Design Bloggers at Home book

Girl's bedroom | Jill Macnair's House | My Friend's House

Yes it’s my house and yes the shot is in focus in the way that’s sometimes lacking in my real Real Reveals. That’s because this photo is from Ellie Tennant’s first book Design Bloggers At Home (I’m calling it Tennant’s Super) and was shot by the talented Rachel Whiting. I’m honoured to be one of the 12 case studies included. The other houses are scha-wing.

Here’s my living room, which we’ve seen in various states before.

Green living room | Jill Macnair's House | My Friend's House And here’s my kitchen with The Badge Collection That Refuses To Fill Up The Canvas art project I’ve been working on for my son’s whole life now (5 years). Seriously, any brands out there want to send some badges over? I’m not above product placement anymore. That canvas is huge. Kitchen table | Jill Macnair's House | My Friend's House Both Ellie and Rachel were a joy to have round for the day and I hope their book flies off shelves.

Design Bloggers | Interiors Books 2014 | My Friend's House

From now on I insist on being addressed only as a Leading Online Trend-Setter.

If you want to see more of my place, plus 11 others in London, Scandinavia and California, then Design Bloggers at Home is available to pre-order from Ryland Peters.

I just want to add, that if anyone ever asks you to be in their house book say yes. It really, really focuses the mind on having a clear-out and making sure your plants are not dead. I had a panic-driven three-day spring clean in advance of the shoot,which is never gonna happen again.

30 Responses to “Design Bloggers at Home book”

  1. Hannah Walker
    March 13, 2014 at 2:47 pm #

    Completely gorgeous. Rachel’s photography combined with your eye for colour & styling makes for a very aspirational home. Love it. x

    • myfriendshouse
      March 13, 2014 at 2:48 pm #

      Thanks Hannah, it does not feel aspirational on a day-to-day basis! x

  2. Helene
    March 13, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

    Well worth the effort! Your home looks beautiful. Can’t believe you have two small children, a Mr, plus all their “stuff” there too. Did you put them all in the garden shed for the shoot?

    • myfriendshouse
      March 13, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

      Helene, I literally cleaned for three days. I honestly did. But I am also a bit on that spectrum when it comes to keeping places tidy, which went some way to help. x

  3. Michelle
    March 13, 2014 at 8:04 pm #

    Very lovely! And what is that gorgeous colour on your sitting room walls? I want….

    • myfriendshouse
      March 14, 2014 at 12:47 pm #

      Thanks Michelle, it’s Castle Grey by Farrow & Ball.

  4. Jane
    March 18, 2014 at 6:59 pm #

    Love the yellow wardrobe and love the bench cushions. But I have a question about painted floors. I have dark brown painted boards on dining room and am contemplating painting them white. But will they end up looking dirty? Other option is a washable carpet or big rug as it has to double up as a toddler’s playroom. Any thoughts appreciated! In a dilemma!

    • myfriendshouse
      March 19, 2014 at 10:04 am #

      Hi Jane thanks for leaving a comment. So, white floors. I would say that yes, they do scuff up a bit and become a bit more weathered and worn looking but to be honest I never really notice and have them in both my kids rooms. They sort of wear the way any wooden floors do, so I think unless you expect them to retain the freshly painted look then you will love them. They seem to look good with anything.
      A while back lots of people discussed this on the blog as Ros was painting her boards and I think the trick for a really good finish is to paint them with at least three coats and then not walk on them for a day at least. It might have even been longer. Mine were done in a more slap dash way I have to say.

  5. Leah
    March 19, 2014 at 8:32 am #

    You have a beautiful home! Would you mind sharing the paint color on your yellow closet?

    Thank you!

    • myfriendshouse
      March 19, 2014 at 10:05 am #

      Hi Leah, I just had it mixed at a local DIY shop from a wallpaper sample I liked. However, I think the wallpaper sample used a yellow by Siecle paints, so they will have almost the same shade.

