Old World architectural details include carved-wood doors, patterned encaustic tiles
and ornamental iron work, much of it sourced from the arts-and-craftsy Mexican city of San Miguel de Allende.
When a student, aged 17, Stair visited the Cathedral and was inspired by the carpet of 13th-century encaustic tiles
lining the pilgrim way to the Shrine of St Swithun.
Stone is easier to replicate - modern encaustic tiles
are very similar to Victorian ones, for example, and some companies specialise in laying them in intricate designs that match original ones.
The surrounding floor is covered with encaustic tiles
, obsessively bearing his monogram and invented crest, a martlet, while above is a stained-glass window depicting both the life and work of his patron saint, St Augustine, and Pugin himself with his three (successive) wives.
Barbara purchased antique encaustic tiles
for the entry hall's staircase from L'Antiquario of Miami (she found them online).
Its Encaustic tiles
come in tasty shades - aubergine, olive and verdigris, and are pounds 93.71 a square metre.
are thicker than conventional floor tiles but if you need extra pieces, use thinner tiles and pack underneath with extra adhesive.
An eye-catching staircase sweeps through the center of the home, while encaustic tiles
and hand-plastered walls give spaces an opulent patina.
Modern encaustic tiles
are similar to Victorian ones, for example, and some companies specialise in laying them in intricate designs that match original ones.
In 1830 Samuel Wright of Shelton took out a patent for the manufacture of encaustic tiles
, which Herbert Minton bought.
ITS glorious 140ft by 72ft mosaic floor is made up of 30,000 individual encaustic tiles
, made by the Minton factory in The Potteries.
This month, a key element of the park's architectural centrepiece shines once more: the Bethesda Terrace Arcade ceiling, composed of almost 16,000 handmade Minton encaustic tiles