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Should I Have Polished Concrete Floors?

9th January 2013
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Sam contacted Mad About The House to ask about concrete flooring. Q: What do you think about polished concrete flooring? I am struggling with a funky idea for my (small) kitchen floor and was interested to know if concrete is something you had come across – it sounds like it could be an inexpensive option…

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Eight of the best … Sofa Beds

19th December 2012
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Even if you’ve got the space for a dedicated spare room, the chances are it has to double or triple up as a playroom, office, laundry, place-for-all-that-junk-you-never-got-round-to-finding-a-home-for. Which means that most of us haven’t got room to have a bed sitting there waiting for a guest to just drop by. So we come to sofa…

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Mad About … The Boutique Hotel Look

17th December 2012
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The madness is nearly upon us and it’s probably too late to run away so instead of going to the hotel for a rest, this week we are mostly mad about creating the boutique hotel look at home. The key to this look is that it is supposed to really be a home away from…

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How To Create The Perfect Dining Room

6th December 2012
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It’s coming up to that time of the year when guests are arriving and people need feeding. For many, the dining room has been knocked through to provide a large living space but even if you don’t have the luxury of a separate room, albeit one that is probably under-used for 51 weeks of the…

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How To Create The Perfect Guest Room

27th November 2012
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It has been said that guests are like like fish – neither should hang around for more than two days. However, given the dearth of trains over Christmas, and the length of the entire business, that is an adage that often has to be suspended at this time of year. So, you need to try…

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Fireplaces: A Buyer’s Guide

17th October 2012
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from hegegreenall-scholtz.blogspot.com So now it’s really cold. And those radiators just aren’t very welcoming. Isn’t it time you thought about opening that old fireplace back up? There’s nothing more welcoming than huddling round a real fire, or even a gas one come to that, on a winter’s evening. Paul Chesney, owner of Chesneys, which sells…

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Paint: A Buyer’s Guide

10th October 2012
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We buy more than 300 million litres of paint a year in the UK. Not surprising really when you consider that a lick of paint is one of the quickest, cheapest and easiest ways to create a new look. Various surveys have found that spending around £1,000 on painting and cosmetic touches can add up…

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A Buyer’s Guide To Sofas

3rd October 2012
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There’s nothing like a cold winter evening when you want to snuggle up in front of the telly with a good film to make you realise that your sofa is, well, frankly past its best. It can be a combination of things; simple old age both you and it. After all, sinking into a low…

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The Heat Is On: A Buyer’s Guide To Radiators

26th September 2012
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So the first crisp breeze of autumn has sliced its way through the air and thoughts are turning to warm toasty evenings, cashmere socks and bowls of hot soup. Or at least to putting the heating on. For most of us that means firing up a series of ugly white steel boxes that we try…

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Cheap and Chic: Decorating on a Budget

19th September 2012
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Things are still pretty tough out there and, as many of us have either spent all our money just getting onto the housing ladder, or are stuck in a slightly dilapidated house that we can’t afford to decorate, mad about the house has come to the rescue. I wrote this piece a couple of years ago…

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