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How to plan a tiny bathroom (and we mean tiny)

8th July 2021
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I have shared my tiny bathroom reno on these pages before but Sophie and I discuss this in more detail on the podcast today following a recent survey revealed by our sponsor Geberit that found that the average new build bathrooom in the UK measures 4.4m square. Mine is a square 2m x 2m while…

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Colour Psychology: How Our Tastes Change With Stress

24th June 2021
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red brick wall, neon wall light, modern neutral sofa and berber style rug. The loft space at madaboutthehouse.com

Did you know that people in transitional or stressful situations will often create extreme environments around themselves, according to a white paper by a professor of colour science at Leeds University. Professor Stephen Westland, produced a report into our emotional reactions to colour for our podcast sponsor Harlequin and I have to say this line…

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How to Buy at Auction

10th June 2021
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Red dining chairs, large wooden table in walled garden. Merchant & Found table with 1950s vintage original French Olix cafe chairs £675 for six

It’s podcast day today and it’s a good’un. Useful too. Sophie and I discuss garden furniture and how the key to getting it right is to take in the indoors out – sofas and lamps rather than deck chairs that collapse on you. Think about creating an outdoor sitting room and you’re on the right…

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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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