Design Stories | Art-Enhancing Fireplace

When the Kellers purchased their traditional 1960s lakeside home in Genessee County, Michigan back in 2000, they knew they needed to do a lot of work to get the home to where they wanted it. The fireplace, for instance was near the kitchen in a very untraditional location, but they knew with harsh Michigan winters, they wanted to keep it.

Design Stories | Art Enhancing Fireplace 
Field tile in 2x4, 4x4, 6x6; border is 4x6 Elsworth Deep Crown; vertical side trim is 2x6 Oxford trim; and Karma the dog waiting for a cozy fire.

They found Motawi Tileworks at the Ann Arbor Art Fair and became instantly hooked.

The original fireplace was faced with large travertine tile with a blonde wood mantle, which was not their style at all. What they were looking for was a design that would work nicely with a large art piece that occupies the wall above their fireplace.

That’s when they turned to Motawi.

At the time, the Kellers had never heard of Motawi Tileworks. But then, they discovered the beautiful Motawi art tiles at a little shop. They then found Motawi Tileworks at the Ann Arbor Art Fair and became instantly hooked. Always fans of Pewabic Pottery in Detroit, the link between Motawi Tileworks and Pewabic drew them in. They went with Motawi tiles for their design because they were able to get a more modern look, which blended with their house very well.

Design Stories | Art Enhancing Fireplace 
View of fireplace from kitchen

Knowing that the Kellers wanted a simple design for the fireplace, Motawi Tileworks designer Colleen Crawley suggested they use the granite glaze. By using a glaze with such character, the simple design of the fireplace itself not only came to life, but complemented the design of the home and the artwork inside beautifully.

Design Stories | Art Enhancing Fireplace
Glaze is 5202 Granite

They felt it looked like it was always there

The actual installation process was quite enjoyable for the Kellers. They hired Motawi suggested installer Hershey Card to do the work, and they were thrilled with him. “We have done a TON of remodeling. Hershey was the most professional worker we had in our house” Lori Keller said. Colleen worked with Hershey to resolve key details allowing our hearth tile to remain flush with the surrounding wood floor. The raised firebox opening is surrounded on all sides by beautiful tile, framing the fireplace flames which are at the ideal height to keep this happy couple warm and cozy in their Michigan kitchen.

After the fireplace installation was complete, they felt like it looked like it was always there…it meshed with their décor so well, guests didn’t realize it was brand new and they are very happy with the way it turned out.

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