Terracotta…The New Grey??

Yes. It’s true. I admit it…I love terracotta. I’m not sure if it’s the nostalgia of the late 80’s to early 90’s where everyone’s backyard pools were hugged by the humble terracotta tile, or just the fact that it’s one of the first tiles I remember as a child in mum and dad’s tile shop. But it’s a tile that always evokes feelings of warmth and character. Even on these chilly winter mornings we’ve had lately (thanks for that “Artic Winds”).

And the best thing about terracotta I hear you ask? The point of this article? It’s making a comeback! Yay! Could it be that terracotta is the new grey?

Ok, so maybe the Saltillo terracotta’s are still a specialised taste, but more and more we’re seeing emerge from the cracks in our current grey-obsession the inviting, rich and colourful tones of our old friend terracotta. Be it either in its terracotta form, or as a more durable and resilient ceramic or vitrified porcelain tile.

And I for one am excited!

(Not) Keeping up with the Jones’

Do a quick Google search on interior styles and trends and your brain will be instantly flooded quicker than you can say mid-century modern meets minimalism. It seems that along with the speed of technology and information delivery these days, we are getting so bombarded by different styles, trends, ideas and collections that we are sometimes losing our own sense of (style) identity.

Most of us like to think that we are doing something different, something unique, but all we’re really doing is trying to keep up with the Jones’. What can sometimes offer some relief is by switching off – both mentally and technologically – and starting at the basics.

“Who is this space for?”

“What do I need this space to do?”

“What stands out to me personally in terms of the most important parts of it?”

It is wonderful that we can be inspired by so many different mediums including, television, radio, news print, friends, fashion, family, Anna Smith from the PTA, and of course – the beloved Google. But if we really want to be happy with our choices and feel truly at home in our spaces, we need to get the right advice to find a style that reflects us.

So if you have intoxicatingly happy childhood memories that were created amongst the Mexican Rustic style, or in an Art Deco style kitchen, and you want to recreate that space (or perhaps a style you’ve always admired but been afraid to try), don’t be afraid to try something new and be truly unique!


0% Planning = 99%* Failing *with the small exception of the lucky flukes

No one wants to plan.


Let’s face it – we’re all happy to go confer with Pintrest, forums, facebook, twitter, instagram, and your neighbour’s sister-in-law from Manhattan, but when it comes down to the nitty gritty of it, most of us just want to see what’s in our minds executed with samurai precision in front of our eyes (yours truly included).

And while the fantastic renovation shows filling our tv screens at the moment are wonderful for inspiration, some would suggest they are giving the rest of us unrealistic expectation as to how long a job should take.

So don’t just plan what you want your new bathroom/kitchen/outdoor entertaining area/office/lounge room to look like, but plan who you want to carry out the job, how long (realistically) it should take, and of course – the all important one – plan for a contingency.

Yep – a Plan B.

I know… I hear you… you don’t need one because it’s your cousin who’s doing the tiling, and a friend of a friend is doing the electrical.

Wrong – that’s even more of a reason for your all important Plan B and/or backup emergency funds.

Plan for it all – because the end result will be truly worth it!

A Fresh Take on Tessellated!

Thinking of tiling a tessellated look for your verandah, foyer, laundry or bathroom? Are you not completely loving the traditional colour schemes, but don’t want to stray too far from your home’s federation style? We may just have the product for you. This range is a full bodied vitrified that never requires sealing or any maintenance. Fresh off the boat from Italy, come into our store today to view the full range and find the right fit for you!

Custom Nosing and Treads

Gone are the days when tiles were made available with a matching step tread, bullnose, pool coper or skirting. This is where the Tile Living® range of custom nosing and treads comes to the rescue!

The majority of our products can be customised for a completed look for your pool surrounds, indoor and outdoor stairs, edging and skirtings.

With a range of profiles to choose from, come and talk to our team today to complete your desired look.

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