Holiday Heaven

I had been wondering what to do for my 50th ever since I was 49, and, if I am honest, have been slightly worrying about it… Should I have a big party? Go away somewhere? With my family? Friends? Husband? I just couldn’t decide…

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Our daughter Eva suggested a painting holiday, wonderful idea! We looked into it and saw some lovely possibilities. I got a bit anxious though, because my birthday is in summer and I wanted to go abroad, but I felt it might be too hot to paint. So we considered a family holiday in Majorca – random I know, but I have never been there and understand it is really beautiful. However, it was not popular with our teenage children, our son was going away with friends and needed to get a job and our daughter was going on a french exchange, so it was back to just me and Doug.

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Tessa MacGregor

Love artist’s homes especially when they are as cool and quirky as my friend Tessa’s. It is in the September issue of House Beautiful magazine, in the shops now and not to be missed.

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Inspired by attending a one day master class with Islington based interior designer, Abigail Ahern, who I have become absolutely fascinated by since hearing all about her from Tessa, the decor in her Edinburgh home is bold and deeply soothing.

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Goodnight

Silk bedding… I am utterly converted…

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I received a beautiful package the other day from the Mulberry-silk bedding company Oosilk

I was sent a pair of gorgeous pillowcases in a thick, satiny fabric, I popped them on my bed and wow, sumptuousness or what…

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The Chesterfield

Classic, reassuring, the sofa we all want…

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My earliest awareness of the Chesterfield was in a 1970′s sitcom called Father Dear Father… It was about a family of a single father of two teenage girls residing in Hampstead, the main character spent a lot of time on a battered leather Chesterfield with a sheepskin rug across the back of it, guzzling brandy… The sofa came to symbolise my idea of domestic bliss

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Laminate your home

Get creative next time you are doing a makeover in your home and make life a little bit easier, by using a laminate. Modern designs include some really fun and convincing effects and are much easier to wield than some of the real, but rather heavy duty materials that they replicate. I understand that Carrara marble is very on trend (I think it has been for a few thousand years by now.) A deeply beautiful material, but it is kind of hard to come by. If you are fitting a new bathroom or revamping your hallway, why not consider the laminate version?

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A lighter way to achieve a dazzlingly chic effect, both on your pocket and on your joiner. I know my joiner, Robert, could fit a laminate floor in seconds…. I am not sure how long it would take him to lay a marble one though, there is the boat journey from Italy for a start…

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