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Best Blogger Interview: (Hollie, Jacqui & Amelia) from MiaFleur

MiaFleur is the second installment of our 'Best Blogger Series' (you can catch last week's here) with 3 lovely ladies answering our probing questions about all things fashion.....and more!

Mia Fleur ladies

First things first, there are 3 of you! Can you talk us through how the blog came about and how you collaborated?

Well, we’re a mother and two daughter team, so it was a very organic and natural collaboration for us really.  As we’re all passionate about interiors, design and styling, an online homewares shop was the obvious answer.  We started blogging in 2012, at the same time as launching our online boutique.  We know that simply buying a product is not where the journey ends and for some, knowing how to make the product look just as good in your own home can be tricky. Which is why since the inception of MiaFleur, we’ve always felt that the blog is an integral part of what we do and we love helping our customers to achieve their own unique style.  

We thought you were all sisters!

What did you do previous to blogging (occupation)?

Jacqui is a partner in a Potato Merchants business with her husband and has been doing that for about thirty years, whilst also raising five children, gaining a degree in Textile Design and desperately trying to fulfil her creative side in her spare time.  Amelia graduated in 2012 with a degree in Textile Design and had previously spent many years in our ‘sewing room’ at home being taught by Jacqui. Hollie graduated in 2008 with a degree in Fashion and Textile Management and prior to MiaFleur had most recently been working as an Account Manager for a footwear supplier.   

Having 3 different inputs into the blog, what do you feel are the advantages and disadvantages over a solo user blog?

It’s very much a joint effort between the three of us, with us all playing some part in either the writing, styling or photography.  We very much see 3 inputs as being a benefit, rather than a negative in any way.  We each have our own aesthetic, which gives MiaFleur its quirky style, however we also have our own skills and knowledge base as well, which helps us to produce more varied content.

Many of our interviewees past and upcoming are winners and nominees of blog awards. Yourself included. What's your take on these awards and have they helped you in any way?

Entering, and indeed winning awards is a fantastic way to increase exposure for your blog.  It’s also an incredible feeling to just be nominated, never mind to actually win!  Creating interesting and varied content on a weekly basis is a difficult and time consuming task, so for any blogger to feel the recognition that awards can give is a huge sense of achievement and pride.

Amara 2015 awards banner

You have a few posts on your blog in reference to Flooring. How important is flooring in completing a look for a home and do you have any tips or DIY gone wrong stories?

Well, I think it goes without saying that flooring is one of the key components of any room, it ties the whole scheme together and should be a big consideration. The key thing to consider with flooring is what the space will be used for.  Having had 5 kids (and a dog!), Jacqui can safely say, hard flooring was a wise choice!

Now that you mentioned pets, we saw (and borrowed) and posted an infographic that helps you decide what flooring based on what pets you have.

Which of our Flooring takes your fancy?

We’re rather taken with the engineered wood range, this herringbone parquet in particular is lovely: 

engineered herringbone parquet flooring

You guys follow us on Twitter - thanks! Is it your favourite social media platform? How has social media helped your blogging efforts and success?

Each social media platform has its own merits really. Personally, we love using Instagram, but it’s also a fantastic resource as a blogger and business because of the levels of interaction and engagement.  I think you’d struggle to have a successful blog without social media, it’s the most valuable tool available as a blogger for promoting your content and gaining new readers.

What's in and what's out in home and garden décor?

We have heard that copper may be on its way out, but we think it’s still going to be a big trend for a good while yet.  It’s safe to say shabby chic has had it’s day in the trend stakes, but then again we’re antique and vintage addicts, so we’ll always keep some element of this in our homes.  We would never advise anyone to slavishly follow trends, it’s knowing what works for you and what you like that’s the key.
In terms of big trends right now though, tropical is one of the most popular looks, but that doesn’t mean you need to kit your house out like the Amazon, the idea of trends is to just take a few ideas and incorporate smaller elements to update your existing décor.

Parrot money box

Tropical plates

What's the most eccentric thing you own?

That’s a tough one, we’ve amassed some pretty eccentric things over the years!  In terms of personal possessions, I think it’d probably have to be Jacqui’s crazy bird vase  – in combination with the floral wallpaper it makes for a pretty eccentric look!

