Articles by Jill Macnair

Jill Macnair

Jill Macnair has worked as an interiors journalist for 13 years, contributing to titles including Elle Decoration, The Sunday Times and The Guardian. She set up cult interiors blog My Friend’s House in 2009 with Ros Anderson and continues to run the forum daily.


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Ghost City – desolate beauty in Glasgow’s abandoned high rises

“I hadn’t intended to spend one year or even eight years doing this project,” says photographer and filmmaker Chris Leslie, who began to shoot the abandoned high rise flats pegged for demolition in Glasgow’s East end in 2007 when the Commonwealth Games were awarded to the city. “I was just keen to document my own city and… read more

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Why so blue? The colour of Britain’s Antarctic research station explained

What? The British Antarctic Survey‘s Halley VI, the world’s first relocatable research station for studies into climate change, the ozone layer and meteorology including space weather. The award-winning Halley VI is home to the 16 people working there during the nine-month austral winter and 52 in the three-month austral summer. The programme also helps the European Space Agency understand more… read more

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World’s Favourite Colour – and how you can add to the debate

Paper wizards G . F Smith have begun an ambitious project asking, ‘What’s your favourite colour?’ after identifying the question as one largely abandoned after childhood. With support from design consultancy Made Thought and Hull City of Culture 2017 they are inviting you, me and the world to contribute a favourite shade to gather insights about current attitudes towards colour from a… read more

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Chromologist Mood board: Blue and rust

New year, new colour(s) obsession! Aquaint yourselves with… blue and rust. A combination that’s uplifting, enlivening, exhilarating and the perfect distraction from winter. To be honest, you needn’t be too strict on the rust front – hot orange works just as well, if differently, on whatever shade of blue takes you. Refer back to our stories on orange and… read more

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5 famous Christmas story paintings we love for their colours

From Breugel bringing scenes of Bethlehem to his native snow-covered Belgium, to Barocci’s rendering of Mary in rich pink and yellow, these five famous works of art about the Christmas story are striking for their colour palettes. The Nativity, Frederico Barocci, 1576 Barocci followed the Venetian use of colour – a process of layering and blending colour – to create his Nativity… read more

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The Chromologist