The most popular interior styles of 2020

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Now this dropped into my inbox a couple of days ago and I thought it might be fun to share; a round up of the top 20 interior design styles as evidenced by google searches so far this year. These things are often to be taken with a pinch of salt, not so much for

Industrial Leather Chair

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industrial leather chair brown from rockett st george This industrial leather chair is one of my favourites. And also, apparently yours as the stockist, our friends at Rockett St George find it hard to buy enough of them. But I wanted to show them to you today for one particular reason. We have become so

Farmhouse Tables

Turning our attention to tables today. We have a gigantic old pitch pine thing that came from a junk shop about ten years ago and cost £250. It was peanuts cheap for a table that size and is one of the best pieces of furniture in the house. square style table reclaimed pine top, manor

Steel Desk

I spent years wanting a vintage steel desk. For a long time there was one in the window of our local antique/retro/junk shop but it cost around £1,800 and was way out of our budget. I think perhaps it was way out of anyone else's too as it was there for such a long time.

Mad About … Loft Style

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Well here we are again. It's December already and this year I have decided to make it about the best of the Mad House. This is partly because everyone's too busy to read blogs at the moment and partly because I was looking up an old post the other day and I thought: there's a

Vintage Industrial Shelving

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  vintage industrial shelving from design vintage   I don't know about you but I have several dream kitchens. The one I currently own is definitely one of them. A few tweaks here and there - enough space for a slouchy sofa for example - and after that it's perfect. But I have another dream

Zinc Topped Furniture

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vintage and zinc furniture from quirky interiors Now you know we like to mix it up a bit here at the Mad House, so after yesterday's ultra-modern customised Ikea kitchens, it's time for a little industrial vintage. Which, incidentally, I would totally put into a contemporary Ikea kitchen. I don't know why I'm saying "would"

Industrial Furniture: Such & Such

industrial cream sofa from such & such Industrial furniture can be tricky to bring into a home for anyone who doesn't actually live in a warehouse. The key is to find pieces that nod to the look, or are based on the idea without being too pastiche. This sofa has done that. For those of

Vintage Metal Bathroom Cabinet

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vintage industrial metal cabinet from hunterscollectors I recently wrote about a new book by stylist Joanna Thornhill which is all about tips and tricks to make your home more you. It's aimed at those in rented accommodation and first time buyers who have no money left to buy furniture once they've bought the walls and

Gold and Copper Industrial Stools

metallic industrial style bar stools An industrial stool spray painted in copper or gold metallic paint. What could be lovelier? It comes in two heights as well so you can use at a kitchen island or at the table as extra seating. copper, gold or iron bar stool comes in two heightsThere are three colours,

Objects of Design #7: Pilo Metal Stool

rustic metal stool from nkuku Kitchens need stools. It's the room where people come together (and not just at parties) so there's always the need for an extra chair to perch on. Or for a small child to stand on so they can reach to stir their cake mix. Or  to pull up to the

Objects Of Design #364: Zinc Candlesticks

zinc candlesticks from st aidens homeware store At the time of writing there are still flurries of snow swirling around and it doesn't feel like winter is ending any time soon. Having said that, while candles are perfect for any time of year there's something about pulling the curtains, pouring a glass of something warming

Objects Of Design #356: Nest of Tables

  nest of tables from Plumo Part of the art of keeping cosy is settling down in a comfy chair with everything you need in reach so that you don't have to keep getting up and down. These kidney-shaped tables with a vintage finish are perfect for that. Painted in three different shades of grey,

Objects Of Design #336: Harlem Industrial Console Table

Narrow console table: not just for halls We tend to think of narrow console tables as being only for halls, but I for one haven't got room for a table in my hall (as I may have mentioned before once, or, er twice). Instead, think of a narrow table for anywhere else where space is

Objects Of Design #329: Vintage Metal Trolley

vintage metal trolley from cox and cox I do love a trolley. It must be the hostess in me (apologies to all young readers who are now having to Google hostess trolley - we can wait for you to catch up ... ok? Done now? Although goodness me, I've just Googled it myself and it

Eight Of The Best Vintage Shops

As recyling and being eco-aware become ever more fashionable, it has become quite the thing to furnish our houses with what used, rather sniffily, to be called "second-hand furniture". These days, it's positively bragging to admit that you found that shabby-chic chair languishing in a neighbour's skip, or that your wobbly stool used to belong

All The Shops And Sites You Need To Know

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As a frequent contributor to The Independent's regular 50 Best features, I have been researching and discovering new places to shop for over ten years now. This directory aims to provide you with details of the ones that I think are the best. It will start off alphabetically because that is the easiest way to compile