Monthly Archives: August 2012

Designing kitchens that work

Don’t you just love a kitchen that works. Where you can access the range cooker and the work surfaces, fridge, sink and dishwasher without having to duck and dive.

Where the bin is handy and you have space to work and even more space to put things away.

These are the sort of kitchens we create. Talk to us if you are thinking of revamping your kitchen. Or ring us to book an appointment to visit our show kitchen.

If you have a building project, interior or garden and landscaping project which you need help with or ideas for then please give me a ring: Alison 01572 747318 or 07973843020.

I work on interior design and garden design projects in Stamford, Lincolnshire, Oundle, Oakham, Uppingham and Rutland as well as further afield. I will design a garden to complement the architecture of your home and choose the right landscaping materials to complement it. If you are frustrated with endless searching for the right fabric or wallpaper and paint colours and overwhelmed with the enormous choice, then allow me to make a handpicked selection for you. I will complement the style of your existing rooms and provide a few choice pieces which will bring the whole look together.

Create Momentum on your walls

As we move from Summer to Autumn we all feel the need to make a few changes in our homes and garden – to keep the momentum of change going. Originally launched in 2011, the Momentum range from Harlequin is now expanding with two distinct ranges launching this month: Momentum Wallcoverings Volume 2 and Momentum Sheers & Structures.

 

Harlequin wallpaper, Leaf

The new Momentum wallcoverings collection enjoys a fashion-focussed, forward-looking palette of chalky tones, ranging from subtle neutrals to monochromes and on-trend brights such as orange, apple and teal. Embossed effects, sumptuous beaded textures and metallic highlights add the finishing touch of glamour.

 

Harlequin wallpaper Maze

Sleek and sophisticated meets graphic and architectural, this contemporary-chic collection of textured wallcoverings features a stunning mix of eclectic styles, graphic prints and quirky designs such as People, a subtle motif which at a second glance reveals silhouettes of people in a crowd; Flint, a textured slate wall effect, with a flint-like appearance, enhanced by hints of metallic; Array, a striking woven effect design in graded chalky colours with vibrant ‘pops’ of colour; Leaf: a silhouette of oversized leaves, in both graphic solid colours and beaded neutrals; and Trellis: a lattice design in both subtle neutrals and bold flat shades, embellished with metallics and sparkling beads.

Harlequin wallpaper – Flint

Later in the week, I’ll bring you the story of the Harlequin Sheers so keep a look out.

If you have a garden, interior or landscaping project which you need help with or ideas for then please give me a ring: Alison 01572 747318 or 07973843020.

I work on interior design and garden design projects in Stamford, Lincolnshire, Oakham, Uppingham and Rutland as well as further afield. I will design a garden to complement the architecture of your home and choose the right landscaping materials to complement it. If you are frustrated with endless searching for the right fabric or wallpaper and paint colours and overwhelmed with the enormous choice, then allow me to make a handpicked selection for you. I will complement the style of your existing rooms and provide a few choice pieces which will bring the whole look together.

How do I choose Carpet?

It has been a few weeks since we completed work on our design build and renovation project in Rutland but due to the woodworm treatment we had to apply to the floor boards upstairs the carpets have not been able to be fitted… until now! Our post Olympic blues have been set aside as we are so thrilled to have carpets on the stairs and in the bedrooms! Just like the new caret smell (which I love but I know some clients don’t) which will wear off, so will the novelty so roll on the Paralympics.

I chose two different types of carpet. The bedroom carpet is a traditional woolen weave which will be fitted over an underlay. This is a classic look.

The stair carpet is made using a flat-weaving method which gives a distinctive texture. It too is an all wool carpet but the flat weave gives a look similar to natural floor coverings (sisal etc), but offering the warmth and practicality of a wool carpet. This carpet, as with all natural floor coverings, needs to be delivered to the place it is to be fitted a week prior to fitting to allow it to acclimatize to the conditions.

 

The staircase before the carpet is fitted

A roll of carpet ready for fitting

Fitting the underlay

 

 

The stair carpet being fitted

Choosing a carpet

Nothing compares to the soft, luxurious feeling of carpet under your feet. Carpeting provides a safe, comfortable spot for kids to play and may even reduce the risk of injury during a fall. Carpet requires a bit of extra maintenance compared to vinyl or tiles, but there’s simply no substitute in terms of sound absorption, warmth and overall comfort.

Wear and tear

There’s a lot to think about before you choose a carpet. Bear in mind how much wear it will get and how long it should last – a few months to sell your house, or years of teenagers tramping up and down the hallway?

Get the look

Before paying out for the latest fashionable colour or pattern, think about future decorating plans. Always take a sample home to see how the carpet might look with your décor, both in the day and at night with your lighting. You’ll also need to think about whether the width and pattern of the carpet will fit your room, including alcoves or bay windows. Carpet usually comes in 4 or 5 m widths. If you want to run the same carpet through multiple rooms think about the best way to lay it, whilst getting the most use of the relevant width, so that it runs the same way in each room

Decide on a budget

Deciding how much to spend is difficult, but you need to think about how well it will wear and how often you intend to replace it. And to get the best job it’s important to invest in good quality underlay and professional fitting.

If you have a interior or garden and landscaping project which you need help with or ideas for then please give me a ring: Alison 01572 747318 or 07973843020.

