass Tile Oasis.
The ceiling is ignored by many, but is known as the fifth wall in the design world. This elaborate tiled kitchen uses various tiles in each area of the coffered ceiling. I’m already half way there in my current kitchen with its cedar beams, but I don’t think this is the look for me.
Spanish design tiles from Art on Tiles are perfect for any of the five walls. If tiling the entire kitchen, range wall, floor or ceiling is too over the top (or out of budget), a little can go a long way.
Tiling only the backsplash area in part of the kitchen may be the answer. By selecting patterns in colors you have always gravitated towards, that little bit of self-expression will add a personal stamp to the heart of your home.
(Sources: galenfrysinger.com, manstouch.com, Catalina Classics, Adamson House, Glass Tile Oasis, Art on Tiles, House Beautiful)
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