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Topps Tile of the Year 2020

18th September 2019
Kate Watson-Smyth looks at the Topps Tile of the Year 2020: syren in midnight blue

Well we’ve had the colour of the year and now it’s time for the tile of the year as revealed by moi at an event with Topps Tiles last week and for this week’s Wednesday AD Break I thought I would talk you through some of the trends around it and the different ways you…

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New Collections and Launches for Autumn

17th September 2019
Organic shapes, soft textures and natural materials feature heavily in the Zara Home collection. The warm colours and natural materials of these bathroom towels help to create a minimalist feel. #newseason #bathroom #madaboutthehouse

I spoke the other week about September being the start of the new year for many and we talked around how you can update your home without spending any money. But the other thing that comes with the new year is new launches, and, as London whirls itself into a frenzy of fashion and design…

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Interior Trends: How To Do Beige

29th August 2019
Kate Watson-Smyth looks at ways of introducing the interior trend for warm neutrals. The easiest way to do it is with the accessories, especially with texture like this ecru throw from Himla. #interiortrend #neutraldecor #warmneutrals #madaboutthehouse

Updating this post to include some new pieces and also as you have had several months to get your head round this idea. It’s not going away! There are some lovely things around and it’s all about what you mix it with. Personally I love a milk and chocolate with a dash of biscuit on…

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Don’t Forget The Fifth Wall

20th August 2019
Kate Watson-Smyth advises not to forget the fifth wall, also known as the ceiling. Her office ceiling in gold adds interest and bounces light around the room - the ideal backdrop for her large statement pendant light. #madaboutthehouse #homeoffice #goldceiling

Throwing it back to some statement ceilings in honour of a spread in Grazia earlier this summer which included two of mine. And, coincidentally, today’s issue of the magazine includes their first ever interiors special for which I wrote a four page special on the seasonal updates you can make now.  It’s not that walls…

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How to Save Space (and Money) in Bathroom Design

15th August 2019

This has got to be one of the most commonly asked questions: where can I save space and money when designing a bathroom? So today, as part of my collaboration earlier this year with West One Bathrooms, I spoke to Louise Ashdown, the company’s head of design, to find out more about those two crucial…

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5 Easy Pieces: The Bedroom

6th June 2019
brisa peacock linen bedding from made.com

A return to this occasional series where we look at five key elements that you can change in a room to give it a new lease of life. Today it’s the bedroom. Now, obviously the single most transformative thing you can do is buy a can of paint but that involves a certain amount of…

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Monday Inspiration: 21st Century Rooms

3rd June 2019
Dimore Studio, Saint Germain Studio (for private client), living room, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris, France, completed c. 2015. Picture credit: Mai Linh

I’m going to finish this mini series of the greatest rooms of the century by looking at some more recent designers. When I spoke to William Norwich, the editor of this Phaidon book, he told me that while they started in the 1900s (see last Monday’s post for a room for each decade) sometimes when…

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