Answers to questions we are often asked.
We bought a dump of a house last year and, as I adore anything related to home decor, I was really looking forward to converting the dump into a unique, lovely and warm family home. But the reality was that I felt extremely overwhelmed by the sheer volume of “ stuff” out of there – would it look good or was it all a terrible mistake?And then I stumbled upon Kate’s lovely blog and asked her to help me out a bit... and so she did!Kate has an instinctive sense of style and what goes with what. This proved invaluable to me because I was at the confused stage. Everything looked wonderful - design magazines, Pinterest etc but I still struggled to unearth my style was and what was truly “ me”. Kate looked at my inspiration photos and was able to pull out a common theme for me – colours, patterns, furniture and deliver a look book for me. This has become home style bible and makes shopping so much easier. Even my husband appreciates that there is logic to our choices, and prevents hours of second guessing!Once we had a style established, Kate was great at suggesting lights, soft furnishings, furniture that fitted the bill. If I was stuck thinking about wall lights, Kate would send me 20 options in my price range, simplifying my life massively. I can’t recommend Kate enough – she is the stylish friend with an encyclopaedic knowledge that you need to make your home fabulous!
Planning any creative interior project large or small within a home can be one of the most daunting tasks to handle, especially as a working mother of two, time is just too precious and inspiration can lack a little when life takes over. I met with Kate to pull together ideas for our main bedroom - her knowledge of products and brands is unparalleled- ask her where to buy a pink stool or a blue velvet sofa and she will instantly suggest five divine options. Inspiration can start with just one small swatch of material, as it did with me, but to then create a room featuring existing furniture and a new scheme needs an encyclopaedic knowledge with where to source everything, which is why Kate is the perfect person. I can’t recommend her highly enough, her years of interior knowledge, passion for beautiful interiors, and her fun and personable approach make her a joy to work with, plus I now have a room I’m so proud of I could burst.
Working in the interiors industry, it’s easy to get jaded by the sheer number of design blogs and magazines. Mad About the House is one of my absolute favourites and indeed, many of Kate’s posts get moved straight into an ‘inspiration for my new flat’ folder, ready to be put into action. From well-thought out posts on the perfect paint colour for a north facing room to an encyclopaedic knowledge of little known boutiques, Kate is a practical and inspirational source for anyone considering doing up their home.
Having worked with Kate for years now, I’m constantly impressed by the sheer depth and breadth of her knowledge. She is a relentless interiors networker and what she doesn’t know about the interiors business isn’t worth knowing, quite frankly. She’s highly active on social media, with a large, engaged following, meaning that on the rare occasion she can’t answer your question, she can quickly and easily find someone who can. From finding me an attractive coat hook for my office to helping me pick the perfect shade of grey, Kate has always been my number one port of call for design-sourcing queries.
Personal shopping and consultancy for interiors from Kate Watson-Smyth.