Monthly Archives: October 2012

Garden jobs for November

Now that the clocks have gone back it gets harder and harder to think about doing jobs in the garden. Take advantage of bright sunny mornings and do just a few key tasks to keep on top of jobs.

General tidy up

While the soil is still warm and damp, move and plant shrubs and herbaceous plants

Pull out sweet peas and beans remembering to leave roots in the soil to add nitrogen

Make sure you sweep up leaves from the lawn and borders or they’ll provide perfect places for slugs and snails to overwinter. This has been a bumper year  for slugs keeping on top of garden hygiene is all important.

Prepare the greenhouse for winter, clean the glass, bubble wrap if necessary, ensure your heater is in good working order.

Prepare for next Spring

 

Plant bulbs now to give you an impressive display next spring.  If you want a natural look, throw handfuls of bulbs directly onto the lawn or soil and plant them where they fall. In borders opt for large clumps of bulbs – you’ll get a much better display. I always plant tulip bulbs in groups of 5 or more – you’ll find that if you plant them in clumps of 12 – 15 tulip bulbs then it will allow enough for you to pick a few for a vase in the house next Spring without it being obvious.

Think about planting a new ornamental tree – now is the time to pick what you want to come bare root  once the season has started, usually towards the end of November. I still have my eye on a Liquid amber to add interest next Autumn but as I’ve been concentrating on the house this year I still need to find a space for it.

 

Now is the ideal time to plant Japanese yellow onion sets and garlic. My favourite garlic supplier is The Garlic Farm on the Isle of Wight. www.thegarlicfarm.co.uk

 

I‘ve also added some glass cloches over herbs which I’d like to pick through the winter, grown in this way herbs like parsley will provide you with fresh stems throughout the winter.

If you have a garden project in mind and need some garden design advice or help with planting then please get in touch. I work on garden design projects across Lincolnshire, Rutland and Northampton. Tel: 01572 747318 or 07973843020.

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 to create a cosy home this winter

As we prepare to turn back the clocks it’s the perfect time to brighten up your home and beat the winter blues before they even start! There are a few simple things you can do to make sure your home takes advantage of every last bit of winter sunshine, remaining light, bright and welcoming over the next few months.

Rather than bemoan the lack of natural sunlight, see it as the perfect excuse to splash out on some new lighting. A cheerful table lamp will create a warm and welcoming glow so scatter them around your living room,  bedroom and hallway.

 

Or use a decorative piece like these butterflies to bounce light back into the room. Their natural pigments pickup light without a artificial light source within the dome.

 

Mirrored furniture like a beautiful chest of drawers or console table will catch every last little bit of sunshine, helping to bounce light around the room and instantly brighten up a dull corner.

 

Launches from the fabric houses this Autumn included some wonderful rich berry and jewel colours and some amazing velvets. The rich velvet textures are perfect for the winter months, but you don’t have to pick a dark shade. Choose a striking colour and combine the cosiness of velvet with a mood lifting colour which will beat any hint of winter gloom.

Place a light in front of a mirror and it will bounce the light back into the room as well as adding a different dimension to the décor in your room. 

A soft, inviting rug will instantly warm up your living room, but pick a soft cream shade and you will still get a bright and airy feel. Combine it with floor cushions or a luxury beanbag for cosy winter lounging.

 

Make yourbedroom cosy by layering lots of different fabrics and textures. Pile it high with layers of soft linen, velvets and silks, throws and cashmere blankets to create an inviting nest.

If you have a decorating or 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 07973 843020.

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.

 

 

Lacanche Range Cooker Demonstration

We are pleased to announce the first of our cookery demonstrations in our new show kitchenin Rutland. We will be hosting a Lacanche Cooker Demonstration in conjunction with C’est
Cheese the mistresses of cheese.

This is an exciting opportunity
for potential and existing Lacanche customers to sample first-hand the
versatility and performance of the range and the amazing things you can do with
cheese (hot and cold)

8.00 pm start in the Alison Hutchinson Design show kitchen for a relaxed and informal introduction to the
cookers and the creativity of cheese. Please ring to book a place, Tel: 01572 747318. We look forward to seeing you there.

