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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Moroccan tile by Ashley Hicks

Ashley Hicks, zygote of decorating legend David Hicks, has introduced a collection of Moroccan cement tile with Popham Design. The three styles - Bertie, Britwell, and Hicksonian - are featured in this month's issue of World of Interiors. Each style is available in any color combination from Popham's broad palette or custom colors can be mixed. The collection is available in the States from Ann Sacks, so you know it's big $$$.

The Hicksonian, a play on the letter "H," on the floor with coordinating upholstery.

The Goyard-esque Britwell.

The Hicksonian again in Hicks' dining room.

*flop*

Sorry, I just passed out in ecstasy.

This is my kitchen, soon to be completely gutted and remodeled. After the master bath, the back patio, some painting indoors and out, and a little drywall work elsewhere in the house. I'm going to rip out the upper cabinets (currently wrapped in wallpaper), the soffit, and the dumb winerack and cover that entire wall in tile. Isn't that ceiling something? It's bright as fuck - like cooking in a gymnasium.

And this is the handsome Hicksonian pattern I've chosen. Perhaps in a lighter colorway. Off to buy a lottery ticket...

[David Hicks by Ashley Hicks for Popham Design]

22 comments:

The Down East Dilettante said...

Literally, 15 minutes ago I finished dinner, sat down with the January WOI, just procured by driving one hour to Bangor, the armpit of Eastern Maine, especially to get this sucker. I saw the tiles, immediately thought 'Raina's gotta see these', and shazam, you have. Always one step ahead of the pack, m'dear.

Elisa @ What the Vita said...

That is a huge kitchen!! Oh please, lottery gods, be nice to Raina! I want to see this tile getting some action in your kitchen.

Camilla @ Designalogue said...

Your kitchen tiling will be gorgeous.
By the way, I'm inviting myself over to visit to check out all of your fabulousness when all of the reno is done. ok?

David said...

MMM. I like the Hicksonian too.

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

As far as I'm concerned, the Hicks clan is just floating in style soup -- they're completely edgy and brilliant in that sort of aristocratic, supra-educated, "we wrote the book on culture and all things awesome" way.
And speaking of writing the book, I recommend you get Allegra Hicks' stat -- and Nelya seconds that.
Your kitchen as it stands now is epic. Sort of reminds me of the Astrodome here in Houston. Once the 8th wonder of the world, local government is now confounded as to what to do with it.
I'm so glad you've worked out a plan, though it will be sad to no longer be the only family in America to have wallpapered cabinets.
But let's get to the meat of the question here, we all know you abhor the thought of open cabinetry, so where exactly will your new cabinets go? To the right?
Alcira

nerochronicles.com

my favorite and my best- MFAMB to you said...

it will rule all kitchens in the face.

My Interior Life said...

Hope you get the winning number because that tile would "make" your kitchen. Cooking in a gymnasium. Ha. Can't wait to see what you do.

Jenny Butler said...

Those are some insanely beautiful tiles!!

Maybe you could pattern your ceiling instead?

Brilliant Scott Weston did something similar in Aust Vogue editors house a few years back

http://www.desiretoinspire.net/blog/2008/1/7/moorish.html

The ceiling above the staircase looks like its similar kitchen? Pop out plastic sheets? Get a signwriter to cut some clear frosted vinyl in the pattern you fancy and size need. It's easy enough to apply yourself. Add some cooler, dimmable lighting and BAM! That's a sexy ceiling.

If you were in Aust I'd offer the services of my husband to do it all! He's got the knowledge and the technology.

Raina Cox said...

Alcira - The upper cabinets on that wall won't be replaced. New cabinets and a center island will be more space efficient, so we won't feel the loss. It's chopped off if the photo but to the right of the double oven is a bank of floor-to-ceiling pantry cabinets. LOADS o' space!

Jenny - That is one of my all-time favorite kitchens. As much as my husband likes the office-y ceiling, I want something softer. Plus we'll be adding a center island and I'd like some sort of fabulous pendant(s) over it.

AppleTree said...

my kitchen is so jealous.

helent said...

I loved this article and have snipped and ripped it apart to form inspiration for my new home. I have added the dining table to the purchases I shall make from the pile of cash I hope to inherit from a very elderly and infirm relative who is, at this point, as yet unknown to me.

erin@designcrisis said...

I thought my kitchen was huge!

That tile is going to be snazzle dazzle. I want it, too.

I really wish you'd do an affordable patterned tile roundup for those of inept at winning la lottery ;)

the Frugal Ecologist said...

That tile is gorgeous. We just bought a house in a similar design and vintage to yours (though much less grand). we ourchased it frm the original owner and n.o.t.h.i.n.g has been done to it. My kitchen ceiling is the same as yours so I am curious to see what you have planned for it.

Topaz said...

I love seeing what you've done to your house and hearing your plans for it, but I also love your house in all of its original vintage awesomeness. I would have loved to see pictures of it as the original owner decorated it.

word verification: dingapot

Ashley said...

Love the tile choice. Hate the idea that any human being would think it reasonable to cover cabinets in bad wallpaper...

drollgirl said...

dude. you do NOT shy away from big projects. GULP. and may the lottery money find you soon to help finance all!

Raina Cox said...

Ashley - Hello and welcome to this deliciousness!

Bri@Meyouandawiener said...

Holy shit you could throw a party in your kitchen with the size and those lights!!

Modern Country Lady said...

Good grief Raina, did you ever see "The Shining"- this ceiling is really spookily similar...

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

I'm hot for the britwell. That is some fine looking tile.

Your ceiling is hilarious. Between that and the overuse of closets I'm thinking the previous owner must have been very interesting....

Alexis L., The Studioist said...

Is this encaustic cement? Cause these folks can make custom. I don't know the quality but it might be worth a query http://www.villalagoontile.com/order-villa-lagoon-tile.html

Raina Cox said...

Alexis - Thanks for that! Gorgeous stuff.