Local Designer now on our doorstep

Many of you will be familiar with Alison Hutchinson’s gardening columns which we have featured in Rutland Living and our sister magazine Stamford Living for almost 10 years. Alison trained in garden design at Reading University and after running a successful interiors store alongside Belton garden centre, opposite the National Trust’s Belton House in Grantham, she bolted interior design onto her successful garden business. She now offers a complete service for the home and garden.

Alison has recently moved back into Rutland, buying a property in Morcott, so we asked her about her recent house move and what she has in store for the home and garden.

We are still in the early stages of our move but I have a picture in my head of what our new home will be like when I’ve worked some magic upon it. My interior style tends to be a mix of traditional styling with contemporary touches thrown in. I love to mix antiques with contemporary furniture and lighting. If they are mixed in the right way then some of the absolute bargains to be picked up at the antique centres and auctions can make a real statement. I’m trying to resist the desire to create a real ‘country living’ style interior but opt for clean lines and some colour. I’ve spent 10 years living with neutrals and now feel I want to add some colour – I may even paint all my cream furniture dusky grey – a colour I think will be a trend over the coming year.

We have inherited a lovely garden with a mature walnut tree but I want to add some real structure to it. There is no sense of the space being divided and instead you can see the whole garden if you stand at one end. For me secret spaces and hidden seats make a garden feel more spacious. I’m a great plant collector: I can’t do minimalist but instead opt for large blocks of plants which I then repeat throughout the garden. This helps to create a feeling of continuity and keeps maintenance down. By planting deep borders filled with plants you reduce weeding as the weeds don’t have a chance to get established – a technique I use in many client gardens. If gardens are planted like this they can be low maintenance but also be filled with life and colour year round.  I love autumn and spring – my two favourite seasons – so I like to have some colour at both times of the year so I can tempt people to come out and enjoy the garden.

I’ve also left a very productive vegetable garden at my old house so getting that re-established is something of a priority too. And then I need to leave time to brush up on my sailing skills – being so close to Rutland water it would be criminal not too, don’t you think!

To book an appointment with Alison telephone her on: 07973 843020 or to see examples of her work visit www.alisonhutchinsondesign.co.uk

The above article was appeared in Rutland Living.