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A home-grown renovation project…

So far it’s been a year of new beginnings. I’ve recently joined the lovely team here at Harvey Maria which is extremely exciting, as there is lots to do and lots of fabulous new projects to talk about – please watch this space :)

I have also left my beloved Brighton & moved to the country with my boyfriend and 2 small children. We have many projects – which we seem to enjoy starting all at once – but our most pressing is to create a garden guest bedroom out of what was once the potting shed. We knew that we wanted the room to be cosy, and like the rest of the house, reflect its immediate surroundings – we are nestled within the South Downs – so we find ourselves constantly inspired and influenced by organic colours and rustic texture.

Our first difficult decision was to choose the right type of flooring, as currently we’ve just got a rather dirty concrete floor. Our instinct was wood planks, but everything we looked at came up too thick and would make shutting the door impossible. It was also important to choose a floor that is sustainable and has a low environmental impact – both inside and out. The floor also needs to be warm, stand up to muddy boots and most importantly look natural – phew!

Taking a look at Harvey Maria’s Natural Plank designs was the obvious choice. They’ve been beautifully crafted to look and feel like real wood. The embossed ‘natural wood’ texture follows the grain, but these planks are only 2.5mm thick. We chose Tawn for laid-back vibes – take a look at the range here.

We’re now in the process of prepping the concrete floor and deciding on walls – bare brick or tongue & groove? Will keep you posted…


NEW IN: ORGANICS – The New Luxury Vinyl Tile Collection

Celebrating the appeal of natural stone in a durable and hardwearing underfoot surface, meet our new Organics vinyl floor tile collection. A unique collection of luxury vinyl tiles, Organics displays the natural characteristics of stone, beautifully translated to the surface of this tough material to bring long-lasting style to the home. Available in two versatile designs, Organics Stone and Organics Edge & Square, the tiles are offered in a choice of four neutral colours, from the cool hues of Natural and Jurassic Stone to the warming shade of Portland. Each palette is designed to effortlessly complement one another, allowing the flexibility to install as a single uniform surface or in a distinctive mix-and-match pattern.


When it comes to the benefits of vinyl tiles, unlike natural stone flooring – which is prone to staining, cracking and chipping – the Organics collection is hardwearing, easy to maintain and warm underfoot, making it the ideal floorcovering for high footfall areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. Offering an impressive 25-year guarantee, Organics will not only create a flooring surface that looks just like the real material, but also delivers on day-to-day practicality for a floor that will impress for years to come.


“Organics was inspired by nature and the minimalism of postmodern architecture and furniture. It has been designed to be reassuringly recognisable but at the same time, contemporary and original. Pattern and colour are carried seamlessly through the collection allowing the user multiple combination opportunities. Or perhaps they might find beauty in the singularity of something quite simple”.


Four Ways to Bring Navy Blue into your Home Interior

Blue is the hue that keeps on giving. It provided a welcome colour interval in the midst of the uni-tonal grey palette (which we still love), and was also grown-up enough that we felt confident using it in our homes! From shades of petrol and navy, to ‘almost black’ midnight blues, this colour family is a truly versatile option for creating a modern yet welcoming scheme in the home. We love the colour so much that we decided to introduce an Oxford Blue finish to our latest designer flooring collection, Dovetail. Read on to see how you can incorporate the trend into your interiors for maximum effect!


Kitchen Cabinetry

Dark painted kitchen cabinetry is everywhere at the moment. Understandably, homeowners are cautious about making bold colour choices when it comes to big-ticket items such as kitchens and bathrooms; with ever-changing trends and practicality at the forefront of many buying decisions, it seems sensible to “settle” for muted tones that transition through the years. However, this stunning kitchen from Blakes London proves that you can create a timeless look using blue as the primary colour in your cabinetry scheme. Teamed with classic shaker door fronts, accents of rustic wood and crisp white surfaces, this seemingly bold shade becomes instantly relaxed, blending seamlessly into its surroundings without overpowering the space.



