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Choosing The Right Shade Of Grey Paint

1st May 2013
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It is the most fashionable paint colour of the moment and, if my blog analysis is to be believed, the most commonly researched shade on the colour wheel. But grey can be hard to get right and does need a bit of careful planning as our cool Northern light can make some grey tones too icy…

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Spa Up Your Life

3rd April 2013
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It’s very old fashioned to just have a bathroom these days. The idea of a functional room for washing and teeth cleaning is so over you know. Now, it’s all about making it a blissful experience, a haven away from the rest of the household, a place to soak away the cares of the day…

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The Sculpture House: A New British Design Collective

20th March 2013
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It would be fair to say that I see a lot of new products and while I’m always interested and keen to see what’s out there, when I received the press release about The Sculpture House, I was slightly stopped in my tracks and felt they deserved a whole post of their own. The Sculpture…

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New Launch: Bathroom Range from Loaf

6th February 2013
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If you’re tired of all the usual chrome bathroom accessories that all look exactly the same and you’re looking for something new, have a look at what I have just discovered. The British online retailer Loaf.com, known for their comfy sofas and bedding, are about to launch a bathroom range. And here are some pictures…

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Mad About … The High Street

30th January 2013
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There has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth about the death of the High Street recently with the closure of Jessops, Blockbusters and HMV not forgeting Currys. Yes it’s true in part that they were affected by the behemoth that is Amazon, which is in turn, part of the beast that is the Internet.…

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Buyer’s Guide To Carpet

23rd January 2013
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zebra stair runner by alternative flooring

A few of you have been asking about carpet recently, so I thought it was time to take the plunge and investigate what’s out there so you don’t have to. Carpet has suffered from a rather poor image in recent years but it’s coming back into favour now. After all it’s warm, natural and soft…

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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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