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The Great indoors is a celebration of all things interiors and everything you need to know about making your house a home. In each episode, TV presenter and designer Sophie Robinson and best-selling author and journalist Kate Watson-Smyth will discuss, debate and guide you through the top trends and hottest topics from the home front. So pull up a chair…
 
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Fancy some winter sunshine? Join Sophie and Kate for a tour round the colour-soaked home of designer Matthew Williamson. Matthew reveals all about his move from fashion star to interiors tsar, how he draws inspiration from his mother, and why mixing, mismatching and making do is the secret to great interiors (but failing that, a six foot ostrich fe…
 
Could you Sell Sunset? Kate has bundles of tips and tricks for buying and selling houses in 2020 - but Sophie just wants to talk Selling Sunset, the oh-so-relatable Netflix hit about California real estate. Chloe Bullock, an expert in sustainable and ethical design, reveals the easy way to get guilt-free interiors. And in the Style Surgery a listen…
 
Are you emailing from the loo seat? Kate and Sophie say it's time to ditch the quick fix, embrace the shoffice and make sure your home really works for the way we live (and work) now. A crop of new design books explore maximalism, creative block printing and sustainable design. And as Halloween approaches, a listener wonders whether to go to the da…
 
What are the ingredients in your room recipe? Sophie reveals the secret to cooking up a design storm as she shows Kate round her (almost!) completed house. She shares her genius for pattern, colour and texture - while Kate explains how the principles work for the more restrained among us. Plus there's a row about a rug and the builder husband stick…
 
Sophie and Kate are in the same place! And that place is the gorgeous home of cookery writer Skye McAlpine. Nigel Slater called her latest cookbook, A Table for Friends, "joyous, life-enriching". And her home, designed by Ben Pentreath, is much the same. Highlights include invaluable kitchen design tips, an original Fornasetti fridge, and Sophie ge…
 
Got your flying ducks on the wall yet? Kate hears the surprising style secrets of Skin, the trail-blazing lead singer of multi-million-selling rock band Skunk Anansie (and interiors obsessive) Sophie tries to be brave as the Dulux Colour of the Year is announced, and the pair consider if trends are officially dead. Plus Sophie and Kate reveal every…
 
Want to ban the beige? Sophie and Kate do a deep dive on everything Kitchens and Bathrooms... black taps, pink loos, green marble islands and reeded glass wall cabinets. With special extra insight into current trends from Busola Evans, Associate Editor of Livingetc. Plus a Style Surgery question on the Joy of Gloss Paint... Useful images and links …
 
Keen to add character to a new build? Sophie and Kate reveal all there is to know about how to (and how not to) style your new build. An interview with in designer Gordon Whistance of the BBC's Bafta-winning DIY SOS explores the challenges of creating beautiful designs that work for specialist needs. And have you harnessed the power of the focal po…
 
Is it a man-cave or a she-shed? Kate and Sophie guide you through all that is beautiful (and practical) about garden rooms. Kate talks to Alexandria Dauley about the launch of United in Design, a charity to combat the lack of diversity in design. And the Style Surgery saves you from the perils of odd-shaped rooms. Oh, and Sophie has a bird stuck in…
 
Is your outdoors as great as your indoors? Garden designer Sarah Mitchenall explains how to make your garden beautiful, fun - and eco-friendly. Kate shares camping trauma as the pair swap tips for the perfect staycation, and in the Style Surgery a listener needs help with a TV that dominates the room... Useful links and images are supplied on each …
 
What makes your house a home? Sophie and Kate consider the magic of home and talk tips for styling outdoor spaces. Plus guest Matt Gibberd, co-founder of cult estate agency The Modern House, talks trends, crimes and candlelight. Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors Podc…
 
Diversity and Interiors: a special extended feature includes contributions from Michelle Ogundehin, Simon Hamilton, Poonam Sharma, Busola Evans and many more. Plus Marianne Shillingford, creative director of Dulux, talks to Sophie about the next generation of designers and colour trends. There's advice on how to revamp your kitchen, and the Style S…
 
Do you need a Narnia cupboard? Architect Laura Jane Clark of BBC TV's Your Home Made Perfect reveals her top home hacks, from the magical to the mundane. Kate and Sophie explore the colours, styles and priorities that will shape interiors in the world of post-pandemic design. And the pair muse on bathrooms, including the crucial question: where sho…
 
