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Patterned tiles: floors I saw and liked

4 Feb

Looking back, I think it probably all started with this bohemian bathroom in Norway. What began in the bathroom has spread to almost every room in the house as my love of patchwork tiled floors has grown to almost alarming heights. Anyone else find themselves afflicted?

patchwork patterned floor tiles in hallway

{unknown via Pinterest – please get in touch if you know the source}

mix and match patterned floor tiles in bathroom

{via Houzz}

band of patterned floor tiles in doorway

{via Lovely Life}

bohemian kitchen with colourful patterned floor tiles

{unknown via Piccsy– please get in touch if you know the source}

Patterned floor tiles black and white monochrome

{Wichmann + Bendtsen via Dwell}

elegant hallway with original patterned floor tiles

{Fired Earth}

I know this is probably one of those short-lived trends that will have us all regretting our passion in a couple of year’s time as we’re on our hands and knees trying to chip out grout and desperately looking for some sort of tile paint that won’t peel. But then again, the Spaniards have been using encaustic tiles as their flooring of choice for centuries so perhaps this trend is a little more enduring than I might think.

If you’re considering it, here’s where to buy patterned floor tiles in the UK:

Alhambra Home (alhambrahome.co.uk) – just a stone’s throw from my old flat in Sydenham, Alhambra sells imported encaustic tiles traditionally made by skilled artisans in Spain. They’re not put off if you only want a handful and will give you guidance on creating your own perfect patchwork.

Fired Earth (firedearth.com) – a tasteful collection of tiles, mainly in soft colours to blend in with your heritage paint brand of choice. Styles range from authentic Victorian to elaborately Moorish. It’s well worth downloading the beautifully-photographed tile brochure which contains some lovely design ideas.

The Reclaimed Tile Company (reclaimedtilecompany.com) – is the place to head if only the real deal will do. They have a gorgeous selection of designs salvaged from historic buildings in Spain, France and Italy. You’ll need deep pockets if you plan to tile a whole room however – expect to pay around £250 per metre.

Original Style (originalstyle.com) – take a look at the Odyssey range for lovely patterned tiles in subtle shades. You’ll also find a good selection of borders which can be combined with cheaper plain tiles and the odd patterned accent to get the look on a budget.

eBay (ebay.co.uk) – with a bit of luck, eBay can be a treasure trove of tiles, from odd bits salvaged from Victorian fireplaces to job-lots of designer tiles left over from upmarket interior design projects. ‘Encaustic tiles’ and ‘Minton tiles’ are good search terms to try but don’t forget to check the item location before you bid!

My perfect hallway (just add dog)

11 Apr

I found this gorgeously grey country style hallway on Pinterest a while ago, but didn’t share it because I struggled to find the original source. I’ve now tracked it down (I should’ve guessed really – it’s the wonderful Ben Kendrick and Brent Darby for Country Living) so can post it last and we can all drool over it together.

country style hallway with tongue and groove{Brent Darby for Country Living}

I love it all – the contrast of the soft grey and red brick, the rough linen bench cushion, the touches of seagrass and rattan. It will be many moons before I have any hope of having my dream country home (although I’m happy to report I’m one baby step closer) but when I do, I would love to welcome my visitors into a hallway like this. All that’s missing is a dog!

Storage in yellow and grey

21 Mar

Three little words that make my eyes light up! Cast yours over these lovely ideas for a bright and organised hallway from Swedish mag, Drömhem & Trädgård.

1950s larders like this crop up all the time on eBay – I like them because they tend to be fairly narrow so are perfect for slotting into alcoves. Even the really tatty ones can be made over with a lick of paint,  new handles and a scrap of bright wallpaper on the back of the shelf. Personally I’d have used something a bit bolder here – the summery Cow Parsley by Cole & Son perhaps?

I’m fairly sure this display cubby is made from a PRÄNT plywood storage box from IKEA fixed to the wall by its base and lined with pretty paper. I have several of these boxes for my filing but hadn’t thought to use them like this.

{all Drömhem & Trädgård}

I’m a big fan of these wire storage baskets – in my dreams I’ll have a dedicated craft room with Kilner jars of colour-coded buttons and ribbons, and fabric swatches folded beautifully into baskets like these. A girl can but dream.

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