Mad About … Dining In

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I’m not sure I know anyone who actually has a formal dining room any more. Well, apart from my Aunt, but that doesn’t mean to say that we can’t all make an effort with the space that we do use for eating in. And in these days of tightened belts and restraint, dining in is…

Objects of Design #88: Vertical Herb Garden

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I love the idea of a living wall. I was very keen to have one in the kitchen but, by the time we’d installed the cupboards and the shelves and the lights and the mail boxes and the light switches we somehow ran out of room. But look at this. It’s small, it can go…

Objects of Design #87: Garden Mirror

garden mirror open window from primrose.co.uk

Whenever I feel under the weather, I often turn to one of my favourite childhood books; Alice in Wonderland. I also love Alice Through The Looking Glass with its enchanting tale of a backwards world on the other side of the mirror. This garden mirror has the same effect. I love the idea that it’s…

Objects of Design #86: Weatherproof Sunlounger

sunlounger from shackletonslifestyle.co.uk

Doesn’t this look inviting? The reality is that most of us won’t be lounging on a sun-kissed beach this weekend so this is a more realistic but still quite good alternative. I could spend a very happy afternoon here with a book and a couple of magazines. There’s even a bottle of something in the…

The Househunter 24/5/13

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This week, The Househunter found a rather fabulous barn conversion in Kent, continued to Wiltshire to a glorious seven bedroom country house before wending home via a rather lovely manor house in Bedfordshire.   THE FAR BARN Hawkhurst Kent Price: £875,000 Agent: The Modern House They say: Exemplary barn conversion by the architect Nicholas Browne…

Objects of Design: #85: Modular Seating

The Hillier garden at Chelsea Flower Show 2013 with Sui Generis furniture

Modular seating is a great idea for gardens because you can move it around to suit either the number of people who turn up, or to find the sun (or shade come to that) or just change it according to your mood. These moulded fibreglass pieces come in different shapes and you can buy as…

Five Finds: Clerkenwell Design Week

estambule by Erwan & Ronan Bouroullec for Nanimarquina

This year at the third Clerkenwell Design Week, the focus was firmly on the floor with the launch of Covered, a new exhibition space dedicated entirely to materials for floors and walls. Here are my five favourite finds from there. First up a collaboration between traditional carpet company Brintons and the edgy Scottish duo Timorous…

My Kitchen is Painted Grey

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Well it was finally time to put my money where my mouth is and after several posts about the joys of grey paint and the acquisition of a coordinating grey kitten, it was time to paint the kitchen grey. Despite the rather sudden arrival of the cat, the idea of painting the room grey had…