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New Year, New You, New Home

How many New Year’s resolutions have you made this year? How many are still intact?

I have joined the Arbonne Detox boot camp along with 240 other clients and independent consultants. The support and camaraderie is amazing and has really helped to keep me going. I think being able to see results is so important and that’s why this week’s blog is filled with practical ideas which you can implement right now.interior design Uppingham

 We’ve been making New Year resolutions for over 4,000 years. Many of us will have pledged to get fitter or to de-clutter. But on 15th January, half way through the month, how many of them are still intact?  Last year I’d have said I can’t really help with the getting fitter part but this year with my Arbonne Independent Consultant hat on, I can. If you’re interested in getting fitter or using a pure safe beneficial skin care product do get in touch and I’ll talk you through how I work. But for now, here are some simple solutions to get a wardrobe, a room or your entire home in order.

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Start with a small area – maybe an area that really bothers you.  If you start with an area that is very visible or that you use often, you will feel wonderful once it’s done and be motivated to carry on.

Focus on one area at a time – don’t get distracted and pulled into other areas. Concentrate on doing just one area and then celebrate your success.

To stay motivated you need to make it a habit.  So, for example, try to sort through your mail as soon as you get home. Try to touch each piece of paper just once and then make the decision right then and there: what you need to keep, bin or action now or file for later.

Set a realistic time limit – maybe you have an hour, so tackle the boots and shoes in the hall cupboard and then the next day you can do the coats and the chest of drawers with the hats and gloves etc.

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With a large area or room – have five different boxes or bags.  Label them – TO KEEP IN ROOM – STORE SOMEWHERE ELSE – CHARITY – BIN and REPAIR.  Once they are filled, take care of them quickly.  I load the charity items in to the car and next time I’m out I drop them off.  You won’t miss them, and someone else will be thankful for your generosity. Or try using Freecycle, there are groups across the country and you will be doing someone else a good turn. I recently read You Were Born Rich, by Bob Proctor and his final chapter deals with creating a vacuum. He says “in giving you will also be receiving. Whenever we wish to receive anything new into our life, we must trigger the process by making room for it!”

Move items to the place where you use them the most, for example, rain coat by the front door.

Try to be ruthless with regards to your clothing. The familiar rule of “if you haven’t worn it in a year then you aren’t going to wear it”, holds true with one exception – formal wear.  I make four different piles for my clothes – TO KEEP, TO REPAIR OR ALTER, TO GIVE AWAY and TO BIN.  Again action the items quickly so there is no second guessing.

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If you have an untidy teenager in the house too, try to get them to pick 5 things up off their floor every time they enter their bedroom. Even if they only go in and out to the loo a few times a day they will soon be able to see the carpet!

If you are still feeling overwhelmed maybe it’s time to ask a well organized friend for help or hire a professional organiser or decorator.  You won’t regret it. I believe that every space can be comfortable, relaxed and beautiful without you feeling pressured to be perfect.  I would love to help you achieve your beautiful home. If I can help with a home or garden project please give me a call. Or if you would like to know more about my Swiss botanical skin care health and wellness products get in touch. Alison: 01572 747318 or 07973843020.

I work on interior design and garden design projects in Stamford 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.

 

 

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.

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These are the sort of kitchens we create. Talk to us if you are thinking of revamping your 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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Trends in the interior, fashion and garden design world

I just love the way fashion, interiors and gardens are coming together these days. You can see trends emerging in one which then filters through to others. When we were in Norway earlier this year we found an amazing fashion shop in Tromso. They had a big pink tractor in the window which I loved. My camera came out and I was shooting away in the Moods of Norway store gathering inspiration for both my garden design and interior work. Pinks and oranges seemed to be on trend over there.


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Is orange going to be a big trend in interiors over the next year? The design houses believe so but I do wonder. Perhaps for some of us it has too many memories of terracotta interiors of the 1990s!
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That big pink tractor

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The tractor translates to shoes too!

Back in the UK, I see that similar colours have come through into our Spring wardrobes too. I just wonder if these pinks and oranges will translate into the designers’ gardens at The Chelsea Flower Show this May. It’s been a difficult year for plant nurserymen and I know a few designers who are worried about what they’ll have in terms of colour and plants for the show this year but as always. It will come together and we will see a fusion of design ideas to stimulate us in the year ahead.
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I just love this wall

If you need some inspiration for your home or garden this year then please do get in touch. Tel: 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.

 

 

The art of using wallpaper

If you really want to make a statement in a room you can do worse than letting the walls do all the work. Hanging wallpaper on your walls adds instant personal style. From the most over the top design to the subtlest texture, wallpapers make a design statement.

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Wallpapering one wall, chimney breast or alcove provides an opportunity to indulge in a lavish design that you wouldn’t want covering an entire room. While wallpapering a whole room can transform it into a special place. Many companies are now producing smaller scale prints which won’t look out of place covering all walls even within a small room.

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What do I need to think of:

The only thing you need to be aware of is the scale of the pattern compared to the room. With a large scale pattern, which has a large repeat, you will need a high ceiling or a staircase, where you have a significant drop, to really get the impression of the scale of the pattern.

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Before you start, clean walls and fill any holes or cracks. For just one feature wall, especially on a chimney breast, place the first piece of wallpaper in the centre. Use a plumb line or spirit level to draw a line where the edge of the first piece of paper will be hung.

Work out the wallpaper drop (the length from ceiling to skirting board) and add 10cm to both the top and the bottom for trimming. Cut the first piece.

