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  1. A period home with a glamourous, eclectic twist

    A period home with a glamourous, eclectic twist We love seeing customer projects come to life, whether it’s a modern kitchen or bathroom, a heritage hallway or a beautiful patio! When we discovered @casaoldcorn on Instagram and saw the most beautiful hallway featuring our Victorian Floor Tiles, we were delighted to work with Lauren and Mark on an exciting fireplace makeover.   Lauren’s Instagram account @casaoldcorn showcases the renovation of her beautiful family home, from her eclectic styling and design to makeover projects and interior ideas. We caught up with Lauren to find out more about how tiles can totally transform a space. Original Style: Can you tell us a little bit about your beautiful home? Lauren: We live in the north east of England and have lived in our home for around five years. Our home is Edwardian and was built in the early 1900s, our first home was a new build but we really love all the character and features you get in a period property.  Original Style: What were your primary goals when it came to updating your home, especially the living area and fireplace? Lauren: Our primary goals when decorating are always to make it more cosy and interesting. With the fireplace we could see its full potential and wanted to make it into more of a feature in the room. We knew the fireplace would look great painted a colour so we opted for a deep blue and we adore Original Style tiles, tiling the fireplace hearth has created so much more impact. We opted for Victorian Floor tiles in a bespoke pattern using pops of pastel colours - it looks amazing!  Original Style: Where did you find the inspiration for your hallway and living room? Lauren: Lots of our inspiration comes from other homes on Instagram. We love bold patterns and colours and have lots of quirky items that are conversation starters throughout our home. We love traditional prints and colours but with a twist. As soon as we moved in we knew tiles would look so much better in the hall than the dark wood floors which were installed beforehand. We had seen others hallways and could see the potential in ours.  Once we had decided on tiles for both the hallway and hearth we went on the hunt for the perfect ones. We found Original Style Victorian Floor tiles and loved all the different patterns and the quality looked great. The Original Style team where so helpful at helping me choose a pattern and colours for the hearth and sending me images to help me pick, they were fantastic and nothing was too much trouble. Original Style: Why did you choose this particular Victorian Floor Tile pattern, border and colourway for your fireplace?  Lauren: We went with the monochrome checkerboard tiles for our hallway as we think they’re stunning and timeless. We know for as-long as we live here they will never age and any decor will easily go with them. We decided to go for a detailed Victorian Floor Tile pattern for our hearth as it’s really traditional but with a little twist which we love. The pastel centres really bring it all to life.  Original Style: How important would you say it is to use a professional tiler? Lauren: We were on the hunt for a good tiler for the job and we found a really good local man to lay them. He was great and took the time and had the skills needed for the job. I think it’s really important to use an experienced tiler as the patterns are complex, with a number of pieces - it’s definitely an art and a job we couldn’t tackle ourselves. Original Style: What would you say to someone looking to incorporate tiled focal points in their home? Lauren: If you’re looking to incorporate tiles into your home, I would say go for it! They add so much character and they’re beautiful. It’s so special adding original features back into a period home. Walking into our home with our beautiful floor brings us so much joy.  Browse the full Victorian Floor Tile range here or check out our brochure for pattern ideas, more real life installations and tips on selecting a border and colourways.   Read more...
  2. An Original Style Tile Makeover with @Manwithahammer

