Style Tips

Very flatteringly, I am often asked for advice – Maybe I am more qualified than I realise after all these years. So here goes…

monochrome living room

My No1 tip and I truly believe this, is to decide on a style and stick to it.

Deborah Gordon, owner of the above living room is a master of this approach!

All too often I see homes where the owner has NOT committed… the result being a sort of terrible uncertainty… The furniture all ends up very bland with practical, beige surfaces fighting for attention.

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Chelsea Flower Show

Thrilled to be invited to Chelsea Flower Show on Monday – Press Day, before it opened to the public – before the queen even!

Garden

Amazing – there was hardly anyone there – I could actually see the plants – it was incredible. I realised a couple of days beforehand that I was going on my own… a bit nerve wracking – why had I not organised a chum? Anyway, I was going for work not for fun (believe that, you’ll believe anything) and off I trotted.

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What wood you lay?

One of the biggest decisions in any renovation is the flooring. A considerable expense in a large area and the basis of the whole look and atmosphere of your home.

wooden floor

Laying wood throughout gives you the perfect neutral starting point from which you can go in any direction, whether you want your home to be traditional, to show off period features to their best or contemporary and edgy, wood will work for either.

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Martin & Frost

Had a lovely evening recently at the new Martin & Frost, at Edinburgh’s Fort Kinnaird. I am fascinated by retail, so I went along to the opening with interest. I am always keen to champion good design and quality workmanship.

I was delighted to find all sorts of iconic brands in the flesh: Ercol for a start

Ercol Studio couch

They had a wonderful selection of this incredibly fashionable furniture.

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Competition

Gosh – every Saturday in May you can win a 2 night European City Break and every Sunday through to Friday you can win a Nescafé Dolce Gusto Melody III coffee machine… All thanks to Yankee Candles

Yankee Candle

I was sent some of these gorgeous sniffables from their Cafe Culture range; the one depicted is their ‘Pain au Raisin’, currently filling my living room with the unmistakeable aroma of baking and vanilla.

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