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Bathroom tiles duck egg blue Check out these gorgeous Eye Duck Egg Encaustic bathroom tiles from Ca’ Pietra  that I’ve picked.

I realise that it’s been a while since I updated you on my bathroom refurbishment. 

There was a definite lull for various reasons which I shall explain at a later date. There are still a few outstanding jobs to be done before completion.

For now, I thought I’d do weekly updates till the final reveal. Fingers crossed we will get there.

I have always wanted some colour and pattern on my bathroom floor.

When I first saw Ca’ pietra’s duck egg encaustic bathroom tiles, via Ripples bathroom, I knew it was for me.

I absolutely adore the curved shaped pattern and of course the colour.

As you can see from the image above, the bathroom tiles can be placed in many different configurations.

Which one would you pick? bathroom tiles Here’s the configuration I went for. I like a neat and uniform look.

These eye encaustic tiles also come in 4 other colours of salmon pink, bold jade green, warm green and hay.

If you are bold enough, you could even mix and match the tile colours together.

They can also be used on the walls and other rooms, other than the bathroom. blue bathroom tiles Here they are on my bathroom floor before grouting, they will have to be cleaned and sealed at the end.

This floor colour will be the inspiration from which I will build the bathroom on.

So, what do you think?

Hope you like it.

Finally, I’ll be back next week with more bathroom progress. There will be more posts on tiles and how to use colour in the bathroom to come, so watch this space.

Have a lovely day.

( Photography by Little Big Bell. The tiles were gifted by Ca’ Pietra)

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)

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