Padding around bare footed at home doesn’t sound too appealing now that the weather has started to turn that bit cooler thanks to the arrival of Autumn, does it? Yet there’s something about arriving home, kicking off your shoes and relaxing at home with scented candles burning and generally nesting in comfy clothes. This is what led me to seek out ways to create a cosy home under foot for the new season. Truth be told, I’ve never been a huge carpet fan but my mind quickly changed upon discovering the new Quirky B collection from Alternative Flooring. Not only is the collection of carpets and stair runners incredibly colourful (massive brownie points right there!) but it’s also an exploration of striking patterns, too. This combination creates the opportunity to really make the floors in a space the statement feature – this approach to a scheme is ideal if the room is lacking a natural focal point, like a fireplace or other existing architectural detail.
The new Quirky B collection is a new broadloom patterned carpet collection in collaboration with designers Margo Selby and Ashley Hicks. The collaborative designs sit alongside a range of more designer Quirky patterns in-house, too. The wool carpets are woven on traditional carpet looms in the UK and each designer created two styles each. Margo Selby is a woven textile designer who creates colourful handcrafted fabrics. The two designs seen here, Fair Isle and Shuttle, are here first ever carpet and runner designs for Alternative Flooring. Both are beautifully crafted in Margo Selby’s trademark 3-dimensional style and feature her distinctive graphic patterns in earthy and vibrant colour mixes. The innovative designs are developed on handlooms by Margo in her studio and then woven into broadloom carpets. Meanwhile, international interior and furniture designer Ashley Hicks designed two striking patterned carpets called Chainmail and Daisy.
Personally, I love how this collection allows one to invite both colour, pattern *and* comfort into a space via one decorating element. The Quirky B collection has cemented in my mind that carpet can be cool, so given I have a penchant for alliteration, I’m certifying the collection ‘cracking carpet’! Which of these ten carpet ideas from Alternative Flooring do you like best? How would you use carpet in your own home?
* // Photography by Alternative Flooring
1. Wearing stripes on Saturdays should be the law.
2. I can’t walk past a blue door without stopping to take a picture of it.
3. I loved the yellow type and visual contrast at Topolski.
4. Every home should have a candy coloured striped rug.
5. A window box overflowing with bright blooms equals instant charm.
6. Whoever named their house the ‘pink house’ needs a colour award!
7. Loved spotting these Greek blue shutters in Knightsbridge on Sunday.
8. I wasn’t exaggerating in number two (see above!).
9. It was such a joy to have Lindsey staying with us from Paris for the weekend.
10. Two traditional red telephone boxes seen side-by-side is a sure fire way to raise a smile!
Shop the outfit: HUNTOR leather holdall bag | GARYEN quilted leather jacket | EDDI watch | ROPPED bracelet | JACDEB white shirt | SELSEY jeans | GURI7 Oxford brogue shoe | BABEL blue jumper | STRITIE stripe tie
Thanks to their bold prints (hello pretty paisley!) and confident approach to colour, I ’ve always been a fan of Ted Baker. In recent years menswear has seen a growth in popularity for high street brands, with many increasing their collections in terms of both size and regularity. However, I feel as though Ted has been a solid offering in men’s fashion for many years. So for my latest Bright.Style post I picked out some of my favourite pieces from their A/W14 menswear collection to create the ideal gentleman’s outfit for Autumn. I built the look up from a classic white shirt and jeans (always a classic style winner), with several layers. A bright splash of colour came in the form of a blue merino wool jumper, which I tempered with an oh-so-comfy navy jacket. A striped tie introduced a hint of pattern and visual interest, while brown shoes and a leather bag not only kept the look feeling smart and sophisticated, but brown and navy pair together *so* well. The gorgeous silver watch is now one of my key wardrobe staples because I love the mint coloured hands. Welcome back, layering – I’ve missed you!
What do you like about my favourite fall outfit, guys? I love how my bestie Brooke (and super talented fashion illustrator) whipped together this cute illustration of my chosen outfit. Isn’t it fun?! Oh, how I wish I could draw! If you’re loving all things Ted, be sure to join Mr. Bazaar in entering their contest, too. Just create a Pinterest board called PinpoinTed and pin one or more favourite looks from one of Ted Baker’s Pinterest boards. Once you upload it to their microsite, you’ll be entered to win an $800 Ted Baker Pinterest spree!
// Photography by Will Taylor | Illustration by Brooke Hagel | Posted in collaboration with Ted Baker; all views my own.