"It's no longer hip to be square!"
about the artist
Decorative ceramic tiles, custom hand made shaped tiles for unlimited possibilities are created here in beautiful New Tazewell, Tennessee at the Tiles with Style studio.
Founder—Diane H. Holycross, Master Tile Artist of Tiles with Style, New Tazewell, Tennessee — Established in 1999
Diane H Holycross 2017
Welcome to my tile studio!
I like to break the "about us" into three sections; about me; "the spirit" part and me, "the soul" aspect of me, and "the physical" part of me; the vessel. They are three entirely different things.
This is the MOST important aspect of "Diane." I work exclusively for our Father/Mother God. His/her beauty abounds and is a major inspiration to me. He/she is everywhere, including in me. His loving gratitude is unsurpassed; as is mine for Him.
Father isn't my only guiding light, so to speak. I have the gift of inter-dimensional travel and being a psychic medium. Sounds crazy, does it not? Yes, I'm sorry to inform you that we are "spirit" having a "physical" experience.
I am SPIRIT! If we can remember this, we will all find our divine purpose. We will be on our path that Father and you decided upon prior to incarnating into the vessel; the body. Once you get on the flowing river of love and "living from spirit," not the "body," all is possible. Father's gifts are in full abundance.
1 Corinthians 12:8-10
I have to say, that I AM blessed to have all these gifts.
Your soul is basically your personality. Each artist has their own unique look and feel to their work. Their personality generally comes out in their creativity. I think most of you will agree that my artistic style is peaceful and tranquil. That is because I'm a loving person. I'm a caregiver, I adore animals, love nature, gardening, and all things where "The Father" resides.
I'm 57, 5'11" with lovely blue eyes. I work 7 days a week in my studio. I was a full-time caregiver and artist for 10 years. First, my husband Roger, then my Mom, and finally my Dad. After my Dad's crossing over in November 2015, I moved to beautiful Tennessee. We need to take care of those we love, because only love is real.
My houseboat on Norris Lake
My significant other; Chris, joined me in the fall of 2016 in Tennessee. I like to think that we have the perfect relationship. We are both very independent and secure in our relationship. This allows us both the time we need apart; without hurt feelings. Chris enjoys spending most of his time at the farm; Divine Acres, where the studio is located. I really enjoy my evenings on my 76'x16', wide-body houseboat on the Clinch River/Lake Norris. There is nothing like living on the water in your very own giant swimming pool!
Chair hammock hanging off the salon deck jet-ski lift.
If everyone would look at life, like I'm about to explain, I believe they would treat each other with more respect. YOU are spirit, wearing an "organic body suit." This is what my spirit guide/guardian angel calls it.
We are here on Earth for a "physical" experience. Our body suit is no different than how a deep sea diver wears a diving suit to breathe, or an astronaut wears a space suit to survive in space; it's merely organic in nature and created by YOU prior to incarnation. Please be kind to your body suit and it will love you for it, and last for many, many years to come.
tiles with style history
So, how did I begin my unique tile creations? I originally started making my uniquely shaped, mosaic ceramic tiles in 1999 when I was 40 and forced into it by fate. Like many of you, I just couldn't find a color, or kind of ceramic tile that I wanted.
Back in 1999, no manufacturer carried cobalt blue ceramic tiles, except for one pool tile company, and I couldn't find one purple tile, or any leaf tiles that weren't out of my price range. I didn't have an endless budget, but I also didn't want to settle for just anything in our new home.
"I like to keep my tiles affordably and competitively priced. I'm not intending on getting rich, I make a very modest living. Many artists make the mistake of over-pricing their work for the average consumer."
I couldn't imagine my husband Roger's and my dream house in Wyoming, that we saved for for 20 years, with standard boring square tiles.
Because Wyoming isn't exactly conducive to gardening, I also wanted to bring a little bit of my extensive Texas gardens with me. So, I purchased a 50 lb. box of clay from a local ceramic store, set up a drop leaf table in our living room, yes living room, and started making leaf tiles for our sunroom from leaves in my gardens.
When those tiles were complete, I moved on to our bathroom and made round ceramic tiles, and then kitchen tiles with herbs pressed into square tiles.
My friends in the telecom industry, where I worked at the time, were awed by my tiles. They kept telling me I should start a website. I said, "Really, I thought most people just used that for email and games. Plus, who would want my weird shaped ceramic tiles anyway?" Back then, the Web was just getting started.
The old Tiles with Style Art Studio in Ransomville, NY.
When my husband Roger was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 2006, we, and my decorative, handmade ceramic tile studio, moved "back home" to Western New York State, for my husband's cancer treatments at Roswell Park in Buffalo, NY. The original building (the center and back shed) was my Dad's old metal workshop, a gem in disguise. It was a treasure trove of scrap metals to Dad, but dirty, and in need of a major cleaning, and an massive update.
Originally, I had the left center section of the building. This was mainly because it was insulated. It was an entire 420 SF...a downgrade from my Wyoming studio...that left Dad with the remainder.
"If you're going to have art, it might as well be functional. At least that is what my very practical mind says."
As the years went on and Dad got older, his workshop magically got smaller and smaller, until it was all mine, mine, mine. Now don't think, "boy, that was mean, kicking her old Dad out of his workshop." Dad got moved into a much more organized, cleaner workshop in the garage near the house...a better/safer thing, he's in his 80's and can barely walk with a rolling walker.
I did done major insulating, added windows, electrical, repairs, and two additions to the studio. Now the indoor square footage is about 1200 SF and the outside, front and back, open-air, space is approximately 650 SF. I'm happier and Dad is happier because I stayed "home" to care for him.
In November of 2015, Dad crossed over into the light-realms and I felt the pull to move to New Tazewell, Tennessee.
