Her Indoors beauty tips

Skincare – The Her Indoors way

Would be really interested in your (honest) experiences here:

I keep returning to budget range, fragrance free moisturiser – I just feel I can slather it on…all over my face, and down my neck and décolletage…

I just feel that much meaner with stuff that costs £45 + per tube….and I don’t think I use it so generously….I love the idea of having beautiful expensive looking jars, idly, lying around my bedroom…being able to say to my friends ‘oh yes, I swear by Clarins’ or whatever…but the cheap stuff – used generously – I can feel it doing me good!!

What is your take on this matter?

Graeme Andrew

Learning to love modern scottish architecture shouldn’t be too hard when we have examples such as architect, Graeme Andrew’s home in Kilmalcolm to admire.

A seemingly simple solution to actually quite a tricky sloping site in a conservation village.

Details such as full height, floor to ceiling internal doors really make the most of the space.

Graeme has a used strong, fun colours throughout.

Eye catching detailing adds interest and atmosphere to this serene, light filled home.

Find out more about Graeme Andrew at www.atastudio.com

Blog of the week – The Modern House

Website too….anyone fed up of period features should definitely check out The Modern House Estate Agency….www.themodernhouse.net

Vista Point is a large Grade II-listed house with extensive gardens leading directly to the beach, located on a private estate in West Sussex. Designed in the late 1960s by Patrick Gwynne, one of the most important and remarkable British architects of the 20th century, it is a rare example of a significant Modern house beside the sea.

An indulgent read, I know, unless, you really are just about to move to West Sussex! But I am a great believer in learning to love modern architecture for it’s own sake – it’s all we’ve got really…..

The decor in the houses for sale is typically restrained:

The living room at Vista Point has little in the way of ornament.

But can be fun too!



£995k freehold….not bad considering it has a pool, a poolhouse, direct access to a beach and London is only 60 miles away….hey – what are we waiting for? !

Seasonal Decorating Tips February 2012

Would very much like to introduce you all to a wonderful Interior Designer, based in Berwickshire, called Kimberley Bell.

Douglas has photographed Kimberley’s home for Country Homes & Interiors magazine.
The shoot was a great success and we have kept in touch. Kimberley has very kindly offered to ‘guest post’ on Her Indoors, offering readers ‘Seasonal Decorating Tips’.

I am absolutely thrilled about this….Kimberley has recently launched her own range of fabrics, called Peony & Sage’ www.peonyandsage.com They are so pretty…I know you will love them and really enjoy getting to know Kimberley.

This month she suggests:
‘Why not give your kitchen an overhaul this spring?’

If you have old wooden units that are tired and need a new lease of life, yet you don’t want to over spend investing in a new kitchen, the wood can be painted. Try “Bone” By Farrow and Ball in Eggshell, using a softer tone like “Clunch” on your walls.  If you have an island or even a base of a table you could paint, consider a strong accent colour like “Hague Blue” to add a bit of definition and focal point to the room. 

Dress your kitchen with a large distressed pot filled with Hydrangeas or Peonies….make a table cloth from Bee & Blackberry Dutch Blue fabric, and pretty napkins out of the dot linen. As every room should have a splash of red, what about a memo board on the wall in our Strawberry Design, above?

All fabrics above, Peony & Sage

Why not try our Bee and Blackberry Dutch Blue Design for full, billowing curtains over your French doors, lined in our Dutch Blue Dots…?

‘Hare’ Teatowel, Peony & Sage
Lighting ideas: have a look at Garden Trading Enamel Pendants over your table or island.
Rugs: Add Texture, with a smart sisal rug, with a navy border from Alternative Flooring Company.  And, if you have space for one, a Bluebell sofa, in our Skye and Coco Tweed.

Please visit her stockist page to see if there is one near you, or she can send samples direct.  

Peony & Sage fabrics have been used in a decorating feature in the current issue of World of Interiors, March 2012


Wedding anniversary

16 years ago this week! And no, haven’t been busy celebrating, have actually had a slight cold…

I look a bit tense here….think I was not sure if Doug knew ‘whether’ to sign or ‘where’ to sign??!!

Hooray! He signed!! Thank goodness – if he hadn’t there wouldn’t have been a Her Indoors!!