Save or Splurge: Brass Pendant Light

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Welcome to a new category in the Mad House. While I’m aware that you are all mad about design, I know that everyone’s budget differs wildly. As do priorities. Some of you will spend a lot of a light but would rather economise on the carpet. Some of you want an Ikea kitchen so you…

Can I Use Wallpaper In My Bathroom?

image from mikiorganic.blogspot.com

Sam contacted mad about the house to ask about wallpapering her bathroom. But she didn’t want just any old wallpaper… Q: What do you think about maybe using the Brooklyn tile wallpaper for our main bathroom ceiling? At £219 a pop it feels a bit risky. Is it true that using some kinda varnish over the…

Mad About The House Great.ly Shop

home decor from great.ly

Mad About The House is not yet three years old and there have been so many times over the months that I have wished I could have a shop where I could gather together all the wonderful things I find under one umbrella. Well Cinderella, you are invited to the ball. Some weeks ago I…

Mad About … Black Windows

image from vebidoo.de

I once bought a house where all the doors, window frames and skirting boards had been painted black. I thought it was hideous and, shortly after we moved in, set about repainting everything in white. Now I think I must have been mad. I have totally come around to this look. Dark frames really finish…

Mad About … White Bedrooms

from welke.nl. Those who know me will recognise the initials

There’s nothing like a white bedroom for a really cool, serene space. Too often we clutter them up with stuff so that sleeping is the last thing you feel like doing when  you walk in at night. One of my favourite bedrooms was in a flat I rented about 15 years ago. It was painted…

Still Mad About … Grey Paint Colours

grey bedroom walls by little greene

Just when you think you’ve checked all the shades of grey paint, along comes a whole new collection. With pictures that are so stunning you feel inspired all over again. We have already looked in detail at how to choose the right grey paint. We have pored over beautiful images to inspire and we’ve definitely…

Mad About … Concrete

from focus.de

As the summer continues, the quest for cool surfaces continues and following the recent look at Marble (beautiful but expensive) this week it’s the turn of concrete, which is a lot cheaper to begin with. Although by the time it’s been polished and sealed and buffed, it’s probably not as cheap as you thought it…

Customise Your Ikea Kitchen

custom made grey doors for an ikea kitchen from superfront

We’re all familiar with the concept of the Ikea hack, a design phenomenon that is even supported by the store itself, but until now it has been mainly about DIY versions. I know people who have repainted their doors, or even had new ones made and spray painted. I bought the cupboards but sourced my…

Mad About … Metro Tiles

that crouch end photographer pix

The trend for metro tiles, brick tiles, even subway tiles if you will, remains perennially popular. Obviously I prefer them in monochrome shades of grey and white, but these days they also come in bright jewel colours, made from glass or even with a crackle glaze finish. If you’re planning to retile anywhere soon, take…