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Monday Inspiration: Beautiful Rooms

21st June 2021
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the grand suite at the artist residence pimlico london image by madaboutthehouse.com

Last week I visited a hotel to do some filming for an upcoming project (all will be revealed in September) and I can’t quite believe how much it lifted my spirits to sit in a beautiful room and soak up all the well thought-out decor. I mean I know I always say how much I…

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The Househunter: Blending inside and outside

18th June 2021
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I was going to show you something else this week – something instantly more classically (and perhaps universally) appealing and then I thought this might be more useful. Not least because one of the most searched pieces on the blog over the last (nearly) 10 years (after how to choose grey paint – still going…

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What Should I Buy if I know I am going to renovate?

16th June 2021
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house for sale via historiskahem.se

The question of what to spend money on if you know your surroundings are only going to be temporary is a thorny one. Do you buy cheap furniture for your sitting room so you can throw it away when you have completed any building work and finished the decoration? Do you live with a kitchen…

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Monday Inspiration: Just one Detail

14th June 2021
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coffee bar in hungary designed by roman plyus

Morning and Happy Monday to you all. Warm enough for those of you in the UK? This is the time of year when I feel so thankful for my north-facing kitchen and study having spent the previous six months cursing them for their Baltic chilliness. But for today (and possibly even tomorrow), it’s a good…

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The Househunter Goes To The Seaside

11th June 2021
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Because summer has popped in again (maybe only for a quick cup of tea, maybe she’s staying for the weekend) so let’s make the most of it with this fabulous two bedroom apartment arranged over two floors with a balcony overlooking the sea. That will do me nicely. In my imagination, for that is where…

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How to Buy at Auction

10th June 2021
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Red dining chairs, large wooden table in walled garden. Merchant & Found table with 1950s vintage original French Olix cafe chairs £675 for six

It’s podcast day today and it’s a good’un. Useful too. Sophie and I discuss garden furniture and how the key to getting it right is to take in the indoors out – sofas and lamps rather than deck chairs that collapse on you. Think about creating an outdoor sitting room and you’re on the right…

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Top Tips to Get Your House Sale Ready

9th June 2021
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chocolate brown kitchen cabinets, island and open shelves at madaboutthehouse.com

At several points over the last year I reckon you have turned to someone you live with and said in tones of wonderment or exasperation: is there nothing this pandemic hasn’t touched? From babies never going to soft play, to teenagers learning to cut their own hair and shortages of cement and building supplies, there…

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Monday Inspiration: Beautiful Rooms

7th June 2021
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tobacco coloured built in bed with arch and large gingham check bedlinen in black and white.

Well pull up a chair (or a curved sofa) who’s been watching Halston? It’s a five part drama on Netflix about the fashion designer who started out as a milliner (finding fame after Jackie Kennedy wore one of his pillbox hats for the presidential inauguration) and went on to dominate the fashion of the 70s…

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The Househunter: Frank Sinatra or Wes Anderson?

4th June 2021
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Bit of a treat for you this week with a tour of Frank Sinatra’s Palm Desert home, which is for sale, versus the house that starred in Wes Anderson’s film The Royal Tenenbaums which is available to rent. So this week instead of imagining our film scripts for the houses we have them ready made…

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A New Interiors Store for the UK

2nd June 2021
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Curved fluted panelled wooden walls, cream modern sofa, black frame and wooden coffee tables, Berber style rug from vivense

After a year of lockdowns when so many stores and businesses have pivoted to online only, it was exciting to hear about a new brand that has just opened up a showroom in London with plans to open more in each corner of the city over the next year so for today’s Ad break I’m…

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