A to Z of Tiling - O is for Original Style

Friday 4 March 2016, Written by Carole Poirot Tags: A to Z

Original Style is well known for its Victorian geometric floor tile range. It’s one of our most loved collections, popular all over the world, forming the cornerstone of our portfolio. Nostalgia and a love for the Victorian elegance led Original Style to recreate these classic floor tiles, we developed our collection as an ode to the striking designs of the Victorian era.

This week we are doing something a little different on the Style Files and running with the 'Original Style' theme! We've teamed up with blogger Carole Poirot who is originally from Paris and after living in Germany for many years now calls London her home. She is a freelance prop stylist and photographer and currently renovates her Victorian home where she lives with her partner and son.

Check out her post on Victorian kitchens below looking at modern kitchens with a traditional theme (and a perfect cake recipe just in time for Mother's Day!).


"What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of a Victorian kitchen? National Trust? Stuffy and dingy interiors that don't work with today's requirements? Well, you're of course not completely wrong. Many Victorian kitchens can be a challenge and sometimes things like a large chimney breast in the layout can be hard to incorporate into a modern design. However, when done the right way, even the most awkward kitchen can be transformed into a space that is useable, functional and beautiful whilst retaining its Victorian charm. After all, Victorian charm is the reason why many of us buy these beautiful properties in the first place.

No matter how modern your kitchen is then, it is important to keep some of the original character. This could be with a stunning traditional range cooker, a beautiful butler sink, or of course tiles. The secret lies in marrying two styles - modern and Victorian - to create something that works for a modern family as whilst retaining the charm of the Victorian era. If you're nervous about traditional kitchen units, then you can achieve this "marriage" by using the Victorian elements in a decorative way. And what could be more decorative than beautiful Victorian tiles? With all the advantages of new tiles and all the beauty of original ones, they are the best of both worlds.

Just think of it as a modern take on a traditional theme. A bit like a Victoria Sponge cake made a tiny bit healthier and given a different flavour twist. What do I mean? Well, replacing the butter with olive oil and adding rose for a subtle and elegant flavouring whilst retaining the traditional sponge and cream combination. Curious? Here's the recipe:

-          200g plain flour
-          175g caster sugar
-          150ml extra virgin olive oil
-          150ml semi skimmed milk
-          3 large eggs
-          2 tsp baking powder
-          2 tbsp dried rose petals (bought from a herbal shop)
-          300ml double cream
-         1 tbsp of icing sugar plus some for decorating

How it's done:
Preheat your oven to 180 and lightly grease two round tins. Pour the milk into a pan, add the rose petals and bring to a simmer, take the milk off the heat and leave to cool for at least 15 minutes with the rose petals to infuse. Mix the flour and baking powder and sieve in a stand mixer, combine the sugar and olive oil on a medium speed until combined, now add the eggs, one by one, mixing each in before adding the next one. Mix for around 5 minutes until pale and fluffy, pour the milk through a sieve to remove the rose petals and add 1/3 of the flour followed by half the milk, continue until the flour and milk are used. Mix until all ingredients are combined, but do not overbeat.  Pour the mix into the two prepared tins and put into the oven bake for 30-35 minutes until golden take the cakes out of the oven and leave to cool on a rack once the cakes have completely cooled. Beat the double cream until it forms soft peaks add a table spoon of icing sugar and beat until stiff now just spread the cream onto one of the cakes, top with the second sprinkle with icing sugar and decorate with either fresh roses or rose petals.

So, hopefully this marriage of modern and traditional will inspire you to do the same for your kitchen."

For more of Carole's posts take a look at her blog here and look at  this week's inspiration page for some truly inspiring Victorian floor tile installations and as ever don't forget to check out our Pinterest boards.


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