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Coming this fall: The Provence collection

Provence

Provence, a region of southeastern France on the Mediterranean Sea adjacent to Italy, is known for its wine, artists, and rich culture. Our Provence collection is rustic and welcoming, equally at home in a cheerful cottage or in an elegant chateaux. Combining soft earth tones and brighter accents, our Provence style captures the ambiance of Southern Europe, with its heart in the homes of the French and Italian countryside overlooking lush rolling vineyards, the blue waters of the Mediterranean, or the soaring peaks of the French Alps.

In the homes of the Mediterranean region, floors were historically made of natural materials—some wood, but mostly brick, stone and clay tile. Our other collections subsume several of these historic floor types—brick and repeating mosaic patterns.

Our Provence collection distinguishes itself with additional classic tile shapes –hexagons, rectangles, and squares– and the hand-stenciled motifs of Southern Europe, rubbed soft as though worn by hundreds of years of use.

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Provence Preview
To give you a peek at what we are working on right now, we’ve pictured two Provence collection tiles that came out of the kiln this Monday.

Corner Fleur de Lis: 6.5” square tile
This 6.5” square tile has a deep red clay body accented by corner fleur de lis designs in contrasting beige clay. The fleur de lis motif, a stylized lily or iris, dates far back in history, found in some form in nearly every ancient culture. In more modern history, the fleur de lis has become attached to European, and especially to French designs through its long-standing use on the heraldry of French monarchs. The Corner Fleur de Lis tile will be only one of our Provence tiles to bring this attractive and enduring design to your home.



French-Stenciled Hexagons

This tile design showcases our classic French hexagons, a tile style often found covering villa floors and rooftop terraces along the Mediterranean coast. Our hexagons will be available unadorned with attractive, natural variation achieved through kiln-flashing, and with stenciled designs, colored with clay slip, powders and oxides.

This hexagon design is the latter, decorated with a ‘snowflake’ motif and arranged in a pattern with other kiln-flashed hexagons. The wood ash, oxides, and other natural materials used in the design of these tiles give these handmade tiles a well-worn elegance, as though reclaimed from the floor of a French cottage.

See our plain mosaic hexagons in the Old World collection.

All of Provence tiles will be made to order—choose your stenciled patterns in white tones, black or darker red and personalize the design for your home.

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Watch for more Provence collection tile designs coming soon. Among the tiles in product development are some with floor designs created on 10.5” square tiles. Provence collection tiles will be available for sale starting this fall. Call to pre-order samples and to receive more information.

Soon, we will introduce our final new collection, the Castles and Abbeys collection, offering timeless interpretations of medieval tiles for your home.

Feature project: Harvest Moon Farm

This past weekend, Emily and Julie went to visit Harvest Moon Farm, the home of some of our customers. The beautiful horse farm is tucked back in the woods outside Coatesville, PA, and we were lucky enough to have fabulous weather to photograph indoors and out.

Harvest Moon Farm’s home, barn, and windmill:

Harvest moon homeHarvest moon backyardHarvest moon barnHarvest moon windmill

A few of their friendly horses.

Harvest moon horses-distanceHarvest moon horse-closeup

Brick Tile Installation

The Harvest Moon farm installation used Wright’s Ferry 4×8″ brick tiles in Marietta color mix, across their entryway, into a powder room, and throughout their kitchen.

Below, Julie, Inglenook Tile co-owner, and Walt, the homeowner, in the kitchen. Walt told us: “We love it, love it, love it! People who visit just can’t believe how much it has changed our home.”

We start looking in the front door at the brick tiles, their herringbone installation pattern stretching out into the kitchen area at the far end.

Looking in the front door

Here, a close up of the floor and a pair of riding boots.

Brick tiles and riding boots

A side view of the entryway, the front door, and a lovely wardrobe.

wardrobe and brick tile entryway

Part way down the hallway, our thin brick tiles make a foray into the powder room, where a horse rug complements the thin brick flooring. Also, looking back into the hallway from the powder room.

Powder room with brick tilesPowder room sink

The powder room door, made of reclaimed wood from the 1700’s, has a notch in it to allow the home’s Jack Russell terriers free access. The door molding and wainscoting are both from fences at Harvest moon farm, reclaimed for the house when they were replaced outdoors.

Dog door and brick tiles

Next, we walk into the kitchen, where Julie admires the thin brick tiles.

Julie looks at thin brick floor

Several views of the kitchen toward the island and its Inglenook brick floor:

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The kitchen table, overlooking the backyard, barn, and pastures and a closeup of our thin brick.

Harvest moon kitchen table

Inglenook brick tile kitchen floor

Finally, the transition from the kitchen’s brick tile flooring to the dining room’s wood floor.

Transition from thin brick to wood flooring

Thank you so much to Walt and Tandy for inviting us to visit your home. We’re so glad that you are pleased with your Inglenook Tiles!