Why Not?

Making your home individual is really important to us all, it is a tremendous opportunity for self expression. Even if, in your heart you feel you are actually pretty ordinary, or just quite like following the crowd, rather than being wildly ‘out there’ it is still comforting to think that your home is inevitably different to your neighbours, whether you live in a high rise apartment, a cul de sac of similar houses or in a forest, where your nearest neighbour is two and a half miles away!

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Good Vibrations

Well, we have had the referendum in Scotland and it just seems to have left a lot of people sad and baffled. I have friends that are astonished that more people in Scotland would rather be governed by a parliament in London than one in Edinburgh; I also know that a lot of people are amazed that anyone in Scotland wants to go to the effort and expense of setting up their own country and cannot understand why.

This blog is about interiors, not politics, but I know that feelings have been running high in a lot of homes, so that is why I am mentioning it.

I was sent some beautiful samples from a company called Findhorn Flower Essences – Scottish Flower Essences made with love and in co-creation with nature. Very timely!

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The room spray I was sent, ‘Sacred Space’, is not a Room Fragrance that you might buy in a High street store, rather it is a ‘revitalising and energising space clearing spray to refresh and energise your personal space, to promote happiness and harmony around your home’.

They suggest using in the work place, where negative energy omitted from computers, office equipment and stressed colleagues can seriously affect decision-making and our own stress levels.

My work is not stressful, but I have been using it in my TV room: a small, quite stuffy room in our house where tensions are rife: if our daughter wants to watch Made In Chelsea, while Doug wants to watch Newsnight chairs can fly! The only thing we seem to actually like watching together are violent Scandinavian thrillers or Breaking Bad…

Sacred Space helps transmute negative energies, restore calm and tranquillity, and creates a more positive atmosphere in which to work, meditate, or simply ‘be’. So I have been spraying it every morning in our TV room and I have to say, we are all calming down…

The essences of pure essential oils of Rose alba and Frankincense release a fine, delicate fragrance to further enhance the harmonious energy.

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Our TV room this morning, before using Sacred Space…

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Our TV room this morning, after using Sacred Space! Amazing!

Shutter Speed

A really quick and instant update that works in so many styles of homes is to pull down dated curtains, that you always knew were not right, and replace with some really on-trend shutters.

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When my friend Kirsten put her shutters up in her Victorian terrace, complete strangers would knock at the door and ask her where she got them from! So stunning…

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They give any style of home a wee hint of New England…who doesn’t want to live in the Hamptons?!!

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All the images I am using to illustrate this post are all shot in Scotland, but the shutters give the rooms an up-to date, international twist

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Most of the shutters we come across are white. Pale and interesting is always beautiful, but click on the link above and you will see that they can actually be made in any colour… Would love to see the results if anyone chooses to order some!

I would go for a soft lilac if I could…

Jo Tutton International Interiors & Styling

Lifting a dark and dated property is a useful skill to have. So often we get used to home being a bit tired, …live with it until we come to sell and only then do we do a quick freshen up. My advice is be ruthless and do it now!! Jo Tutton’s Edinburgh home will inspire you to do exactly that: for Jo, it was all about taking a dark and uninviting basement flat and making it as light bright and airy as possible – giving it a much grander feel.

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Every detail has been carefully thought out

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The galley kitchen has a sliding glass wall overlooking a stunning city hideaway garden.

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Pretty bedrooms are enlivened with pops of colour

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And a very ingeniously arranged dressing room…Billy bookcases with glass doors are perfect for displaying gorgeous bags and shoes

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A decadent creamy bathroom

Find out more about Jo Tutton International Interiors and Styling. Her approach is that a home should be about who you are, your life, loves and travel – nothing matchy matchy – whether that being a period property or a more contemporary style. She likes to add touches of glamour that’s a testament I guess to a former life in one of the most glamorous cities in Latin America, Monterrey, Mexico. But ultimately each project is different!