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I can't find that color tile! Help!

Here's an email I just received:

"Hi, I need help sourcing the tile found in the green and blue Scandinavian kitchen from your blog post of Feb 3.

I can't seem to find the green glass tile anywhere on the web or showrooms. Wondering what your rate would be if you are available for this little job.

Thanks for any consideration, K" 

Kathleen, you don't need to pay me to do this for you. Here's what you do. And, I know this because I've done it myself. The prices have been reasonable and the result has been great. And, it just sort of feels good to do it! Take a look at the link below, which is a google search under "handmade tile" and what you will find is a vast array of artisans and very small companies, look at those. Make inquiries. Show them the image. Now, understand that the image will show up differently on their monitors than on yours. That's #1. So having samples made up is a must. 

That said, enjoy the search, ask questions as to tile maintenance, thickness, strength, lead times, what ifs, and so on. I know you will find a wonderful artisan who will help this look come to life for you. And, after you do and the tile is in, would you email me a picture?

Handmade Tile Google Search

You can also do a search under hand made in two words or artisan tile or other such terms. 

One more idea...if you can make some water color shades of the colors you like, that could help. And, I could be wrong (I've been wrong once before) but I don't think those tiles are glass. 

All the best!

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Reader Comments (9)

oooh, ok. thanks!

April 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen

You're welcome. It is not something most people would think of, so I thought it perfect for a post.

May 1, 2009 | Registered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

This picture is posted on http://sttropezboutique.blogspot.com/ under a section that discusses Moroccan tiles for use in kitchens. They give links to websites where these tiles are available for purchase.

May 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

fairly certain this tile project involved Agnes Emery - in any case her zellige tiles would be perfect, if you can afford them (it's NOT glass):

also an inspirational website to wander through if you liked that kitchen no matter what. good luck!

May 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjulia

Thank you so much for the leads on this type. So fantastic that you thought to note it here.

The only disclaimer I would add, again, is that between adding special lighting for photography then transferred to printed materials, then transferring to a web monitor, the images being tweaked at each stage prior to its finished web image, the real colors could vary quite a bit from what is on YOUR monitor, Kathleen. So, get samples if you can, but do not be surprised if the colors are off from your monitor, in which case, you may want to get it made up by an artisan to your own color specifications and at least send the tile samples to the artisan to look at it for its textural characteristics. Of course, there is only ONE original. Anything else will be different, but may work better for your purposes.

May 3, 2009 | Registered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

thanks so much for the info everybody. awesome!

May 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen

Julia, you were absolutely right. The website you give has a photo of the exact kitchen:


May 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen

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May 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

I am very glad to see these lovely and beautiful detail. I like these detail.

June 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

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