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Best of the Podcast: how to hide the tv and zone an open plan space

3rd December 2020
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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.

create a series of rooms without walls in a large open plan space via the modern house

create a series of rooms without walls in a large open plan space via the modern house

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.

how to zone an open plan space with flooring image by madaboutthehouse.com

use flooring to zone an open plan space, keep your back to parts of the room and vary the lighting image by madaboutthehouse.com

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.

gold ceiling at madaboutthehouse.com

gold ceiling at madaboutthehouse.com

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.

samsung frame tv at madaboutthehouse.com

samsung frame tv at madaboutthehouse.com

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?

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  • Zagorka 19th December 2020 at 8:22 am

    Well, I am the woman with the white shirts :-), and this is my second comment ever. But what is important: I enjoy your writing very much and am very thankful for your content, which is funny, intelligent, full of insights and ideas, and – as I have noticed – unobtrusivly educational as I find myself often thinking “what would Kate say?”
    Concerning the format: I seldom open my private mail, so I do not subscribe ever. Your blog is in my loong bookmark list, and I just have to type “mada” in the adress, and hey presto! I am in your world. I do it at least once a week, sometimes oftener, I tend to “save you up” until the weekend, but like the reading of separate posts nevertheless. In short, thank you for doing this and I’ll find the blog and read it, however you write it!

  • Amy 6th December 2020 at 11:21 pm

    I only check once a week, personally, so that’s me.

    And rather than think about ways to make open plan spaces not feel like open plan spaces, maybe it’s time to start talking about closing in some of those spaces? What does it cost to build a non-load-bearing wall? How much sound is blocked by a a partial wall, say with an archway? What are some etageres or other structures that can provide actual, meaningful separation between zones? Thus far I’ve personally worked around this by refusing to buy an open-plan house, but I feel certain that in the new work-at-home world, lots of people are looking at ways to close areas off while still having a cohesive, welcoming home.

  • Beka 5th December 2020 at 3:58 pm

    I enjoy the daily posts, and appreciate all you write. I do not get the daily emails, but rather, I check the blog every day or so. I don’t know if that disqualifies me from voting, but I enjoy the daily format with the ad break on Wednesdays.

    Thank you for all you do . Our new home is certainly a better looking place, all thanks to you.

    Xx Beka

  • MARY ROUSSEAUX 5th December 2020 at 2:45 pm

    me too !!! i love the daily post with my morning coffee. i travel for job so when i read them when i am away i still feel like i have a bit of home with me.

  • Jana Marjanovic 5th December 2020 at 12:00 pm

    I love reading your emails first thing in the morning, along with my coffee (as you so often suggest). It helps me prepare for the more boring things I have to do later during the day. I’d hate not to get them (almost) every morning.

  • rachel bowyer 5th December 2020 at 10:19 am

    Love the daily e-mails please keep them coming xxx

  • Elizabeth Buckeridge 5th December 2020 at 1:54 am

    My vote is 4 emails a week, to remain the same as it is currently. I look forward to reading your blog in the morning, it has become part of my morning routine. Also love the, sometimes, Wednesday add breaks. Your blog is a joy to read each morning, you are such a clever writer. It’s a bright spot in my day. Of course, I will adjust if you choose to change. Thank you Kate for your time, you really do bring happiness to people.

  • Mandy 4th December 2020 at 11:04 pm

    I love the daily drop into my inbox … I immediately open the email into my browser – and the window can sit there until a few hours (and occasionally a few days) until I get to it … the brevity and concision is helpful for my kind of brain … and always, always, an amazing photo selection (I am very visually driven). I pin plenty from your blog.

    Do what you sense is right, but the rhythm of a daily drop is a delight for so many !

  • Jane Will 4th December 2020 at 7:30 pm

    Oh dear! A double edged sword for you! I’d be very happy to read you every day! But I’m sure you need to try to keep some time to live the rest of your life! So, as often as you can manage please! I quite often miss them but always make sure I catch up – priority reading. And if they all came at once it would be too much to consume in one go. As it is,I have small little bits of pleasure on a regular basis.

