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La Fabrico

Muddy says: When did tiles get so gorgeously glamorous? If you don’t want to get left behind in the interiors game, make La Fabrico your go-to when you’re planning a re-vamp.

I’ll level with you – I don’t know any woman whose eyes light up at the thought of tile-shopping BUT then when you meet La Fabrico that might just change. As inspiring as an art gallery, La Fabrico’s uber-stylsh showroom in Exeter (and one coming soon to Spillers of Chard in Somerset) was set by three experts with over 60 years in the industry and their fingers firmly on the pulse of what’s new and happening in interiors.

The place is a hub of ideas, with in-house designer Ashton Snow there to guide you through the minefield of choices, depending on your home and budget. Their specialism is fashionable large-format porcelain (durable for indoors and out) sourced from all over the globe, and when I say large we’re talking a metre and above, as well as natural stone and ceramic.You wouldn’t believe how much tile style has come on – contemporary farmhouse, industrial, Moroccan, shabby-chic – it’s all here, with tiles that mimic wood, metal, and marble so, well, marble-like it even has the experts fooled, and the best bit is there’s less faffing over maintenance than with natural stone and it doesn’t stain like real marble.

If you’re planning a kitchen or bathroom revamp – or if you just want to steal a march on some design ides – pop into their store opposite St Mary Arches car park in the city centre for a coffee and a chat. (Or book a home visit – they’re free.) The place is a total keeper: that unusual combo of design team and techy – they’ll sort the boring stuff, measuring up, sorting out a trusted installers while making sure your kitchen splash back or shower looks a million dollars.

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