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The Hoover Building Bathroom

19th June 2019

Some of you will remember the apartment I helped work on in The Hoover Building a couple of months ago… well today I wanted to show you the last room that I didn’t share before. That’s the bathroom. I didn’t show you because a) I had nothing to do with it and b) bathrooms –…

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Do Less Harm; Join My Campaign

18th June 2019
madaboutthehouse sitting room in fallen plum by atelier ellis

The core promise of the Hippocratic Oath, taken by all doctors, is “First, do no harm” – Primum, non nocere (a Latin translation from the Greek). I have been thinking about this a lot recently amid society’s increasing awareness that the planet is burning; that we have squandered our resources and failed to protect the…

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Monday Inspiration: Ormiston House

17th June 2019

For today’s Monday Inspiration we are going on a house tour. To say this incredible house near Belfast, northern Ireland,  was a wreck when Ciara Devir and her husband Peter Boyle first laid eyes on it, is probably one of the biggest understatements I have heard in recent times. The 20 bedroom baronial house, which…

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An Interview with Fearne Cotton (podcast notes)

13th June 2019
at home with Fearne Cotton for The Great Indoors Podcast

For this week’s podcast we were thrilled to visit the home of broadcaster and author Fearne Cotton, whose book Happy, has been on the bestseller lists since it was published two years ago. We wanted to find out her what makes her happy when it comes to her home and, as she is about to…

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High Street Heroes: French Connection

12th June 2019
french connection home styled at madaboutthehouse.com

I don’t know why I haven’t thought of this as a title for a series before but there we go. I’ve thought it now and this week for the Wednesday Ad Break it’s all about French Connection. Founded in 1972 the company set out to provide well-designed fashionable clothing that would appeal to a large…

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Monday Inspiration: Beautiful Rooms

10th June 2019
mustard kitchen by british standard cupboards

After all the razzamatazz of the great rooms of the century which has occupied the last few weeks, it’s time to return to some real rooms by real people that we can draw just as much inspiration from as those done on million dollar budgets for million dollar owners. I was on a judging panel…

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Colour Psychology: Blue

4th June 2019
wordpool rug and eye cushions by Quentin Jones for Habitat

Blue is the world’s favourite colour. Time after time in surveys this restful shade comes out on top. In 2017 Dulux, which sells in 80 countries around the globe, chose a soft greyish blue as its colour of the year and last year Farrow & Ball included a version in its new collection. Dulux’s decision…

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Monday Inspiration: 21st Century Rooms

3rd June 2019
Dimore Studio, Saint Germain Studio (for private client), living room, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris, France, completed c. 2015. Picture credit: Mai Linh

I’m going to finish this mini series of the greatest rooms of the century by looking at some more recent designers. When I spoke to William Norwich, the editor of this Phaidon book, he told me that while they started in the 1900s (see last Monday’s post for a room for each decade) sometimes when…

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Monday Inspiration: The Greatest Rooms of the Century

27th May 2019
Joe Colombo (designer and client), Visiona I, bedroom-living room, Milan, Italy, completed 1968. Picture credit: Studio Joe Colombo/Ignazia Favata

I am returning once more to this book: Interiors, The Greatest Rooms of the Century, on this bank holiday Monday…. hellooooo *waves* is anyone out there….?  as I wanted to look more closely at design through the decades. Now, the caveat is that I can only show you the rooms that were cleared for publication…

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