Another week another postcard from The Great Indoors Podcast. This week we have interviewed Micaela Sharp, upholsterer, designer, businesswoman, and tv presenter who first came to our attention on Interior Design Masters, where she came third proving, yet again, that you don’t have to win the show to win at developing your career. Micaela talks about what it’s really like to be on a TV show where you never know from one week to the next if you have to go back to work or reschedule your clients once again without being able to tell them why.

Studio Janettie furniture and homeware is the result of a collaboration between Micaela and fellow Interior Design Masters contestant and textile designer, Charlotte Beevor. ‘Future heirlooms designed with love and made to last.’

We also discuss the horrors of the comparison spiral, imposter syndrome, and the importance of listening to your gut instinct. Tune in wherever you get your podcasts. And sign up to the Insiders Club to get an exclusive 20% discount on Micaela’s upholstery course for beginners. Join here

We are also delighted to welcome our new sponsors to the show: NaturalMat makes beds and mattresses by hand in Devon using natural, organic & renewable materials, with absolutely zero chemicals, synthetics, or glues. You can receive 10% off your first order with Naturalmat, either online, in-store, or over the phone, by using the code GREATINDOORS10, valid until 31st August 2023.

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  1. Hello Kate!

    I absolutely adore your blog and listening to you and Sophie on the podcast, but this is my first time reaching out. I’ve just listened to this episode and heard you mention that you’re planning to remove carpet in your new Italian house yourself (huge congratulations on the purchase of the house, by the way!). I am just a little bit concerned about safety for you and your husband. In Australia – where I live and practice medicine – it was common practice in the 50’s and 60’s to lay hessian beneath carpets as a form of underlay. Unfortunately the hessian often came wrapped around asbestos products, and was full of asbestos fibres. Lifting up old carpets is a little-known cause of mesothelioma down here. I’ve no idea whether that’s also a problem in Italy but perhaps check it out and, at the very least, consider wearing really good airway protection while you’re hauling all that carpet about.

    Glad to hear you’re enjoying the remote renovating process and can’t wait to see all you create there!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and concern. In the end the builders removed the carpet and as they had already mentioned the possibility of asbestos elsewhere (not found) I’m sure they took all the correct precautions. In addition we had already seen that it was stuck direct to the concrete. But that is good to know and so I share here for others. Thank you so much

      1. Well that *is* great to hear. Better for your lower backs too! I’m so looking forward to following along on your Italian journey.

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