First off, sorry for the lack of post on Friday! I had a crazy week with not one but TWO film crews in my home. The first, I can’t really talk about just yet (promise I will spill all as soon as I’m able) but the second is the one I spoke a little bit about in this post and the reason why we had to get the dining room as complete as possible in preparation for it. I filmed a 4 part series of quick and easy DIYs with SwiftCover for their #SwiftHomeHacks campaign! It was a very long and crazy day but so much fun and I’ll be sharing the first of the videos with you later this month! Yay!

Filming #SwiftHomeHacks with @redlilocks & loving her beautiful home. Videos coming soon! #SwoonWorthy #interiordesign #designblogger #interiorblogger

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Anyway, it was a totally full on week and by Friday evening, I was absolutely shattered. Just thinking about getting up early and getting work done on the dining room was making me want to crawl further under my duvet. So yeah, we didn’t get anything done this weekend. That’s two weekends off from work on the room (the first, we were both sick) so alas, no updates!! Ack! I know, I am a terrible blogger but sometimes after doing weeks of DIY, you really just need a breather.

However, I figured today I’d just quickly share my choice of the tiles we’ll be using for the fireplace. It’s not a workingΒ fireplace and because of the placement of the table, reinstating it would have been a little pointless. However, we are going to have something else in there which I’ll be sharing with you soon ;)

So, these are the tiles from Tile Mountain that I chose. They will also be the tiles I’m using in the kitchen!! (more on that soon):

porcelain tiles that look like carrara marble

The best thing about these tiles is that while they look like Carrara Marble, they are actually porcelain tiles from Italy. They are stunning in person – a soft matt finish with a beautiful varying grain and unless you knew they were porcelain, they would easily be mistaken for the real deal. Even better, the tiles are super hard-wearing and won’t etch or stain the way real marble does. Plus? At around Β£40 per square meter, they are so much more affordable as an option. I mean, you can’t really get better than that.

So the plan is to use these tiles on the inside as well as on the hearth and we’ll be trimming them out with this brass edging strip.

brass edge strip for tiles

I think the combination of the Carrara-effect tiles with the brass edging and the black fireplace mantle will look pretty bad ass and tie in nicely to the rest of the space.

Hopefully we can get our arses in gear and get that done next week so I can share it with you soon! And once the tiles are done, then it’s just a matter of finishing the flooring! We’re definitely in the home stretch here!

Oh, one last little bit of news! If you follow me on Instagram, you will have already seen this! Pick up the latest copy of Your Home magazine, there’s a supplement called ‘Making it Yours’ by Rustoleum in which I and a few other bloggers are featured!Β You can check out my featured desk makeover in this postΒ for how it was done!

Your Home Rustoleum feature

In the meantime, what do you think of the tiles? Would you have mistaken them for real Carrara marble as well?


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