The Great Indoors

By Sophie Robinson and Kate Watson-Smyth: Interior Design Experts

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The Cool Jazz Lady
 Nov 20, 2020
Love this podcast! My interiors audio bible! Still getting used to the voices, a little hard to tell you apart, please call each other by your names more, but this is Series one.

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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…

Episode Date
14.6 How to Transform Your Rental, A-Z of Eco Paint, Cooler Kitchens
53:48
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 Sophie deep dive into how to make ethical choices when it comes to paint - and help a listener wanting to inject colour and personality into her kitchen.
 
If you have intel to share about ethical paint choices or want to suggest a brand that should be in the #DoLessHarm Directory, then do get in touch with the show or reach out to Sophie @sophierobinsonsinteriors and Kate @mad_about_the_house
 
Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs madaboutthehouse.com and sophierobinson.co.uk or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors 

 

Apr 28, 2022
14.5 Garden Design, New Design Books, In-Between Spaces
01:01:22
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 design books up for review - and then the Style Surgery asks how to tackle a room packed with doors and windows but no identity of it's own...
 
Kate and Sophie are reviewing:
 

Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs madaboutthehouse.com and sophierobinson.co.uk or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors 

 

Apr 14, 2022
14.4 Yellow Rules, Make the Bed, Mismatch FTW
38:01

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 are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs madaboutthehouse.com and sophierobinson.co.uk or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors 

 

Mar 24, 2022
14.3 Galley Walls, Original Features, Easy Impact
44:07
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 dated eyesore?
 
Kate and Sophie would like to ask anyone who feels able to donate towards the work of the Red Cross, the Disasters Emergency Committee or Save the Children in Ukraine. Thank you.
Mar 10, 2022
14.2 Rental Furniture, Room Names, Rugs in Kitchens
41:47

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 kitchens, and we hear listener reactions to the Resurrection of Grey Paint.

 

Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs madaboutthehouse.com and sophierobinson.co.uk or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors 
Feb 24, 2022
14.1 Dream Home Makeovers, Grey is Back, Moths
42:38
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 links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs madaboutthehouse.com and sophierobinson.co.uk or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors 
 
Feb 10, 2022
13.4 Preparing for Greatness, 2022 Trends, Design Crimes
43:17
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 madaboutthehouse.com and sophierobinson.co.uk or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors 
Dec 30, 2021
13.3 Festive Style, Last Minute Gifts, Cosy colours
34:57

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 Kate and Sophie’s blogs madaboutthehouse.com and sophierobinson.co.uk or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors 

Dec 16, 2021
13.2 Battle of the Big Light, Design Books, Paint Problems
35:24

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 batch of design books reviewed, just in time for your Christmas lists.

Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs madaboutthehouse.com and sophierobinson.co.uk or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors 

 

Dec 02, 2021
13.1 Easy Fixes for a Greener Home, Flooring Mixups
43:44

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 listener struggles with a flooring dilemma...

Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs madaboutthehouse.com and sophierobinson.co.uk or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors 

 

Nov 18, 2021
12.6 Trends, Upholstery, 70s Horror...
50:42

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 created from a crumbling 70s nightmare? Kate and Sophie roll up their sleeves...

Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs madaboutthehouse.com and sophierobinson.co.uk or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors 

Sep 16, 2021
12.5 Changing Rooms, Wallpaper, Multifunctional Spaces
48:39

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 know about wallpaper - and help a listener who desperately needs help zoning a small space.

Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs madaboutthehouse.com and sophierobinson.co.uk or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors 

 

Sep 02, 2021
12.4 At Home with Guy Oliver
42:35

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 artisans in Afghanistan through the Turquoise Mountain Foundation, supporting traditional crafts and providing jobs and skills. For more information, or if you'd like to make a donation, please visit turquoisemountain.org

Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs madaboutthehouse.com and sophierobinson.co.uk or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors 

 

Aug 19, 2021
12.3 Rattan Rules, Design Books, Dracula's Hallway
42:42

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 won't let you embrace the dark and keeps bleating about it looking like Dracula's castle...

Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs madaboutthehouse.com and sophierobinson.co.uk or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors 

Aug 05, 2021
12.2 Builders Uncovered, Layout Secrets, Paint Your Garden
43:41

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 builders. And the Style Surgery considers: what colour to paint the garden wall?

Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs madaboutthehouse.com and sophierobinson.co.uk or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors 

And if you would like to put a question to Tom the Builder, just email thegreatindoorspod@gmail.com

Jul 22, 2021
12.1 Holiday at Home, Tiny Bathrooms, Kids vs Style
46:32

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 decor that won't get covered in yoghurt and scribbles?

Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs madaboutthehouse.com and sophierobinson.co.uk or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors 

 

Jul 07, 2021
11.6 Halston Inspo, Colour Science, The Style Test
51:18

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 the science of colour taste.

You can find more about Professor Westland's work and the Harlequin range on their website harlequin.sandersondesigngroup.com

Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs madaboutthehouse.com and sophierobinson.co.uk or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors 

Jun 24, 2021
11.5 The Great Outdoors, Tablescapes, Renovation Blues
44:08

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 supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs madaboutthehouse.com and sophierobinson.co.uk or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors 

 

 

Jun 10, 2021
11.4 Gatecrash Sophie Ellis-Bextor's Kitchen Disco
40:42

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 talks about how stuff tells your story, about why she lets her five kids draw on the walls - and how she reconciles a passion for House of Hackney Artemis with the reality of Calpol stains...

Find out more about Sophie Ellis-Bextor at sophieellisbextor.net

Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs madaboutthehouse.com and sophierobinson.co.uk or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors 

 

May 27, 2021
11.3 John Lewis Nightmare, Diversity in Design, Upcycling
51:09

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 kitchen - but is it worth it?

To book your online colour scheming consultation with Harlequin go to sandersondesigngroupshowroom.setmore.com

You can find out more about Simon's work at  designcareer.co.uk
And his instagram is @designcareerldn
 
You can find out more about United in Design at unitedindesign.com
 
And there's more about Design for Diversity at rukminipatel.com/design-for-diversity
 
The British Institute of Interior Design's site gives more info about their plans: biid.org.uk

Other useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs madaboutthehouse.com and sophierobinson.co.uk or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors 

 

 

 
May 13, 2021
Country House Style, Blinds and Curtains, Pet Friendly Interiors
39:21

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 with giant navy pompoms...

Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs madaboutthehouse.com and sophierobinson.co.uk or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors 

 

 

Apr 29, 2021
11.1 Scented Candles, Design Books, Conservatories
37:24

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 more about Lisa Dawson's Resourceful Living on her website lisadawsonstyling.com

Beata Heuman's Every Room Should Sing is out now.

Jo Thornhill's The New Mindful Home is also out now.

Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs madaboutthehouse.com and sophierobinson.co.uk or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors 

 

Apr 15, 2021
10.6 Online Shopping, Ruth Mottershead of Little Greene Paint Company, Hall Floors
48:15

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 about Ruth's work at littlegreene.com

Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs madaboutthehouse.com and sophierobinson.co.uk or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors 

 

 

Mar 25, 2021
10.5 Interior Design Masters, Drew Pritchard, Where to Start?
47:34

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 who is starting with a completely blank interiors canvas and doesn't know where to start.

Find out more about Drew's work at drewpritchard.co.uk

Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs madaboutthehouse.com and sophierobinson.co.uk or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors 

 

Mar 11, 2021
10.4 Princess Anne, Nicola Harding, Can't Change it - Make it Work
46:13

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 a weird sofa and now has to make it work... WHERE WAS THE DESIGN PROCESS CALUM?

Find out more about Nicola's work @nicolahardingandco 

Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs madaboutthehouse.com and sophierobinson.co.uk or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors 

Feb 25, 2021
10.3 Decorate for Any Aspect, Julia Samuel, Window Dressing
45:05

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 to get through lockdown, and how your home can support you. And Kate hijacks Style Surgery with a curtain confession...

Julia's latest book is out now, This Too Shall Pass: Stories of Change, Crisis and Hopeful Beginnings

Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs madaboutthehouse.com and sophierobinson.co.uk or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors Podcast

 

Feb 11, 2021
10.2 Online Design, Easy Wins, Tiny Houses
47:16

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 awkwardly-shaped Style Surgery. And a row about trays....

