Steel Desk

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I spent years wanting a vintage steel desk. For a long time there was one in the window of our local antique/retro/junk shop but it cost around £1,800 and was way out of our budget. I think perhaps it was way out of anyone else’s too as it was there for such a long time.…

Honeycomb Throw

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The other day after dinner with friends ended slightly too early, it was decided that we would return to their house for one last glass of wine (I might tell you that that last one is the killer glass. That’s the one that will give you the hangover, but still we’re not here to talk…

Interview with Mineheart

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Regular visitors to The Mad House will know that I am a huge fan of Brendan Young and Vanessa Battaglia, the husband and wife team behind the Eccentric (their capital E) British Design House Mineheart. You can see their wonderful trompe l’oeil bookshelf wallpaper in the images above, which I bought five years ago and…

10 Beautiful Rooms

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We’re being restful this week – well start off with at least. The summer term is drawing to a close; the builders are nearing the end stage and I have been really busy with madaboutyourhouse.com, which is wonderful but has left me craving a room like this to just lie down in for 20 minutes.…

Black Wicker Garden Chair

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Oh I’m fed up with this lack of summer. It’s here, it’s gone, it’s hot, it’s cold. It can’t make its mind up is what it is. Anyway, one of the other things that isn’t right is my garden seating.  I have a couple of plastic chairs that are both ugly and uncomfortable (I know…

Small Buttonback Sofa

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So the other day I was putting together a lookbook for a client and I came across this gorgeous little sofa which is just perfect for a bedroom so I thought I would share it here. Whenever I visit a client’s house for a consultation I put together a detailed PDF lookbook afterwards which includes…

The Househunter 19/6/15

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There’s nothing like a bit of sunshine to make me feel all rural and bucolic. Until I realise that I forgot to buy more milk and it’s a five mile drive to the shop. I am, rightly or wrongly, a city girl at heart – a fact which I blame entirely on the aforementioned bad…

CP Hart Moodboard

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Now that we’ve all got so used to Pinterest it seems that many of us are incapable of planning a room unless we have lots of gorgeous interiors pictures to gaze at first to get us in the mood. That’s definitely not a bad thing, by the way, but it does mean that many of…

Paper Pendant Light

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It occurred to me last night as I strolled upstairs to the newly installed staircase leading to the loft, that since part of the ceiling has been removed to make way for said stairs there is no longer a landing light outside our bedroom. We used to have the giant Ikea Dandelion light which cast…