Natural Flooring Tips using Kersaint Cobb


Striped Hallway Runner Moroccan Natural
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With my job as an interior designer and blogger I am always on the look out for companies offering home products made from natural sources –  but also standing out for quality and design.. This is twinned with a desire to find anything Moroccan in style because I adore the rich tones.

Hence why Kersaint Cobb are one of my go to places for inspiration and I’m going to to talk about their carpets today and how they can work beautifully in various home set ups.

Let’s start with the Sisal Morocco Runner named Tetouan. I’d say that a runner to be used in a home with busy traffic is going to be more suitable if it has a pattern of some sort. With the stripes here, it makes a statement and defines the space. If you already have wooden floors that you’re happy with, it’s a great alternative to carpeting the whole area and you can play around with contrasting colours to work with your chosen colourway.

Striped Stair Runner Impact Statement

It is pliable so can be used as a  stair runner also  – and makes great impact.

Seagrass Carpet Home Natural Style

I can remember when I first saw a home with a seagrass floor many years ago and fell in love with how it made the room feel and the texture of it under my feet.

It’s a very durable option and ideal for a busy home as it doesn’t stain. I’ve seen it used in small and large rooms and it works in both due it’s colour.

It comes in various woven forms such as Basketweave, Herringbone and Standard and the same but in a finer range which tends to change change its tone of colour over the years and remains stunning.

Sisal Carpet Light Home Natural Cosy

Here is another Sisal called Big Boucle but this time just in a natural shade and is an extension of the outdoors.

Dark Carpet Grey Cosy Impact Statement

It does also come in Noir, providing a dramatic twist to a design scheme. The colour coordinates well with the greys and the more intense hues of the colour spectrum.

Natural Fibres Bedroom Cosy Warm Pretty Stylish

Moving over to wool which as we all know feels like heaven on your toes in the morning. This particular range is Pampas Highlands and is super versatile including suiting underfloor heating. That’s the dream on a cold morning isn’t it ?

Wool is worth considering if you have little people in the home as it’s bouncy and ‘ fall friendly ‘ and it’s pretty easy to care for.

It’s also always worth checking if a carpet is moth resistant and I can tell you this one certainly is. Definitely a bonus.

Another wool one here called Aurora which comes in several options. Another thing to look out for with wool is it’s suitability rating for your home or work space. For instance is it ‘ heavy domestic ‘ meaning will see you through many years of life and all that comes with it … you’ll be glad to know this is.

Carpet Soft Kersaint Cobb Home Cosy Living Room Pink Chair Wooden Floor Blue RoomOil Ideas for home

I’m a big fan of wood floors. One reason being they are so easy to maintain and is a brilliant base for contemporary and older homes especially with the many different grades and types of wood. Although Kersaint Cobb have a plethora of versions, this is ‘ Simply Oak ‘ which is engineered and lacquered and comes in a variety of lengths. It has a UV oiled finish.

On their website they give you a very detailed spec sheet that tells you everything you need to know about each product.

Hope you’ve found this useful ? Do leave a comment with any questions or thoughts.

All images © Kersaint Cobb 2019.

Three Stunning Apartment Homes for Sale

Aucoot Property Tiled Converted Home Quirky Stylish

So, another month has passed and that means I get to share some more beautifully inspiring homes in the UK, currently on the market with you. All different in their own way but unified in that they are apartments this month and all have fantastic style.

Rochester.

I’m starting off with this apartment called The Taproom old Brewery in Rochester. Part of the UK I don’t think I’ve ever visited but hear great things. Apparently Charles Dickens loves it so if it’s good enough for him ….

The Grade 1 building has been divided in to a couple of apartments and you’d be mistaken for thinking this is a converted church building judging by the high, vaulted ceilings.

Tiled walls home converted building high ceilings quirky

They have combined several different textiles here in terms of interior design with ceramic tiles, wood, cement and elements of brass. Speaking of the tiles – I love their slight imperfection in places. It really proves here with their use of them in different rooms that you can play around with your ideas and do something really unique if you wish.

Stylish home sale bedroom tiled walls industrial

Having peeked at the floor plan, the place is much bigger than I thought it might be, certainly spacious enough for a family  Edwardian in era but has been given a strong industrial feel too. They have also put in smart lighting systems so it can be changed to suit the mood and time of day.

Console Table Old Concered Home white stylish contemporary

I think they have also allowed enough scope for subtle changes by the next owner although to be honest, I think I’d be very happy with it as it is.

Dining table styles converted house

This places is on the market with Aucoot at £975,000.

Edinburgh.

