I finally managed to have the kids and I healthy enough to get out if the house and go shopping all together. We stopped in at Ann Sacks to see what craftsman-esque options they had available as we want to tile over our damaged brick fireplace surround in our livingroom. I have investigated enough into what the original glazed brick and tile look like underneath coats of paint to determine that our best bet is to tile over it with something that contributes to the vintage feel without being too arts and crafts. It looks like their own line offers a broad range of colors and shapes which could be used to cover the varied surfaces that exist.
While there, I noticed tile that looked familiar and it was confirmed that they do carry Tabarka Studios tile. We did stop by Ann Sacks while shopping for our backsplash tile but the sales associate kept pushing some modern tiles on us. Even at my visit this week they were trying to take a cue from what I was wearing instead of what I was describing I wanted to do -- really odd. I was pretty clear that I wanted something that fits in with the vintage of the house, somewhat arts and crafts without being too (to use a Scottish word) twee with acorns and natural motifs. With our furnishings we add more of our individual style, with hard finishes we tend towards a more classic style with a subtle twist. Who knows what they are thinking, at least my partner and I know what we like. I've got the new Ann Sacks collection booklet showing all the colors and shape now so I can start measuring and designing.