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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Colour essay: Set designer Anna Burns on her particular red

Set and spatial designer Anna Burns once said her design philosophy was to put “the wrong thing in the right place,” an approach she’s been perfecting for countless events, music videos, films and photo shoots for clients such as Balenciaga, Hermes, Vogue, Basement Jaxx and Barneys – all with wonderful, colourful aplomb. She recently added Anna Burns Object to… read more

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House tour – tea and anecdotes with tribal jewellery collector Peter Adler

Are you familiar with the trademark statement jewellery hanging around Iris Apfel’s neck? Some of her vast collection comes from Peter Adler’s appointment-only tribal jewellery brand Pebble London, where the 95 year old style icon is a regular. Seen the fashion-forward men in huge metal necklaces at hip menswear brand Casley-Hayford’s recent S/S17 fashion show?… read more

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The palette of Bloomsbury Group icon Vanessa Bell

London’s first purpose-built art gallery Dulwich Picture Gallery marks its bicentenary this year with an inspiring programme of exhibitions, starting with the first major exhibition of modernist painter Vanessa Bell. A key figure in the Boomsbury Group – along with her younger sister Virginia Woolf – Bell worked in paintings, ceramics, fabrics and photography and was… read more

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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

The Chromologist 2017 | Farrow & Ball

The Chromologist