Antique italian bird

But of course we love our quirky pieces on the site too and our brand new ‘Monty Dog Watering Can Vase’ is gorgeously kitsch, but proving to be a popular one.


What are your favourite blogs right now and why?
  • We love Swoon Worthy, written by Kimberley Duran – we always link to her posts on our social media and we’re all regular readers.  Not only is her quirky taste really similar to ours, but we love her writing style too. 
  • We also really like Mad About the House, written by Kate Watson-Smyth.  She has a seriously in-depth knowledge of interiors and offers plenty of advice, as well as just an opportunity to drool over gorgeous houses. 
swoonworthy website logo  mad about the house website logo

Great blogs think alike. We love swoonworthy too! Kimberly has kindly allowed us to interview her in the upcoming weeks.

For newcomers to your blog what would you recommend they read first - to get to know you and your methods?

Our ‘Ultimate Copper Styling Guide’  has proven to really popular.  We had so many requests from customers asking how to style copper and what colours to put it with, that we decided not only to write a blog about it, but to make a downloadable ‘guide’ which covers everything you need to know to make copper work for you. 

We already have an ‘About us’ page, but we decided it was high time the readers of our blog really got to know the ladies behind MiaFleur.  So we have shared 5 things about each of us that readers wouldn’t already know.  So if you’d like to know why Hollie is a puffer fish, why Amelia resorted to rinsing a chicken tagine under the tap and how Jacqui managed to survive bringing up 5 kids, read on.  

What's next for MiaFleur?

We have extended the styling help that we offer on the blog, to now include ranges of products.  We now offer ‘styled vignettes’ where customers can purchase a complete set of products, which we have collated and styled into specific looks; this is perfect to give customers a basis to work from and to inspire them with confidence to design their own home.   We have had fantastic response on this from customers and press alike and we’ll be expanding the range considerably over the coming months.

And that's all folks! A huge thanks to the MiaFleur ladies for the valuable insights. If you have any questions or queries regarding this interview, then please let us know in the comments below.

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Best Blogger Interview: Stephanie from Life at 139a

 stephanie from life at 139a blog

Stephanie from Life at 139a has kindly allowed us to interview her about her life, likes and blog. Providing us with some valuable tips, and insights into current trends and the blogging world. 

First things first, who are you? Where are you from? And what do you blog about?

Hi there, I’m Stephanie and I blog at Life at 139a www.lifeat139a.com where you’ll find a range of homes and interiors posts from my own home and garden and our latest project, and from gardens I visit. We’re also a year into our allotment stewardship so I share how that’s going too - the short update is the weeds often win! We’ve recently come back from a cycling trip in the Loire Valley so I’m sharing peeks into the many chateaux we visited at the moment too.

I live and work in South London and we’ve been in our current home for fourteen years now, which is amazing and one day maybe we’ll finish it, or maybe not!

You've been blogging over 3 and half years now. What's been the toughest most challenging period to date?

That’s a tricky one, because I’ve always got something to say… I think the trickiest period could be about to happen as I’ve just started a new job, so I think my challenge will be to find time to do everything. Let’s hope I’m wrong though.

What did you do previous to blogging (occupation)?

I still work full-time, although I did take some time off after I stopped my daily commute to the City, which I’d done for thirty years. That gave me some time to do whatever I wanted and part of that was to develop my blog further. Since then though I’ve gone back to work, first with a driving commute and now a walking commute through Greenwich Park. So I think I’m finally getting the hang of a better commute. I don’t talk about the details of my job on my blog, so don’t think I’m being vague.

Floormaker: Yeah of course, nudge nudge link link

Did any other blogs inspire you to start blogging? Who are the current blogs you think we should watch out for?

I wasn’t inspired to start a blog by any in particular. I started to blog when we were undertaking a major redecoration programme of our house, both inside and out, including a new kitchen and a new patio and my personal Facebook statuses, even to me were too much!  I wanted to record our trials and tribulations as well as successes as I never believed those TV shows where the householder cries because it’s all too much. Having experienced it, I now believe it because, unfortunately not everything went to plan with our work either.

