We bought our carpet off the roll at Carpetright - it was in the lowest price bracket, but I liked its wheaty colour and woven texture. We had a wooden dining table, chairs and coffee table and needed a neutral, natural-looking material to tie it together. Seeing the carpet go down was the most exciting thing yet; it instantly made the room feel warmer and less hollow.
The dining table was a snip at 30 quid (from a charity shop), while the chairs were free (from a relative).
We had it in our heads that the flat should be decorated in a way that fitted with the period of the building. I'd already lined up an extremely kitsch (vintage) drop leaf table for the kitchen, and our chequered floors were also a nod to the 50s. We ordered a button tub-style sofa to go with Billy's Mid-century buttoned armchair - the flat was finally coming together and becoming a home.