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Where To Donate

20th December 2018
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When the boys were small I used to do a frantic clear out before Christmas to make room for the deluge of new stuff that was about to arrive. Out went the toys that were no longer played with, the clothes that were too small, the broken bits of plastic tat. The 15yo was always…

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10 Tips for Buying Furniture Online

30th March 2021
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fabric by sanderson

The last year has shown many of us that if we want new stuff we have to buy it online. With all but non-essential shops shut it has become the only way to get hold of anything whether it’s kitchen supplies, new shoes or even sofas. Now many of us were already shopping online and…

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The Crossover Project: Making Art from Waste

29th June 2022
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Not Ur Dumping Ground by Nicole Chui is a reaction to the pollution of other countries caused by the UK's plastic waste problem

If you fancy buying, or seeing, a new piece of art for your home then take a look at The Crossover Project. Founded by journalist Roddy Clarke (who was on a sustainability panel I chaired during Clerkenwell Design Week) and Aurelia Islimye, of the Bleur Art Gallery, the initiative brings together the worlds of art,…

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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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What Should I Buy if I know I am going to renovate?

16th June 2021
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house for sale via historiskahem.se

The question of what to spend money on if you know your surroundings are only going to be temporary is a thorny one. Do you buy cheap furniture for your sitting room so you can throw it away when you have completed any building work and finished the decoration? Do you live with a kitchen…

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Top Tips to Get Your House Sale Ready

9th June 2021
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chocolate brown kitchen cabinets, island and open shelves at madaboutthehouse.com

At several points over the last year I reckon you have turned to someone you live with and said in tones of wonderment or exasperation: is there nothing this pandemic hasn’t touched? From babies never going to soft play, to teenagers learning to cut their own hair and shortages of cement and building supplies, there…

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Sabbara: Buy A Cushion Empower A Woman

16th March 2021
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hand embroidered cushion by syrian women for sabbara charity

This, as befits a blog about interiors, is a post about a cushion. But it is also a post about what happened in Syria 10 years ago. And about what is happening now. Because this is not just any cushion. It is a cushion made by a woman, one of a group of women, living…

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