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365 Objects Of Design

365 Objects Of Design

5 Ways To Create the Perfect Guest Room

16th November 2017

At this time of year thoughts often to turn to guests and the sleeping arrangements thereof. Now while I am fully on board with Benjamin Franklin’s belief that guests are like fish – both begin to smell after three days – I do also believe in making them as comfortable as possible while they are…

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Velvet Tassel Cushions

14th November 2017

So you know I always say that you should buy an outrageous sofa and bring it down with cushions? Well sometimes you gotta do it the other way round. Mostly if you already own a sofa and have no intention of buying another – which is most of us isn’t it. Then you owe it…

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New Shop Discovery: Into Mills

8th November 2017

One of the themes that has emerged from the last few posts, be it about shopping for vintage furniture on eBay or finding new and unusual treasures from small stores, is that you do all care about where your stuff comes from and that it should mean something. I particularly loved one of the comments…

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Ethical Interiors: Why it Matters

2nd November 2017

Following yesterday’s post on what makes a home, today I wanted to take that one step further and look at the idea of ethical interiors. We are all familiar with the concept of eco-friendly and sustainable materials and we are well used to wondering just who makes those super cheap clothes on the High Street…

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10 Best Sofas

26th October 2017

I have written on these pages before about how to buy a sofa. What to look for and roughly what you might need to spend. The point being that if you buy a sofa for 600 quid you can’t really complain when two years and two toddlers later it’s a but mullered. If you want…

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Brass Hand Chair

25th October 2017

Many moons ago, when this blog was just a babe in arms, The Mad House featured in its first magazine shoot – it was way back in the January 2013 issue which, of course came out the previous November. I had been blogging for less than a year and was so excited to be included…

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Black and White Jungle Wall Chart

24th October 2017

I have been looking at this black and white jungle image for months now and there’s something about it that I just keep coming back to. Maybe it’s the monochrome. Maybe it’s the size 154cm x 154cm but whatever it is I could definitely find a space for this in The Mad House. It would…

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How to Get French Style with La Redoute

19th October 2017

A couple of months ago the French company La Redoute asked me if I would style a couple of rooms for them around the essence of French style. Now there are many books about why French women don’t get fat (they do) and how to dress like a Frenchwoman, eat like a Frenchwoman and cope…

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Black and White Porcelain Pot

17th October 2017
Black and white porcelain pot from H&M

Sometimes it’s just about finding a little treat to brighten up a corner of a room. It’s like buying a new pair of earrings or a top for Saturday night… remember doing that in your 20s? This pot is £17.99 and you could use it for everything from teabags to cotton wool balls in the…

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Turn Your Bedroom into a Cosy Retreat

12th October 2017

As part of my ongoing collaboration with Marks & Spencer, they asked me to look at their bedding range. “Let’s make a video,” they said. “Cool,” I said. “What of?” “You. Making a bed,” they said simply. And so we did. It’s quite short, as you will see, but it’s about how to make your…

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