  6. Katie Thomas
    May 4, 2014 at 8:35 am #

    Hi, found you through Pinterest, how exciting to be in an actual book. the houses looks lovely in these photos. I wonder what colour the walls are in the bedroom shot with the yellow cabinet.
    Off to follow look through your blog posts now, Katie

    • myfriendshouse
      May 5, 2014 at 1:12 pm #

      Hi Katie thans for coming over for a look. The yellow was made up from a wallpaper sample but try Siecle paints for something very similar or I think Farrow & Ball’s yellow cakes should do the trick too.

      • Katie
        May 5, 2014 at 3:56 pm #

        Hi, it was the wall colour I was interested in. Many thanks, Katie

      • myfriendshouse
        May 5, 2014 at 8:10 pm #

        Ah ok that’s Parma Gray by Farrow & Ball.

      • Michelle
        November 16, 2014 at 10:20 am #

        Hi did you have the yellow wardrobe built into that space from scratch? It looks like it but I love it and wanted to check. Thanks Michelle

      • myfriendshouse
        November 17, 2014 at 10:10 am #

        Hi Michelle, it was actually here when we bought the house, but yes it must be as it’s fitted. Originally it was in bare raw wood. We painted it when we redecorated.

  7. Anne
    May 9, 2014 at 5:36 pm #

    I love the curtains! (And everything else!) did you make them? Where did you find the fabric? Beautiful beautiful!

  8. Anne
    May 9, 2014 at 5:38 pm #

    I meant the flower curtains on the first image (with yellow closet)

  9. Rhiannon
    June 26, 2014 at 9:45 pm #

    I’d love to know about the curtain fabric in the yellow wardrobe room too please!!
    It’s just the most adorable child’s room ever.
    Lovely house.

    • myfriendshouse
      June 27, 2014 at 10:33 am #

      Ah thanks Rhiannon – I’m delighted to be asked by the brains behind Intelligent Clashing! We both love your site. The curtain fabric is by Camengo and is called Lollipops (think the colour is Lila). I bought it here though not sure they still sell that one.

      • Rhiannon
        June 27, 2014 at 8:20 pm #

        Oh! Thank you! I’m so flattered!! It’s usually only Americans who know the site! Nice to know people look at here at home too :)
        Thanks for the fabric info, we’re moving soon so I’m making plans for my daughter’s new room…
        I wish I’d been in this book tbh!! Looks great I’ll have to check it out.

  10. Cindy
    November 1, 2014 at 8:14 pm #

    Hi, love this room! Beautiful…absolutely beautiful! Do you mind me asking where the chair is from as I’d like something similar for my toddler’s room. Thanks!

    • myfriendshouse
      November 4, 2014 at 2:13 pm #

      Thanks for that – the chair was picked up second hand in Hastings but it’s vintage Ercol, so should be findable on eBay too. x

  11. Jen
    November 17, 2014 at 4:35 pm #

    I’m such a huge fan of your home. It’s just stunning. Could I ask what colour the grey is in the main bedroom? It’s not any of the images above, but has a BTC Hector wall light, floral pillowcases and the Eleanor Pritchard blanket on the bed. Thanks Jen x

    • myfriendshouse
      November 19, 2014 at 10:03 am #

      Hi Jen that’s really kind of you, thanks – Ellie made it look amazing for that book! The bedroom here is painted in Mid Lead by Little Greene and I always loved it. Actually we have only just changed it to suit what’s happening in the adjoining bathroom and for a change, but as soon as it was gone I did feel a pang! Really recommend it for a lovely soothing effect and it makes any colour look great against it.

  12. Sally
    September 24, 2015 at 10:05 am #


    Came across his lovely wardrobe, love your house. Could you tell me the clout it is painted and brand.

    With thanks


    • myfriendshouse
      October 2, 2015 at 10:26 am #

      Hi Sally, I used a wallpaper cutting so it was custom made (Dulux) but try Siecle Paints as they do a very similar yellow.


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