Househunter

The Househunter: Room by Room

4th August 2017

This was one of the most popular Househunters this year and it’s still on the market so if you’re interested…. It’s in Painswick in the Cotswolds and is on the market for £1.5m via Savills. It has six/seven bedrooms, four receptions, is Grade II* listed and there’s room to make extra accommodation as well.  …

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August Updates

3rd August 2017
the rough table by norr11 photographed in The Mad House by Paul Craig

Hello everyone, a slightly unusual post as I’m writing to tell you that as we will be revisiting posts during August, while the Mad Brain takes a break to recharge its batteries, you won’t be receiving your daily email updates. That’s due to a technical thingy wotsit that I can’t understand, much less do anything…

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Five Ways To Revamp Your Hall

3rd August 2017
hall stairs in the mad house image by James Balston

Every year in August I take a break from blogging five days a week and we revisit some of the archive posts. This gives me time to recharge my batteries and gives you the opportunity to either catch up with things you may not have had time for the first time round or to read…

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365 Objects Of Design

Window Dressing at Heals

1st August 2017

Once upon a time a teenage girl wrote to a big London store asking if she could be a window dresser. The big London store replied and told her to finish school and come back to them if she was still interested. She duly finished school and then got distracted. For about 35 years. And…

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10 Beautiful Rooms

31st July 2017
half painted walls via jersey ice cream co

Good morning or afternoon. Or evening, depending on when you are reading this. I can’t believe it’s already the end of July. This is the last of the new 10 Rooms posts before The Mad House goes on its annual summer break for August. You will still see your five posts a week but they…

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The Househunter: Houseboat or Summerhouse

28th July 2017

Seeing as we are firmly in the summer holidays now this house seemed perfect for the time of year as it has this fabulous black painted summer house in the garden. It’s on the market for £1,895,000 via Brickworks  and is now, officially, the sum total of my garden shed/summer house fantasies. I mean look. And…

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365 Objects Of Design

100 Design Icons from Heals

27th July 2017

Earlier this year the British furniture store Heals arranged a survey of 2000 people asking them to name their favourite design icons from the last 100 years. Icon is an over-used word and one I try to avoid if possible but Heals, which has always championed British design, sells a huge range of instantly recognisable…

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Multi-Functional Coffee Table

26th July 2017

There’s nothing I love more than a bit of multi-tasking furniture. Given that we Brits live in the smallest houses in Europe everything we own has to work hard for the money (name that tune) and if it’s capable of doing more than one thing then all the better. I’m currently finishing off the book…

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Large Floor Cushion

25th July 2017

The 16-year-old has been redecorating his bedroom. It appears to be some sort of post GCSE don’t-make-me-get-a-Saturday-job sort of plan. Not that I was going to, but it has clearly done him no harm to think I might. Actually when I say redecorating I use the term loosely. There was one lime green wall, three…

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