Househunter

The Househunter: Room by Room

24th May 2019

A classic Cotswold stone house from the outside this honey-coloured grade II listed old forge is all white washed contemporary living on the inside which is the perfect foil for the low ceilings and heavy beams. It’s on the market with Strutt & Parker for £1,750,000 and consists of a five bedroom house with a…

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365 Objects Of Design

Five of the Best: Monstera Designs

23rd May 2019
monstera brass lamp from graham and green

This is just for fun but it probably also makes a wider point about how trends spread. I was looking for something completely different when I stumbled across these tiles. And then I found this light. And in newspapers we always used to say that two was a coincidence (ie not a story) but three…

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Discovering La Redoute

22nd May 2019
dining room for la redoute styled by kate watson-smyth of madaboutthehouse.com

Over the last seven years of writing this blog I have been privileged to work with several companies writing about their products and styling their furniture. One that I have collaborated with on several occasions and we now have something of an ongoing partnership is La Redoute. While I have known about this French company…

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Phaidon: Interiors The Greatest Rooms of the Century

21st May 2019
roger de cabrol, east village loft 2014 image by David S Allee from Phaidon Interiors

When I was first trying to find a publisher for my book, my agent was told that interiors books weren’t really popular. That they didn’t sell well and they weren’t that interested in them. Well, we persevered and many of you will know how that turned out. However, there has been a bit of a…

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Monday Inspiration: Pale Neutrals

20th May 2019
pale neutrals and plants via the modern house

You know, of course, the saying that for every reaction there is an equal and opposite reaction? Actually maybe I only know that because I have a 15yo studying physics GCSE, but, that aside, it’s happening in interior design at the moment. Over the last few years we have become much more confident as a…

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Househunter

The Househunter: Room by Room

17th May 2019

Well I’m not going to say that summer’s here (that would clearly be foolish) but I am going to say that since the sun has been shining this week and I went to beautiful Bath for a meeting, that this house, inspired by the Case Study houses of LA felt like one I wanted to…

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House Tour: Pearl Lowe

16th May 2019
devol kitchen of pearl lowe image by kate watson-smyth

The new episode of the podcast, The Great Indoors, is out today and today, for the first time, we have managed to bring you pictures and words so you can look or listen or, perhaps, do both. Sophie and I were thrilled to be invited to the Somerset home of Pearl Lowe, the singer turned…

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365 Objects Of Design

Downstairs Loo Makeover (II)

14th May 2019
wall mural by wall and deco

Welcome to the third, and final ( I hope but never say never) makeover of the Downstairs Loo. This room has never been quite right since we built it nine years ago. It’s under the stairs but we stole a bit from the kitchen and, to be honest, we didn’t quite take enough. Under the…

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Monday Inspiration: For the Love of the Metro Tile

13th May 2019
star tiles by ca pietra

Morning morning to you all. It’s a five day week which feels like a bit of a shocker after the run of bank holidays doesn’t it? Anyway, after last week’s tile talk I thought I would show you a few more ideas with tiles that won’t break the bank. Because while I understand that (at…

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Househunter

The Househunter: Room by Room

10th May 2019

This is so different from the house I live in that I wonder if I am attracted to it purely for that reason. Or perhaps that during the location shoot I went up and down to the loft so many times during the week that I quite fancy the idea of a house with no…

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