Question: When I was in Portugal several years ago, I bought several tiles that made lovely pictures. Usually they were sets of six or eight tiles. Is there any place in California where similar tiles may be purchased?
Answer: I know the type of tiles of which you are referring and they were very popular in California in the 1930s. The ceramic manufacturers over on Catalina Island at that time produced several similar art tiles. The only current source I know is Art Tile Co., 8445 Colbath Ave., Panorama City, Calif. 91402. The telephone number is (818) 893-2064. The people who operate this firm worked for the Franciscan Tile Co. and are specializing in special designed art tiles such as family crests, logos, diplomas and specialty art.
Q: You recently wrote of Murphy-type beds and where they are available. Could you repeat this information?
A: Modular wall-bed systems are available from several manufacturers, including the original Murphy firm. In my opinion, Sico makes the greatest variety. Many of the units Sico makes are built-ins combined with other wall units such as a chest of drawers and bookshelf/storage units. A unit like this can enhance a smaller room by making everything self-contained, making the room look larger.