Top Ten Rugs For Busy Homes

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I love a rug, maybe even more than I love a cushion, and as much as I love a lamp, and if you know me, you know that's a LOT. They can zone a space and bring a room to life instantly, and the possibilities are endless as far as colours and pattern go. Obviously they get walked all over on a regular basis, so with this edit I've kept busy homes in mind and chosen rugs that could deal with relatively heavy traffic. That is, rugs that wouldn’t be completely destroyed the first time your seven year old traipses all over it with his trainers on to get to his beloved iPad on the other side of the room, because lets face it, a seven year old trying to get to an iPad is rather like the Terminator getting to his target, and your precious new rug is probably the last thing on his mind.

We only have a rugs in the living room and the kids rooms and I'm pretty strict about no shoes on them (and no shoes upstairs). That said, it doesn't always happen (see above) but they have all survived really well so far. In fact, I've included the living room one in my edit because it's neutral, with a subtle pattern and lots of texture and still looks brand new despite being over a year old now. Texture and colour variation are the most important thing for a rug surviving a busy home so keep that in mind when rug shopping.

Okay, I confess that numbers 5 and 6 probably (definitely) don’t fall into the ‘good for busy homes’ category at all, but I had to include them because it was love at first sight, and number 5, thanks to the spookiness of everything we look at online constantly popping us to remind us how much we should buy it, is now haunting me everywhere I look. Such are the perils of putting shopping edits together when you’re actually just window shopping for yourself. And number 6 is an absolute BARGAIN for the size and I just love it. Sorry, I couldn’t leave them out, but perhaps lock the kids and pets out of those rooms completely if you do go for either of those ones. Kidding. Kind of.

I think all these rugs are reasonably priced for the size, ranging from £150 to £600 for that gorgeous Maya Rug in a 6’ x 8’ size and hitting all price points (and bigger sizes) in between…

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THE FRENCH FOR PINEAPPLE LIBERTY SALE EDIT [UNDER £60]

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I'll cut to the chase here because time is of the essence! The Liberty sale has just started and there are bargains to be had, but get in quickly because we don't want any 'the one that got away' regrets now do we? I've put together an edit of my favourite pieces, trawling through everything so that you don't have to! And the best bit? Everything is under £60!

I'll be buying the beautiful lilac cushion for my living room, and most probably several other pieces I absolutely don't need, but they sure will make me happy.

Let me know what you buy in the comments below! Happy shopping...

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Maitland & Poate Antique Tiles

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I definitely have a thing for tiles (and paint, and cushions, lamps, furniture and accessories, but let's focus on tiles today, okay?).  And my love knows no bounds as far as styles go. In fact, I probably need at least seven homes so I can bring all my ideas to fruition. IN MY DREAMS...

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A modern-rustic farmhouse in the Italian countryside, a contemporary beach-house in Miami, a villa in Formentera, a Brownstone in New York, a classic Parisian apartment, a mansion in the Hollywood Hills or maybe something in Palm Springs - I'm not fussy. Oh, and a Victorian Terrace in London. At least I can tick one off the list, so I mustn't complain, but I can dream, right?

Anyway, if I had all these fantasy homes, then I could put some of Maitland & Poate's antique tiles to extremely good use.

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Maitland & Poate are a London based family run business that started after their obsession with finding the perfect tiles for their family home led them to sourcing them from Andalucía in Spain.

You will now find Spanish tiles dating back to circa 1790 on their site, and believe me when I tell you that they're stunningly beautiful. They are of course original reclaimed tiles and once they're gone, they're gone. For the most part you won't find them in huge numbers, making them the perfect choice for kitchen splash-backs, small bathrooms, and borders where they could also be combined with other tiles. Some designs are available in large numbers, so amazing for kitchen floors, halls or patios.

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I chose just a few of my many favourites from the current stock to photograph. Although they would work with both traditional and contemporary styles, for me these tiles would be amazing combined with really modern brassware and clean lines if you're using them in a bathroom or kitchen - that classic contrast between the rough and old with the sleek and new really lets both elements shine. And as ever I love a restrained, tone on tone colour palette.

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Reclaimed encaustic (cement) tiles are more hardy than new ones as they've already been treated throughout their lives. They still need to be re-treated, but shouldn't give you as much stress as new ones that can get stained and marked more easily during the installation process, which is an added benefit alongside the obvious environmental bonus of a reclaimed product. They've already developed a beautiful patina adding that much sought after aged character - and it's entirely authentic. Perfectly imperfect you could say.

