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10 Things You Need to Know about Art Deco

4th February 2020
A look at all things Art Deco with Kate Watson-Smyth. The Deco Martini wallpaper in teal, gold and black by Divine Savages reflects the style and opulence of the era. #artdeco #

There’s been a lot of talk, now that we are in 2020 about the Roaring Twenties and that disintictive style of decor coming back into fashion. In fact there was a lot of chat last year about how Art Deco was one of the biggest design trends of 2019 and that looks set to continue…

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10 Things You Need To Know About… English Country Style

19th November 2019
rita konig's english style farmhouse is available for rent

I promised you a more detailed look at this most classic of interior design styles last week so here you go. It’s seen as quintessentially English and yet it was popularised by an American. It’s a maximalist look that’s even better when it’s messy and mismatched. While some will say it’s having a revival others…

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10 Things You Need To Know About…. Bauhaus

15th October 2019
brno chair by ludwig mies van der rohe in 1930 via knoll

Before you start reading this new series, I know that some of you haven’t received the daily email update that a new post has been published. It didn’t go at all on Monday morning and was sent manually at about 9pm. This morning it went to some people and not others. It’s being investigated and…

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10 Things to Think About Before You Install a Shower

4th August 2016

Installing a shower might seem like a fairly straightforward thing to do but if you’re planning a bathroom refurb and thinking of changing from a shower over the bath to a walk-in, or considering removing the bath and putting in a large shower, then there are a few points to consider so I thought I’d…

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10 Tips For Buying Vintage Furniture

11th February 2020
brass measuring cups via reclectic vintage interiors

With more and more of us thinking about where our furniture comes from and the resurgence of love for so-called brown furniture and antiques, I thought it might be timely to write a guide with tips on buying vintage. 1 There is no substitute for time spent on research. We’re all familiar with the phrase…

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Trend Focus: Reeded Glass and all things Fluted

28th January 2020
A look at the recent trend for reeded glass and fluted designs with Kate Watson-Smyth. This Canaletto cabinet by Ligne Roset has a reeded glass top and a modern open cubic base. #reededglass #madaboutthehouse #interiortrends

As January is all about new stuff – from trends and trade shows – I thought it might be interesting to focus on some of the things that are coming into store and also to show you how the ideas are being incorporated into real homes. Today let’s look at reeded glass. This is one…

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10 Ways To Hang Art in Your Home

8th January 2020

As part of my ongoing collaboration with Rockett St George, I have compiled a post on how to choose and hang art in your home. They have a huge collection of prints for both under and over £50 and as it’s one of things I am most often asked about when it comes to the…

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10 of the best Vintage Shops

24th October 2019
vintage velvet panels on antique sofa at re-foundobjects.com

Note the title of this is 10 “of the best” not the 10 best as these things change all the time and these suggestions will only qualify as good if you find the thing you are looking for. That said, I have tried to include a mix of periods and styles and while some of…

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