How To Care For Your Encastic Tiled FloorWritten by Edward Green IICRC inst
If your tiled floor is in an Edwardian property and beautifully coloured you are probably looking at an Encastic tiled floor. Most of encastic tiled floors we restore have had a real beating. Smashed tiles, glue where carpet was probably stuck to it at one stage, old solvent based polishes.
The point is, once restored floors are superb and an absolute joy to look at. It requires quite a bit of work but they really are worth it. The tiles themselves are clay information with various rich terracotta colours burnt in making them extremely durable. They are made by mixing wax and turpentine and then heat bonded. Even when heavy objects are pulled across tiles and deep scratches occur colour will still be there unlike most modern day tiles.
Three Ways to Add Charm and Style to Your KitchenWritten by Kathy Burns-Millyard
I like decorating my kitchen with a cozy, warm, inviting, homey feeling to it. Usually I'm fighting for all space I can get in my kitchen too. If you'd like to try this style yourself, you need additional space, or if you simply want to create a different look and feel to your current kitchen decorating style: here are a few tips for you to try.
1. Hang your pots and pans on wall. This works whether you have a matching set of pots and pans, or whether it's an eclectic collection gathered over years. Simply put hooks in wall, then hang pots by their handles with bottom facing outwards. This is particularly useful for space saving and organization too. My favorite location to hang pots and pans is on wall right above stove. If you have room, this puts pots on display nicely while keeping them right on hand for cooking.
2. Hang your potholders and hotpads on wall. If your pans are too heavy to hang safely, or you simply don't want them on display, or you'd like to add other embellishments to your hanging pots arrangement - potholders work quite well as kitchen wall decorations too!