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Monday Inspiration: Beautiful Rooms

11th January 2021
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Hallway landing with dark wood banister, jute floor runner, William Morris wallpaper in soft tones, wooden bookcase.image by @home_stead

By many accounts last week was a tricky one, not just because of events in America which will have touched some of you personally, but also the first week of a new year which was, for many us, spent in another lockdown with dire news reports coming in from every direction. So, as usual, I…

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The Househunter: Room by Room

8th January 2021
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The first househunter of the year is here and it’s a beauty, well I think it is. This four bedroom detached house has a courtyard garden and direct access to 12 acres of private landscaped gardens with lawns, tennis courts and a lake. Coming to see? It’s in Twickenham, London and was built on the…

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FIVE INTERIORS TRENDS TO LOOK OUT FOR IN 2021

7th January 2021
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yellow window frame at the home of skye mcalpine by madaboutthehouse.com

Normally at this time of year I would be heading off to Paris to visit the Maison e Objet trade show to see what looks the designers are predicting for the months and year ahead. Obviously in the current circumstances I’m barely allowed to the end of the road, never mind abroad so I have…

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Get Cosy for Wintering

5th January 2021
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Kate Watson-Smyth's library with reading chairs in Velvet Spot Flower Jade by Orla Kiely, cream chaise, large mid-century pendant light and yellow vase with dried hydrangeas

Well here we are again and I don’t mean that the blog is back. As I write from my Tier 4 category in London, rumours are swirling of a new national lockdown in the UK. And I know that many of you in other countries are facing new restrictions and measures designed to stop the…

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Monday Inspiration: The New Stone Collection from Little Greene

4th January 2021
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The new stone collection from little greene: brunswick green and portland stone in light and pale

There is always much fanfare when Dulux and Pantone release their colours of the year shortly before Christmas. This time it was Brave Ground for the former – a sort of greyish mud that was instantly polarising as everyone demanded uplifting colours given the year they had just been through, not realising that Dulux picks…

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Seasons Greetings To You All

17th December 2020
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Father Christmas on skis by Kate Watson-Smyth

Good morning and I wish you all a Happy Christmas, a good holiday and general greetings of the season. The blog is going to take a break over the holidays now. I usually keep going throughout December but I’m sure you will all agree that this year has been A Lot and my brain has…

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The Best Mantel Garlands of 2020

15th December 2020
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Mantle garland by Nikki Bamford-Bowes @andthentheywentwild

There’s a new trend in town and it’s beautiful. At this time of year instagram fills up with Christmas trees and some of them are lovely but, to my mind, the best tree is the one that holds the most memories – clay figures made by your children at nursery, crackers made from old loo…

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Monday Inspiration: Beautiful Rooms

14th December 2020
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stracciatella tiles from reed harris

Welcome to Monday – I hope it’s going well so far… and I appreciate with the C word (not that one) the B word and, in the US, the T word things might not be all that, so let this be your escape from it all. Let’s wander through today’s very (I mean really) beautiful…

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