Check out Emily Henson's feed @LifeUnstyled on Insta

To access the My Bespoke Room offer, use the code  GREATINDOORS10

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More useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs madaboutthehouse.com and sophierobinson.co.uk or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors Podcast

Jan 28, 2021
10.1 Trends Schmends, Home Office, Design Storey Launches
40:01

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 is launching her brand new online interiors shop, DesignStorey.shop

Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs madaboutthehouse.com and sophierobinson.co.uk or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors Podcast

Jan 14, 2021
9.5 Selection Box (of Disagreements)
51:10

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 are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs madaboutthehouse.com and sophierobinson.co.uk or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors Podcast

All details of the festive giveaway can be found on launch day on Insta @mad_about_the_house and @sophierobinsoninteriors

Dec 03, 2020
9.4 Bask in Matthew Williamson's Home
41:21

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 feather gold lamp does wonders).

Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs madaboutthehouse.com and sophierobinson.co.uk or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors Podcast

Matthew's updated site is live at matthewwilliamson.com so knock yourselves out.

Nov 19, 2020
9.3 Selling Sunset (and Surrey), Ethical Interiors, Historic Properties
40:49

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 listener wonders if a historic cottage can take colour...

Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs madabouthehouse.com and sophierobinson.co.uk or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors Podcast.

You can find more about Chloe Bullock's work on her site materialiseinteriors.com

Her list of reassuring certifications and lables to look out for is here

And you can download her guide to creating a luxurious and sustainable interior here.

Nov 05, 2020
9.2 Stop Working in the Bath, New Books, Go Dark?
39:21

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 dark side...

Books discussed include:

Everything: A Maximalist Style Guide by Abigail Ahern

Home for the Soul: Sustainable and Thoughtful Decorating and Design by Sara Bird and Dan Duchars

House of Print by Molly Mahon

Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs madabouthehouse.com and sophierobinson.co.uk or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors Podcast.

Oct 22, 2020
Cool Maximalist, Not Hot Mess
37:17

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 sticks his oar in...

Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs madabouthehouse.com and sophierobinson.co.uk (where you can also find Sophie's new online course; Bold, Brave and Beautiful Interiors) Or do join our Facebook group The Great Indoors 

Oct 08, 2020
8.6 At Home with Skye McAlpine
37:11

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 getting in a muddle about red onions.

Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs madabouthehouse.com and sophierobinson.co.uk or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors 

Sep 24, 2020
8.5 We talk to Skunk Anansie's Skin, Dulux Colour of the Year, Online Courses
42:41

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 everything you ever needed to know about online interiors courses.

Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs where you can also find out more about Sophie's courses! And do join our Facebook Group, The Great Indoors Podcast.

Find out more about Abigail Ahern's course here.

Find out more about Rita Konig's course here.

Find out more about Lucy Gough's course here.

Sep 10, 2020
8.4 Kitchens, Bathrooms, Gloss Paint
41:05

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 are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie's blogs or join the Facebook Group The Great Indoors Podcast.

Aug 27, 2020
8.3 New Builds, DIY SOS on the BBC, Focal Point Fever
41:49

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 point in your room scheme?
 
Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs www.madabouthehouse.com and www.sophierobinson.co.uk or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors Podcast.
Find out more about the BBC's DIY SOS at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006pnjk

Aug 13, 2020
8.2 Garden Rooms, Awkward Spaces, United in Design
42:19

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 the living room...

Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs  or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors Podcast.

Find out more about Alexandria Dauley's launch at unitedindesign.com

Jul 30, 2020
8.1 Staycations, Garden Design, Hiding the TV
41:24

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 of Kate and Sophie’s blogs madabouthehouse.com and sophierobinson.co.uk or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors Podcast.

Jul 16, 2020
7.6 Home Advantage, Outdoor Style, The Modern House's Matt Gibberd
49:57

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 Podcast.

Jun 25, 2020
7.5 Diversity in Design, Marianne Shillingford, Kitchen Revamp
01:03:02

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 Surgery addresses a Sticky Problem.

Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors Podcast

And here's some more info on the guests on this show:

Gemma Samuels
@happihabitat 

Melody
@architravelmel 

Angie
@somethingbluehome 

Delali Foli
https://www.decorbydelali.uk/
@decorbydelali 

Poonam Sharma
http://modernluxe.co.uk/
@modernluxeblog 

Terian Tilston
https://www.teriantilston.com
@teriantilston_interiordesign 

Rukmini Patel
https://www.rukminipatel.com
@rukminipatel 

Sarita Sharma
www.saritasharma.co.uk
@saritastylist 

Jecks Stone
www.personaabodeinteriors.com
@personaabode  

Eva Sonaike
https://www.evasonaike.com/
@evasonaike 

Camellia Odojukan
@mrsodojukan 

Bhavin Taylor
https://bhavintaylordesign.com
@bhavintaylordesign 

Busola Evans
https://www.livingetc.com
@busolaevans 

Michelle Ogundehin
https://michelleogundehin.com
@michelleogundehin

Charmaine White
https://www.thewhitehouseinteriors.com
@twhinteriors 

Simon Hamilton
http://www.simonhamilton.me
@sihamilton747 

Marianne Shillingford
@m_shillingford 

Colour in design awards
https://www.colourindesignaward.org

 

Jun 11, 2020
7.4 Your Home Made Perfect, Post-pandemic Design, Bathroom Inspo
49:05

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 should you hang the Picasso?

Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs, or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors Podcast.

May 28, 2020
7.3 Jay Blades, Design Dreams, Living Room Refresh
51:33

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 Surgery asks the big question: shoes on or off?

Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors Podcast.

 

May 14, 2020
7.2 Lockdown Decorating, Perfect Lighting, Moodboards
45:04

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 images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors Podcast.

Apr 30, 2020
7.1 Colour Psychology, Happiness at Home, Bossy Books
48:42

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 images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs. Or join our Facebook group, The Great Indoors Podcast.

Apr 16, 2020
Staying In Special: Your Questions Answered
46:37

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 Indoors Podcast.

Apr 02, 2020
Natalie and Karl Pupé, Teachers

Are you the one aiming at the moon? Or the one with the plan to get there? Teachers Natalie and Karl Pupé talk to Viv Groskop about respect, discipline, humour - and about how they inspire and ground each other.

Do check out Karl Pupé's book The Action Hero Teacher

And Viv's new book Lift As You Climb.

Mar 20, 2020
At Home with Orla Kiely
35:53

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 links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie's blogs and or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors Podcast

Mar 19, 2020
101 Interior Design Answers, Wallpaper Rules, Spring Retox
31:33

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 and Sophie’s blogs. Or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors Podcast

Mar 05, 2020
Granny Chic, Fake or Real, Style Secrets from Morocco
43:30

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 Indoors Podcast.

Feb 20, 2020
Design for Life with Oliver Heath
45:19

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 supplied on each of Kate and Sophie's blogs, and do join The Great Indoors Podcast Facebook group.

Feb 05, 2020
Panelling, Red Threads, Sophie's Plans
42:41

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 Sophie's blogs, or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors Podcast

 

Jan 22, 2020
Budget Revamp Special with Annie Sloan
51:33

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 our Facebook group The Great Indoors Podcast.

 

Jan 08, 2020
Christmas Special with Rachel Khoo
37:20

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 lunch for the team (complete with tips for your Christmas table, of course.)

Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs: madaboutthehouse.com or sophierobinson.co.uk join our Facebook group The Great Indoors Podcast.

Dec 12, 2019
Christmas Hosting, Fashion X Interiors, Small Space Reveal!
44:45

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!

 

Nov 28, 2019
Christmas Trends, Small Space Living, The Great Outdoors
40:24

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 images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs www.madabouthehouse.com and www.sophierobinson.co.uk or join our Facebook group: The Great Indoors Podcast.

Nov 14, 2019
Hibernating Special: Sleep, Snuggle, Read
39:54

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, Rockett St George and more. Perfect to curl up with on the sofa.

Useful links and images are supplied on each of Kate and Sophie’s blogs www.madabouthehouse.com and www.sophierobinson.co.uk or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors Podcast.”

