I hope you will forgive me a little mini-break here. Many of you will be away on holiday for the next few days or busy with friends and family rather than house-hunting or blog-reading. I tend to only take a break from publishing over Christmas but this year, having been so busy with the book launch and its promotion, I’m feeling the need for a few days off to clear my head so I hope you don’t mind if I take allow myself the indulgence of posting a few comments and reviews of the book. Normal service will be resumed on Tuesday.
Obviously if this encourages you to buy said book I would be thrilled but you really don’t have to. It’s an edited, prettier, more searchable version of much of the content that has appeared on these pages over the last six years after all. But, in that sense, I hope it is worth having.
I was delighted with a spread in the Sunday Times Home section last weekend. Since it’s behind a paywall I can’t share it all with you but it was an extract on the colour chapter of the book which talks about the meaning of different colours and which rooms to use them in.
There was also an extract on my top 10 design hacks in Stella Magazine, which I can’t seem to link to but you know the drill on that front as I have written about them before.
I was both thrilled that it sold out so fast on Amazon and then worried that it was out of stock for a week but it’s back now. If you have bought a copy and would like to leave a review then please do. That encourages Amazon, a complicated law unto itself, to manage the rankings and order more copies.
This is one from there: “The second book from interiors journalist Kate Watson-Smyth ticks all the boxes. At a time when Pinterest is our go-to inspiration tool, guiding us through all our renovation and styling projects, Watson-Smyth realises that the overload of information can actually result in our taking longer to plan and even longer to execute projects of all sizes.
“The book is then divided into chapters, each one dedicated to a different room in the house. Handy checklists help readers focus on key takeaways. With a good sense of humour (the book is written in the style of the author’s interiors blog) and beautiful illustrations throughout, this book will be the perfect reference point for those embarking on a renovation project, first time home buyers looking to make changes and have no idea where to start.
Everything has been covered, from storage to bedside tables to finishing touches like the light switches. And when you’re done with the renovation, it will look brilliant on your coffee table too.”
Another: “An absolutely fantastic book. It answers all those questions you thought we’re too stupid to ask. It guides you through the whole process of designing your home or just a single room. It’s like having someone holding your hand saying “you can do this!” Kate doesn’t tell you what design you should go for she helps you to create your own style and designs. Great for amateur interior designers like me.”
And thank you to anyone who has pictured the book on Instagram:
@awelshmamaskitchen: Love the book – the first interior design book I have ever bought.
@flames_house: Your book arrived today and it is absolutely brilliant. I love your writing style, your practical approach and the invaluable advice. Plus it’s because of you I have the perfect pink in my kitchen.
@megmegarmitage (private account): I was up until midnight reading. I am about to paint the whole house and was feeling so overwhelmed… but your book encouraged me to go with some of the brave decisions I had been thinking about and I went to bed happy. And I cancelled my radiator covers, which I knew were going to look naff.
@journalist_sadie: The gorgeous colours on the cover have already solved my dining room decor dilemmas.
@housenumberthirteen: So I jumped on the bandwagon and what an inspirational bandwagon to be on… I rarely finish a book but can’t see me having trouble with this one.
And that about sums it up. I wanted a book that was readable and useful and not just pretty. Thank you so much allowing me this indulgence and I’ll see you on Tuesday. Wishing you all a lovely long weekend. May your kids’ sugar rush be slight and your wine glass overflowing.
Now if you would like to order it, the fastest way – apart from going into a shop (and it’s coming soon to Oliver Bonas as well as being in Anthropologie in Bath and Regent Street) – is probably Amazon. Otherwise if you prefer to buy from elsewhere, and I know many people do, here is a list of alternatives and thank you once again for a welcoming my book so warmly into the world.
Rockett St George: The interiors book we have been dying to get our hands on