Sunday, June 5, 2011

mediterranean matchy matchy

When I built this house in Bergamo - Italy, I knew that even if I don't live very close to the Mediterranean sea, what I wanted for my kitchen was some warm feeling of mediterranean style.

This is why I had to starve myself to be able to buy what for me is some of the most beautiful tiles on the market for my backsplash (and a little decor on the floor, not shown in the picture).
These tiles are produced in Vietri, a small town on the Amalfi coast in southern Italy, and they still make these using the same bright colors, and very traditional designs that were in use in the... Pompeii era. 
And last but surely not least for me, these tiles are hand painted from some very talented artisans  (they don't only make tiles, but anything ceramic for the home).

Here's is only an example of few patterns and styles:
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And here's my attempt of 'matchy matchy'
 a plain white soap dispenser with the same décor in my kitchen.

I used the Pebeo Porcelaine 150: these colors can be baked in the kitchen oven,
and for the fine black lines the porcelaine marker from the same company.

Note: I overcooked a little, (surprised! now you know why on my blog I ain't putting any recipes!! ah!!) therefore the colors came out a tad darker, but I like it in any case :)

On another note: 
now that I made a single small piece with this pattern, 
I kind of understand why these tiles are so darn expensive.

Because the soap dispenser is already a finished piece baked in the kiln, there's no way to trace a design... I had to draw directly with the porcelaine black marker the outlines, and scrub it off several times and start over.
Once I was overwhelmed in frustration and gave up happy enough with the result, I let it dry and then paint within the lines with the blue and yellow and bake it.

... and this is my kitchen. 
Too bad I can't cook. 
But even take out pizzas taste better if you eat them in a mediterranean surrounding ;) !! 

Thanks for stopping by, and if you can cook... you're invited :)

xox, d.

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