Design Stories | Skylight Fireplace

Linda Taylor and Robin Henke have been fans of Motawi Tileworks for many years, in fact most of the walls in their suburban Detroit home have Motawi polychrome art tiles on them. So naturally, when they decided to spruce up their fireplace, they knew it had to be Motawi. Linda said “it’s the top, the pinnacle, the Porsche of tile”.

4x4 field tile in 2019 Sepia; accent tiles in 2019 Sepia and 2021 Bottle Brown

You kind of have to just trust them and they came up with something we loved.

Linda and Robin worked with designers Colleen Crawley and Julie Baty to come up with the perfect design. Robin had fallen in love with the Frank Lloyd Wright Collection® 4x8 Skylight polychrome tile and originally wanted a random array of field tiles to surround this beautiful tile. She then decided she wanted the design to be more balanced and Colleen and Julie were happy to accommodate. “You kind of have to just trust them and they came up with something we loved.” The rich 2019 Sepia glaze of the field tiles were chosen because they exuded warmth; Motawi’s glossy 2021 Bottle Brown glaze adds shiny, yet subtle accents. Linda can often be found sitting on the hearth, running her hands over the smooth tiles because she just loves how they feel.

Frank Llyod Wright Collection® 4x8 Skylight

When the tiles arrived ready to be installed, Linda admits she was nervous, but the installer she hired was as professional as he was precise and everything fit in so nicely. 

The grout was perfectly mixed

She was worried about the grout too. In a recent kitchen tile project, the grout was accidentally over-mixed and it lost color. For the fireplace project, the grout was perfectly mixed and the color was true to what she ordered. Linda used a sanded grout in Charcoal Grey.

Skylight Fireplace

Both Linda and Robin are thrilled with their warm and inviting fireplace. “Our guests love it. We can’t believe how it has transformed the room. It’s a wow factor to everyone.”

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