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The Househunter: A Grand Victorian Terrace

24th July 2020

To Brixton, in south London, this week and this distinctive Victorian terrace house which somehow manages to look much bigger than its neighbours because of the black paint and I would never have thought that was a thing until I saw this house. Anyway, it’s on the market with Brickworks for £1,250,000. Coming in? There…

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Design for Diversity: An update

23rd July 2020

It’s five weeks since Rukmini Patel and I launched the Design for Diversity Pledge and accompanying sticker and we thought it might be time to update you on what has happened since. The first point to note is that we have had nearly 150 signs up from large brands to sole traders all of them…

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Outdoor Lights by Davey Lighting

22nd July 2020

Finally, after 10 years of living in this house we have sorted out the outside lighting. At the start of the year I agreed to work with Original BTC for 12 months and this post for my Wednesday Ad break is part of that collaboration. Original BTC is a British company that also owns Davey…

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Five Ways to Hide the Television

21st July 2020
Gallery wall with the samsung frame tv in the home of emma jane palin.

I mentioned the other day following the podcast gardening post that I would return to this subject as it’s a perennial problem. We all have televisions and we all seem to want to hide them. But when I first wrote about this, probably when I first started the blog way back in 2012, the most…

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Monday Inspiration: Beautiful Rooms

20th July 2020
image via morris&co

Well I’m feeling a bit better about things this week and I hope you are too and if you’re not, well perhaps be reassured that it seems to be an emotional rollercoaster for all of us at the moment and you can be down for no apparent reason and bounce back up again for something…

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The Househunter: Let’s Move To Wales

17th July 2020

Now this is a treat; the Carmarthenshire home of the founders of gorgeous lifestyle brand Toast, is now on the market with The Modern House for £650,000 and I could. I really could. Jamie and Jessica Seaton are the couple behind the hugely successful business, which started out selling pyjamas and blankets, expanded into fashion,…

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Shop If You Can

14th July 2020
larger palmer lamp by pooky ilghts £79 minus shade

Thank you all so much for your kind messages yesterday. It wasn’t meant to be a complaint but it clearly struck a chord with many of us didn’t it. I did that run – 20 minutes continuous and while I’m not going to say it made me feel better, a good sleep did, as well…

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Monday Inspiration: Let’s Relax

13th July 2020
Sage green walls and woodwork around a bay window with window seat and floral roman blinds. image via sanderson

I don’t know about you but I’m exhausted. It’s not just working in difficult circumstances over the last four months – and I say that in the knowledge that I have only had to work at home not school at home as the teenagers have been largely left to their own devices. I assume it’s…

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The Househunter: Would it be folly to buy this?

10th July 2020

Worrabout this then? A 218ft tall concrete Victorian folly with its own tennis court and swimming pool is for sale for £2.5m with four bedrooms arranged over 14 floors. And no lift. It’s on the market with the St Quintin Property Group via Rightmove. Who’s coming for a look round? Sway Tower has belonged to…

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