Friday, April 4, 2014


 Photos courtesy of Sally Bennett
Sally Bennett surrounded by gorgeous sheltering trees in Charleston

 I first heard about artist Sally Bennett and her new line of floor tiles, Mirth Studio, when I read about her on Haskell Harris's Southern-inflected blog, Magpie. As a lucky Charleston resident, Harris is in the know down there, and has exposure to all the wonderful creative people that reside in the picturesque, storybook town. Well, timing is everything, and I caught this just in time, since Mirth floor tiles are making their big debut at the upcoming High Point Market. I emailed Bennett  and told her I can't wait to meet her and see her incredibly chic indestructible floor tiles in person, and it turns out we have friends in common. Providing the look of painted floors, these durable darling patterned floor tiles, made from engineered hardwood, are easy to install and withstand fading. Available sold by the square foot as 12x12 tiles in trend-forward patterns, all you do is glue them to the floor (with an installer), over existing hardwood or concrete. The tiles, which are also available with custom designs,  can also be ordered for temporary use installs, like weddings, events and trade shows.  I just think these are so amazing-- they add a graphic pop and their 100% resin urethane finish is UV treated, so they will always be as bright and cheery. I have a feeling these are going to do very, very well-- laundry rooms and mud rooms just got a lot more fun. Just look at these patterns!

Palm Beach, with two shades of blue and a lattice with square pattern.

This trellis is so good.

Gingham, imagine it in a pantry.

Peninsula also comes in a sharp navy choice.


Festoon in coral and aqua for all you that love a pastel palette

Lattice is a small scale, which I like, since it reads really well from above

Macau has Regency flair

Savoy has a border similar to bedding embroidery you might see on a sham

Zippy, a reverse herringbone

Flirt, for all you that love triangles. They are having a moment right now.

Like a great palazzo floor that doesn't need to be waxed, Hex

This pattern, Tides, is a weathered pattern that can be done as a border. Shoreline homes just got more breezy

Vertigo is just eye-popping fun

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