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10 Beautiful Rooms

8th February 2016
Kitchen by Devol

We’re starting off with some black kitchens this week. This has been greatly exercising me as the Mad kitchen refurb has begun and the cupboards have now very firmly over on the dark side. I’m not going to show you yet because a) it’s not finished and b) there is a photo shoot planned very…

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How To Get The Lighting Right: The Bedroom

4th February 2016
image by Elliot Walsh for Houzz

This week is part III in the mini-series How to Get the Lighting Right and we’re tackling the bedroom. In many ways this is a culmination of what we have already learnt downstairs but, given that we spend a third of our lives either sleeping, or attempting to do so, the lighting is just as…

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10 Beautiful Rooms: new Farrow & Ball Colours

1st February 2016
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Look closely for these are the new Farrow & Ball colours that went on sale today. This is an event that happens only once every three years and the new shades were revealed at a top secret launch in London a couple of weeks ago. It was so secret that I was late as I…

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The Great Interior Design Challenge Interview

26th January 2016
Photo by Alun Callender

It’s back! Yes The Great Interior Design Challenge starts its third series on Monday 1 February with 16 amateur designers battling it out over 15 episodes. And guess what? The Mad House was the only UK blog invited to meet the presenters for an exclusive chat. Thrilled? Moi? So off I trotted to their offices…

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10 Beautiful Rooms

25th January 2016
via 1ststreet.se

Oh I do love poking about other people’s houses and seeing what inspiration lies therein. Don’t you? Today’s 10 Beautiful Rooms features some gorgeous – mainly grey – interiors seeing as my book Shades of Grey is out in a little over two weeks. That means that partly I want to show you how versatile, and…

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10 Beautiful Rooms

18th January 2016
royal roulotte renovation

Goooooooooood Moooooooooorning Campers. Welcome to Monday, I trust it finds you well. Or at t least upright, which is always a good start for January I find. A gorgeous selection of rooms for you today inspired, I have to admit, by plans for my kitchen tweak. This has begun – the bifold doors have been…

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The Rules of Rug Layout

13th January 2016
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Today we’re going to talk about rug layout. A few of you have been asking recently so I thought I would dedicate a post to it. First up though, for every one person who says there is a rule, another will want to break it. For every one person who tells you to do it…

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10 Beautiful Rooms

11th January 2016
twenty7 bistro

Morning, are you ready for a stroll through this week’s edition of 10 Beautiful Rooms? Just to make sure you’re all awake and with it, we’re starting off with some colour. I know, a bit radical for a Monday morning, but when I saw this great space designed by Daniel Hopwood, present of BIID (British…

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How To Get The Lighting Right: The Sitting Room

7th January 2016
the sitting room of madaboutthehouse.com via houzz.co.uk image by Elliot Walsh

Welcome to part II of my mini-series in collaboration with John Cullen Lighting. Last month we spoke about how to get the lighting right in the kitchen and today we are moving into the sitting room.   As you may remember from last month, John Cullen’s design director, Sally Storey, came round and spent the morning…

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Black and White Large Bowl

5th January 2016
black and white bowls from design vintage

I am mildly obsessed with serving dishes and bowls. We have a set of plain white plates that we eat off every day but I’m constantly looking out for interesting additions to make the table look more interesting. I have a few old wooden bowls that I have brought back from holidays as well as…

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