Living Room Cosy Edinburgh

Built in 1821 this lovely and bright, spacious 4 bedroom flat is on Fettes Row which as you can maybe see out of the window here is on a lovely Flagstone city centre Street in Edinburgh. It has been refurbished by the current owners and I really like the palettes they’ve used throughout.

Kitchen in edwardian apartment blue stylish

They’ve cleverly added an extra cupboard in the corner there to make sure there’s lots of storage and I reckon you could probably if you chose to, add in a little island ? The blues yellow and light grey is a great combination as always.

Butler Sink Kitchen Tiles Edwaridan Vintage Style

You can’t go wrong with a butler sink epically when it’s sympathetic to the area this building was built.

flat for sale edinburgh pink hallway

This place really reminds me a flat that I lived in for many years in London. The exposed floorboards, ornate ceilings and large doorways. It gives a great sense of space. The pink they have used is very welcoming and friendly.

It’s for sale with Knight Frank for offers in excess of £675,000.

London.

London Apartment Mews Home Trendy Cool

I was immediately intrigued by this warehouse home from the outside and communal gardens, I couldn’t wait to have a little look inside. Situated in Gattis Wharf, just across the water from Kings Cross and Granny Square. Originally in the late 19th Century, used to store tonnes of ice. Let’s move indoors ….

Cool apartment london

With lots of original features intact. Utilsing space by adding a mezzanine level for sleeping and working.

Mezzanine bedroom warehouse loft apartment

One of the big bonuses of having a loft bedroom is you will often get some of the best views. I’m sure that this will be no different given it’s location.

Loft apartment warehouse london

Underneath is a cool nook in the large reception area, for chilling and listing to music. The shapes in the wood adds a splash of originality and creativity and will leave extra piece of history for the next owner. Downstairs also has a kitchen and bathroom.

Apartment Flat Wooden Quirky Cool Stlylish Open Plan

I think they’ve done a great job of making it really workable and homely without trying too hard.

It’s currently for sale at £550,000 with The Modern House.

What do you think of my selection this month ?

You can find other stunning homes for sale here.

Interview with BBC 1’s The Instant Gardener Presenter Danny Clarke

If you’ve watched BBC1’s The Instant Gardener, you’ll have seen some amazing transformations made by Danny Clarke and the team. Bringing unloved outdoor spaces back to life and making the owners really happy. I love it. So, who better to answer some gardening questions at this important time of year than Danny himself ?

Instant Gardener BBC1 Danny Clarke

How did you get in to gardening and then television presenting ?

Although I had a passion for gardening, my career in horticulture started by accident. Unfortunately a sales company I ran for many years hit upon hard times. A friend of mine had a landlady who was looking for a gardener to help in her plot one day a week and asked if I was interested in working for her. After meeting Jo I was bowled over by her larger than life character and took on the job while still being involved with my sales business. Jo who had a passion for gardens and gardening had extensive knowledge. She was a great teacher and I absorbed as much as I could. What Jo didn’t know about plants could be put on the back of a postage stamp.

Over a period of time I got approached by people to maintain their gardens and soon I made the decision to concentrate on horticulture and kicked the sales business permanently into the long grass. It was a no brainer really as now I was doing something I truly loved.

I have always had an interest in design whether it be gardens, interiors, fashion or architecture. So I enrolled at Hadlow Horticultural College and did a one year garden design course. This gave me the confidence to design and build gardens along with maintaining them.
The television gig came about as a result of my trading title which is The Black Gardener. I received a random email form 12Yard Productions who wanted a black gardener to present a gardening show ( The Instant Gardener ) which had already been commissioned by the BBC. Someone in their development department googled the name and hey presto my website appeared. I did the screen test which was successful and it all went from there.

Garden redesign Danny Clarke Instant Gardener BBC1

Which have been your favourite projects so far on The Instant Gardener ?

My favourite project on The Instant Gardener was for Shirley who lives in Manchester. She is a gamester who is mad for the Doctor Who tv series. It seemed pretty natural to design a themed garden based on the time lord. I cut three concentric rings into the lawn. We put slate chippings in the centre and middle strip which were contained with aluminium lawn edging to denote the universe. Random planting of round topiarised standard privet balls and small conical shaped yew trees into the area represented planets and rockets.

A wonky five sided arch made from fence posts constructed by AJ  the shows handyman was securely placed in the centre. This was the time portal that would cause Shirley to disappear into another dimension if ever she walked through it. Her shed was painted blue to mimic the Tardis. A narrow strip of the same colour was repeated on the decking by the rear patio doors which became the landing pad if ever the doctor should choose to visit. It was great to get the opportunity to show that gardens too can have humour.

At this time of year, what would you recommend we start preparing in the garden ?