Walls are the perfect canvas for showcasing blue in its best light. Not only a quick-and-easy update, paint can dramatically change the aesthetics of a room. This elegant shade of petrol / denim is called Blue Blood from Paint & Paper Library and is the perfect mid-tone blue for large expanses of wall; just enough of a colour pop to make an impact, but pared back enough that it doesn’t distract from the space. We really like the idea of painting your doors, architraves, and skirting in the same colour. This look can serve to make rooms seem bigger and ceilings higher, but ensure that the flooring is enough of a contrast to the walls so that you don’t lose the structure of your scheme. Why not try our block colour vinyl tiles in Latte White or for a real statement, the large-scale patterns of our Neisha Crosland range?



A key consideration for any interior space, flooring provides a horizontal canvas that ties the rest of the room’s scheme together. Not only must it be durable and hardwearing, especially for those high-footfall areas such as kitchens and hallways, it needs to appeal visually AND cater to changing trends. Blue flooring is a great colour choice for both functional and entertaining spaces. Our NEW Dovetail luxury vinyl tile comes in a rich Oxford Blue colour, which has been specifically curated by designer, Neisha Crosland to work with a breadth of design schemes. The contrast between the blue background and the white diamond pattern makes a real impact, and harmonises just as easily with neutral cabinetry as it does with the deep blue island and cupboards shown here.



If going all out with blue across your walls is a bit too much, then why not focus your colour efforts on your home’s woodwork. We’re talking doors, skirting, staircases and any other architectural accents you can get your hands on; painting the “bones” of your room in a deep blue will essentially frame the space, and help to create defined zones. The trick with this look is to ensure that the feature colour stands out, so keep your walls pale. A great example is this amazing family home in south-west London, where the homeowners have created drama through the use of painted wood accents without losing the natural light and period charm of the space. This paint colour is technically black, but its inky undertones come through beautifully when the light hits.

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The New DOVETAIL Flooring Collection

As you may already know, here at Harvey Maria we are truly passionate about British design. So much so that we have collaborated with some of the country’s best-loved creatives to bring you a series of unique flooring collections.

Since the launch of Parquet, our partnership with British textile designer Neisha Crosland has gone from strength to strength, combining her signature aesthetic with our luxury vinyl tiles to create floorcoverings that are as beautiful as they are practical.

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New for 2018, we’re excited to announce our third designer collection in collaboration with Neisha Crosland, DOVETAIL. Drawing inspiration from period tile patterns, Dovetail brings traditional flooring right up to date with its graphic motif and bold, repeated diamond design.

The large-format, luxury vinyl tile is available in five distinctive tones of Flax, Ink Black, Lavastone, Ochre and Oxford Blue, each of which has been thoughtfully curated by Neisha to complement a range of interior and colour themes.

As with all of our Signature flooring collections, practicality and style are considered in equal measure. Not only creating an eye-catching floorcovering for living and entertaining spaces, Dovetail is hardwearing, easy to maintain and warm underfoot, making it the ideal surface for high footfall and hardworking areas such as kitchens and bathrooms.

Working closely with Neisha Crosland, the Harvey Maria creative team has translated the designer’s signature aesthetic into the new vinyl tile collection to bring you a statement floor tile with added ‘WOW’ factor.

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‘Marble / stone inlay floors, as seen in Roman and Renaissance Italy, have been sources of inspiration for the Dovetail motif. This is a design that delivers a clean, modern mood whilst still resonating with the classic antiquity of ancient Rome.’

– Neisha Crosland


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How To: Create a contemporary bathroom space

As homeowners, we expect a lot from our bathrooms. Along with the kitchen, the bathroom is a highly functional space; so combining style with practicality is sometimes easier said than done.

There are so many choices to make and all contribute to the overall aesthetic and functionality of the room: pedestal or wall hung unit? Built-in or freestanding bath? Vinyl floor tiles or carpet? Designing a bathroom space that includes practical utilities that fit in with your interior scheme needs some careful planning.

