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Colour Psychology: Blue

4th June 2019
wordpool rug and eye cushions by Quentin Jones for Habitat

Blue is the world’s favourite colour. Time after time in surveys this restful shade comes out on top. In 2017 Dulux, which sells in 80 countries around the globe, chose a soft greyish blue as its colour of the year and last year Farrow & Ball included a version in its new collection. Dulux’s decision…

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Monday Inspiration: 21st Century Rooms

3rd June 2019
Dimore Studio, Saint Germain Studio (for private client), living room, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris, France, completed c. 2015. Picture credit: Mai Linh

I’m going to finish this mini series of the greatest rooms of the century by looking at some more recent designers. When I spoke to William Norwich, the editor of this Phaidon book, he told me that while they started in the 1900s (see last Monday’s post for a room for each decade) sometimes when…

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The Househunter: Room by Room

31st May 2019
pink and green via the modern house

I love this house and I want it but I will show it to you in the spirit of generosity. And also because I can’t quite lay my hands on £1.795m at this moment in time…. It’s in north London and it’s on he market with The Modern House. There are four bedrooms but the…

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365 Objects Of Design

Colour Psychology: Green

28th May 2019
mint green colour blocking by ferm living

Today I thought we would dive into a little colour psychology with an (amended) extract from my book but looking  also at inspiration and what’s in the shops so that you can buy if you want but be inspired if you don’t. I wanted to start with green as it’s definitely one of the colours…

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Monday Inspiration: The Greatest Rooms of the Century

27th May 2019
Joe Colombo (designer and client), Visiona I, bedroom-living room, Milan, Italy, completed 1968. Picture credit: Studio Joe Colombo/Ignazia Favata

I am returning once more to this book: Interiors, The Greatest Rooms of the Century, on this bank holiday Monday…. hellooooo *waves* is anyone out there….?  as I wanted to look more closely at design through the decades. Now, the caveat is that I can only show you the rooms that were cleared for publication…

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The Househunter: Room by Room

24th May 2019

A classic Cotswold stone house from the outside this honey-coloured grade II listed old forge is all white washed contemporary living on the inside which is the perfect foil for the low ceilings and heavy beams. It’s on the market with Strutt & Parker for £1,750,000 and consists of a five bedroom house with a…

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365 Objects Of Design

Five of the Best: Monstera Designs

23rd May 2019
monstera brass lamp from graham and green

This is just for fun but it probably also makes a wider point about how trends spread. I was looking for something completely different when I stumbled across these tiles. And then I found this light. And in newspapers we always used to say that two was a coincidence (ie not a story) but three…

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365 Objects Of Design

Discovering La Redoute

22nd May 2019
dining room for la redoute styled by kate watson-smyth of madaboutthehouse.com

Over the last seven years of writing this blog I have been privileged to work with several companies writing about their products and styling their furniture. One that I have collaborated with on several occasions and we now have something of an ongoing partnership is La Redoute. While I have known about this French company…

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Phaidon: Interiors The Greatest Rooms of the Century

21st May 2019
roger de cabrol, east village loft 2014 image by David S Allee from Phaidon Interiors

When I was first trying to find a publisher for my book, my agent was told that interiors books weren’t really popular. That they didn’t sell well and they weren’t that interested in them. Well, we persevered and many of you will know how that turned out. However, there has been a bit of a…

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