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365 Objects Of Design

Don’t Forget The Fifth Wall

11th June 2019
fireplace in rothschild st, walls in threadneedle, ceiling in FTT-002 all by Mylands

It’s not that walls can be in fashion as such but there is definitely a move around not forgetting the fifth wall – or the ceiling as it is more correctly known. Mind you, last week someone told me the fifth wall was the floor but I think that’s definitely the sixth. Anyway whatever you…

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5 Easy Pieces: The Bedroom

6th June 2019
brisa peacock linen bedding from made.com

A return to this occasional series where we look at five key elements that you can change in a room to give it a new lease of life. Today it’s the bedroom. Now, obviously the single most transformative thing you can do is buy a can of paint but that involves a certain amount of…

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Monday Inspiration: 21st Century Rooms

3rd June 2019
Dimore Studio, Saint Germain Studio (for private client), living room, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris, France, completed c. 2015. Picture credit: Mai Linh

I’m going to finish this mini series of the greatest rooms of the century by looking at some more recent designers. When I spoke to William Norwich, the editor of this Phaidon book, he told me that while they started in the 1900s (see last Monday’s post for a room for each decade) sometimes when…

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Colour Psychology: Green

28th May 2019
mint green colour blocking by ferm living

Today I thought we would dive into a little colour psychology with an (amended) extract from my book but looking  also at inspiration and what’s in the shops so that you can buy if you want but be inspired if you don’t. I wanted to start with green as it’s definitely one of the colours…

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Five of the Best: Monstera Designs

23rd May 2019
monstera brass lamp from graham and green

This is just for fun but it probably also makes a wider point about how trends spread. I was looking for something completely different when I stumbled across these tiles. And then I found this light. And in newspapers we always used to say that two was a coincidence (ie not a story) but three…

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Discovering La Redoute

22nd May 2019
dining room for la redoute styled by kate watson-smyth of madaboutthehouse.com

Over the last seven years of writing this blog I have been privileged to work with several companies writing about their products and styling their furniture. One that I have collaborated with on several occasions and we now have something of an ongoing partnership is La Redoute. While I have known about this French company…

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Downstairs Loo Makeover (II)

14th May 2019
wall mural by wall and deco

Welcome to the third, and final ( I hope but never say never) makeover of the Downstairs Loo. This room has never been quite right since we built it nine years ago. It’s under the stairs but we stole a bit from the kitchen and, to be honest, we didn’t quite take enough. Under the…

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Femme Fist Vase

9th May 2019

Around the time of the first Women’s March (not the first ever but the first after Trump was elected) an image of three women’s clenched fists appeared on many instagram and twitter feeds. I used it myself after discovering that it was the work of Deva Pardue, who also founded All Womankind, a design initiative…

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Five of the Best: Throws

30th April 2019
waffled navy throw from hmhome

Well I know the odds of a sunny long bank holiday weekend are slim and I know that we had one over Easter – four days of a heat so intense we could have been in Spain, but boy have we been punished for that ever since.  It’s been so cold we’ve put the heating…

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The 24 Hour Kitchen with Samsung

17th April 2019
samsung 24 hour kitchen in Milan

Last week I made a lightning trip to Milan at the invitation of Samsung to see – not just some of their appliances but also to consider – via an installation they had created in the Brera Design District – the role of the kitchen in our busy 24 hour lives. The company took over…

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