My Big Learning Curve About Historic Tile. Part 2.


In Part 1 of my Big Learning Curve, I discovered that it might actually be possible to fully restore the 1894 bathroom floor of the Cross House.



The 1894 floor.


I just got off the phone with Bryan at Olde English Tiles in Arkansas, and with incredible news. The company can match my existing tiles! Zounds! So, I really CAN fully restore the porcelain tile floors in the house. This includes three vestibules, and two bathrooms.

In my wildest dreams I would not have thought it possible that such tiles were still being made in 2015.


Step One is to send Bryan one of each tile I need replicated. Then he can forward a quote. I assume this will be way higher than if I just went to Home Depot for tiles! But, what a miracle it will be to have all the porcelain tile floors back as they were in 1894!

Bryan is my newest favorite person on Earth.


  1. Marjorie Davis on February 18, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Ross, My cup runneth over.

  2. KellyD on February 18, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Great news! it will be beautiful! You won’t need reading material in the bathroom again, just sit and stare at the gorgeous bathroom floor.

    • Ross on February 18, 2015 at 2:24 pm

      So true!!!!!!

  3. Denali Dragonfly "Grace" on February 19, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    So exciting! I love your tenacity.

  4. Dorothee on March 12, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    Your floor tiles are so beautiful. I’m really happy for you that you’ll recreate the original floor, which is so appealing with that border all the way around. I’m ashamed of modern interiors that claim a single floor color makes a room ‘look bigger’. That is BS. It’s just CHEAPER not to lay a beautiful pattern like you have. Same with ‘open floor plans’. CHEAP! Give me walls to hang art and provide privacy & noise block. Designers, stop lying to us! Cross House is proof that the new fashion is sucking the life out of us.

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