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Simplicity of life, even the barest, is not a misery,
but the very foundation of refinement. ~William Morris

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William De Morgan Peacock Border

St. Lucia, Queensland, Australia

William De Morgan peacock and carnations tile border in Queensland, Australia

Sparkling white kitchen in Queensland with De Morgan peacock accents.

See Peacock and Carnation border tiles variations and more installation photos.

William Morris Brother Rabbit Kitchen

Eugene, Oregon

William Morris Arts & Crafts kitchen featuring Brother Rabbit kitchen tiles in creamy white on brick installed in a kitchen in Eugene, Oregon

For this Brother Rabbit kitchen in Eugene, Oregon, the customer sent me a knob which I used to approximate the paint color. The birds, also part of the Brother Rabbit pattern, needed to replace four inch tiles between the countertop and the planter. But four-inch blanks were not (and still aren't) available. The pattern was modified to 4.25 wide by 4 inches tall, and the installer trimmed the last quarter inch with a tile saw, adding less than half an hour to the installation time. Brother Rabbit Tiles

Northern California Cottage: 'Forest' Border as Backsplash

Crescent City, California

William Morris 'Forest' border tiles used as a backsplash in Northern California Cottage

This is an creative use of William Morris 'The Forest' border tiles as the centerpiece of a white backsplash in a white kitchen. It fits well with the feeling of the house and its surroundings. Morris would approve.

'The Forest' Backsplash and Border Tiles

Medieval Bestiary: Dragon Kitchen

Washington, District of Columbia

Medieval Bestiary themed kitchen backsplash in Washington, DC, featuring bestiary dragons and tumbled marble subway tile

These enchanting dragons live in a kitchen in Washington, D.C. Dragons are found in every culture and the dragon tiles span more than 3000 years and hail from every continent except Antarctica. The original dragon set of 6 or 7 was conceived on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Several bespoke tiles were made for this installation and many more added since. Each dragon has a history and a backstory, and the dragons open up a learning tool to other cultures and their myths to the children who live there. That's a crowned basilisk in the far left corner. A basilisk is the king of serpents, hatched by a serpent from a cock's egg, and often shown as a cock with a snakes tail. See the basilisk: Bestiary Dragon Tiles. Also:

Ancient and World Dragons, including Kur, the World's oldest dragon

Post-Medieval Dragons from Star Maps, grimoires, folklore, and fairy tales

Pre-Raphaelite Kitchen: Burne-Jones Angels Half-Panels

Arlington, Virginia

Pre-Raphaelite kitchen in Arlington, VA, featuring seven Burne-Jones Days of Creation half-panel angels in undercabinet backsplash

The angel half-panels are a good example of brainstorming with the customer for this kitchen in Arlington, Virginia. My original offering was for full panels (there are six) or square tiles showing only the angel faces. The full panels were too tall for the undercabinet backsplash, so we divided the panels and moved the seventh day angel, who was at the bottom of the sixth day, to her own panel. Each panel is 8 inches by 12 inches on two 8x6 inch tiles. The Days of Creation have an interesting backstory: Burne-Jones Days of Creation Angels

Tiles from Textiles: Bird and Trellis Border

Seattle, Washington

William Morris Birth and Trellis broder in Seattle, WA, kitchen

Bird and Trellis is a bespoke tile made for an Arts & Crafts home in Seattle, Washington. The tiles have rose pink flowers and bright blue birds, in a blue and white kitchen. The blue of the birds bounces off the kitchen's blue walls. Morris's inspiration for bird and trellis was watching birds dart through the rose trellises that stood in the garden at Red House. I have Bird and Trellis in several colors. Bird and Trellis Border Tiles

William Morris Woodland Weeds Bungalow

Southern California

William Morris Woodland Weeds kitchen, Southern California

This is a very well thought out kitchen. They've judiciously placed a few six-inch Woodland Weeds tiles (custom ordered on a white background, instead of the usual cream) to work with the white tile and counters in the Southern California bungalow, while adding a spot of color. They work nicely with the Portmeirion Botanic Garden dinnerware, too.

William Morris Woodland Weeds

William De Morgan Art Nouveau Kitchen

New York, New York

William De Morgan blue and white tile border, New York kitchen

A selection of De Morgan's early Art Nouveau tiles installed as a blue and white border. Tiles from: De Morgan Birds and Beasts, De Morgan Early Art Nouveau, De Morgan Happy Dragons, and Fantastic Ducks

Complete De Morgan tile listing

William De Morgan tiles gallery

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Sleeping Beauty Sunny Kitchen

Sewickley, Pennsylvania

William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones Sleeping Beauty tiles.  Accent tiles in kitchen backsplash

Fairy-tales are the myths we live by. The nine William Morris / Edward Burne-Jones Sleeping Beauty fireplace panels were first installed in a bedroom fireplace overmantel at the home of Miles Foster at 'The Hill'. Paired with cool subway tiles, they bring smiles to this sunny kitchen.

Sleeping Beauty Fireplace Tiles

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