Anyone who has ever launched into a bathroom or kitchen renovation will know the bleak experience of trawling through acres of bland ceramic tiles on offer in most tile shops. It’s a horrible way to spend a Saturday morning, and desperation at the lack of choice often leads to unhappy compromises. But it seems there may be hope! I was charmed by the selection of handmade tiles available from Southern Art Ceramic Designs.

Loved the tiles in the Lyrical Birds category, like these two beauties…


… and also the whimsical naiveness of the Geometric range.


There are loads more categories, so visit the site , where you can also order online. Hmm, now which tiles would I like to gaze at while stirring pots or tweaking the hot tap with my toe…