10 Beautiful Rooms

sea green walls

First up this week and I couldn’t resist a little more Fornasetti. This is the cloud wallpaper which I have featured before but I keep finding new rooms papered with it and it always looks great. I think it would be great in a home office. Especially if your desk doesn’t face a window. After…

Galvanised Chamonix Spotlight

Chamonix Spotlight (high res)- CHSP01

At the risk of sounding a bit Henry Higgins; By George I’ve got it. At last. The lighting in our kitchen has been a vexed issue for some time. I really hate spotlights. They’re ugly and mostly in the wrong place. I’m constantly looking at pictures of sleek Danish kitchens and admiring the use of…

For the love of Fornasetti

Fornasetti3716eeee

It’s no secret that The Mad House is a big fan of Fornasetti. Huge. So when I received an invitation to go to Paris for 24 hours to see the exhibition Piero Fornasetti: The Practical Madness at the Les Arts Decoratifs, in the Palais du Louvre, I had my bag backed before you could say…

The Househunter 15/5/15

5-1

This week the Househunter comes to you from Paris, because that is where I am. I’m visiting the Fornasetti Exhibition, so I thought we would take a virtual wander round the estate agents windows and see what’s about. This is a one bedroom duplex apartment in the 6th arrondissement of Paris which has been designed…

New Shop Discovery: Room 39

14a (1)

I just love this picture. The combination of blush pink and black and bone linen makes my heart sing a little bit every time I look at it. It’s all available from Room 39, a store owned by Petra Green, who was born in Slovenia and lives in London and everything on her site is…

Marrakech Tiles from Sweden

casa---marine-bone-i-marrakech-riad-100217

The trouble with planning a room weeks before it even exists is that you have too much time to change your mind. It’s a bit like smugly doing all your Christmas shopping months in advance and then suddenly discovering “just one more” brilliant thing. And then another. And as the shops keep wheeling out more…

Hektar Lamp from IKEA

via diana ahlgrimm on pinterest

So we braved the weekend hordes and went to Ikea at the weekend. The 11yo’s room is nearly ready and we need to get the storage boxes and lighting sorted out before he can move back in. Well, I say nearly ready, in terms of where we were a week ago it now has a…

10 Beautiful Rooms

studio ashby

Morning! Or afternoon depending on what time you have chosen to drop in to the Mad House. We start this week’s 10 Beautiful Rooms with some images from the interior design company Studio Ashby. Often I would look at a neutral palette like this and find it a teeny bit dull but I like the…

London Calling

141106_Snowden_flood2751_rough_ret_fb6890d9-0dac-4b8b-8c77-784f46ad28b3_1024x1024

I hope, given that it’s the weekend, that you are having tea and toast in bed. Actually scrub that, given the image below I hope at the very least that it’s cake. Either way, stop looking at the food for a sec and check out the crockery. They are the work of a designer called…