Many people have asked me why I chose this area of the country. Actually, my Higher Christ self led me there; out of body. Yes, I visited this property in "spirit" prior to purchasing it. You see, as I mentioned earlier, we are wearing "organic body suits" for our Earthly adventures in order to experience the things that cannot be experienced, as spirit, in the light.
So what happened do you ask? Well, one night, during dreamtime, and prior to my Dad's passing, I was aware that I was traversing the Astral Plane. I found myself standing outside the structure shown below, thinking, "Gee, this would make great studio!" Then I returned to my body.
Original Tennessee studio (left) prior to renovations
Old workshop and mobile home prior to renovations
I went upon with my daily life, not thinking much about it, as I travel the Astral Plane and inter-dimensional realms often. Shortly after Dad passed, I decided to move to Tennessee to live on a houseboat; it is part of my divine purpose. Because houseboat living isn't suitable for a studio, I needed a property specifically for my needs; my art and animal friends.
I started and online search for property with a Real Estate agent. I found a nice piece of property, however it was in a development and the people there didn't like my plans for my horses and studio.
I turned to a CraigsList search, which was quite short, as the very first property that I found was a small mini-farm meeting all my needs. I called the owners, but they said that they had someone interested in the property and they were awaiting financial assistance. I was a bit bummed, because it looked to have everything that I required; close proximity to "scoot" on my scooter to and from a workshop, mobile home, and a barn with acreage.
To make a long story short, I called at the end of the week and that deal fell through, so I put in an offer, and it was accepted.
When I purchased the property, I didn't recall that it was the same property that I visited prior on the Astral Plane, until I saw a photo on Zillow.com. It was taken with the EXACT angle to which I stood in spirit. This doesn't surprise me at all, because their is nothing that spirit likes better than synchronicity and validation.
The angels tell me that I'm following my divine purpose, "like a well-written novel." I'm happy to say that my "unique relationship with Lord Father" is being heard, and more importantly followed. Today, the Tiles with Style studio and showroom have undergone a miraculous transformation into a thing of beauty.
After about 8 months of restoration, the Tiles with Style Studio and Showroom are complete.
January 2017 Art Studio (front)
I like to refer to my studio as "The Hobbit." It's truly the perfect studio; cool in the hot Tennessee summers, and toasty warm in the mild winter months. The size is even perfect, about 1,200 SF.
May 2017 Art Studio (back)
As for the mobile home. I always wanted to renovate a mobile home. I should have been more specific when asking the universe however; it was a total gut-job. So when you are "ASKing, SEEKing, and KNOCKing," be specific!
This year the gardens are going in all around the complex; fruit trees, a small grape vineyard, berries, vegetables, and herbs are being planted in honor of our beautiful NEW, Mother Earth; Gaia. She and Lord Father are my sole-, or should I say soul-purpose of inspiration.
We get a lot of "rubber-neckers" checking out our little place. It was truly an amazing renovation.
This year we began our tobacco / hay barn restoration project. It was just about ready to fall down. You can see the full, AMAZING tobacco barn renovation by clicking this link: Tobacco Barn Reno.
Large, spiral perennial garden is now being planted in an old pond.
I'm truly blessed to have had this opportunity to bring life back to this old farm.
"Don't settle for a neutral grout color. If you can't find a color grout you want...visit www.directcolors.com for grout/cement dye."
The inside of the showroom is pretty amazing. The woodwork is all hand-crafted from Wild Cherry and Black Walnut. The ceiling is knotty pine, the floor is bamboo. Tiles are in every room; mostly walls.
We are not open to the public, but you can schedule an appointment if you are in the Knoxville, TN area.
If you enjoyed this renovation, check out our old tobacco barn remodeling / renovation; it's truly amazing!
"An important thing to remember...grout isn't something that keeps the dirt from falling between the cracks of the tiles, it is a part of being a "painter of ceramic tiles...it unifies the design."
things to consider
I like to integrate different things into my handmade, ceramic tile mosaics, such as ant hill gravel, pebbles, glass gems, etc. I feel that the grout is a key element in my designs. You can emphasize or de-emphasize the different shaped tiles by changing the grout color. Don't feel you have to use the same color grout throughout your entire mosaic designs.
The ceramic tile lily / koi pond shown below uses two color grout colors: tan and blue. Tan grout could have been used throughout, but it would strongly emphasize every tile in the mosaic tile floor. The blue grout helps unify the water, fading the round tiles, and emphasizing other key elements of the lily pond; the koi tiles, leaf tiles, lily pad tiles, and other tile elements.
"There is so much beauty in nature. I always feel my best there. it really adds a lot of pleasure to a living experience to be able to enjoy the feeling of being outside all year around—not just when the weather permits."
Diane H. Holycross, a Ransomville, New York native & resident, has her art scattered throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, and Europe, in various applications and can be viewed throughout this website. She has also been featured in the Wyoming Homes and Living Magazine, Links Magazine, Poughkeepsie Journal, Women's Day, and others.
"I like to feel that the organic nature of my ceramic tile designs have a timeless beauty. Our leaf, water, and woods ceramic tile designs will never go out of style and lend endless pleasure to any viewing experience." Diane H. Holycross
2014 Buffalo Home Show
My handmade tiles are not only made in the USA, but are made with products created in the USA. This includes glazes, kilns, clays, and more!
"The name pretty much says it all. You’ve never seen tiles and murals like these. Unique just isn’t the proper word. They describe themselves as making “quality craftsmanship, elegant designs, and custom colorations,” but you really have to see it to understand what an understatement that is. Murals take on all different shapes and seem to be of a world all their own. Floors are transformed into alligator swamps, walls become forest floors in the fall -- it’s truly amazing."