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Mad About … Panelled Walls

ceiling panelling too

I do love a panelled wall. I know we can’t all live in Georgian mansions but a little panelling, even a little tongue and groove is a great decorative feature. I used it in a bathroom where it’s much warmer than tiles and, while I wouldn’t advocate it in a completely modern house, if you…

Mad About … Black and White Geometrics

black and white geometric tiles with pink from aloma

Two of the hottest trends at the moment are black and white and monochrome. Put them together and you get one of my favourite styles of all time. The joy of a monochrome base is that it goes with everything. You can keep it very minimal and Danish by sticking to that simple palette or…

Mad About . . . Painted Floorboards

PicMonkey Collage2

Today’s Mad About .  . . is more of an inspiration than a shopping list. I just love painted floorboards and never seem to tire of looking at them. My entire house has white painted boards (Wimbourne White by Farrow & Ball since you ask). WHITE? clockwise from top left: roomenvy.co.uk; twoturtledoveshandmade.blogspot.com; paul massey; paul massey; roselandgreene.blogspot.com;…

Mad About … Outdoor Dining

from apartment therapy by Bethany Nauert

Summer Time and never mind the cotton … at least the sun is high (ish). So, this week we are mostly Mad About … Outdoor Dining. Here are some beautiful gardens to inspire you with some plans for your own space. In my last garden we had fairy lights strung along one wall and they…

Mad About The House Great.ly Shop

home decor from great.ly

Mad About The House is not yet three years old and there have been so many times over the months that I have wished I could have a shop where I could gather together all the wonderful things I find under one umbrella. Well Cinderella, you are invited to the ball. Some weeks ago I…

Mad About … Black Windows

image from vebidoo.de

I once bought a house where all the doors, window frames and skirting boards had been painted black. I thought it was hideous and, shortly after we moved in, set about repainting everything in white. Now I think I must have been mad. I have totally come around to this look. Dark frames really finish…

Mad About … White Bedrooms

from welke.nl. Those who know me will recognise the initials

There’s nothing like a white bedroom for a really cool, serene space. Too often we clutter them up with stuff so that sleeping is the last thing you feel like doing when  you walk in at night. One of my favourite bedrooms was in a flat I rented about 15 years ago. It was painted…

Still Mad About … Grey Paint Colours

grey bedroom walls by little greene

Just when you think you’ve checked all the shades of grey paint, along comes a whole new collection. With pictures that are so stunning you feel inspired all over again. We have already looked in detail at how to choose the right grey paint. We have pored over beautiful images to inspire and we’ve definitely…

Mad About … Concrete

from focus.de

As the summer continues, the quest for cool surfaces continues and following the recent look at Marble (beautiful but expensive) this week it’s the turn of concrete, which is a lot cheaper to begin with. Although by the time it’s been polished and sealed and buffed, it’s probably not as cheap as you thought it…

Customise Your Ikea Kitchen

custom made grey doors for an ikea kitchen from superfront

We’re all familiar with the concept of the Ikea hack, a design phenomenon that is even supported by the store itself, but until now it has been mainly about DIY versions. I know people who have repainted their doors, or even had new ones made and spray painted. I bought the cupboards but sourced my…