Now though there are many blogs I read regularly and my favourites are wide-ranging but include:
  • The Twinkle Diaries  - Caro is another yellow fanatic, and we have to stick together.
  • Mammasaurus  - Annie has a beautiful blog, and she’s a beautiful lady in real life too.
  • Podcast Dove  - for Charly’s beautiful photography, and cheeky daughter.
  • Margot and Barbara  - because it’s a great name for a blog, and yes it refers to that TV programme, and because Elizabeth writes heartfelt posts.
But these are just a few of the many blogs I read these days!

Floormaker: That's our holiday reading sorted then!

You must have a favourite blog that you have written? Any particular reason this stands out?

I love this one from our bedroom, mainly because decorating it was a long time coming and because while I wanted to share it online, I still wanted to keep it private too. So by sharing snippets I found the compromise I was after and it’s quite a bold colour scheme too - black, grey and gold (yellow). 

And we still love it - phew!

What’s in and what’s out in the interior design world currently?

I think there’s so many styles around right now that everyone can find something they like to match their theme. Copper is still going strong, and that’s something that’s growing on me the longer it’s about.  Brass too, is on its way back but again, it’s not something I’m overly keen on. I think that’s down to Saturday morning brass cleaning though when I was growing up -that was at our church and at home where we had a brass door step.

brass table and white sofa

I like colour so it’s good to see lots of that about, I think we should all be braver with colour.  But really I think we should all go with what makes us happy, rather than what’s in fashion.

normal is boring sign

You follow us on Twitter - thanks! What's your fav social network to use and blends best with your blog?

My pleasure - I dip in and out of Twitter, but find it moves oh too quickly so can become quite overwhelming. I love Instagram though  as I think it provides a good snapshot into daily life - mine and everyone elses!  I don’t mind some styled shots, but there has to be some real life too to keep me interested.

Floormaker:  We've recently launched our Instagram too - it's an interesting network. We'll follow you if you follow us back!

You've blogged about flooring before and in particular engineered flooring. Do you have hardwood flooring in your home currently and do you have any tips or tricks on flooring design for our readers?

I’m a wooden flooring convert I have to say. I never thought I’d live in a house with wooden floors, but now we only have carpet in one room - our bedroom.  All of our living space has wooden flooring; downstairs there’s parquet flooring, sadly not the herringbone pattern but the more modern square blocks. And in our other bedrooms and landing we have sanded floorboards. When we redecorated our second bedroom, we had the floorboards sanded instead of replacing the carpet. And while the floor needed some repair, it worked really well and the character of the floor really shines through.

spare bedroom before photos        spare bedroom flooring after photos
Before                                                                After

In every room where we have wooden floors we also have a rug because I think they really do add something to the flooring. Getting the size right though is important as you don’t want to completely cover your lovely wooden floor, but you don’t want a postage stamp of a rug either. 

To work out what size you think works - or to check the size of a rug you’ve seen - lay out newspaper on the floor to match the size of the rug then you can see its size more easily.  It sounds a bit odd, but it’s way better to visualise this before you bring it home and realise it’s wrong.

Also on wooden flooring, I’d go for as natural as possible as that’s most likely to stand the test of time in interior trends and be the best value for money. And spend as much as you can afford to that makes a difference, but always negotiate on the price if you can, or at least payment terms. My dad always says “if you don’t ask, you don’t get” and often he’s been right.

Of our flooring and now rugs (cough cough) can you pick a favourite?

Ah a chance to look through some rugs, I’m on it… Actually you have one that’s very much like one I have already and that’s the Red Shaggy Deluxe Rug, Rugs like this are a great way to add texture into your decor, something that we often forget about.
Red Shaggy Deluxe Rug

I’ve seen too that you have the classic herringbone parquet flooring that would be top of my list.

herringbone oak flooring

I can have two on my list, right?

Floormaker: You can now!

Your dream home. Describe it for us?

A bit cheesy but right now I’m living in it. When we bought this house fourteen years ago it was a bit of a stretch and bigger than either of us had before (both MOH and I owned our own properties). And that’s paid off. It’s built around 1890, but has no character features (sadly) although the spiral staircase and enclosed storage more than makes up for that, as does the wood floors and the large garden.

We held our wedding reception in the garden too, so that makes it pretty special. Although it was a bit of a mad rush to tidy it up before the wedding. We didn’t make it either as the main bathroom didn’t get finished so our guests had to traipse up to the top floor to spend a penny!

One day we will move from here, but not yet.  

