Monthly Archives: March 2013

Harlequin Landscapes Wallpapers, it’s like painting in the sky

Isn’t it funny how ideas come together. We have just returned from a trip to Norway where we went cruising in search of the Northern Lights. On one of our explorations on shore we came across a Norwegian interior store and just had to get our fix. It smelt of paint and wallpaper paste, of freshly sawn timber. I was in my element – Mr Hutchinson humoured me! And then I get back into the office and not only is the weather still replicating that of Norway, complete with 5ft snow drifts, but The Harlequin Studio has captured the essence of Scandinavian skylines in a new range of Landscapes. This is a striking contemporary collection of painterly, impressionistic and abstract non-woven wallpapers, which are all being launched this month.

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Wallpaper Plateau

Comprising 26 wallpapers across six contemporary designs, Landscapes is a modern collection, which encompasses artistic interpretations of patchwork fields, coastal seascapes, mountain ranges and rolling hills, all set against a backdrop of the horizon. They really do remind me of the landscapes we saw while cruising along the Nordic Fjords. Sometimes bleak, almost always snowbound but somehow beautiful.

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Wallpaper Tunturi

The collection evokes a feeling of harmony and tranquillity. Its freely painted motifs shade subtly, giving an impression of watery brushstrokes, whilst the understated colour palette plays with the idea of light and shade reacting  to each other. It is enhanced by gentle diluted tones mixed with stronger, earthy shades: ink and seaglass; sky and teal; smoke and charcoal; grass and mustard; pebble and slate; soft clover and amethyst; mandarin and pomegranate.

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Wallpaper Plateau

Each wallpaper makes a powerful statement in its own right, but can be combined equally effectively with other Landscapes designs or colourways to create a more personalised look within your own interior.

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Wallpaper Vista

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Wallpaper Vista

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Wallpaper Plateau

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Wallpaper Tranquil

If you have an 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.

 

 

Just wanted to express my delight and thanks again for the four bespoke cushions! Belinda, Peterborough

A garden job to do right now!

This weeks’ garden job. If you have soft fruit and berry bushes now is the time to make sure they are well netted. February and March can be quiet months in the garden so if you can get on top of these small maintenance jobs ( small being a relative term, it depends on the size of your fruit cage!) you’ll be we’ll ahead once the growing season starts. A fruit cage is a great way to protect fruit from birds and essential if you want to get to ripe cherries before the blackbirds. They seem to have a sixth sense and will be in there before you even knew they were ripe.

garden design Oakham

Fruit cages have been used since Roman times with the earliest recording in AD 4-70 from a writer and farmer who wrote that he was using broom to prevent birds from eating pomegranates.

 

If you have an 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.

 

 

Interior and Exterior designers work together

It’s that time of year again, when all the big guns come to London to see the latest interior launches at London Design Week. This year’s show looks set to be as exciting as ever with some sumptuous new launches from the many fabric houses now located at Chelsea harbour.

This year the organisers are showing just how closely linked Interior design and Garden and Landscape design are linked and garden designers Thomas Hoblin is profiled. His views on how interior and garden designers can compliment each other is reassuring. It’s coming that we have been doing here at Alison Hutchinson Design for some years.

We work on interior design and garden design projects across Lincolnshire, Rutland, Leicestershire and Northampton. If you have an interior or garden project in mind and need some expert help and advice then please get in touch. 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.

Industry profile: Thomas Hoblyn. From Decorex

Thomas Hoblyn

Garden designer Thomas Hoblyn developed his passion for plants in the West Country were his family lived and farmed for generations. He went on to hone his horticultural skills at Hadlow College and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. During his time at Kew, he won a scholarship to study wildflower communities in the south-eastern United States where he spent 10 weeks knee deep in bogs being attacked by various forms of wildlife. On his return to England in 2002, Tom set up his landscape and garden design company Thomas Hoblyn Garden Design Ltd and has been working on commissions that are as geographically diverse as they are varied. Last year, he won the People’s Choice Award at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

How did you start out in the industry?

I was trained and ready to take over a family farm in Cornwall when I discovered that playing with plants was far more interesting. I worked my way up to being a head gardener of a small estate in south Devon and applied to train at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew as a means of escaping my tyrannical boss.

Thomas Hoblyn

What’s been your proudest career moment to date?

Winning the People’s Choice Award at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012. As a designer, I try to create beautiful spaces that people will enjoy. And while it’s great to receive acknowledgement from your peers, those accolades often come from ticking various boxes. The People’s Choice Award on the other hand, means that I successfully achieved my aim.

Which part of your job do you enjoy the most?

Initial brainstorming of a new project and overseeing the planting phase, in other words, creating a vision and seeing it come to life.

What do you love the most about Decorex?

