Mad About Your House

It has been a great start to the year for Mad About Your House. I have been everywhere from 1960s single storey houses to newly converted lofts in 1930s properties. There have been kitchens, office/playrooms and sitting rooms with halls, stairs and landings in Victorian homes in between.

sitting room of a modernist dwelling

It has been enormous fun, and, I hope, helpful to everyone I have either visited or talked to on the phone offering advice, suggestions and ideas on where to shop. So today I thought I would share with you a few of the things I have been doing. You never know, you might need me to come and be Mad About YOUR House one day.

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roof terrace on a Victorian semi-detached

I tend to operate in two ways. Either over the phone with a Pinterest board to follow. This works if you send me a few phone snaps and links to pictures of things you already like. This is best if there is only one room to deal with. So far I have helped with the sitting room of a barn conversion, the second multi-tasking reception of a Victorian terrace and the final details of a new kitchen/diner.

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hall stairs and landing of a Victorian terrace

The second option is a visit and full consultation. In recent weeks this has ranged from the afore-mentioned 1960s dwelling (fabberless it was) to the roof terrace of a Victorian semi, via the hall and cinema room of a(nother) Victorian terrace and the loft layout for a 1930s detached house.

ideas for a study looking through the sitting room to the garden
ideas for a study looking through the sitting room to the garden

I think everyone has been happy. One client said to me that I had saved her about 40 rows with her husband. That’s got to be worth it. Perhaps I’m less of an interiors consultant and more of a marital mediator. Either way, do get in touch either through the comments on this page or at Mad About Your House, if you think I could help bring some harmony to your home.

navy blue bathroom with brass detail



Kate Watson-Smyth

The author Kate Watson-Smyth

I’m a journalist who writes about interiors mainly for The Financial Times but I have also written regularly for The Independent and The Daily Mail. My house has been in Living Etc, HeartHome and featured in The Wall Street Journal & Corriere della Sera. I also run an interior styling consultancy Mad About Your House. Welcome to my Mad House.


  1. Kate,

    I absolutely love your blog! It really cheers me up during my working day to have a sneak peak at your latest post.

    I do have a question – where did you find that beautiful mid-century dining table?

    1. I’m so glad you liked it. It’s actually a coffee table. There are lots of similar ones around; try Etsy or The Old Cinema for vintage and Swoon Editions or Westelm for a modern take on the style.

  2. Those two hallways on today’s blog are absolutely GORGEOUS!!

    Clever you!



  3. Can you tell me where the black and white Diamond carpet for the Victorian stair is from please please please?

    1. It’s Tess from the Quirky collection by Isn’t it great? She is going to bind the edges in orange or paint the bannisters orange. I have dotty from the same range on my stairs.

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