Although if you’d asked me that last year I’m not sure I would have said we’d move. But then I fell in love with a house I’d never seen and I realised that in the next ten years or so we’ll probably move out of London and was reminded that sometimes life throws things at you to help you grow.

And finally - what happens to your blog if you move?

Ha! I clearly didn’t think my blog name through did I, as we will move one day. I guess I have two choices - only look at houses that have the door number 139a or create a virtual 139a.  I’m not sure I could go through with renaming my blog, that sounds super stressful and we all know moves are that anyway! 

I think limiting myself to other houses numbered 139a could seriously limit my choices and get me at least one or two funny looks from MOH, let alone any estate agents. I think the way to manage this will be to create a virtual 139a; it’ll have my values, my personality and my family (real and online) - and that’s all I think I need.

Floormaker:  Yep this is true. With website hosting you can always re-direct to your new site, not sure this works with real life physical addresses!

Stephanie is our first interviewee in our 'best blogger' series. 

Forthcoming interviews include - MiaFleur & Sidestreet Style.

We'd love to hear any comments you have below. If you have any questions you can ask us and we'll pass them on or you can contact Stephanie via her various social media channels. 

Floormaker's Flooring Favourites For August 2016

Well, well, well. It’s September 2nd - technically summer is over, though being based in Britain – does it ever start!

August was a busy month at Floormaker. With holidays here, new flooring there, last of the rugs put on-line everywhere, it has been non-stop! Reminiscent of this is the continuous conveyor belt of our most popular flooring. It’ll come as no surprise that the laminate section has dominated proceedings. Its classic mix of aesthetics and affordability make it a winning combo. A gold medal achievement of the flooring world (knew I could crowbar a relevant Olympic comment in there somewhere).
Olympic Rings

In a very particular order the most popular flooring of August 2016 are: -

1.    Westco | 8mm Richmond Oak Laminate
2.    Westco | 8mm Bottocino Cream High Gloss Tile Effect Laminate
3.    Westco | 8mm White High Gloss Tile Effect Laminate

Richmond, Bottocino and High Gloss Laminate Flooring
Richmond              Bottocino             High Gloss

Not only are they all laminate, they are all manufactured by Westco – this clean sweep of the top sellers seeks to re-enforce what a quality brand Westco are. We have a wide and wonderful selection of Westco Flooring that has never failed to deliver total satisfaction to our customers.

High Gloss Tile Effect Laminate

Coming in at a well-deserved #3 is the white high gloss tile effect laminate. The sheen on this laminate is what makes it stand out amongst its peers. Glitz and glamour exuded from every plank. Replicating the tile effect perfectly, with the several coats of protective layers adding grit to the gloss!

Westco 8mm White High Gloss Tile Effect Laminate

Bottocino Laminate

Not quite the bride but at least the bridesmaid – the silver medal of flooring goes to the Bottocino laminate. Basically an ever present on our floors of the week, it is no surprise that it is once again scaling the heights of the Floormaker world.

You can keep up to date with our most popular floors of the week on Twitter

Creating an expansive look, these ceramic tile effect laminates open up a room by reflecting any natural light. The sleek and smooth tiles adding a sophisticated look to its surroundings. Easy to maintain, completing the simple and stylish qualities of this laminate.

Westco 8mm Bottocino Cream High Gloss Tile Effect Laminate

Richmond Laminate

At #1 is the Richmond 8mm laminate. Its superiority over the others could lead to a flooring complex amongst our flooring. Maybe with some nice touches of couches (other home décor aids are available) we can get them past it.

A resplendent, resilient flooring has almost as many admirers as it has purchasers. The Richmond is every bit as beautiful as a genuine oak product. Rich with swirls and knots the design fits in well with a variety of home décor.

Westco 8mm Richmond Oak Laminate

You can get these laminates delivered direct to your door, with free** and fast delivery – what are you waiting ‘floor”

Floormaker Free Delivery Van

Last but not least the all important prices*:-

Westco 8mm Richmond Oak Laminate 

£5.99 per m² (inc VAT) 

Westco 8mm Bottocino Cream High Gloss Tile Effect Laminate  

 £19.93 per m² (inc VAT) 

Westco 8mm White High Gloss Tile Effect Laminate  

£18.31 per m² (inc VAT) 

There above lie some of Floormakers Finest Flooring. For the flip side or just to truly appreciate the nicer things in life by seeing ugly flooring - check out our Pinterest undesirables.

