365 Objects Of Design

Six of the Best: Striped Duvet Covers

Organic Pyjama Stripe Duvet Cover ORGANIC PYJAMA STRIPE DUVET COVER from toast
I have loved mattress ticking for as long as I can remember - and actually slept on it for years at boarding school - but when, a few years ago, I decided I wanted some for our bedroom there was none to be found. Suddenly now it's everywhere though so I thought I would include

Topps Tile of the Year 2020

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

New Collections and Launches for Autumn

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

Interior Trends: How To Do Beige

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

Find Your New Season Style (my piece in Grazia)

Kate Watson-Smyth compiles a guide to the new season's trends for Grazia magazine 'find your new season style' #grazia #newseason #trends #interiortrends #madaboutthehouse
Things are beginning to take on that back to school feel and in honour of that I wrote a piece in last week's Grazia magazine looking at the key trends that will be coming into the stores in the next few weeks. I have reproduced the pages here with a few of my favourite pieces

Don’t Forget The Fifth Wall

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

How to Save Space (and Money) in Bathroom Design

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
Read more... launches organic cotton bedding and towels

dyed cloth ready to be cut
Some of you may remember that last year I went to Portugal with to see the two factories where they source their ceramics. Both family-run firms – one of which had employees who had been there for over 30 years. machinist at a cotton factory for in portugal This year we returned –

5 Easy Pieces: The Bedroom

brisa peacock linen bedding from
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

Monday Inspiration: 21st Century Rooms

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

Colour Psychology: Green

mint green colour blocking by ferm living
Today I thought we would dive into a little colour psychology with an (amended) extract from my book but looking  also at inspiration and what's in the shops so that you can buy if you want but be inspired if you don't. I wanted to start with green as it's definitely one of the colours

Five of the Best: Monstera Designs

monstera brass lamp from graham and green
This is just for fun but it probably also makes a wider point about how trends spread. I was looking for something completely different when I stumbled across these tiles. And then I found this light. And in newspapers we always used to say that two was a coincidence (ie not a story) but three

Discovering La Redoute

dining room for la redoute styled by kate watson-smyth of
Over the last seven years of writing this blog I have been privileged to work with several companies writing about their products and styling their furniture. One that I have collaborated with on several occasions and we now have something of an ongoing partnership is La Redoute. While I have known about this French company

Downstairs Loo Makeover (II)

wall mural by wall and deco
Welcome to the third, and final ( I hope but never say never) makeover of the Downstairs Loo. This room has never been quite right since we built it nine years ago. It's under the stairs but we stole a bit from the kitchen and, to be honest, we didn't quite take enough. Under the

Femme Fist Vase

Around the time of the first Women's March (not the first ever but the first after Trump was elected) an image of three women's clenched fists appeared on many instagram and twitter feeds. I used it myself after discovering that it was the work of Deva Pardue, who also founded All Womankind, a design initiative

Five of the Best: Throws

waffled navy throw from hmhome
Well I know the odds of a sunny long bank holiday weekend are slim and I know that we had one over Easter - four days of a heat so intense we could have been in Spain, but boy have we been punished for that ever since.  It's been so cold we've put the heating

The 24 Hour Kitchen with Samsung

samsung 24 hour kitchen in Milan
Last week I made a lightning trip to Milan at the invitation of Samsung to see - not just some of their appliances but also to consider - via an installation they had created in the Brera Design District - the role of the kitchen in our busy 24 hour lives. samsung 24 hour kitchen

New Shop Discovery: Houseof.Com

It seems apt that after posting about the forthcoming trends as seen at Milan last week, I find a new interiors brand that is using all those colours to showcase its lighting collection. So this post is twofold - have a look at the lighting from houseof and check out the colours (and arches) with

If You Buy One Thing: Recycled Glass Vase

recycled bottle vases from rowen and wren
Now that the clocks have gone forward and we've all recovered from that missing hour (how can that be so hard?) the longer days and burgeoning blossom is making me desperate to bring a little of the outside in. Especially as it's not quite warm enough (at the time of writing) to go from inside