Kate Watson-Smyth’s top 10 hidden design gems for a home update

Interiors guru Kate Watson-Smyth, best known for her top interiors blog Mad About The House, has launched Design Storey, a new online homewares edit store curating her top picks from her favourite high street interiors shops.

During lockdown, our homes have become more important to us than ever, and we’ve all been spending more time looking for special pieces that make our place that bit cosier. But with so much available to us online, finding the perfect finishing touches can become an ordeal in itself – especially as we can’t head to the shop to assess items in person. As such, Design Storey will focus heavily on curation. It’ll feature just 50 items from each category (coffee tables, sofas, chairs, for example), organised by room for ease.

‘There is such a thing as too much choice,’ says Kate. ‘With more people than ever focusing on their homes this past year, most of us just want a good lamp or a nice rug, but we don’t want to spend hours trawling through pages of stuff that we don’t want to find it.’

Each item featured has its own explanation as to why it has made the cut, whether it’s

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These Amazon Cozy Winter Decor Hidden Gems Are Under $30

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There are almost endless ways to spruce up your house for winter, including these under-$30 home decor finds and winter decorations. Amazon shoppers love these little additions — snuggly blankets, romantic twinkling lights, fuzzy pillows, and fragrant woodsy candles. These hygge-ready finds from the retailer’s home department are all Prime-eligible, come with rave reviews from Amazon shoppers, and (the most impressive part) they start at just $8. 

Adding a little ambience — akin to a warm and charming fireplace — is as simple as incorporating a few new lights, like Comenzar’s flickering faux-birch candles. The battery-powered, flameless candles give off a golden glow and are “stunning,” according to reviewers. Shoppers also rave about Brightown’s dimmable curtain of lights, which beautifully drapes to brighten without overpowering. They’ve earned over 3,500 five-star ratings and can also be used outdoors during the warmer months to jazz up your backyard.

One of Amazon’s least expensive pieces, Meekio “Let’s Cuddle” pillow cover, also happens to be one of the most fun. Its neutral colors ensure it will fit

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