I have never been a fan of faking it. I much prefer the real thing and that goes for jewellery, furniture and handbags. I have written before about my experience of fake Eames chairs and I remain firmly of the belief that if you can’t afford a particular designer, find another you do like that you can afford and buy that instead. I can’t afford Prada unless I find it second hand at my local vintage shop and that is where my bag came from.
Recently I have relaxed my stance on this. Well, not as far as designer furniture goes – I still think there there are loads of amazing designers who are making wonderful pieces at affordable prices and you don’t have to have bust a gut for an Eames or a Wegner – although God knows I would LOVE a set of Wegner wishbone chairs. Anyway, that’s another tale. When it comes to fakery, I will admit to a slight shaking of the principles.
It began with the fake plants. Given that I have already killed two this year (and it’s only March) and the fake one continues to fool everyone who visits, I’m starting to think that may be the way forward.
And then there’s tiles. I have floorboards all over my house. Painted white. With rugs on top. It’s a look I love and I wouldn’t change it. Except… except… I really hate radiators. Well, not the old school style cast iron ones but I don’t have any of those. I have modern white ones (painted to match the walls where required). This is because underfloor heating doesn’t work with suspended floorboards.
Now call it age, call it improved technology, but suddenly I find myself considering the advantages of tiles that look like wood or stone. You basically can’t tell it’s not the real thing and you can have heating underneath so it’s practical as well. Not to mention draught proof – the wind that whistles up into my hall from the damp basement below has to be felt to be believed.
When we did our bathroom recently we wanted a wet room shower corner. But we have floorboards in that room that is open to the bedroom next door. We didn’t want to tile the whole room, especially as we were only really replacing the shower, so we created a large area on the floor that was calculated to be bigger than the splash zone and tiled that area leaving the rest as floorboards.
We then put heating under the shower area but had to leave the rest of the floor. Now, I’m thinking, we could probably have found floorboard tiles to match the bedroom and tiled the whole bathroom floor with heating underneath. You live and learn. At least I do. So I’m telling you so that you can benefit from my mistakes. See – the selflessness… These tiles are all by Topps Tiles and they call it their “Get the effect, love the difference” range. I could get on board with that. Only I’m not redecorating my bathroom again. Ever. Never. Well not for a couple of years at least.