Are you dreaming big enough? Kate and Sophie delve into their psyches and reveal what feeds their design dreams, from pink castles to dirty husbands. Jay Blades of BBC's The Repair Shop talks about therapeutic upholstery, beautiful mistakes and his new show: Jay's Home Fix. Plus lots of lovely ideas for a simple living room refresh, and the Style S…
 
Is your lighting layered? Sally Storey of John Cullen Lighting reveals how to harness the secret power of lighting. Sophie talks moodboards, swatch boxes and apps, and how they can help you find your scheme. And a truly terrifying revelation from Kate about lockdown decorating leaves Sophie wondering, has she finally lost it? Useful links and image…
 
What colour is your personality? Sophie reveals the different seasonal palettes to support different personalities (as Kate gets cross about yellow) There's a luscious lot of new interiors books to review, plus Meik Viking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute gives a special interview on how our homes can make us happier. Useful links and image…
 
Staying In? In our very first Style Surgery Kate and Sophie answer your design dilemmas. How to refresh your home when you can't go shopping, how to make the weekends feel different, how to get the kids involved... you asked, we answered! Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs or join our Facebook group The Great In…
 
How does the Queen of Print live? Come tour the house of designer Orla Kiely, creator of some of the best known motifs of the 21st century. From the James Bond picture window, to the vintage 60s piano, to the touches of Victoriana, to the recurring Orla colour palette... follow Kate and Sophie on a beguiling tour of a gorgeous family home. Useful l…
 
You got questions? We got answers. To be precise, 101 Interior Design Answers, aka Kate's brand new book! We hear the inside story from the maestra herself as the book hits the shelves. Plus a squillion fabulous ways with wallpaper, and who fancies a spring retox? De-cluttering is for losers... Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate a…
 
Are you rocking Posh Granny Chic? Kate and Sophie give you the lowdown on getting the latest trend just right, consider if faux can be better than the real thing, and bring you a style report from the glamourous El Fenn hotel of Marrakesh. Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs or join our Facebook group The Great I…
 
Is your house boosting your health? Sophie and Kate tour the home of Oliver Heath, the expert in sustainable architecture and biophilic design. They find walls that make you live longer, a bed to help you sleep better, plants to cleanse your air... and a floorplan which harbours the secret of human happiness. No, really. Useful links and images are…
 
WILL THE GUINEA PIGS MAKE IT? Kate and Sophie ponder the hot trend for panelling, and reveal how to find the vital "red thread" that will bring cohesion to your home. Sophie talks us through her extension plans - and introduces some snuffly new house guests. Lucy the dog is unimpressed... Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sop…
 
Scared of paint? Don't be. Annie Sloan, queen of creative colour and inventor of the revolutionary chalk paint, leads Kate and Sophie in a furniture painting workshop. And if they can do it... Plus tons of tips and ideas to get a new look for the new year - for less. Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs or join ou…
 
Could your design problem be an opportunity? In the London flat of cook and broadcaster Rachel Khoo, Kate and Sophie discover some truly jaw-dropping solutions to the challenges of a multi-functional small space. Rachel's love of form and function has created disappearing walls, hydraulic tables, hidden bedrooms. And she still has time to make lunc…
 
Are you wearing your house? Sophie and Kate delve deep into the relationship between the catwalk and the cushions. Surely you know which fashion rules also apply to interiors, dahling? There's loads of cunning tips and tricks as the holiday let redesign is revealed. Plus festive hosting ideas to suit everyone from the most bah humbug to... Sophie!…
 
Tinsel - yay or nay? Kate and Sophie confront the big questions. What will the best dressed homes be wearing this yuletide? Why is nature such an enduring source of design inspo? Will Kate topple down the steep stairs of Sophie's tiny holiday let flat, or will they find a more design-led way to make a big impact in a small space? Useful links and i…
 
Is your bedroom a haven for sleep, sex - and nothing else? To mark the clocks changing, Sophie and Kate are on cosiness overdrive. There's design tips for getting the best from your bedroom. There's a difference of opinion on the virtues of red wine vs Himalayan salt raw cacao health drink... And there's a clutch of new design books from Pearl Lowe…
 
Is your home a sanctuary? Michelle Ogundehin, writer, presenter and interiors guru, shows Kate and Sophie round her gorgeous home. They talk tiled bedheads, creating the perfect colour palette and the inside intel on TV's Interior Design Masters. Plus a truly surprising Design Crime... Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie…
 
Blood furniture, anyone? Kate and Sophie unveil the radical ideas sweeping the London Design Festival. They talk top tips for colourful kitchen and unpack the cultural, emotional and psychological implications of the Colour of the Year... or is it just a tin of paint? Including contributions from Barbara Chandler, Karen Haller and Marianne Shilling…
 
