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A house tour with Sophie Ellis Bextor

27th May 2021
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home of sophie ellis bextor image by kate watson-smyth

A treat for you this week as Sophie and I actually got out of our duvet dens to meet and record the podcast in person and we were thrilled to be able to tour round the home of Sophie Ellis Bextor, who lives with her husband, Richard Jones, also a musician, and their five sons.…

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Blinds, Curtains and Voiles – all about Window Treatments

29th April 2021
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two sets of ready made curtains sewn together will give a more luxe feel to a window, image by alun callendar of Sophie Robinson's house

There’s no getting around the fact that dressing windows is an expensive business. So on this week’s podcast Sophie and I dived in to sort out your Romans from your Londons and your rollers from your pull-ups to help you decide what you should do with your windows either to protect your privacy, prevent the…

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The Hottest New Interiors Books Reviewed

15th April 2021
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Image from Every Room Should Sing by Beata Heumann (Rizzoli)

Back with a new series of the podcast and this week we are reviewing three of the newest interiors books, two of which are published today. Elsewhere in the show, which for this series is sponsored by Harlequin, we discuss scented candles – expect strong opinions there and whether you should unconservatory your conservatory. Do…

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An Interview With Salvage Hunter Drew Pritchard

11th March 2021
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pale green panelled wall, antique mirror and statue, faded floral button back armchair by Drew Pritchard for Barker and Stonehouse

This week on the podcast I interview Drew Pritchard, an architectural antiques dealer, on turning his passion into a career both on and off-screen. As the star of TV’s Salvage Hunters, Drew says it’s all about the thrill of the chase rather than the selling of his finds. He shared his tips on shopping for…

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An Interior Design Masterclass with Nicola Harding

25th February 2021
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The Mitre by Nicola Harding & Co

Nicola Harding is one of my favourite interior designers. It was her work that I referenced when I first noticed the importance (and joy) of bringing a disrupter colour into every scheme and she is also fully committed to being as sustainable as possible in her work. So I was thrilled when she agreed to…

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How To Cope with Lockdown in a Small House

11th February 2021
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pink and green kitchen at sophie robinson house

A post in two parts for you today as part of the show notes for the latest episode of the The Great Indoors podcast which is out today. We spoke to Julia Samuel, a psychotherapist, whose book This Too Shall Pass, came out (with uncanny timing) last March. She specialises in bereavement counselling and dealing…

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A house tour with Fashion Designer Matthew Williamson

19th November 2020
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Matthew Williamson London home; turquoise bay windows

In this week’s episode of The Great Indoors podcast we get to nose around the London apartment of Matthew Williamson. The award-winning designer started out in fashion, creating dresses for the likes of Sienna Miller and Jade Jagger before turning his hand to interior design. As The Guardian put it: “From Fashion Star to Interior…

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How To Buy Ethical Interiors

5th November 2020
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tortoiseshell bamboo covered cupboard with peach glass floor lamp, cream sofa and orange striped cushion. .interior designer Em Gurner, image by anna yanovski

This week on the podcast, Sophie interviews Chloe Bullock, a BIID member and the first interior designer in the UK to be vegandesign.org certified. There is no doubt that we are all becoming more aware of the need to decorate our houses sustainably and in a way that is less damaging to the planet. There…

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How We Live and Work Now

22nd October 2020
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home office designed by @home_at_brookes and built by @createescapeshome office designed by @home_at_brookes and built by @createescapes

The last six months have dramatically altered how we live. Aside from the Government’s advice, neatly summed up by Matt Lucas as Go to work. Don’t go to work, it seems that many of those who can work from home are doing so and a survey in September found that 30 per cent of adults…

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