Tuesday, September 25

Fabulous Natural Neutral Carpet from Kersaint Cobb

In case you haven't heard, neutrals and natural textures are having a huge moment. And frankly, even if neutrals aren't your bag for walls, you'd do well to stick to a neutral tone for floor coverings.

Wall colour and coverings can be changed on a whim, but flooring is a much more long-term decision, with a bigger financial commitment. Therefore it needs more consideration, and should be less trend-led.
Pampas Nordic Stripe in Sweden
I've eyed up a patterned carpet or three in my time, but I know for a fact I'd have gone off it within a year, and I'm so pleased I never went down that route! Besides, despite their sometimes dull reputation, neutrals most definitely don't mean boring. And when I say neutral, I don’t mean white - it’s a very brave person that puts in pure white carpet! Think beiges and rich deep greys right down to the darkest charcoal.

Kersaint Cobb have a large collection of natural neutral carpet (with a few bolder colours too, which are pretty special combined with these fabulous textures).

From the subtle Pampas Nordic Stripe, to the herringbone of Cascade, it’s the texture and weave that keeps these neutrals thoroughly contemporary and fresh – they add interest, allowing the other design elements of a room to shine, whilst providing the base. A supporting role that is crucial to the overall feel.

Clockwise From Top Left: South Pacific in Tuvala, Sisal Big Boucle in Noir, Cascade in Grey Fossil, Pampas Nordic in Skagen

I've often said that flooring sets the tone of a space as it's the foundation for the look of a room, and neutral carpets do that quietly, without dominating. They lend a sense of grown up elegance to a space whilst allowing complete freedom with the other design decisions. Not only does this ensure that the look of a room can be easily changed if desired, but they also work equally well with stark white walls, warm beiges and cooler greys, right through to bolder colours too.

Left: Cascade 100% Wool Right: Luna 70% Wool / 30% Goat Hair

South Pacific 100% Wool in Tuvalu

This very contemporary look (above) is softened by the use of the South Pacific 100% wool carpet in Tuvalu, which has a subtle green tone. It stops the space from looking completely stark, adding a touch of visual and physical warmth. The weave has a fine stripe that is perfect for modern spaces, and comes in seventeen colours - some less neutral including Rarotonga, a muted blue that I could definitely get on board with! 

100% Sisal Big Boucle in Noir
A tone on tone scheme is a favourite of mine, so I love this look featuring Sisal Big Boucle in the shade Noir. The waffle weave again lends a super modern look, and works so well to balance a more traditional interior. 

Pampas Nordic in Skagen
The Pampas Nordic is a classic plain neutral for the quietest supporting role. This mid warm grey (Skagen) is the perfect choice for this room with its lighter walls, and it complements rather than competes with the pops of soft blue and pink, again adding a contemporary feel to this otherwise quite traditional space. 

South Pacific in Tonga
You can see Kersaint Cobb's full collection on their website which includes wool, sisal, coir, jute, seagrass carpet and runners alongside solid and engineered wood.

This post is in collaboration with Kersaint Cobb.


Thursday, September 13

Be More: The Hoxton Paris

To say I was excited to be invited on a press trip to Paris with Made.com last week, to attend the Paris Design Week launch party at Ground Zero, where Made, who sponsored the Le Off exhibition (a launchpad for upcoming design talent) had a TalentLAB stand, is an understatement.

But when I found out we were to stay at The Hoxton, my excitement reached giddy levels. Nestled in a narrow street in the second arrondissement, The Hoxton Paris, is in a ridiculously beautiful 18th century building, with 172 rooms spread over four floors, with a glass encased lobby that surrounds one of two impressive courtyards. Let's just say it was love at first sight upon checking out their Instagram feed prior to arriving - I mean what kind of interiors obsessive would I be if I didn't do a bit of pre-arrival snooping? Of course I'd seen The Hoxton Hotels in London, but not the Paris edition...

