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Hello. I'm Kate Watson-Smyth, a journalist who's been writing about property, interiors and design in national newspapers for more than 15 years.
These days most of my work is published in The Financial Times and my own blog, Mad About The House. I spent more than a decade at The Independent, and have also written for The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph, and magazines including Red, She, and Living Etc.
My house, which I completely renovated (turning it from two dingy rental flats into a light and bright family home) has been featured in both Living Etc and Heart Home magazine, as well product shoots for homewares and fashion.
When I set up my blog, I quickly found that in addition to enjoying the images and inspiration, readers were constantly asking me for advice on their own homes. Sometimes they needed styling tips, often they simply wanted to know where to source particular products.
After all, more than 10 years since I began compiling The Independent's weekly "50 Best" column, it's fair to say that I got to know a huge number of designers, manufacturers, trade suppliers, retailers and e-tailers.
That's why I can tell you where to find the best lights and lamps, chairs, furniture shops, sofas, tables, and bargain homewares. I've tried and tested literally everything for the home – from kitchen gadgets and bathroom fittings, to flooring and soft furnishings. Not forgetting beds, shelves, stools, bookcases, doorknobs, light-switches, fabrics, finishing touches paints, tiles, radiators... and much, much more.
In 2012, I began channelling that knowledge into the blog, which has become a valuable source book for hundreds of thousands of readers.
I soon found I was being asked to style houses and source interiors for friends, and friends of friends – and, increasingly, for clients. Every day I am asked for advice on where to buy a lamp, a rug, a sofa. And I'll always have a suggestion. Or seven.
So the idea for Mad About Your House was born. The core concept is really simple: You send me your Pinterest board and I'll tell you where to buy it. Find out more about Shop Your Pinterest Board.
If you're not familiar with Pinterest, then take a look at my boards and see how it works. You might find inspiration there, too.
I will always make a minimum of three suggestions at three price points so you have a choice. (And I often get carried away, so there may well be more.)
Every consultation will come with a PDF lookbook that you can keep, download, print and refer to again and again.
If Pinterest really isn't your thing, there are two other Mad About Your House services I can offer. Style Your House is a more immersive consultancy, while Source Your Products does precisely that – finding the best things at the best prices.
Why not get in touch, and let's work out how we can create a home that tells your story?