Ever had a cowboy builder? Who even took your CAR? TV presenter and stylish supper club guru Laura Jackson shows Kate and Sophie round the work in progress of her forever home. As well as the horror stories, there's invaluable advice on sourcing vintage decor, an idea for the perfect wedding present and a stunning tadelakt shower that Kate can't st…
 
Upcoming guest Laura Jackson believes buying secondhand is best for your decor and the planet. Win-win! Laura joins Kate and Sophie in endorsing #PODSTRIKE, a coalition of podcasts supporting Greta Thunberg and the young people behind the Global Climate Strikes starting this Friday 20th Sept, by helping spread the word. https://globalclimatestrike.…
 
The Great Indoors is part of #PODSTRIKE, a coalition of podcasts supporting Greta Thunberg and the young people behind the Global Climate Strikes starting this Friday 20th Sept, by helping spread the word. Here Kate and Sophie explain why they support the strike. Have your favourite shows signed up yet? https://www.podstrike.net/ https://globalclim…
 
Do you have an inner minimalist? Are you a thwarted maximalist? Sophie and Kate tackle the extreme trends and how to approach them if you just aren't feeling it. Plus there's an update on the #DoLessHarm sustainable interiors directory and a luscious crop of new books from Medina Grillo, Karen Haller and Christina Strutt. The Great Indoors now has …
 
Caught the must-see TV yet? Get the verdict on BBC2's Interior Design Masters, including the contestants' (gasp) design crimes... Do join in live-tweeting at #designcrimes. Sophie and Kate reveal some startling stats about home happiness from the Happiness Research Institute (clue: size really isn't everything). Plus the pair talk statement floors …
 
Did your childhood home shape your interiors taste? Sophie and Kate delve deep into swags, stippling, Laura Ashley... and live locusts. The flat designed by fashion's Roksanda Ilincic sparks a chat about the colour blocking trend, and the pair tackle another hot topic: Biophilia. Plus things get particularly tense when Kate reveals her Design Crime…
 
Outside space looking a little dull this summer? Kate and Sophie are bursting with good ideas for the great outdoors, though most of Kate's involve food and drink too... Oh, and Sophie's got a top styling tip about yoghurt (tune in to find out more) The pair also ask: is Midcentury Modern ever going to fall out of favour? And Kate wants your help f…
 
Are you competitively open, when it comes to lilac? Kate and Sophie report from the frontline of Clerkenwell Design Week... and uncover the phenomenon of men competing to show how totally ok they are with girly colours. The pair critique the ground-breaking new book: Interiors, The Greatest Rooms of the Century. And then Sophie needs the loo. Good …
 
Could your fabulous interiors be a money-spinner? Kate and Sophie talk tips and tricks for making your home pay it's way, with short lets and location shoots. The pair also revel in some very exciting new interiors TV shows, plus an update on Sophie's new kitchen. Oh, and there's a surprise visit from Sophie's mum.…
 
Fancy visiting the most famous bathroom on Insta? AND it's fabulous owner? Fashion and beauty entrepreneur Trinny Woodall reveals all about lighting, storage and the joy of embracing a new aesthetic as you enter a new phase of life. Plus Sophie and Kate lay down the Rules of Rug and discuss the importance of designing a house as a whole.…
 
Do you tremble at the sight of a black polo neck? Sophie and Kate say stand up to the architects! The pair discuss the ways architecture and interior design should work together. Plus invaluable insight into Lighting and How To Do It Right, and the thrilling design opportunities presented by the downstairs loo...…
 
Do you know your Memphis from your Midcentury Modern? Kate and Sophie report from the trends frontline of the Maison et Objet trade fair. They reveal the secrets of small space living, and design everyone's fantasy dressing room. Plus Kate is poised to acquire a black loo and a gold ceiling. Did someone say design crime...?…
 
Just when you thought it was safe... Kate wants to ban white paint. Can she explain herself, without alienating the entire country? For anyone still listening, the pair also have lots to say about conscious shopping, and designing open plan spaces. Just don't mention the Great Flooring Difference of Opinion....…
 
The series kicks off with some wise words on the pain and pleasure of decluttering, Sophie's mission to bring back the chintz and some ingenious suggestions to sort out your home office. Plus Sophie reveals her completed, finished, utterly perfected home. Oh, wait...By Sophie Robinson, Kate Watson-Smyth
 
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