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The Hoover Building Bathroom

19th June 2019

Some of you will remember the apartment I helped work on in The Hoover Building a couple of months ago… well today I wanted to show you the last room that I didn’t share before. That’s the bathroom. I didn’t show you because a) I had nothing to do with it and b) bathrooms –…

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Do Less Harm; Join My Campaign

18th June 2019
madaboutthehouse sitting room in fallen plum by atelier ellis

The core promise of the Hippocratic Oath, taken by all doctors, is “First, do no harm” – Primum, non nocere (a Latin translation from the Greek). I have been thinking about this a lot recently amid society’s increasing awareness that the planet is burning; that we have squandered our resources and failed to protect the…

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Monday Inspiration: Ormiston House

17th June 2019

For today’s Monday Inspiration we are going on a house tour. To say this incredible house near Belfast, northern Ireland,  was a wreck when Ciara Devir and her husband Peter Boyle first laid eyes on it, is probably one of the biggest understatements I have heard in recent times. The 20 bedroom baronial house, which…

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Househunter

The Househunter: Room by Room

14th June 2019

Let’s not even start with the weather… actually how do we not? Was watching Killing Eve last night (anyone else?) and it’s not a spoiler to say that when she turns up in England – Basildon to be precise – it was clear that that was filmed last summer as the grass was completely brown.…

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An Interview with Fearne Cotton (podcast notes)

13th June 2019
at home with Fearne Cotton for The Great Indoors Podcast

For this week’s podcast we were thrilled to visit the home of broadcaster and author Fearne Cotton, whose book Happy, has been on the bestseller lists since it was published two years ago. We wanted to find out her what makes her happy when it comes to her home and, as she is about to…

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High Street Heroes: French Connection

12th June 2019
french connection home styled at madaboutthehouse.com

I don’t know why I haven’t thought of this as a title for a series before but there we go. I’ve thought it now and this week for the Wednesday Ad Break it’s all about French Connection. Founded in 1972 the company set out to provide well-designed fashionable clothing that would appeal to a large…

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365 Objects Of Design

Don’t Forget The Fifth Wall

11th June 2019
fireplace in rothschild st, walls in threadneedle, ceiling in FTT-002 all by Mylands

It’s not that walls can be in fashion as such but there is definitely a move around not forgetting the fifth wall – or the ceiling as it is more correctly known. Mind you, last week someone told me the fifth wall was the floor but I think that’s definitely the sixth. Anyway whatever you…

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Monday Inspiration: Beautiful Rooms

10th June 2019
mustard kitchen by british standard cupboards

After all the razzamatazz of the great rooms of the century which has occupied the last few weeks, it’s time to return to some real rooms by real people that we can draw just as much inspiration from as those done on million dollar budgets for million dollar owners. I was on a judging panel…

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Househunter

The Househunter: Room by Room

7th June 2019

To the country as the sun is shining (at the time of writing) and there is an alarm going off outside my city garden and I wish I was lying on my back under a tree looking up at the clouds scudding by. In silence. Instead I’m on the sofa typing and occasionally shouting/pleading/cajoling with…

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365 Objects Of Design

5 Easy Pieces: The Bedroom

6th June 2019
brisa peacock linen bedding from made.com

A return to this occasional series where we look at five key elements that you can change in a room to give it a new lease of life. Today it’s the bedroom. Now, obviously the single most transformative thing you can do is buy a can of paint but that involves a certain amount of…

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