Househunter

The Househunter: Room by Room

15th November 2019

Some of my favourite houses are the ones that don’t actually look decorated. Or should that be designed. The ones where it looks like the owners just unpacked their stuff, poured a glass of wine and sat down. This Georgian townhouse is one of those. Although, it has to be said, the words “Georgian” and…

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Monday Postcard

11th November 2019
L'hotel Marrakech, owned by Jasper Conran

It’s finally happened. After nearly eight years of blogging through coughs and colds and even a bout of radiotherapy I have never missed a post. Until today. Took to my bed on Thursday with flu-like symptoms and haven’t really emerged since. I’m dropping in to let you know. I’m hoping that I will be feeling…

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The Househunter: Room by Room

8th November 2019

So last week we looked at a four bedroom house in the wing of a country manor and this week we’ve got the whole manor. It’s actually a four bedroom former rectory that’s two or three times as big as last week’s but that can bring its own issues I think. This is on the…

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An Interview with Sophie Ashby of Studio Ashby

7th November 2019
mayfair apartment designed by studio ashby

A few weeks ago I attended an event where Sophie Ashby and her husband Charlie Casely-Hayford were in conversation to launch the latest Studio Ashby development project in Holland Park. The couple were charming and interesting and I thought you might fancy a little Thursday morning read of their design philosophy for both fashion and…

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Cane Furniture: BUY or DIY?

5th November 2019
cane vanity unit by the house that black built

For the last couple of years, as the trend for all things 1970s takes hold, there has been masses of cane and rattan furniture in the shops. By which I mean that slightly chunky woven stuff that, after a while, comes unwoven and leaves bits of stick hanging out that snags your clothing. It’s a…

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Beautiful Rooms: Bathroom Special

4th November 2019
green tiles at soho warehouse

These Mondays do seem to rush round fast don’t they? So here we are again and I thought I would do a bathroom special this week. I see so many wonderful bathrooms and they’re all so different and yet it’s a room that we all have so it’s good to have a look at lots…

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The Househunter: Room by Room

1st November 2019

We’re off to Leeds this week to a Grade II listed 17th century hall which has been divided into three homes of which the end wing, with four bedrooms, is for sale. It’s on the market with Manning Stainton for £399,950 and is five miles from the city centre. It’s spread over four floors with…

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New Releases: Interior Design Books

31st October 2019

A new season means  new book releases and October is a big month for publishers – the first Thursday of the month is known as Super Thursday when hundreds of books are released at the same time in a bid to hit the Christmas market. This year, on the 3rd, there were 426 hardbacks published,…

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