Monday, October 10, 2016

A Week In #Floorselfies

As I type this, my living room floor is littered with tile samples, and I've got approximately six other tabs open with various rug choices. The floors in my house torment me: a year on, we've yet to find an area rug that fits (and suits) our awkwardly-shaped living room; the floors in our bathrooms are still a cheap, creaking linoleum; and the stone slabs in our kitchen are cold, ugly, and chipped.

So, I've been looking for inspiration every day, and snapping a #floorselflie whenever I see something pretty at my feet: to keep track of the little improvements we have made to our home so far, and to think about how we might improve the rest of it.

Here's my week in #floorselfies:


Sunday

Getting ready to run some errands. Hard to believe that this room (which is now the guest room) was previously covered in a horrible, cheap thin carpet that the previous owners had installed ... and not very well. When we moved in, we hired builders to strip back the carpets and sand down the original floorboards - a decision I'm so glad we made.  


Monday

Our builders are finally gone (hurrah!). So, until the next project (bathrooms), we've vacuumed and dusted and restored our rugs to their rightful places, including this beautiful antique French runner that we bought when we first moved in. I'm so glad to have it back in its place in the hallway (fun fact: I once tripped and fell over this rug and cracked the lens on my precious camera. There were tears that day.).


Tuesday

Stopped off for a coffee at Holborn Grind before work - I'm obsessed with the floors in here. The tiny hexagonal, marble tiles near the bar have a slight pearly sheen, which looks amazing juxtaposed against the light grey wooden floors of the rest of the cafe. I tend to sneakily take a #floorselfie every time I'm here, waiting for my flat white.


Wednesday

Choosing flowers for the weekend outside the tube station. The roses in this shop last for weeks. Nothing more cheerful on a rainy day than looking down and seeing all these gorgeous, bright colors.


Thursday

Eking out final days of slightly-warm weather and heading outside to water the garden before I head off to work. The paving we used in our garden was imported from the Netherlands and were killer to carry through our house (not that I lifted a finger!). I love the industrial look it gives to the garden. The sharp edges look amazing against all the long, soft grasses we've planted.


Friday

Treat day = lamb kofte hot box from Leon (my current favorite). Toying with the idea of using similar tiles in our kitchen one day. Right now, we've got boring stone slabs that the previous owner put in, but these colorful, mismatched patterns would look great in a kitchen, I think!


Saturday

Breakfast with Rebecca at Balans Soho Society - I snapped this pic on my way in. I'm such a sucker for pretty tiles, and these fit in perfectly with the quirky (but beautifully done) interiors of Balans Soho Society. 

Have you seen any pretty floors - or better yet, taken any #floorselfies - lately?

This post was written in collaboration with Luxury Flooring. All opinions are my own.


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19 comments

  1. I live this idea! Each pictyre is so pretty- wish I could do this but I have a tenancy to wear shoes until they are falling apart and not photo worthy ��. Scary how much we must have crossed paths... I frequent the Leon in Holborn more than I care to admit!

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    1. Oh jesus. It's clearly early in the morning and I am not properly awake on my commute... *picture *tendency

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    2. Haha! Don't worry - I know what you meant! Thank you for reading this on your commute - we should grab lunch at Leon sometime! :)

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  2. I love this idea for a post! I never knew that the floor at Balans was so pretty!

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    1. Haha, thanks, Angie! I always seeme to be looking down when I walk, so it seemed fitting for a post! I loved the breakfast at Balans ... I was so pleasantly surprised.

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  3. I love those mismatched tiles! In our current flat we have the typical light wood floor laminate you see often in Sweden which is boring but so much better than our last place in which every room was different types of 60's linoleum! I do collect pictures of great floors too though for a one day house where all types of linoleum and laminate will be banned!

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    1. Haha, I feel your pain! We stripped away so much lino when we moved in ... it was very satisfying. I think I laid on our landing more than once just to feel the soft, cushion-y, beige carpet we had installed after tearing up the awful, disgusting, brown and dirty carpet the owners had before.

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  4. Hehe, love this! Cheers to another good week

    Enclothed Cognition

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    1. Aw, thank you, Marcella! It was hard to remember to snap a pic every day haha!

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  6. Loved reading this! Photos are gorgeous too :)

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    1. Thank you, Maeve! It made me aware of just how much I wear those Adidas sneaks ... oops.

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  7. I love floor selfies, I planned to do it for a Instagram challenge but I love the idea of doing as a post!
    I'm currently choosing new carpet for my room and corridor and it's taking longer than I thought..too many choices! (Those mismatched tiles have me thinking!) x

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  8. There's some tiles in my fave coffee shop near my flat which I always take a photo of when I'm in there. However, floor-schmoor, WHERE ARE YOUR SHOES FROM IN THAT FIRST PHOTO?! I need them please and thank you.
    Cx
    Charlie, Distracted

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    1. Dude, what about those tiles on Blair Road in Singapore?! I took about 1,000 #floorselfies that day.

      Shoes were a sale find from Banana Republic earlier this year ... think they were about £7! They're great for spring and summer. x

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  9. Ugh, I'm the same with our bathroom flooring and kitchen flooring. Can't freaking wait to redo them! They are unfortunately the hardest it seems to decide on what to do with!

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    1. Yeah, I'm having a hard time deciding on the bathrooms ... I've requested some tile samples but I don't *love* any of them. First world problems, for sure!

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