Patterned tile flooring | Featuring Carpetright

There has been such a revival in patterned tile flooring recently. It used to be the mainstay of Victorian houses — the sight of beautiful encaustic tiles, greeting you in the hallway— but then fell out of favour in recent years for plainer alternatives. I did a little bathroom makeover quite recently and — although we haven’t actually changed the flooring yet — I began sourcing a replacement for the sad, tired carpet that’s currently on the floor. I totally had my head turned by patterns and shapes — beautiful colour combinations — and fantastic substitutes to plain (and dare-I-say-it boring) floor-coverings. In fact, just last week KA who blogs at Life As Our Little Family had shared her own bathroom makeover with our HomeEtc link up and what should I see? MORE gorgeous patterned tile flooring!! Yep. There’s a revival in full swing, alright. But there definitely appears to be an emerging trend for similar patterns and prints in homeware across the board; it’s not just resigned to flooring. I’ve spotted quite a few beautiful Moorish inspired wallpaper designs recently. I’m not saying that a full — pattern on pattern — floor to ceiling pairing would be quite appropriate for modern day living in the UK but elements of it, here-and-there, is lovely… Read More

139 weeks and 6 days | A Caravan Makeover with Carpetright

A few week’s ago I wrote about Dolly — our caravan — and how we had performed a caravan makeover, on quite a grand scale. We’d bought her over the summer to replace our original van (also named Dolly, due to the fact that it was impossible to convince our babies that a caravan could possibly have another name). When we bought Dolly home, she was in a sorry state. Ugly, brown wooden cabinetry, beige walls but the worst offender — in my mind anyway — was the flooring. I’m not sure whether it was original but the van floor was swathed in the most revolting red carpet. The kind of carpet that, no matter how may times you vacuum — or VAX it — still looks dirty. A petri-dish for heaven’s knows what — and I’d really rather not dwell on this — the only solution was to replace it. As caravans are often parked up in festival fields or on grassy campsites, it made no sense to me to replace it with more carpet. The best solution to muddy boots and grass is hard-flooring, something that can easily be mopped down and wiped clean at the end of the day. And as an electric hook-up… Read More