Happy Christmas to you all

The Mad House will be taking a short break over the holiday. Should you reach that point where you just fancy a little peace and quiet and a read of the internet there are over 2,000 posts on this blog which has had nearly 10 million hits since it was launched in 2012.  More than 4 million of you have passed through pages since then and you are all extremely welcome. I hope you will continue to visit next year. Next decade in fact.

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I’m off for a little lie down and remember if Aunt Sybil is getting a little much there’s plenty of ideas and inspiration to be found on these pages.

Kate Watson-Smyth

The author Kate Watson-Smyth

I’m a journalist who writes about interiors mainly for The Financial Times but I have also written regularly for The Independent and The Daily Mail. My house has been in Living Etc, HeartHome and featured in The Wall Street Journal & Corriere della Sera. I also run an interior styling consultancy Mad About Your House. Welcome to my Mad House.


  1. Merry Christmas Kate! Thank you for such wonderful reading every day and hope the new year brings you and yours good health and good spirits :))

  2. Have a wonderful Christmas Kate with the mad husband n presumably mad sons 😀 And here’s to a very happy n healthy 2020. Look forward to more great informative blogs next year 👍

  3. Wow! That’s amazing: 2,000 posts. I have saved a lot of them 🙂
    I save them for when I have time to indulge – they’re a real treat and have led me to many dreamy Instagram accounts. Thank you – and Merry Christmas/ Happy New Year! xx

  4. Phew what an achievement Kate, so many medals to polish…you need a rest.
    Buon Natale e felice anno nuovo!

  5. Thanks for giving us yet another year of great blogs. A lot of the bloggers I have been following for years have stopped posting or prefer using instagram now. Long may you continue…
    Bonnes fêtes de fin d’année!

  6. Nadolig Llawen Kate. Hope you get a chance to relax over the holiday- you deserve it. Looking forward to catching up with your joyful blog in the new year xx

  7. Merry Christmas! Enjoy the break, but come back soon as my breakfasts aren’t the same without you!

  8. Happy Christmas Kate enjoy the well deserved rest and thanks for your wonderful blog! Looking forward to more in 2020!

  9. Haha, I actually have an aunty Sybil. And her grandmother was Sybil Dibble. Best name ever. Happy xmas to you, I very much enjoy the blog!

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