The best time of year to prepare your garden for the coming year is in the winter. It’s a great time to take advantage of the dormancy. This is the season to repair fences, cut back plants that have finished, enrich your soil, prune perennials, weed, divide and plant bulbs. For me it’s the opportunity that shouldn’t be missed otherwise you may spend the spring playing catch up to get your space ship shape.

The Instant Gardener BBC1 Danny Clarke Interrview

What tips would you give to someone with a small garden to give the impression of space ?

When giving a small garden the illusion of space it’s important to think big. By this I mean try and put the largest plants and objects such as pots into the area. This way the boundaries will be blurred and your eyes will be concentrated on whats happening within the plot rather than taken to the edges. Buying one large plant can prove to be more cost effective than several smaller ones. And the same principle applies to pots.

Instant Gardener BBC1 Images Pond Redesign

Equally, how do you make a larger garden aesthetically pleasing ? 

My pet hate is to see narrow borders. Your garden as far as I’m concerned is about the plants. They shouldn’t be lining up like soldiers on duty along the border. They will look and grow at their best placed in the ground further into the garden. This will give your space a more aesthetically pleasing look and will free them from competition posed by a fence, wall or hedge which they will definitely thank you for.

If someone is looking to extend there living space through to the garden, how can they achieve this ?

A simple way to extend the living space into a garden is to repeat or mimic whatever is in your home to the outside. For example the flooring by the indoors can be of similar material to the patio. Repeat colours in your interior walls to a fence or shed. This will give your property a bit of joined up writing by extending the eye line and give the whole property the illusion of seeming larger than it really is. Another good idea is to place the same plants with identical pots in the home and garden.

Which plants and flowers do you recommend  for this time of year to add lots of colour ? 

March is such an optimistic time of year with the promise of what’s to come. A fab way to release those winter blues is to make sure you have plenty of colour in your garden at this time of year. Hellebores, Chaenomeles ( Quince ), Magnolia under planted with Primulas, Ophiopogon ( black grass ), Pulmonaria ( lungwort ) and Heuchera are particular favourites of mine.

For novice gardeners such as myself – which are low maintenance plants ? 

Most shrubs and ornamental grasses are low maintenance. However there are three in particular that will give you stunning season long colour that I would recommend. They are jasmine plants where you have winter and summer options. These only need the odd drink of water in dry spells.

Lavender will withstand the sunniest of areas and poor soil. The only maintenance needed here is a trim after flowering and a spot with good drainage as they don’t like their feet languishing in water.

I’m a massive fan of grasses and Stipa arundinacea is a particular fav of mine. As an evergreen it gives all year round colour turning from green in summer to a yellow and orange with red streaking in the winter months. In August it produces sprays of feathery flowers. If you’re in any doubt what to put next a plant a grass will often do as they provide great contrast to its neighbour.

Danny Clarke BBC1 Instant Gardener

What projects are you currently working on ? 

I am currently working on a garden design and build project near Croydon. It’s been very enjoyable and provided me with work over the winter months. They wanted me to take my cue from their neighbours outside space which has been done to a good standard. So you might say it’s next doors plot that gave me inspiration for the build. The hardlandscaping is almost complete and the plan is to undertake the planting at the end of April. I’m also going to be involved in some more telly very soon for the This Morning show where I makeover a garden for an unsuspecting mum for Mothers Day.

Can you offer advice for anyone wanting to go down the horticulture route ? 

Horticulture for me isn’t a job but a way of life. I love it with a passion. And my advice to anyone coming into it is to make sure you have a real joy for the industry. Particularly as it’s unlikely to make you a millionaire. But then again who knows and cares.

A big thanks to Danny for answering my questions and offering up some great garden inspiration. You can find out more about Danny on his website.

Do you have any extra Spring gardening tips ? Leave me a comment below. Always good to hear from you.

Styling Cosy Colourful Corners with Kleenex®

Kleenex Tissues Box Blue Room Tulips Cosy Styling Corner
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This time of year is just my favourite, particularly as Spring seems to have come early. The main reason being that Spring colours make everything feel new and fresh. You can open all the windows and let the lovely breezy air in. Is there anything better ? The light is much brighter and friendlier. Everything seems more vivid. I just love it.

Our home itself is still a work in progress – it probably always will be because I always have my eye on the next room to paint or simply want to move the furniture around. Placing older pieces such as books and beloved pots around the rooms, contrasted with some of my newer items and colourful prints, really helps to create aesthetically pleasing corners with pops of colour and contrast.