In order to match the pattern, place this first piece alongside the next length of wallpaper, line up the pattern, add trimming allowances to the top and bottom, and cut the next piece. With large patterns there can be quite a lot of waste so ensure you have worked this out before ordering.

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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.

 

 

Creating an open plan kitchen

It has been said many time before but open plan living is now very much in vogue. Many clients are extending existing kitchen to accommodate dining areas and TVs and comfortable seating areas. Or they are removing a wall to create a large kitchen and dining room where they used to have a kitchen and separate dining room or play room.

It’s great to have extra space but this type of room brings its own challenges – for a start where does everything go?

I find that Zoning, or separating the room by tasks, is often the answer. Create a strong working area and then frame this with a dining and entertaining area.

Add a comfortable seating area with soft sofas and you can easily add colour and  texture and colour to a room. Pick up on these colours in the working area of the kitchen too and you will pull the whole scheme together.

If you add the right sort of storage this can be used as a part of the zoning process too.

 

If you have a kitchen project which you need some inspiration on 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.

 

 

How to add the finishing touches to a room

Adding the finishing touches to a room makes all the difference as I’m about to explain.

If the devil really is in the detail then interior and garden design are devil’s work! I’m a demon when it comes to getting things just right. I don’t go around re fluffing cushions every hour, I have a life and it’s just impractical, but I do like the details to be right. And it’s when it comes to finishing a room that I think details matter.

So often you run out of steam before you have added those finishing touches. Try to stay focussed and remember that a tiny bit of effort late on can really make your room sing. If you can tie the colour theme for your room to your accessories as well as your curtains or window dressing then the whole room works better.

Add a vase in a colour which picks up on the main colour of the curtain or chair fabric and it will draw the eye and pull the whole look together. This is true in the garden too, where repeat planting of the same species within a border draws the eye and makes the whole look more settled. I call these things the full stops. They’re the areas that your eye is drawn to and then stops at before moving on to take in the rest of the room or garden.

One of the easiest ways to finish a room is with a collection of contrasting cushions. Try to pick out one of the main colours within the room, from the carpet, walls, wallpaper or curtains. Contrast this with another colour which works equally well within the room and is present in smaller touches.

You might simply opt for a plain square cushion, but if you want to do something special think about a contrasting piped edge or a braid. An oblong cushion works well against the side of a sofa rather than at the back and box cushions are very popular at the moment as they give you the opportunity to use a contrasting fabric on the edges too.

Whatever you decide, be bold and enjoy the moment.

If you’re thinking of developing your home or garden this year and need a little help or guidance then please give me a call – I’m happy to come out to your home and offer advice and support from a single pair of curtains to the whole house and garden. Tel: 01572 747318 or 07973 843020.

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.

 

 

Creating a mid-century modern look

I have always loved mid-century modern furniture, way beyond the time when it was fashionable. One of my first pieces of furniture was a G Plan dining table which the receptionist at Britvic Soft Drinks, where I was working in PR at the time, was throwing out. A small donation to a local charity and the security man and I had it in the back of the car – I seem to remember I had a Ford Tigra at the time, so how I got it in is a complete mystery, but I did.

Wallpaper (l-r): Striped Petal, Multi Stem, Scribble , Linear Stem, Striped Petal, Giant Rhododendron l

Some years later and a complete change in career, first to garden design and now incorporating interior, garden and landscape design in my business, I still look out for mid-century modern pieces. Today they are far easier to come by and the look has been translated into home wares and fashion too. That’s why I was so excited when Internationally-renowned Irish designer Orla Kiely joined forces with Harlequin, one of the UK’s foremost interiors companies, to create a striking collection of bold and beautiful wallpapers. The signature collection was launched at Decorex in September: here are some of my favourites.

Wallpaper: Giant Stem

 

Founded in 1995, the Orla Kiely brand has become a byword for inspirational design, quality and visual innovation which is driven by Orla’s love of pattern, colour and texture. Her distinctive graphic and stylised motifs, in clean repeat constructions, achieve a very modern style, while her love for all things mid-century adds a nostalgic quality.

Wallpaper: Giant Rhododendron

What started with a small bag and accessories collection has now grown spectacularly to include Ready to Wear and fashion accessories, homeware, furniture, travel accessories, stationery, fragrance and now wallpapers.

Wallpaper: Multi Stem

The Orla Kiely collection is a testament to her flair and highly individual hand-writing. It comprises fourteen existing and immediately recognisable designs, several of which have been reinterpreted or rescaled. Coloured with wallpaper in mind, they retain the distinctive Orla style. They include evocatively named shades such as Bird’s Egg, Hibiscus, Nettle, Warm Calico and Bay Leaf, which sit comfortably alongside Olive, Midnight Blue and Classic Red to form an eclectic palette of vibrant brights and pared back neutrals.

Wallpaper: Giant Abacus Flower

Orla Kiely elaborates further: “One of my greatest passions in life is pattern and colour so the idea of creating a book of wallpapers was an exciting one. To me, the home is where we can truly express our style and personality, where we can be playful. Working with Harlequin was a great pleasure; combining our design aesthetic with their experience and knowledge to develop a book that I am very proud of.”

Wallpaper: Acorn Spot

If you have an interior project where you would like to use one of Orla Kiely’s wallpapers then why not get in touch. 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.

Wallpaper: Giant Abacus Flower

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

 

 Wallpaper: Rhododendron

 Wallpaper: Striped Petal

 

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

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