When you find a kitchen floor you love, recreating it in your home can be a saga.
Back in March I received an email from Sandi and Charlie, a couple in Omaha who had fallen in love with the kitchen floor in our Bistro Tile Floor Kitchen [top]. They were planning to remodel the kitchen in their 1948 house and asked: “Do you happen to have any close up pictures, or any information about the tiles and border pattern. Any info would help us start down the right track?”
While I don’t often have all the details I can draw on my experience and training to identify most any look and find the right sources.
“I don’t have any more pictures, close ups or information but I know it’s an Art Deco hexagonal tile with insets and a border,” I replied. New York City, where I’ve lived for more than 25 years has acres of this tile style in buildings here – including my own bathrooms. The style is also associated with Parisian bistros of the same era. My only advice was to say that “a floor with that type of complexity flies or falls with the planning and installation. I’d want to be sure that whoever did it had done one like that, or something similar in the past. Here’s a link to a site that does that style — it should start you on the road.” And I provided a link to Restoration Tile, an Arkansas-based company that specializes in replicating Art Deco era (1920s-40s) materials.
Then I forgot about that kitchen floor because, usually, after someone gets the information they want it’s the last I ever hear from them. But 10 days ago, I received a really sweet thank you email from Sandi and Charlie along with these working photos of their floor – which captures the look of the original but adapts it to their space.
“We found a design we liked, a design that fit in our small space and we remodeled our kitchen just a few weeks ago,” they wrote. “We love the floor! The house kept its 1948 charm. The first photo is a small landing to the side kitchen door.”
“The 2nd photo is the kitchen floor. Thanks again for helping us!”
This kitchen floor, on the Restoration Tile website, is also similar to Sandi and Charlie’s and the original inspiration photo. One main difference is the border with a Greek key motif vs a plain border.
But it also shows what a difference a great source can make.
I’ve asked for photos of the whole finished kitchen and hope to get some to complete the story some day. But even if I don’t, I wanted to show how one of our photos helped turn a couple’s dream into reality for their own home.
(Source: petersenremodel, sandi and charlie, Restoration Tile)
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