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Mad About… Industrial Chic

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The industrial look has been with us for a while now but I have been saying (to anyone who will listen) that I thought the next stage would be a more refined and elegant version of this look. It’s what I have called Industrial Glamour. And look, this is exactly what Heals has done with…

Mad About… Summer

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It’s a tricky time of year; some are going off on holiday and don’t want to think about work, while others aren’t going away this summer, or have already been, and are forced to think about work. I have been helping a friend redecorate his house which has involved planning study areas for his daughters’…

Console Desk

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Now I appreciate that this picture shows this desk in an enormous space (much like the ones I was talking about earlier in the week with MADE Unboxed) but the fact is that it’s long and narrow and therefore perfect for small spaces. It measures 130cm long by 50 wide and 75 high, hence the…

Tile Inspiration

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I was helping a friend with her kitchen redesign the other day and as she showed me the samples for her cupboards, worktops and splashbacks and asked me to advise on floor tiles, it occurred to me that without the injection of some colour or pattern, it was just a collection of surfaces. Very beautiful…

Mad About… made.com: unboxed

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Today I’m thrilled to be able to tell you about a new project by the wonderful made.com which involves moi! Well I’m a small part of it as you can see from the pictures below. It’s called MADE Unboxed and it’s about showing customers and browsers what the pieces look like in real homes. From today…

Mad About… Botanics

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This post was born last week when my friend and designer Bianca Hall tweeted a picture of the fabric she had bought for her new kitchen bench. It’s called Swaying Palm by Tommy Bahama and I agree with her that it’s absolutely gorgeous and, at when it’s not out of stock, it’s only around £8 a…

The Perfect Storage Desk

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As much as I love the idea of a simple trestle table or industrial trolley for a desk, I also know that I’m an inveterate hoarder. A creator of piles. A stuffer of drawers. As often as I tell you that you can operate with nothing but a simple table – yes I do work…

The Househunter 4/7/14

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So what with it being Independence Day and all, I was going to feature all American properties this week but then I found this fabulous Tudor mansion and I couldn’t resist. I mean look at it! And it’s only £2.75m which for a Grade I listed Tudor house doesn’t seem at all bad – I…

Mad About… Murals

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I have always been a huge fan of wallpaper. This has not always been a fashionable choice. In my last house my mother in law walked in, pronounced the paper “heinous” and arranged to sit with her back to it for the following six years. It was an extremely tasteful Osborne and Little number in…

Save or Splurge: Trestle Tables

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One day I shall have a desk. Never mind my prince coming, or that knight in shining armour. I don’t need either of them turning up, shaking the mud off their spurs all over the white floor, and needing somewhere to park the horse. No, just send me a desk. Actually, while I think about…