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ABC Carpet & Home

ABC Carpet & Home

by Kelly Sparkes on September 11, 2012

‘Carpet and Home’ doesn’t seem to cover it somehow, this shop is 350,000 square feet of the stuff Interior Designer’s dreams are made of.

Every taste is catered for and arranged beautifully over six floors in a fabulous building that feels like a huge warehouse.  The industrial features and rough luxe decoration is the perfect backdrop for the huge array of styles this emporium has to offer.

Second Floor

I’m lucky that Mr S enjoys design and home ware shops, but I decided to go on my own so I could relax without worrying about him getting bored.  Lucky I did, as I wandered around for hours, walking around the some floors multiple times so I didn’t miss anything.

Third Floor

My favourite floor is the first, it’s an eclectic mix of accessories with everything from apothecary bottles to Tom Dixon lighting and those tiny quartz eggs (does anyone buy them?)  The arrangements of the products is inspired, in one area furniture was literally piled up.

Fourth Floor

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by choice and although constrained by purse and suitcase size I spent most of my time lost in labyrinthine indecision.  I was so close to buying a colour reform rug for my hallway that I had to force myself out of the 6th floor.

Sixth Floor

I emerged, inspired and exhausted with lots of bits and pieces, including this decoupage eye bowl by New York Artist John Derian.  It  was surprisingly difficult to choose between the left and the right eye…

John Derian Decoupage Eye Bowl
I apologise for the lack of posts since I got back to England.  It’s been hectic catching up with work and sorting out the flood we had from our water softener during the holiday.  Our lovely wood floor and skirting boards will have to be ripped up (for the second time in three years) and the floor dried out before the replacement is laid.  Even a gorgeous colour reform rug couldn’t have made it any better :(

On a positive note, it’s all in hand with the insurance and we should have a shiny new floor before Christmas (fingers crossed).

I have a question for you, should I get the same floor or choose something different?

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

tina September 11, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Wow! That’s what I call a ‘shop’. Amazing.

So glad you went on your own. Although hubby might like home & design shops, there’s a limit right? 6 floors?
Those rugs…. I don’t know how you didn’t come out with more stuff. I suppose you had to consider shipping:)

Nice decoupage. I’m happy to see you’re as anal as me . I would have also stood there and not being able to decide between right or left eye. What made you finally choose. Was it near closing time???:))

Know about the flood but still think you’re taking it really well. Much better than I would!!

Hmmm, without seeing your home I don’t know whether you should replace the floor with the same or not! Part of me thinks a floor can makes a house look totally different and it would be like moving into a new home. Difficult!

Glad you’re back blogging x


Kelly Sparkes September 14, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Thanks love, it’s good to be back :)

Totally, 6 floors is way too much and it felt really decadent to wander around and around, not something I usually get to do!

I’m going to mount the eye bowl on the stair wall and decided that the right eye seemed to be looking upwards and felt more positive that the other one, crazy I know…

I still haven’t decided on the floor, going to have a look at the showroom tomorrow, I have to admit I am a little excited about the prospect of choosing something different :) x


annie September 12, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Wow amazing, I’d love to go here. Sam said it was massively overpriced….?
I love those rugs, I’ve not heard of those before, cool idea. Off to pin…….x


Kelly Sparkes September 14, 2012 at 3:51 pm

You will have to visit when you go over, it has to be experienced to fully appreciate how amazing it is.

Glad you like the rugs, I can’t stop thinking how amazing one would look in my hallway and I’ve just found out that the ship to the UK…

Some things were really expensive, others quite reasonable, kind of like Liberty prices at the high end with a few $20,000 rugs thrown in x


Sam Lennie September 14, 2012 at 2:24 pm

It was definitely easy to miss something, I went in with Erin and went back again the next day as an excuse to show the boys (they weren’t impressed!). Love your eye bowl. You should have bought them both!

In terms of the floor, can’t wait to have a look at it, but I think it’s always nice to go for something different x


Kelly Sparkes September 14, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Ha ha, I can imagine how impressed they were! Although the restaurant was pretty good, you could’ve left them down there…

I did think about buying them both but they looked a bit bog eyed together :)

I’m coming around to a new floor too, now I’m over all the hard work that has to go in before we get there! I look forward to getting your opinion on Sunday x


homestilo September 15, 2012 at 11:56 pm

One of the best shops to wander around for hours in. And the oversized Tom Dixon pendants are some of my fave.


Laura Passey September 17, 2012 at 10:18 am

What an aladdin’s cave! What would be the nearest equivalent over here do you think?

I think you have to take the opportunity to do something different with the floor… every cloud! If you get the same, all you’ll see is the hassle factor? Unless you were absolutely in love with it…

See you very soon. Can’t wait to catch up! xxx


Jane Walker September 22, 2013 at 10:20 am

I went to New York in 2000 and it was the first time I’d seen a store with all the services and rough concrete ceilings exposed – I did a stint as a retail interior designer in the 80s so this was something amazing to me! It was the first time I’d seen furniture which was for sale used to display smaller items -retail design was all display shelves and very formal back then in the UK. We went to the cafe and had our first taste of bagels and cream cheese. Happy memories! Would love to go again sometime.


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