To help you on your way, we’ve created the perfect contemporary bathroom scheme that combines stunning user-friendly features with stylish accessories so you can create a modern bathroom space perfect for the whole family!

Black is back and what better way to embrace this latest colour trend than with Crosswater’s stunning Matt Black MPRO brassware range? Designed to create a bathroom space as beautifully crafted as it is functional, combine these show-stopping taps with dark walls, such as Little Greene’s ‘Hicks’ Blue’ paint. For a luxe touch opt for sleek marbled tiles; we love Gemini’s Carrara tiles in this on-trend herringbone pattern!

No bathroom space would be complete without our Rubber Stud floor tiles. Wonderfully easy to lay, water-resistant and incredibly durable, rubber tiles offer a hugely practical and stylish flooring option for busy footfall areas, such as the bathroom. Not only will you no longer have to worry about slipping over on wet floor, our rubber floor tiles are warm to the touch and can be used in conjunction with under-floor heating. So there you have it, combine our Ice Grey rubber stud tiles with dark walls and a hint of marble for the ultimate contemporary bathroom space!

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Harvey Maria Launches NEW Wood-Effect Vinyl Designs

If you’re looking to create the visual appeal of an authentic wooden floor without the hassle of installation and maintenance, then look no further than our Premium Wood vinyl plank collection. New for 2018, we’re delighted to introduce a further four wood-effect finishes to the incredibly popular range: Limed Oak, Natural Oak, Portobello Oak and Sussex Oak.

From the natural knotting and veining of wood to the complete colour selection, our talented team of designers have worked hard to ensure that our Premium Wood Collection offers the very best natural looking vinyl floor tiles. Not only offering long-lasting style, our vinyl floor tiles also offer outstanding quality and durability and come with an impressive 25-year warranty, perfect for those busy footfall areas.

Unlike real wood flooring, our wood-effect vinyl tiles won’t warp or need regular treating, and as with all Harvey Maria floor tiles, they are suitable for use with underfloor heating, making it the perfect choice for family homes.


Dee Hardwicke ‘Lattice’: A New Spring Palette

New for 2018, we’re delighted to introduce a NEW palette of colours to the extremely popular Dee Hardwicke Lattice vinyl floor tile collection.


Taking inspiration from the tones and patterns of the great outdoors, Lattice features a beautiful hand-painted petal motif that, when laid, creates a characterful yet bold flooring pattern perfect for any kitchen, bathroom or living space!

Now available in 10 different hues, you can now choose from the warm, muted colours of Mist and Seedpod for a subtle effect, or for a more dramatic look the Storm Grey and Tarn colourways work perfectly for making a statement!


Not only creating an eye-catching flooring feature in living and entertaining spaces, the luxury vinyl tile is hardwearing, easy to maintain and warm underfoot, making it the ideal surface for high footfall areas and bathrooms!

“Lattice was inspired by the petals of small flowers that had scattered amongst the grass of a field near my home. It was the delicacy of these little flowers and the rhythmic pattern they made on the grassy field that inspired the Lattice design – the colours of the surrounding fields, gardens, allotments and lush covered mountains inspired the Lattice colour palette.” Dee Hardwicke


How To: Create the perfect contemporary country kitchen

The heart of the home, our kitchens act as a jack-of-all-trades, playing host to everything from weeknight suppers and homework, to dinner parties and date nights. With this in mind, we’re showing you how to create the ultimate kitchen space that combines the charm of traditional style with the attitude and functionality of a 21st Century space. Read on to see how you can create the perfect backdrop for cooking, dining and entertaining.


