Mad About the House: A Decorating Handbook (Hardcover)

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Expanding her award-winning blog of the same name, Kate Watson-Smyth shares her wealth of experience in buying, selling, and decorating 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 utilized to its maximum potential. Part memoir and part practical advice, whatever your style is, this book will teach you everything you need to know to decorate your home with confidence and individuality. As well as her four design commandments, 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. 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.

About the Author

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, and the author of Shades of Grey. Her blog,, is the UK’s number one interiors blog. She regularly hosts talks forecasting future trends for clients including Elle Decoration and Anthropologie.

Praise For…

'A must-have book for anyone who wants make their house a home.'
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'[Kate Watson-Smyth is] the ideal guide to getting it right in the troublesome world of interior decorating.'
- The Simple Things ||
'Far from your typical coffee table book, Kate has created a book that you actually want to read cover to cover, absorbing all of the expert advice that she offers inside.'
- Rose & Grey Blog ||
'This book should be on every homeowner’s bedside table.'
- Your Home ||
‘There’s something for every interiors enthusiast in Kate Watson-Smyth’s new book.'
- House Beautiful ||
‘A must-read for anyone trying to figure out their house style.'
Product Details
ISBN: 9781911595427
ISBN-10: 1911595423
Publisher: Pavilion
Publication Date: June 1st, 2018
Pages: 208
Language: English