Our Spotlight Series looks at the latest projects by our favourite customers, stylists, architects and designers, discovering the inspirations behind their projects and how they’ve used Ted Todd floors.
Nik and Carole are a husband and wife team who combined their love for home and interiors, creating their design and branding agency that they head up in Manchester.
They also run a popular Instagram account where they share the ongoing renovation of their South Manchester home. They chose Arden from our Crafted Textures collection, which has been used alongside the Sebastian Cox kitchen by DeVol.
What were your main inspirations for embarking on your project?
We started work on our family home just over 2 years ago, a real labour of love, as it’s the home I grew up in, so holds many special memories for myself and my brother and sister. It’s an beautiful Edwardian semi, that we wanted to convert into a modern home for the future. It was a 16 month project that included a 2 storey extension, loft conversion and a light filled glass extension to make the most of the plot.
Can you tell us a little about the project you’ve worked on that you are most proud of?
On a personal level, the open plan kitchen / dining / lounge has been very successful. It suits the way we live as a family and for an open plan space, still feels remarkably warm and inviting. It’s also been nice to invite family and friends into the space to entertain, and also clients and for them to be able to use it as a photography location.
What are you currently working on?
At home, the next project is the garden, which is turning into quite a big project. Having floor to ceiling glass we want to have lots of green and a space to extend outwards in the summer. We’re also thinking of doing something a little different at the front of the house, maybe some modern panelling and taking a slightly darker, more cosy direction, so the room feels very different.
What current interior design trends are you a big fan of?
We love the modern rustic trend, where the focus is on simple, authentic textures and products that have been well crafted. It’s the perfect way to introduce pieces from different design eras, while keeping the look cohesive and with lots of character.
What do you like most about using Ted Todd flooring? Do you have a favourite floor of ours?
The breadth of range was initially the reason why we chose Ted Todd, we could have quite easily picked at least 5 different floors! As we had to have an have engineered floor (because of the underfloor heating) we were keen to still have a slightly rustic look, but in the cooler Scandi tones. And the wood we found was perfect. That coupled with the amazing enthusiasm we found from your team at your Design Centre, made the process so much easier. Plus the carpenter who was project managing the build was very happy with the quality.
One of the issues we had when originally deciding on a floor was getting hold of samples and also trying to work out whether the images online or in brochures were accurate for colour. We also got a lot of conflicting advice about the thickness of the engineered planks that we could use with underfloor heating. Thankfully when we came to the Warrington showroom we were able to chat through, see and feel lots of lovely samples.
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