The SBID International Design Awards 2014

swiss chalet goes modern

I was going to bring The Househunter back this week after its summer break but then I spotted this and thought it would be fun to have a look at some amazing houses that aren’t necessarily for sale. Voting closes today for the SBID International Design Awards and you have until 5.30pm to pick your…

A Desk for a Home Office

desk by ebbe gehl at john lewis

So now that both children are at secondary school and I am determined to reorganise the spareroom so that it works as a home office for me (as well as him) the issue of finding a good desk seems ever more pressing. On a trip to John Lewis to buy school shoes last week (now…

The Autumn Collection From Oka Direct

Berlin Console

It must be a sign of age that whereas I used to get excited by the new season clothes coming into the stores and enjoy walking past the autumnal window displays, I’m now much more likely get my thrills from new photography of interiors. I mentioned yesterday the arrival of the new Ikea catalogue, of…

Coat Rack with Hangers

Georg2

It must be something about the start of the new year (academic I know but no less significant for that) that makes me feel I must get organised. Perhaps it’s an excuse for a week of procrastination before actually getting down to any work, but I know that in addition to the to do lists,…

Storage Baskets

Wall_Hung_Baskets

Hello everyone, it’s great to be back! I hope you’ve all had a good summer. From the look of things you didn’t miss me too much as the blog has had a record-breaking month in my absence so I’m going to assume that you enjoyed revisiting those old posts and were re-inspired. Today I wanted…

Mad About … Quiet Spaces

from inspiration.teodorik.com via pinterest

Today, we are mostly Mad About Quiet Spaces. Summer is drawing to a close and it’s a good time to just take stock and get ready for the new season. Wouldn’t this be a lovely calm place to sit with a cup of coffee and nothing more technologically advanced than a notebook – the sort…

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;…