The Home Office

As ‘home worker’, I always enjoy features and blogspots about this subject….this week, Holly Becker, the Goddess of Interiors Blogging, did a post on her own workspace and desk spaces that she found inspiring, do check out her beautiful blog Decor8, but please do make sure you come back to Her Indoors!

Holly Becker's desk

Holly Becker's office

A German lady's desk.....

A German home office....?

Lisa Congdon's studio

Holly describes Lisa’s studio as a ‘kick butt artist in San Francisco with a kick butt space’…. Lisa Congdon….

Gosh….I wonder what Holly would have say about Her Indoors home office…please don’t cry….

Her Indoors home office

Her Indoors Desk

I cannot help wondering though, whether the people, who own the above home offices, are actually doing any work??

Painting Workshop

Kirsty Cohen is one of Scotland’s leading landscape painters. Trained at Glasgow School of Art, where we met and became friends, she now lives in the Highlands. However, she was brought up in North Berwick and holds regular workshops at her parents beautiful Studios just outside. At her forthcoming weekend painting workshop you can learn how to transfer compositions onto canvas. Kirstie will guide you through the process of exploring techniques and realising your ideas on a grand scale.
Her Indoors always goes to Kirsties workshops….

Look what a fantastic time I am having!!

Honestly, I know I look ridiculous, but seriously, there is no better escape than a day painting at Tantallon. Book now for her workshops on the Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th April.

Her Indoors Top Ten TV Dramas: The Results!

Well it took a bit more than a week obviously – I now realise…duh?
But the results are out…one revealed every day on Facebook….with some really lovely comments, thank you to all who joined in….

Starting with:
No. 10 Desperate Housewives

I think we would all quite like to live on Wisteria Lane – Poker anyone??

No. 9 Poirot

I did admit that the thirties is not my favourite period, but Art Deco was the precursor to modernism, so therefore, obviously deserves my regard….(who the b**##y do I think I am??!!)

No. 8  Damages

The unmissable legal thriller starring Glenn Close….I am more ‘Wisteria Lane’ really…but a small pied a terre in Manhattan when the neighbours just got too intense would be good

No. 7 The Apprentice

Oh dear – I fell for a PR con…Pics of ‘The House’ were ‘leaked’ and I believed them and posted one of them, then Wednesday came round and the house was different!! Here it is:

Stunning though as usual….love the scenes of the candidates relaxing at the end of a task in their gorgeous surroundings….

No. 6 The Slap

A very good quality Australian drama based on a book that really hooked me…..Australian Interiors are nice…and yes I did cry at the last episode……

No. 5 Absolutely Fabulous

Admitted on Facebook that I want to be Patsy of course, but can’t help worrying that I am actually, more like the June Whitfield character – help!!

No. 4 X Factor – Judges Houses

It’s 4 ‘Yes’s’ from Her Indoors!

No. 3 Wallander, The Killing and All Scandi Dramas

An hour of sheer drooling every episode…. don’t worry too much about the plot and the subtitles – just enjoy the landscape and the furniture!

No. 2 Sherlock 

A bit of an ‘Interiors Surprise’ this one…but look carefully and you will spot lots of very on trend details: one of my readers noticed that the china, when Holmes has tea with Moriarty, was Ali Miller….….

Ali Miller is a London-based graphic artist whose delicately collaged porcelain plays on nostalgic cultural references – so 2012, what with the jubilee…olympics etc….My reader is a very on trend lady as well…Jane Paterson of Paterson Architects More about Jane and her work in future posts.

1 Mad Men

I said on Facebook that: ‘Twentieth Century Retro Chic Totally Rocks!!’ But superlatives are just not quite enough to describe this programme.

This drama series, that totally ‘gets’ how people behave….and really examines the changes in the way people related to eachother and their home and work environments in the 1960’s. I have a childhood friend whose father worked in advertising in Madison Avenue at the time….he is a fan…Liz, you know who you are……say no more!! 

If all the above don’t quite do it for you….you probably just need:
Grand Designs
Location, Location Location
a Place In the Sun, Home or Away

Put your feet up! x

Squibble Don’t Squabble

Wish someone had suggested that before I went on East Coast FM’s weekly Chatty women show last Tuesday!

Hosted by Karen Chapman, inventor of the Squibble

Topics included marriage, footballers salaries, socialism and Kate Middleton’s influence on fashion. None of us could agree – Karen’s decision making tool would have come in quite useful!

Doug has had the great privilege of photographing Karen’s kitchen, beautifully designed by Richard Anstice, of 56 North set in a light filled extension – a wonderful addition to the Chapman family home and the perfect setting another of Karen’s inventions, the Chew Chew, a train that travels around the table, delivering food to children!

There really is no stopping this girl, when she is not inventing family problem solving tools, or presenting radio shows, she is running lunch and supper clubs from her home and the village hall. I think she needs to invent a product that would provide the rest of us with a fraction of her energy and ability and we would all be a lot more organised!

Drama Queen

Interiors magazines are not really concerned with ‘celebrity’ as such, in fact they are much more interested in ordinary people, who have used their ingenuity and imagination to improve and individualise their homes and gardens.

However, it is always fun to meet folk from the world of showbiz and entertainment!

Allison Mackenzie is a successful actress from Glasgow. This is her beautiful loft apartment….

Can’t help but feel it would actually make a very, very good set for a TV Drama??!!

Allison herself….effortlessly glamourous at all times!