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Sophie Robinson and Kate Watson-Smyth: Interior Design Experts

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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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The Great Indoors is Back! Even Kate is emotional (not really). With plenty to catch up on after the break, Kate reveals all about her house move, Sophie talks how to make the best of it when spiralling budgets mean your renovation dreams are dashed - and the listeners have a frightening amount to say about the mysterious design quirk that is The W…
 
Think you know sticky-backed plastic? Think again. Serial renter, nocturnal DIY-er and queen of reversible decor hacks, Amara Hasham of @thepajaamahub and The Faff Store reveals the jaw-dropping possibilities to be had. If you rent, or just want to try out some bold ideas that can easily be reversed - you can't afford to miss this. Plus Kate and So…
 
Got your sacrificial plants in place? Arit Anderson, garden designer and presenter on BBC Two's Gardener's World, reveals the secrets of the Great Outdoors. She tells Kate and Sophie all about beating slugs, choosing plants - and why you should think of your garden as an extension of your wardrobe. There's something for everyone in the latest juicy…
 
All yellow? Kate and Sophie chart the rise of the most fashionable colour of the moment - and reveal how you can harness its power. Then it's all about making the bed so fabulous you never want to leave it (tho Kate is already there tbh) And in the Style Surgery a listener asks how to mismatch furniture with confidence... Useful links and images ar…
 
Is the gallery wall over? Sophie and Kate ponder the pros and cons of the much beloved wall-of-many-pictures. They're also bursting with tips for small ideas that create a big impact, from lampshades to tester pots. And an intriguing style surgery asks: when is a period detail a stunning "original feature" that must be preserved - and when is it a …
 
Living room, sitting room or lounge? Sophie and Kate dive into the whimsical world of what we call the rooms in our houses - and why we care so much. The pair discuss the intriguing trend for rental furniture, reporting back on companies like Harth, Shelff and the John Lewis collab with Fat Llama. The Style Surgery has a prescription for rugs in ki…
 
Paint it black? Kate is in shock over Sophie's dramatic design choices in her new TV show, Design Home Makeovers. Sophie is in shock over reports that Grey is Back and about to take over the nation's walls again. And both are running screaming from the terrifying spectacle of... house moths. Better calm down with a nice soothing Wordle. Useful link…
 
What's next? Colour? Curves? Not caring about trends? Kate and Sophie look ahead to what's in store for 2022. And the pair talk you through how to encourage your own inspiration and creativity. Plus - for one episode only - Design crimes is back and badder than ever... Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs madabout…
 
Is it the most ranty time of the year? Sophie revels in Kate's traditional festive rage about Christmas... but never fear there's still time for excellent decorating tips and inventive present ideas to make your Yule cool. Plus, the Style Surgery is all about cosiness and colour in open plan living... Useful links and images are supplied on each of…
 
Which side are you on when it comes to The Battle of The Big Light? Kate and Sophie talk glow vs glare when it comes to lighting choices, and how to do both of them right. The pair reveal how to pant your walls and ceilings when odd angles and sloping plaster means you aren't quite sure where one starts and the other stops. Plus there's a gorgeous …
 
Stuck between a yellow sofa and a purple beetle? Kate and Sophie are together again and Kate's already criticising the decor... But the pair are also sharing all the news of what they've been up to, from making hit TV to making eco sofas. Then the Builder Husband is on hand with a practical guide to greening your home. And in the Style Surgery a li…
 
Tempted to try upholstery? Sharon O'Connor of Vintique Upholstery reveals her top tips, whether you're having a go yourself or calling in an expert. There's a ravishing roundup of all the trends, as the Dulux colour of the year is revealed and the design shows reopen. And in the Style Surgery a listener asks: can an English country cottage be creat…
 
Fancy a Wall of Hair? Cult classic Changing Rooms is back and who better to grab the staple gun than hosts Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead of 2LG Studio? Sophie gets all the inside gossip on Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, rogue paint pots and the Hair Wall that united a nation in horror... Plus Sophie and Kate reveal everything you ever needed to kno…
 
Do you have a collapsible Japanese temple yet? Kate and Sophie visit the mews house of designer Guy Oliver, managing director of Oliver Laws. Poking their noses into everything as ever, the pair discover the secrets of distilling Guy's international experience, personal history and eclectic taste into a small space. Guy works extensively with artis…
 
Do you know your rattan from your cane? Sophie and Kate reveal the definitive guide to winning at the biggest trend in town. A flurry of sexy design books get reviewed, from Kit Kemp's Design Secrets, Oliver Heath on Urban Eco Chic and Phaidon on Contemporary Designers. And in the style surgery, what to do with a lightless hallway when your partner…
 
