Tiles Told

Bespoke illustrated tiles - perfect for fireplaces and other interior applications!

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Tiles Told is an ongoing collaboration between co-founders Bridie Cheeseman and Gem Mordle. Together, they create beautiful bespoke tiles from their studio in Bournemouth, on the edge of the Dorset coast.

The tiles are illustrated by Bridie, who uses bright colours and playful characters to create intriguing and immersive landscapes and narratives. Bridie’s work often explores themes of oddity, history, humour and storytelling, and she’s also a visiting tutor at the Arts University Bournemouth.

On the other hand, Gem is responsible for sourcing the tiles. Her knowledge on ceramics is shown by her own project – Home Thrown Studio – where she creates expressive, high quality, handmade ceramic goods. Gem’s work draws on simplicity, and organic shapes and textures influenced by Scandinavian and Japanese design. Each of her pieces are hand-built or thrown on a wheel. The finished works are fun and irregular, and they’re distinguishable by her signature touch of cobalt oxide mark-making.

Bridie and Gem’s finished tiles are perfect for interiors, murals and a host of other applications! Our Hobbit stove was recently featured in one of their exhibitions at Bobby’s Bournemouth, with their lovely tiles being used to create a gorgeous fireplace for our small wood burning stove! Here, our Hobbit stove is pictured with a decorative cast iron hat, silver Salamander badges, and a chrome airflow wheel.

Our tiny multi-fuel stove has been specifically designed for small Victorian and Edwardian fireplaces, which often have tiled or cast iron fire surrounds. Our small wood burning stove can fit neatly into a variety of tight spaces, and you can take a look at the dimensions of our Hobbit stove, along with our fireplace distances document, to see if you could fit one of our small wood stoves into your chosen space.

Although we do not carry out any fittings ourselves, you can enter your postcode into our authorised dealers page to find your nearest recommended installer. We have also designed two household fireplace flue kits to make the installation process easier – we offer a chimney lining kit and an existing chimney kit, with the latter being suited to chimneys where a liner has already been fitted.

If you’re thinking of installing our small stove into a more alternative setting, such as a shepherd’s hut, a campervan, a garden room, summer house or a tiny home, then make sure you take a look through the rest of our small stove installation kits! You can also view our range of case studies for some extra inspiration with how you might be able to incorporate our small wood stove into the design of your project.

Bridie and Gem’s talents compliment each other brilliantly. Bold, detailed narratives flow effortlessly across a series of beautifully crafted tiles, inviting you to cast your gaze along a storyboard of expressive and eye-catching images that come together to form one harmonious collection. Tiles Told has become the perfect outlet for their collaborative creativity, and the pair provide a unique, bespoke ceramic experience for each of their clients.

If you are interested in purchasing a bespoke tiled fireplace, then make sure you visit the Tiles Told website, and get in touch with Bridie and Gem to discuss your ideas! Make sure you also follow Tiles Told, Bridie Cheeseman and Home Thrown Studio on Instagram!

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Our Hobbit Stove Has Been Fitted!

"We had a Hobbit stove fitted this week by Alex Reay from Flues and Fires, and I just wanted to get in touch to say it is AMAZING and we love it! We have a lovely cast iron tiled fireplace which I was desperate not to lose when we installed a small wood burning stove, but until I found the Hobbit on Google, everyone told me it would be impossible to keep the fire surround. The Hobbit is perfect - not only does it fit very snugly, but it looks fantastic and the blue door complements the tiles very nicely. We are sitting enjoying a fire now and absolutely loving it! Thanks for creating such an amazing product."

Nicola Williams

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The Best Stove Ever!

"It’s the best stove ever! It’s easy to light, very efficient, burns anthracite and stays in overnight (ours has been in for three weeks now). It even keeps a kettle of water at the ready for a cuppa! What more can I say, we love it! Just the thing to make our Yorkshire home cosy, and the cat loves it too!"

Lynn and Andrew, West Yorkshire

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First Small Stove Installation

Was looking for a small stove for my first self-install. Found Mark very helpful. Knowledgeable, friendly service. Stove burns well and generates lots more heat than the previous open fire. What is not to like?


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A Huge Thank You!

"Dear Mark and Gill, a huge thank you for designing and making the Hobbit stove! We had two different London-based fireplace companies tell us that we simply had to knock out the old cast iron and tile fireplace to fit in a woodburning stove, and that there was no other option! Then we found you online. We are delighted with our little Hobbit, which swallows up logs and kicks out a good amount of heat. Perfect for the winter! I will also be writing to the London-based fireplace companies to put the Hobbit on their radar. Best wishes."


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Delighted With Our Hobbit Stove!

"Mark, Gill, thank you for your assistance, we are delighted with our Hobbit! I fired it up this evening after taking all afternoon making a register plate to fit the opening."


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It's Brilliant!

"Hi Mark, here's a photo of the Hobbit installed in my Yorkist grate. It’s brilliant! It also throws out a lot more heat than the grate did."

Roger T

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Just to Say Thank You!

"I just had a chat with Gill saying how delighted we are with our little Hobbit stove, and to also thank you both for your attention to detail and excellent customer service!"


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The Little Hobbit Has Stepped Up To The Challenge!

"We just wanted to say how impressed and how much of a life saver our little Hobbit has been! It was fitted a few months ago in our holiday home in Rhu, Scotland, which is a large open plan conversion in a Victorian house. This weekend our boiler decided it was not going to play ball. The little Hobbit has stepped up to the challenge, providing heat to a very large area, about twenty eight foot by twenty four foot with a high ceiling of about eighteen foot, keeping the room reasonably warm, warm enough for us not to use cardigans!”

Alan W

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Very Pleased With Our Hobbit!

"We are very pleased with the stove and think it looks great! We restored our fireplace (it was hidden under plaster!) and the whole look is better than we hoped!"


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Absolutely Delighted!

"Just had our Hobbit SE installed in our Victorian fireplace and we are absolutely delighted with the end result. We felt passionate about preserving our lovely fireplace!"


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Our Pride And Joy!

"What a fantastic fireplace with the beautiful Hobbit stove. It fits perfectly into the small space and throws out a lot of heat. Here's a photo of our little stove, now our pride and joy and much admired by all who see and feel the warmth."

Chris and C

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"Just to bid you all a Happy New Year and to say how much we’re enjoying having our Hobbit stove! It was easy to fit with the help of your excellent ‘how to’ videos and we’re just awaiting our inspection by building control for the certification. The Hobbit has fitted neatly into the hearth vacated by the old gas back boiler (with a little cosmetic rendering) and never ceases to surprise us how much heat it can deliver to the point that the new condenser boiler is having an easy life, thereby saving us on gas bills too! Everyone loves having a ‘real fire’ in the living room."

Philip Baird

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A Brilliant Little Wood Burner!

"The stove we bought from you is really starting to come into its own as the weather cools down. Here is a photo showing how much one of our dogs is enjoying it!"

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Brilliant Product!

"Just wanted to share a picture of our newly installed Hobbit. Absolutely delighted with it, and so pleased we were able to retain our existing fireplace as well. Brilliant product, thank you!"



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