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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Destination colour – going inside Brighton’s flamboyant Royal Pavilion

The Royal Pavilion is an oriental palace in the centre of Brighton, designed by architect John Nash in the 18th Century as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV. You may have heard about it before, mostly likely described as ‘the jewel in Brighton’s crown’ because inside the Regency house are startlingly lavish rooms inspired by Indian and… read more

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Talking shop with the owner of one of London’s finest independents – Tom O’Dell

Londoner Tom O’Dell (no, not that one) is a passionate shopkeeper selling a fine edit of menswear and home wear – originally on pretty Calvert Avenue in the city’s Shoreditch, and now in much bigger digs in Soho. If you’ve ever visited O’Dell’s you will have picked up on its owner’s enthusiasm for everything on its shelves –… read more

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Happy Surreal Easter

Call it a love of Salvador Dali – a man who liked eggs so much he put a great big sculptural one on his roof – but we’ve been getting into the Easter spirit by looking at egg-based art of the chocolate-free variety (unlike last year). The ideas that have tickled us most involve a colour gradient, a yellow balloon,… read more

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See this: Tree of Codes

A ballet that debuted at the Manchester International Festival in 2015 and saw a short run at London’s Sadler’s Wells last month, Wayne McGregor’s Tree of Codes is worth trying to catch as it tours, next in Denmark. The production is a reinterpretation of writer Jonathan Safran Foer’s work of the same name for which the author took the… read more

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Incredible underwater blooms captured on film

While nature’s technicolour creations are a constant source of wonder, it’s technical precision that underpins the moment of awe in Mark Mawson’s man-made Flowers and Swirls photography project. The artist captures split second moments when colourful dye explodes expressively underwater, creating textured flowers and blooms. In some of the images, it’s the bleeding of two colours that gives drama, in others it’s… read more

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