Interior Design

Mad About the House: 101 Interior Design Answers

A companion to the best-selling book by the founder of a top interiors blog, this easy-to-use dictionary of interior design answers all those hard-to-solve decorating questions.

The book begins with the most important questions of all: Who? What? Where? Why? How? And When? The aim is to answer these before you start any decorating scheme to 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: The Practical Stuff 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 and Skirtings, Furniture Layout, and Lighting, before finally a roundup of Fixtures and 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 and Removing Stains from Carpets and Soft Furnishings.

About The Author

Kate Watson-Smyth is a journalist with over fifteen years of experience writing about interiors for publications such as the Financial Times, the Independent, and the Daily Mail. Her blog, Mad About the House, 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 German, French, and Italian. Kate lives and works in London and regularly hosts talks forecasting future trends for clients including ELLE Decoration, Anthropologie, and MADE.com.

  • Publish Date: March 03, 2020
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: House & Home - Decorating & Furnishings
  • Publisher: Pavilion
  • Trim Size: 7-5/8 x 9-1/4
  • Pages: 202
  • US Price: $29.95
  • CDN Price: $40.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-911624-92-9

Reviews

"Author Kate Watson-Smyth mixes standard design questions about rug size, curtain styles and paint colors along with more contemporary topics such as technology and the sustainability of LED lights in her new book." —HOUSTON CHRONICLE

"In her new book, which has 50 color illustrations, the London-based writer helps you avoid some of the most common mistakes that we all make when designing our homes, and more!" —HAUTE RESIDENCE 

"A wonderful how-to guide for everything you may have questions about as you begin the decorating process in your home" —THESIMPLYLUXURIOUSLIFE.COM 

"This how-to for aspiring DIYers teaches important basics, ranging from how to hang wallpaper to how to make the most of unused space." —BOCA RATON OBSERVER 

"Like chatting with a design friend, this easy to-use interior design dictionary answers all those questions you wanted to solve but were too afraid to ask. In addition to sharing her Top 10 design hacks, Kate even shows you how to get the lighting right in every room."
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Author Bookshelf: Kate Watson-Smyth