Made About The House Capsule Collection

Made About the House Capsule Collection by Kate Watson-Smyth for Made.com

I’ve been blogging for about seven years now and in that time I have met some absolutely amazing bloggers, many of whom I now consider to be friends. What I love most about the interiors blogging scene is how friendly and supportive everyone is. I am inspired on a daily basis by how wonderfully talented my fellow bloggers are and how well they are all doing. Many have become published authors with book deals, some have gone on to launch e-learning courses, some have founded their own print publications, some have opened their own online shops and some have gotten into TV presenting. How impressive is that? Today, I want to tell you about one of my favourite bloggers who I really admire and look up to. Her blog has won a number of awards and it’s not surprising as her wit and humour make reading her blog a sheer joy. An established journalist, she has been writing about property, interiors and design in national newspapers such as The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph, and magazines including Red, She, and Living Etc for more than 15 years, so she really knows her stuff! She recently published a book called Shades of Grey (not that one you filthy lot!) and she has now launched her own capsule collection for Made.com. There is no stopping this woman. Do you know who it is yet? I bet you do! Yes, you’re right, it’s none other that THE Kate Watson-Smyth of Mad About The House and she is here to tell you all about her new collection. Read More…

Review : Oreck Magnesium RS Vacuum Cleaner

Oreck RS Magnesium Vacuum Cleaner Review

So, hands up anyone who has heard of Oreck? Nope? Don’t worry, I hadn’t either until I became the proud owner of one of their vacuums. Now I feel like I’m part of some exclusive secret club. So anyway, I’ve had this vacuum cleaner for a little over a month now and it has revolutionised the chore of hoovering for me. We’ve already learnt here in the past that I’m not a big fan of housework. I don’t really enjoy ironing, I can’t say I’m a big fan of laundry and I’m not really one for washing up either. Well we can certainly add hoovering to the list of household chores that I dislike and while we’re here let’s put it at the top. When I first moved in with my husband and we divided up the housework, he got the hoovering, that’s how much I hated it. But why did I hate it so much? Because hoovers, whether the upright or cylinder variety, tend to be really heavy and hard to manoeuvre, which makes the task pretty damn exhausting. So that was definitely one chore I wanted to trade off right from the start. Since we’ve had the kids though, the flat is in constant need of hoovering. It’s gone from a weekly task to a multiple-times-a-day task. We previously had a Vax cylinder model, something like this, which was a pretty great hoover, but dragging it around the flat and lugging it over strategically placed stair gates was not really ideal. I ended up using a little hand-held hoover to hoover the livingroom most days. Crawling round on my hands and knees actually became preferable to getting out the big hoover, that’s how bad it was. Until we got the Oreck Magnesium RS. Read More…

Introducing the VQ Retro Mk II Emma Bridgewater DAB+ Radio

VQ Emma Bridgewater Retro MKII Polka Dot DAB+ Radio

By now you guys probably know that I’m a big fan of VQ radios. My first experience with VQ was when I reviewed the Bardot radio, which I still really like. I then wrote a whole article about how the products manufactured by VQ are designed primarily with women in mind, which is one of the main reasons why I like them so much. And earlier this year I took part in VQ’s Mother’s Day Campaign, where I wrote about VQ’s collaboration with Emma Bridgewater to introduce some fantastic designer patterns to their range. Well today I wanted to share some more exciting news with you regarding VQ and Emma Bridgewater. Read More…

Designer Student Accommodation in Newcastle

Plummer House Student Accommodation in Newcastle - Bedroom

Earlier this year I received a message from one of my best friends that I met at University. He pointed out that we’ve known each other for 16 years now. 16? What the what now? I went to uni 16 years ago? It feels like yesterday, I’m a little in shock! Then I received an email about some new designer student accommodation in Newcastle and I was even more shocked. Students these days don’t even know they’re born!! (I’m really starting to feel old now). This is the most unstudenty student accommodation I think I have ever seen. When I was a student, I had a tiny prison cell-like room that contained nothing more than a single bed, a desk and a wardrobe with a pin board on the wall above the bed. I shared a kitchen with 12 other students and a toilet, bathroom and shower room with six others. It was anything but luxurious I assure you. It was worlds apart from this amazing development in Newcastle by the UK’s leading luxury student accommodation provider Collegiate AC.