Oct 31, 2019
At Home with Michelle Ogundehin
39:41

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’s blogs htpp://www.madabouthehouse.com and htpp://www.sophierobinson.co.uk or join our Facebook group The Great Indoors Podcast

Oct 17, 2019
Colour of the Year, Colourful Kitchens, London Design Festival
36:27

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 Shillingford.

Oct 03, 2019
Laura Jackson's Elegant Building Site
40:02

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 stop stroking...

 

Find us on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/thegreatindoorspodcast/?source_id=119699894726175

Laura Jackson:

https://www.instagram.com/iamlaurajackson/?hl=en

https://hostelondon.co.uk/

More pics and deets on Kate and Sophie's blogs:

https://www.madaboutthehouse.com/

https://www.sophierobinson.co.uk/

Sep 19, 2019
#PODSTRIKE - Laura Jackson supports the Global Climate Strike
02:26

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.net/

https://www.podstrike.net/

Sep 18, 2019
#PODSTRIKE - Kate and Sophie support the Global Climate Strike
02:47

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://globalclimatestrike.net/

Sep 18, 2019
New Books, #DoLessHarm, Maximalism v Minimalism
40:31

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 a Facebook Group! Come join us:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/thegreatindoorspodcast/

 

The Blogs:

https://www.sophierobinson.co.uk/blog/

https://www.madaboutthehouse.com/category/mad-about

Sep 05, 2019
TV's Interior Design Masters, Home Happiness, Statement Floors
38:05

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 and why you must never go for the safe option.

 

The Great Indoors now has a Facebook Group! Come join us:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/thegreatindoorspodcast/

 

The Blogs:

https://www.sophierobinson.co.uk/blog/

https://www.madaboutthehouse.com/category/mad-about/

 

TV's Interior Design Masters on BBC2 (Weds 8pm):

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/m0007mmw/interior-design-masters

 

The Good Home Report 2019:

https://www.happinessresearchinstitute.com/

Aug 22, 2019
Kelly Hoppen's Home
40:34

What's Kelly Hoppen's Design Crime? Why does she like to get into an empty bath? And why is she building a soft play centre in her sitting room? The original Interiors Queen welcomes Kate and Sophie into her epically lush pad. Let's hope there isn't a feature wall...

Aug 08, 2019
Childhood Homes, Nature and Biophilia, Colour Blocking
40:33

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...

Jul 25, 2019
Summer Garden Updates, Midcentury Modern, Sustainability
40:59

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 for her brand new sustainability venture, #dolessharm. Get in touch!

Jul 11, 2019
Series 4 Trailer
01:37

Kate and Sophie are having a little lie down this week (like the colour grey...) but couldn't resist sharing this sneak preview of what's coming up next series.

Jun 28, 2019
Fearne Cotton's Happy Home
39:41

How does Fearne Cotton make her home a happy place? The presenter talks colour, atmosphere, the joy of the higgledy-piggledy and the importance of not following trends as she welcomes Sophie and Kate into her home. And having seen the walk-in wardrobe, Sophie may never leave...

Jun 13, 2019
Series 3 Ep 5 - Clerkenwell Design Week, Big Book News, Kate's Loo
41:55

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 job Kate's had a total redesign...

May 30, 2019
Series 3 Ep 4 - At Home with Pearl Lowe
35:08

Want to know Pearl Lowe's design secrets? The designer takes Sophie and Kate on a tour of her gorgeous home, revealing top tips for vintage shopping, the horror story behind her kitchen, and how the family respond to the constant re-decorating (her son wants to move to Ikea...)

May 16, 2019
Series 3 Ep 3 - Make Your Home Pay, Design on TV, Kitchen Update
40:38

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.

May 02, 2019
Series 3 Ep 2 - Trinny Woodall, Rug Rules, Whole House Design
33:40

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.

Apr 18, 2019
Series 3 Ep 1 - Flower (and plant) Power, The Art of Artwork
40:16

Real or fake? (Or should that be.... faux, darling?) Sophie and Kate clash over the merits of decorating with flowers and plants. There's also strong words about the art of choosing and hanging your artwork. Plus a TRULY stunning revelation about cooker hoods. Really.

