A Colourful Morning

I have mentioned before that I belong to a women’s networking group – we meet for lunch in a hotel in Edinburgh every month – lovely! It feels terribly indulgent, but at the same time you are learning loads and meeting people who are inspirational and ever-helpful.

Someone always gives a short talk and last time it was Jane Chrumka, of Harmony Ridge Designs, a trained interior designer who works as a colour consultant.

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Jane is passionate about her subject and lives and breathes colour. She offers her services to businesses and individuals who are uncertain as to how to use this powerful communicator. With our current reliance on the internet we are communicating all the time visually – how often do you make a phone call nowadays? And colour and pattern can reinforce our message very effectively.

She gave a thought provoking presentation about colour in nature, the workplace and the home and held a prize draw for a place on one of her workshops and I was the lucky winner!

I had a lovely morning with Jane and the other participants, looking at colour and talking about what we want from it and what we look to it for: how we dress; how we choose certain colours for our home; our business environments and stationery.

Having fun!

Concentrating!

I came away more certain of my likes and dislikes, with a deeper understanding of why I like certain colours and why I don’t…I would recommend anyone who has not had their colours ‘done’ to get in touch with Jane for a one to one and let ‘wondering what to wear’ and ‘how to inject colour into your home’ become an anxiety of the past!

The next workshop date is Sat 26th April – book before the 31st March for an early bird discount!

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Old school

Delighted to introduce my latest sponsor Willow & Hall, makers of beautiful handmade sofas, sofa beds and mattresses, based in Wiltshire…their icon on the right takes you to their website.

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For anyone who values quality and great design, these are for you…it is the fabric choices that I love, beautiful linens, cotton, wool and velvet in subtle, dusky, colours that are all easy to live with, but dramatic notes are available as well.

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In a small apartment it is easy to make quality a priority: you can more easily afford really beautiful finishes, resulting in a jewel-like interior. Douglas photographed this tiny diamond of a studio in a converted Victorian school, in Edinburgh, beside Holyrood Park for 25 Beautiful homes magazine.

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Originally the school secretaries office, the owners have renovated it and have left nothing out in terms of luxury and comfort. The kitchen has everything you need; there is a sumptuous bedroom tucked into an alcove, with an etched glass sliding door as a partition, separating it from an opulent living space, with easily enough space for a dining spot at the bay window.

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I love the addition of the simple wooden panelling, a nod to the original period of the building, but painted in a chalky neutrals, the room has a nicely updated feel.

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The Old School apartment is available to rent.
It can be found on www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/1250159

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A gorgeous bathroom

Keep writing about kitchens…what about the bathroom? Not exactly the heart of the family home, usually, more a valuable sanctuary from the chaos of the heart of the family home I think!

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A luxurious bathroom does not need to be huge, actually, a more sumptuous result can be achieved more economically in a small space – you can afford to choose much more extravagant finishes if you only have a square metre of flooring to cover!

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Similar, contemporary sanitaryware can be found at BathEmpire

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The owner, has used tiles of the same colour and texture on both the floor and walls to create a cohesive look, but has used them in a variation of shapes and size to add interest.

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The shower enclosure cleverly makes the most of the height of the ceiling in the middle of the room.

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A super finishing touch is a really smart radiator. At BathEmpire you will find a solution to suit any space or style.

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Rachel’s Kitchen

Coastal colours, ice blue, pebble, sand and vanilla work so beautifully together in this pretty Glasgow kitchen…another creation by architect Karen Parry

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Featured in the latest edition of Beautiful Kitchens magazine. The owner, Rachel, was brought up on the Isle of Lewis and solves her homesickness by surrounding herself with beautiful seascapes and the colours and textures of Hebridean beach life.

Light, but practical Kashmir Granite tops painted Tulipwood cabinetry by DeCourceys Kitchens. Limestone flooring with underfloor heating, ensure that this light drenched room is cosy all year round.

‘Karen’s portfolio reflected the style that we were looking for and she was very much on our wavelength’ says Rachel.

Over and over again, Karen comes up with a solution that is family friendly and just works!

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Laura Ashley – Go with the throw!

Lovely to get a mention on the Laura Ashley Blog…I was asked among 15 Bloggers to come up with a use for the throw…as it was the middle of winter, a lot of us suggested wrapping yourself up in it and drinking Hot Chocolate – unsurprisingly!

As a brand Laura Ashley constantly re-invent themselves and always think outside the box – anyone who thinks of them as the ‘girls blouse’ of interior design needs to think again and take a fresh look at their twenty-first century products.

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We photographed this fabulous Highland home, the owner’s son works as a designer for Laura Ashley, so they had a really up to the minute take on the brand…

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I love the mirrored furniture, the Geisha cushion, the duck egg stool, the chaise, the bedside lamps and mirror…all Laura Ashley!

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