It’s a unique opportunity for me to get a sense of developments in the interiors industry and to mingle with like-minded individuals. Garden design is starting to gain wider recognition as a crucial element of both residential and commercial developments, and as this happens it’s important that our two industries work closely together.

Thomas Hoblyn

What do you think are the benefits of exhibitions? 

To see what’s new, particularly where materials and finishes are concerned.

Do you find interior trends influence garden design? If so, how?

It depends on the scheme. I think it does so more for contemporary design – especially stone finishes, lighting and pots. Our style is more traditional and the property tends to dictate what trend one should follow.

How do you collaborate with interior designers when coming up with garden schemes? What are the biggest challenges?

On large projects, we are often part of a design team that is headed by the interior designer. It is important to share ideas and get their take on the client’s wishes at the conceptual stage of a project. Interior designers often look at situations differently, which can be very valuable.

There is a big grey area between inside and out and it is important to recognise that both parties will have input for a successful outcome. The biggest challenge is when clients want to design the interior themselves. Otherwise: interior stone versus exterior stone choices and exterior lighting seem to cause the most debate.

Thomas Hoblyn

What are your top tips for ensuring cohesion between the garden and the interior style of a property?

1.     A good relationship between the two designers

2.     A working knowledge of each other’s profession

3.     Early brainstorming together, if you have the fortune of beginning a project at the same time

4.     Establish a hierarchical system if necessary

Who or what inspires you?

At the moment: mossy, ferny, lichen-y weathered rocks found on the West Country moors – each one a work of art. I’m just trying to work out how to use them in my design without upsetting the flora. Also, the Pre-Raphaelite exhibition at the Tate was life-changing stuff.

If we could give you an extra day per week, what would you spend it doing?

An extra day in my beloved walled garden would be bliss – we were nearly self-sufficient in a few fruits and vegetables last year, and an extra day would improve my chances.

Thomas Hoblyn

Where do you live and why?

A small rural village in Suffolk. We fell in love with the house and garden without a thought for the practicalities of the important things like work and children going to school. Fortunately, there are good links to London and the schools are very good.

Can you tell us a bit about your own home and garden?

Our home is a 16th century farmhouse with an imposing 19th century addition on the front of it, in a rural village near Bury St Edmunds. The garden is 2.5 acres and surrounded by wetland – so very wild with lots of wildlife. We have a (crinkle-crankle) walled garden and greenhouse, orchard, wildflower meadow, streams, ponds, natural swimming pool and woodland barely kept under control by myself, my wife, a small flock of Shetland sheep, chickens, ponies and, on the rare occasion, my four children.

Thomas Hoblyn

What are you working on at the moment?

On the restoration of Hillersdon House, Cullompton, Devon. The 1849 house was designed by Samuel Beazley in 200 acres of parkland. The interior designer is Guy Goodfellow and we both have the brief of making a period country house work in a modern day environment. I’m designing rhododendron walks, restored pleasure grounds, a deer park, lakes, a sculpture park, an arboretum and a working walled garden – it’s heaven.

Anything else you’d like to share?

All of our London projects involve creating a bigger house by excavating beneath the gardens – essentially turning the garden into a roof garden. The long-term effect of this trend worries me.

In search of the Northern Lights

Sorry to have been quiet of late but it’s with good reason. We have just returned from a fabulous trip to Norway to take in the Northern Lights.

Northern Lights

We flew into Tromso which is the gateway to the arctic circle. From here polar explorers would set out and meet up again after their explorations. We flew in and were transferred straight to our boat which was not only taking us on the trip of a life time top see the Northern Lights but was the mail boat for the various small communities on the islands which surround the Norwegian Fjords.

northern lights

Tromso also has the oldest wooden church in Norway, actually a Cathedral, and the  famous modern arctic cathedral, actually a church!

Tromso Arctic Cathedral

Sailing along the coast from Tromso we went in search of the breath taking phenomenon which is the Northern Lights. They were displaying on our first night so we knew we were in for an amazing time aboard ship. Wrapped up in over 10 layers we braved the reducing temperatures (it got as low as -15) and stood on deck watching the amazing light displays.

In Hammerfest we took an expedition to the North Cape, the outer most point on the continent. The cliff top view was spectacular and you really feel like you are standing on top of the world.

Farthest North Point in Norway

At Kirkeness we took a husky sledge adventure with a team of huskies pulling our sledge around not one but two frozen lakes. We ended up back at the snow hotel where we have a look around before heading back. We could have visited the Russian border from Kirkeness we were so close. It is the only town in Norway where East meets West but instead we re-board the boat.

Husky sledge ride, Norway

Heading back to Tromso thoughts turn to returning home but not before a spot of retail therapy and some present buying for those we had left behind. More of this in a separate piece. For now it’s back to work and less layers as Spring may be on its way! Happy days.

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