Thursday 29th November 2012

Address: Alison Hutchinson Design, 12 Willoughby Road, Morcott,
Oakham, Rutland LE15 9DY

How should I choose blinds?

I have just fitted a series of Roman
blinds in our design show kitchen at home in Rutland. You are welcome to come
and see them and to see how we work with clients to design rooms to enhance
your home and your lifestyle.

We are experts at interpreting your
ideas and ensuring any room we design reflects how you live and enhances your
home. We will hold your hand at each stage and make recommendations for the
best look to create the style you are looking for. We work with you to create
mood boards for each room and create a handpicked selection of paint colours,
fabrics and wallpapers as well as furniture and lighting ideas

There is an array of different window
treatments to choose from and we will help you make a selection which will work
for you.

Roller Blinds

A simple practical solution to
diffusing light. They are usually made from stiffened fabric and operated by a
spring mechanism or beaded side control.

Roman Blinds

Like the ones we have designed and
made for our kitchen, these are a more decorative option which from soft pleats
when raised but hand flat against the window when lowered. The pleats are
usually kept in place with rods or slats and a cord and cleat system to tie
them off or chain operation as a side control lowers and raises them.

Venetian blinds

These are usually made from wood or
metal and come in varying widths of horizontal slats which can be tilted,
raised and lowered. In bathrooms where humidity is high metal ones are perhaps
best.

Vertical Blinds

These blinds are useful for floor to
ceiling windows. They are made from vertical slats of material and can be
tilted, or drawn right back with a weighted cord control.

Pleated Blinds

Pleated blinds are a modern invention
and offer a more modern look then venetians blinds. They fold neatly away but
when drawn given amazing light control.

Panel Blinds

Inspired by Japanese screens these
flat panels of fabric or woven materials hand neatly inside the window. They
are hung from a head rail and stack neatly behind each other when open. They
are ideal for patio doors and make good room dividers.

If you would like us to transform a
window with a window treatment or Roman blind then do get in touch, and if you
would like to see how we could transform your kitchen too, ring and make an
appointment for us to visit you at home.

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 07973 843020.

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.

 

 

Kate, Northampton

I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say how delighted I am with the garden, it really looks beautiful, the verbeena and the sea holly are a complete triumph, I have had no end of compliments on the beautiful colour scheme, which I have tried hard to adhere to with my additions. If you get a chance please come and have look at how your vision has come to fruition. Kate, Northampton

Jane, Stamford

Caught my husband wandering around the garden a few days ago (which is looking amazing) and he said how wonderful all the shrubs (you picked) are looking. Praise indeed! Stamford

Decorex – Lighting I loved

Isn’t it funny how you see something a week or so in advance
of when you need it and then just can’t get the image out of your mind. I’ve
been a bit like that with some of the amazing things I saw at Decorex this
year.  Decorex is the show for architects
and interior professionals where we all go to seek inspiration, to see the
latest interior trends and talk to new and existing suppliers.

I have a few projects on the go at the moment that need some
really specific things to bring them to life:  lighting is one of those things. Lighting can
really transform a room. It should be functional but can also be beautiful,
mood enhancing and task oriented. Here are some of the lighting ideas which
caught my eye…

 

 

a fabulous drift  wood lamp from David Hunt Lighting

and something to create a talking point!

Oh to have a hallway tall enough to accommodate this hanging light

I know exactly where these could go

and this bronze light is just superb

a quirky take on lights and mirrors from La Deun Luminaires

the amazing luminescent properties of ceramics from Boatswain

A real curiosity from the natural world, there’s no lighting here these beaufiul butterflies simple pick up the light within the room!

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 07973 843020.

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.

