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2024 TILE TRENDS: THE HOUSE DIRECTORY MEMBERS REVEAL THIS YEAR’S KEY STYLES

Not just for bathrooms and kitchens, tiles are a versatile, durable surface that can be used to add colour and pattern throughout the house, and even the garden too. Think a hardwearing hallway floor, a cheerful tiled chimney breast, a...

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The Beautiful Bathrooms Edit

From baths to basins, tiles to taps and so much more, The House Directory’s August shopping edit focuses on the very best fixtures, fittings, surfaces and accessories to source and shop now. 1. Colour Splash A perfect mix of classic...

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The English Country Homes Edit

Traditional, timeless, reclaimed and antique, The House Directory‘s English Country Homes shopping edit takes its inspiration from the glamour, the heritage and the grandeur of stately homes, historical houses and majestic country piles. 1. Be inspired by this beautiful book...

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Modern Day Mosaic – the use of mosaic in contemporary interiors

An exploration of mosaic and its contemporary uses, with work by Pierre Mesguich.  From its ancient origins and seemingly endless possibilities in both design and materials, mosaic holds a special place in the heart of designers; offering opportunity to bring...

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Urban townhouse bathroom by Drummonds

Designed by Drummonds’ Bathroom Design Service, this townhouse bathroom has a sophisticated urban edge. Drummonds’ classic bathroomware is beautifully set within an uncluttered, modern interior, putting all the design focus onto the gleaming brass, marble and china. The pieces are...

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Catchpole & Rye’s Jersey project

Luxury bathroom manufacturers Catchpole and Rye have a vast selection of products, ranging from freestanding copper baths and traditional cast iron roll top baths, to marble washstands, bespoke w/c cisterns and luxury showers. Bespoke by nature, Catchpole and Rye make...

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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...

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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...

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Mix & match bathroom fittings from The Water Monopoly

The new Rockwell range of bathroom accessories from The Water Monopoly brings new freedom to bathroom design. You can mix and match gorgeously coloured tap heads, showers, flush handles and bath feet – they can complement each other or contrast...

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Orange bathroom inspiration

Orange is the colour of the season!  It’s vibrant, but playful and optimistic, and it’s already made its way from the fashion catwalks into our homes.  Leading bathroom retailer Ripples has put together this stylish selection of orange bathroom fittings...

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