  • Suzanne Gorman 4th December 2020 at 7:12 pm

    Daily please, it brightens my day, best mail to drop into my inbox!

  • Gaye Robinson 4th December 2020 at 4:18 pm

    Daily please. It’s the first thing I read every day it arrives. Love it and all the links to other relevant sites. Thank you.

  • Nicky Hufford 4th December 2020 at 9:47 am

    Every day with my morning coffee please!

  • Caroline H 4th December 2020 at 7:59 am

    I love the blog but would read whatever you wrote. Invaluable during lockdown too. Thank you Kate!

  • Sarah Holland 4th December 2020 at 7:31 am

    Part of my breakfast routine so yes …….please keep the 4.

  • Sylvia Wedge 3rd December 2020 at 11:43 pm

    Always find them interesting and helpful; even have a peek at 2am east coast Canada time! If it is not too time consuming to prepare, four times a week is an inspiring read in these challenging times. Thank you Kate.

  • Caroline H 3rd December 2020 at 10:17 pm

    I love the blog as it is, but would read whatever you posted. It has been invaluable during lockdown too. Thank you Kate!

  • Rosanne Crocker 3rd December 2020 at 9:14 pm

    I love your daily posts. It is like talking with a friend daily for a quick chat or check-in. The Friday house hunt is always a treat I look forward to,
    So I hope that format stays the same. The
    Rest of the week is always fun and informative and easily read with a cup of coffee here in the USA – with time to explore further with links or thoughts as they emerge. I have learned so much from you over the years and am so appreciative of the time and work you put into the daily blog as well as now the podcasts. Thank you for delivering relevant and informative content.

  • Jennifer Montgomery 3rd December 2020 at 8:14 pm

    I’m used to the current pattern of posts and happy with it. Don’t think I would wade through one long post

  • johanne tremblay 3rd December 2020 at 7:14 pm

    I love to read your daily email.

    Thank you

  • Marie Bunworth 3rd December 2020 at 6:13 pm

    Love the dailies Kate even if I only comment when I feel I have something to say.
    Love all the sensible advice and viewpoints, endlessly helpful … and above all your brand of humour … kinda sarky but in a humorous way 😂
    Have a wonderful chilled Xmas with ur family … well deserved break I’m sure.

  • Belinda Taylor 3rd December 2020 at 5:44 pm

    Four times a week is great – please keep the same format going x

  • Valerie Belcher 3rd December 2020 at 4:45 pm

    I like the daily emails. To be honest, I do get emails from some design sources that have several articles and are more of a magazine format but after a time I really don’t read through much of it. It is much more useful to get a small concentrated bite at a time especially when there is so much in my inbox on a daily basis. Also, if people are not from the UK, it is easier to determine if the links are relevant to them.

    As to comments, I have commented a few times only.

  • Marianne Weissberg 3rd December 2020 at 4:26 pm

    Maybe twice a week, so I don‘t feel „pressured“ to read all the context in one session, because there will be a new one next morning.

  • Susan McCabe 3rd December 2020 at 4:19 pm

    Same as it is now please. If I want more I get your books out or go onto your website.😁

  • Sandie 3rd December 2020 at 4:19 pm

    Although I would say I love the daily posts, in truth I often miss it and then read two together. As long as you keep them coming and we don’t lose any of your input I really don’t mind if it’s 4x,2x or 1x a week.

  • Bonnie Foster Abel 3rd December 2020 at 4:14 pm

    Good Morning Kate,
    Your daily posts arrive in Canada about 2:00 a.m.
    I enjoy your style of writing and the elements of interior decoration you write about. While I don’t comment on every post, I have on some, and only if I thought I had something to say. I also read the comments from other readers and appreciate their points of view, even if they differ from my own view. The format is interesting and lively. The frequency is like a short visit with a good friend sharing meaningful conversation. Hope you will continue.

