The Versatility of Tiles

Its sizzling hot here is Cornwall today, lovely and very much holiday weather. It does make my toes appreciate a good, cool, slab of tile underfoot. In my kitchen its grey slate but today I am exploring geometric beauty and rich exotic shades. Tiles to me have a far away feel. I loved the ones I came across in India and Morocco. So much detail on something we just walk over.

This is how I think the universe would look if tiled. The deep inky blue is carved up with mesmerising shapes.

Complicated deep blue geometric tiles

Lovely layered tiles just like mermaid scales. Every shade is beautiful in its own right.

Beautiful tiles like mermaid scales

Pale pink patterned kitchen tiles perfectly complement copper pots, pipes and pendants!

Pale ipink pattern tiles with copper pots, pipes and light

Sky blue higgledy-piggledy tiles look so fresh and vibrant alongside the mottled white.

Hand cut sky blue and white geometric tiles

Elegant shoes for an elegant floor. These fanning mosaic tiles are just perfect.

White fan pattern with mosiac floor tiles

These must be Moroccan, jewel rich colours in intricate patterns. Its tiles like this which make maths beautiful.

Geometric intricate tiles in green, yellow blue and purple

A modern take the geometric design. These gold and grey tiles have a 3d effect with tactile surfaces to touch.

Gold and grey cube tiles with texture

The wall tiles in this bathroom catch the light adding depth and interest.

Bathroom wall tiles that catch the light

I love this depth of green, I could just dive in. Stylised blooms fit together in pleasing shades of turquoise and teal.

Teal green tiles in stylised floral forms

A feathery zig-zag in soft white and dove grey. The perfect backdrop to black taps and a marbled sink.

Bathroom tiles in stripy zig-zags with a pendant light and a marble sink

Giant geometric floor tiles impress in terracotta, grey, pink and black.

Terracotta, pink, grey and black huge floor tiles

Little blue square tiles carry a mesmerising sun pattern.

Little square tiles in blue with white sun pattern

This ice-white snowflake pattern looks very luxurious, with shimmering grey diamonds.

Snowflake pattern in white tiles

An easy way to add some glam to the bathroom, these large white tiles shimmer with an intricate gold pattern. Love the fittings too!

Large white tiles with gold geometric pattern on top

Here we have the same interlocking hexagon design but first in forest green, white and black while the second is more subtle using a blush pink, a slight grey and deep blue. I love the effect.

Overlapping geometric patterned tiles in green, black and white

Geometric tiles in overlapping shapes

And to finish off this tiling collection we have mosaic squares framed in black, complete with silver sandals!

Square patterned mosaic floor tiles

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Seeing the world in Black and White

Speak to anyone who knows me and I am a colourful girl. Case and point, I sit here typing in tan boots, a pink and teal floral dress, taupe cardigan and ink-blue scarf! But today I was drawn to the monochrome. My home, like me is a veritable fruit punch filled with every kind of pattern and colour (everything in moderation) but today I wanted to seek out interiors that restrict themselves to the world of black and white – and those grey areas in-between.

This is where it started, I cam across an image on my internet travels and, well, I stopped. The matt black tub is lovely but the mountain mural I just adore.

Black and white mountains murial in a bathroom with a black tub

Another bathroom, this time with fun wallpaper that has ethnic 1990’s vibes. The pattern is rug-little geometric.

Bathroom with rug-like pattern wallpaper in black on white

Ok, so the green foliage kind of adds colour to my tightly constrained black and white theme. The black framed windows are oh-so-chic, paired with a stripy rug, light wooden table and the classic ‘Y’ chair.

'Y' chairs with a round table and black framed windows

Traditional with a twist, this frayed at the edges sitting room has a comforting layered style.

Layered pictures and mix and match furniture in the traditional with a twist sitting room

Back to bathrooms, here is a small space delivers understated glamour. Greyed marble perfectly sets off the graphic black fittings.

Glamourous marbled bathroom with black fittings

A geometric chimney breast steals the show here where nothing is understated. Silver surfaces and Art Deco themes combine to create a memorable space.

Silver and black contempary living room

But perhaps its best to start small, I love these stripy black and white pots, hugging those architectural spikes.

Cacti in stripy black and white pots

I have enjoyed this monochrome tour, though I can’t help wanting to add a splash of mustard or a flourish of Indian pink or maybe, just a hint, of decadent gold.

Modern Showers to Inspire

The bathing ritual in the morning has become something of an art. You can step into a shower seamlessly from your bathroom -feel like you are standing in a monsoon, a waterfall or a massage – and be ready to face the day.

I like the current trend for large glass boxes that rise out of the floor so elegantly, like a piece of art. I have collated together a few showers that have caught my eye, they have me sizing up my little space and thinking bring on the rainforest.

 

A minimal shower has a real feel of calm. A delicate plant softens the tiles. I can see this working well in a modern or traditional home.

Elegant built in shower

Well this is pretty perfect! Even the plant pot adds to the angular sparse space. The wood softens the look and I love the steps and projecting tub.

Perfect modern bathroom

A more modest space, I like how the shape of the roof has maximised the tiny room. The little window helps to bring in the light – hopefully the neighbours aren’t to close by!

Showers for small spaces

I think I am drawn to this shower because of that beautiful shade of sea blue. The glassy tiles give a watery feel, if this was part of my morning routine I could not help but smile.

Pale blue tiled shower

What an incredibly classy shower. My eye is drawn to the black framed glass, I love the touch of the bath-overlap. Very chic.

Black framed glass shower with marble backdrop

Such understated charm, I love the wood and white – a real good use of space.

