Friday, 31 August 2007
It is a bit unusual to find a trendy interiors place like this in Batley, West Yorkshire which was once a prosperous mill town but nowadays is somewhat less grand, however it is nice to see regeneration of a place like this and it would probably be lost in a big city like Leeds.
See below for an interesting article from the Yorkshire Post that gives a good background to the idea behind this interior design outlet and Stephen Battye, the guy behind the idea.
We have learnt that people are blown away when they see Heuga on the floor in a room setting but it's a bit difficult to get this kind of display in a traditional carpet store so we are looking at new types of places to show off our products and looking to place them in the stylish kind of environment that they deserve. Maybe one day we'll get some of our stuff in a place like this - I'll keep you posted!
Wednesday, 22 August 2007
Helen's husband Fraser Cunningham is the main photographer for the shoots and he is a good laugh and great at slecting the best angles and getting plenty of flooring in the shots.
Helen and Fraser live on the Isle of Wight which is a fab place and many of the shoots have been down there on the island.
The next main guy is Eddie Kempster and he runs a carpet fitting company 'E Kempster Flooring' focusing mainly on carpet tiles. He is a fun guy and keeps us all entertained.
It is amazing to watch him and his guys cut and fit tiles in the most awkward of spaces.
In this picture Eddie is sporting our FunkyFeet shagpile carpet tiles on his head and Fraser's glasses.
There are some other great people that get involved and I'll try and get some pics on the shoot.
So, tomorrow I need to order the products, confirm the dates with Eddie and sort out my travel to the lovely Isle of Wight for our next shoot for the 2008 Heuga catalogue. Here's a photo of a beautiful sunset from the beach from the last time I was there. If you look closely yu just about make out the Spyglass Inn in Ventnor which is a lovely little pub where we've eaten a few times whilst on photo shoots.
So, I've come back to a few problems with Heuga.com which various people are working on to resolve - poor guys may be up all night working on that, but hopefully it will be resolved by the morning.
Also I've got to organise a photo shoot for our 2008 catalogue so lots to sort out there but a great team of people to work with so it should be fun.
Wednesday, 8 August 2007
Tuesday, 7 August 2007
This is a fab product and it has raised a lot of interest amongst lots of people including an interior design tv programme in the UK on ITV called 60 Minute Makeover who will be featuring this product in a show in the Autumn.
One of my Dutch buddies Maarten found a blog going round Holland raving about how funky this Giraffe flooring is and encouraging people to gang up and order samples to make a floor out of them.
For the record, don't bother as we only supply little chips and when the next person asks why we can't send out bigger samples I might point them to this Dutch blog - sorry but this stuff is far too special to be giving it away!
60 Minute Makeover ITV
Giraffe print carpet tiles from Heuga
Friday, 3 August 2007
Associations: love and tenderness
Associations: water, calm, coolness, keeps hunger at bay, authority, protection, power
Associations: security, earth and nature, stability and practicality
Associations: elegance, style, rebellion.
If you fancy a play, here's the link: http://www.heuga.com/InterfRoomVisualiser/uk
Thursday, 2 August 2007
Love it or hate it - you can't help but be amazed by this floor design! This Zebra print floor is great for kids' bedrooms as well as other rooms in your home if you have the courage to do something different!
This photo was taken on a shoot for kids' bedrooms and I wanted to know whether this could work in a different room so we threw a few tiles down in the kitchen/dining room and this was the result. I think it works a treat and there's a magazine editor that agrees!
The red border is done using half tiles of Puzzle Pieces around the edge.
Heres a link to the magazine's website:
I thought I'd do the same (despite working alone!) so I grabbed my Heuga scribbles pad and got a few names down. Here's some of the results:
I had a little help from a friend who suggested the smart 'Carpet Diem' - a play on the Latin phrase 'Carpe Diem' meaning 'Seize the day'. In my ignorance I had to check out the meaning and was very impressed. However I decided to keep it simple and Square-Vision was the winning choice.
Carpet tiles have a bit of an image problem but people are generally really impressed with the concept and design possibilities of carpet tiles once they've seen them in use so this blog is an attempt to share the delights of carpet tile design in the home.
My top 10 blog names: 1. Square Vision 2. Floor Space 3. Floor and More 4. Vibrant Square 5. Carpet Diem 6. Fair and Square 7. Inside Out 8. Floor Project 9. Square Living 10. Square Style
Wednesday, 1 August 2007
My colleagues organised this and I thought they did a great job on the floor creating a rug effect out of 4 different styles, especially including the funky Pebbles design tile, which is a great product!
I'm still new to this whole thing so reducing the size of the photo is still beyond my knowledge!
The red t-shirt was for a great interiors show called De Woonbeurs last year in Amsterdam where I organised a Heuga stand and we wore these Heuga t-shirts. It was a really great show and it was really fab for our team to meet directly with people and talk about our products.
I also added that I'm Online Marketing Manager at Heuga - that's what I do and I am always interested what people think of our website http://www.heuga.com/
I look at it a lot and see all the little problems so it is really nice when someone says it is a decent site however I am open to criticism too - I can take it and hopefully I can make improvements based on people's thoughts.