  • Liz 3rd December 2020 at 4:13 pm

    Oh dear, you must be horrified so many people want you to keep posting daily – well, me too! I really enjoy reading your daily blogs and get so much more out of them than Instagram. I’ve no idea how you keep up the very high quality and constant stream of ideas, but you do! Sometimes I read them each morning, sometimes I lie in bed at the weekend and read the backlog. I don’t comment all that often but enjoy reading other people’s remarks. I laughed at the recent woman who wears a white shirt with everything as I realised that I tend to wear a black top with bright coloured bottom halves. And then realised that’s also true of my home decorating – I buy lots of patterns I like, but don’t necessarily know how to tie them all together. What else? I sometimes snort with laughter at the people who make sniffy remarks about the featured properties for sale. And finally … from reading your posts, I have painted our flat to suit my own taste (yep, disjointed patterns), I’ve put a comfy chaise in the hall to make it welcoming and a good spot to take off shoes/dump jackets, I’ve advised my sister on how to zone her open plan living, I’ve painted our radiators the same colours as the colourful walls … but you’ll be sad to hear, I’ve yet to convince my other half to paint the skirtings to match!

    Would you prefer it if we commented more regularly instead of big long rambling ones?

  • Annie 3rd December 2020 at 3:06 pm

    I LOVE your daily posts!! They are wonderful – they brighten up my day enormously. Please keep up your amazing work! Xx

    • Ruth 3rd December 2020 at 10:28 pm

      I have never commented before but just have to say I really love and look forward to your daily posts, they are such an interesting, beautifully written and humorous way to punctuate the day. In fact I am disappointed on a Wednesday when you generally don’t publish… but I don’t think you were suggesting doing more often Kate, were you! Whatever you decide though, I’ll be checking in regularly, thank you for all your hard work and Merry Christmas (if possible!)

  • Steph 3rd December 2020 at 2:23 pm

    I like the current form. Quicker informative emails are better for me vs one long one. Sometimes hard to fit in the time to sit down and just read something longer. Love your writing and information!

  • Catherine 3rd December 2020 at 2:12 pm

    Like everyone else here – 71 comments – wow – is that a record? – I Really love the daily emails – but I do appreciate it is more work for you Kate!
    Love the podcast too. According to Spotify, it was my most listened to podcast this year (closely followed by Michelle Obama! – Michelle, you, Sophie – a great collection of strong influential women there!).

  • Mariyah 3rd December 2020 at 2:06 pm

    Hi Kate

    I like to read the daily post every morning before my day properly starts. So much inspiration and I love all the content. So, thank you for all your efforts.

  • Lee 3rd December 2020 at 12:58 pm

    I really like the format as it is. If it was a longer email once a week I don’t think I’d feel I had time to read it.

  • Judi 3rd December 2020 at 12:53 pm

    I very much enjoy reading your daily postings and usually check them out first thing in the morning. From my perspective, there is no need to change anything!

  • Pat Easto 3rd December 2020 at 12:43 pm

    I like the daily format please.

  • SALLY EDWARDS 3rd December 2020 at 12:39 pm

    I love the daily emails. I look forward to them together with my morning coffee every day.
    Love them. Love them. Love them!

  • Heather 3rd December 2020 at 12:09 pm

    Love the present format and look forward to MAD emails. Witty, wise and stimulating. Approaching 80yrs I’m unlikely to put much into action but it brightens my day, thank you!

  • Gail Louise Gray 3rd December 2020 at 11:59 am

    I love the daily emails and tend to rush through all my other emails so I can focus on your post. Having started a new Antiques, Vintage & Retro business this year I love all the styling tips and ideas around room planning. Your blog and podcasts are inspiring.

  • Lynn Bashforth 3rd December 2020 at 11:50 am

    I like the daily emails four times a week, I miss them on Wednesdays! They are perfect for reading with my morning coffee, getting me inspired as I start my day.

