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The Househunter: Off-Grid in Yorkshire

4th November 2022
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In contrast to last week’s colourful London townhouse, this week we are heading to the Yorkshire Dales to a remote farmhouse billed as being perfect for anyone who fancies living off-grid. And, given the way things are going I can see that might be increasingly attractive.  A recent Grand Design episode followed the build of…

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A Factory Tour with Modular Furniture maker USM

2nd November 2022
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We’re going on a factory tour today. Way back in the mists of time (before the pandemic – henceforth to be known as BP, but actually 2019) I started working with USM, the company that makes modular adaptable furniture from its factory in Switzerland. The family-founded firm had nearly finished renovating the family house which…

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Beautiful Rooms: Warm Shades for Autumn

31st October 2022
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As ever a collection of images that have caught my eye this week – some in relation to my own renovation and others just because they are, as the title suggests, beautiful rooms. We tend to think of rich russet, golden yellow and conker brown when it comes to Autumn but pink is also rich…

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The Househunter: A colourful Edwardian house in London

29th October 2022
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So this was clearly meant to arrive yesterday but I got the date wrong when scheduling! My apologies. Here you are  – a colourful Edwardian House in London. Don’t panic – it’s not the high contrast colourful which upset so many of you the other week rather this is a warm layered effect that feels…

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What Three Words But For Interiors

26th October 2022
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William Morris bedroom by Brandon Schubert at wow!house at DCCH

I’m slightly obsessed with What3Words. It’s an app that describes your location to a precise spot of about three square metres using three random words. It doesn’t take you to there – for that you need to use a map – but it was designed to be useful, for example if someone was lost in…

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Beautiful Rooms for a Monday

24th October 2022
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clever window coverings on hooks by cote de folk

The decorator is IN the building! And we’re off. Well sort of. He has juggled things around to come to us for two weeks (one room hopefully) and will then leave for two or three and come back again until Christmas (another room, hopefully). By then the radiators should be in – which means the…

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The Househunter: A flat in Bath

21st October 2022
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To Royal Bath Spa this week and a three bedroom flat on Great Pulteney Street and, since we are in the area, we’re going to pop our heads into another, smaller, apartment at the other end of the street. Seems a shame to waste a virtual train ticket after all. First up is this, which…

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When it comes your decorating the floors come first.

19th October 2022
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book wallpapered hidden door at madaboutthehouse.com shot by mark anthony fox

There are countless posts on where to start when you are redecorating your home. I have written many of them! But the truth of the matter is you need to start from the bottom up and that means the floors. This is partly because flooring is the most disruptive and if you don’t do it…

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Beautiful Rooms: Inspiration for the new House

17th October 2022
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house via inigo

We’ve been in the new house for nearly three weeks now. We’ve changed the locks, fitted an alarm, and gathered quotes for the kitchen, shower room and bathroom. We’ve (I say “we” I’m being inclusive!) designed all the wardrobes and storage and drawn it all out on graph paper to make sure it fits. I’ve…

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