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Welcome to the new look Mad House

21st November 2015
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Hi, come on in. The decorators have been round and this is the new look for the Mad House. I hope you like it. It’s ok if it takes you a little while to get used to it, but do have a wander around, take your time. Bring a coffee…

I know, it’s a little different isn’t it? A bit bolder. No more pink. A bit, dare I say, more elegant? I’ve finally done an About Me page; that’s supposed to be very important. There’s a proper contact form and you should find the whole house much easier to navigate now.

It was time for a change and, given that the blog now has the No 1 ranking in the UK and also just won an Amara Interior Blog award for best design inspiration, it seemed like the right time to do it. But don’t worry, it’s still me and the content won’t change. Do let me know what you think in the comments below and, of course, if there are any particular subjects you would like covered then now’s the chance to speak out. I look forward to hearing from you. I think….

So who’s the decorator? Well, his name is Odysseas and you might know him better as Art & Hue the graphic artist. But when he’s not creating works of art, he runs a web design company 286Blue and one of his most recent jobs was the award-winning website Copperline, which won Best Designed Blog at those Amara Interior Blog Awards recently. Of course, when the Mad House won and I got chatting to Odysseas at the party, it seemed obvious that he should apply his magic skills over here as it’s a couple of years since we had the decorators in and things needed a little refresh.

We decided (I mean he really but I was agreeing enthusiastically) that the new site needed to be stronger and more contemporary. The use of black and white and the typewriter font reflect my newspaper background and, perhaps most importantly, the new logo puts the emphasis on Mad meaning it reads more like that fabulous Dinah Washington/Noel Coward song Mad About the Boy, which was the inspiration for its name rather than the the 1970s sitcom Man about the house. Like you, probably, it took me a little while to get used to it, but I love it now and I hope you will too.

And, to reassure you, here’s a portrait of Enid Cat done by Art & Hue.

Enid by Art & Hue



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  • Emma 3rd December 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Love the new design and have certainly fallen for Art & Hue! x

  • Aarav 30th November 2015 at 9:42 am

    Nice Look!

  • Felicity She 29th November 2015 at 8:18 am

    Love the design but am prone to catch up on mobile and the text doesn’t quite fit on the screen anymore. A little tweak perhaps?

  • Dani H 22nd November 2015 at 3:38 pm

    I LOVE the new look ~ yes, elegant, but I think it will also make the photographs more striking.

  • Antonia Ludden 21st November 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Lovely fresh design – I like it very much, Kate. It’s good to have a change – just as with interior design! Congrats on your number 1 ranking, too, that’s very cool 🙂 xx

  • Tiffa 21st November 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Hi Kate

    Love the new look site. Love getting my regular email posts and most of all love having Mad About the House as my first stop whenever the light bulb switch goes on and I have a thought about making a little or large change to my home. Tiffa (@giftcrouchend)

  • Elodie Addams 21st November 2015 at 11:31 am

    Hello, Hello,

    This new look is really nice, I love it.
    But I will miss the photos that were always on top. It was a really good idea and I loved it…

    Have a great day.

    • Kate Watson-Smyth 21st November 2015 at 11:36 am

      There are still pictures on the top. I’m glad you like though.

      • Elodie Addams 23rd November 2015 at 10:37 am

        My bad ! ah ah -_-
        I didn’t pay attention I was on an article and not on the welcome page !!! I can be so distracted…
        But I saw them this morning ! So everything is perfect 😀

        Have a nice day.

  • Kimberly Duran 21st November 2015 at 9:51 am

    It looks fab, fresh and edgy and very you! A top web designer and top blog make a very attractive coupling! I also have to say I love that portrait of Enid Cat. I also love what you say in your About Me in terms of something old, something new, something black and something gold. I reckon I do that unwittingly in nearly all of my rooms, it’s a fail-safe for a chic interior. Lovely stuff 😉 xx

  • Stacey Sheppard 21st November 2015 at 9:15 am

    Love the new look Kate. Very fitting for THE top UK blog. Congrats on the awards, very well deserved!!

  • Karen 21st November 2015 at 9:15 am

    Nice work. Looks much more you. Me likey! 🙂
    (And i’m jealous that you get to write “award winning” in your tag line.)

  • Jen Stanbrook (@lovechicliving) 21st November 2015 at 9:02 am

    It looks fab Kate, like you say very smart and elegant. Love your illustration logo too x

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