  • Teresa G 3rd December 2020 at 11:37 am

    I love the current format. Daily emails make for a bite sized read, perfect for my mid morning coffee break.

  • Longdenlife 3rd December 2020 at 11:22 am

    Daily works for me – I usually wait until my afternoon cuppa for a quick read!

  • Kirsty 3rd December 2020 at 11:13 am

    I do like it little and often! I read your email everyday on the day it arrives, usually early in the morning, if I were to receive a larger email once a week, I’m not sure it would all get read, love it the way it is. Thank you for doing them xx

  • Clare 3rd December 2020 at 11:11 am

    Yep a daily read is very enjoyable. Little (ish) and often is good! Thank you!

  • Vicky Wilford 3rd December 2020 at 11:05 am

    Hi Kate, I love your daily email and it brightens up my morning! I really miss you on Wednesday’s and the weekend! So many other interiors bloggers post irregularly, so I find myself always going to MATH as the first poet of call for all things design. I also have both of your books and regularly listen to the podcast. We are currently renovating our 1950s house and I’m studying at KLC and you keep me on track, informed, and inspired on a daily basis. If it’s still ok for you i wholeheartedly support continuing in the current format. Thank you for all your hard work for all of us over the years! X

  • vinaya 3rd December 2020 at 11:03 am

    I love it as it is …
    thank you for doing this

  • Lynda Munt 3rd December 2020 at 11:01 am

    Love the daily email which I click on with my first coffee of the day. Bliss. Am amazed that you are able to keep thinking up new areas to cover so consistently.

  • Julia Inman 3rd December 2020 at 10:42 am

    Agree with support for current format – ritual of cuppa when awake and reading your MATH email! (Never noticed initials make it sound scholastic!)

  • Sallie 3rd December 2020 at 10:35 am

    The daily posts are part of my morning routine. I could no more lose them than I could skip my first-thing coffee. Wednesdays are already discombobulating! Would be lovely if you continued them.

    • Annie 3rd December 2020 at 2:16 pm

      Sallie – I feel just the same! Always a slight downer when I realize it’s Wednesday.

  • Helen Elix 3rd December 2020 at 10:32 am

    I really enjoy your tasteful insights. Please offer whatever options to your readers that best work for you. Xxxooo

  • Désirée Freund 3rd December 2020 at 10:28 am

    I love your emails coming in but, honestly, sometimes I just save them up and read them on the weekend. So twice a week would be fine for me but also I like my weekend teatime with a bunch of m-a-t-h mails to read through. No big help I guess..
    Thanks for your super useful and super entertaining posts and also for your brilliant podcast which I adore and which helps me improving my english skills aswell btw. Greetings from Germany!

  • Linda Almond 3rd December 2020 at 10:27 am

    I only discovered the blog earlier this year and really enjoy the current format. I read them with my breakfast. Thank you for keeping us entertained.

  • Jean Rowland 3rd December 2020 at 10:27 am

    I agree, cup of coffee in bed, your post arrives at 7am and all’s well with the world. Yes, I always open all your posts and if you decide to change the frequency, I’d support your decision! Always a joy to read. Even if there is a lot of green! From your green-loathing reader!

  • Kate 3rd December 2020 at 10:25 am

    I really like having a daily email …. brightens up my morning !!

  • Avril 3rd December 2020 at 10:18 am

    I like the current format of emails. It’s a nice distraction for a few mins in the morning as I go through emails with my coffee at the start of the work day. Would be less inclined to read through a long one. Little and often for best engagement I reckon!

  • Ana 3rd December 2020 at 10:17 am

    Hi, I’d prefer twice a week. Sometimes I get a bit overwhelmed by the amount of emails … a subscription cleansing would be a good idea 🙂 But definitely not from yours! I love yours and I’ve learned and used so much of your advice.
    Thanks and wish you and your family a very merry Christmas!

  • Ailsa Joyce Gray 3rd December 2020 at 9:58 am

    I love your posts and read them all. (Thank you. Thank you for recommending The Frame Tv And Rockett st George and so much else!).

