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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.

modern kitchen design

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.

 

 

How do I add warmth to my home?

 

It’s that time of year: the sky is filled with beautiful low light and frosts and cobwebs mist the air. It makes me feel I have to change my interior to reflect the weather outside and I don’t mean getting out drab colours. We all need to inject some light and life into our interiors at this time of year.

If you are thinking of redecorating in time for Christmas, you need to get your skates on. If you want to order new furniture, a sofa or bed for instance, then you only have a short window before the major retailers will close their books to orders. No one likes to let a customer down at this time of year so they have a cut off point for orders to prevent disappointment. Independent retails can often be more flexible than the major high street names so do check when their last order dates are.

To create a feeling of warmth you need to layer textures and fabrics in your interior. If you have a leather sofa then add cushions in different fabrics, wool and chenille etc to create movement. A throw placed over the arm of a chair can create a comforting look and can inject a new colour to the room. Use this as a starting point for injecting colour into an otherwise bland interior. Pick up on the colour within accessories and perhaps lighting too. It’s quite fashionable to have coloured shades on lamps at the moment and I think these look best if you choose drum shades – the ones with the perfectly straight sides, just like a drum. These now come with alternative metallic colours on the inside which adds light.

A room can also be altered dramatically by smell, temperature and lighting. It is amazing how easily you can alter the ambience of a room by introducing minor details like scented candles, repositioning lamps or adding a mirror to reflect lamp light back in to the room. And the addition of a dimmer switch to your main lighting can have a huge transformation.

I have a love of mixing contemporary styles and furnishings with antiques. For me this style of decorating allows the interior to reflect the age of the property while bringing it up to date with modern life. I don’t believe there is a secret to blending different styles within an interior, but you have to do it with confidence. There is no doubting that some of us are better at it than others but if you buy what you like you will invariably find somewhere to put it that works.

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, Rutland, Oundle, Market Harborough 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 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.

 

 

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

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

 

How do I work with an interior Designer?

As the weather turns cooler our thoughts naturally turn to our homes and making them cosy for the winter. Working with an interior designer can help you transform your home  and build your confidence in using colour and pattern.

Whether you have a large or small home you want it to look right for you. Working with a designer does not have to be a costly or scary event. I work with clients in large and small houses to help them transform them into the homes they have always wanted. The process can often save them money in the long term as they decorate once and live with the results for years to come, perhaps adding a new piece every few years to keep the look updated.

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 the architecture of your home and provide a few choice pieces which will bring the whole look together.

I love to mix contemporary styles and furnishings with antiques. If you want your interior to be timeless, and yet up to date in terms of current colour trends and styles, let me take the strain away from you and find the pieces for you. I will present a personalised range for you to choose from which complements your own furniture and furnishings.  Decorating in this way allows the interior to reflect your life and the way you live.

With my help and professional expertise you will make the right decisions and transform rooms into classic interiors full of timeless elegance. This is particularly evident in my kitchen designs where you want to feel relaxed and comfortable but for the practicality of cooking to work for you and your family too.  In this way a home looks lived in despite the decorator only having completed the project last week.

I will understand what you are looking for, the quality and standard you expect and deliver a personal choice for you. This might be a mood board specifically designed for your room incorporating the colour scheme, all fabrics, furniture and lighting with samples of each. These help you capture the entire look of a room so that whether I project manage its implementation or you take it on yourself you have all references to hand.

I will blend the different styles of your current interior using existing pieces and supplementing with custom made pieces or by reupholstering your cherished items.

Show me what you’d like changing using my initial consultation meeting at a cost of just £100. Telephone to book an appointment now:  01572 747318 or 07973 843020

or email me: alison@alisonhutchinsondesign.co.uk

How should I decorate my small room?

If you are at a loss as to how to decorate a small room in your house, read on. I have some simple tips which will help transform your interior space.

In a small room you need to concentrate on furniture placement and decorating.

Lift furniture off the floor to make rooms appear larger

It’s all about keeping good proportions within the room so lift things off the floor and create several heights: floor level; waist level and above your head, for a sense of depth. This is critical to ensure the space looks open and light.

Keep tidy!Clearing clutter always helps to make a room look larger. Make sure everything that is not decorating your room is stored away.

Co-ordinate colours in a small room to open up the space

In kitchens and living rooms use furniture with doors to hide the bits and pieces that do not add to your room’s relaxed feel. 

Think tall. Ensure curtains go to the floor, this draws the eye from the floor all the way to the ceiling and helps make a room taller.

Dress windows with roman blinds or curtains to the floor to add height to a small room

If you have a radiator under a window and don’t want to block heat in the winter use a double rail with curtains to draw and dress curtains to the floor, or opt for a roman blind and floor length curtains.

Less is more! Do not use small accessories or too many – a few larger pieces give balance and make the room volumes look taller and bigger.

Use light. Central lighting can take up too much space and create shadows around the edge of the room. Use up-lighters to create volume above eye level and add side lamps to create mood.

Mirror Mirror on the wall.  Mirrors add visual space and fools the eye into making a room feel light and larger. Place mirrors behind lamps for added reflections. And use reflective surfaces on furniture too – Venetian glass furniture has seen a revival in recent years and is now competitively priced.

Mirrors and good lighting help make a room appear larger

BIG or small furniture?Make sure your furniture doesn’t dwarf your room: think about its scale. One large piece can work well but if you clutter the room you will make it appear smaller. Try to choose pieces that don’t go right to the floor but are on legs or wall mounted to create added space. Allow for different heights in your furniture to work the floor level, waist level and above the head space too.

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

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. Alison: 01572 747318 or 07973843020.

Your interior style

It is often the small things in a home that make the biggest impact. One of the things I love to do when working with a client on their home or garden is to discover the history and stories around their furniture and accessories. Everyone has a past and it is this which gives their lives interest. Some people collect pebbles or shells but they never trained as geologists while others collect glass scent bottles yet never wear perfume. These pieces all have a story, and together with the colour of the walls, the textures of the fabrics and the furnishings, bring a room to life.

Create impact on your dining table

A dining table can form the focal point in a room

Although I have a set of rules which I know will work to bring a colour scheme for a house together, I try not to impose my own personal style onto a client, after all they have to live with the rooms I have helped them create long after I have finished decorating and hung the window dressings. That is why I think it is important for a designer to get a full understanding of how a client will use a room and how it can best be decorated to suit their lifestyle. Living with and displaying prized possessions or antiques should be as important to the designer as it is the client.

While it might seem like a nice idea to be able to throw all your furniture and window dressings away every few years and start again, for most of us this is impractical and from an environmental point of view unsustainable. I would much rather work with a few interesting existing pieces and plan a room around them, often recovering or repainting furniture to ensure it fits. I also have a love of mixing contemporary styles and furnishings with antiques. For me this style of decorating allows the interior to reflect its owner’s life and loves.

Nottinghamshire bedroom

A stylish guest bedroom in this Nottinghamshire home

I don’t believe there is a secret to blending different styles within an interior, but you have to do it with confidence. There is no doubting that some of us are better at it than others but if you buy what you like you will invariably find somewhere to put it. We all tend to have one style which we buy into so work out what your style is, then work with the things you like and allow your style to grow from there. If you start by mixing small pieces of furniture and antiques, you can gradually work your way through a room. Try combining a traditional side table with a contemporary lamp and then pull the colour from the lamp into cushions or another accessory. And don’t be afraid of colour: it can dramatically change your home and your mood!

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 and garden. If I can help with a home or garden project please give me a call. Alison: 01572 747318 or 07973 843020.