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Reimagining The

Classic Cottage

Years of living in a traditional home never dampened our clients’ desire to live somewhere more contemporary. They designed their dream home, centred on a theme of industrial elegance, and turned to Foras to help realise it. See this wonderful example of indoor/outdoor living, accented with Foundation Talc porcelain, and designs inspired by contrasts.


The Brief

Though our clients had spent years living in a traditional coastal property, they always dreamed of owning a contemporary home. As well as modernity, our clients were keen to capture a sense of indoor/outdoor living, and to make the transition from home to garden a seamless one. To create a space that was truly their own, they purchased a piece of nearby land and set out to build the property from the ground up. Aiming for modernity and industrial elegance as a consistent theme, though with a playful edge throughout, the home needed to be the classic cottage with a contemporary twist.


The Project

Our client worked with a local garden designer to achieve their vision, and Foras was happy to advise. Foras Foundation Talc porcelain was settled on for the outdoor space after consulting with the Foras team, which offset beautifully against the structured garden. It was a seamless transition from the polished concrete floor indoors to the smooth matte grey outside; the tiles gave a sleek contemporary elegance to the garden, while the durable stepping stones added a playful touch to the design.


For the bathrooms, industrial elegance was once again the core theme. After consulting with the Foras team, the client decided on three distinctive pairings that perfectly aligned with the aesthetic. In the first bathroom, warm oak was paired with an aged copper effect tile on the walls and floor, accented with a glass mosaic for intricate detailing, exuding a sense of cleanliness, luxury, and masculinity.


For the second, a traditional stone wall was the centrepiece; bringing together polished concrete with a distressed finish tile to create a dynamic contrast. The design was enhanced by the use of a raised textured geometric tile in the storage inserts, adding depth and interest to the space. Finally, for the third and last bathroom, the clients opted for a handmade brick tile with a distressed finish, creating a visually arresting focal point. This eye-catching tile was paired with white walls and our Foundation Talc tile on the floor, allowing the striking brick wall to take centre stage. The brief of a modern home with a distinct personality was duly met by Foras.

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