    I’d like a daily one.

    Thanks

    Ailsa

  • Claire 3rd December 2020 at 9:53 am

    Kate, I really enjoy reading your posts and they have really helped me with pulling together our home. I find it difficult to visualise things in my head so your examples and links to items are fabulous. I’ve purchased your two latest books and I follow recommended designers on Instagram. I never thought that Instagram would be for me but I was wrong! I also subscribe to your podcast with Sophie which is informative and fun. I love that you are both so different. Keep up the good work and keep safe.

  • Stephanie 3rd December 2020 at 9:37 am

    I am so grateful for whatever you send us. Your email is the first one I open in the morning, and I’d love that to continue, but I expect it is a lot of work for you. I haven’t tried the podcast yet so I have that to look forward to.

    Thank you for all of your time and effort on our behalf.

  • Caroline 3rd December 2020 at 9:33 am

    I read all your emails but will go with the majority…a weekly mag sounds good too! Thank you for asking and thank you for your great, useful, interesting, humorous blog!

  • Carla Crosse 3rd December 2020 at 9:26 am

    I am quite happy for the format to remain the same if that is also still ok for you. I read your posts after I read the papers in the morning … to cheer me up!!!

  • Felicity van der Nest 3rd December 2020 at 9:22 am

    I love the current format and the joy of opening the daily post. Highlight of my day!

  • Nicky 3rd December 2020 at 9:21 am

    It seems that everyone is of the same opinion! 4 posts a week please, Wednesdays and the weekends are not the same, maybe you could keep us all happy and post every day😂! Thank you for doing what you do, I love this and so look forward to it👍🏼🏝

  • jb 3rd December 2020 at 9:12 am

    I read ‘you’ every day with a brew before i get up!! Miss you on Wednesdays though – the tea just aint the same!!

  • Kirsty Jones 3rd December 2020 at 9:09 am

    Oh gawd, I was going to say I like the sound of one meaty magazine a week but there’s clearly plenty of people who enjoy it as their daily ritual!

  • Elaine Sarchet 3rd December 2020 at 8:59 am

    I’d go with whatever suits you best. It’s a great blog so I’ll be following whatever you decide, and thank you.

  • Brooke Copp-Barton 3rd December 2020 at 8:59 am

    I really like the daily posts – perfect accompaniment to my (first) cup 0f coffee! x

  • Grace MacLeod 3rd December 2020 at 8:58 am

    I look forward to reading each daily post. Each post is the right length for me (1 cup of coffee) as I have little kids demanding my attention. If the posts were longer I might not get the chance to read through it!

  • Jami 3rd December 2020 at 8:53 am

    I’m going to go against the prevailing opinion and say that I’d actually prefer once or twice a week. I love reading the posts but I’m short on time so I don’t want to feel I’m missing something. Once a week magazine style, means I can take my time and enjoy the post!

  • Maggie Mackriell 3rd December 2020 at 8:51 am

    I really like your daily posts.
    I don’t know how you consistently come up with truly interesting content, lovely photos and all wrapped in delicious writing.
    Whatever your witchery (hard work and commitment I suspect) it is very much enjoyed and appreciated.

  • Linda Southwood 3rd December 2020 at 8:43 am

    I love getting the emails each day. There are probably one of the few daily’s that I open religiously because the content is good, informative and often colourful.

  • Rach with an E 3rd December 2020 at 8:43 am

    Daily post please. A mug of tea and a.bit of MATH and I’m set up for the day. I suppose it’s become my mindfulness exercise and you can’t take that away from me in a pandemic!

