Tile Artistry - Cape Cod LIFE Publications

Tile Artistry

Architects, interior decorators, and homeowners are finding a world of tile treasures at Tree’s Place Tilery in Orleans.

Showcasing some of the finest art in New England and beyond, Tree’s Place, on Route 6A in Orleans, is firmly established as a renowned gallery featuring nationally celebrated artists. Its gallery walls gleam with an array of distinguished works by contemporary American artists, many of them local to Cape Cod.

Quietly emerging as a formidable interior design force of its own is the Tree’s Place Tilery, upstairs from the art gallery. The ceiling here is the limit—literally—when it comes to creating art with materials that are imported to the Orleans location from distributors and craftspeople around the world. Tile was added to the varied Tree’s Place gift and art offerings in the 1980s, as the previous owners traveled the world and brought back their treasures to sell and proliferate in discerning Cape Cod homes.

The Tilery’s cozy showroom is filled with an expansive display of tile in a rainbow of colors, designs, materials, and sizes that cover every square inch of display space. Nason Wastrom, the Tilery manager, envisions the space as a showcase of the best and newest tile products in the world. Tree’s Place’s central location at the fulcrum of the Cape ensures that Wastrom gets to work with all kinds of projects and budgets.

“There’s an awful lot to choose from in this day and age, which is great because every single project we work on is very, very different,” says Wastrom, a native Cape Codder, who notes the diversity of the Cape’s population has created a melting pot of trends and design preferences. “That’s part of being located in a place where everyone likes to spend their time. We have people who come from all over the country and they have diverse tastes. Whether they’re more contemporary or more traditional, we have products that cater to everyone.”

The Tilery has cultivated a selection of luxury materials like natural stone, porcelain, ceramic, and glass products featured in exclusive lines such as Pratt & Larson Tile, Artistic Tile, and New Ravenna. It also offers a full range of the most popular staples with high quality, solid value lines such as Dal-tile, Florida Tile, American Olean, and the Spanish and Italian porcelain ($3-$5 a square foot) ordinarily found in many homes.

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