Monthly Archives: May 2013

Designing small gardens

 

It’s that time of year when we all look at our gardens and wish we had thought about the design a little more carefully, and a little earlier in the year. But it is no good hurrying the process now. Small gardens in particular need to be planned with as much, if not more, care than large ones, so take your time.

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Think about how you want to use your garden throughout the year. Make a mental note, or draw a plan and mark on it where the sun falls during the day as this will dictate your seating and plant choices. Think about what features you want to keep, or not:  a stunning stone wall might be a major decorative feature, or perhaps you need to disguise a neighbour’s rather ugly fence.

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The trick to getting the best from a small garden is planning. Before you begin, you need to narrow your wish-list to your top priorities. In a bigger garden, for example, you might have a barbecue area; in a small garden, you may have to settle for a space for a portable barbecue and devise a storage plan when it’s not in use.

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I think small family gardens are often hardest to plan as you often want to get everything you’d have in a larger garden into such a small space. You probably still want a play area, some borders, a shed and a place to enjoy lunch or a BBQ.

 

If you would appreciate some help in defining your garden space then give me a call and arrange for a consultation Tel: 01572 747318/ 07973843020

 

I work on interior design and garden design projects in Stamford, Lincolnshire, Oakham, Uppingham, Rutland, Oundle and Northamptonshire 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.

 

 

Latest children’s collection from Harlequin

I am currently working with a delightful lady called Zoe who is expecting her second child any day now so understand just how important it is to be prepared for the little ones arrival. All About Me, the latest range from the Harlequin Studio upholds their reputation for designing fun-loving designs and glorious colours. Its light-hearted, decorative fabrics and complementary feature wallpapers are certain to be a hit with children of all ages!

All About Me is a treasure trove of delights: from newly born babies and inquisitive infants, right through to style-conscious teenagers, there’s something to appeal and raise a smile! A visual treat, the designs are happy and cheerful, as well as amusing and engaging, and are presented in a delicious palette of juicy colours. And with fabrics staring at £22 per metre and wall papers at £30 a roll parents will be happy too.

The bold and funky ‘Sum It Up’ is a graphic print that will appeal to infants and juniors alike, while parents will applaud the design’s educational aspect!
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Which little girl could resist the charmingly embroidered ‘Sweet Hearts’ as seen on the curtains and chair here?  For a teenage bedroom there is a dramatic ‘Funky Flowers’ design which will bring personality and added sparkle to any room with its sophisticated colours (including moody black!) and metallic highlights.interior design Rutland - Harlequin

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Not forgetting the boys – from tiny tearaway to action-man adolescent – there’s the appliqued aeroplanes of ‘Chocks Away’, a highly original interpretation of a classic theme; the retro-style boats of ‘Sail Away’, a timeless design, perfect for all ages; and the computer-styled character, ‘Reggie Robot’, who combines pops of colour with fun and imagination! The colourful geometric fabrics ‘Kaleidoscope’ and ‘Abacus’ sit perfectly alongside these design stories.

So if you have a junior in mind who would like to decorate their room in style give me a call to arrange a consultation or order a free sample. Alison: 01572 747318 or 07973843020

I work on interior design and garden design projects in Stamford, Lincolnshire, Oakham, Uppingham, Rutland, Oundle and Northamptonshire 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 make my home sell?

I have just been asked to advise a lovely gentleman on what he needs to do to help his home sell. He’s been living alone for a few years and just needed a little bit of support in what to tackle first and how far to go. Here are my suggestions on what you can do to give your home a better chance of selling.

Having a good interior layout and good interior design is key to ensuring that your house is at the top of any potential buyer’s mind. We are all aware of the rule of keeping to a neutral colour scheme and to tidy up – but if you go too neutral you are at risk of making it bland and forgettable, too colourful and you risk putting potential buyers off.

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The colours of your walls are the single most important factor when presenting your home to potential buyers. People are generally not good at visualising the potential of a room. Even a single wall painted a bizarre colour can be a stumbling block so for most houses neutral colours are safest. However don’t shy away from creating some interest and style – just avoid too much drama! Try using wall paper with large bold prints but keep it to one wall and use a complimentary paint colour to pull it all together.

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To make rooms appear larger paint skirting boards and woodwork the same colour. If you have the luxury of large rooms, painting skirting and architraves darker and walls lighter. This will make them less cavernous and more homely. If you have low ceilings then paint your walls and ceiling the same colour to heighten the feeling of space.

Add colour accents with paintings and soft furnishings. Scatter cushions and throws are a good way of harmonising a scheme. Your soft furnishings should all be in the same colour palette with different textures to add depth. You can also try adding pattern, but sparingly, and always in the same hues. If in doubt, leave it out.

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If you know the layout of a room is currently unworkable then change it – even if this means you can’t use it for the purpose you originally planned it. The next potential owner may have a different use for it anyway.

Cluttered spaces scream ‘too small’ to potential buyers. Your furniture should be in proportion to the room size. A large sofa in a small cottage will dominate the room making buyers feel hemmed in. If you can’t change the furniture, covering it with a light coloured textured fabric will go a long way to reducing its impact. If you need more seating use small side chairs which will give the room a sense of space and practicality.

Use dainty pieces of furniture in small rooms to make the room appear more spacious

Use dainty pieces of furniture in small rooms to make the room appear more spacious

Cleaning may not be your everyday priority but dirty, tatty kitchens and bathrooms are a big turn-off. A day spent spring cleaning is time well spent. Remember you are selling a lifestyle and no one wants to buy into a home that feels unloved and uncared for. Likewise, dirty or marked carpets are a real turn off. Get a professional in to clean them, or replace with neutral carpet throughout. It will be money well spent.

Unfortunately everyone’s taste differs, but when it comes to selling your house put aside your personal preferences. Remember less is more and minimise the number of decorative objects on display.

Choosing lighting for an older property with a contemporary feel

Don’t overlook lighting either. A few well placed lamps and warm shades in light bulbs can go a long way to brightening a home.

If you feel you need some expert advice then do get in touch. I undertake consultations in your  home or garden to discuss home décor, paint schemes, window treatments and whole room interior design or garden design projects. Tel: 01572 747318 or 07973843020.

I work on interior design and garden design projects in Stamford, Lincolnshire, Oakham, Uppingham and Rutland, Leicester, Nottingham and Northampton 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.