I absolutely love the fact that you're told the area and era of each tile design and that you can give a new home and life to these works of art that have so much history.

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Coser Tile, Jaen c 1905

The Coser tile obviously caught my eye with its gorgeous muted pinks, and this pattern reminds me of pretty pink gingham! Perfect for a small bathroom or cloakroom floor, or a splash-back in a kitchen, bathroom or utility room. Pair with Maitland & Poate's Seashell lime paint.

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Pato Tile, Barbate, c 1940 / Moteado Verde Tile, Coil de la Frontera, c 1960

Ah this classic 50's green of the Pato tile gets me every time, although in this case it's actually 40's green, and this is the perfect shade, that is at once vintage and yet very of the moment. These would make a stunning border in a larger space, and are perfect for a bathroom floor. The larger format marbled Moteado tile compliment them beautifully. Pair with Carrera lime paint to keep it light and breezy.

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Raya Tile, Arcos de la Frontera, c 1900 / Gonzalo Tile, Cordoba, c 1910

You can't go wrong with this colour palette - truly timeless and always classy, black, grey and warm whites are a guaranteed winner. Both the Raya (above, top) and Gonzalo tile with its infinite pattern possibilities ooze modern elegance, even if they are over a hundred years old. Pair with Nero lime paint for an über dramatic space or Ivory for a more classic look.

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Ladrillos, Medina Sidonia, c 1790 / Rojo Viejo, Cadiz City, c 1890

These tiles are going on my fantasy patio in my fantasy garden. I do actually have the garden, and maybe next year we'll be able to make better use of the decent size by getting rid of some of the wasted-in-our-hands garden beds and creating a patio off the kitchen as the first phase.

But I digress.... these would also be incredible inside, I'm thinking the rectangular terracotta on a kitchen floor in a herringbone pattern, walnut units and a soapstone worktop, whilst the square Rojo Viejo tile would be beautiful in a bathroom paired with oak cabinetry. The Ladrillos tiles are over TWO HUNDRED years old!

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See also Losas terracotta tiles which I'm just a little bit in love with. If used inside, I'd pair any of these earthy toned tiles with Celadon Primo or Calce lime paint. Even Chocolat for a really moody look, and so stunning in either a bathroom or a kitchen.

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Okay, so I've revved myself up into a complete fantasy tiling tizz now. If only these tiles could talk, boy would they have some stories to tell! And isn't it just amazing how modern they feel, when they're up to 200 years old? It just goes to show, that nothing is really original anymore, and that's not always a bad thing.

Do check out the Maitland & Poate website for the full selection of antique tile treasures, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

Top Trends Coming Your Way In 2020 and Beyond...

Trends are such an emotive topic aren't they? They really annoy some people, including me. But I don't get annoyed because I don't like the concept of them, I get annoyed because the ones that reach mega status (like er, dark grey and tropical prints) stick around for SO long, get done to death, and I get sick of the sight of them, and well, really rather irritated. Irrationally irritated. This is a personality flaw that I probably should address one day. Maybe.

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The Manzoni

ANYWAY, while some trends drive me irrationally insane, there are others that are still on the up that I can't wait to see more of. Then there are some that never seem to take off as much as I'd like them to, which also annoys me. But it's probably just as well because if they got too big, I wouldn't like them anymore anyway. Ha! Difficult? Moi?

So here are my top trend predictions for the coming year (or so, because although some hang around for a ridiculously long time, boy can they take a long time to filter through!), based not just on my week in Milan for Design Week but what I've noticed popping up here and there elsewhere, repeatedly, over the last six months or more...

Muted (Dirty) Mint 


Pinks and nudes were still in fine form in Milan this year, but they're pretty much neutrals now and not at all unexpected. We've seen deep dark greens around for a while, but dirty muted mints (and powder blues) are about to have a moment. And I'm not mad.

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Lensvelt

I spotted mint at Lensvelt (above) on their New Chesterfield chair, the walls of the brilliant Wallpaper Handmade Exhibition, in carpet form at the über cool Besana apartment and mint tiles in Tom Dixon's Manzoni restaurant all in Milan. Whilst I keep seeing 'Neo Mint' being referred to, I say dirty it up a bit with a touch of grey to make it more liveable and you're onto a winner.

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The Manzoni 
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Besana


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Wallpaper Handmade



Textured Walls


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Moooi

Textured walls were everywhere, from Moooi to Nalesso with textured wallpapers, textured stone cladding at Salvatori, and sublime leather wall tiles at Studioart. Micro-cement graced the walls of Tom Dixon's Manzoni restaurant, adding movement and depth, completely negating the need for art. It's almost as if a plain smooth painted wall will be be frowned upon soon. Uh-oh...