*Correct prices at time of publication. 
** With orders over £100 net

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Seo Meetup Cardiff | Thursday 18th August 2016

seo cardiff meetup logo

Est Reading Time: 4 Mins
Laughing Time: 'Subjective'

I attended the #CardiffSEO 2nd meetup in Cardiff last week. This meetup, like the last SEO gathering, was researched, planned, organised and carried out by the host with the most – Mr Steve Morgan of Morgan Online Marketing fame.

The last meeting was a great start to a promising future for the SEO meetups in Cardiff and the number of attendees at this event confirms the local SEO ball is well and truly rolling.

The two speakers were excellent, well informed, interactive and answered any queries with gusto!

Steve (you know - the famous Morgan marketing one) recruited two of his colleagues that he has or currently works with on various projects. He even has ‘history’ with one of them. The less typed about that, the better! Providing a real-life example that this event is as much about networking and building working relationships as it is about learning from the speakers. Allowing attendees to see the dynamics and seamless way the speakers interact with each other – both professionally and personally. This provided a  good example for people who struggle with communicating with clients on an informal and/or formal level. It’s a fine balance that once achieved can yield excellent relationships and most importantly – results! After all, that’s what we’re here for.

The Speakers     speaker megaphone

Technical SEO – Andrew Isidoro of Gocompare.com

This presentation was excellent and was the main reason I came to the meetup. People are so concerned about how and what a website looks like; they often forget to look ‘under the hood’. User experience is a big deal and a vital factor for metrics such as bounce rate, re-visits, avg session duration and a little something called conversions! Looking after the technical SEO ensures that the search engines rank you. If you’re not ranked, then basically you’re not seen! What’s the point in having a beautiful Ferrari (other supercars are available) and keeping it hidden in a garage! 

Users can’t experience what they can’t see. Sensory under-load!

I won’t delve into the talk too much, as I couldn’t say it better than Andrew himself. He was very convincing I might add, even had me believing that Berlin was a Country! 🇩🇪 🇩🇪 🇩🇪 
No wonder the Eggheads production team never got back to my e-mail! 

Andrew has kindly shared the technical SEO slides and maybe (hint hint) he will follow up with a post at some point.

5 Most Common Ad Word Mistakes – Sara Jones of oneeyedcat.com

I work with a PPC specialist and I was quite proud to not only know the terms that Sara was talking about but also what they meant and how to best use them.

Do you know these
25 SEO abbreviations? I got 25 out of 25 right! http://buff.ly/2bRkcCO  via @sewatch

I sighed in relief as I realised that we don’t make any of the mistakes (anymore) that she highlighted, but for beginners or even advanced ad-word users, there were some vital nuggets of information. Not least the word ‘P****’ coming up in keyword and search term research. For some reason Sara didn’t reveal if it was a text or display ad!

Again I won’t elaborate on the specifics too much of this talk, a lot of the proof is in the pudding on her adword slides

2 takeaways that are well worth a mention: -

  • Digital imitates life. We all know stalking is possible on the web (Facebook anyone?) but in marketing terms this is known as re-marketing. You can digitally stalk consumers but you shouldn’t stalk buyers – that’s just not cool! While I'm in the reprimanding mood it's worth noting you should limit your stalking too. Adwords accounts allow you to cap the frequency, which may very well prevent a digital restraining order.
  • Negative keywords produce a positive effective; take note! Negative keywords used in AdWords prevent unqualified and irrelevant clicks on your ads. Else this can result in wasted money- £5206.26 in fact, on paint that didn’t exist. 

painting money

A picture can say ^ more than 5 thousand pounds!

This pricey sum was wasted due to missing and/or inadequate keywords cc the word 'Paint'.

