365 Objects Of Design

Object of Design: Curved Chest of Drawers

19th February 2019
vivien 6 drawer dresser from westelm

When I started writing this blog, way back in 2012 – which is about 100 years ago in internet terms – I decided that one of the best ways to guard against giving up was to write every single day. In order to do that I needed a series; something that would give me a…

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Monday Inspiration: Beautiful Rooms

18th February 2019
the_indigo_house grey palette

And just like that it was half term. A quiet palette for you today as I spent last week travelling (two days in Milan ad one in Glasgow) so am feeling the need for something restful today. Fortunately it’s half term and while the boys will be doing their own thing, it does mean that…

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The Househunter: Room by Room

15th February 2019

We’re heading over to west London this week to have a look at an apartment by one of my favourite designers, Suzy Hoodless, and while we’re there I thought we’d poke a virtual nose into a couple of the others which might inspire you in terms of colour and design for your own places. This…

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My Interior World: Pearl Lowe

14th February 2019
Pearl Lowe

The second in my series of questionnaires and I’m thrilled to welcome the designer Pearl Lowe into The Mad House. Read on to find out her favourite room in her house, her worst decorating mistake, and her advice to all those doing up houses. Who are you? I’m a fashion designer and wallpaper designer and…

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365 Objects Of Design

Painted Furniture: Do’s and Don’ts

12th February 2019

Now I’ll be interested to see what you think of today’s post. Before you judge have a little scroll up and down of the images. And then I’ll admit that I’ve had something of a change of heart on this subject. Yes we’re going to talk about painted furniture. I have always been fiercely anti.…

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Beautiful Rooms: Monday Inspiration

11th February 2019
pink chairs via @houseofhipsterblog

Starting off the week with some calming neutrals and restful colours by which I mean (for me at least) some soft pinks teamed with lots of natural wood and dark accents as seen below. Now before you start asking about the ceiling, note how it matches the white painted floorboards so it all makes sense…

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The Househunter: Room by Room

8th February 2019
open plan living green accents via savills

And just like that it was Friday again. Although I say that, it might have been a slow week for you. Ours got off to an expensive start as the 17yo passed his driving test. And the insurance for a 17yo boy is earbleedingly expensive so we’re definitely down to the fantasy savings for this…

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How to Mix Modern with Period in Interiors

6th February 2019
Bo Concept Immola chair covered in corduroy fabric at madaboutthehouse.com

Today’s Wednesday Ad Break is the second (and final) post in collaboration with the Danish Company BoConcept. They offer a free design service and one of the most commonly asked questions is how to mix their contemporary furniture with the period stuff that you might already own and I thought it would be really helpful…

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Five Ways To Revamp Your Hall (Updated)

5th February 2019
hall stairs in the mad house image by James Balston

The thing about publishing as often as I do is that I’m never quite sure if everyone sees everything. Or it might be that a post that didn’t interest you at the time suddenly becomes relevant a couple of years later and, the search facility on this blog not being all that, you can’t find…

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