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Monday Postcard

11th November 2019
L'hotel Marrakech, owned by Jasper Conran

It’s finally happened. After nearly eight years of blogging through coughs and colds and even a bout of radiotherapy I have never missed a post. Until today. Took to my bed on Thursday with flu-like symptoms and haven’t really emerged since. I’m dropping in to let you know. I’m hoping that I will be feeling…

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An Interview with Sophie Ashby of Studio Ashby

7th November 2019
mayfair apartment designed by studio ashby

A few weeks ago I attended an event where Sophie Ashby and her husband Charlie Casely-Hayford were in conversation to launch the latest Studio Ashby development project in Holland Park. The couple were charming and interesting and I thought you might fancy a little Thursday morning read of their design philosophy for both fashion and…

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Cane Furniture: BUY or DIY?

5th November 2019
cane vanity unit by the house that black built

For the last couple of years, as the trend for all things 1970s takes hold, there has been masses of cane and rattan furniture in the shops. By which I mean that slightly chunky woven stuff that, after a while, comes unwoven and leaves bits of stick hanging out that snags your clothing. It’s a…

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Beautiful Rooms: Bathroom Special

4th November 2019
green tiles at soho warehouse

These Mondays do seem to rush round fast don’t they? So here we are again and I thought I would do a bathroom special this week. I see so many wonderful bathrooms and they’re all so different and yet it’s a room that we all have so it’s good to have a look at lots…

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New Releases: Interior Design Books

31st October 2019

A new season means  new book releases and October is a big month for publishers – the first Thursday of the month is known as Super Thursday when hundreds of books are released at the same time in a bid to hit the Christmas market. This year, on the 3rd, there were 426 hardbacks published,…

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Monday Inspiration: Beautiful Rooms

28th October 2019
ochre pouf and old painting by @n0.17house

Starting today with a bright burst of yellow as the clocks went back yesterday in the UK and although I’m typing this on a beautifully sunny Autumn morning (albeit with no idea what time it actually is) it might all have gone to winter by the time you are reading this in 24 hours time.…

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10 of the best Vintage Shops

24th October 2019
vintage velvet panels on antique sofa at re-foundobjects.com

Note the title of this is 10 “of the best” not the 10 best as these things change all the time and these suggestions will only qualify as good if you find the thing you are looking for. That said, I have tried to include a mix of periods and styles and while some of…

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Monday Inspiration: Beautiful Rooms

21st October 2019
A look of some favourite beautiful rooms with Kate Watson-Smyth. This bedroom has a black painted ceiling but, in a clever touch, so is the coving all the way round. This has the effect of softening the hard line you get when the wall hits the ceiling at right angles and also bends the ceiling slightly down over the walls making it look higher. The black vanity unit is softened with some cane detailing and gold accents. #bedroom #blackceiling #madaboutthehouse

After the last few weeks of finding a theme to this regular Beautiful Rooms post I decided to just pick some great spaces this week. There is a loose connection, if you want to look for such a thing, in that all of them have one or two great stand out features that make them…

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An Interview with Michelle Ogundehin (podcast notes)

17th October 2019
Kate Watson-Smyth and Sophie Robinson take a house tour with Michelle Ogundehin for the Great Indoors podcast. The dining room features floor length dusky lilac velvet curtains, a antique mirror effect wallpaper and anaglypta. #thegreatindoors #madaboutthehouse

Michelle Ogundehin needs little introduction; the editor of Elle Decoration for 13 years (from 2004) she is now a regular television presenter, creative consultant and is just finishing off her first book. Notoriously private about her home, Michelle posts only corners of her rooms and has said she will never, ever, invite a magazine into…

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