I’ve featured Havwoods on Copperline before in this beautiful London apartment from 2016, and I wrote at the time: ‘Every so often an email lands in my inbox and I realise its contents have to be featured…’ and this is another one of those moments. This stunning space features flooring by Havwoods – Block Herringbone Engineered Oak Flooring to be specific, and the warm golden tones of this finish are the perfect backdrop to the black accents and brick textures in this kitchen and dining space in London’s Highbury Hill.
This year, as we’ve been looking at moving, every property we’ve seriously considered has sent me into redesign mode. Kitchens, bathrooms, flooring… my head has been full of ideas for different types of spaces, and one of the design features I’ve kept coming back to again and again is geometric tiling.
So this new collaboration between Bert & May and The Conran Shop was bound to catch my eye. Designed by The Conran Shop and created by Bert & May’s skilled makers, the collection – which is currently showcased at Bert & May’s east London showroom on Vyner Street during London Design Festival (until 24th September) – features six designs in three complementary colourways.
Over the years – and certainly since Harris came trotting into our lives – I’ve become much more conscious of the practical considerations when looking at floor coverings. Now my checklist starts with: what’s easy to clean, as you can’t avoid wet paw prints after a damp walk or a bath. And I seem to be incapable of walking across the kitchen without somehow kicking over Harris’s water bowl. All the time. Also, what’s warm underfoot and would work with underfloor heating, as this is definitely on my wish list for our future bathroom. And while I’d always choose timber for a main living space and bedrooms, with a kitchen, bathroom or hallway I can see myself leaning towards something a little different.
Which is why this new collection by Neisha Crosland for Harvey Maria caught my eye. I shared a range of flooring designed for Harvey Maria by Dee Hardwicke on the blog last year, and this latest collection of vinyl tiles designed in collaboration with Neisha Crosland combines a bold geometric pattern with a neutral and elegant (and dare I say very ‘me’) colour palette.
Every so often an email lands in my inbox and I realise its contents have to be featured – indeed, this has happened three times in the last few days (so many great properties around right now…) so watch this space! The arrival of these photos from Havwoods was one of those moments. I can’t resist chevron or herringbone flooring, and when you combine a chevron floor in oak, as here, with a beautifully sleek kitchen complete with marble splashback, full-height windows paired with working shutters, and lovely contemporary styling touches, well, I’m pretty much sold.
“We think floors should be celebrated, adorned and given the same status as the walls and furnishings,” Harvey Maria writes on their website, and I must admit, after looking through the company’s latest collections, I can only agree. While my default mode has always been for simple timber flooring – unless we’re talking about historic floor tiles, like the Victorian encaustic tiles I admire in properties around Edinburgh – I was hooked on Harvey Maria’s patterned vinyl flooring the moment I laid eyes on Neisha Crosland’s award-winning Parquet floor tiles. Here was a floorcovering that I couldn’t definitely imagine having at home – warm underfoot, hardwearing enough for small paws, and stylish.
The company has collaborated with some of Britain’s best-loved designers, and 2016 sees the launch of the latest range created for Harvey Maria by the designer Dee Hardwicke.
Every so often I’m sent a set of photos and realise that they have to be featured, and this gorgeous shoot from Natural Elements Flooring provided one of those moments. Styled by Debra Morrall and photographed by Andrew Hatfield, it certainly helps to have a location as wonderful as Kettleburgh Hall, a beautiful Grade II* listed 16th century country house in Suffolk. The house was purchased by the current owner around ten years ago and has been extensively remodelled since, including a completely new kitchen extension featuring a kitchen by Plain English.