Posts Tagged ‘Gettysburg PA’

  • 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

  • Italian Flooring

    Date: 2011.04.20 | Category: Custom Tile, Ideas and Inspiration | Response: 0

    We recently received this question on our blog:
    Hi! i need to ask something about the Italian style flooring. is there any typical Italian rustic flooring like using a borders, terracotta, ceramic or else?

    In order to adequately answer the question, we thought we would turn it into a blog post!

    There really isn’t a particular style of Italian flooring.  The Italian tile manufacturers are some of the most innovative in the world and are constantly introducing new styles.  Many of the latest trends that we see here in the United States are old news to the Italian tile consumer. The Italian tile consumer also tends to be a little more daring in their design choices with ceramic tile and natural stone.  This is apparent in their wide use of interesting colors, designs and patterns that are often avoided by the American Consumer, who is oftentimes more concerned about resale value than personal taste.

    In any case, perhaps you are thinking more along the lines of the iconic Mediterranean “look” that often features white-washed stucco walls with clay tile roofs and terracotta colored flooring.
    This is Saltillo Tile which is a handmade clay tile that is very commonly used in Mediterranean style homes.

    There are a number of decorative tiles included with this series, but many manufacturers have hundreds of painted decorative saltillo tiles as in the photo below:

    decorative saltillo tiles

    Here is another from daltile that may not have an inherently “Italian” or Mediterranean look, but as you can see in the room scene, it can be given such a twist with a few accent pieces.

    A Crossville product called Tuscan Clay (shown below) also has a distinctly Mediterranean Look.

    In any case, if you stop by our showroom with a few pictures of room scenes that have the look you are hoping to replicate, I am confident that we can help you find the right tiles to complete your project.

  • Welcome, Spring!

    Date: 2011.03.28 | Category: Bathrooms, Ideas and Inspiration | Response: 0

    The official start of spring has finally arrived despite the chilly temperatures in Gettysburg, PA. The coming of spring means it’s time for some spring cleaning and giving your home the face-lift it needs after the cold winter months.

    We recently wrote a post on glass tile. One room where this type of tile is particularly conducive: the bathroom!

    image courtesy of

    Since glass tile is so versatile it can literally work ANYWHERE in a bathroom- walls, vanity tops, back splashes, and floors! Also, many times glass tile is made from recycled glass bottles and jars making it an eco-friendly option for your home.

    image courtesy of

    Another great feature about glass tile is that it’s resistant to moisture and temperature changes. (Perfect for inside the shower and bathtub area.) Glass tile is also extremely easy to keep clean with a mop and some simple glass window cleaner!

  • 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.

  • Create a Relaxing Spa Atmosphere in your Bathroom

    Date: 2010.09.30 | Category: Bathrooms, Ideas and Inspiration, Tips and Advice | Response: 0

    Today is a gray, rainy day in Gettysburg, PA. A great day to talk about creating a spa atmosphere in the bathroom. If you’re out in this rain, you more than likely just want to curl up at home and relax! There are many ways to transform your bathroom into an oasis for relaxation and rejuvenation!

    Look at that beautiful tile! image courtesy of

    1. De-clutter. Nothing inhibits a relaxing atmosphere more than clutter! You want this space to be simple and clean, not busy and overbearing. Take the time to get rid of items you no longer need, organize the items you do, and start with a clean slate.

    2. Choose muted, soft colors. As in the photo above, they chose tile with a very soft, earthy color. Soothing colors will work best for creating your spa bathroom. Look for blues, greens, beiges, tans, and white.

    3. The right lighting: Natural light is always best, so take advantage of your windows. If that is not an option opt for soft lighting fixtures or vanity lamps -nothing too bright or harsh. You may even want to invest in a dimmer switch.

    4. Spa tubs: If you really want to create a spa experience, look at investing in a spa tub or jacuzzi.This is an upgrade that will add worth to your home and allow you to enjoy immensely! Jacuzzi tubs come in so many sizes, styles and prices to fit what is best for you.

    image courtesy of

    Garretson Tile Company

    5. Add accessories. Strategically placed candles set a relaxing ambiance very quickly. You may want to look for bamboo and other “earthy accessories” to give the room interest, yet remain serene and light. An idea might be to get glass hurricane vases and fill with pebbles and seashells.

    6. Use all of your senses. Now that you have the look of your bathroom, be conscious about the aromas and your comfort! Lavender and chamomile are lovely scents that promote relaxation. Also, look for soft, terry towels or robes. All of your senses add to the spa experience!

    image courtesy of