Learnium Website Review

A clever and relevant addition to the meeting agenda from Steve (yes, him again!). The learnium.com (nice link for you there, not quite a .ac one, but still!) website was exposed on screen. Robert Dragan gave an elevator pitch for a brief introduction - biggest elevator in the world btw! Then it was thrown to the crowd, cough cough wolves - to dissect, cough cough devour!

learnium website home page
Lots of interesting insights and helpful suggestions were given, supplemented with a healthy dose 
of debate. (You can let Robert know your thoughts directly - robert@learnium.com), my own initial thoughts were that the site didn’t immediately reveal its purpose. At first glance, I couldn’t decide whether it was the same as Duolingo, Open University or Udemy - despite already being told what the site was! A few participants echoed this. The site was missing USP’s  and/or obvious features and benefits. The call to action button was in the right place IMO, but there was a bit of to and froing over that. Excellent! Sara quoted Unbounce (I think) in saying that  black and orange (again I think) is the best colours for conversions on CTA’s. No prizes for guessing what colour our site is in, peek at the header! Soooooooo……….where’s our sales!

And that's it from me, let me know your thoughts by tweeting @floormakeruk, and if you attended the event let us know how it went for you. Constructive comments remember! Negative criticism 
doesn't work the same as for the keyword version! Nobody wants to see Steve cry!

You can always Tweet us or Andrew, SaraSteve or Robert if you have any further comments. 

We also have a Cardiff twitter list if you want to follow some of the attendees & speakers and be 
kept in the loop. Please let us know if you would like to be added to the list if not on there already. 

Wildlife Rug Styles

It has arrived. The day has come. It’s the last rugs of the week blog post! In case we don’t have any more rugs, let us cherish this final instalment of rugs. Sit back and read on. You’ve had a 2-week warning (and a bit extra) to prepare for this last edition. It’s a mammoth edition (animal pun intended) of our safari and wildlife styles.

There are 9 highlighted this week and in total we have 46 rugs on the site. Something for everyone and a whole lot more! They range from Patriotic, Frise, Oriental, Picasso, Romany, Shaggy, Esprit, Visiona, Ziegler and course this week's Safari styles.

If you have a favourite you can let us know on our Facebook page. If you like the rugs, then like us too!

The wildlife rugs come in 3 styles:  With the explosion of social media and the exposure they can generate, even the animals are engaging in selfies - portrait and group shots.  For the non-media savvy animals we have styles of their fur.

Skin/Fur Rug Styles

Kicking things off, we have the portrait rug of the zebra and the wild cats  patched rug. The black and white tones splayed across the soft pile create an 80’s style look. Its  distinctive look adds a swinging style that will stand out in any room. A zany appearance that is  just kept within its limits with the straight-laced uniformed black border.  The border taking on the actions of a zoo, keeping the pattern contained.
Floormaker Zebra Skin Safari Rug
Floormaker Zebra Profile Safari Rug

The wild cat's rugs contains a patchwork selection of all the big bad cats of the wilderness.  From the leopard, cheetah, tiger and king of the jungle - Lion; all felines are covered. The fur collage will take pride of place in any room. A safari sensation that comes in 2 sizes – scary & super scary.
Floormaker Wild Cats Patched Safari Rug

Portrait/Profile Rugs

We all love a selfie or two (don’t we) and it seems the animal kingdom is no different. Evolution and nature have caught up with the narcissistic tendencies of the modern world. Not even the animals are safe from the trend or the flash!

We have 3 tiger profile rugs, which show the magnificent beast in all its glory on a variety of backgrounds. A centrepiece of any room, these rugs don’t so much stand out as stand up. The darkened background tiger rug creates an eerie effect and a visual sensation. The close up showcases the snarl and fearfulness of the tiger. The final piece of the range shows the tiger in full flow, capturing the tiger in mid gallop across its natural habitat.

Floormaker Tiger in the Wild Safari Rug
Floormaker Tiger Portrait Safari Rug

Tiger Close Up Portrait Style Safari Rug

Our lion portrait is an iconic piece. With a portion of dark shading, the lion is giving the impression of lurking in the shadows. A refined piece of this magnificent creature. A truly masterful piece that would add class to any room.
Floormaker Lion Portrait Style Safari Rug

Group Shots

Our elephant design features a selection of the great mammals drinking from a river. With the wild background, this ensemble reflects the real life landscape of the wild and how these animals function in their natural habitat. Bringing a serene look to home décor adding to a tranquil setting.
Floormaker Elephant Landscape Safari Rug

The infamous big 5 of the safari world are featured in our last and certainly not least rug. The mere presence of the bison, elephant, lion, rhino and tiger, in one place, elevates its look, feel and stature to another level. Not so much fighting for space on the rug, more embracing and enhancing. Bringing the big players of the animal kingdom all to one room, it brightens and emboldens its surroundings.
Africa's Big Five Animals Rug

Most of the rugs come in a variety of sizes. So whichever fits your personality will also fit your room. 

