The Househunter

Dashing past and leaving you this lovely sunshine doorway this week. It’s been a week of choosing paint colours and tiles for the house in Italy, arranging plumbing positions and, as you read this I may very well be hurtling along a zip wire over one of the largest quarries in Wales as part of a trip to see the Little Greene paint factory. More of which in due course – the paint that is, not the zip wire which some bright spark decided might be fun if we were going all the way to Wales. I remain to be convinced.

Anyway, that’s a long way of saying that I’ve had no time to be perusing the housing market this week but I did spot this door and I love it so I’ll be sitting here waiting for you to return on Monday. Let me know what you think of the rest of the house -there’s a wallpapered ceiling, a pink hallway and a general yellow thread. Perfect for summer. Even if the forecast in Wales is for rain….

See you all next week. If you want to explore this further the link is here.

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. If someone said ‘ here is £899,995, you can only buy a place in London and nowhere else in the country’, this is the place I would buy. It must be astounding living in such a pretty apartment in London, surrounded by the green lungs of a forest.

    A caveat, I live in the Marches in Wales. That amount of moolah would buy a humongous estate. I’m happy in my cottage in our valley with its own green lungs. Thanks for sharing it and I hope you enjoyed your flying visit……

  2. I see from instagram that you’ve already been to Wales but if you ever go back the tour of the slate mines are fascinating.

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