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The Lobby of The Hoxton Paris (Image: The Hoxton Hotel)
Breathtakingly beautiful just about does it, and from the minute you walk in, it's a visual feast, and I loved every single bit. Around every corner is another wow moment, and just when I thought I couldn't love it more, I opened the door to my room. Yes, I did say quietly to myself 'Well, this will do nicely!" as I set about examining every detail.

After six weeks of juggling the school summer holidays and work, this trip could not have come at a better time, and to be honest, I wanted to jump right into bed for a snooze, but there was exploring to be done, food to be eaten and cocktails to be boomeranged. Obvs. Tough job, but someone had to do it.

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Guest Room (Image: The Hoxton Hotel)

From the fringed velvet sofas in the lobby, the distressed walls and stunning lighting in the Rivié restaurant, the ochre velvet cushions on the incredible seats in one of the many hang-out areas around the front courtyard, and everything in between, The Hoxton Paris is Insta-perfect.

The rooms are moody and elegant with chevron oak flooring, leather headboards, über cool lighting, and cleverly designed steel and fluted opaque glass enclosures to house the bathrooms - I defy you to go there and not want to bring at least a little Hoxton Paris to your home.

I've written before about my ongoing attempts to make my home more boutique hotel, and I felt compelled to write this post, because there's just oodles of inspiration to be had. I've compiled some tres Hoxton Paris pieces - some inspired-by, and some are the actual products in the hotel. I'll have one of each thanks!


Mix it up! Modern and Mid-Century collide with a colour palette of neutrals mixed with jewel-tones. A splash of pattern, with plenty of sumptuous velvet and fringing, mixed metals and natural woods to ground it. It just works.

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1. Claudia Gold Velvet Sofa - Made.com*
2. Hetherington Brass Base Pouffe - Made.com*
3. Massimo Armchair - Magnus Long for Heals*
4. Gunmetal Coffee Table - French Connection Home*
5. Drew Accent Chair - Made.com*
6. Bloomingville Grandma Pouffe - Made In Design
7. Gubi Walnut Paper Side Table - Nest.co.uk
8. Brass and Rope Velvet Chair - Honore Deco (Actual Chairs from the Winter Garden)

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The Winter Garden (Image: The Hoxton Hotel)


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Guest Bathroom (Image: The Hoxton Hotel)
Sultry, calm and cosy, with an unexpected signature grid pattern on the bedding, and a spot of pattern on the bathroom floor tiles. Unlacquered copper brassware, simple white sanitaryware and even more cool lighting, et voila - instant hotel chic! Each room is slightly varies, with a different colour palette, but they're very much of the same overall design. And boy is it good.

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1. Ralph Laren 'Baxter' Bed Linen - Yves Delorme (I couldn't track down the actual bedding, but I suspect the real thing might become available through the hotels website soon, alongside their house 'Blank' toiletries!)
2. Black Poppy & Wild Fig Hand Wash - The Soap Co.
3. Ship's Well Wall Light - Original BTC (Actual Bathroom Lights!)
4. Matrix Watergate Blue Tile - Topps Tiles
5. Matrix Alaska White Tile - Topps Tiles
6. Sorrento Molini Glazed Tile - Fired Earth
7. Roberts DAB Radio - ao.com
8. Jessa 100% Egyptian Cotton Bath Towels - Made.com*
10. No.214 Wall Light by DCW éditions - Made in Design (Actual Bedside Wall Lamps!)

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Image: Bianca Hall


Here are a few good matches for some of the fab colours you'll find in the very Autumnal colour palette throughout the hotel. I'm even loving the ochre and rich pinkish red. Who even am I?!

Row A. Rich Black - Dulux / Bo Peep - Earthborn / Donkey Ride - Earthborn
Row B. French Rose - Sanderson / Field Mushroom - Sanderson / Carmen Lt - Sanderson
Row C. French Ochre - Rockett St George / Studio Green - Farrow & Ball / Card Room Green Farrow & Ball
Row D. Alabaster - Benjamin Moore / Polka Dot - Earthborn / Ultra White - Dulux

So what do you think? Will you be adding a touch of The Hoxton Paris to your home? I certainly will be - watch this space!

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