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This category includes some of the most common decorating queries I have been asked over the years. I have now set up a separate business called MAD ABOUT YOUR HOUSE where I can help on a more professional level with house styling and product sourcing. If you would like to get in touch then please click the pink house in the right side bar (under About Me) to find out more.

Kitchen Lighting Tips

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Now pay attention because this is useful. There’s no point gazing at all those pictures of beautiful rooms if you don’t get the lighting right. So today’s post is all about lighting the kitchen. They’re by Sally Storey who (literally) wrote the book on lighting. So she knows what she’s on about. She also told…

Navy Blue Rugs and Accessories

midnight blue ombre rug from westelm

As you may have noticed recent posts have been edging slightly away from grey and towards navy and I note, from the comments I receive (many more on Twitter) that lots of you are going in that direction too. The other day, I published a post about a silver and grey rug (in leather since…

Painted Rugs on Floorboards

from improvisedlife.com

  At a barbecue recently I was asked about painting the floorboards in a hall where the planks continued into the sitting room. We decided that this might be tricky as it would necessitate painting a straight line across the boards to create an artificial ending point. And then I remembered an idea I had…

Can I Use Wallpaper In My Bathroom?

image from mikiorganic.blogspot.com

Sam contacted mad about the house to ask about wallpapering her bathroom. But she didn’t want just any old wallpaper… Q: What do you think about maybe using the Brooklyn tile wallpaper for our main bathroom ceiling? At £219 a pop it feels a bit risky. Is it true that using some kinda varnish over the…

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…

I Need A New, And Affordable, Kitchen

rustic kitchen by paul massey

Zoe contacted Mad About The House to ask for help with choosing a new kitchen that wouldn’t cost the earth: Q: We are trying to refurbish the house and I am desperately in need of some advice and inspiration. We are in need of a new kitchen and, having done the rounds, are staggered by…

Choosing The Right Shade Of Grey Paint

cornforth white walls, grey sitting room, white woodwork

It is the most fashionable paint colour of the moment and, if my blog analysis is to be believed, the most commonly researched shade on the colour wheel. But grey can be hard to get right and does need a bit of careful planning as our cool Northern light can make some grey tones too icy…

Buyer’s Guide To Carpet

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A few of you have been asking about carpet recently, so I thought it was time to take the plunge and investigate what’s out there so you don’t have to. Carpet has suffered from a rather poor image in recent years but it’s coming back into favour now. After all it’s warm, natural and soft…

Should I Have Polished Concrete Floors?

betong2

Sam contacted Mad About The House to ask about concrete flooring. Q: What do you think about polished concrete flooring? I am struggling with a funky idea for my (small) kitchen floor and was interested to know if concrete is something you had come across – it sounds like it could be an inexpensive option…

Inspiration For A Victorian-Style Bathroom

victorian-style fittings in a cottage room from homeklondike.com

Gill contacted mad about the house to ask for inspiration with choosing a victorian-style bathroom. Q: The room is large and can take colours although I would ideally like to have light tiles on the walls in a brick style. A: The bathroom as we know it now didn’t really come into being until the 1880s…