House Tour: How to mix global and vintage pieces (and make it work)

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I often ponder what it really means to say a home has ‘character’. It’s one of those styles you can’t easily describe; a look you can’t put your finger on. But when you see it, you know it. When you feel it, it’s warm and cosy and comfortable inside. For me, a characterful home is… 

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House Tour: an abandoned Welsh farmhouse frozen in time

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There’s something about abandoned houses that I find so fascinating. When I was a child I used to conduct my own archaelogical digs in the vegetable patch of our home – a former Georgian pharmacy – and collect boxes full of ‘artifacts’ for my collection. Glass lemonade stoppers, fragments of willow-pattern crockery, clay pipes and… 

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House Tour: not your usual Finnish home

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For reasons I won’t dwell on, I spend a lot more time than the average Brit reading Finnish interiors blogs. Despite having  the most incomprehensible language imaginable, I can usually spot them from a mile off because they almost all the homes have a remarkably similar style. Black, white, big Marimekko prints and a hit… 

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Beautiful boro textiles

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I’m fascinated by folk crafts – wherever you go in the world you find art born out of necessity and hardship. It seems that it’s an innate human desire to beautify and embellish the things we have around us, however functional and humble their origins. I recently stumbled across the tradition of Japanese Boro textiles… 

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House tour: vintage and global Melbourne home

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Paula Mills is one well-travelled lady. She grew up in Cape Town where she studied commercial art before moving to London to work as an art director. After eight years she left Britain to travel the world, have children and eventually settled in Melbourne, where she now lives and works as an illustrator. Paula’s home… 

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