  • Heather 3rd December 2020 at 8:34 am

    I really enjoy the 4 posts per week

  • Lucy 3rd December 2020 at 8:31 am

    I like the current format too, and read all your emails (and miss Wednesdays). If you make a magazine format, I’ll read that too… and I listen to every podcast episode at least once, more often twice, sometimes I even take notes. You can send me the fan club membership card! 😉

  • Lesley E 3rd December 2020 at 8:31 am

    I too, really love the daily format and like Ally, I already miss you on Wednesdays! However, whatever format you decide on, I shall continue to look forward to your emails.
    I only discovered Mad About the House in September 2019, (I know, where have I been!), but your blog has transformed the way I look at my house. Before Mad I didn’t know I had a red thread, but have discovered I do and it is indeed, red! Your knowledge and the beautiful interiors you use to illustrate the posts have opened my eyes! Like many people, I’ve only been able to make small changes this year, such as moving furniture and pictures and framing views, but it has made a difference, so thank you for daily inspiration!

  • Dianne 3rd December 2020 at 8:29 am

    I look forward to your daily posts, read them during my morning break at work.
    Thank you x

  • Ruth Dalton 3rd December 2020 at 8:23 am

    I also love the daily posts Kate. It’s the first thing I read with my coffee in the morning. A bright start to the day. Thank you.

  • Clare Mackinnon 3rd December 2020 at 8:22 am

    I will continue to read them in whatever format – I’m easily pleased. Admittedly I skim the ‘expensive’ and ‘big job’ posts and take more time with ones where I can pick up easy to achieve ideas. Great posts though. And thank you for the introduction to The Modern House – it’s my BIGGEST zapper of browsing time!!!!

  • Jo 3rd December 2020 at 8:13 am

    Love the daily posts – I rarely miss one. A daily dose of escapism and inspiration. Short is good too – if you had a lengthier less frequent format I’d probably not dedicate the time. Please keep it the same!!

  • Eibhlín O’Leary 3rd December 2020 at 8:12 am

    Hi there, I just wanted to add to thee above that I love the 4 times a week emails, and that I do read them every day. Always happy when it’s a Wednesday ad-break – it’s like getting a bonus!
    Thanks for it all, I enjoy the podcasts with Sophie too. Have a good Christmas.

  • Melissa 3rd December 2020 at 8:10 am

    How can you even think people don’t open your emails? I would be really sad if you changed the current format. I look for them every morning and often want to read them before I have to think about anything else. I love the current format.
    I do appreciate that they must be time consuming to produce especially when you quite possibly have other things you may need/want to do so please be reassured that whatever format you choose, I’ll still be following along.

  • Bekah 3rd December 2020 at 8:05 am

    I love the daily, quickly digestible posts! Thank you!

  • Gillian Irish 3rd December 2020 at 8:05 am

    Love and look forward to your frequent posts! Yet to try the podcasts but seems I should.

  • Amy 3rd December 2020 at 8:05 am

    I check the blog daily (actually nightly here in the antipodes!) for new posts but didn’t sign up for an email, precisely because I am already drowning in email. I like the idea of a weekly or fortnightly magazine affair; I’d probably sign up for that.

  • Mary 3rd December 2020 at 8:05 am

    I too love the four posts a week and hope you keep to that plan.

    another cheer from Canada!

  • Karen Phipps 3rd December 2020 at 8:04 am

    Dear Kate
    I too really enjoy your daily emails (Wednesdays do not not get off to such a good start!)
    Please keep the format as it is.
    Thank you

    • Susan LEE 3rd December 2020 at 8:51 am

      I think morning posts win over a weekly magazine, it’s far less of a commitment, and 3 per week is perfect IMHO.

  • Sophie 3rd December 2020 at 7:58 am

    Morning! I really like the current format and receiving daily interiors inspiration during the week, culminating in an aspirational dream property on Fridays.
    Thank you, your thoughts, tips and ideas have really helped me with my current project and to make braver choices.

  • Lenore Taylor 3rd December 2020 at 7:58 am

    I love your daily posts, and hope nothing changes. Cheers from Canada!

  • Tonia 3rd December 2020 at 7:57 am

    I like the current format.

  • brid 3rd December 2020 at 7:55 am

    I love the daily post on the blog, I read it before the house wakens every morning. I am currently getting a new kitchen and after reading Monday’s post am thinking of not having a kickboard. How short do you think legs can be on an island -it i going to have a downward extractor fan?

