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The Joyful Home: Why Interior Design Matters with Kate Watson-Smyth and Paula Sutton

14/10/2021 2:00 pm | Hotel du Vin, Cheltenham

Join Kate Watson-Smyth, award-winning journalist and one-woman powerhouse behind the UK’s top interiors site at Cheltenham Literature Festival, as she and Paula Sutton (author of Hill House Living and design guru @hillhousevintage) speak to design, interiors and lifestyle writer Becky Sunshine. Here, Watson-Smyth and Sutton will share their wealth of experience plus hints and tips on how to harness interior design to create a stylish and joyful home.

Living in a beautiful home that you’re proud of is something we all strive for and finding joy in where we live has a huge impact on our wellbeing. Does your heart sing when you open your front door?



Interiors expert Kate Watson-Smyth brings you the Mad About the House Planner for everything you need to know when renovating your home. With more and more of us working from home and spending more time in the house, it’s more important than ever that our homes are adaptable and welcoming. Packed with Kate’s knowledge and enthusiasm, this journal offers you ways to renovate your home room by room, with a focus on sustainability and money-saving tips.

Also included in this handy planner are accounts pages to note down what you’re spending money on – and when – as you renovate. It also contains an address book for useful contacts and tradesmen, checklists for all the essentials in each room, grid pages to draw your own floorplans and space to jot down your favourite shops, inspiration and websites.


Kate Watson-Smyth is an award-winning journalist who has written extensively on interiors and design for publications including the Financial Times, The Independent, and the Sunday Telegraph and she has a monthly interiors column in Red. Her home has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, la Repubblica, Elle Decoration, Livingetc and Remodelista.

Kate’s acclaimed website,, founded in 2012, is officially the UK’s No. 1 interiors blog. The Great Indoors – which she co-hosts with Sophie Robinson – is the nation’s most popular interiors podcast. Kate has written two other bestselling books, Mad About the House: How to Decorate Your Home with Style (2018) and Mad About the House: 101 Interior Design Answers (2020).

When: Thursday 14 October, 2-3pm
Hotel du Vin, Cheltenham
Tickets are £20 plus booking fee. The ticket includes fizz and nibbles. CLF members get 10% discount. Ticket sale starts for members September 3rd at 10am, and September 10th at 10am for non-members. Booking link to follow.