Each month, Dovetail will spotlight one of our eco-friendly flooring collections. Our October spotlight is Riviera Home.
What makes Riveria Home eco-friendly?
One of the world’s leading flooring brands, Riviera are one of only a few manufacturers who craft bio-degradable, eco-friendly carpets from 100% natural and sustainable resources.
When they reach the end of their life cycle, 90% of carpets (made using Nylon, Polypropylene or Polyester fibres) will take up to 500 years to break-down in the soil. However, Riviera carpets will naturally bio-degrade into the earth over a period of one to five years. Plus, as their carpets are made from 100% natural resources, no harmful chemicals or VOCs will be released into the soil.
What collections do Riviera Home offer?
The Tufted Collection offers eight ranges of carpet. Stylish, durable and high quality, they are completely bio-degradable and are made from 100% natural wool. Riviera can guarantee that no chemicals, treatments or dyes were used at any point during production.
Stowe is a course gauge level loop made using a 3 ply, 100% wool yarn in a chunky construction.
Burford is a chunky cable loop constructed design. Available in 100% wool in 4m width.
Carnaby Street is a chunky, multi-colour stripe made from 100% wool in a rugged loop pile.
Henley is crafted in a 40% 3 ply pure New Zealand Wool and 60% 16 ply braided Viscose.
Tetbury is a small loop design made from 100% wool available in 8 natural heather shades.
Sloane is small scale, honeycomb pattern, made in a fine 3 ply, 100% pure New Zealand wool.
Pure Opulence is a textured loop pile, tufted carpet made in the exotic blend of Wool and Tencel.
Sherbourne is a texted loop made using a 3 ply, 100% wool yarn in a chunky construction.
The Flat Woven Collection features two ranges, Florence and Milano, that are real point-of-difference and unique products. Both are made using 100% wool.
Florence is woven in the finest 100% wool yarns. A style flat-weave carpet with a chunky basket weave design, it comes in six colours in 5 metre width.
Milano is a stunning textured tweed made from 100% pure wool, which was inspired by the latest haute couture tweed jackets seen recently on the Milan catwalks.
The Handloom Wilton Collection offers five ranges of carpet. Stylish, durable and high quality, they are totally bio-degradable and made from 100% natural wool. We can guarantee no chemicals, treatments or dyes were used at any point in their production.
Elegance is handcrafted using a blend of Wool and Tencel® (a sustainable fabric, regenerated from wood cellulose) to produce a stunningly beautiful carpet.
Eton creates a stunning striation effect. Made by combining natural heather colours, this design looks simply stunning both as a broadloom installation or an area rug.
Harvard is manufactured on hand woven Wilton looms by skilled traditional craftsmen. It is made from 100% natural wool with NO added chemicals, dyestuffs or stain blocking treatments.
Yale features an all-over textured loop pile bobble effect, made in 100% natural heathered wools on Wilton handlooms. NO added chemicals, dyestuffs or stain blocking treatments have been added.
Bel-Air is handcrafted using a blend of Wool and Tencel® (a sustainable fabric, regenerated from wood cellulose) to produce a stunningly beautiful carpet.
Each month, Dovetail will spotlight one of our eco-friendly flooring collections. Our September spotlight is CORKART.
What are the benefits of cork flooring?
#1 Cork has a comfortable and cushioned surface. One of the first things you notice about cork is its soft and yielding surface. Therefore, it’s perfect for rooms where you stand for long periods of time, such as in the kitchen. Cork also has a cushioned surface that makes it the perfect choice for play rooms; it provides a certain level of protection should your child trip and fall.
#2 Cork is hypoallergenic. Therefore, it will repel dust, hair, and other small particles from its surface. As a result, cork flooring is much easier to get completely clean, unlike carpet. Cork is also anti-microbial, so it does not emit an VOC emissions and is resistant to mould and mildew. This makes it the perfect choice for those suffering from asthma and allergies.
#3 Cork is a worthwhile insulator. As it is made from millions of tiny air-filled chambers, cork will effectively insulate both sound and heat. Therefore, should you suffer from noisy neighbours, cork flooring will reduce noise from being transferring through the floor. Rising heating bills can also be a problem; however, cork will reduce the loss of heat from a room in the winter.
What makes cork environmentally friendly?
Cork is natural, recyclable and a sustainable alternative to many man-made materials. It is also biodegradable, so it can break down into natural materials without causing harm to the environment.
The cork oak survives with without the use of chemical herbicides, fertilisers or irrigation. In fact, it is the only tree that can harvest its own bark! Furthermore, stripping does not harm the tree; this is because the bark regenerates naturally.
What collections do CORKART offer?
The Cork Concept collection is home to some of the most popular CORKART designs. Its ambience creates a warm, comfortable surface that inhibits the conduction of temperature and sound, while the flooring is also remarkably resilient to wear and tear.
