Providence color mix

A Love Story

Pete and Lisa
Our homes are such personal expressions of ourselves, and each home has a story, packed with the dramas of our lives. Three years ago, Pete Leese and Lisa Harrington visited my home office. Pete had suffered a debilitating auto-immune illness, and was unable to walk. Pete and Lisa explained that he would one day regain the use of his legs, but that it was a long recovery process. This did not deter them from moving ahead with their home building and wedding plans.
This is the Pete’s and Lisa’s story, told in Lisa’s own words:
“Greetings from State College!  These pictures are way too long in coming to you and as I look over the hundred plus pictures of various aspects of brick installation I realize that we live life as a work in progress so finding “finished” pictures was nearly impossible.  When Pete and I visited you in 2014 at your home he was still in a wheelchair.  He is now walking with crutches (and during brave moments without them).  He and I installed the front room floor and both bathroom floors on our own. “
 “I laid tile and he helped me grout. We hired masons to do the fireplace as working on scaffolding 18 feet off the ground is not my kind of job. We learned a great deal as we worked including how to use an angle grinder to cut the tiles…beautifully!”
Installing thin brick tile
“We found time to get married and our two special tiles – 2014 and a double wedding ring – are worked into different floor sections.”
“We added a mosaic tile from the Moravian Tileworks in Doylestown, PA where Pete is from.”
Brick tile fireplace with shamrocks
“We then had what we found to be a “happy accident” because we had significantly over ordered tile.  We did all the measuring so I’m not surprised.  We planned to finish the basement and the chimney extends to the foundation in the center of the house.”Thin brick clad fireplace
“We had enough tile for 3 sides of the fireplace and the hearth for the wood stove. “
Wood stove with brick tile veneer
“The fourth side we covered in an awful imitation brick that a friend had in his shop from a very old job.  This side was painted and received a decorative painting by my talented daughter and fitting for our country setting.”
“And believe it or not that’s the short version of our story. We continue to work on the house and start new projects before finishing old ones. If you ever travel this direction please give us a call. We would love to see you and show our tile off in person. (I love that most people don’t believe it’s tile and not full brick! And even more that we did much of the work ourselves.)
Thank you for all of your help and patience!
Lisa Harrington and Pete Liese
P.S. Yours is the only banana bread recipe I use anymore! Thank you!”
Here is my recipe card for banana bread that I shared with Lisa. It is super easy. Just mix the wet ingredients, add the dry ingredients, and pour in a greased loaf pan. It might take more than an hour to bake at the low temperature — it should not be wiggly on top, but not real hard, either. It is very moist, with all those extra-ripe bananas in it. Turn out on a rack, and cool. It is the best!
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Introducing Color Mixes!

In our past 5 years of business, we’ve noticed that customers order similar color combinations for our brick tiles. We’d ask: “Do you want wood ash? How about some black or fire-scorched tiles? Any white? Or do you want them more plain? Are you interested in more red or more brown tones?”

The number of choices seems daunting, yet time after time, our customers settled on the same handful of color combinations. In order to simplify the selection process, then, we’ve organized these common choices into “Color mixes.” All color mixes are available on all styles of our brick tiles. Indeed, in the color mix photographs below, 4×8″ Wright’s Ferry, 4×8″ Traditional Antique, 4×8″ King Street, 7×3.5″ Summer Kitchen, 7.5×3.75″ Rutherford, 2×8″ Lancaster Running bond, and 2×4″ Flemish bond brick tiles are all pictured (see brick tile types in parentheses).

Each color mix is described below, named for a town in central PA. Click on photos to enlarge.

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Visit our website: www.inglenooktile.com or call 717.442.0514 to request them.

Marietta: Marietta color mix embodies the classic color combinations of Inglenook brick tiles. Wood ash and blackened tiles complement our standard brick red colors to achieve the ancient appearance of antique brick. (Wright’s Ferry)

Old Strasburg:Named for the salmon tones of the brick homes in historic Strasburg, PA, the Old Strasburg color mix stays in the warm red tones of our standard brick tiles. (Lancaster Running Bond)
Old Strasburg color mix
Elizabethtown: Elizabethtown color mix combines equal amounts of the standard brick red tone with the blackened look of our “fire-scorched” tiles. (Traditional Antique)

Honeybrook:Honeybrook combines the best of our brown, earthy tones. Brick tiles from gas kiln reduction firings are added to browned-standard bricks and sprinkled liberally with wood ash to achieve this antique look. (Summer Kitchen)

Honeybrook Color mix

Providence: From the belly of our new gas kiln, Providence is the newest color mix for our brick tiles. With natural hues created by a reduction firing, the Providence is a rich spectrum of browns and earthy reds, burnt deeper along the bricks’ edges as though exposed to open flame. Luminous white tones on several tiles in each box complete this historic look. (King Street)
Providence color mix

Mount Gretna: Mount Gretna color mix contains the palettes of Providence color mix, but without the white tones for a deeper spectrum of earthy brick colors. (Rutherford)

Mount Gretna color mix

Savannah: Savannah, as the only color mix named for a town outside central Pennsylvania, honors the stately brick homes and riverfront buildings of Savannah, GA. Savannah celebrates the chipping white paint adorning many of these tiles as well as those found in other areas of the South. Savannah is typically mixed with our standard brick red tones. (Lancaster Running Bond and Flemish Bond)

Savannah color  mix

Clinker: The Clinker color mix originated for our 2×4” Flemish bond brick tile. Clinkers were used in brick buildings in the 18th and 19th century in the classic Flemish bond pattern. Originating from Dutch klinckaerd, the word literally means “something that clinks” (referring to the sound produced when one was struck). The brick firing process burned the ends of bricks closest to the heat creating very hard, darkened clinkers with a slight sheen caused by melting sand. Our Clinker Flemish Bond brick paver designs capture this burned effect for historic flemish bond patterns and other decorative brick veneer installations. They are typically mixed in with other Inglenook tile color mixes. (Lancaster Running Bond and Flemish Bond)

Clinker color mix

New Brick Tiles for Spring!

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King Street: This tile, designed for the elegant King Street Hotel in Alexandria, VA, gives our classic 4×8” brick size a distinguished antique look. Straight-sided and smooth underfoot, this tile design is the perfect option for kitchens, powder rooms…or hotel lobbies. Shown in “Providence” color mix.

King Street brick tiles

Summer Kitchen: This 3½x7” beauty is slightly smaller than our rustic Wright’s Ferry and Traditional Antique styles. Straight-sided and smooth underfoot, this tile design also works well for kitchens and powder rooms. Shown in “Elizabethtown” color mix with extra wood ash

Summer Kitchen Brick tiles

Rutherford: The second of our new, more diminutive styles, Rutherford has a slimmer profile with a smoothed surface (dimensions: 3¾x7½). Designed to create a perfect basket-weave pattern when installed, this tile is appropriate for other installation patterns as well (What installation pattern do you like best? See “Installation Possibilities” on our website for some inspiration). The Rutherford board pictured is in the “Mount Gretna” color mix.

Rutherford board

Finally, for comparison, the new tile designs pictured together (from left to right, King Street, Rutherford, and Summer Kitchen). All of these styles are available in any of our color mixes.

New Tile size comparison

Visit our website: www.inglenooktile.com or call 717.442.0514 for more information.