With the arrival of the sun, there is plenty to be excited about this June. A two-week heatwave? We’ll take that. As well as alfresco dining and picnics with friends, look out for two new additions to this month’s column – feasting and trend-following…
Our just-launched Atlas collection. As much as we continuously swoon over existing tiles in the collection, nothing gets us going like a brand-new tile design. A star-patterned porcelain, Atlas comes in three colour ways – green (a mix of jade and sage), blue (navy and sky) and black (a monochrome palette) – and can be used indoors and out. Take it to bathroom floors, courtyard gardens, townhouse paths and porchways, and urban-industrial kitchens – shoot for the stars!
Gardener and grower Arthur Parkinson has become quite the Instagram sensation with his idyllic rural snaps of all things homegrown in the garden, or hen-related stories, coupled with the odd IGTV book-reading and review.
On the subject of books, he recently released his debut hardback, The Flower Yard. It has received praise from the likes of Nigel Slater who described it as being inspirational and sumptuous, and we’re inclined to wholeheartedly agree. Entirely written and photographed by Arthur, it’s down-to-earth and approachable, and goes to show just how much can be grown in the tiniest of gardens (Arthur’s very own is a lawn-less container garden).
Aside from learning lots and plotting out planting schemes, we couldn’t help but daydream about what tiles we could picture working wonders in his humble courtyard garden. The faded charms of our Architectural Elements Melange tile in Warm Grey or Melange in Moss (both from our new National Trust collection) come straight to mind. Or, recreate Arthur’s heritage cobbled floor with our terracotta-like Brewhouse Parquet tile.
This month, we talk trend rather than an Instagram account to find and follow.
It’s hardly breaking news that the forever trend of mixing classic features with contemporary touches, and vice versa, is still going strong. But, what we’ve loved seeing more of recently in the world of tile trends are those painterly delft-style tiles coming through in modern rustic homes.
A case in point is our Dyrham Dairy tiles – decorated with various country motifs from squirrels to windmills. Shot in an inky blue Shaker kitchen with aged brass features, sleek conical wall lights and a strikingly veined marble worktop, it’s a trend exemplified and one that we’re subscribing to.
With May being a bit of a washout, June is absolutely going to be the time for getting out huge salad bowls made for sharing, trying our hand at homemade dressings and vinaigrettes, and laying the table with the same effort and enthusiasm as that usually saved for Christmas Day.
If you’re looking for a one-stop site for summer salad inspiration, let us point you in the direction of this round-up by The Guardian. From Hispi cabbage with apricot, sesame and lime dressing to Mexican-meets-Middle-East peach fattoush, it unites 12 of the best by Britain’s top cooks.
June is the first month where we start to feel summery and so this month, we’ve picked a paint and tile pairing that we think best reflects the next shift of seasons.
Take Architectural Elements Moseley in the Laurel colourway (full of the lightness and airiness of spring) and team it with sunshine-in-a-can paint Harper’s Sunshine and you’ll have a paint palette that’s as uplifting as they come. We love them together in a light-filled bathroom but it will feel like a summer breeze in a laundry room if you paint even just one part of it in lemon yellow such as the window frame and doorway. Or, if you really want to sing the seasons, take them to your hallway and you’ll have a spring (or summer) in your step every day of the week.