Choose from two different systems. Floating (eco friendly floating floor) provides superior comfort and quick installation, while Glue Down (eco friendly floor tiles) are warm and comfortable underfoot.
The Fusion Concept collection offers new and technologically advanced flooring. It combines the excellent properties of cork—such as impact sound reduction, warmth and comfort—with the high resistance, beautiful look and realistic touch of a vinyl floor.
Fusion Concept is easy to clean, comfy underfoot and has excellent acoustic properties due to its cork backing. It is also resistant to sunlight, stains and chemicals due to its high performance top coating.
The Vinyl Concept collection is a new generation of technologically advanced vinyl floors. The realistic decor add style, design, and personality to your space. It is wear resistant, comfortable to live on and easy to maintain, with excellent acoustic properties due to its natural cork backing.
Advantages of Vinyl Concept flooring includes its outstanding comfort, realistic look and incredible durability, as well as its incredible resistance to wear, dents, tearing, moisture damage and staining. It is also 100% non-toxic and is suitable for approved underfloor heating.
When it comes to choosing curtains for your home, who knew there were so many heading options?
Option #1 | Pencil Pleat
The pencil pleat is the classic heading choice for curtains where olds of fabric are tightly gathered to create a semi-cylindrical heading (visually similar to a row of pencils, hence the name “pencil pleat”). As a gathered heading, it allows you to expand or reduce the width of the curtain.
Option #2 | Pinch Pleat
The pinch pleat is suitable for all kinds of fabric. The pleats are hand-sewn and permanently fixed for a luxurious, tailored design. Our example photo shows a triple pinch; this means there are three pleats and then a space. Unlike pencil pleats, this heading uses far more fabric for a fuller final look.
Option #3 | Standard Gather Headings
The standard gather is a classic yet informal heading style. It is suited to curtains with a shorter drop and can be used with tracks or poles. It requires the same amount of gather as a pencil pleat curtain. The heading is very casual and therefore unsuitable if you favour a more tailored design.
Option #4 | Eyelet Headings
A contemporary alternative to more traditional hangings, the eyelet heading is suitable for all curtain fabrics. So named due to the metal rings at the top of the curtain, the eyelet heading creates large, even and soft pleats. They are suitable for poles with a diameter of up to 30mm.
Option #5 | Tab Top
Another contemporary heading, these curtains have fabric loops (or “tabs”) running along the top edge. The tabs are are threaded through poles or rods and require less fabric than other designs. Tab tops are popular as decorative curtains; however, they easily stick on the poles so often don’t draw easily.
An adjustable bed can enrich your sleep experience while aiding the improvement of various health problems.
Health Benefit #1 | Reduce Back Pain
Adjust the head and foot of the mattress to support the spine and alleviate pressure on the sciatic nerve. The longest and largest nerve in the human body, the sciatic nerve runs from the lower back to the back of the leg. Those suffering from sciatica (pain, numbness, and/or weakness along the sciatic nerve) should contour the mattress to the body, as this will greatly improve the pain.
To relieve pressure on the spine, slant the head by 45 degrees. You can also raise the foot of the bed to bend the knees and deviate the legs. Angling the head will also reduce neck ache.
Health Benefit #2 | Relieve Snoring & Sleep Apnea
Snoring occurs when the upper airway vibrates from turbulent airflow when breathing. Nearly 40% of men and 24% of women snore; however, those who sleep flat on their backs are more susceptible. This is because the airway is more subject to close as the weight of your neck or chest press down on the windpipe, blocking adequate airflow. Therefore, adjust your bed to lift up the head, taking weight off the windpipe and reducing your snoring.
Similar to snoring, sleep apnea can be reduced simply by raising the head of the adjustable bed. Sleeping in an angled position reduces obstructions from the nasal passages and improves airflow, for healthy, uninterrupted sleep; by simply lifting the head, sinus pressure will be naturally relieved.
Health Benefit #3 | Enhance Circulation
The better your circulation in the night, the better your quality of sleep. Blood circulation can be enhanced by adjusting your bed into a zero gravity position. Developed for astronauts, the position relieves the pressure on the spine and body during take-off. Simply lie on your back, then raise your legs and head above your heart. This evenly distributes the weight on your body in a relaxed state.
With the aid of the adjustable bed base, sleepers can fine-tune sleep positions to reduce pressure allowing for blood to flow to the heart, and throughout the body. For those with specific circulation issues, the adjustable frame allows for the mattress to be positioned to a recommended level to enhance blood and oxygen flow.
Check out Dovetail’s top 2019 summer design trends!
The design industry has spoken. The hottest interior design trends for summer 2019 are making themselves known across the high street. But which trends are really worth getting excited about? Here are our pick of the 2019 interior design trends, all available to buy from Dovetail!