Labrador Home Interiors Colourful

But there are some parts of my home that are a constant and remind me of my sentimental side, like pictures of the girls growing up and long-remembered days out together. Of course our gorgeous Labrador, Sandy, is a very precious fixture too. I can’t quite believe that he’s just turned eight – or that we have lived here for nine years now – that’s quite a decent amount of time isn’t it ? He’s practically part of the furniture now !

Kleenex Blue Bedroom Plants Cosy Corner

There are some rooms that we spend more time in, like the living room, and obviously it’s important for bedrooms to feel cosy and comfortable – we spend almost half of our lives in them! I tend to stick the kettle on, make some mint tea in my favourite mug and then plonk myself right on the sofa to watch my favourite TV series and place my Kleenex® tissues right next to me every time. Because as my kids will tell you, I cry at the drop of a hat these days during funny film moments or a good book. Am I alone in doing this? The family find it hysterical. Everyone always turns to look at me with a knowing look, just when they know I’m about to shed a happy tear or two. 

When I really laugh, I often cry, sometimes my eyes water when I’m yawning. It’s because of this habit that I find myself constantly reaching for tissues. So, when I found out that Kleenex® had trendy Collection Cubes with ( gasp ) designs to fit every style, I had to get some.

Blue Yellow Pink Boxes Styling your Home Cosy Corners

I’m really impressed with the colourful designs of the new Kleenex® Collection Cubes – what do you think ? They come in three different patterns and colour combinations. It’s nice to be able to integrate and even style a tissue box to my own decor scheme so that it blends and feels part of the overall look of the room. I mean really, why shouldn’t your accessories and necessities be as fabulous as the rest of your home ?

Blues, pinks, golds – a really versatile combination for interiors. The different designs each suit different spaces in my house. I don’t think I can choose which one I like best, as they’re all really beautiful.

Kleenex Tissues Colourful Home Tulips Blue Yellow Cosy

So, now that I’ve admitted I do love a good cry every now and then – and you’ve seen how I like to spend time with some of my most cherished belongings at this time of year – how do you like to hang out at home ? Let me know in the comments below.

Botanical Inspired Textiles for Spring

Glasshouse Fabric print trend 2019

If we can just ignore the wind and rain for a minute and remember what Spring will look like shortly ? I want to show you some really lovely botanical inspired textiles in fabric and wallpaper form that will fast forward us to a few weeks time.

It seems 2019 really is carrying on the leafy and nature inspired theme from the last few years but it seems to be getting slightly bolder if f these luscious prints are anything to go by.

What I love about Sanderson prints like this Fernery one above, is that is that it’s bold and even with a black background it doesn’t depict at all, just makes the vivd green stand out more. There are a few more of their designs coming up as it was impossible to choose just the one.

Romo Wallpaper Japura Yellow Gold 2019 striking colourful bold Japanese style

This extremely exuberant wallpaper is is an Fenugreek colour way and by Romo. It’s called Pacaya and from their Japura range.

Again, the leaves are the star of the show and they’re really intricately drawn. It feels very retro or maybe that’s just me. Hopefully  I will use this one day in my interior design.

leaf print chair textiles trends 2019

I can always spot a distinctive Clarke & Clarke pattern a mile off. This Exotica Madagascar Forest material on a chair is pretty versatile and would no doubt work well as blinds or curtains, it would blend well with other colours in a harmonious setting or as a statement on its own.

It’s interesting how nature is represented so differently by each designer don’t you think ?

Cactus Wallpaper bold red colour statement 2019 trend

Although this Sanderson Glasshouse Terrarium Wallpaper does come in different shades, I had to share with you the Rhodera version because it is BOLD and I think pretty gorgeous. I am not sure it would work in an entire room but I guess it depends on the size. The detail is fabulous – it comes in fabric too.

Linwood Fabric Green Bird 2019

I’ve been pretty blown away by some of Linwood’s latest ranges and always look forward to one of their emails dropping in to the inbox.

From their Tango collection is Jungle Jive in Lawn Green. the artwork is really stunning. This isn’t a new one for 2019 but I think it needs to be seen again even if you’ve caught it before in magazines. The whole collection gets me every time !

Glasshouse wallpaper Sanderson Trend 2019 Bathroom

One more wallpaper for you now. Howe could I not share this Sanderson with you ? The Ring Tailed Lemur is a tropical print that also comes in a fabric and other colours. I challenge anyone not to smile with this in their home. As you can see here it combines well with tiles and other textiles. Really cute.

Well, I could carry on all day but there’ll be more opportunities to have a look at some others soon.

What do you think of these –  have any caught your eye ?

Image Copyright credits: 1. 4 & 6 Sanderson. 2. Romo. 3. Clarke & Clarke 5. Linwood.