Category Archives: practical matters

How to make one room from two.

In wooden frame houses the blending of two rooms into one should be a very simple process. Why then do so many get it so wrong? Often when visiting a house, a proud owner will explain that ‘these used to … Continue reading

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Building the Titanic [Bathroom].

Without a doubt the most unattractive (aka revolting) room in the those when we acquired it, was the bathroom in what we referred to as the second flat. This was the nicest of the three flats and the bathroom had … Continue reading

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How to hang a European painting in a post-colonial world.

When designing our library I was looking to create a formal arrangement of Nineteenth century paintings, largely portraits, and this meant that I kept coming back to the idea of a picture rail. Not a piece of wooden beading positioned … Continue reading

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The other day I set my mind to thinking about a new lamp. My old standard lamp – a nanna-style turned wooden number painted green – had been dislodged in the reorganisation of my study, pending the arrival of the … Continue reading

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