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The Househunter: Pretty in Pink (and Green)

4th February 2022
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So far this year we’ve done small flat with no original features, a new build and a narrow house, all of which have, I hope, provided useful pointers and inspiration for your own homes. This week we’re just going pretty. I love this house and while it may not be applicable for many of you,…

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The Househunter: Five Bedroom Family Home

14th January 2022
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Right we’re going aspirational for this week (after last week’s post on how to add character) but I’ve chosen this one because I think there is value in it for everyone and we will be focusing on the downstairs rather than the numerous bedrooms. And to those who have asked for a wider variety of…

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The Househunter: a modern two bedroom flat

7th January 2022
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Firstly, thank you all so much for your comments and suggestions on the last post. All duly noted and I will try to answer as many dilemmas as I can. So starting as requested for today’s Househunter I have found a small flat. The issue is often that I don’t want to be unkind about…

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The Househunter: A Medieval and Georgian listed Apartment

19th November 2021
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listed apartment via inigo

There are so many things I love about this week’s property that I ended up wanting to include too many pictures but I have tried to restrict myself to those that are useful and which illustrate so many of the points that we discuss on these pages time and again. Also, some of the pictures…

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The Househunter: Chats with the designer

12th November 2021
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Now this doesn’t happen very often but today we have a fabulous house for sale and, since I know the designer and she was mentioned in the details, I have been able to gather a few extra details from her. Emilie Fournet is a genius with colour and has featured on these pages many times…

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Monday Inspiration: Colour Drenched Kitchens

1st November 2021
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tonal kitchen kitchen design by @jakearnold architect @xbeltranarchitects and contractor @rfreinis shot by @michaelcliffordphotography

A new week and a new month – how tidy is that? – and a bit of a kitchen dive for you today so let’s go with some colour. I have been writing about interiors for some 20 years now and in that time white has consistently been the most popular colour for a kitchen.…

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The Househunter: A 10 bedroom Georgian House in Devon

29th October 2021
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OK this is it. I know I’ve said it before (every week) but we’re off to Devon. And since there are 10 bedrooms I’m either going to have to open a hotel or you’re coming with me…. It’s Grade II listed, with private gardens and in walking distance of the “wild remote” beaches below. It’s…

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The Househunter: A four Bedroom Victorian Townhouse (like you’ve never seen one before)

24th September 2021
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Usually, when you are househunting, you might tick four beds, period, townhouse and prepare to scroll through dozens of similar (and familiar looking) houses all of which you like (they are literally ticking your boxes) but with no surprises. Then this comes up. And yes it’s a four bedroom Victorian townhouse – you’re familiar with…

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A house tour with Sophie Ellis Bextor

27th May 2021
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home of sophie ellis bextor image by kate watson-smyth

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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Monday Inspiration: Beautiful Rooms

24th May 2021
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image via historiskahem photo: @fboukari Styling: @copparstadinterior

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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