For October’s Curates, we’ve packed a lot in. There’s newness aplenty to tell you about (including a brand-new collection launch), two call-outs to home case studies, and a section that reveals three of our go-to styling sources. Just what we all need as a perfect distraction to summer’s swan song!
New release alert! For anybody suffering with a case of seasonal affective disorder, what better tonic than with a tile named after a place of sun and fun?
Without further ado, let us introduce our new California collection. A large format, polished porcelain tile, it’s designed to capture the character of luxurious onyx but without the price tag.
Available in three colours – pretty pink-tinted Beige, captivating Jade and a soft Pearl.– they look sublime used on their own across walls and floors but also pair perfectly with other tones and patterns depending on the impact you want to create.
Could your bathroom be more Hollywood?
More newness! This latest instalment to our monthly Curates column looks at some of the destinations on our radar for staycations that know a thing or two about tiles.
First up, Lisa Dawson’s barn conversion getaway for two in York. For regular readers of ours, you might recognise the name and pictures of her uber trendy pad – we dedicated an entire feature of it in the print version of Curates last season as well as online. Beautifully decorated, it’s a bolthole best suited to those who favour their interiors colourful and contemporary.
It’s no surprise that what we love most about The Barn is its display of not one but three of our core collection tiles. Head to the bathroom and you’ll be met with a punchy palette as our Colour Pop tiles in vibrant Salmao cover the walls and even the basin bench. Underfoot are our Piazza Geo Pearl terrazzo tiles – a playful compliment and counterbalance to the wall tiles that pick up on its Mid-Century vibe and are carried right through to the hallway. And finally, head to the kitchen and you’ll clap eyes on our matchstick ceramic tiles, Dolly. Tile heaven!
As tile-obsessed as we are, we’re the first to admit that they’re only part of your room’s story. Just as an outfit needs accessories to elevate it, tiles need accessories to bring them to life, so let us share here a few of our current favourites.
Whether you’re styling a bathroom, a dressing room or your kitchen table, Amsterdam-based lifestyle brand Anna + Nina is a treasure trove of loveliness. Their colour-loving candlesticks are an instant way to introduce colour to a quiet scheme and we love their charming vases filled with flowers on a bathroom ledge.
Next is Olive & Co – a British accessories brand that’s all about the artistic in the everyday. It’s their glassware in particular that gets us going. Imagine an impeccably tiled kitchen with open shelving filled with their glassware – all eyes on the cute chilli tumbler and hand painted cocktail glasses please!
And finally, to something for your walls – prints and murals by Nat Maks (short for Natascha Maksimovic – the German print maker & illustrator behind the brand). Colourful yes but incredibly calming thanks to the soft marbling and silk screen printing she focusses on, her work is focused around the goal to preserve paper marbling, which is listed as an endangered craft by the Heritage Crafts Association. We’re huge fans of bringing art into kitchens and bathrooms and so a series of Natascha’s works on the walls will always get the thumbs up from us.
To wrap up, we couldn’t think of a better duo for this month’s tile pairing pick than this – straight out of our National Trust Collection, the aged-effect porcelain brick Brewhouse and green and glorious Woodland Glade.
An unlikely coupling you might first think. One delicate and pretty, the other rugged and a nod to the industrial, but you know what they say about how opposites attract. In her 1920s Mock Tudor home, Rana Darbyshire welcomed in both tiles to her family bathroom in a case study that we’ve called Floral Display. With Brewhouse occupying the walls and Woodland Glade on her floors (complete with soft terracotta grouting that speaks to the Brewhouse brick colouring) as well as in her recessed shower cubby hole, the two really are a perfect match. As Rana says herself: “This Collection is all about bringing the outdoors in and I love that idea, so then I started thinking about trying to elaborate on that and making it feel like the bathroom was almost a garden. The Ca’ Pietra Brewhouse porcelain tiles made me think of brick walls in the gardens of beautiful estates, so I felt they’d be the perfect fit with Woodland Glade.”
And for us, there’s something hugely relevant in tone going on. One full of the lightness of spring and lusciousness of summer, the other rich, warm and comforting to suit autumn and winter months. Together, they help us move from one season and into the next all year long.
Category: Ca' Pietra Curates