I work on interior design and garden design projects in Stamford, Lincolnshire, Oakham, Uppingham and Rutland as well as further afield. I will design a garden to complement the architecture of your home and choose the right landscaping materials to complement it. If you are frustrated with endless searching for the right fabric or wallpaper and paint colours and overwhelmed with the enormous choice, then allow me to make a handpicked selection for you. I will complement the style of your existing rooms and provide a few choice pieces which will bring the whole look together.

Create Momentum in your furnishings

 If the change in weather has created the need to change your interior then look no further. The new Momentum range from Harlequin is now expanding with two distinct ranges launching this month: Momentum Wallcoverings Volume 2 and Momentum Sheers & Structures.Earlier in the week I bought you a snap shot of the fabulous collection of wallcoverings. Here is the collection of sheers.

 

Harlequin Voiles: Trellis

Momentum Sheers & Structures is the perfect continuation of the Momentum fabrics story: it identifies and fills a noticeable gap in the market, both nationally and internationally, for design-led but practical sheer, semi-sheer and structured fabrics. All but one of the sheer fabrics are wide-width with a weighted edge, making them both versatile and functional.

Harlequin Voiles – Dot

The voile motifs are graphic, geometric and stylishly understated – ikats, stripes, ogees, diamonds and spots – in an atmospheric range of mood-enhancing, scene-setting shades, highlighted with hints of metallics. The structured plains are subtle and highly useable, and are complemented by a contemporary lace-effect fabric, cleverly constructed from strips of ribbon sewn together. 

Harlequin voile – Define

The Momentum story continues to unfold and flourish, with a range of striking and sophisticated weaves being planned for next spring: watch this space!

 Harlequin Voiles – Arc

If you have a garden, interior or landscaping project which you need help with or ideas for then please give me a ring: Alison 01572 747318 or 07973843020.

I work on interior design and garden design projects in Stamford, Lincolnshire, Oakham, Uppingham and Rutland as well as further afield. I will design a garden to complement the architecture of your home and choose the right landscaping materials to complement it. If you are frustrated with endless searching for the right fabric or wallpaper and paint colours and overwhelmed with the enormous choice, then allow me to make a handpicked selection for you. I will complement the style of your existing rooms and provide a few choice pieces which will bring the whole look together.

What jobs should I do in the garden this month? Garden jobs in August

At this time of year I would normally be writing that the summer is upon us and our gardens are flourishing but this year is a little different. The garden is flourishing but that’s due in part to all this rain rather than the glory of the sunshine. Still our hearts are filled with glory as we bask in the Olympic fever which has gripped the UK. I have managed to take in my first Judo matches at the Excel arena where along with 10,000 others I cheered Gemma Gibbons onto a silver medal. The atmosphere was amazing and we are doing so well that I truly hope we really can inspire a generation.

If you need a little garden inspiration now and into the Autumn start thinking ahead and plan for a Autumn filled with colour – why not some bronzes, silvers and GOLDS!

Borders

Trim lavender once it has finished flowering. Hang to dry and then mix with dry rice to fill lavender bags later, or make lavender sugar.  Layer fresh lavender leaves in jars between 3cm of caster sugar. Seal the jars and store to use later – it’s delicious in cakes. Remove flowers before using or crush with the sugar in a pestle and mortar.

Plant colchicums, cyclamens and crocus to naturalise in grass or under trees.

Propagating and general maintenance

Take cuttings of established box plants – book on one of my box trimming workshops for next summer.

Spread a compost mulch around fruit bushes, asparagus and rhubarb. Ensure the ground is moist first.

Prune rambler roses after flowering. Tie in new growth and remove some of the old stems near to the ground.

Give hedges a final trim to get them into shape for the autumn. And trim silver leaved plants to shape now

If you have bare patches of lawn these can be reseeded from the end of the month if the weather is cool.

Collect ripe seeds form flowering plants for a display next year.

Vegetables

Lift and dry onions and shallots.

Harvest sweet corn at lunch time and have a pan of boiling water already on the go. Put the cobs straight in and eat as soon as they are ready. They will be delicious as you catch them before any of their natural sugar turns to starch.

Encourage further cropping of beans and courgettes with regular picking.

Look out for potato blight which has become a real problem with the prolonged wet this year. Cut back all foliage at the first sign and wait 3 weeks before digging potatoes.

Complete summer pruning of trained fruit trees such as espaliers and cordons.

Prune back to ground level summer fruited raspberry canes.

Start to sow seeds for autumn picking. Sow directly into the ground or in modules to plant out later. The following can all be grown well into Autumn and cropped as cut and come again. Protect with fleece if you want to continue cutting into winter.  Sow, kale, Swiss chard, mustard spinach, chicory, lambs lettuce, lettuce and rocket now.

If you have a garden, interior or landscaping project which you need help with or ideas for then please give me a ring: Alison 01572 747318 or 07973843020.

I work on interior design and garden design projects in Stamford, Lincolnshire, Oakham, Uppingham and Rutland as well as further afield. I will design a garden to complement the architecture of your home and choose the right landscaping materials to complement it. If you are frustrated with endless searching for the right fabric or wallpaper and paint colours and overwhelmed with the enormous choice, then allow me to make a handpicked selection for you. I will complement the style of your existing rooms and provide a few choice pieces which will bring the whole look together.