Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Free Design Seminars this Saturday Oct 23rd

Saturdays at Pratt & Larson Tile

Join us October 23rd
for a series of seminars and presentations by design industry professionals.
Come for one or stay for them all. No registration required and it's FREE!
 Visit the websites below for examples of the beautiful projects these designers have worked on.
Then come hear them speak and see how you can incorporate their ideas into your home.
We look forward to seeing you!

Bathroom Design @10:30am
Kathryn McDougall Radin from Artisan Renovations 

Kitchen Design @ 11:45am
Heidi Lawrence, CKD of Heidi Lawrence Designs

Interiors @ 1pm

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Louisiana Gulf Response Fundraiser

Thanks to your help we've raised $5775 so far to aid volunteers working on the clean up effort in the Louisiana Gulf.
But we're not done yet! Clean up work is still underway in the gulf.

You can show your support for these volunteers by visiting our website to purchase our Brown Pelican Tile. This commemorative handmade, hand painted 6x9 tile is still available for $50 each. Seventy percent of the proceeds from each sale goes to the Louisiana Gulf Response Organization. The Louisiana Gulf Response Organization is a partnership between four non-profit environmental and wildlife organizations working together to protect and restore coastal Louisiana. All of the money we donate will be divided between these partners to fund their combined efforts. The four organizations are: The National Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program and the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana. All of these sites have great articles and pictures about the progress made in the clean up effort.
Visit http://www.prattandlarson.com/ to purchase a tile and help make a difference today.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Pratt & Larson Outlet Store

We're having a sale at the Outlet Store! There are some great deals on porcelain and stone tile but the best deal at the Outlet are the handmade tiles.

The tile at the Outlet Store comes from a number of different sources. Most of the tile are seconds from the Pratt & Larson factory. Pratt & Larson manufactures tile right here in Portland, Oregon. (Ask us for a tour sometime!) We make tile for showrooms all across the country and sometimes we make too much of a particular color or a glaze doesn't turn out quite as we intended. Rather than throwing this material away or trying to save it up for another order we send it to the outlet store. When we experiment with new colors or shapes lots of tests and trials are created. They might not have been the test result we were looking for but it might be just the piece you need for your mosaic. 
Field Tile is organized by color
Unusual trim pieces

There are sinks too!

We're a creative bunch here and being surrounded with all these great materials inspires some of us to try our hand at making tile. Some of these beautiful creations find their way to the Outlet Store too.

P&L employee creations

Local vendors sometimes bring us their seconds to sell too. We might have some beautiful murals from Tempest Tileworks or colorful recycled glass tile from Stardust Glass. When any of our vendors discontinues a line all the samples are sent to the Outlet so you never know what you might find.  

Recycled glass tile from Stardust Glass

Hand painted tile from Paty Maly
Pebble Table Top Display from Island Stone
There are lots of reasons to shop at the outlet. Maybe you're working on a big project and have a small budget. Tile at the outlet starts at only $1 a pound. Maybe you have a tight deadline and are looking for a few special pieces you can take home today instead of waiting the usual 4 to 6 weeks. Lots of people use the tile at the outlet for mosaic projects like a garden wall or stepping stones.  New tile arrives at the outlet store every day. If you have a big project to work on you might consider coming back a few times to collect enough material for your job. Our Outlet Store staff are great at designing with the materials on hand and happy to help with ideas for your projects. Come see us soon!
Design idea of the day

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Fall Sale at the Outlet Store

We're having a sale!
Come see the great selection of Marble, Stone and Porcelain tiles in stock and 40 to 50% off retail prices. Sale starts October 8th.