Archive for the ‘Living Rooms’ Category

  • Five Unconventional Uses for Tile in the Kitchen

    Date: 2013.05.29 | Category: Kitchens, Living Rooms, Tips and Advice | Response: 0

    If you’ve been reading this blog over the past several months, you’ll notice that we’ve always written about using tile in a conventional way — that is, as a building material for flooring, back splashs, and shower enclosures or as a decorative accent in mosaics, vaulted ceilings, and the like. However, the durability of tile also lends itself to some rather unconventional uses, especially around the kitchen.

    Pizza stone

    Tile, especially unglazed quarry tiles, are rated to extremely high temperatures and, depending on the specific variety, are non-porous and food-safe.

    Hearth baking stones If you enjoy baking pizza crusts and breads, slip a couple 18″ x 18″ unglazed quarry tiles into your oven. They’ll act as a heat sink and help yield the crisp, crackery crust that wood-oven pizzerias are known for producing. There’s no need to take them out when you’re not using them, either. Even if you’re not baking, they’ll retain heat incredibly well and regulate the temperature inside. Foods will cook more quickly and evenly.

    Bread warmers Smaller unglazed quarry tiles can be used as bread warmers. Preheat them gently in the oven and they’ll keep the bread warm and crisp at the dinner table. Choose tiles that don’t have sharp or rough edges so you don’t mar the finish on your kitchen table.

    Trivets Protect your kitchen and dining room table from just-out-of-the-oven serving dishes with a tile trivet. Food-safe isn’t really necessary here, so you can choose ceramic, slate, granite or other stoneware tiles that suit your decor and personal taste. Tip: glue felt pads using an industrial-strength epoxy to the back of the tiles so they don’t scratch.

    Cheese boards Marble and granite tiles make excellent cheese boards. They can be put into the refrigerator to chill slightly before arranging various cheeses and fruit for entertaining.

    Coasters Small square tiles can be used as distinctive and unique drink coasters. Choose a pattern and finish that works with your decor. As with the trivets, you may want to glue small felt pads on the back to prevent scratching.

    What are some of your favorite unconventional uses for tile in your home?

  • Tile: Not Just For Bathrooms & Kitchens

    Date: 2013.01.08 | Category: Ideas and Inspiration, Living Rooms | Response: 0

    Impervious to moisture, tile is the building material of choice for high-humidity environments like the bathroom or kitchen, but designers are beginning to embrace the versatility of tile’s color, texture and finish when decorating other rooms in the home.  By combining varied textures and color schemes, you can create visual interest and dramatic effect.  Accent tile mosaics can spice up a monochrome wall with a burst of color. Unglazed earthenware tile makes an excellent fireplace surrounds or entryway flooring, for example.

    If you’re stuck for inspiration or just want to check out some fantastic project ideas, here’s a few for you:

    Photo courtesy of Stagetecture

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  • The Look And Feel Of Wood With The Durability Of Tile

    Date: 2012.05.06 | Category: Bathrooms, Custom Tile, Ideas and Inspiration, Kitchens, Living Rooms | Response: 0

    Love the look of hardwood, but want the durability of ceramic tile? There’s a solution for you!

    Wood tile is a ceramic or porcelain tile that is made to look like a genuine hardwood floor. The tiles can also be textured to resemble the feel of natural hardwood floors in addition to the look of hardwood. Modern style wood tiles are available as well as tiles that give a traditional hardwood look. They can also come in an aged or distressed look for an old-fashioned, antique style. As with all tile installations, the choices for a hardwood look are vast. The tiles are created to simulate virtually every type of wood grain- chestnut, maple, mahogany, oak, etc.

    Here are just a few of the benefits of a ceramic, wood tile over natural hardwood flooring:

    • Ceramic tile that looks like wood is easy to clean & sanitize (perfect for kitchen or bathroom installations.)
    • No fear of water damage.
    • Say goodbye to felt pads under your furniture! Ceramic tile is resistant to scratches.
    • Extremely durable in high traffic areas.
    • Also resistant to fire, pest damage, moisture.

    Do not hesitate to contact Garretson Tile Company in Gettysburg, PA with any questions about a custom, wood tile installation!

    Source: via Venta on Pinterest

  • Friday Tile Design Inspiration

    Date: 2012.04.20 | Category: Bathrooms, Custom Tile, Ideas and Inspiration, Kitchens, Living Rooms | Response: 0

    We wanted to share these magnificent tile creations for your Friday! These ideas are from Pinterest. Pinterest is a great resource for  planning your tile projects and organizing your ideas. Have a great weekend, everyone. Get inspired!


    Incredible ceramic tile wall.

    Source: via Tan on Pinterest


    Modern tile floor is made cozy with the fireplace and rug.

    Source: via Kitt on Pinterest


    Gorgeous tile mosaic wall.

    Source: via Casey on Pinterest


    This backsplash gives a nice pop of color!

  • Cozy Up With a Tiled Fireplace

    Date: 2011.10.31 | Category: Custom Tile, Ideas and Inspiration, Living Rooms | Response: 0

    This past weekend Gettysburg experienced an unexpected pre-Halloween snow. Although it is early for this weather it made us think about this coming winter and a lot of time spent indoors. Use tile to create an interesting, unique space. That way, you won’t mind being snowed in this winter!

    Let it snow!

    A good way to incorporate tile into your living space is by using it to frame your fireplace. This sets a lovely focal point for the winter months and creates an inviting cozy atmosphere.

    Here are some examples of tiled fireplaces that we love:

    image courtesy Susan Jablon Mosaics

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    image courtesy Update Dallas

    image courtesy Update Dallas

    image courtesy Update Dallas


  • Happy Holidays!

    Date: 2010.12.23 | Category: Custom Tile, Kitchens, Living Rooms | Response: 0

    All of us at Garretson Tile Company would like to wish you a Happy Holiday Season!

    Here’s to beautiful homes and the families that occupy them! :)
    Since a lot of time is going to be spent in the kitchen this weekend, here is a great recipe for you to try on Christmas morning, courtesy of Accomac Inn in York, PA.

    Toffee-Banana Panini- Makes 4 servings

    You will need:

    11 tsp Sugar

    1 tsp ground cinnamon

    8 Brioche or Chala Bread Slices

    8 TBS Soft butter

    8 tsp Nutella

    Ripe bananas, halved lengthwise 4 each

    1/2 cup Toffee crushed

    8 tsp Sweetened Condensed Milk

    Powdered sugar

    8 oz. Chocolate sauce

    Combine cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl Spread one side of 4 bread slices with butter and sprinkle with the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Spread remaining four slices of bread with nutella spread. Top each with 4 banana pieces, then sprinkle with crushed toffee. Drizzle sweetened condensed milk over the bananas. Top with reserved bread slices, butter side up.

    Cook the sandwiches in a Panini press until crisp and caramelized.  Dust with powered sugar.