The Classic ‘Shaker’ Kitchen

A kitchen style that has stood the test of time, Shaker is a term that you’ll often hear associated with the typical country home. Made distinctive by freestanding furniture, open shelving and wood, wood and more wood, the Shaker kitchen combines elements of rustic handicraft with panelled cabinetry to create a homely and characterful space. Updated for the modern country home, this look works just as well in more contemporary interiors. This Arts and Crafts kitchen from Devol is the perfect example, combining elements of shaker seen in the open shelving, honey-coloured woodwork, and classic framed cabinetry, but brought right up to date with dark painted units. Subtle touches of polished brass picked up in the traditional cup handles and sink taps add an element of luxury, whilst the rustic table and bench offers a sociable area for dining and entertaining. If you’re fortunate enough to have a large kitchen, a central island is a must, but if not, then opt for a compact butcher’s block to add a touch of shaker to your space.

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An important consideration for any kitchen is the flooring. Required to withstand the day-to-day footfall of busy family life (and the spills that come with it), the underfoot surface needs to be robust and easy to clean. Vinyl tiles tick both boxes, whilst also coming in a range of patterns, colours and on-trend designs. Our Dee Hardwicke Lattice luxury vinyl floor tile is the perfect modern take on a classic floor pattern, and its practical qualities also ensure that it works hard for the 21st century family kitchen space. The striking floral silhouette comes in a range of both bold and muted colours, all of which will create a country kitchen that meets the mark on both style and practicality.

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Wall Tiles

Whether you’re after a clean minimal look, or a colourful kitchen space, wall tiles are an important element in showing off your own interior style. From creating a simple border or a feature splashback to sit behind your stove, wall tiles are perfect for adding character into your cooking space. Choose from simple ceramic designs, patterned porcelain or an on-trend metro design; either way your choice of kitchen tiles will add a little personality to your kitchen scheme. Combining practicality with contemporary design, these Graphite tiles from Gemini’s Reflections range, showcase how easy it is to create a statement using these small ceramics!

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Small Appliances

Gone are the days when your tap was purely a practical appliance. In today’s modern kitchen, your tap adds another design dimension to your space. Whether its finished in aged brass or contemporary chrome, ensuring your kitchen has the perfect tap is key to creating the ultimate contemporary country kitchen. What’s more, small appliances, such as taps, have gone up in the interiors world and you can now get your hands on instant hot water taps or practical filtration taps to make life that little bit easier. These aged taps from Perrin & Rowe tick the box on style with their luxe brass finish, yet the shape is nothing but traditional.

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No kitchen is complete without the perfect work surface. Ensuring that yours is beautiful and yet hardwearing is vital when creating a kitchen space that steps up to those day-to-day cooking tasks. Whilst some kitchens favour a wooden worktop, these tend to mark, wear over time and can be subject to water damage. With its hardwearing properties, natural stone is the best way to go. Enter Lundhs Real Stone. Crafted by nature some 300 million years ago, Lundhs offers a range of stunning natural stone work surfaces crafted from one of the hardest natural materials.

At Home With: Love Chic Living

It’s January, and if you’re anything like us we thought you could do with a little inspiration to kick-start those home decorating jobs that are just waiting to be tackled. So, this month we’ve caught up with award-winning interiors blogger, vlogger and presenter, Jen Stanbrook of Love Chic Living to talk trends, design inspiration and how she injects personality and practicality into her home. Creating on-trend spaces that work for busy family living, Jen recently unveiled her new dining room and kitchen makeover featuring our Neisha Crosland ‘Check’ vinyl floor tiles!

Read on to get to know Jen a little better…

Tell us about the concept behind Love Chic Living – how did you get into blogging?

So I’d been blogging for a little while in a completely different niche and feeling very frustrated with it when I had a little brainstorming session with a lovely friend who’d been blogging for some time. I had always had a passion for interiors, and one day dreamed of opening an interiors store. With that a little way off, it seemed a natural step to start blogging about home interiors, but nothing high end, just beautifully stylish pieces, great design and cool home accessories for a family space.



What does a typical (or not so typical) week look like for you?

