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10 Things You Need To Know About… English Country Style

19th November 2019
rita konig's english style farmhouse is available for rent

I promised you a more detailed look at this most classic of interior design styles last week so here you go. It’s seen as quintessentially English and yet it was popularised by an American. It’s a maximalist look that’s even better when it’s messy and mismatched. While some will say it’s having a revival others…

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Monday Inspiration Neo Mint

18th November 2019
devol kitchen show room in new york

Colour forecasting is big business and it’s an inexact science. While paint companies and trend spotters will try and predict the next big colour they don’t always get it right as it’s impossible to know how consumers will react. They can try and predict a mood – green being the prevailing one at the moment…

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The Househunter: Room by Room

15th November 2019

GeioSome of my favourite houses are the ones that don’t actually look decorated. Or should that be designed. The ones where it looks like the owners just unpacked their stuff, poured a glass of wine and sat down. This Georgian townhouse is one of those. Although, it has to be said, the words “Georgian” and…

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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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The Househunter: Room by Room

8th November 2019

So last week we looked at a four bedroom house in the wing of a country manor and this week we’ve got the whole manor. It’s actually a four bedroom former rectory that’s two or three times as big as last week’s but that can bring its own issues I think. This is on the…

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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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