Mustard tones are the must-have shades for the summer months. Previous years saw smaller pops of mustard as the go-to trend, but 2019 sees a push towards larger statement furniture and accessories to create a bold splash of colour to your home. A surprisingly versatile shade, mustard partners well with teal, indigo blue, and white.
Dovetail loves the use of mustard in the following collections…
White is always a classic choice, but white on white is dominating the interior design scene this summer. Light, bright and clean, it enhances your space and guarantees both classy and stylish finish. Pair with dark wood and natural tones.
Dovetail feel inspired by the use of white by the following designers…
Duresta Club & Boutique — Sutherland Sofa (click here)
Orchard & Little — Trailing Orchid Wallpaper (click here)
#3 Granny Patterns
Forget out with the old and in with the new: this summer, old-fashioned becomes new fashion! ‘Granny’ patterns celebrates florals, busy fabrics and furniture with plenty of trim. Patterned sofas, curtains, and wallpaper are the perfect choice to bring ‘granny chic’ into your home.
Dovetail loves the use of granny patterns in the following collections…
Discover the pros and cons of different pet-friendly flooring options to find the perfect fit for your furry friends.
Option #1 // Hardwood
Hardwood flooring exudes a sophisticated, classic finish and remains a staple flooring choice for many homes. But as it is vulnerable to stains and water damage, it may not be the wise choice for pet owners. However, there are some pet-friendly hardwood materials, including oak, maple, walnut, mahogany, and bamboo. On the other hand, softwoods, such as pine, chestnut, and fir, are easily susceptible to dents and scratches.
The harder the wood, the more greater its resistance to nail scratches. Therefore, take a look at the Janka Hardness Scale when selecting your flooring: the higher the number, the harder the wood. Any rating below 850 is classified as softwood, while a rating above 1250 is classified as hardwood.
Pros: Comes is a variety of colours and finishes; easy to vacuum.
Cons: Expensive; vulnerable to water damage; easily stains.
Option #2 // Carpet
Wall-to-wall carpeting provides a comfortable lounging area for pets, especially when most of our furry friends spend a lot of time asleep! Carpet also provides a non-slip surface, unlike tile and hardwood flooring which can cause footpads to skid about, and absorbs animal noises for a more peaceful atmosphere.
Carpet is usually made from wool, natural fibres, or synthetic fibres, such as nylon and polyester. While wool carpet is the softest and most luxurious underfoot, it is more expensive than synthetic fibres and not as resistant to stains. Nylon carpets, however, are durable, stain-resistant and affordable, making it a popular choice for households with pets. However, try and avoid loop carpets as your pet’s nails may snag on the loops.
Pros: Comfortable underfoot; non-slip surface; comes is a variety of colours.
Cons: Difficult to clean; vulnerable to wear and tear.
Option #3 // Cork
Cork flooring is eco-friendly and will reduce the growth of mould and other allergens. What’s more, it is warm and pliable, making it comfortable underfoot and able to withstand foot traffic very well. It also absorbs sound, so you don’t need to worry about the constant tapping of pet nails all day!
Cork flooring is far more scratch-resistant than other natural woods options. Cork is a generally resistant material that is both naturally impact resistant and boasts anti-slip properties. Therefore, your pets don’t need to use their claws to move around, so the number of animal claw marks on your floor is significantly reduced.
Pros: Water resistant; needs little maintenance; absorbs sound.
Cons: Discolours overtime; heavy furniture can cause permanent indents.
Option #4 // Laminate
Laminate flooring is often a popular choice for pet owners who like the look of hardwood, but want an easy-to-clean surface. However, the popular choice of smooth, glossy laminate floor can reduce your pet’s traction and easily cause them to slip. Therefore, a textured or embossed laminate finish is far more sensible.
Pros: Easy-to-clean; water-resistant; less noticeable scratches.
Cons: Slippery surface; not as “classic” as hardwood.
Option #5 // Stone
Stone tiles are a great option for pet owners. Not only is it highly durable and scratch-resistant, it’s wipe-clean surface lets you quickly deal with any “accidents” or spills. While most tiles are scratch-resistant, some materials are more porous that others. Therefore, softer stones, such as marble, will require more treatment.
A significant downside to stone tiles are their hard, cold surface. It offers little to no comfort or warmth to your pet, so consider incorporating underfloor heating or area rugs throughout your home. What’s more, a pet bed may prove essential if you want your pet to have a cosy place to relax.
Pros: Scratch-resistant; easy-to-clean.
Cons: Cold, hard surface; slippery surface.
Option #6 // Vinyl
Vinyl is an extremely affordable flooring option that can be easily installed throughout you home. Not only does it provide great traction for your pet, it also comes in a wide range of colours and designs, including natural-looking luxury vinyl. Now you can have durable pet-friendly flooring without compromising on style!
Pros: Resistant to scratches and stains; easy-to-clean; low allergy; quiet underfoot.
Cons: Dulls easily; water spills can cause mildew or peeling.