 

 

 

Garden jobs in October

For ‘tis the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, but
what is there for gardeners to do this month? Here’s my latest update on what
you should be getting up to in the garden in October

This is my favourite time of year. I know I should love summer
with its heady mix of annuals and perennials making borders look like a Monet
painting but for me, spring and autumn are my favorite times of the year. I
love the moment the soil awakens in Spring and up pop all my autumn planted
bulbs. I love the way new seeds uncoil from the ground pushing clods of earth
aside. In autumn I love the mists, the glistening cobwebs, watching spiders
spin their way from plant to plant and birds stealing the last seeds from spent
seed heads.

General gardening

While the soil is still warm and damp, lift and divide
herbaceous perennials. Replenish the soil with well-rotted compost (and with
plenty of coarse grit if the soil is heavy clay). Replant the strongest, outer
pieces and water well. It’s also a good time to buy and plant pot grown plants,
and shrubs, they will get their roots into the soil while it is still warm.

Pull out sweet peas and beans remembering to leave roots in
the soil to add nitrogen. Sow sweetpeas now for early flowering next year. They
benefit from the winter shelter of a cold greenhouse or frame. Sow 5in deep
into long root trainer pots (or loo rolls) and cover with glass or polythene
until seedlings break through the surface. Keep in cool, light conditions to
prevent weak growth and thin out as they grow pinching out the tips to create
strong bushy plants.

Move tender plants indoors or under glass.

Bring squashes and pumpkins into cure – they develop a thick
skin which makes them keep better. On dry, bright days put them out in the sun
but if there is a chance of rain leave them undercover or on a bright
windowsill.

Mulch, with a layer of compost, around the base of any
tender perennials to protect from frosts.

I’ve noticed some box plants in pits are looking a little
yellow right now so have fed them with a liquid feed high in iron. Sequested
iron is used for camellias etc but can provide the nutrients needed to green up
leaves on yellowing plants.

It is still warm enough to use nematodes against vine
weevil  if you get a move on. I’ve just
had an email from a client telling me hers arrived in the post this week. Water
around the plant well first and then water the nematodes into the soil,. They
will eat the vine weevil grub which does so much damage munching its way
through roots so plants eventually die.

Roses

Shorten any long lanky stems on shrub roses to reduce their
vulnerability to the wind. Floribunda roses that have finished flowering for
the year may also be given the same treatment. If not completed earlier, i.e. just
after flowering time, rambler roses can have flowering stems removed and new
stems tied into position.

Herbs

Place a cloche over a row of parsley, to keep up supplies
over the winter. Tired plants may be encouraged – give them a pick me up with a
gentle application of nitrogen fertiliser.

Prepare for next Spring

Plant bulbs now to give you an impressive display next spring.
If you want a natural look, throw handfuls of bulbs directly onto the lawn or
soil and plant them where they fall. In borders opt for large clumps of bulbs -
you’ll get a much better display. I always plant tulip bulbs in groups of 5 or
more – the more the better as it means you can pinch a stem for a vase next
spring without the group looking bereft!

Think about planting a new ornamental tree – I have my eye
on a Liquid amber to add interest next Autumn and to provide fabulous scent
when I crush it’s leaves.

If you have a garden project in mind and need some garden
design advice or help with planting then please get in touch. I work on garden
design projects across Lincolnshire, Rutland and Northampton. Tel: 01572 747318
or 07973843020.

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.

 

Decorex 2012 – Furniture I loved

Inspired by some of the leading design brands exhibiting at Decorex and also some of the small, young brands who were
exhibiting for the first time, I have returned to the office filled with energy and ideas.

Here’s a selection of my favourite furniture from the Decorex show

An inspirational table and bench by UK joinery company under the watchful eye of Tom Faulkner

A contemporary stool and desk from Pinch designs

Bringing a touch of creativity to mundane storage

Companies displayed a lot of cabinetry with clean, sharp lines,  like this from Michael Northcroft, and also cabinets with pale outsides and wild colours lining drawers… a look which I loved

This was a great shaped tables which appeared again and again around the Decorex stands

And this

 

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. Or 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 07973 843020.

I work on interior design and garden design projects in Stamford, Lincolnshire, Oakham, Uppingham and Rutland, Oundle and Northamptonshire as well as further afield. I will design an interior or garden to complement the architecture of your home and
choose the right materials to complement it