Tiles By Kate


I’m always confident in selecting tiles for my clients, I see perusing a good tile shop as a definite perk of my job. My love for tiles really came about when I was working on the set of The Great Gatsby. I was given the job of tile sourcing for many of the sets, and I can’t tell you how many finishes and cuts I looked at over those months – although I can tell you there are thousands of amazing options out there! I must admit, I’ve found it a little harder to come to a decision on tiles in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry for our own house renovation. I blame the fact that there are so many options out there, and I genuinely love so many different looks. It was a given I’d source from my favourite tile shop in Sydney, Tiles By Kate. The range in the store that is local to me is fabulous, and I always find the service really good. Owners Eliza and Georgie are lovely sisters, both with a really good eye when it comes to style – and I love to bounce ideas off them – both tile experts who love an unexpected combination, which is right up my alley. You’ll find a well edited selection including porcelain tiles, ceramic tiles, border tiles, glass tiles, mosaic tiles and natural stone. The staff all understand their products, current trends and know the correct application – right down to suggesting the perfect grout colour for each tile.

If you visit in store you’ll notice the impressive range of encaustic tiles – there is a huge range of gorgeous patterns and colours. The chequerboard of black and grey you see below was an encaustic tile I picked up and said immediately ‘I HAVE TO SOMEHOW USE THIS’ – it was fate. I love that our house has original charm from the late 1960’s which I’m trying to preserve, and I feel like I’m injecting charm back in to the spaces that we’ve ripped apart by using a tile with such character. I really jumped in the deep end by teaming it with the hand made milky blue subway in gloss, but I’m glad I did and can’t wait to get these babies up on the walls, right up to the ceiling. I’ll be laying the wall tile vertically and stacked, with a minimal grout line – it’s a bit out there, but I’m confident it’s going to be really beautiful.

flatlays_web_jacquiturk-2flatlays_web_jacquiturk-5I’ve definitely chosen the somewhat safer option for our laundry/bathroom combination. The encaustic grey hex tile with square wall tile in white will give the space a utilitarian vibe (with a little bit of magic thrown in from the chalky grey finish on the floor). This room will be close in proximity to the kitchen, which is why I’ve decided to use the same square white tile on our kitchen splash back – but more on that whole look soon.

My bold tile direction was vindicated in my mind when reading The Good Weekend recently. Karen McCartney stated ‘ bold thinking is taking the humble ceramic tile to new places’. I must admit, I liked reading that!

Tiles By Kate
337 Condamine Street Manly Vale, NSW

Briar x

Photography by Jacqui Turk, styling by me.

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