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Moving House? A New Survey Reveals Our Top Priorities.

28th September 2022
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Every now and then a survey comes along which is a really good reflection of the state of the nation and this one, from  Samsung Electronics UK, is more revealing about where we are now than it might at first appear. The company, with whom I have worked several times, asked me to be involved…

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Beautiful Rooms At Charleston House

26th September 2022
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Charleston House by Kate Watson-Smyth

As the packing boxes mount up around us and the trips to the tip become ever more frequent I was lucky to be able to take a day out last week and visit Charleston House, near Lewes, the former home of the artist and painter Vanessa Bell and her friend and lover Duncan Grant. Bell…

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Househunter: A Three bedroom maisonette

23rd September 2022
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As moving day approaches and, following a measuring up visit yesterday, I find I’m drawn to small houses and how they use the space. Is is just me or sometimes do rooms look smaller when they are half empty? Going round the new, smaller, house I suddenly felt the impact of our imminent downsize and…

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SO YOU’VE BOUGHT A HOUSE WHAT NOW?

21st September 2022
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So you’ve bought a house. Or a flat. Contracts have been exchanged, removal vans booked. What now? You may well have spent the last six months poring over paint charts (if you’re anything like me) but the truth of the matter is that the colour is the last thing you will actually choose. Partly because…

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A Quiet Post on Storage

16th September 2022
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Now, as regular readers will know, Friday’s post is usually about the pick of the property market. However, that relies on focusing on other people’s houses and that didn’t feel quite right today as owners may feel they would rather not appear on the blog during these strange days. And of course, I peaked too…

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Thank You To The Mad House and all who read it

14th September 2022
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Well it seems to be getting more complicated as the days go by. Today was meant to be a sponsored feature but it has been postponed. I can’t decide if all the cancelling and rescheduling is respectful or annoying. I’m not sure the Queen, who was, by all accounts, an immensely practical woman (well, as…

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The New House

12th September 2022
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A break with the traditional Monday post of Beautiful Rooms as I figured you might want to be the first to see the not quite so beautiful rooms that we will be moving into in three weeks time. This is very much a post of befores. I’m hoping the afters will not take too many…

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The Househunter: Look Familiar?

9th September 2022
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I wasn’t sure if I should post this given the sad news about the death of the Queen last night. In the end I have decided to leave it here as planned. There is no disrespect intended and it is up to you to read it now or later as you wish.  Something slightly different…

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Tori Murphy Launches New Window Treatments Service

7th September 2022
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When we moved into this house nearly 10 years ago Scandinavian style was all the rage. Grey was in. Minimal was in. Window treatments were out. The Danes, I wrote for a piece in the Financial Times, didn’t bother with curtains or blinds. Firstly they wanted to allow as much natural light in as possible…

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Welcome Back: Beautiful Rooms for Autumn

5th September 2022
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Hello! I hope you have all had lovely summers – perhaps a rest – or perhaps now the rest begins if children have gone back to school. The blog is back too and I was hoping to be able to share some news with you this week but it hasn’t quite happened yet so fingers…

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