Our Favourite: Welcome Mats


“Take your shoes off!”

I always used to get into trouble for trailing my muddy shoes across the hall carpet, so much so we had a strict ‘no wearing shoes inside’ policy at my parents house. Fair enough I hear you say, but when I was even banned from wearing my brand spanking bonafide Kickers I wasn’t happy (terrible childhood right?)

Now it’s my turn to make the rules, all I ask is that guests wipe their feet before they come in – so a door mat is an essential accessory. Here’s our best, most reasonably priced picks (after all you don’t want to be spending an awful lot on something that is essentially designed to become filthy).



1. Coir Doormat – Good Day $29 (apologies this is USA only but it’s my favourite – hopefully it’ll be in UK stores soon),  2. Ovalado Doormat £19.99, 3. Fox Washable Doormat £7.99, 4. Cloudy Browns door mat £15, 5. Margo Selby Phoenix Doormat £20, 6. Morocco Door Mat £10, 7. Pheasant Bird Coir Doormat £17

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Carpet Copycat – The Wonders of Natural Flooring

Liz's Coir CarpetLiz’s living room with ‘tiger’s eye’ sisal carpet

Admittedly carpets aren’t the sexiest thing to blog about.  Even interiors magazines give them pretty short shrift.  You never have to consider such things as a renting dweller, but when you buy your first home suddernly have to start thinking about things like flooring choices.

When replacing our living room fireplace, we found ourselves with a nice new hole in the carpet as the replacement was smaller than the previous hearth.   Being thrify types we repurposed the carpet by shifting it to the upstairs offce, which saved money but we now had a bare living room floor.

My first port of call for inspiration was Design*Sponge (the US design blog), but every single living room I wanted to emulate had a wooden floor.  Every single one.  I was beginning to think it was a situation akin to the great hidden TV conspiracy – there wasn’t a carpet in sight.  Much as  I love the original floorboards look, it just wasn’t going to work here – not only are the original floorboards a bit of a mess and missing in places, but the room is north-facing  and a touch on the nippy side in the middle of a Yorkshire winter, so it really needed full-floor covering.

I happened upon an interesting alternative – a sort of half-way house between the natural, rustic look I wanted with floorboards, with the warmth and coverage of capet: natural flooring.  Often it’s looked to as an option for hardwearing spaces like hallways (especially the jute and coir types), but some of the finer materias like sisal and seagrass are less rough and can make for an interesting and unusual carpet covering for living rooms.

living room wth sisal carpet2Kath’s living room with copycat carpet (spot the difference!)

Unbenownst to me, Liz was also looking for the same stuff for her newly redecorated living room.  She’d seen pictures of it but didn’t know what it was called.  I think she was typing things like ‘hairy brown carpet’ into Google which was bringing back some interesting results…

I realised what she was talking about, and pointed her in the direction of Kersaint Cobb and Alternative Flooring (UK manufacturers of natural flooring).  She found a local stockist and swifly narrowed the vast array of choices down to the Kersaint Cobb ‘Tiger’s Eye’ sisal carpet in amber.  As usual I dithered for ages, before sheepishly choosing exactly the same one as I loved the look of it when it was out on display at our local stockist in Baildon.

You’ll need someone who knows their stuff to lay it, as it’s trickier to work with than normal carpet and it needs ‘resting’ in situ for 24 hours before they pinning it down as it can shrink slightly after it acclimatises to your house.  It hides the dirt really well, but it’s not a fan of spills as it can’t be washed as easily as woolen carpet, so you need to think about the usage before you go for it, but we’d definitely recommend as an alternative option to floorboards.


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Geometric Rugs

I reckon it’s the graphic designer in me but there’s something about a bold pattern that I really cannot resist, the brighter the better. So Scandinavian geometric rugs are right up my street (or down my hallway as it were).

The Britta Sweden ‘Anna’ rug was my choice for the soon to be completed hall, and as it’s made from woven plastic there’s no need to panic when people start traipsing their muddy shoes across it. Practical and beautiful, you can always rely on the Swedes.

There are plenty more Scandinavian statements to choose from though…


1. STOCKHOLM Rug £100 2. Linie Design Mirina Pastel Rug £350.00 3. Pappelina Honey Mustard & Vanilla Runner £62 4. Medium Wally Floor Rug £295 5. ANNA Britta Sweden SEK1220.00 (approx £122)

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