Going down…

Flooring is the basis of all interior design… you just have to get it right. Once it is down and you have furnished the place it is quite hard to change it, so you need to give it careful thought.

Solid wood flooring

If there is one surface you will not regret laying, it is solid wood. Available from Luxury Flooring and Finishings at surprisingly good value prices.

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Dundee Redesigned

Had a really fun day in Dundee recently. It is in the slightly raw process of transforming itself: it’s waterfront city centre is slowly becoming the country’s ‘go-to’ destination for art and design. The build is well under way for the planned new V&A, it is going to be simply stunning…

V&A Dundee

Described as the ‘new living room’ for the city. It will be more than complemented by the myriad of local designers I met at the Interiors Showcase I was attending, Scotland Redesigned.

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Growing up…

I think people often extend because they want to improve their homes connection with their garden or they want to enlarge, very often, specifically, their kitchen. However, if you simply need more space, because your family is growing or you are working from home more and need an office, actually, a loft conversion is a really neat, hassle free way to achieve this.

Home office

You end up with a room that is remote from the family, so a master bedroom becomes a peaceful sanctuary, or a spare bedroom can be somewhere that guests staying for a while can retreat or an office can be in a spot where you are less likely to be disturbed.

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Art & Dating

Art, sex, love and romance have always been intermingled, let’s face it. What was Michaelangelo’s David and the Venus De Milo for??

Venus

Research commissioned by the the Art Fund, shows that single Brits are typically looking for a cultured partner, with almost half stating that ‘knowledge of art makes the opposite sex more attractive’ – ooh!

Mind you, I am not surprised.

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The Visualiser In Action…

Gosh, it really is easy

I have been wondering what to do about my office, originally my daughter’s bedroom – she wanted it bright yellow when we first moved into the house – she was 3!

painting on yellow wall

I took it over when we built my husband’s office in our garden; we basically all got new bedrooms – even our guests.

I kept the bright yellow; just thinking it was cheerful and summery. However, winter is coming and I could really do with a change. I love pink and it is my office – Douglas has no say in this room by the way. He can’t bear the yellow actually – he thinks it is far too cheerful – turning it pink would annoy him even more – brilliant! Read more…

Picture It Before You Paint It…

The Dulux Visualizer App is a decorating tool that allows you to virtually paint your walls in hundreds of shades and see the result instantly, before you actually buy any paint.

The hope is that we will all be a little bit more adventurous with our choices, knowing what the result will be in advance. You really can try any colour you want, however wacky, if it looks nice you will feel much more confident about going ahead.

 

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Anna Wimbledon

Now for some art you can hang on the wall. I was delighted to visit the home of artist, Anna Wimbledon the other day. I am friendly with her publicist and just went to be polite really – plus I never say ‘no’ to a cup of tea. But my goodness, I was simply blown away by her. It was immediately familiar to me, because I have seen Anna’s work many times before. It adorns the walls of a lot of the houses that Douglas has photographed.

Baxter portrait

Anna's own family

Anna’s own family

Her portraits are just so intense, so vivid. I do not understand how she does it. She says she mainly paints from life, and just a bit from photographs, but she seems to capture her subjects off guard, obliquely sometimes. She often paints children, and not in their best clothes, rather in grubby t-shirts and definitely before bath-time: windswept hair, sticky hands and muddy boots are imprinted on the children’s cheeks somehow.

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Art – What does it all mean??

And what about the Turner Prize?

Doug

We were delighted to see a wee tribute to my DH… Just joking – we did hear that the artist’s son is called ‘Doug’ but have since read in the Guardian that the piece is actually called after the man with a spade on his head… We were thrilled and confused in equal measure…

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Turner Prize 2015

The 2015 Turner Prize is being hosted at Tramway, Glasgow – it is the first time the exhibition has been held in Scotland – long overdue.

Turner Prize

Lovely to be invited to the opening. Doug and I were truly spoilt as we were able to stay at the gorgeous CitzenM Hotel, right beside the Art school, a very, very civilised experience, I have to say.

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