And that’s all for now folks. The last post on rugs for the time being. Whisper it quietly but there may be more additions sooner rather than later. You saw it here first!

In the meantime. feel free to let us know on Twitter which ones are your favourite and why?

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We created a guest post for CJ Hole on their website, check out how to lay the difference and how this above infographic coupled with additional information can help landlords and others choose the right flooring for their homes.

Esprit Rugs From Floormaker

Time comes around so slow when you’re looking forward to the rugs of the week. I have started alternating the posts between Monday & Tuesday – increasing the levels of anticipation to a new high!

You’ll be sad to learn that this is the penultimate edition of rugs of the week; next week will be about the safari and animal themed rugs and then there will be no more. We had an influx of 46 new rugs on Floormaker and I wrote something nice about them all – hurrah. If you’re feeling nostalgic you can read 'Oriental Rugs' which is the most popular rugs of the week post to date.

Let us forget about the past for the moment and concentrate on this week's rugs. It’s the turn of the Esprit design. You may know Esprit already as a clothing brand. Its quality design and material has transcended to rugs.

Esprit Light Beige

This lighter rug exudes class and blends in lovely with furniture and interior design due to its neutral tones and relaxed colour. The bold diamond shapes create a wonderful illusion of depth. A centred background completing the overall style of the rug.
Esprit Light Beige  Diamond Rug

Esprit Dark Beige

The darker version of the diamond rug exhibits a different effect. The darker tones of the pile create a cosy atmosphere and the diamond patterns differentiate between popping and subsiding in the centrepiece of the style. This exudes a contrasting style adding to the overall look of the rug.
Esprit Dark Beige  Diamond Rug

Esprit Terracotta

The terracotta diamond rug is a visual treat too and it adds vibrancy to its style skill set. The outstanding colour and tone of this style add fiery tones to any setting, drawing the focus of the room. A different tone to complement the set of Esprit rugs.

Esprit Terracotta  Diamond Rug

It’s the diamond pattern of these 3 rugs that will win people over. Attention is drawn to the centre of the pieces while the different colours and tones enhance and promote the style in their own way. From clothes to rugs, from the rack to the floor – there is no doubt Esprit have made a quality transition.

Let us know what you think of these rugs and this week's posts on our Facebook page or tweet us if you prefer Twitter. We’ve recently added Instagram to our social media accounts and will be posting some great images of our rugs in the very near future – so keep a look out for that.

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Laminate Installation Tips

staggered flooring planks

In all of Floormaker’s products you’ll find in Instructions and for most laminate floors we’ll tell you to ‘stagger’ it. But, what does that really mean? If you want your laminate floor to look gorgeous but you’re unsure what we’re instructing you to do and you’re a bit too scared to call us up and ask (though you shouldn’t be!) here’s a blog to explain what we mean. 

With many laminate floors Floormaker will instruct you to ‘stagger’ the planks as this way you get both a more attractive looking floor and it’s far, far more durable. 

So let’s get staggering. Make sure you’ve let your packs of flooring acclimatise to the room’s temperature for 72hrs. Then get all the planks up and simply start shuffling them about, just like a pack of cards. Shuffle and mix them up as much as possible so they’re in a completely different order to how they came. Once you’ve finished doing this, you can begin laying, making sure you’re taking all the necessary precautions. 

Shuffling the planks like this means when you begin to lay the planks, all the joints will be at different levels across the room. You don’t want the joints of laminate planks being side by side right the way across your room as they won’t have any room to expand and contract and will soon begin to buckle. And that’s why and how you stagger! So you see it’s actually quite simple. 

All you’re aiming to do is make sure the joints of each and every one of the planks are 12mm away from the next plank’s joint. Leaving a 12mm gap is simply a precaution to make sure your floorboards have plenty of room to expand and contract with bumping into each other and start to buckle. 

If you’re still unsure what we mean when we say ‘stagger’ your laminate, call us on 02920 344 358. We want your flooring to look beautiful so we’ll be more than happy to talk you through the process. 

