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Series S- Balineum’s new collection of hand painted tiles

Decorative tiles have adorned bathrooms across Europe for centuries. From the ports of Amalfi to the villages of Portugal, artisan-painted tiles capture the essence of the Mediterranean. Balineum celebrates the heritage of these seaports with Series S, a new range of ceramic tiles hand-painted in Italy and available in the UK exclusively through Balineum.

Over 90 unique designs make up this colourful and versatile collection with traditional florals and intricate decorative motifs alongside graphic geometric patterns. Series S is suitable for bathrooms and wet-rooms, as well as kitchen and exteriors.

Balineum - Series S tiles

An inspiring tiled bathroom designed by Studio Perregalli.
Photographer: Luis Ridao

new Series S tiles by Balineum

geometric Series S tiles by Balineum

new Series S tiles by Balineum

Trellis Series S tiles by Balineum

graphic Series S tiles by Balineum

Series S tiles by Balineum

Balineum are especially excited to introduce ‘listelli’ tiles to the UK. These tiles were originally designed to go around doorways in the houses of Italy.  They also work well as a trim above square field tiles.

Glazes for Series S tiles by Balineum

Patterns, trims and coordinating plain tiles are available in 27 glaze colours.


Series S includes field tiles, border tiles and decorative trim with a variety of customisation options also available.

Prices for the collection start at £380 inc VAT per square metre. Lead times are 10-14 weeks (made up of 3-4 weeks for colour sampling, followed by 6-8 weeks for production order).

Balineum will be showcasing the new Series S collection (along with new lighting, mirrors and washstands) in a colourful Capri-inspired pop up for a two-week period from Tuesday 27 September to Saturday 8 October at Pentreath & Hall, 17a Rugby Street, London WC1.

Colefax and Fowler collection 2016

Two distinct series emerge from the Colefax and Fowler collection for 2016. The first tells of exuberant luxury through ornate patterns, magnificent colours, and rich fabrics of exceptional quality. There are decorative and luxurious plain velvets, paisley and ikat patterns and opulent silk embroideries. The second story articulates decorative designs in a soft palette after the Scandinavian tradition. The printed and embroidered leaves and woody pine cones, romantic embroideries, florals and trellis, combine perfectly with mixed weaves, plains, washed damasks and ethereal sheers. The wallpapers pick up keynote designs from the fabric collection, with pretty florals, leafy, graphic, and strié designs.

Isador by Colefax and Fowler

The grand bellflowers of ISADOR (pale aqua F4329/02) are densely embroidered in vibrant shades.

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Plain English launch new website

Over the past twenty years, Plain English has earned a reputation for producing simple, elegant kitchens (and larders and laundries, sculleries and pantries) that stand the test of time in terms of their classic design and the quality of their craftsmanship. Joiners in the company’s Suffolk workshop make the cupboards using environmentally sustainable materials.

Inspiration for their work comes from plain Georgian architecture,  simple domesticity and of course, a very English fascination with nature, with the weather and the seasons drifting across the landscape. As they explain: ‘Our aesthetic references the values of the past and gently evolves to embrace the modern ways we live now.’

The launch of their new website prompts us to show you one of their latest projects, in an old school house in South London.

Plain English Holloway kitchen

The cupboards are from the Spitalfields range by Plain English, the Island is from the Osea range. The cupboards are painted in Jack Black, the island in Lamp Black, both by Little Greene Paint Company. The worktops and splashback are in Carrara marble, the island worktop in Arabescato marble.
Plain English designed the housing for the integrated overhead Westin extractor by Westin.

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Alternative Flooring with Liberty Fabrics

Alternative Flooring is launching a new carpet collection with Liberty Fabrics this  autumn. Archival and classic Liberty prints have been expertly woven into rugs, runners and carpets. This is the first time that these iconic designs have been used on carpet. There are four designs in a total of ten colourways. Enchanting floral, bird, garden and paisley prints that combine detailed pattern and vibrant colour have been up-scaled and refashioned for floors.

Alternative Flooring with Liberty: Flowers of Thorpe

Flowers of Thorpe in Summer Garden

A typical classic Liberty floral, created in the 1970s but emulating the wonderful small flower designs, which were so popular at Liberty in the 1930s, and a style the brand has become synonymous with. This beautiful floral has now been brought to life for the first time on a carpet.

