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THE HAPPINESS SURVEY (PODCAST NOTES)

22nd August 2019
marble hexagon tiles, green tiles topps tiles

This week on The Great Indoors podcast we reviewed the new tv show Interior Design Masters, presented by Fearne Cotton, click here for her house tour, discussed the power of statement walls and floors and also investigated a new report into happiness in the home, which threw up some surprising results. First up the show.…

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Don’t Forget The Fifth Wall

20th August 2019
fireplace in rothschild st, walls in threadneedle, ceiling in FTT-002 all by Mylands

Throwing it back to some statement ceilings in honour of a spread in Grazia earlier this summer which included two of mine. And, coincidentally, today’s issue of the magazine includes their first ever interiors special for which I wrote a four page special on the seasonal updates you can make now.  It’s not that walls…

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Monday Inspiration: The Power of Paint

19th August 2019
Kate Watson-Smyth discusses the power of paint int interiors and how creating a feature with a difference can help to define and zone an open plan space. #featurewall #openplan #madaboutthehouse

I wanted to talk about the power of paint today, with a few examples of people thinking about how to harness its transformative power in more unusual ways than just sticking it all over four walls. Or, worse, just one…. Come! First up is this gorgeous pink from door by Mary of Mosey Home. A…

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The Househunter: Room by Room

16th August 2019

I’ve said it before but I do think Somerset gets, if not all, a lot of the best houses and for that reason we are returning to this listed beauty in Frome which had two shops on the ground floor which was on the market with The Modern House for £1,250,000. earlier this year. Also if…

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How to Save Space (and Money) in Bathroom Design

15th August 2019

This has got to be one of the most commonly asked questions: where can I save space and money when designing a bathroom? So today, as part of my collaboration earlier this year with West One Bathrooms, I spoke to Louise Ashdown, the company’s head of design, to find out more about those two crucial…

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Colour Psychology for Interiors

13th August 2019
Kate Watson-Smyth take a look back at the colour psychology course she attended hosted by Sophie Robinson and Fiona Humberstone. Sophie's former Brighton open-plan apartment was an eclectic mix of colours, patterns and styles. #openplan #sophierobinson #madaboutthehouse

Following on from yesterday’s post about how we react emotionally to colour I thought I would look back to the time I did Sophie Robinson’s colour course. I found it completely fascinating and bang on and while I don’t think she is running this exact course any more she has recently launched an online course…

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The Househunter: Room by Room

9th August 2019

Back to west London to have a look at this earbleedingly expensive but very lovely house that was on the market back in March.  Right we’re throwing the cheque book out of the window this week – only fantasy lottery money will do today – as we head over to west London to look at…

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At Home with Kelly Hoppen (Podcast Notes)

8th August 2019
In the home of interior designer Kelly Hoppen, Sophie Robinson and Kate Watson-Smyth take a tour of her home. The renovated house features a quadruple height ceiling, open-plan kitchen dining table large enough to seat 30. #openplan #diningtable #madaboutthehouse #kellyhoppen

Now the first thing you need to know about Kelly Hoppen’s home is that yes while big (enormous) with tall (quadruple height) ceilings and it may be in shades of her signature taupe, there are so many things you can take from it as inspiration for our own (probably smaller. Just a tad) places. You…

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