Contemporary shower built in the eaves

Here the wood continues throughout the floor and over the side of this bathroom. I also love the radiator that wraps around. Wood brings a warmth and Scandinavian feel that I think can make shower rooms more welcoming. A welcoming bathroom is just what I need – it takes a  lot to get me out of bed in the morning!

Wooden floored shower

Superb Sinks

I think the wonder of a bathroom is that it is a small enough area to go a little crazy, to let your creative hair down and just go for it! This week I am considering the sink. The simplest of functions really, to bathe, to splash, to hold water, but quite key to the bathroom.

In the kitchen too the sink is vital. Trust me, from living with a frustrating sink, good design is as important here as in anywhere. I have collated some truly beautiful examples o this humble interior element – from the uncompromisingly modern to the trusted and traditional, and a few more eyebrow raising finds to make us smile!

 

A great place to start, simple clean lines are coupled with rustic tiles and keep this bathroom feeling contemporary and well thought through.

Pattern tiles with clean white sink

For unrivalled elegance this black sink is beautiful. The water pours away to the right following the slope.

Sleek black sink

In a similar vein we have this double sink, minimal form in stylish matt black.

Sleek black double sinks

For that Deco charm and quality textures, I just love the glamour of this copper sink.

Copper, marble and matt back sink unit

To the kitchen, actually everything about this wooden kitchen I love, especially the weathered sink.

Dark metal sink

A contour sink is quite a statement! I love the fluid lines, almost as if we are viewing a landscape from a bird’s eye view.

Statement white contour sink

Ornate detailing on this sink would look striking in an exotic decorated bathroom, or alternatively in a stark monochrome space.

Detail embossed metal sink

You can’t go far wrong with the classic Belfast sink. I always wanted one of these as a child, strange thing to desire when one is so young!

Sink ideal for contemporary or traditional setting

For dramatic texture try a concrete sink, though it does remind me a little of an animal feeding trough, beautiful though!

Large concrete bathroom sink

And finally, what a great idea! A sink stand can really be made out of anything, including a bike.

Very clever up-cycled bike sink

Modern Wicker

The beauty of adding a natural material like wicker into your home is the warmth and integrity it brings. The woven basket is so versatile, adding texture and that human element that can make a house a home. I have gathered together some great contemporary interiors showcasing the best of modern wicker.

With all the charm of Mid-Century design this wicker chair is pretty perfect.

Mid-Century modern wicker chair

I love how these wicker draws are all the more beautiful for the backdrop of dark matt kitchen units.

Black kitchen with wicker draws

Ok, not technically wicker, but I just love this piece of furniture. Colonial style with a laid back modern coolness.

Natural furniture in modern home

The ever useful basket looks great in this bathroom. A neat way to hide all that clutter.

Wicker baskets in the bathroom

The wicker Egg chair is so retro cool. With a view like that you would really need a special piece of furniture, and suspended in this warm embrace would work just fine.

Suspended wicker egg chair

Darker moody walls and casual wicker dining chairs, this interior has Scandinavian charm.

Dark walls and wicker dining chairs

These huge pendent lights look quite at home in this bright and breezy kitchen.

Giant wicker pendant lights

Statement furniture never looked so good! Chilled summer living in this designer home.

Statement wicker chair

Sign me up for a class! it can’t be that hard…

Bathtime Beauties

I am dreaming of a good soak in the tub when I get home! Sooth those aches and pains away. But what if my tub was not standard white plastic but instead copper, wood or slate? What if my bathing bliss was encased in snug curves or cast concrete? Here are some bath tubs to inspire this Friday afternoon.

Somehow this grey bathroom feels inviting and warm. The different textures and tones help to enhance the space and the pristine tub is a good spot for modern art gazing.

Earthy textures and tones work together in this luxury bathroom

Plunge pool with a view, I could waste many hours turning prune in this tub.

Deep tub with a great view

This huge tub is wonderfully elegant. Modern lines but with a clear nod to the past.

Neutral tones work well with this egg shaped bath

Speaking of clear, would you dear to bare for this see-through tub?

Clear bath tub

The classic roll top bath, perfectly poised for bathing bliss.

Neutral roll top bath

Beyond classic, this vintage tub is perfectly placed against a deep blue wall. I can imagine The Beetles ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ playing, floating up stream.

Antique bath in green with a blue wall

I can’t quite get my head around this ‘tub’! How would you get out of it?

See-through circle bath

More my style, a sunken earthy tub with a perfectly framed view.

Rugged bathroom with chunky sunken bath

And finally, a bath with a breathtaking view. Without the nosey neighbours this would be heavenly! Happy weekend.

bathe outside

J’adore Paris

What is it about Paris that encourages romance so? From the flaky pastries to the effortlessly chic females on the Champs-Élysées and the bijou but beau interiors – Paris has it. Here are some homes that look so inviting they have captured my heart, well a girl can dream..

These shots are from the apartment of Ramdane and Victoire, a brilliantly brought together family space with that Parisian flare.

The view in a Paris apartmentParis apartment with balcony and view of the Eiffel tower

This thoroughly modern but homely apartment belongs to architect Joseph Dirand. Lovely choices of materials and textures layer to make a home of real beauty.

Stylish galley kitchenBeautiful bedroom in ParisParis apartment lounge

For high glam and drama how about the Paris duplex of Stefano Pilati designed by architect Bruno Caron. And may I say I think that is the most glam shower I have ever seen!!

Dramatic study in Paris duplex  Very luxurious shower in Paris duplexDelightful dining room with woodland scene on the walls

Can you get more elegant than Coco Chanel’s Paris getaway?

Coco Chanel's Paris apartmentVery opulent Coco Chanel's Paris apartment

This final image pretty much captures it – ornate architectural details and soft stylish glamour make Paris life so enticing. I hope you have enjoyed the images, please click on one to see its source.

Paris interior with soft shades of pink