(Work)Top Gun

(Work)Top Gun

  Choosing your kitchen; the door style, handles, colour and appliances is the easy bit. Worst case scenario, they can be replaced or repainted with minimal fuss or cost if they don’t work for you (see...
Kitchens of Distinction

Kitchens of Distinction

If you feel like your kitchen is more Little Chef than Master Chef, here are a few ways to improve the most important room in the house without ripping it out and starting again…   The Doors If your kitchen layout already works, then replacing or repainting the...
Oh, sit down…!

Oh, sit down…!

Wise words indeed from James’ Tim Booth, who clearly knows that nothing beats a good sit down with a nice cup of tea (or something a little stronger). Kick back, feet up aaaaaaaaaand relax. To help you in your quest to find the perfect sit, here are 5 armchairs...
the Masterplan pt 3

the Masterplan pt 3

Before we’d even moved in, I’d spent a lot of time thinking about the design of the house. To the point, I think, where Mads was beginning to regret buying the place (and perhaps even marrying me). Not just thinking about the all-important layout, but...
The Masterplan pt 2

The Masterplan pt 2

We’ve bought the house. We’re all moved in. The first question would be; how will we use the spaces? original layout You can see from the plans that the bedrooms were well laid out and a good size, by London standards – the master bedroom is 4.5m x...
I’m in a wide open space…

I’m in a wide open space…

For many of us, open plan living is the dream. Particularly popular with young families, having everything in one place allows mum and dad to crack on with supper without having to run into another room when it all goes a little too quiet… As practical as it is,...
Smooth operator…

Smooth operator…

Whether you love the challenge of a project (like me), or you loathe the prospect of the noisy, dusty upheaval (like my wife!), any work that you do on your own property, is always going to be stressful. I’ve put together a few tips to make living through a...
Prints charming

Prints charming

When it comes to wallpapers, Dolly Parton and I are of one mind. Assuming, that is, when she said “Some people say that less is more. But I think more is more”, she was talking about bold colour and pattern being applied liberally to the walls of our...
The Masterplan

The Masterplan

  So, here’s the plan:   Buy a sixties build property in Roehampton.    Add value to it.   End of plan.   Sounds easy, right? After all, we are in London and you only have to look at a house for it to go up in value.   Not strictly true, sadly. There has always...