This may sound impatient, but I cannot WAIT for spring. Life these days is one giant mud bath caused by our excitable 18 month old Springer Spaniel. True, I grew up with them so know full well what to expect but the difference was I was a child, the house wasn’t mine and the dog then generally spent a lot of time in the garage until she was completely dry and clean.
Every day from October through to April feels like a losing battle with dirt – she has two long walks a day and gets covered both times, plus our garden is in such a disgraceful state and she’s managed to dig herself a trench as she goes racing up and down it meaning that even just going out to the toilet is a very messy affair. As much as I love our Vax steam mop, I don’t love it so much when it has to come out every day just to try and keep on the top of the dirt.
Part of the problem is our existing house layout and flooring just aren’t conducive to owning an outdoorsy dog. We have a badly fitted laminate in the dining room which we inherited from the previous owners and this is where Maddie spends most of her time during the day. Whilst we have replaced the kitchen floor, it’s only temporary and the vinyl is pale to brighten up the small space so tends to catch the mud which my lasered eyes can see from a mile off.
Pete and I talk ALL the time about our much longed-for extension which we really need to start saving for this year. In our plans, the kitchen will become a utility/boot room – perfect for messy Maddie – and we’ll build a super new kitchen onto the back of our dining room. Of course as is my way I then start looking at all the finishing touches before we’ve even got anything built.
Assuming that self-cleaning tiles don’t exist (WHY not?), I’m all about versatility. Something which looks smart, stylish, is durable and practical AND easy to clean. Asking too much? Perhaps!
I’ve been having a nosy round the Tiles Direct website and there’s so much to choose from – I’ve spotted so many for when we turn our en-suite into a wet room and also revamp the main bathroom so they may have to pop into another post. For now, I’m concentrating on what might work for our utility room and kitchen space.
Grey. Yep, good old dependable grey. It’s a practical colour for a pet-filled household and these Brazilian Slate tiles measure 40 x 40cm so would hopefully be quite straightforward to keep clean.
But I also have all the heart eyes for this pared-back but more sophisticated Icon Porcelain Tile in Dove Grey – the seamless finish looks so stylish.
IF we didn’t have a pet with more to come and were more of a glamorous pair than we are (I’m actually chuckling writing this looking at us both vegging out in our hoodies and sweatpants, we couldn’t be further from glamour if we tried!) then the Velvet Blanco tiles are oh-so-swanky.
Last but by no means least, the earthy colours and warmer tones of the Zelve Effect Porcelain Tile – as much as I love the grey in the top choice I sometimes worry grey may be too dark and these are a great-looking alternative.
I have no idea how we’re ever going to get round to making decisions when the time comes but it’s exciting to think that in about 5 years time our home will look very different indeed!
This is a collaborative post but all words, thoughts and opinions are my own.