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Mad About the House: 101 Interior Design Answers

Kate Watson-Smyth



ISBN: 9781911624929

Price: £20.00

Publication date: 5 March 2020

Category: Design

A practical how-to guide from the author of Mad About the House, the bestselling book and UK’s number 1 interiors blog. This easy-to-use dictionary of interior design answers all those questions you wanted to solve but were afraid to ask.

The book begins with the most important questions of all: Who? What? When? Where? Why? How? And When? The aim is to answer these before you start any decorating scheme and you will avoid the most common mistakes, save money and, most importantly, create a home that works for you and the people who live there. Mad About the House: 101 Interior Design Answers is the super-practical guide that allows you to dip in and out so you can solve all your decorating dilemmas.

The chapters focus on Walls, Floors, Ceilings, Windows, Doors & Skirtings, Furniture Layout, Lighting, before finally a round-up of Fixtures & Fittings. In addition to the no-nonsense practical answers, there are checklists and step-by-step guides to key decorating challenges – everything from How to Hang Wallpaper, to Arranging a Gallery Wall, How to Choose a Mattress and What Makes the Best Work Surface.


Kate Watson-Smyth is an award-winning journalist who has written extensively on interiors and design for publications including the Financial Times, The Independent, and the Sunday Telegraph. Her home has been featured in the The Wall Street Journal, la Repubblica, Elle Decor, Remodelista and Livingetc.
Kate’s acclaimed website,, founded in 2012, is officially the UK’s No. 1 interiors blog. She is the author of several books including the bestselling Mad About The House: How to Decorate Your Home with Style (Pavilion). The Great Indoors – which Kate co-hosts with Sophie Robinson – is the nation’s most popular interiors podcast.
Kate lives and works in London, where in 2018 she was named by the Evening Standard among its Progress 1000 – the city’s leading cultural, political and commercial figures.