The new word for tidiness is KonMari after the Japanese author, Marie Kondo, the title of this post.
This woman has changed my life – RESPECT – after a lifetime of being messy, thinking I was ‘too busy to be tidy’, I have realised the fun I am missing out on – being messy, because you are busy, is a bit like ‘not wearing makeup’ – What? You’re too busy to look great?? Sorry – get it right!! Read more…
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…
Not necessarily a natural combination, particularly if you love to eat like I do!
However I was inspired recently to understand how these two things can go well together, with a bit of thought, when I won three sessions with a personal trainer, Rosie MacGlashan.
I left for my first session slightly nervously, just not knowing what to expect, expecting pain of some sort I guess, but was pleasantly surprised to arrive at her little garden cottage, an oasis of tranquility by the way and find that the first machine she put me on, as a warm up, was very pleasant, a sort of rowing machine. It gave you an all over stretch and certainly warmed me up very nicely.
A lovely idea for Mother’s Day… Whether you need to buy something really good for your own mum or whether you just deserve a little pampering yourself, you will not go wrong with some Beatitude oils!
Rebecca, it’s founder, has recently re-vamped her website, do have a look – it is fantastic stuff and I am having a giveaway to celebrate!
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The perfect antidote to a busy stressful day and the perfect bedtime bath enabling you to drift off to a blissful sleep. This blend is infused with the calming and relaxing essential oils of ylang yang, lavender, mandarin, cedar wood and petitgrain – a delicate floral aroma with herbal, woody undertones.
Just a few drops will bring you Peace every day!
The winner will be announced on Mother’s Day and there is an amazing 15% discount for all readers of her-indoors for the whole month of March! Just enter the code her-indoors
Wasn’t sure whether to call this post the above, or ‘Skiing whilst approaching the Menopause’ or, ‘Making the Most of Budget Ski Accomodation Interiors’…?
I have just had a wonderful week skiing in the French Alps with my 14 year old daughter. We very sadly left Doug and her brother behind, due to exams on Matthew’s part and went off, just the two of us, to Tignes.
When I was a mother of small children I went to lots of ‘Mother and Toddler’ groups. I would not say ‘I learnt how to parent’ at these groups, but I certainly learnt a lot about parenting and small children. Now I run a small business, I have found myself attending business groups with similar reliance and enthusiasm.
I know it’s a bit early, but we are getting organised. I am hosting this year, and sad, I realise, but I am already planning my menu and table decorations… My nephew has an American girlfriend and she will be joining us this year, as guest of honour, of course (no pressure Hugo!)
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!
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.
Our TV room this morning, before using Sacred Space…
Our TV room this morning, after using Sacred Space! Amazing!
Well, we are back from our house swap and house swapping is good!
I was questioning my sanity in the days before we left, typing out instructions on how to use the TV and where the nearest garage, bank and petrol station is. We had arranged to swap cars as well as houses and I had confidently, mentally prepared for them to use Doug’s very reliable, very economical Citroen C2. Of course in the week before we were due to leave, the C2 started playing up – great! Instead we had to let them use my beloved, but ancient, Fiat Multipla, which is neither reliable, nor economical…aaargh!!
We arrived and our exchange family, the lovely Girods: Cathy, Thierry, Marion and Lucie warmly welcomed us and gave us a delicious lunch and then left to go to our house – hang on…shouldn’t it be us leaving, after they have given us lunch?? It definitely felt odd! Instead, they left, leaving us in their house!! It was slightly Alice in Wonderland…
We got used to it pretty quickly though, literally running to jump in to the pool the moment they headed off!
Provence is beautiful of course and a haven for lovers of food, wine and interior design…
Wondering round the stunning interiors and home ware shops in the gorgeous mediaeval town of Uzes, I quietly decided that when I get home, I want everything in my house to be painted cream or olive, and every unpainted surface, to be limestone or linen…
We were near Avignon, a stunning, walled city, and it was festival time, so lots of art exhibitions, music…
…beautiful scenery, wonderful food and happy days…
We have a beautiful feature in this months 25 Beautiful Homes (July 2014) about artist and textile designer, Nikky D’Aguilar
Nikky launched her fledgeling business a year ago and has been showing at all the big design shows, Country Living, Spirit of Summer.
You cannot help but fall in love with her unique loch-side home in the Loch Lomond national park: originally, two gate house cottages, now linked by a huge glazed space, resulting in an incredibly varied interior …you never know what is going to happen next!
You can spot her colourful designs all over the place. She thought to turn her paintings into textile designs when she printed one to cover an old chair, she liked the way the energy and imprefections in the fabric seemed to bring it alive.
I feel the unpredictability in the layout of her home has the same effect…the modern additions have breathed new life into the old cottages…
Her bags and scarves are very popular at the moment and can be bought online.
It was wonderful to meet Nikky and we look forward to watching her business grow…
Thank you so much to Bathrooms.com and all my wonderful followers and voters… I WON my category…follow the link and you will find that it says:
Home Design Twitter Award
Our clear winner in the Home Design Twitter Award category is Alison Gibb of Her-Indoors.com. The voting public were clearly impressed with her enthusiastic style, friendliness, and eye for what looks good in interior design.
I am a CLEAR winner and voters were clearly impressed with my enthusiasm, friendliness and eye for Interior Design…what can I say – clearly THANK YOU and I hope you are following me on #Twitter!!
Congratulations to all the other winners, particularly Sarah Akwiskombe who was the overall winner – briliant…busy, talented, clever lady!
Absolutely delighted to be nominated for a lovely award – a major! Up against some very big names in the blogging world – so I am very nervous. Feel very cheeky asking you to vote for me, but, please, please do! Votes need to be in by April 18th.
As it is sponsored by a bathroom company, I thought I had better rustle up some beautiful, groovy bathrooms to inspire you to update your own – easily done with the good value products available from Bathrooms.com!
This tiny jewel like bathroom has long been a favourite – a look that any of us could easily recreate with the simple, contemporary sanitary ware, the small mother of pearl mosaic tiles and the little pops of red – absolutely gorgeous.
Developed by a friend of mine in Gullane, Rebecca O’Connor – it disperses in the water – so your skin is left wonderfully soft and nourished but there is no oily film left. Rebecca and I often swap notes on running our businesses and her New Years resolution for me was to tweet more and here I am nominated for a interiors twitter award. Gosh – you reap what you sow!
Rebecca’s own home can be seen in this month’s Prima magazine – May 2014, in the shops now…