365 Objects Of Design

Monday Inspiration

Open plan living dining, dark parquet floor, dark wood coffee table pale blue walls via historika hem.
Good Mooooooorning and Happy Monday (or hello and happy whatever day it is when you are reading this. Here, as ever to start the week are my favourite rooms that I have found and want to share with you as you might find them as inspiring as I have. kitchen design by Huntsmore Having just

How to Choose the Perfect Desk

As we slog on through this lockdown amid what is clearly some of the most unclear advice I have ever come across I shall try to keep this blog a haven of clarity and sensible information when it comes to your homes. Over the last couple of months I have written about how to work

5 Small Businesses You Might Like and how you can help in other ways

trestle desk table from woodmancote retro
Now I don't know about you but as we wade through the seventh week of lockdown, I have started to look at the shops again. It's been a dilemma - should we shop anything other than essentials? Is it wrong to shop when so many people are struggling to buy food? Is it wrong to

Original BTC Lighting Celebrates 30 Years

hector 30 anniversary lamp by original btc in the home of
For this week's Wednesday Ad break I have teamed up with Original BTC as part of a long term collaboration and this is the first of four posts I shall be writing about them. We start with their 30th anniversary and the launch of the Hector 30 lamp which has been updated with a shiny

Design Classics: Arne Jacobsen’s Egg Chair

A look at the egg chair by Danish designer Arne Jacobsen with Kate Watson-Smyth and Heals. A design classic shown here in tan leather which sits perfectly with pale wood furniture and pink plaster walls. #eggchair #arnejacobsen #madaboutthehouse
After yesterday’s mini guide to mid-century modern (which was coincidental) I have today teamed up with Heals to talk to you a little more about the design classics. The store, whose hashtag before hashtags were a thing, is  Where Design Lives, is one of the biggest bricks and mortar retailers of these iconic (and I

Monday Inspiration: Beautiful Rooms

baylion house dresser from onedot
Gooooooooood Mooooooooorning Monday. I hope that the wind has died down, the floods have receded and the viruses are at bay in your corner of the world this morning. And in an attempt to distract ourselves from all those horrors who fancies a little stroll through some beautiful rooms with a cup of coffee before

Plastic Free Storage, Cooking and Serving Bowls

hokan bowls via plastic free storage
It's been a while since I shared a proper Object of Design as I try, for the most part, to make this blog about advice and inspiration rather than straightforward shopping, but today I want to show you something that I really just think is brilliant. Before Christmas I was sent a set of Hokan

New Shop Discovery: Wallpapers from Jupiter10

Kate Watson-Smyth selects the latest wallpaper collection by Jupiter10. The Lyon design features an oversized pink and black polka dot creating a modern alternative to a classic print. #wallpaper #geometric #madaboutthehouse
With all the current talk of maximalism elbowing those classic Scandinavian clean lines to one side, I was thrilled when I came across this wallpaper company which sells modernist designs in a riot of colour patterns which sort of marries the two ideas - lots of colour and pattern in geometric patterns. amsterdam wallpaper from

Sofa Sale and Eco Credentials

As regular readers will know I have worked with Love Your Home for many years now and I often tell you about what they are up to. This year they have offered to extend their sale period to you for an extra month and increased the discount as a treat to loyal Mad About The


aarke carbonator
Am being super organised this year as I realise I often start these guides in December (which feels right) when it's too late to get hold of some of the stuff (which is wrong) so this year I thought I would start now and you can ignore me if you can't face it yet (come

Six Vases in One made from Recycled Plastic

alp vase 505 by annick petersen
Did I mention (once or twice) that I was on BBC Radio 4 You & Yours last week to talk about sustainable interiors? It was a very short slot and I didn't get to say many of the things I had prepared, one of which was that, as has been said before, fashion usually leads

Wonderful Wallpapers With A Hidden Message

food babies in blossom wallpaper by poodle and blonde
Every now and then you come across something so brilliant that you can't stop thinking about it and you want to share it, so today I want to tell you about this fabulous wallpaper by Poodle and Blonde that I have been recommending to everyone since I saw it last week. I'm practically stopping people

New Book: Kelly Wearstler Evocative Style

pictured in Kelly Wearstler Evocative Style
Many of you will be familiar with the American interior designer Kelly Wearstler, who has been dubbed the Queen of West Coast style. She has designed homes for Gwen Stefani, Cameron Diaz and Ben Stiller. She has designed fabric and furniture, rugs and tiles all in her signature pared back maximalist style. And if that

Luke Edward Hall collaborates with Habitat

habitat collaboratin with luke edward hall
Luke Edward Hall is one of those designers that has seemingly appeared out of nowhere and is, at the same time, everywhere. Some of you will be completely familiar with his colourful designs, his love of Greco-Roman style and pictures of his gorgeous pink and green flat. Others will be wondering who on earth he

Six of the Best: Striped Duvet Covers

Organic Pyjama Stripe Duvet Cover ORGANIC PYJAMA STRIPE DUVET COVER from toast
I have loved mattress ticking for as long as I can remember - and actually slept on it for years at boarding school - but when, a few years ago, I decided I wanted some for our bedroom there was none to be found. Suddenly now it's everywhere though so I thought I would include

Topps Tile of the Year 2020

Kate Watson-Smyth looks at the Topps Tile of the Year 2020: syren in midnight blue
Well we've had the colour of the year and now it's time for the tile of the year as revealed by moi at an event with Topps Tiles last week and for this week's Wednesday AD Break I thought I would talk you through some of the trends around it and the different ways you

New Collections and Launches for Autumn

Organic shapes, soft textures and natural materials feature heavily in the Zara Home collection. The warm colours and natural materials of these bathroom towels help to create a minimalist feel. #newseason #bathroom #madaboutthehouse
I spoke the other week about September being the start of the new year for many and we talked around how you can update your home without spending any money. But the other thing that comes with the new year is new launches, and, as London whirls itself into a frenzy of fashion and design