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Mad about the House

How to decorate your home with style

Kate Watson-Smyth



ISBN: 9781911595427

Price: £20.00

Publication date: 22 March 2018

Category: Design

The book of the award-winning interiors blog,

Expanding her award-winning blog of the same name, Kate Watson-Smyth shares her wealth of experience in buying, selling and doing up houses to demonstrate how to make the most of every inch of the space you have. Packed full of ideas for every home and every budget, Kate will take readers through their homes room by room, ensuring that it is utilised to its maximum potential.

Part memoir and part practical advice and beautifully illustrated throughout this book will teach you everything you need to know to decorate your home with confidence and individuality. As well as her top 10 design hacks, Kate reveals the rules of rug layout, explains how to buy a sofa, and shows you how to get the lighting right in every room. There are explosions of colour in 10 iconic photographs of the world’s best rooms.

Her expert eye and practical approach will help make the most of small spaces, devise ingenious storage solutions and create the perfect zones for relaxation, entertainment and work – sometimes all in the same space. This book is a must-have for anyone who’s moving in or moving on.

‘A smart, savvy, fun book stuffed full of top tips to help you make your home your own.’ – Michelle Ogundehin, Editor at Large, ELLE Decoration

‘Kate Watson-Smyth writes with great flair and humour, but what I Iove about her is that she encompasses core design principles, whilst giving people a chance to form their own opinions and see things in a different light.’ – Kelly Hoppen

‘I am totally addicted to this blog.’ – Professor Green


Kate Watson-Smyth is a journalist with over 15 years of experience writing about interiors for publications such as the Financial Times, the Independent and the Daily Mail. Her blog,, is the UK’s number-one interiors blog, winning Vuelio number 1 UK Interiors Blog in 2015/16 and 2016/17, Amara Interior Blog Awards Best Design Inspiration in 2015, and Domino top 16 interiors blogs US/UK 2016. Kate’s first book Shades of Grey was published in 2016 and translated into Dutch, French and Italian. Kate lives and works in London and regularly hosts talks forecasting future trends for clients including ELLE Decoration, Anthropologie and