April Fools’ Day! Easter! Lockdown gradually lifting! There’s so much to look forward to in April. You’ll notice that more and more here at Ca’ Pietra, we’ll be upping the ante too on our garden chat – because with spring’s arrival last month, April signals to us the earliest opportunities to start taking as many activities as possible al fresco. So, in this month’s column, read all about some of our all-time favourite garden tile stories and taking things back inside, find out our tile pairing of the month in a light-filled kitchen that’ll leave you green-eyed…
Are you spending lockdown lunches out in the garden? Or making the most of the lighter evenings with an hour of potting and planting while there’s no commute getting in the way? Us too, and when the moon (or another Zoom meeting) forces us back inside, we generally find ourselves idly scrolling through Instagram and Pinterest, liking and saving all the garden schemes that catch our eye and inspire us to get creative outdoors.
See for starters the dreamy city oasis belonging to @design_at_nineteen that we wrote about last month in our round-up of feel-good schemes for International Day of Happiness. Proof that you can create a heaven-sent garden in the smallest of spaces and on a tight budget.
And if you like monochrome, take a peek at the contemporary garden makeover belonging to Ca’ Pietra’s very own @grazziewilson. Her imaginative use of our Isle Perla tiles on her outdoor kitchen remind us all that garden tiles aren’t just for paving after all.
Bring on barbecue season!
Have you been eagerly waiting for the next instalment of the BBC’s Interior Design Masters each week like we have? If you missed it, don’t worry, the whole second series is available on iPlayer so you can indulge in an interiors binge with plenty of good humour thrown in by new frontman, Alan Carr (sad as we were to not see Fearne return, Alan’s proven be a stellar replacement host).
With judgement passed by interiors guru and former ELLE Decoration editor Michelle Ogundehin and guest judges like colour-loving Sophie Robinson, pattern superstar Matthew Williamson and for the first time the flamboyant icon Laurence Roderick Llewelyn-Bowen joining her week by week, it’s a feast for the eyes with plenty to inspire your own home renovation plans.
We’ve been following homemaker Alice Grace for some time now, and it’s been as wonderful to watch her community grow and grow as it is to consume her heavenly grid posts and stories.
Her account is one that documents largely the transformation of her family’s home in Bath with lots of insightful how-tos and before-and-after shots which open your eyes to what’s possible to do in a new-build home – never would we have thought that she lived in a modern-day house with all her clever styling and creative use of wall panelling, wallpapers and finishing touches.
Not only that, what makes Alice’s account even more warm and welcoming is how she shares snippets into her everyday life, from flower-picking wanders with her young son to trying her hand at various bits of crafting and cooking. It’s like you’re following the life of a very lovely, very humble, very tasteful friend.
Can you ever go wrong with marble? One of the most effortlessly elegant and instantly luxurious tiles out there, it can tempt you to create only a very serene bathroom setting or very grand hallway statement (marble chequerboard floors, we’re talking about you). But, what we absolutely love about this month’s tile pairing is that it shows you marble’s fun side.
Designed by @emrarchitecture, this townhouse kitchen puts our Zen Marble Scallop tiles in close confines with the micro mosaic Mono Hex Daisy – one of our prettiest and most playful tiles in the Ca’ Pietra collection. Together, the two are a tale of how to do pattern in a low-key monochrome way, leaving the lampshade display and exposed spice rail to bring all the colour this kitchen needs to the table.
Got a garden tiling project in the pipeline? Tag us in your adventures with tiles at @ca_pietra_ and you might get featured in our next instalment of Ca’ Pietra Curates!
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