I love a spontaneous trip! Last weekend I decided to visit Adelaide in the spur of the moment. I have never been and wanted to check out the Mayfair Hotel which was refurbished in 2014. I was happy I did! The refurbishment looks amazing and of course the encaustic tiles really feature…..its so nice to see a fitout that you were involved in a few years down the track. It is great to see the wear and tear on the tiles in a high traffic area such as a bustling hotel. As the encaustic tiles are a thick tile this makes them perfect for a high traffic application. They are durable and very long lasting, infact they become more durable as time goes by, hence the antique tiles in my range. If you ever go to Adelaide for a little business or pleasure, I recommend the Mayfair.
When you receive a new shipments of antique tiles it is like opening a treasure chest. The designs that you chose come to life. More than often they are more beautiful in real life than imagined. These encaustic tiles, all hand made over 100 years ago ,each design with a history of its own and many stories to tell (only if they could talk) are irreplaceable and truly special. Of course these beautiful antique tiles come with the imperfections that you would expect however this only adds to their character and personality. Walking on a floor laid with history definitely has a special feeling and to give them a second life feels even better.
I absolutely love receiving images of finished projects. Spaces that have had a lot of time and thought put into them. The encaustic tiles being a major part of the design aspect. Finishes all based on the colour and design of the pattern tile chosen. So many designs to choose from making the decision always a little difficult!!!! Often many will work and to narrow it down to one is definitely hard! I spend time with many clients in my showroom working with my encaustic tile range and trying to find the best design for them. It is then always rewarding to receive images of finished projects that look so incredible. Encaustic tiles are the perfect way to bring colour and design into your space and make it extra beautiful.
We have just received 2 new reproduction encaustic tiles that look old however they are new! They have been made to look aged and would suit an environment where an older looking tile is required. These encaustic tiles have been had made in the traditional way and are the perfect way to bring some charm and character into a space. The colours in the antique reproduction encaustic tiles have a muted patina for those who would prefer more of a monochrome scheme without the colours being so black and white. The Chateau and Berlin encaustic tiles are now available in our reproduction range.
The Atlantic Guesthouse in Byron Bay is the most stunning place to stay. Whether it is just for a special night or a romantic getaway weekend or a family holiday there is a choice of accommodation for all. The rooms are so tastefully done with every detail considered and perfectly placed. Kimberley Amos and husband Stephen are the creators and the stylists of this Caribbean style guest house. The atmosphere is relaxed and idyllic and one of the newest additions are 4 rooms with their own private courtyard tiled with Encaustic Tiles. Each room has a different patterned tile design giving each space a different feel. It is an absolute joy to walk around the entire property located in the heart of Byron Bay. The reception area, bathrooms and kitchen islands have also been adorned with encaustic tiles from my range and each and every spare is stunning. It is really unique and with the broad range of accommodation options there is something for everyone.
I always love to receive images of the encaustic tiles once laid in place. It honestly gives me so much joy to see how a space evolves from the beginning of a project, the progress and then the final result. Colour and pattern become the feature in any design project. Here are a some examples of a few jobs that have recently been completed. The encaustic reproduction tiles in each of these finished projects have created a totally different look and feel just by choice of design and colour. Terrazzo Flower, Cuban, Urban Night and White Moorish Night would have to be some of my favourite designs. These reproduction tiles will never date and are so versatile that they work in all styles of domestic and commercial interiors.
Terrarium is a gorgeous new cafe that has recently opened in the hinterland of the Gold Coast. The food is amazing and the smoothies are extra special! I popped in last week for a visit and was so delighted to see the encaustic tiles from my range featured throughout. Petrina, the owner and creator had a wonderful vision and clearly it turned out perfectly. The Black Royal encaustic tiles from my reproduction range were used on the counter and as a splash back .The Urban Night and the Grey Royal were used on table tops and as a lovely feature on the wall as the water dispenser. The overall look is nothing less than wow! The use of the encaustic tiles have brought interest, colour and texture to the cafe and Petrina even did all the tiling herself…….what a woman. I was thrilled with the way it all turned out and recommend you to pop in next time you are traveling inland from the Gold Coast.
When you wait patiently for a shipment of antique tiles to arrive at your doorstep, it is very exciting to finally open the lid of the pallets and physically see and touch the history that has made its way hundreds of thousands of kilometres to my shed!!!! My antique tile range is full of muted tones that have come from years of wear to strong rich colours that are very hard to reproduce. Antique tiles are like treasures that cannot be replaced.They carry stories that could never be retold and imperfections that you cannot recreate.You can however feel and see their history and only wonder.I love my new antique encaustic tiles that have just arrived and can already visualise where the next era of their lives could reside.