‘Tis the Season to… Reduce Waste, Get a Bargain and Support an Incredible Charity

December, 2019

We’ve thought of an ingenious way to support one of our favourite charities: the Campaign Against Living Miserable (CALM) who are leading a movement against suicide.  Sadly, suicide is currently the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK and the cause of 18 deaths every day – if we can make any kind of difference in preventing even one person from having a truly miserable Christmas, we believe that’s worth doing.

Here’s how our new charity initiative will work:

  1. We always have small amounts of leftover products: tiles, engineered wood, luxury vinyl, laminate and stone.  Until now, these have often ended up as waste.  But, in actual fact they are all beautiful, quality products that would be perfect for certain applications such as flooring for a small room, a trendy splashback, art projects… the list goes on.
  2. We are happy to sell these at a fraction of their retail value and give all the proceeds to CALM
  3. We’ll regularly post on our site and social media what we have available at the current time. You can also pop into our shop and see what we have if you are passing.

We’re really excited about this initiative and hope that you will support us.

Below are our first 5 offers – if you’d like any more information or creative ideas on how you could use these products please call on 01753 830638 or drop in:

6.51 SQ MTS KAHRS MAPLE CAROB WOOD FLOORING

RETAIL PRICE £624.96
GIVING PRICE £100

44 TILES ORIGINAL STYLE 106X106 BLACK AND 44 DOVER WHITE
RETAIL PRICE £83.60
GIVING PRICE £20

2.32 SQ MTS VUSTA VINYL OAK TRADITION HERRINGBONE FLOORING
RETAIL PRICE £92.68
GIVING PRICE £25.00

1 SQ MT FERN 10X20CM CERAMIC WALL TILES
RETAIL PRICE £23.40
GIVING PRICE £5.00

2 SQ MTS IRON WHITE WALL TILES 13X39CM
RETAIL PRICE £118.26
GIVING PRICE £30.00

For any queries on this charity initiative please contact us.

MC2 = 20 years of success (and you don’t need to be Einstein to see why)

October, 2019

This month, MC2 Tiles & Flooring has been in business for an impressive twenty years!

Our business is run by its founders, a local husband and wife duo.  With interior design and artistic backgrounds, they are keen to offer advice and design tips to all who enter our showroom – whether it’s complementary floor and wall coverings, ideas for small spaces or options to suit a period property.

It’s no secret that we have the largest range of tile and flooring options in Windsor.  We offer hundreds of tiling options from the latest “statement” tile designs through to traditional Victorian options and natural ranges. Over the years we’ve embraced the importance of Scandinavian interior design and this has fed through to the diverse flooring options we now offer – these include engineered wood flooring, laminates and luxury vinyl. One of our most sustainable, environmentally friendly options currently on offer is hardwearing bamboo flooring – technically a grass – which once harvested renews itself in just five years.

Here’s what Caroline one of the business owners says about being in business on St Leonards Rd for twenty years:
“We have always loved the St Leonards Road neighbourhood and the wealth of independent retailers close to us, it creates a unique and special feel to this part of Windsor.  We’ve always remained true to our original ethos of providing exceptional customer service, design expertise and affordable quality products. We often beat the big-name retailers on price, plus customers get a really tailored service with us which is why they keep coming back.”

You know where to find us: 57 St Leonards Rd, Windsor, SL4 3BX.  We’re open Tues – Friday 9am – 5.30pm, Sat: 10am – 5pm. Tel 01753 830 638.

A Tile Guide – Everything you need to know about materials, durability and trends

September, 2019

We sometimes forget that everyone who comes into our showroom isn’t a tile expert.  With that in mind, we thought it would be useful to give a quick guide to the main types of tiles we sell.  Hopefully you’ll have all the tile knowledge you’ll need once you’ve read this and will be able to start thinking about what colours, patterns and textures you might like:

Encaustic

You’ll see some of these on the wall behind our counter – patterned in a decorative period style.  Using either concrete or pressed clay, the pattern is inlaid in the tile, rather than being painted on. These are extremely popular at the moment.  Due to the technology going into them, they tend to be a little pricey.  However, the good news is that a little of these tiles can go a long way – they work well as a feature paired with a more affordable plainer tile.  Let us demonstrate in store.

Ceramic 

These are generally the most budget-type of tile and there are endless options available.  Due to their durability they are best suited to walls.  For floors we typically recommend…

Porcelain

With a lot more strength than ceramic, these are extremely durable when used as flooring.  Porcelain is very versatile and we even have ranges that look like wood and marble.  Porcelain tiles can go on walls, but due to their nature, they are harder to cut and drill. We can match up complementary floor and wall options for you if you’d like to mix and match between porcelain and ceramic – often these are available within the same manufacturer range for a seamless look.