Is there a builder in the house? Sophie goes all the way into the room next door to bring us an absolutely invaluable toolbox of tricks and tips on how to get the best from your builder, courtesy of the Builder Husband Tom. Kate sings the praises of floorplans and how changing the layout could transform your space without, well, calling in the buil…
 
Fancy staying in a home-tel? Sophie and Kate are bursting with ideas for creating that holiday vibe at home (though Kate can't quite bring herself to say "home-tel") Plus there's ingenious ways to win at teensy bathrooms, and in the Style Surgery a listener asks from under a pile of children: when is it safe to have beautiful, fragile, interior dec…
 
Are you a Stylish Person? Find out as Sophie tests Kate... what are the items every truly Stylish Person owns? Iconic designer Halston surely fits the bill. At any rate the hit Netflix show about his life stars some incredible interiors (alongside Ewan McGregor) Plus, Professor Stephen Westland of Leeds University has some jaw-dropping insight into…
 
Living in a grey wicker world? Kate and Sophie tackle the stylish options for garden furniture and outdoor living (and agree to disagree about Kate's Danish Sitting Suit) The joy of tablescaping and how glorious tableware doesn't have the break the budget. And finally how to keep morale up over a long renovation. Useful links and images are supplie…
 
Got your glitterball yet? Kate and Sophie are in the same place for once, and it's the fabulous, colourful and creative home of singer and songwriter Sophie Ellis-Bextor. Beyond the kitchen where Sophie's famous lockdown discos happened, she reveals her cushion obsession, her beloved giant ice cream cone, her unexpected talent for taxidermy. She ta…
 
Fancy some gold wallpaper? Kate and Sophie consider the interiors furore around Boris and Carrie's lavish refurb and ask if John Lewis is really the stuff of nightmares... Designer Simon Hamilton gives an optimistic update on the progress of initiatives to encourage diversity in design. And in the Style Surgery a listener is planning to upcycle her…
 
Ready to channel your inner lady of the manor? From pelmets to marble busts, Sophie and Kate explain how to do the new country house style. Then it's everything you ever needed to know about blinds, curtains and all things window related. And finally Sophie's asking for inspiration when it comes to pets and interiors. No hope for the cream curtains…
 
Scented candles or just... smelly candles? Kate and Sophie consider the scene-setting power of the candle, from fig and gingerbread to the "scent of freshly signed divorce papers". The pair review luscious books by Lisa Dawson, Beata Heuman and Jo Thornhill, and in the Style Surgery a listener needs to negotiate with her conservatory... Find out mo…
 
Time to embrace neutrals? Colour-lover Sophie has an identity crisis as Ruth Mottershead, creative director of The Little Greene Paint Company, reveals the essential guide to using the New Neutrals. Kate and Sophie offer a host of practical tips for shopping online - and the Style Surgery tackles the conundrum of hallway flooring. Find out more abo…
 
Are you now or have you ever been guilty of painting furniture? Kate and Sophie explore everything you need to know about vintage from antiques expert Drew Pritchard of TV's Salvage Hunters - including a controversial Design Crime! Sophie reveals all the behind the scenes gossip from the BBC's Interior Design Masters, plus the pair help a listener …
 
Is Princess Anne guilty of Design Crimes? Insubordinate subjects Kate and Sophie critique the cluttered glory of the Princess Royal's living room. Leading designer Nicola Harding reveals how to make vintage work, how to bring character to a new build and how to use your purchasing power to save the planet. And listener Calum has accidentally bought…
 
Know which way your rooms face? Sophie and Kate reveal the secrets of decorating according to the compass, so you can make the most out of any room. Paint colours, window dressing and lighting all play a part... And if you're climbing the walls rather than painting them, leading psychotherapist Julia Samuel can help. Julia talks to Kate about how t…
 
Tempted by online design? Kate and Sophie consider the merits of online interior design consultation. A convenient, cost effective dream come true? Or... just too good to be true? They get into it with Laura Simpson, co-founder of My Bespoke Room. Plus there's easy design wins to make lockdown life a little more bearable and a teensy, tiny awkwardl…
 
What's giving you a boost this year? Sophie is embracing Wim Hof's cold water therapy and Sophie Ellis-Bextor's kitchen discos. Meanwhile Kate is getting hyper competitive on her Peloton... The pair are also buzzing with home office updates, a sceptical take on the new year's new trends and the big news... interiors shopping just got edited! Kate i…
 
What could be more festive than a flaming argument? As yuletide looms, Kate and Sophie celebrate with a little look back at some of their greatest clashes. Big tellies, how to make open plan spaces work, whether white paint really is evil and whether designer paint is worth it... Come for the expertise! Stay for the fight! Useful links and images a…
 
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…
 
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