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How To Get The Lighting Right for Autumn

26th September 2019
For a general ambient light go look for a table lamp. A pale fabric shade will diffuse the light gently all around as opposed to a dark one which will keep it more focused up and down. The gold lamp base with pale shade creates added warmth on a dark wooden sideboard. Lighting advice from Kate Watson-Smyth. #tablelamp #madaboutthehouse

Now obviously I don’t know where you all are and what time you read this but when I got up yesterday morning (6.33am in London since you ask) it was lashing with rain and horribly dark. After a cup of coffee and a shower I realised that, for the first time this year, I was…

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How To Get The Lighting Right: The Bathroom

25th August 2016

Welcome to the fourth and final part* of my series on How To Get the Lighting Right in partnership with John Cullen. I do hope you have enjoyed it and found it useful. For new subscribers, who might not have seen earlier posts, we have done the kitchen, the sitting room, the bedroom and finally,…

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How To Get The Lighting Right: The Kitchen

18th August 2016

The lighting is so often an afterthought – a few lampshades thrown in when the rest of the work is finished and the money has run out. But it is such a key part of a design scheme – so easy to get wrong and so stunning when it’s done right, that I collaborated with…

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How to Get The Lighting Right in the Bedroom

11th August 2016

As part of the August Updates I’m bringing you this one again – some of you will have missed it the first time round and some of you will suddenly find it’s more relevant than it was when it came out the first time round. This week is part III in the mini-series How to…

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How To Get The Lighting Right: Lighting Art

12th May 2016
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It’s back again – by more popular demand. This series on How To Get The Lighting Right continues today with advice on how to light art. Now, before you get carried away, I’m not assuming you’ve all got a stockpile of Picassos and Monets that are looking a bit rubbish over the sofa, but it’s…

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How To Get The Lighting Right: The Bedroom

4th February 2016

This week is part III in the mini-series How to Get the Lighting Right and we’re tackling the bedroom. In many ways this is a culmination of what we have already learnt downstairs but, given that we spend a third of our lives either sleeping, or attempting to do so, the lighting is just as…

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How To Get The Lighting Right: The Sitting Room

7th January 2016

Welcome to part II of my mini-series in collaboration with John Cullen Lighting. Last month we spoke about how to get the lighting right in the kitchen and today we are moving into the sitting room.   As you may remember from last month, John Cullen’s design director, Sally Storey, came round and spent the morning…

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Getting Ready for December

28th November 2018

Good Morning and welcome to Wednesday Ad Break. This week I have collaborated with Next on a post about getting ready for Christmas. Too soon? It’s just under a month people, we need to face up to this now. Of course, I’m sure many of you are way ahead with present buying and list-making but…

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