Tuesday, February 18, 2014

I’m Smitten…Tabarka Tile


We (mostly Mr. H) spent the weekend painting over our glazed walls.  This is a huge job as they were done with an oil based glaze.  All of the walls have to be sanded, primed, and then painted.  I am still unsure about the paint color. I have this week to decide as final coat begins this weekend!  Did I mention how hard it is for me to choose a paint color for myself?!!! We have found a local artisan to do our concrete overlay countertops (one less job for Steve).  You can see my inspiration board here http://www.pinterest.com/chattersley/counters/.  I will do a post on her work soon!  At any rate, what I am sure of is my choice for the backsplash.  If you have an old world style home, I don’t think there is a better choice. .It has a timeless appeal inspired by the many cultures of the world  .Each Tabarka tile is made by hand,  hand-painted ,and no two tiles are exactly alike.

The pattern that I have chosen is called Mediterranean 5. I wanted a smidge of gray, off white and black.

Tabarka has a full spectrum of field colors to compliment their collection.  We will be using the off white accented by the Mediterranean 5.



YES! YES! YES! think big scale on open greatroom floor- look of white wash painted wood floor!! Love the pattern!  Tabarka Paris Metro 2

What I love about this collection is the character it gives the space. It has a very authentic look minus the garish colorways.

awsome replicas of old tiles for vintage inspired modern houses...my grandmother used to have similar ones in her kitchen...they look super good in bathrooms and hallways...

If you prefer more color there are numerous other choices.  However they all have a softer edge to them.

Every tile is custom so if you prefer a more distressed look they will accommodate your wishes. You can custom mix any colors on any design in any size.  How dangerous is that?




Pretty Tabarka Studio backsplash

Here Polanco 6 is used as a backsplash.

Vintage table as vanity - Tabarka tile

via tabarkastudio.com

tabarka tile - Google Search

via tabarkastudio.com

Lovely mix of patterns on this stairway.  If I were building my home again I would definitely do this!

fireplace with tabarka tile

via tabarkastudio.com



H. Ryan Studio -  Custom Built In Hall Bench w/ custom cushions, wallpaper & Lanterns, Tabarka Studio Tile

Designer Cathy Kincaid used Farrow & Ball's Old White paint on the walls has the same muted tone as Moroccan Cross and Star tiles by Ann Sacks. Curtains are Cowtan & Tout's Irina Sheer in Sky and Ivory. Indian inlaid cabinet from John Rosselli.

black geometric tile

via girlwithasurfboard.com

To see all of their  beautiful tiles check out their website here tabarkastudio.com.  You can also see closeups of many of their patterns here http://www.flickr.com/photos/tabarkastudio/sets/72157600545559030/.

To purchase Tabarka locally, The Tile Studio in Monterey carries the full line at 1100 Canyon Del Rey Blvd., 831-394-3022,  thetilestudio.com. Frank is extremely knowledgeable about the line and can ship anywhere as well.

What do you think of the Tabarka line?  Would you use it in your own  home?


  1. Yes! If I could find a place worthy of it that is! Your so right about it not being garish! Works of art in themselves

  2. I can't wait to see what you do, I love your taste!

  3. Hi Cindy,
    First of all, thank you so much for the kind comment on my blog! and gorgeous tiles here with so many beautiful applications. xo, Laurel

  4. These tiles are fabulous. If I had a staircase, I would definitely use that mix of designs.

  5. Cindy, I know you will make the right choices in paint ! This tile is so rough luxe....soft yet makes a statement....I love the worn edges, and distressed feel to it...I am still considering it for my stove back splash here in my kitchen, and Tabarka has the right feel....can't wait to see what you are doing!! N.xo

  6. Cindy, I love this tile—what a hard decision. I think they are all beautiful.

  7. I can see why you are smitten! Great old world look. I will check out their website, I am in the process of renovating an old roman end swimming pool and fountain in Florida and these would be perfect. Thank you for the introduction.

  8. I LOVE this line of tile. It would actually be perfect for redoing our fireplace - I'll have to look into seeing where I can find it locally. Thanks for letting us know about it!

  9. Oh the tiles - so, so gorgeous and statement making in any space. Love the first ones!! So impressed your husband is doing all that painting - a patient man!!

  10. I think I'm smitten too. I would live to update my kitchen, and as my house is also old works style, these have me really thinking. Thank you for the introduction!

  11. So beautifully artistic Cindy!
    The Arts by Karena

  12. Gorgeous! I'm all about sourcing vintage tiles especially for a modern space! Love the worn edges and how it speaks volumes without having to say much at all...a little goes a long way! Thanks for the intro, bookmarking them now!

    Have an awesome weekend!

    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture Blog

  13. Hi Cindy, I love these tiles. You are so lucky your husband can do those huge jobs. Can't wait to see your freshly painted walls.

  14. I LOVE your tile choice...and isn't the image of the stairs so cool?

  15. Absolutely! The most gorgeous tiles I've seen - they have the same patina as antique tiles. What a great find, they just need to come to a South Africa please. X Sharon

  16. Gorgeous! Thanks for telling me about this tile line. It may be my new favorite! xo Nancy

  17. I love these designs, they'd make you feel like you're in the Mediterranean or something!


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