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An Interview with Michelle Ogundehin (podcast notes)

17th October 2019
home of michelle ogundehin floor length curtains

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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Beautiful Rooms: A touch of Gold

14th October 2019
Kate Watson-Smyth looks at ways of introducing gold accents to a scheme. Here the brass vanity unity in a black bathroom helps to bounce the light around the room. #blackbathroom #brasscabinet #madaboutthehouse

I moved my office around last week to put the desk facing the window and noticed how the light caught the metallic gold ceiling. I often catch myself stopping on the way past to have a look in this room and take pleasure in the ceiling and so it has sparked today’s Beautiful Rooms post…

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Dream Team: Anthropologie and Soho Home Collaborate

9th October 2019
The Adriana chair in nude in the home of Kate Watson-Smyth against the dark chocolate walls and vintage kilim rug. The Anthropologie x soho home collaboration #madaboutthehouse #armchair

There’s been a lot of talk about collaborations recently – everyone’s at it it seems and this week’s Wednesday Ad Break brings you details of another one that has a little bit of the dream team about it. Yes it’s the result of a mash up between the boho glam of Anthropologie and the vintage…

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Beautiful Rooms: A splash of green

7th October 2019
In this room the ceiling is gold which matches the French bed perfectly while the walls are a soft creamy pink. The wall behind the bed has been panelled to create the look of a giant bedhead while the freestanding wardrobe has been painted to match so the room looks cohesive and pretty. #greendecor #bedroom #madaboutthehouse

Green is all anyone is talking about at the moment; whether it’s colour of the year, our impact on the planet or new paint ranges so I thought we would use that as excuse to look at some greenspiration today and perhaps if you are thinking of incorporating this colour into your space it might…

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The Househunter: Room by Room

4th October 2019

Two for you this week. Well one and a half really. First up, in news, the television presenter and queen of home renovation has put her seven bedroom south west London home on the market for £3.5m. It’s on the market with Savills and I thought you would want to see. But I’m not going…

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The Househunter: Room by Room

27th September 2019

And it’s Friday and to celebrate that we’re going to have a look round this 1920s house in Hampstead Garden Suburb, an area of north London which was designed as the perfect suburb with hedges instead of walls, wide tree-lined roads and to cater for all classes and incomes. As you can imagine in north…

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How To Get The Lighting Right for Autumn

26th September 2019
For a general ambient light go look for a table lamp. A pale fabric shade will diffuse the light gently all around as opposed to a dark one which will keep it more focused up and down. The gold lamp base with pale shade creates added warmth on a dark wooden sideboard. Lighting advice from Kate Watson-Smyth. #tablelamp #madaboutthehouse

Now obviously I don’t know where you all are and what time you read this but when I got up yesterday morning (6.33am in London since you ask) it was lashing with rain and horribly dark. After a cup of coffee and a shower I realised that, for the first time this year, I was…

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Monday Inspiration Beautiful Rooms

23rd September 2019
Kate Watson-Smyth explains how simply painting a wooden stool like this soft pink can instantly add interest to a kitchen. #kitchenstool #madaboutthehouse

Morning to you and Happy Monday (or whatever time or day of the week you are reading this). I thought we’d start with this very jolly kitchen from Plain English which has been painted in the new colours created for them by Rita Konig. So that’s cupboards in Nicotine (yes strange name but lovely colour)…

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