Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Pretty, permanent blossoms

After posting about the discovery of snowdrops in my last post, I wanted to share with you the snowdrop I have year round...

This is a tiny framed tile, perhaps two inches square, created with a real snowdrop and glazed in earthy green and teal blue hues.

It hangs in my kitchen as part of a set of small herbaceous-themed tiles, which I purchased from Emma West Ceramics years ago. They make me happy. 

I had read about Emma West in an issue of Country Living magazine, then promptly ordered a few treasures for myself. We had recently moved into our house, and we had no budget for bathroom renovations or large tiles, so I ordered these simply framed little gems instead.

Fast forward a few years, and we were redecorating the downstairs loo. When deciding on tiles for behind the sink, I immediately knew what I wanted:

I chose a range of flora and fauna (she only had what was ‘in season’!), and a more bluish glaze than the greener kitchen version. I am enchanted by these tiles, and I wish I could have them dotted around the house, not just allocated to the loo!

I love that these tiles give me almost fossil-like souvenirs of the garden, whatever the season, whatever the weather.

Just a bit of pretty for your day!
Chrissie x

PS Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments on my recent posts. For those of you who liked the photos of my living room (and perhaps want to snoop around my house a bit more!), check out my early posts about decorating here, here and here


  1. The tiles are lovely Chrissie and what a great way to use something that is probably costly in a small area and then it makes a big impact. Great idea too to frame them as pictures! You are so creative!! xx

  2. Oh Chrissie the tiles are so gorgeous I just love the ones in the little frames
    Clare x

  3. I love both tile displays. I wish I had more tiles in my house, just the main bathtub has tiles.

  4. I am also enchanted by these beautiful tiles Chrissie - I do admire your wonderful taste in such things! Love, Joy xo

  5. Stunning! I love the way you have grouped a small number together for so much impact!

  6. All of the tiles are so pretty but I especially like the blue ones - my favourite colour. Nice to see more snowdrops too :)

  7. Ooooh I love your tiles ..... so beautiful
    love Jooles x x x

  8. Just been snooping around your house as you suggested, the girls bathroom is stunning. I was in raptures over the crochet bathmat, very very very nice!

  9. Dear Chrissie
    What beautiful tiles with their delicate colours. They look lovely in both displays.
    Best wishes

  10. What beautiful tiles, I can see why you treasure them.

  11. Aren't they a lovely find. They really make it don't they. Jo x

  12. Delicate and beautiful !
    Have a nice day !

  13. The tiles are lovely and will never date. I took a snoop around and you have a lovely home. I love all the little quirky bits and bunny's room is so sweet. When L was born she had the box room (now in the bigger room) we stencilled on the walls teddies with balloon floating away and on the skirting board I painted a black arch with two sets of white dots. A mouse hole with a couple of residents.

  14. Look at your beautiful sewing stand and your lovely bathroom. I love having a peek at your house. Hugs to you.

  15. Chrissie I love your tiles, they really are so delicate and special...I have had a look at your decorating talents..love it all!

    Now as to all this spookiness..I think I may have to make a list...
    Crochet injury,(tick)
    Making a shawl (tick) although your pattern is far far superior to mine and now I have found it I want to make that one too.
    Same sofas (tick) yes really!
    and one more.... I suspect we may live in very similar houses too!!
    bestest as ever girlfriend
    D x

  16. These are so beautiful they have a very ethereal quality .I think I might have to get a few I need new tiles around the kitchen sink

  17. The tiles are gorgeous! So pretty and individual.

  18. I've been having a snoop at all your house posts and you've got such a lovely home!
    Maria x

  19. Such pretty tiles Chrissie. They are so lovely and delicate, no wonder you treasure them.
    Marianne x

  20. Anonymous12:13 pm GMT

    Your tiles are lovely, they make artistic touches in an essential little room!

  21. Such pretty tiles and they look just perfect in your downstairs loo. What a lovely space you have created there, love it!! Xoxox


  22. " Jesus não julga, nem condena. Ele simplesmente ama." (Momento de fé)
    Uma linda e abençoada semana!!!
    Beijos Marie.

  23. these are beautiful! some tiles just recently fell off our shower wall (onto the hubs feet) s that's a project for him in his spare time haha!

  24. Thanks for inviting me in for a nose around, very much enjoyed that! The tiles are certainly gorgeous, what a fabulous design idea. They look great in your loo!!