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The Househunter: A Masterclass in Small Space Living.

30th July 2021
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Staying in London this week as that looks increasingly like we will be spending the summer given the constant to-ing and fro-ing over travel rules but nuff of that, let’s go and look at this pretty little one bedroom flat which sits on the first floor – only as it’s in St John’s Wood it’s…

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On My Radar: What’s New in Interiors

28th July 2021
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tablecloth from colour squatters

Time for the monthly round-up of things from my inbox and we’re starting off with brand new company Colour Squatters, a new textile company founded by interior designer (and former journalist) Jill Macnair and textile designer Pablo di Francesco who met while training at the gym and starting chatting and, well, one thing led to…

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Monday Inspiration: Wood is for Warmth

26th July 2021
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dark wood kitchen cabinets, vertical black brick tiles halfway, giant terrazzo flooring kitchen at Zoe Anderson (wa green) by Guy Derwent architects

Right so I’m going to try very hard to write about the picture next to the picture to avoid the scrolling up and down but this will mean we’re going straight in. None of that spraff about how are you, what’s the news, have you remembered to water the pots (er no not as often…

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The Househunter: Colour and Elegance in a Bath Townhouse

23rd July 2021
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In a week where Britain sweltered in a heatwave, we saw one very nice house…. to paraphrase Gogglebox. I started off thinking we should head to the seaside, but then I popped in here on my virtual way to the coast and my heart was lost. It’s a Grade I listed Georgian townhouse in the…

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Design for Diversity: The First Bursary is completed

21st July 2021
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At the beginning of last year Maxine Hall and Paula Moss were pondering the lack of diversity in interior design. Co-founders of Blackpop, a successful textile business based near Derby, they were thinking about offering a bursary to a local black student to see if they could start to make a difference to this imbalance.…

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Monday Inspiration: Beautiful Brick Shades

19th July 2021
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fabulous colour combinations by @theouseondolphinst in Deal, Kent

It is a measure of how slowly interior trends move that I first started saying about three years ago that the the so-called millennial pink would deepen and darken to a more brick or terracotta shade as the 70s revival gathered pace. And suddenly this week it felt as if that colour was jumping out…

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How To Choose The Right White Paint

14th July 2021
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crown paint cream white with mustard jar styled by Lucy Gough

Now in theory this should be easy. White is white right? The perfect neutral that goes with everything. Except when it doesn’t. Like grey (and how to choose the right shade of grey paint remains one of my most popular posts) white is white in name only – and often not even then. It can…

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Monday Inspiration: Singing the blues

12th July 2021
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striped flooring by otto tiles

Now, as dedicated as I am to the cause of bringing you this blog I am not writing this after the result of last night’s sporting event so while we may indeed be singing the sporting blues (or not) this week’s post is about what has caught my eye this week. And in a week…

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