Design, Interiors & Lifestyle Blog
Design, Interiors & Lifestyle Blog

the sofa and chair company The Sofa and Chair Company has launch their refurbished showroom in West London.

It’s an amazing 100 000 square feet.

The Sofa and Chair Company is one of UK’s leading manufacturer of luxury sofas and bespoke furniture.

They manufacture and hand build their own furniture in their workshop, with a dedicated team of master craftsmen.

They even produce their own timber frames with a guarantee of up to 15 years.

The pink living room above comprise of design from their archive collection,  brought up to date with new fabrics and colours.

In fact, The Sofa and Chair company have a huge collection of fabric choices in their library, also located in the showroom. the sofa and chair company This is the Circa sofa, from their latest collection.

It’s a statement piece, with their signature heritage deep buttoning detail, but in a contemporary design.

It’s elegant and comfortable in an olive mohair fabric. Contrary to their name, The Sofa and Chair Company don’t just sell chairs and sofas.

They sell everything from beds, to sideboards, lighting and even artwork. Isn’t this bed gorgeous? Just look at that beautifully upholstered headboard. Check out that stunning lighting. Here’s more visual inspiration.

As well as working with interior designers and commercial businesses, they are now embracing the consumer market more too. They have also established business partnerships with property developers.

With the capacity of their showroom, they are now able to design true to life sized interiors for show houses. Finally, if you are thinking of designing your new home, I would highly recommend a trip to The Sofa and Chair’s West London showroom.

To sum up, there is seriously something there for all tastes.

I’m definitely going back again one day soon.

( This is a paid partnership post with The Sofa & Chair company, photography are all my own , as are my opinions.)

My colourful Victorian floor tiles from Original Features.

Remember this a week ago?

Well, I’m happy to say that I can finally reveal my newly decorated exterior walkway.

I knew I didn’t want just the classic black and white Victorian floor tiles, so set out to bring some colour to my outdoor space. Here it is, in its full glory with pastel pink, blue and minty green.

What do you think?

Do the colours make you feel happy? I’m so pleased with it, and have been thrilled by the response of my neighbourhood. I even spotted someone doing a shoe selfie the other day.

I’m not sure I like so many people lurking around my doorway, but I must admit I’m equally chuffed with the response.

I’ve always longed for Victorian floor tiles and these gorgeous ones are from Olde English tiles. Victorian floor tiles Not only are they beautiful to look at, they are totally scratch, stain, frost and water resistant too.

I picked my Victorian tile pattern from Original Features’ collection, and brought it up to date using pastel shades. What do you think?

I was initially worried about the white getting stained, but I was pleased to learn that they are fully vitrified, so have low porosity, and therefore able to withstand the rigours of high traffic. Victorian floor tiles Now that the external walkway is done, I’m highly tempted to get my internal hallway done too.

Finally, If you are interested in Victorian floor tiles, I highly recommend checking out Original Features and Olde English tiles

Have a lovely start to your week, and I will be back soon with more home DIYs and updates.

( All photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. The Victorian floor tiles have been designed by Original features and provided by Olde English tiles.)

Following on from my last blog post on tiling my external walkway with Victorian tiles, where you saw it just cement clad and this computer generated image of the tiles, I’m pleased to report that works have started and it’s now looking great.

Before the final reveal, I thought I’d give you a peek and dedicate today’s post to how the tiles were installed.

As the tiles came in small pieces, they were like jigsaw puzzles. Imagine how tricky it would be to place them together and do it well.

The most important part even before the tiles went down, was for the surface to be perfectly flat and levelled.

The floor had to be levelled to create a uniform look and to ensure that there would be no ‘bounce’ left, or the tiles would crack or loosen.

I had real trouble with this, as after the original tiles were removed, the surface was incredibly uneven.

I found a builder who did rendering via one of those trusted tradesmen websites.

He came one gloomy day and placed the cement down quickly, then left. 

To my horror it was done poorly, as it was uneven with bumps and marks.

Now here is a cautionary tale – do not pay until works are done. ( Up till this day, I still have these trust issues).

As it was raining and there was going to be a huge gulf of wet cement between us, I had to pay him first. 

When I rang him to come level it after the tiler said it was not suitable, he refused.

In fact, he said he had left the country to go back to Poland!! – yeah right! So that was money down the drain.

The next person I hired had to try his best to make good of an impossible mess, and thankfully it was better, although not perfect. With every dark cloud comes a rainbow. I’m not even sure the latter is a saying, but that’s how I saw it. ( Just remembered, should be silver lining right? Oh well, rainbow sounds better).

My tiles were being supplied by Olde English tiles, the wholesale company of the Victorian tile company Original Features.

They sent me their best tiler, Brian, from the Classic Victorian Tiling company, to get the job completed. 

Let me tell you this. Brian was amazing and definitely the rainbow after the dark cloud. 

It was nose down to get the job done from day one. He even spent a whole day making the ground more level.

He was professionalism with a capital ‘P’. The whole job took him only one week to complete.

There was no disruption to us at all. He never came in, stayed outdoors and got the work done. 

He protected the tiles at the end of each day with wooden walkways and even had a special sign to tell people where to walk.

Placing Victorian tiles down, is not your average tiling job. It is a truly specialised job of patience and skill.

I watched how Brian painstakingly placed each piece down on the screeded concrete ground to create the desired pattern. Victorian tiles installation Each tile had to be an equal distance of 1 to 2 mm apart to achieve a uniform grout line.

As the Olde English tiles were natural clay products, there were the expected variations in their colours and sizes. So Brian would have had to mix tiles of the same colour from different boxes together to achieve an evenly distributed colour.

Once all the small pieces have been placed, then grouting took place.

Brian finished the job off on a Sunday when we were still indoors, unbeknown to me. He left it looking sparkling clean.

I was so sorry not to get a chance to say thank you to him, so this is a post to say so.

Another last word of advice, if you are thinking of placing tiles in your external walkway, do ensure that all external building works, painting and landscaping are done first.

The worst thing is to have your expensive tiles ruined right?

Anyway, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the process. It’s not all plain sailing.

I’m so pleased with how amazing the tiles from Olde English Tiles and Original Features look. The quality is superb ( I’ll be talking more about this in my next post and the final reveal).

Have a wonderful day. x

( Victorian tiles were kindly supplied by Olde English Tiles)

Search the blog