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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See Inside Kate Middleton & Prince William Chicly Decorated Home

Earlier this week, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took part in a Zoom call with staff from Hospice UK’s Just “B” counselling and bereavement support line. Kate Middleton and Prince William spoke with frontline healthcare workers about the work they’ve been doing to support vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly as many have been facing bereavement, or have found themselves working in extremely challenging roles.

Duchess Kate and Prince William conducted the video meeting from their home, as the United Kingdom is in the midst of another nationwide lockdown. Kate recently celebrated her 39th birthday in Norfolk, at the family’s Anmer Hall residence, according to People. As a result, it seems likely that the couple’s Zoom meeting took place at Anmer Hall, with the Cambridges giving fans a glimpse at their home decor.

In the video, Kate and William can be seen sitting on a cream-colored couch, with their surroundings decorated in neutral colors. Decorative plates adorn the walls behind them, along with an ornate mirror. Plants line a side table, and a photo of Prince George can be seen in the background. Duchess Kate rests on floral cushions in the cozy, and carefully decorated, home.


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