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Whimsical Wallpaper from Cole & Son

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I do love a touch of wit in a home. Something to raise a smile when you see it and, all the more so, when it’s unexpected. That’s why this new wallpaper from Cole & Son is so cool. I love the idea that these two cats (who are called Paddy and Louis by the…

Gold Table Light from Designer Box

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Truly is there anything nicer than getting a present through the post? I mean, frankly, I get quite excited when it’s a letter that’s not in a brown envelope with a window so an actual parcel has me skipping in glee. And that’s the principle behind a new company called Designer Box. You sign up…

Monochrome Chairs by Florrie + Bill

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I’ve never been a great one for pattern but I am reliably informed (by people who know about such things) that pattern does very well when it comes to furniture. I find this both reassuring and baffling. I would have thought that everyone wanted to buy a plain chair and create a riot with the…

Brass Side Table

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I am, frankly, at a loss to explain why I don’t already own this. It’s brass (but also comes in copper and silver and teal, (TEAL for goodness sake) and somehow it has not fallen into my cart and proceeded thus to the checkout. I have even been into westelm and stroked it but still…

10 Beautiful Rooms: Half Painted Walls

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  Now I have to admit the whole ombre dip-dye thing didn’t really do it for me. It’s a bit too contrived. A bit too ‘look how hard I tried in my house’ to be convincing. I like things to look more organic. More like they just happened. The only exception I make for ombre…

New Trend: Cacti

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Many moons ago when I worked as a reporter on a newspaper covering, well, news, we were always told that two was a coincidence and three was a trend. In other words, you’ll get no space in the paper until you’ve found proof that it’s a real story and not just a random thing you…

Arne Jacobsen Series 7 Chairs

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I am indebted to the team at Decorum Media for today’s post. Sometimes there is just so much stuff out there that it’s impossible to see everything and while we do all get the same press releases we do all strive to cover different things. But, having said that, sometimes you see something that is just…

The Househunter 23/1/15

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It’s Friiiiiiiiiiidaaaaaaaay. Time for a little snoop around some other people’s houses to get you in the mood for the weekend. And we have a lovely treat for you to start off with today. This is the home of Swedish stylist Lotta Agaton. You may not know the name but I’m sure you will recognise…

New Collection from Bemz

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Many of you will be familiar with Bemz as the company that will make new covers to fit your Ikea furniture so you can bring a little more individuality to your purchase. It’s such a clever idea and one of those things that has me gnashing my teeth in a sort of wish-I’d-thought-of-that-kind-of-way. Sadly that…

Jack Monroe Cooks In My Kitchen

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Much excitement in The Mad House last week when the Guardian columnist and food blogger Jack Monroe came to film some recipes for a collaboration with Groupon to raise money for Oxfam, for whom she is also an ambassador. She arrived at about 10am walking on a stick having broken about 47 bones in her foot…