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10 Beautiful Rooms

9th October 2017
designed by Beth Dadswell of Imperfect Interiors and photographed by Chris Snook

A treat for you this week as we are going to take a proper look around the home that was featured on last week’s Grand Designs. Those of you that watch the programme may relish a closer look and the rest of you will, I think, enjoy seeing it for the first time. It belongs…

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Househunter

The Househunter: Room by Room

6th October 2017

We’re all about the open plan this week. A contentious issue (well not globally I grant you but here in this small corner of the internet at least) as when you have small children – you want to be able to see them or maximise the sense of space that having no internal walls can…

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365 Objects Of Design

Think You Know Natuzzi? Think again.

5th October 2017

Congratulations if you have made it past the headline. I know what you’re thinking. Natuzzi – isn’t that that Italian company that’s all about the very expensive leather furniture set in the 1980s? Well you’re right. And you’re wrong. Because yes there is that. But there is a whole lot more besides which is definitely…

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Orange Buttonback Armchair

4th October 2017
orange buttonback armchair

I don’t know why more manufacturers don’t do this when it comes up upholstering chairs and sofas. First up – it looks great Secondly, if you have bought a vintage item and need to pay for re-upholstery (hello pink chaise longue trashed by Enid will cost a fortune to recover) then you can use something…

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New Ideas for Blinds and Curtains

3rd October 2017

Earlier this summer Hillary’s blinds asked me to get involved with their Autumn campaign on new ideas for blinds and curtains to showcase their latest fabric collections. There were to be four of us – Sophie Robinson (her off the telly) Daniela Tasca York (her wot won the telly show) and Emily Henson (stylist and…

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10 Beautiful Rooms

2nd October 2017

Hopefully you see before you the blog as usual with nothing amiss. Perhaps a faster loading time, but otherwise it should all be as normal. The weekend involved some maintenance and updating and as I write this before it has started, all being well it should be done by the time you read this on…

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The Househunter: Room by Room

29th September 2017

Ready for this? Let’s go. There’s quite a lot to say about this one so we’re going to have a good old look round and hopefully get some ideas. It’s on with The Modern House for £3.85m (say it fast it might hurt less) and is a five bedroom house in North London. It has been…

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Interior Trends for 2018 Guest Post

28th September 2017

Welcome to today’s guest blogger Kimberly Duran of Swoonworthy, winner of the blogger’s choice award at last year’s Amara’s Interior Blog Awards event. She wrote a post on interiors trends for 2018 – what’s coming in and what’s dropping out – for next year and it chimed so well with what I also feel is…

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Colour of the Moment: Turmeric

27th September 2017

Sometimes things all come together at once in a way that might at first seem mysterious but probably isn’t and in my case it was yesterday’s massive (I mean massive) spillage of a jug of turmeric milk all over my white floorboards that led to this post. And as I was mopping and swearing and…

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365 Objects Of Design

A Modern Chaise Longue

26th September 2017
modern chaise longue navy blue from rose and grey

So what have we learnt from last week’s London Design Festival? Well, as is so often the case with these things, there is an element – as there is in fashion – of anything goes. It has become so vast that whatever your aesthetic you can find it. But, if we are to rummage about…

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