The Househunter 20/3/15

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From the outside this looks like a sweet little cottage doesn’t it. Can you picture the inside? Low ceilings, neutral carpet (to maximise the light) low slung, slightly chintzy sofa and a country-style kitchen with an AGA. Well think again. I love how this house turns all your expectations on their head. Yes there are…

Anglepoise Brass Collection

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Now I don’t know about you but I thought I knew all there was to know about Anglepoise. A desk lamp that does what its name describes. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that, having written about its invention and elevation to design classic I thought I knew more than the average…

Brass Mirror

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I love rooms with mirrors and pictures propped up against the wall. It creates a wonderful artist atelier kind of vibe and also means that you can move things around when the fancy takes you. After all, despite all those magazine articles and blogs telling us to simply move the furniture round when we feel…

Get The London Look

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It may have escaped your notice as I’ve only mentioned it a couple (of thousand) times but plans to convert the loft are gaining momentum. The drawings are being finalised, the builder is checking his diary and the mood boards are over flowing. One piece that is already determined however, is the bathroom basin. It…

10 Beautiful Rooms

Photo: Sveinung Braathen

There are so many things I love about this room it’s hard to know where to start. The huge wall lights fastened to the ceiling, the monochromatic colour scheme soften with lots of reclaimed wood and layers of textures. I particularly like the old trestle used as a daybed. I was in a bar a…

Mad About Your House

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It has been a great start to the year for Mad About Your House. I have been everywhere from 1960s single storey houses to newly converted lofts in 1930s properties. There have been kitchens, office/playrooms and sitting rooms with halls, stairs and landings in Victorian homes in between. It has been enormous fun, and, I…

Art Rookie for Upcoming Designers

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One of the problems for recent graduates and up and coming designers is getting their work in front of people so they can actually sell their ideas. But a couple of friends have just set up a website showcasing the work of artists and creators with a view to changing all that. Elizabeth Bush and…

The Househunter 13/3/15

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Look it’s an 18 bedroom Grade I listed MOATED castle, who doesn’t want to have a poke about inside? I mean, I get that most of you wouldn’t want to live in it. I would. So you can all come and look at it with me. My blog my rules. Also it’s three million quid, which…

Painted Stools

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I may have mentioned it once or twice before but I do like the idea of doing something unexpected in a room. I firmly believe that there should always be at least one element that provokes a remark. It’s not always easy to pull off but when you can that is the wow factor. And,…