House Tour: Anna & Ed

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Here is the latest house tour that I have posted on Apartment Therapy. It's a beautiful Victorian townhouse in Oxford belonging to Anna and Ed Chipperfield. Anna is an interior designer and one of my favourite things about her house is the detached barn at the bottom of the garden. It is boarded from floor to ceiling in plywood. I also love her kitchen. It's light, bright and has just the right balance of function and fun. To see the full tour please click here.

House Tour: Sophie & Nick

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Remember that pretty pink bathroom that I featured a few weeks ago? Well here is a peek at the rest of the house. It belongs to my good friends Sophie and Nick and I shot it recently for Apartment Therapy. You can look at the full house tour here. Sophie and Nick are a very stylish couple who live in a large Victorian house in Manchester with their two daughters. It is one of my favourite places to visit, as they have a happy home with lots of good stuff to look at, great food at the table and are generally excellent company. Thank you for letting me feature you Sophie & Nick!

Interiors Inspiration: Pink Ladies

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I know that most people like to have a plain white bathroom these days and that white is considered neutral, non-offensive and clean but I have to admit that I find it deadly boring. I love coloured suites and am particularly taken with my friends' new pink bathroom. Inspired by Morelli's ice cream parlour in Broadstairs, Kent, their Art Deco washroom is truly delightful. For coloured bathroom suites to work, I think it is important that the pieces are good quality. This is a particularly solid ceramic set that looks and feels luxurious. If you are intrigued to see more of this beautiful house, I will be featuring a full tour here in the next couple of weeks.

The Painted House

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Inspired by Charleston farmhouse, I once spent a considerable amount of time designing a stencil for my bedroom walls. For some reason, I never actually got around to applying the stencil, but it is still a project which I hope to return to one day. I wish I had known about The Painted House back then as if I had, I would almost certainly have patterned walls by now. Claire Bosanquet stumbled across these unusual patterned paint rollers in a market in Romania and was so excited she bought the whole lot. She has now adjusted the traditional rollers for use on both walls and fabric and sells a choice of eleven different designs in her etsy shop. I love this idea and would definitely like to have a go with one. Perhaps those bedroom walls will get done after all.

House Tour: Josh & Rae

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Rae Jones designs beautiful well-crafted shoes and bags, so I was delighted to get the opportunity to photograph her house for Apartment Therapy. Rae lives in East London with her husband and toddler, in a classic Victorian townhouse decorated with a considered collection of vintage furniture and accessories. I love her house and wish my photos had done the place more justice. I have come in for a bit of flak in the comments section of Apartment Therapy for not capturing it very well, but what can I say? I will try and do better next time! What do you think? Do you like Rae's house? To see the full tour, please click here.

House Tour: Sue & Graeme

This is definitely one of my favourite house tours so far. It belongs to my friend Sue Huey (my co-writer on New Shoes) and her fiancee Graeme Fraser. Sue, Graeme and their two kids Iris and Harper, live in the heart of central Brighton in a Victorian townhouse. Standing just a few yards from the city's main shopping street, their home exudes charm, mixing antiques and curios with contemporary pieces. I love all the prints and embroideries grouped decoratively throughout the house while the tall ceilings and large windows make me wish I didn't live in a cottage! The living room is my favourite, with a beautiful Nouveau tiled fireplace and a mix of eclectic furniture. I also love the kids' bedroom. They share a room at the front of the house which is decked out with personalized bunting, crocheted blankets and cute furniture. To see the full tour which I posted on Apartment Therapy, please click here.

Update: Margaret Howell Home

Margaret Howell, one of my favourite clothing designers, has recently expanded her home products collection and launched a dedicated section in her webshop. The new collection includes suitably restrained ceramics by Nicola Tassie and some great textiles by Charlene Mullen and Eleanor Pritchard, all of which fit Margaret Howell's brand of understated simplicity perfectly. What I would really like to see though is an 'own brand' collection, as I love the Margaret Howell aesthetic and can see it transitioning effortlessly into homewares. Let's hope this expansion is a step in that direction.

House Tour: Isabel & Claire

Today I am delighted to link to a new house tour that I have just posted on Apartment Therapy. This colourful East London flat is the home of my good friends Claire and Isabel. Claire is a trends analyst and spends her time travelling the world searching for inspiring design. As a result, her home is filled with trinkets and souvenirs found on her adventures. Both girls have a penchant for textiles, ceramics and house plants, which brings an eclectic global feel to their 1950's ex-local authority flat. To see the full tour, please click here.

House Tour: Marie & Ben

Today I want to link to a new house tour that I have just posted on Apartment Therapy.

Marie and Ben live in a converted shoe factory in Hackney, East London. Danish-born Marie is the founder of Silk & Burg, a design company which sells beautiful screen printed cushions, tea towels and art work.

It was really fun to photograph Marie's apartment and the simple architectural details of the flat provide the perfect backdrop for her scandinavian-inspired aesthetic. I love the huge windows, open plan living space and subtle, feminine colour palette. To view the full tour, please click here to see the feature on Apartment Therapy.

Interiors Inspiration: John Derian

John Derian is one of my favourite shops in New York so I was intrigued to see his home featured recently in T Magazine by the New York Times. A former garment factory which was recently used as a sculptor's studio, the vast 1850's space in the East Village came with a wealth of history and aged patina perfectly suited to Derian's aesthetic. He attempted a makeunder rather than a makeover - keeping the building as raw as possible and filling it with a mix of his own and antique furniture. The result is an eclectic space which elegantly communicates the owners discerning taste.