Outdoor lighting

Weather is a bit weird for the time of year, I know, but there is no doubt, it is winter – it is completely dark by 4.30pm up here, for starters and your garden is probably not looking it’s best.

Do bear in mind though, that the garden is still the first thing that people see… Even if you live in a flat, there might be a shared patio area at the front? I am talking about that all important subject, ‘kerb appeal’. You also might have a balcony, and it too, in January, is possibly not looking it’s prettiest. However, giving some thought to outdoor lighting could change all that.

Patio

This our front patio on a winters evening, the string of vintage, teardrop lights is a joy to arrive home to. I love my garden in winter. First of all I do not have to do anything to it – no lawn mowing, no weeding… Ok the fanatics among us are probably doing loads – clearing, digging, hard landscaping, but actually, if you want to be green, it is quite good to just give your garden a rest and leave the moss, the dead leaves and wild life in peace.
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North Berwick

Affectionately known as ‘The Hamptons of Scotland’, the East Lothian coastline is where everyone really wants to live. Laid back, friendly, with stunning beaches and great schools… It’s where we live, of course and big news in our neck of the woods – a new show home has opened at Walker Group’s Glen Ora development in North Berwick. I have been very curious…

Family room

I knew that Walker Homes were planning to add a retro, off-beat note to this development. Featuring this season’s hottest trend in warm metals and Pantone’s new colours for 2016: rose quartz and serenity in abundance. I nipped down as soon as I could and I was not disappointed.

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Trade fairs

On my bucket list is most definitely ‘Maison et Objet’ in Paris, the twice yearly, massive, interior design, trade exhibition in Paris. Please let me know if you would like to chummy me one day? I always do go to the very enjoyable equivalent in Scotland at the Dunblane Hydro, a lovely day out of fabric, furniture, lunch and chat…

Dunblane

A happy compromise might be to visit one of the many Interior Design shows at the NEC in Birmingham sometime. The January Furniture Show is on 24th-27th January 2016. Everyone is talking about Birmingham at the moment, the new High Speed Rail link and the recently renovated Grand Central Station has brought a lot of hype, amongst shopaholics and food lovers alike, as it contains a lot of great shops and nice eateries.
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Ikea – Live Lagom

Delighted to be involved in a project with Ikea. The word ‘Lagom’ means ‘just right’ in Swedish and Ikea are launching a project called ‘Live Lagom’ to encourage us all to live more sustainably, avoid waste and save money. As a Lagom ambassador, I am being given £500 of sustainable products and will tell you how they change the way I live across the course of 4 months by writing blog posts and recording short videos. Ikea want to show the world why Living Lagom is the way forward for all of us.

At the end of December, Doug and I enjoyed a shopping trip, with Katie Thomson, from customer services, to select some products that will help us reduce our outgoings and use less energy. Predictably, we loved every minute!

IMG_4651 laminate worktop Doug & Katie

Katie lightbulbs dishwasher crop

Just looking at their beautiful room sets and admiring their innovative product designs is a joy.
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The Bridge

Happy New Year everyone.

Wasn’t the end of last year just a great season of action packed, thrilling dramas? The Bridge, season 3, Homeland season 5… Saga, Carrie, Quinn… love em all!! They are like family really, I feel I know them so well, with their funny little ways – or rather, mad compulsions – they love going into very dark, very dangerous situations on their own don’t they? They don’t like waiting for back up, or a sensible friend – oh no…

The Bridge Bridge s3 homeland-season-5-carrie

Hillary’s the blind company invited me to take part in a competition to design a Scandinavian inspired roller blind, using a repeat pattern. Well obviously, nothing was going to hold me back, except, I have to say, designing a roller blind, that is based on a repeat pattern, is a lot easier said than done. Crumbs it made me realise how incredibly clever these textile designers are. I thought I could just do a few scribbles and add a few nice colours… errr nooooo…
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