Cutting the Gordian Knot

Ever since they bought their lovely bandbox of a house my sister has been exercised how to repair a little bit of cracked encaustic tile at the entrance.

On walks we’d stop and examine other people’s tile – a wonderful inner-city selection! – take photos, but the modern tiles are just slightly different.

So, they bit the bullet, but when the guys came to take it up, they found a deep crack, so they dug… and discovered that the vault had failed, so the surface was dangling over a sizable drop.

Lots of black humour. “Hello madam, have you heard of the book of MOOORMAAAN….” *crunch*

“We’re collecting for the Royal LIIIIFEBOOOOAAT…” *crunch*

“Oh darling, come and look at the MOOOON…” *crunch*

Obviously the only one who had been safe was Happy the cat.

Here is the delicious part:

instead of going with encaustic tile after all that agonising, they replaced the floor with period-perfect sandstone – and had the house’s crest cut into it.

Perfect. I shall never dare use the front entrance again, from sheer reverence for its beauty.

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7 Responses to Cutting the Gordian Knot

  1. Sherry says:

    Oh, that is wonderful! You did good. Classy and gorgeous. Very nice choice. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Third Avenue Style says:

    Oh that is fabulous – stunning entrance indeed. Thank you so much for your advise on the checkerboard floor – it would probably have never occurred to me to go on the diagonal – but now you mentioned it you are quite right…. when I looked at the images it just looked better. And as for french blue & white well that would have been spectacular!


  3. Burlap Luxe says:

    Love it, beautiful work, you have created
    yourself a beautiful Sanctuary.
    Thank you for your visit and taking the time to leave me a dear comment :)

  4. Lundy says:

    Nice solution to the re-do. Very handsome. Should friends find themselves in a similar situation, we can make multi-color pattern tile to simulate the original encaustics you had. Our encaustic cement tile can produce unlimited effects in a huge palette. We have done tile for several London kitchens and entrances. Best wishes, Lundy at Villa Lagoon Tile

  5. Lisa says:

    That is stunning. I like that sooo much better than anything else with a pattern. I'm sure they're going to enjoy it for a long time.

  6. shopgirl says:

    Awesome piece! I'm glad it turned out for the best.

    Wishing you a great week ahead!

  7. la Brocanteuse says:

    awesome and very inspiring! this was a great idea. regards Colette

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