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Götheborg wallpapers: a voyage of discovery from Sandberg

You know me by now. You know I love a botanical look within any interior. You’d therefore know I was thrilled with the new Götheborg wallpapers from The Sandberg Studio.

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Calle:  With its distressed patina, Calle appears antique. It depicts collectors’ items from

various Chinese dynasties, dating as far back as the 10th Century when ceramics,

calligraphy and painting were flourishing.

Götheborg, is an evocative and imaginative collection that marries Linnea’s botanical themes with tales of travel to far-flung lands. The famous 18th Century Swedish botanist, Carl Linnaeus, bears much of the responsibility for bringing the world to Sweden. He was an enlightened man, who devised the binomial nomenclature (or plant names) we still use around the world today. He was constantly searching to broaden his knowledge and enhance his experience. His disciples travelled aboard the East India Company’s ship when it set sail from Gothenburg, subsequently returning home from China with not only vivid descriptions and actual specimens of foreign plants and animals, but also brim full of new impressions, cultures and fashions. Since that time, Gothenburg has continued to flourish as port of some note, embracing influences from China, India, Europe and America.

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Sara: Named after Carl Linnaeus’ wife, in whose room at their summer retreat near Uppsala

hang four hand-painted Chinese pictures depicting bookcases from an affluent Chinese home

(they are still there today). The shelves contain fine porcelain, cakes, fruit, flowers, rolled-up

prints, tea in beautiful boxes, ink and brushes, as well as a large number of books, some of them

well-known Chinese works. The four pictures have now been combined into one bookcase and

transformed into an eye-catching decorative paper, as well as a 100% linen fabric.

 

Götheborg celebrates the busy Swedish port, its heritage and the new cultures, people and ideas it has welcomed over the centuries.

 

Sandberg’s Götheborg collection offers a diverse and engaging selection of ten wallpaper designs united by the common theme of travel, its treasures and its experiences. It mixes screen-printed botanical motifs with stripes and checks, textured plains and a very on-trend, digitally-printed, trompe l’oeil bookcase design.

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Astrid: A plaid with a textured appearance, which picks up the theme of the

collection’s semi plain papers.

The colour palette is soft, earthy and chalky, in beguiling mixes of sandy beige, graphite and dove grey, pale azures and powdery blues, subtle jade greens enhanced with hints of exotic terracotta and intense cobalt.

 

You can’t get your hands on it just yet, it will be launched in mid August, but if you’d like some samples do get in touch.

 

If you have a garden, interior or landscaping project which you need help with or ideas for then please give me a ring: Alison 01572 747318 or 07973843020.

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Evert: A classic two-colour stripe, which acts as a bridge for the whole collection.

It enjoys a bold scale that is balanced by its understated shades.

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.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Turning over a Spring leaf

I’m a little late I know but It’s at this time of year that I like to take my curtains down, my rugs up and have a proper Spring clean.  I know it’s a luxury but I also like to change the furnishings in my favorite rooms so they better reflect the way I live in the summer. Gone are the heavy curtains and in their place come out finer, sheer curtains which reflect the light. If you have a neutral scheme you can change a room overnight with a few accessories, cushions and lighting.

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New from Harlequin’s Wabi Sabi collection

Here’s some ideas which might inspire some changes for you and your home.

 

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Lift furniture off the floor to make rooms appear larger

Lift furniture off the floor to make rooms appear larger

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.

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

New interior launch from Scion

Scion_WabiSabi_17_LRAs the weather warms up we all start to think about brightening up our interiors and what better way than with one of the new Spring collections. Young brand Scion has a fantastic new collection launching in March and here’s a sneak preview.  Wabi Sabi, is a striking and eclectic collection of prints, weaves and wallcoverings, which adheres to the Scion principles of cutting-edge, individual and affordable fabrics and wallcoverings.

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The collection name ‘Wabi Sabi’ originates from a Japanese philosophy, which embraces two separate concepts: ‘Wabi’ – humble and simple, and ‘Sabi’ – aged and weathered. Together they represent the most honest, modest and simple form of beauty with calmness, confidence and respect: a beauty, which transcends perfection and celebrates the loveliness inherent in the less-than-perfect.

Scion’s Wabi Sabi collection celebrates the beauty of imperfection, encapsulating the spirit of age-old hand crafted techniques. The 13 fabrics and 10 non-woven wallpaper designs are inspired by traditional methods such as block-printing, shibori, batik and ikat. They appear naive, natural, casual and uncontrived, perhaps even timeworn and weathered, but at the same time they are refreshing and uplifting, in a stunning array of mood-enhancing shades.

The motifs are a beguiling blend of abstract, geometric, organic and floral, which make a powerful statement individually and mixed together. Painterly brushstrokes, stripes, chevrons, ikats, batiks, tie-dyes, ink spots, ombrés and floral motifs all fuse effortlessly to create an understated, sometimes mis-matched yet always harmonious, interior.

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The colour palette enhances the designs and reflects their inherent charm and simplicity – and with names like this who could resist? – midnight, indigo and ink; chalk, stone and hay; charcoal, ebony, slate and smoke; apple, grass, moss and obsidian; vermilion, baked earth, umber and oxide; viridian, seaglass and teal; raspberry, amethyst and clover.

Wabi Sabi’s printed fabrics and wallcoverings are manufactured in the UK, by factories that have clear commitments and initiatives towards the care of the environment and to sustainability.

Wabi Sabi upholds Scion’s accessible pricing policy: printed fabrics start at £26.00/mtr and wallcoverings are £32.00/roll. The collection will be available nationally and internationally from March 2013. If you would like samples of any of the fabrics or wallpapers please give me a ring. Tel: 01572 747318

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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.

 

 

 

New Year, New Tidy Home

January usually brings lots of New Year’s resolutions, we’ve been making them for over 4,000 years. Many of us will have pledged to get fitter or to de-clutter. But how many of them are still intact?  I can’t really help with the getting fitter part but here’s some simple solutions to get a wardrobe, a room or your entire home in order.

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 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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

 

 

How to choose a Christmas Tree

It is finally here, no, not the frost and snow, the buzz of Christmas is upon us. This weekend we are going out to choose our tree.

If you were buying a tree 10 or 15 years ago you’d almost certainly have bought a Norway Spruce, they smell nice, they look nice but if not treated well they leave needles all over the floor!

Over the past few years we’ve moved away from these traditional trees and towards the Nordman Fir. They have larger, somewhat leathery needles and they hold on to them longer.  They have a slightly more tiered structure and look like a wedding cake when decorated. They’re also more expensive – not just because they hold their needles but because it takes an extra two years to get them to the selling stage.

 

Scotts Pine is the other obvious choice in this country. They have a conical shape and lots of needles which tend to be larger and therefore more dense. They’re also a beautiful blue colour.

This year I think all tress will be more expensive. This is largely due to subsidies for tree production being cut in the Nordic countries which has meant that fewer nurseries are growing them. On the plus side it means we will buy more British grown trees but as UK growers have been subsidised the costs will be higher than in previous years. It takes an awful lot of hard work and dedication over many years to grow a good Christmas tree so bear this in mind before bemoaning the price.

 

How to look after your tree

You really need to get your tree from the field and into its position in the house within two weeks of it being cut. During this time is will lose water but if you cut the end off the trunk to allow it to take up water it has the ability to re-hydrate itself. You can get proper stands which hold water but remember to keep them topped up. Once your tree dries out you’ve lost the battle. And be warned; a six foot tree can drink upwards of 3 litres of water a day!

If you have an interior or garden and landscaping project or a design, build and renovation 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 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.

 

 

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.