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…
Scented Candles, New Books, Conservatories
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...
Online Shopping, Ruth Mottershead of Little Greene Paint Company, Hall Floors
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.
Interior Design Masters, Drew Pritchard, Where to Start?
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.
Princess Anne, Nicola Harding, Can't Change it - Make it Work
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?
Decorate for Any Aspect, Julia Samuel, Window Dressing
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...
Online Design, Easy Wins, Tiny Houses
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....