The Great Indoors show

The Great Indoors

Summary: 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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  • Artist: Sophie Robinson and Kate Watson-Smyth: Interior Design Experts
  • Copyright: Sophie Robinson and Kate Watson-Smyth 2021

Podcasts:

 13.6 Trends, Upholstery, 70s Horror... | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 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...

 13.5 Changing Rooms, Wallpaper, Multifunctional Spaces | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 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.

 13.4 At Home with Guy Oliver | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 42:35

Do you have a collapsible Japanese temple? 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 and eclectic taste into a small space.

 13.3 Rattan Rules, Design Books, Dracula's Hallway | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 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...

 12.2 Builders Uncovered, Layout Secrets, Paint Your Garden | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 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?

 12.1 Holiday at Home, Tiny Bathrooms, Kids vs Style | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 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?

 11.6 Halston Inspo, Colour Science, The Style Test | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 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.

 11.5 The Great Outdoors, Tablescapes, Renovation Blues | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 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.

 11.4 Gatecrash Sophie Ellis-Bextor's Kitchen Disco | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 40:42

Got your glitterball yet? Kate and Sophie visit 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...

 11.3 John Lewis Nightmare, Diversity in Design, Upcycling | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 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?

 Country House Style, Blinds and Curtains, Pet Friendly Interiors | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 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...

 11.1 Scented Candles, Design Books, Conservatories | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 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...

 10.6 Online Shopping, Ruth Mottershead of Little Greene Paint Company, Hall Floors | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 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.

 10.5 Interior Design Masters, Drew Pritchard, Where to Start? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 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.

 10.4 Princess Anne, Nicola Harding, Can't Change it - Make it Work | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 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?

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