I’ve been leafing through some more up to date house and home magazines lately. The thought has occured to me that it’s some time since I furnished this house – in fact it hasn’t been done downstairs for the twenty years since moving in. about time to see what’s about in the current range of furnishing ideas thinks I. . . . Whilst perusing said magazines, an overwhelming feeling of de ja vu came upon me in that many of the schemes and colourways have a very distinct look back to the 1970s and 1980s. I was amazed however to see in the most popular ‘home makeover’ mag, that one enterprising young HR director has ripped out quite a smart oak and cream kitchen and dining area that had double doors through to a lounge of similar colourway . . . and replaced it with a green, orange and white geometric patterned combo. Once I’d overcome my surprise, I realised it was very space saving, looked easy to keep clean and was ultimately very cheerful and could easily absorb the mess a child and dog can create without any difficulty at all!