Designing with “virtuosity, originality and vision,” Gaye Weatherly continues to up the ante in tile decor, from master-minding complete nine-bedroom projects, to specializing in small, unique deco pieces and everything in between. Her style spans all aesthetics and her Portsmouth, RI, showroom is a kitchen and bath haven—a place to find details, both traditional and unexpected, that help to augment and shape a space.
Written by Danielle Raciti
Fabulous but not fussy
“Every job is different,” says Gaye. With projects all over the East Bay, including in Jamestown, Newport, Portsmouth, Bristol, Westport and Mattapoisett, most of which include stunning waterfront acreage, Gaye’s tile designs are a stand-out and decorative, of course, but functional and non-fussy. Even the busiest of designs are clean-cut and ornamental. Her own fondness for aqua and soothing color comes alive often in her clients’ homes, be it a glass tile surround for an indoor swimming pool (“It’s as beachy as you can get,” says Gaye), or mixed with lime green in a large granite slab for the kitchen.
Not to be outdone by the sea-inspired, neutral tile patterns can be just as daring and beautiful. “I love porcelain, I love natural stone. Anything from the Earth,” says Gaye. Then there’s glass. Circle glass, shattered glass, oval glass. “Glass is here to stay,” she says. Easy to clean, cool to the touch and heavenly to look at, glass is made of 97-100 percent recycled material and makes for one dreamy room. Gaye has done full glass projects that include glass countertops, showers and entire floors.
What sets Weatherly Tile & Stone, Inc. apart from other tile retailers, she says, is Gaye’s commitment to her clients, beginning to end. She will open her business on a Sunday and take appointments in the evenings. She will visit your home — Gaye averages about five job-site visits per week — and create an in-store experience that is about so much more than the end product. She’ll bring samples of what you select, and others that she thinks may work, to your home for consultation, and may even check in on the project once finished for one final seal of approval.
Gaye feels that it is her job to show her clients extraordinary colors and textures—the unusual along with the basic. With a simple blueprint or starting point to help gain ideas on placement or colors of the tile, Gaye can navigate clients through the many decisions that need to be made in the selection process. Cabinets: are they white or lacquered mocha? Countertops: what slab material do you like? Backsplash: what will complement the room but not detract from the tile? Then there’s the matter of grout color and finish: do you envision matte, gloss or non-iridescent?
With about a 60 percent repeat customer base and expansive industry knowledge, Gaye can help piece together a whole room, or portion of one, that in the end, will be an art piece. As one customer eagerly noted during a recent visit to Weatherly Stone & Tile, Gaye’s tiles “really have the ‘wow’ factor. If you’re looking for tile, this is the place.”
Article published in 2013-14 issue.