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Mad About Your House

15th March 2015
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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



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  • Kennedy 16th March 2015 at 10:51 pm


    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?

    • Kate Watson-Smyth 17th March 2015 at 7:42 am

      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.

  • SUSAN HALPERN 16th March 2015 at 9:18 am

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

    Clever you!



  • Lorraine 16th March 2015 at 8:01 am

    Hi Kate – tech-y question which app do you use for your mood boards? X

    • Kate Watson-Smyth 16th March 2015 at 10:06 am

      Hi Lorraine, I did them on keynote. They’re quite basic – am hoping to get better at it!

  • Robin 15th March 2015 at 8:27 pm

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

    • Kate Watson-Smyth 15th March 2015 at 10:18 pm

      It’s Tess from the Quirky collection by Alternativeflooring.com. 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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