  • Gill 3rd December 2020 at 7:50 am

    Love the daily posts. I used to read them on the bus to work but now read them in bed due to WFH! They’re a great start to the day and incredibly useful as well as entertaining. I read all of them and listen to all the podcasts. Excellent stuff.

  • Naye Tennant 3rd December 2020 at 7:49 am

    I read all four posts each week . I particularly like Monday and Friday. In addition I follow some of your links to other sites. As I write I realise I do this with your posts because you discover and comment on interesting things; this contrasts with many other sites where I feel I am also being sold something.

  • Ally 3rd December 2020 at 7:47 am

    I’m another tea, toast and Mad About fan. Please don’t move from the current format, I already miss you on Wednesdays!

  • Isabelle 3rd December 2020 at 7:40 am

    I too like the daily posts, something to look forward to with my early morning tea, and stealth plan room changes. It does happen, but very very slowly…

  • Ruth 3rd December 2020 at 7:38 am

    I look forward to the regular emails – just the right length to read whilst I’m waiting for my work pc to boot up.

  • Jeannie 3rd December 2020 at 7:34 am

    I love the daily read with my first cuppa tea in bed before facing the reality of e mails that need work /brain and a house that is not as beautiful as your pictures but needs inspiration to get there.

  • Heather Dyer 3rd December 2020 at 7:31 am

    I really like your daily posts – please don’t change them !
    I especially like your 10 rooms feature which is fill of great images, ideas and links to designers and also looking round houses for sale on Friday ( though I wish you’d find some that are full of ingenious ideas but done to a much lower budget ( £ 2 milion is beyond my budget!)

  • Liz Pearson 3rd December 2020 at 7:28 am

    I enjoy starting my day with your posts – so four emails a week is good for me (five were even better…). Also like the 7.00 slot.

  • Rosie Greenwood 3rd December 2020 at 7:27 am

    I really enjoy the current format, I read your post over a cup of tea and it’s a great (and often beautiful) start to my day. Thank you for offering such a lot of wonderful content – I adore the podcast too. You’ve become an authority figure in my house during interiors conversations ‘well, mad about the house says…’!

  • BP 3rd December 2020 at 7:25 am

    Daily emails my preference – nice short break when starting the work day (or commuting, if that ever becomes a thing again).

    Also have the Frame by Samsung and like it. Occasionally a bit buggy (e.g. suddenly decides it wants different art on display) but a vast improvement over a large, dark screen on the wall.

  • Ella 3rd December 2020 at 7:24 am

    I read it most days, but do marvel that you have the capacity to keep up such a level of output. A longer post less frequently would be fine – I’d miss it initially but then adapt (2020 has shown we can if nothing else!!). I do love that it a calm read at the start of my day and keeps me off news & Twitter ;-). Thanks so much for all you do, I really enjoy it and find it very very useful.

  • Fliss 3rd December 2020 at 7:24 am

    I love getting a short email frequently rather than a longer one weekly.

    Loving your blog

  • Harriet 3rd December 2020 at 7:22 am

    I’ve not commented before but I love your blog, since finding it during lockdown. I look forward to your emails and they are perfect reading over breakfast before a manic day. Personally I like the the separate emails – a little something to look forward to in the morning!

  • Debra 3rd December 2020 at 7:20 am

    I read these every morning at just after 7, so yes I’d love to keep the 4 days a week emails please!

  • Samantha Salter-Rafferty 3rd December 2020 at 7:14 am

    I really like the daily emails

    • MARY ROUSSEAUX 5th December 2020 at 2:46 pm

      me too !!! i love the daily post with my morning coffee. i travel for job so when i read them when i am away i still feel like i have a bit of home with me.

  • Dipali Chokshi 3rd December 2020 at 7:06 am

    I prefer a more comprehensive email once a week! I love reading everything you write though.

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