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The Househunter: A two bedroom flat near the flower market

28th May 2021
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Well this one’s got film script written all over it. One of those gorgeous little apartments right in the centre of one of the most expensive cities in the world, where the gorgeous (yet clearly impoverished) young woman lives with no visible means of support. She’s probably a student (all those books) but maybe works…

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A house tour with Sophie Ellis Bextor

27th May 2021
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A treat for you this week as Sophie and I actually got out of our duvet dens to meet and record the podcast in person and we were thrilled to be able to tour round the home of Sophie Ellis Bextor, who lives with her husband, Richard Jones, also a musician, and their five sons.…

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On My Radar: Interiors News

26th May 2021
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Some lovely new ideas and shops for you this month with a variety of subjects so hopeful, as always, that there is something for everyone. First up Fridge Wrapping. For those of you who aren’t on Instagram I recently decided to disguise my huge (and I thought) ugly stainless steel fridge by having it wrapping…

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Monday Inspiration: Beautiful Rooms

24th May 2021
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Well what a week. I spent most of it filming for something that I will tell you all about in September and then my in-laws came for the weekend; the first time they have been here since 2019. It felt so strange to see them inside and not huddling under an umbrella at the end…

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The Househunter: Designer Rachel Chudley’s Home

21st May 2021
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No film this week as we have a real interior designer’s home to visit and one of my favourites at that. Rachel Chudley has featured on these pages before and her home – a live/work space in a converted stable (all words to make the boldest interior designers quake a little in their boots) –…

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Tiny Bathroom Makeover

19th May 2021
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Finally the bathroom reveal which, as is often the way, despite being the smallest (ok second smallest) room in the house has been the most expensive and tricky to get right. When we moved in 10 years ago it was the only bathroom. There was a bath along the window wall with a shower over,…

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Monday Inspiration: Hotel Style

17th May 2021
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As the UK opens up a little bit further and the weekend papers were all about being able to stay in hotels again I thought I’d share five of my favourite hotel rooms which have a homely feel – admittedly this might be the opposite of what you actually want at the moment – and…

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The Househunter: Georgian Splendour in North London

14th May 2021
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Can I just say I am loving our new film school. You are all clearly wasted in whatever jobs you are doing (unless it’s the NHS in which case keep this as your creative outlet). The rest of you should all resign at once and move to Hollywood. Or Notting Hill. I think Richard Curtis…

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Diversity in Interior Design: One Year On

13th May 2021
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Podcast week and over on the show Sophie and I are discussing that renovation  – the one in Downing Street. Such is the timing of these things that the first time we recorded this conversation it wasn’t even a story and we mentioned it only in passing idly wondering what it might look like a…

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Interior Styling with La Redoute

12th May 2021
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It has become one of the annual styling jobs that I most look forward to and this year was no exception. I first worked with La Redoute about five years ago styling one room. This year there were three; jam-packed with new collections and products and for today’s Wednesday Ad break I’m going to show…

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