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Colour Psychology: Orange

23rd July 2019
pink and orange via @kim_dti of desiretoinspire.net

When I wrote my book I carefully created the chapter on colour psychology in order of the colours of the rainbow as that made sense in term of how to approach them. In this series for the blog they have been completely random – often turning up according to what else I was writing about…

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Monday Inspiration: Beautiful Rooms

22nd July 2019
Kate Watson-Smyth's ideal room, featuring a soft pallette, tons of light and interesting details. White chaise longue via Amber Lewis photographed by Tessa Neustadt. #chaise #katewatsonsmyth #madaboutthehouse #softpalette

School’s out for summer then. Or out for ever in the case of the 18yo currently wandering around Sicily on a post A level trip while the nearly 16yo is taking more of a horizontal approach to his relaxation schedule. So with that in mind, here’s the first of this week’s beautiful rooms designed by…

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Rockett St George In-House Designs

17th July 2019
green velvet chairs, rug and lamp by rockett st george at madaboutthehouse.com

I’m sure most of you are familiar with Rockett St George, the cool online store that famously showcases its wares against a black background beloved by magazine editors (and bloggers!) the world over. They launched over 11 years ago and I remember featuring them in a piece I wrote for The Independent and I was…

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Six of the Best: Curved Sofas

16th July 2019
isola sofa from heals a/w collection

This is the part of the year where the actual stuff catches up with the endless trend reports. Back in April I wrote, not for the first time, that curves were the new shape. I didn’t say then, and wonder now, if they are an antidote to the clean, straight lines of mid-century modern. Be…

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Monday Inspiration: Beautiful Rooms

15th July 2019
all white via stadshem.se

Right time for some gentle colours this week. It’s nearly time to go on holiday and I’ve reached that point where I’m metaphorically crawling towards the finish line so I want to be looking at restful images and calming colours. Like this for example. I love this space. Right now I want to be in…

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My Desert Island Decor Items

9th July 2019
desert island decor

Now this is a good idea for a series and sadly it wasn’t mine although, as you can see, I have been featured. Jess Hurrell, author of the blog Gold is a Neutral, came up with the idea last year and has filmed a couple of episodes. The idea is that you chose the six…

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Monday Inspiration: Beautiful Rooms

8th July 2019
pink zellige tiles with a yellow accent by marion pastiche

Good Morning to you all. Or Hello depending on what time you are reading this. It’s proving to be a funny old summer (can we use that word yet) in The Mad House as school finished in June when the exams finished so there is a definite holiday mood in the air without anyone actually…

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Colour Psychology: Red

4th July 2019
black and white and pink and red by @nudeandthenovice

One of the three primary colours, red is perhaps the most manipulative colour on the wheel. It is associated with extremes of emotion both good and bad – passion and anger, fortune and fury, blood and money, warnings and celebrations. We roll out the red carpet  on a red letter day and if that goes…

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