Apr 04, 2019
Series 2 Ep 6 - Budget Home Updates, Kids Rooms, Instasham
40:40

Would you paint the nursery black? Sophie did. And Kate is Not Impressed. Sparks fly as the pair go head to head on planning kids rooms, plus a plethora of budget home update ideas and a debate about decorating for instagram, not for yourself.

Mar 21, 2019
Series 2 Ep 5 - Architects on Trial, Lighting, the Downstairs Loo
41:10

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...

Mar 07, 2019
Series 2 Ep 4 - Live from Dublin!
49:36

Is a diamante panther a Design Crime? Sophie and Kate tackle the serious questions as they hit the road, taking the Great Indoors ON TOUR to Dublin (is stage-diving a design crime?) They also take on soft furnishings, planning the dining room and the inspiration to be found in hotels (loos especially).

Feb 21, 2019
Series 2 Ep 3 - Small Space Living, Trend Report, Dressing Rooms
40:45

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...?

Feb 07, 2019
Series 2 Ep 2 - Ban White Paint, Conscious Shopping, Open Plan Spaces
40:18
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....
Jan 24, 2019
Series 2 Ep 1 - New Year Declutter, Bring Back Chintz, Home Offices
39:23

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...

Jan 10, 2019
The Great Indoors Series 2 - Trail
58

The UK's first professional interiors podcast is BACK! Curious about the key trends for 2019? Want help styling your open-plan space? Need to know why white paint  should be banned? Subscribe now to hear more from TV presenter and designer Sophie Robinson and best-selling author and journalist Kate Watson-Smyth. New series starts Jan 10th.

Jan 01, 2019
Episode 6 - Is Expensive Paint Worth it, New Design Books, Hallways
41:22

Elephant's Breath, anyone? In the last of this series, Sophie and Kate confront the $64,000 question (not literally) asking if designer paint is really worth the money? Plus there's a luscious crop of new design books to pop under the Christmas tree, and top tips for planning your hallway. 

Dec 13, 2018
Episode 5 - Tips for Renters, Christmas Gifts, The Spare Room
39:53

Stuck for present ideas? Sophie and Kate are here to help, sharing a revolutionary approach to buying Christmas presents (and some bracing views about the tree...) There's a stack of brilliant ideas for making the most of your home if you are renting, and inspiration for how to make your guest room comfy. But not too comfy...

Nov 29, 2018
Episode 4 - The Joy of Staying In, Inspiration, Sitting Rooms
42:29

Fancy a zebra skin ceiling? In this special LIVE edition, Sophie and Kate debate the joys of staying in, with lots of ideas to make your home a haven. They critique the various sources of interiors inspiration, and walk you through planning a sitting room. Then the audience get stuck in with their very own Design Crimes...

Nov 15, 2018
Episode 3 - Colour Psychology, Seasonal Interiors, Master Bedrooms
34:40

Do you know which colour is an appetite suppressant? Or which one makes every skin tone look fabulous? In this episode, Kate and Sophie ponder the fascinating facts of colour psychology. Plus how to change your interiors to reflect the changing season, and up next in the room planning series: the master bedroom. Oh, and several unscheduled appearances from Lucy the dog... 

Nov 01, 2018
2 - Finding Your Style, the New Colours, Bathrooms
33:36

Drowning in the Sea of Pinterest? Sophie and Kate talk you through how to discover your own unique sense of style. Plus, they reveal the coolest new colours on the block, how to plan a bathroom, and a few more horrifying Design Crimes. What colour are your radiators? Just asking... 

Oct 17, 2018
1 - Grey is Dead, Design Crimes, Kitchens
33:44

Are you guilty of a... Design Crime? In the launch episode of The Great Indoors, Kate and Sophie discuss the horrors of incorrectly positioned cushions, plus the tragic death of Kate's favourite colour, the top trends from the London Design Festival, and how to plan your kitchen.

Oct 17, 2018
The Great Indoors Trail Part Deux
59

Another taster ahead of this week's launch, from TV presenter and designer Sophie Robinson and best-selling author and journalist Kate Watson-Smyth.

Oct 16, 2018
The Great Indoors Trail
01:17

Real insight, hot tips and lots of laughs. Hosted by TV presenter and designer Sophie Robinson and best-selling author and journalist Kate Watson-Smyth. If you care at all about the space you live in, subscribe!

Oct 01, 2018