Oh wow, great question! I suppose there’s no typical week as there are always very different jobs to be done, but essentially, I do spend a lot of time at my laptop in my little office room. I work around my children so as soon as they’ve gone to school I get started, and I usually take a break when they come in. They’re older now so I do get another hour or so afterwards to continue working before making myself pack the laptop away. My time is divided between writing blog posts, styling and taking images, working through email and using social media to keep up to date with everyone.

Your home is beautiful and obviously reflects your love for design. What three interior must-haves can’t you live without?

Hmmm, that’s a tricky one. I think definitely candles, particularly scented ones, then plants, although this is quite a new addition for me, and then finally a decent throw. I’m a very tactile person and love texture and warmth in my home accessories.

We’ve been following your fab home makeover and love how you’ve used our Neisha Crosland ‘Check’ vinyl floor tiles in the dining room and kitchen. What was the inspiration behind the bold look?

From the moment I started on the makeovers I knew I wanted a bold statement. I played with the idea of wallpapering the ceilings but when I spotted the Check floor tiles online, I knew they were perfect for what I wanted to achieve.

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Why did you opt for vinyl floor tiles in the makeover?

A few years ago, during a mini hall makeover I decided on some Harvey Maria wood-effect vinyl tiles for the floor after hearing how beautiful there were from a friend. Knowing how durable, easy to keep clean, and great they looked, I knew that vinyl tiles would be ideal in the kitchen/dining spaces.

What advice do you have for any budding home renovators who want to create a dramatic change in their interior on a budget and with minimal disturbance?

One of the biggest things you can do to ensure you get the look you want on the budget you have, is to do as much as possible yourself. I find once you start involving tradespeople, it’s very easy to be swayed by their opinions (not always stylish or trend-led ones at that!) and of course, labour can be very costly. The more DIY you can tackle, the better you’ll feel about the end result too, and you’ll have much better control over the mess!

At Harvey Maria, we believe that practical flooring doesn’t have to compromise on style. How do you create a home that caters to both family living and your love of interior design?

This has been hard to be honest, but the first thing to keep in mind is that your home doesn’t have to be boring just because you have children. Yes, certain elements will always need to be practical (think washable covers and wipeable surfaces) but kids love bright colours, they actually appreciate great design, and they’re happy to give you their opinion. So, involve them in the decisions, or at least give them guided choices and they are a great help at creating a space that works for every member of the family.



Where’s your favourite spot in the home?

Oh, this is my newly made over kitchen and dining space. Even though the Harvey Maria floor flows from once room to the other, they have quite a different vibe. The dining room space is a great hang out, relaxing and calming and practical too, whilst the kitchen has a much fiercer look, with a monochrome base and bright pops of yellow.

What are your favourite go-to homeware and lifestyles stores?

At the moment I’m loving Maisons du Monde for their varying ranges and contemporary pieces, plus H&M Home have a great selection of accessories for every room in the home.

What home trends do you see coming through for 2018? And which will you be snapping up?

Well, even though there’s been a mixed reaction to Pantone’s Colour of the Year, Ultra Violet we will probably be seeing a purple entering the popular jewelled colour palette. Feathers and rainbows seem to be finding their way from fashion into interiors too, and as colour blocking has been popular in fashion for a while, we’ll see it more and more in our home interiors too.

Thanks, Jen!

Jen Stanbrook is a multi-award winning interiors blogger, vlogger and presenter. Her blog, Love Chic Living is ranked as a top UK home and interiors blog and provides aspirational but achievable style for a family home. Freelance blogging has given Jen many exciting and fun opportunities including several European design tours, and last year, a move into Pinterest coaching and consultancy for brands and bloggers.


How To: Create the perfect boot room

The boot room, a barrier between the outside world and the interior of the home, this designated space has become a must-have for keeping shoes and outdoor gear neatly tucked out of sight. Providing much-needed storage, a place to remove muddy wellies and to contain even muddier dogs, this entrance room is not only hugely practical but can also provide a welcoming and stylish entryway for greeting guests. Whether you’re looking to transform a tired utility room, add a purpose-built extension to your open-plan kitchen or simply update a small area of your hallway, we’ve listed the key considerations for creating the ultimate boot room in your home.

