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An Interview With TV Architect Laura Jane Clark

28th May 2020
design by architect laura jane clark

Laura Jane Clarke is an architect who specialises in residential properties. In her case that means, and I cannot stress this enough, in real houses for real people. She’s not interested in glass skyscrapers and million pound budgets. For her it’s about – as the tagline on the podcast goes – making your home really…

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10 Cheap ways to make your home look more expensive

26th May 2020
large vase from the anthropologie soho home collaboration

None of these ideas need to cost much money. What they do cost is time. Time to hunt down the right things that work in your home. Some will cost more than others, of course, but I have tried to give you adaptations on the principle where possible. And sometimes it’s about spending money on…

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Monday Inspiration: Calming Spaces

25th May 2020
kitchen by considered things

Well. At the start of “all this” as it seems now to be known, I promised you a calm space to escape and, judging by your many comments and messages, that is what you have found here. On Friday, as I finished reading my lockdown story on Instagram (Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan for…

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10 Things You Need to Know about…. Art Nouveau

21st May 2020
art nouveau inspired cushion by the curious department

I started this series on different design styles at the beginning of the year and thought it was time to revisit it as, it seems to me, that while everyone has been writing about Art Deco for months, it’s the natural, curving forms of Art Nouveau that fit more with the current zeitgeist. And, in…

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Lockdown Decorating Tips

20th May 2020
gold ceiling at madaboutthehouse.com

Morning and welcome to Wednesday’s Ad Break. It’s been a while since we had one of these, but this week I have teamed up with Barclays Mortgages to put together a list of easy things you can do at home during this period. This has come about following research* carried out by Barclays which found…

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The Househunter: Room by Room

15th May 2020

I’ve had to hunt about a bit this week to find you something you might think it was worth getting your virtual coat on for (not to mention shoes – what even are they and how do they feel?) but this is a very pretty house in north west London that is on the market…

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