Stone

Bringing the outside in is a definite trend and one way to do this is using stone tiles which are literally pieces of rock cut to size.  The main types we sell are travertine, granite, slate, and marble.  They do require sealing which needs to be repeated periodically.  However, despite the maintenance, their natural beauty makes them an ever popular option.

Glass

Some consider these an ecological choice since glass is a truly sustainable material and some of our ranges are made of recycled glass – just ask if you would like to find out more.  Glass tiles are very resistant to stains – making them great for splash-backs.  They can get scratched so it’s best to keep these off the floor.  These come in a great range of colours, textures and patterns some of which are very eye-catching .

Mosaic

These can be any combination of materials such as glass, ceramic, porcelain or stone which are set in a small format and set on a mesh sheet for easy installation.  Mosaics are available in an a huge range of shapes, sizes, textures and colours making them perfect for a statement feature.

Do call us on 01753 830 638 if you would like any more information on our tiles or pop in to our showroom at 57 St Leonards Road, Windsor SL4 3BX.

Carrying on Plastic-Free July into August and beyond

August, 2019

When you go abroad on holiday, it can be a shock to see the difference in recycling standards and general attitudes to plastic and disposable packaging.  Having just returned from warmer places…we realised that we’re actually not too bad at looking after our planet here in Windsor.  We’ve been following these top tips on how to reduce plastic for a while now and honestly can’t remember the last time we encountered a plastic straw in the UK.

We were really excited when we saw we were getting new neighbours recently – a refill shop opened up just a few doors down St Leonard’s Road from us called Zero Joe’s.  We popped in the other week and couldn’t believe the huge array of products available in there!  Dried pasta, rice, nuts, fruit, grains, cereal…Oils and vinegar…Fresh fruit and veg…Frozen pastries, peas, tropical fruit…Household cleaning products, toiletries… this blog isn’t long enough to list everything.  It definitely requires a change in mindset to go shopping armed with a bunch of containers but MC2 are up for the challenge.  We wish Zero Joe’s well with their eco-shop.

Victorian Tiles – the classic look that will never go out of fashion

July, 2019

Being based in the beautiful and friendly town of Windsor, some of our clients are also our neighbours.  Our showroom is literally surrounded by Victorian houses, which lend themselves well to sympathetic period features. We’ve just taken delivery of this new Original Style tile stand (above) which gives you a flavour of some the latest beautiful Victorian-style tiles we offer.

We often associate Victorian-type tiles with hallways – where they make a striking first impression on a period property – but, without a doubt, they also look fabulous on garden paths, kitchens and bathrooms (as shown below). One of the most exciting aspects of Victorian-style tiles is the way their colours contrast in a such a visually pleasing way: from monochrome looks to intense and vivid colours.

With samples in-store, and for you to take home we’re sure we’ve got a Victorian tile for you.  If you need some help deciding which tile is right for your home – that’s what we’re here for.  We welcome both our neighbours, and those further afield to come and visit us to experience our friendly expertise!

 

Neisha Crosland: who she is and why she’s fantastic…

May, 2019

Shapes inspired by nature, oversized graphics, geometric repeating patterns and vibrant colour combinations… these have become the trademarks of this award-winning British designer.

Neisha’s background

Neisha Crosland studied textile design at Camberwell College of Arts, followed by a MA at the Royal College of Art.  She picked up her first commission, designing wallpaper, from her graduation show in the 1980s – the wallpaper collection became a best-seller.  In 1994 she started her own textile company designing scarves and accessories.  She soon expanded into designing fabric, wallpaper, rugs, tiles, fine china, stationery and more.

Recognition

Her body of work has propelled her to the forefront of UK design, and in 2006 she was honoured with the title Royal Designer for Industry (RDI).  Some of her early original wallpaper designs are so highly esteemed that they are now held in the V&A’s archives.

Neisha’s papers and fabrics have adorned many elegant interiors such as Annabel’s nightclub, Claridges and the Dorchester Hotel.

Your chance to have her designs

Now you have the chance to get some of Neisha’s designs in your own environment via her tile collaboration with Ca’Pietra.  Come to the MC2 showroom and see the beautiful display stand we have depicting these amazing tiles suitable for walls and floors.

These tile designs offer a beautiful, yet practical, choice for any home or commercial space.