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Luciano Giubbilei: The art of Making Gardens

Luciano Giubbilei is known for his award-winning gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and for his beautiful and serene garden designs for private houses across the world. Since 2012 he has been working on an experimental flower bed in the famous garden of Great Dixter in East Sussex (home of the late gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd), in close collaboration with the Head Gardener, Fergus Garrett. This elegant new book offers a personal insight into his inspirations and the development of his style over the last few years.

Portrait of Luciano Giubbilei

Luciano Giubbilei at Great Dixter.

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‘Callista’ by Clarissa Hulse for Harlequin

Designer Clarissa Hulse is well known for her distinctive hand and her passion for colour and texture. This is her second collaboration with Harlequin, and she draws inspiration from a variety of influences including her enduring passion for plants, flowers and landscapes seen on long country walks, a nomadic childhood and her half-Greek heritage. For Callista, which means ‘most beautiful’ in ancient Greek, she has created a collection of woven fabrics, printed silks and wallpapers that display Clarissa’s trademark style: contemporary botanical designs coupled with intense colour.

Callista by Clarissa Hulse for Harlequin

Voile Curtains: Hortelano 131894 £96 per metre. This beautiful voile has been dip-dyed then embroidered and hand embellished. Wallpaper: Kalamia 111384 £69 a roll.

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Floors of Stone’ new ceramic tiles

Floors of Stone have just launched an exclusive range of handmade ceramic tiles, created and designed in their on-site ceramics studio, at their Cotes Mill showroom.

The new collection, with intricate detail and simple glazes, has been created by Hannah Livesley, whose background is in art and design. She has used antique printing blocks, foraged flowers and flora from the Cotes Mill grounds, to inspire her designs.

Floors of Stone ceramic tiles

‘Meadow’ tiles

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The Gardens of Arne Maynard

Arne Maynard is one of the country’s most sought-after and internationally renowned garden designers. He’s celebrated for his ability to draw out the essence of a place. Written by Maynard himself, and illustrated with wonderfully atmospheric photographs by William Collinson, this beautiful book offers a fascinating insight into how his designs evolve.  Maynard explains that the ‘structure of [each] garden has to “hold hands” with the environment, respecting the architecture of the house and the setting, the climate and the culture, whether urban or in the country’. Some gardens are historical with a modern twist, others very contemporary, but all share Maynard’s passion for plants and ‘green’ structure, and appear timeless in their style.

The Gardens of Arne Maynard

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Paint & Paper Library relaunches

Paint & Paper Library was founded over twenty years ago by London-based interior designer and acclaimed colour expert, David Oliver. Now under new ownership, the brand has relaunched its two palettes of 85 ‘Original Colours’ and 95 ‘Architectural Colours’ and added 40 unique new shades to complement the existing tones.

Paint & Paper Library now offers its full colour palette in five superlative finishes. Their signature finish, Pure Flat Emulsion, is the mattest emulsion paint on the market. A water-based emulsion paint with the ultimate soft chalky finish, it is also micro-porous, to allow the fabric of a building to breathe; an important consideration for historic buildings. Their Architect’s Matt Emulsion provides a high performance water-based alternative which is completely washable, and offers excellent scuff and stain resistance. Architects’ Eggshell is a low sheen, tough and durable water-based acrylic paint suitable for all interior woodwork and walls, especially for kitchens and bathrooms where condensation may be problematic.

Paint & Paper Library

Wall: Apple Smiles II 570 – Pure Flat Emulsion

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Vintage Home by Judith Miller

Vintage Home (20th century Design for Contemporary Living) by Judith Miller is a practical collector’s guide, a celebration of the many decorative styles of the 20th century, and a guide to combining retro and contemporary pieces in your home. The ‘vintage’ designs covered in this book were all considered to be modern in their day, and many still do appear strikingly modern, despite their age. The book is not only a guide to designers who led the way in the 20th century, but shows us ‘influential pieces’ of each eclectic style, as well as these pieces in contemporary settings (many of them the designers’ own homes). Antiques expert Judith Miller shows how furniture and accessories from around the world, from different design eras and made for every taste and budget, can be sit comfortably together to create a new and individual look.

Verner Panton's Heart Chair

The Heart Chair is probably Verner Panton’s most recognisable design (1959). The strong shape and vibrant colour made it an international success. It holds its own in this brightly coloured room with a dramatic carpet. Photo: Andrew Boyd / © Jacqui Small LLP

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