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Fitted storage

No boot room is complete without beautifully fitted units. Allowing the freedom to choose the exact storage to suit your needs, custom furniture will fit even the most awkward of spaces. From coat racks and shelving, to purpose-built space for stowing away shoes and boots, this luxury addition may not come cheap but will certainly pay dividends when it comes to creating an organised and effortlessly chic boot room. These muted grey, shaker-style fitted units from Humphrey Munson certainly create an effortlessly sophisticated space with added wow-factor, whilst catering to all your storage needs.

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One of the main considerations of any boot room is the flooring. Required to withstand the day-to-day footfall of busy family life, the surface needs to be robust and easy to clean. Vinyl tiles tick both boxes, whilst also coming in a range of patterns, colours and designs. At Harvey Maria, our Designer vinyl floor tiles make for the perfect practical floor covering. Choose the NEW Neisha Crosland Check tile for a modern take on classic encaustic tiles, or opt for Dee Hardwicke’s pretty Lattice design for a traditional looking, yet hardwearing finish.

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Small space accessories

If space is at a premium, you can still create a designated boot area by investing in a few simple but practical details. This concept lends itself to small nooks and entrance hallways, where banished coats, wet umbrellas and those cold-weather accessories such as hats and scarfs often take over. Neptune’s range of classic wicker storage baskets not only provide plentiful room for tidying away those entrance-way essentials, but they look super stylish, too.

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Add a bench

We’ve all been in that situation, where you’re hopping around in an effort to remove those muddy, post-dog-walk wellies. That’s where a storage bench comes in very handy. An essential part of any boot room, not only does this functional piece of furniture offer a space-saving spot to hide away those outdoor shoes (and everything else), it also provides a restful spot to remove them in style! This can be built into a fitted furniture unit, or for a more budget-friendly option, this Chedworth storage bench from The Holding Company works just as well!

At Home With: Old Fashioned Susie

This month we’ve caught up with the fabulous Old Fashioned Susie to give us the lowdown on her blogger life! A lover of all things vintage and an eye for detail, Susie also recently unveiled her new hallway featuring our Neisha Crosland vinyl Check tiles! Read on to get to know Susie a little better…

We love your blog, what inspired you to first start blogging?

When I first started my blog in 2010 it was a way of making connections with people. I’d just moved house and had a baby, so my life felt isolated at times. I wanted to connect with people with similar interests to me and in similar positions in their lives.

Describe your style in three words?

Eclectic but timeless.

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Your home is beautiful, where do you look to for home inspiration?

I find home inspiration all over the place. Some of it is from films I love, some might be from stately homes I’ve visited or hotels.  I love going to my friends’ homes as they are great reflections of their personalities and often might’ve solved similar problems to my own with the house.

What is your favourite interiors trend at the moment and do you have any tips for how to use it in the home?

I still think plants are the biggest thing to happen to interiors since the seventies. People are really making space in their homes for plants and even designing their rooms around them. This is set to continue into 2018.


What’s your next interior project at home?

We are right in the middle of sorting our staircase out at the moment and it is one of the worst jobs we’ve done. It’s so fiddly and slow. Sanding, paint stripping and all that jazz. But hopefully it will look great and the Harvey Maria tiles will look even better next to it than they already do!

What interior item/items are currently at the very top of your wish list?

It’s more about re-modelling than actual objects/items for me at the moment. I’d love to sort our loft out and the space under the stairs!


What is your absolute favourite room in your home (and why)?

It’s my living room. I have my gorgeous green velvet corner sofa in there, lots of plants, beautiful light streaming through sliding doors onto the garden and it’s where I do most of my writing too.

What’s next for Old Fashioned Susie in 2018?

I’ve a few things up my sleeve, a couple of personal projects I want to share on the blog. More writing in other places too and of course lots more inspiration from my home!

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