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10 Beautiful Rooms

26th September 2016
grey walls and accents of old gold

Just when I have fully convinced myself that I really don’t like yellow and wouldn’t use it in my house, I see an image like this by the Milan-based Dimore Studio and I am undone. It’s true I would no more paint a yellow wall than buy a matching three piece suite, but I am,…

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The Househunter mixing old and new

23rd September 2016
green-windows-and-doors

Off to Gloucestershire this week to visit this house which marries a 19th century former gasworks to a modern light-filled extension that has been clad in CorTen steel. It was done up for the novelist Jeanette Winterson who bought it in 2009 when it was falling down and wasn’t for sale and the planning permission…

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365 Objects Of Design

Black and White Inlaid Drinks Cabinet

22nd September 2016
black and white inlaid drinks cabinet

I don’t know if it’s the tumultuous events of 2016 or just a fashion thing but the drinks trolley/bar cart is massively popular at the moment. Now that everyone has seen all of those what about this beauty I found the other day. It’s an inlaid drinks cabinet  – perfect for those who don’t want…

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365 Objects Of Design

New Furniture Brand: Totem Road

21st September 2016
wood and marble table from totem road

One of the pieces of furniture that is consistently hard to find is a large and sturdy coffee table that is strong enough to rest your feet on and has enough space for that artful arrangement of books, flowers and magazines. In the past I have resorted to suggesting that clients cut the legs off…

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365 Objects Of Design

New Shop Discovery: The Curious Department

20th September 2016
insect-mandala-framed-print-in-situ-fireplace

When I was very small (way, way back in the last century) we lived for a while in a house that was made from two cottages that had been knocked together. There were two staircases, one at each end of the house. And, on the wall up the staircase that led to the spare bedroom,…

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Mad About . . .

10 Beautiful Rooms

19th September 2016
black and white dining room with plants via stadshem

Ten Beautiful Rooms to start the week off with a dose of house envy interiors inspiration – something to add to that scrap book of ideas which, if you’re anything like me, is always percolating in the background. We’re starting with kitchens this week. This one below is probably a little to rustic for my…

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The Househunter: Fashion Street for Fashion Week

16th September 2016
spiral-staircase-in-bedroom

London Fashion Week starts tomorrow and, while here in The Mad House, we eschew such frivolities as we are all about cushions and lights not clothes (well we are about shoes) when this house in London’s Fashion Street came on the market it seemed only right that we go in for a nose about. The…

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365 Objects Of Design

How To Buy A Sofa

15th September 2016
tallulah-chaise-upholstered-in-bespoke-designers-guild-velvet

One of the questions I am most often asked is how to buy a sofa?  By which I mean, it’s not just about finding the right shape and colour and working out if it will fit through the door, but also about understanding the different components. Do you need hard or softwood? Do you want…

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365 Objects Of Design

Handblown Glass Pendant Lighting

14th September 2016
pendant-lights-with-osborne-and-little-wallpaper

Earlier this summer I went to the Rothschild & Bickers studio to learn about glass blowing. I have admired their gorgeous glass pendants for many years and, ever since I read a Donna Leon thriller set in a glass factory in Venice, have been keen to learn more about this ancient art. The Romans used…

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365 Objects Of Design

Wood Brass Sideboard

13th September 2016
wood and brass sideboard from made.com

Wood brass sideboard did you say? Well feast your eyes people. Just feast. I get asked so many times by clients about sideboards and a good sideboard is surprisingly hard to find. In that you can easily find lots for squillions of pounds. But, for some reason, in the -I just want something nice and…

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