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?

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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

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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? !

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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


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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!!

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