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Snapshots From A Reno Part II

18th January 2023
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I promised you Wednesday house updates and while I have some, I’m not sure, as I type that I will have many pictures to show you but let’s see where we get to. I have some rough and ready shots that I took before the light went – you’ll get the idea. Firstly, some of…

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Beautiful Rooms To Inspire Your Own Places And Spaces

16th January 2023
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Hotel Bourg Tibourg

A trawl through my own camera roll this week as there are thousands of pictures on it that I have clearly taken because I loved what I was seeing and yet there they languish, for the most part unseen again until a phone reminder “on this day” pops up and I am reminded once again…

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The Househunter: A colourful three bedroom modern house

13th January 2023
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This week a fairly typical looking suburban house – from the outside at least – which might feel relatable to many of us. I was asked to look at houses that aren’t on millionaire’s row, or aren’t tiny crofts. In short, places that might resemble the sorts of houses that many of us live in.…

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How to Add Character to a boxy bland room

11th January 2023
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I was going to call this post Welcome to a tour of the first completed room in the new house and then I realised that it was just as much, and perhaps more relevant, about adding character to a boring boxy room. This room, at the back of the house, is about 10ft square with…

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Beautiful Rooms: Inspiration for your own places and spaces

9th January 2023
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the william morris room from wow house at Chelsea Design Harbour summer 2022

Today’s post is brought to you from the sick bed as I appear to have succumbed to the so-called supercold. Or perhaps it’s just that I haven’t had a cold for three years so have forgotten how wretched they are. Or perhaps it’s because the bedroom is currently the nicest room in the house as…

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The Househunter: Palatial in Peckham

6th January 2023
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Back to the fantasy Friday househunting where, for those who are new, we ignore the price and look into the design and layout of a real house that is on the market to see what we can learn and how we might take inspiration for our own places and spaces. We’re heading over to east…

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2023 Here We Go

4th January 2023
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ivory velvet curtains from curtains2go, sarkozi wallpaper from mindthegap, radiators from castrads and windows painted in temple from paint and paper library

Happy New Year to you all and welcome back to The Mad House. I ended up taking a rather longer break than scheduled but it has been lovely to have a pause and some time for thinking. The builders are also back and work continues at a rate – one bedroom is complete, one is…

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Snapshots from a Reno

16th December 2022
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wallpaper Sarkozi by Mind The Gap, Bedside lights Margaret Howell for Anglepoise in Sienna, pink paint Temple by Paint and Paper Library, ceiling in Leather II

I thought you might like to see some progress shots from the renovation so far. As I type we are waiting for the bedroom windows to be replaced – what a week to schedule that as I gaze at snow outside. That will mean one bedroom is completely done and by early January two others…

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Christmas gift ideas at Design Storey

13th December 2022
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Dropping in from the decorating front line with a few new additions for Christmas on Design Storey. As I write we have no heating, no floors in the hall or sitting room, we are 5sqm short of new floorboards, the bedroom is half-wallpapered, the 21yo’s room awaits a new floor before the radiator can be…

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Monday Musings

28th November 2022
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If there was space behind the sofa from which to write this that is where I would be. For here the madness starts. For two weeks. So I will drop in when I can to share updates with you and in the meantime I’m sharing pictures of the old house to remind myself that out…

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