    An Original Style Tile Makeover with @Manwithahammer No one knows how to make a statement with their interiors quite like Greg Penn – otherwise known as the Man with a Hammer over on Instagram, where he shares his renovation journey with over 180k followers! Tiles play a huge part in many interior projects, taking spaces from simple to statement - so we were delighted to work with Greg on his renovation of Admirals House, the old Navy Hospital in Plymouth, Devon. We caught up with Greg to find out how the project is going… Q. Please could you tell us a little bit about you, where you live and how long you’ve lived in the Admirals House? Well, my name is Greg – better known as ‘Man with a Hammer’. I bought Admirals House almost three years ago in quite a sorry state and I am slowly restoring it back to its former glory. It’s in the old Royal Naval Hospital in Plymouth, Devon.     Q. Tell us about the Admirals House, do you know when it was built? Does it have any interesting history? What made you fall in love with this property and take on the renovation challenge? It was built in 1804 – the architect was Daniel Alexander Asher who most famously designed Dartmoor Prison, built just after. It was the residence of the chief officer in charge of the 26 acre hospital site (one of the most advanced hospitals in the world at the time, and the design of which was made popular all over Europe later by Florence Nightingale). The house is jam packed with history, my favourite being the creek that used to run behind the house - it didn’t smell too good! But it's how the injured sailors were brought up into the hospital. If you were too ill to paddle, your prospects were perhaps not so good so it’s where the phrase ‘up the creek without a paddle’ comes from! Q. What were your primary goals when it came to renovating the property? Well, first and foremost, to make a comfortable home for myself. I’m hoping it’s my ‘forever home’ – though obviously you never know what the future holds. It’s also hugely important to me to respect the house and the architecture, preserving and making good what I can, and reinstating anything that might be missing – whilst also making it appropriate for modern day living. The Admiral would have had staff to tend the fires, grounds and whatnot – sadly I can’t say the same for myself!     Q. Where did you find your inspiration for the renovation? For me, it’s listening to the house a bit. In terms of the bathrooms, obviously the house wouldn’t have had bathrooms in the conventional sense in 1804, so I wanted them to feel as ‘unbathroomy’ as possible, treating them much like any other room. This includes the use of colour and pattern, and materials like wallpaper (a chinoiserie from a similar era to the house), panelling, aged oak parquet, pleated lampshades and of course the patterned tiles in the shower enclosure (which do an excellent trick of stopping your brain from seeing it purely as a shower enclosure which was my intention – it’s far more subtle and softer within the room). The hand painted ‘English – Delft’ tiles add a nice bit of whimsey!     For the fireplace in the bedroom, it was wonderful to find tiles that mirror what would have been there originally (albeit the insert is perhaps 100 years newer than the house!) and the Victorian hearth tiles really pull in some of the other colours from the room.     Q. What made you choose Original Style’s Victorian Floor Tiles, Winchester and Artworks ranges? The Winchester tiles, being such an artisanal product, vary slightly in colour and texture and you really see them as handmade – I think something perfectly uniform and machine made in that space, would have jarred slightly. They give a real softness and are just beautiful! The Victorian floor tiles – being individual tiles, meant we could create a design perfect for the space both in style and colour – and the Artworks range has amazing authentic replicas of the originals so it was the obvious choice.     Q. How did you find your experience when visiting our Plymouth showroom? It was really lovely – a really spacious layout with some gorgeous set pieces that provide loads of inspiration. It’s really helpful to see things laid out like that and picture things side by side. There’s so much choice it really helps refine your ideas. The staff were hugely knowledgeable too!     Q. We offer a CAD (computer aided design) service, did you use this? If so, did it help you visualise the tiles in your -project? Yes for the hearth – it was such a small space, it really helped making sure everything was going to fit nicely and look right together.     Q. Would you consider using them anywhere else in your renovation? Yes absolutely – if you’ve the right space for them, they add a huge amount of character to a space whilst also being really hardwearing and practical. I can imagine them in a grand hallway or pathway Q. Would you say there are any specific interior design trends that could be highlighted for 2022? Is there anything that you could pinpoint in the tile world? I think people will continue to get braver with pattern and colour, and I’m seeing far more of this within their tile choice. For a while as people were dipping their toe into colour, they might paint the rest of the space but stick to a neutral tile - but the effect is so much more impactful and cohesive when you really have some fun with the tiles too! I think making a statement with pattern on tiles - like you might with wallpaper is really coming through.   Read more...
  3. Our new Victorian Floor Tile pattern in collaboration with Period Living

    Our new Victorian Floor Tile pattern in collaboration with Period Living Continuing our Victorian Floor Tile 30th Anniversary celebrations, we’re excited to share with you a brand new statement pattern which has been co-created with Period Living magazine!   Over the past 12-months we’ve been working closely with this publication – maybe you’ve seen some of our advertisements? - And as Period Living are also celebrating their 30th year, we decided to team up and develop a sensational opportunity for readers and customers. Our collaboration is featured in the October issue of Period Living magazine (available to purchase now!) and, most excitingly, offers a competition to win £1000 worth of our Victorian Floor Tiles!One lucky winner will be able to transform their entranceway and select from the new anniversary pattern, or another pattern or their choosing, and we will follow their installation through from start to finish. Developed earlier this year, the creation of the new anniversary pattern involved our talented designers and Period Living’s editor and head stylist who sought to incorporate contemporary colourways whilst keeping to a traditional yet elaborate arrangement to maintain a classic, period feel. We hope you agree that the new design is a real style statement and we can’t wait to see it in our customers’ homes.To find out more and enter the competition, please click here Read more...

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