Thing of Beauty 3

Looking at a beautiful floor lets me’s like visual porn for the mind’s eye.  The best are not glossy, gossip columns but tell a story, wearing their battle scars with pride and an undeniable polishing of age.  My ultimate joys are marbled mosaic floors as found in St Pauls Cathedral, the Victorian tessellated floors like those found here in the UK and possibly my favourites: Encaustic cement floor tiles from places such as Cuba, France and Italy..the artisanal flair, patterns and colours are literally chocolate for my soul.  I can understand if people find them ‘too seventies’ or too dominant…..but come into my world…see if I can change your mind..

inside-havana-kitchen-tile inside-havana-floor-tile-1

cuban-tile-livingroom-book cuban-tile-3 hacienda-yaxcopoil-office Egyptian-Tile-Up-Stairs

cuban-tile-in-key-westAnd a true font of knowledge and know-how is an amazing website called Villa Lagoon Tiles based in the States where all the pictures on this post came from.  They collect pictures and information and best of all, make these tiles. Go loose yourself in their website..the options and designs are both endless and fascinating..I was lucky enough to order tiles from them for our bathrooms..but I still head back whenever I need a creative fix to see what new ideas they have come up with.They can copy old tiles or you can choose from their classics range..the following are from their Cuban heritage section.  I literally die.

w-CH-220-1B-example-tile-fl w-CH-110-2B-example-tile-fl w-CH-110-1C-example-tile-fl

Floor-of-the-Tour-Magdelacustom-nuevo-castillo-tile-4Or they have modern options..

saigon-post-office-floor-2sm sofia-bocassio-bathroom-til ikat-floor-tile-A-sm-VLT Ikat-Tile-floor-B-smVLT Ikat-tile-C-floor-smVLT Ikat-floor-tile-D-smVLT layout-ikat-tile-rug fret-tiles-angled oxford-exchange-tampa-VLT custom-nuevo-castillo-tile-4 SKYLINE-01D SUNSET-01DI’m feeling the need for renovation coming on..

Laters, Kate x


  1. Bella

    What a great collection. I will re-visit for inspiration when I do my bathroom. Bella

  2. Wendy Stegall

    oh man you speak to my heart. For me I feel I “diegest” color and am nourished by patterns and gradations. I really love the walls in these pictures. I did my walls in textures like that. Visual porn yes. I sometimes feel I’m hypersensitive to color and shade. It drives my life. thanks for posting these!

    On Thu, May 9, 2013 at 5:49 AM, MasonBentleyStyle wrote:

    > ** > MasonBentley posted: “Looking at a beautiful floor lets me >’s like visual porn for the mind’s eye. The best are not > glossy, gossip columns but tell a story, wearing their battle scars with > pride and an undeniable polishing of age. My ultimate joys are marbled > mosa”

    • MasonBentley

      Yes! We lived in Italy for a while and had some gorgeous octagonal ones there..they were burgundy, grey and blue – which sounds horrendous, but really weren’t! But the octagonal terracotta..divine.