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Review : Brizebox, the Secure Parcel Delivery Box

Brizebox Secure Parcel Delivery Box

I can’t believe we are already midway through November. Christmas will be here before we know it. I’m normally really starting to stress out by this point having not even started the Christmas shopping and having no clue what I’m even going to buy. But I’ve been more organised this year. I’ve already ordered all the kids’ presents online and have them safely stored away in our bedroom. So that’s a good start. Now it’s just the rest of the family and some friends that I need to buy for. I don’t have much time to go shopping on my own so I’ll probably be getting everything online because it’s so much easier and I can get it all delivered to my home. The only problem with that is the fact that my husband is at work all day and I’m out and about with the girls in the mornings and at work in the afternoons. So there is a very high chance that I won’t be home to accept all the deliveries. Some delivery drivers will leave parcels in our porch but not all are prepared to do that as it’s not secure. My heart sinks every time I come home and find one of those “Sorry we missed you” cards on the doormat and I realise that I have to then go and collect the parcel from the post office sorting office, or worse, some main depot in Exeter, which is an hour away. Luckily though I have found a brilliant solution. Let’s take a look at the Brizebox.

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Creating a Cosy Winter Home with Cox & Cox

Create a cosy winter home with the AW16 Sage Velvet & Linen Kingsized Quilt from Cox & Cox

Velvet & Linen Kingsize Quilt

So this past weekend was bonfire night and I have to say it really feels like winter now. There is such a chill in the air and our central heating has certainly been working overtime. A few weeks ago we changed the duvet on the bed for the big 15 tog one and we are slowly starting to prepare our home for the winter months ahead. So today I wanted to share some tips with you on how you can successfully transition your home for the colder season. At the same time, I wanted to introduce you to some wonderful new products from the AW16 Collection at Cox & Cox that will help you to create a cosy winter home that will keep you feeling all snug and comfy in the coming months.

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Hôtel du Ministère Apartment in Paris

Hotel Du Ministere Apartment in Paris

I have been meaning to start writing more about design hotels on the blog for so long now, mostly just as a way to document places I’d like to stay so I don’t forget about them. Of course, given the option when travelling I’d rather stay in a design hotel that speaks to the aesthete in me. A hotel experience should be something special in my eyes and for me that means staying somewhere I consider to be aspirational. Admittedly I don’t really get the opportunity to travel that much since the kids came along but as they become more independent I’m hoping that the husband and I will be able to jet off a few mini city breaks (and boy do I need a break!). So today, I want to introduce you to the beautiful new Hôtel du Ministère Apartment in Paris. Read More…

Sukhi Rugs Handmade by Skilled Artisans

Sukhi Beni Ourain rugI really love it when a company has a great story behind it, especially if that story entails empowering people and helping them to earn a living and care for their family. And that is exactly what Sukhi is all about. Working together with skilled artisans in India, Turkey, Nepal and Morocco, Sukhi produces beautiful handmade rugs that are made to order and are even customisable. As soon as I heard about Sukhi I wanted to find out more. Nasia Burnet is the founder of Sukhi and she kindly agreed to answer some questions for me.

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Halloween Kokeshi Dolls from Lucie Kaas

Halloween Kokeshi Dolls by Lucie Kaas

Happy Halloween Guys! Hope you’ve all got something suitably spooky planned for this evening. I’ll probably be taking my little girls out Trick or Treatin’ for the first time. So just a quick post from me today about these seriously cute little Halloween Kokeshi dolls that are part of the Sketch.inc for Lucie Kaas collection. I’ve written about the Kokeshi dolls before and you can read that post here for a bit of background.

Pumpkin and Skeleton are two beautifully quirky new characters that are just perfect for design lovers. They capture just the right Halloween vibe in my eyes (not too scary) and would make perfect decorations for a family home, especially one with small children that you don’t want to petrify at this time of year. Cute, huh?

Introducing the Moda Collection by Cult Furniture

Cult Furniture Moda Collection

Today I wanted to share with you an exciting new collection of chairs produced by Cult Furniture, a modern and classic furniture design brand. The Moda Collection was designed by Cult Furniture’s in-house design team and is part of the Cult Design brand which is inspired by iconic mid-century designs but with a contemporary twist.  Read More…

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