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The Manzoni 
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Moooi

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Moooi 
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Nalesso
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Nalesso

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Studioart

Anthuriums



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Hem

The sculptural beauty of Anthuriums have been on my radar for a long while and have appeared on the Instagram feed of artist and photographer Maisie Cousins since 2016 on more than one occasion, and they have just kept on popping up ever since. Still tricky to find, but starting to appear in florists near me which I'm pretty damn pleased about - you only need a single stem or three and they will last for weeks if you change the water and add flower food regularly. The coolest blooms on the block and they last way longer than blousy peonies, though I have to say they'd also look fab together. Spotted at Gucci and Hem in Milan.

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Hem

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Gucci
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Gucci

Neon Sunset



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Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton and Versace were both championing the Miami ombre neon look or as I like to call it Neon Sunset. It was also featured at the Time Printing installation by At Ma, then I spotted it on the cover of the Italian Elle Decor Salone edition at the airport on the way home, so that has sealed it really, so like it or loathe it, you can expect to see it more and more over the coming year.

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Versace

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At Ma
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Elle Decor Italy

Ivory Upholstery 



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Lara Bohnic

This one has been coming for a while, and oh how I wish I could justify an ivory sofa! Alas, with two children and a cat it's not on the cards for me any time soon (although perhaps I could issue a flat 100% ban  from the room? Too harsh?), so I'll just have to drool over beautiful images of them instead. Spotted at Lara Bohnic's Planetaria exhibition at Wallpaper Handmade and Louis Vuitton in Milan, but they've been popping up in the magazines for months. Join in if you dare. And make it bouclé for extra trend points.

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Louis Vuitton 
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Louis Vuitton
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Lara Bohnic

Incense



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L'Objet

I know this is a bit of a random one, but it's coming. My mother always burned incense as I was growing up and I have to admit, I hated it as a kid, and have kind of held a grudge ever since. But over the last year I've spotted it in the odd design shop and my stance has softened. A cheaper habit to feed than scented candles (well, potentially!), and I'm ready to dip my toes back in. I've already earmarked a burner or five, so testing will begin imminently. Spotted in all the cool design shops, Gucci and Fornasetti and L'Objet in Milan. You can run, but you can't hide.

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Gucci



The Trio of Keepers

Pink as previously mentioned isn't going anywhere any time soon, nor brass or marble. There was SO much of all three of these around in Milan that I'm pretty sure they no longer sit in the trends realm, but have now earned themselves a spot in the classics category.









Mizumi Collection by Black Edition

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I absolutely loved the Mizumi collection from

Black Edition

the moment I laid eyes on it. Striking yet serene, the designs are stunning and combine the ancient art of woodcut techniques with modern printing and weaving technology to create a collection comprising of wallcoverings, fabrics and cushions.

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Mizumi Mural in Carbon and Romita Cushion in Pampas

Created in collaboration with Tokyo born artist Katsutoshi Yuasa, the prints reimagine his original works into large formats and repeats. I photographed my favourite design, the Mizumi mural in my home, and played with some of the

cushions

too. The textures of the fabrics including velvets, jacquards, satins and weaves are truly stunning, and come in either two or three colours depending on the design. You can see the full fabric collection

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, but don't ask me to choose a favourite because I love them all!

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Romita Cushion Detail

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Romita Cushion in Pampas, Aiko Cushion in Avocet, Mitoku Cushion in Avocet

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Mizumi Mural in Carbon and Mitoku Cushion in Avocet

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Mizumi Mural in Carbon and Romita Cushion in Pampas

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Mizumi Mural in Carbon and Aiko Cushion in Avocet

The huge mural, a beautiful scene of trees reflected in the water below, measures an impressive 320cm high and 411cm wide and is made up of six drops in total, though it's possible to purchase just half the width of three drops for a smaller space too. Along with all the other

wall-coverings

in the collection it's paste the wall, making it easier to hang than the traditional past the paper technique.

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Full Mizumi Mural

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Mizumi Mural in Carbon Detail

All the wallcoverings add such lovely movement and texture to a space without being overwhelming, and they come in up to six different colours depending on the design. The mural comes in four - Carbon (main images), Viridian, Midnight and Basalt pictured below.

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Mizumi Mural Colours

You can check out the full Mizumi collection at Black Edition

here

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