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How To Get The Lighting Right for Autumn

26th September 2019
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Bathroom Lighting: 10 Ways to get it right

14th October 2020
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As part of my ongoing collaboration with Original BTC and Davey Lighting, today I am writing about bathroom lighting. Gone are the days when a few spotlights in a grid on the ceiling would suffice. Now the bathroom has to be both functional and spa-like. According to a recent survey, nine per cent of us…

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FOUR FAILSAFE WAYS TO GETTING A ROOM REFURB RIGHT

23rd June 2020
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Today an adapted extract from my book, Mad About The House, 101 Interior Design Answers. Adapted because I have taken out the questions and just given you the four key points to getting a room redecoration right. 1 GO TO A HOTEL Hotels are underrated as sources of inspiration. The designers have to get a…

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Lockdown Lighting Tips and Decorating Ideas

30th April 2020
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The remote recording of the podcast continues and this week Sophie and I repaired to our respective duvet tents for this episode of The Great Indoors in which we discuss ideas for lockdown decorating and I interview Sally Storey, the design director of John Cullen Lighting, on “decorating with light” as well as rounding up…

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