Today I am rounding up three of the most popular and, dare I say, useful posts of recent times as part of this week’s podcast shownotes. For those of you who are new here, or who don’t check in all the time (how can that be? There are four posts a week – thoughts on that later….. read to the end) it can be useful to see what you might have missed or what you might want to see again as the search functions on blogs aren’t always all that.
This is also by way of a celebration as The Great Indoors podcast launched just over two years ago (October 2018) and has had well over one million downloads in that time. So for Christmas, as it was lockdown (again) we thought that rather than sweat it out in the duvet dens of doom again, we would compile some of our best bits/rows/heated debates for you to listen to. So the following show notes will be mostly my opinion on matters and if you want to hear the other side of the argument and find out why Sophie disagrees with me you will have to listen. Can’t say fairer than that now – my (mad) house my rules.
First of all we spoke about how to zone an open plan space which is a topic I have written about many times both beside pictures in Friday’s Househunter and also in dedicated posts. To read the notes for that whole episode (and discover the idea behind freeing the housewife from the kitchen so that she was no longer a “mechanic behind closed doors” you can read that full post here.
Or in short: Use rugs to demarcate a space in the same way you had walls. A large one for all the furniture to sit on in the lounge area, a smaller one under the dining table, where it must extend at least 1m out to allow the chairs to pull back out without ruckling. I prefer a different floor to demarcate the kitchen (Sophie likes the same throughout).
Use low level open shelving to allow the flow of light but divide a space and even give an element of privacy from the rest. Plants will do the same job.
Be brave enough to put furniture in the middle of the space or, if space is tight, at least try and have the sofa with its back to the dining area or kitchen so you aren’t sitting on the edge looking at a giant stage all the time.
Have different lighting in different areas: downlighters in the kitchen, pendant in the dining and table and floor in the sitting for a more ambient feel.
Finally, if you are starting from scratch with flooring, consider underfloor heating as you won’t have many walls for radiators to hang from.
Next was the show when I banned white paint. We have discussed this on these pages at length so I won’t return to it again. But you can read about that here.
Finally, a post I wrote earlier this year on ways to hide the television. This is another perennial and was one of our first discussions. Two years ago I was raving about the Frame TV by Samsung and now I can speak from experience as I have one as part of a campaign I did with them a few weeks ago. The post also includes ways to do this if you don’t have the Frame, which, for those who don’t know allows you to display pictures when it’s turned off so you don’t have to look at a big black screen, so do have a look if your sitting room is dominated by 55 inches of light-sucking darkness.
Now email updates: at the moment the subscription button allows you to sign up for the daily posts which means four emails a week (ignore the monthly newsletter there are about to be changes there and there will be more on that next week). So my question is:
Do you open four emails a week?
Would you prefer one email a week with everything rounded up into a magazine?
Or perhaps twice a week with a couple of posts in each?
I’m aware that probably only a tiny percentage of you will respond to these comments so I’m not sure if it will lead to changes or not but it will give me a flavour of things and I may email you all with a survey at some point. Let me know in the comments. I know, from your comments, that many of you like the daily update dropping into your inbox at 7am and I’m happy to leave it if that pleases most of you but if you find you don’t have time to look at it every day then perhaps it’s time it changed?