COFFEE TABLE CRUSH: MAD ABOUT THE HOUSE

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The secret of a good coffee table book is that it has to look good on your coffee table. Simple. But it doesn't hurt when its actually something worth reading too. 

You may know the name Mad About The House from Kate Watson-Smyth's blog of the same name, but if you haven't read anything by her before, you're definitely in for a treat. She's the go-to interiors expert for everyone from cool, indie brands to the big high street sellers and this book is pretty much her bible of every good tip and thing to think about when decorating your home. 

Here's the five things I loved most about it:

ONE: IT'S REAL PRETTY

A nice understated blush pink hardcover, gold foil and beaut typography. 

TWO: KATE'S PINTEREST GUIDE

Turning your inspiration from Pinterest into a functioning room scheme isn't easy, but Kate's breakdown of how to best use Pinterest as a design tool is definitely something I'll take forward with me. This guide isn't how to use Pinterest as a social media platform to further your reach as such, but instead how you can use it privately to consolidate and clarify your inspiration for interior design. 

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THREE: IT TRANSCENDS TRENDS

While Kate may have her own design aesthetic, this book is not about how to achieve that. It's a tool in the way that it can be applied to your home whatever your style preferences. 

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FOUR: TOP 10 DESIGN HACKS

On the flip side, the end of the book is Kate's 10 commandments for design. Great ideas to live by, especially if you're less confident creating your own signature style. I particularly loved 'Something old, something new, something black, something gold' as a mantra to live by.   

FIVE: COVER QUOTES

As far as cover quotes go, Michelle Ogundehin of Elle Decoration fame and Kelly Hoppen are the interiors powerhouses you might expect, but an endorsement from Professor Green is pretty wild and.. unexpected maybe?

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You can buy the book now on Amazon now by clicking below: 

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