Updated: 5/7/16

A Selection Of Zieglers

Rugs of the week are back, hurrah! We had such an influx of new and fantastic rugs it has given us (well me) plenty to write about each week.

It’s the turn of our Ziegler rugs in the spotlight. Just half of the range this week, there will be more to come next week........bet you can’t wait!

Ziegler rugs originated in Switzerland and have all been manufactured and designed with the Western market in mind. They have endeavoured to create styles and patterns that would help this type of rug fit into modern and traditional decor. 

The soft palette of the rugs pile creates a comfort and cosiness like no other. Softer than most traditional rugs due to its hand knotted manufacture. Coming in 2 sizes, it is able to fit smaller or larger spaces. 

Red and Cream Ziegler

Our red and cream styles are stand out while also blending in. Its discreet patterns and sensuous colours compliment each other and the style of the rug perfectly. Whether you prefer a red or cream centrepiece, we have each option for both. 
Floormaker Red & Cream Ziegler Runner Rug 
Floormaker Cream & Red Ziegler Runner Rug

Blue and Cream Ziegler

The blue and cream version has a more aqueous look to it. The patterns are a little more intricate and offer a different outlook to the flooring. Classic in its design it has the retro look all wrapped up.
Floormaker Blue & Cream Ziegler Runner Rug

Red and Black Ziegler

Serving up the final offer of this week's rugs is the black and cream Ziegler. The vivid contrast that black and red offers is prominent in this design and helps the background patterns on the rug pop.
Floormaker Black & Red Ziegler Runner Rug

Whether you are looking to spice up a modern interior with a classic accessory or add another classic piece to a traditional room – the Ziegler’s have all these properties and more. 

Let us know what you think of our rugs on our Facebook page. 

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New 8mm Laminates from Faus

Furthering our floors of the week range we are back with Faus. We highlighted the 12mm laminates last week, this week we will be talking about our Faus range of 8mm laminate flooring. These are also suitable for commercial use but are also appropriate for domestic use too. 

Night Black Slate Laminate Floor

Delving into our dark laminates is the Faus night black slate. This is a sleek and stylish flooring that creates a moody, hued effect. The random placement of the planks emphasise the abstract design and multi directional specifics.

Faus 8mm Night Black Slate Laminate Flooring

Aventino Slate Laminate Floor

The aventino slate offers a contrast in colour and subsequently a different effect to the black slate. The light tones open up a room while giving it a fresh, sprightly effect. Again, as with the other Faus range, the planks extend in 4 different directions which prove pleasing on the eye. A broad, beige colour makes this flooring suitable for many rooms, with it being able to blend in with a variety of home décor.

Faus 8mm Aventino Arena Slate Laminate Flooring

Imperial Oak Laminate

The Imperial Oak laminate offers the same visual and space enhancing benefits due to its similar lighter tones and effects. It has a multi width plank effect with each plank having 3 different sizes across its breadth. This varies the visual effect the flooring creates and the extra wide planks are ideally suited for larger rooms which can handle and help illuminate the extended flooring.

Faus 8mm Imperial Oak Laminate Flooringl

Traditional Slate Laminate Floor

A traditional flooring this Faus laminate has mosaic and minimal one tone flowery designs impressed on the planks. Bringing tradition back to tiling this flooring is timeless and scales the contemporary and classic design in one floor.  A visually appealing vintage flooring.

Faus 8mm Traditional Tile Laminate Flooring

Palantino Vesuvio Slate Laminate Floor

Last of the 8mm Faus range is the Palantino Vesuvio slate laminate. It’s a stand out flooring all arranged in a organised chaos multi directional and sizing design. Enabling it to be laid in such a manner that it is truly original and it cannot be replicated elsewhere. Orchestrating originality with planks makes this flooring a winning choice.

Faus 8mm Palatino Vesuvio Slate Laminate Flooring

All of the 8mm laminates come with an AC rating, which basically means they are of commercial grade and durability. They can withstand a lot of pressure and heavy footfall – in domestic or commercial atmospheres. So if it’s style or stability you’re looking for, or even both; then these laminates are for you.

You can let us know what you think of our 8mm range on our Facebook page or just send us a tweet to our Twitter account.

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