Nikky D’Aguilar

We have a beautiful feature in this months 25 Beautiful Homes (July 2014) about artist and textile designer, Nikky D’Aguilar

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Nikky launched her fledgeling business a year ago and has been showing at all the big design shows, Country Living, Spirit of Summer.

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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!

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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.

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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…

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Her bags and scarves are very popular at the moment and can be bought online.

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It was wonderful to meet Nikky and we look forward to watching her business grow…

Award Win!!

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.

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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!

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Award nomination

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!

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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.

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And the perfect finishing touch to any bathroom is a bottle of Beatitude Bath Oil

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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…

Colour in!

Someone who would chime in very well with everything we learnt at the colour workshop is serial renovator Kirsten Simonsen Howells. When she bought her Edinburgh home it was a sea of tired magnolia…

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Kirsten describes herself as extremely colour-orientated. A subscriber to the Pantone and Colourhues websites, playing around for hours, enjoying them just for their own sake. She has gone on to make bold choices for her home, admitting that if she were to choose ‘safe’ colours she would not be being true to herself.’

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Colour moves through the house dynamically because, Kirsten has responded to the light in every room, individually. ‘The blue in the bathroom is the same as the blue in the kitchen for instance, but you don’t realise, because the light is completely different’ Kirsten explains, ‘I painted it yellow at first, but it was totally wrong, the blue is much better.’

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All the colours are bespoke mixes by Dulux. Kirsten almost always uses Dulux mixing service. ‘I find the more traditional paint companies colours far too subtle I am afraid!’

A strong believer in the importance of natural cosmetics, Kirsten works as a consultant for the botanically based and paraben free cosmetics company, Arbonne.

Find out more at kirstenhowells.myarbonne.co.uk

Seaweed Bath anyone?

You all know me by now, my favourite hang out – Fletchers Spa – when I am not working away as Her Indoors or playing tennis, this is where you will find me – any excuse…

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It all started when I was invited to an ‘information evening’ at Fletchers, by my good friend, Rebecca O’Connor, owner of Beatitude an innovative range of aromatherapy oils, about the Sligo based, Seaweed cosmetic company Voya

We were both intrigued – I have to say I have seen a seaweed bath and did not want to rush to jump in. However, we were charmed and fascinated by the co-founder, Mark Walton (he does not look a day over 35 – honestly!)

He told us the wonderful story of how, for over a hundred years his family had literally been running in and out of the sea on the west coast of Ireland, harvesting seaweed, filling their, now, 14 baths, with seaweed for their 40,000 visitors a year to bathe in, and making creams and lotions out of the extract…

Have you ever wanted to feel completely rejuvenated and drenched in goodness? Well visit their page and find out more. At the end of the evening Becky and I both, immediately, booked ourselves a seaweed bath. The date was perfect – the end of a busy week in London for Becky and…errr…a completely normal week for me…oh well – no rest for the wicked!

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What a welcome! The fire inside the bath hut was blazing…a wee pair of slippers beside it!

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If it all gets too much – you can just have a lie down!

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Could not help noticing the curtain rod in the corner, made out of a stick of Hazel – that’s a good idea!

All you have to do is get in the bath…

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Total and utter bliss – honestly!!

You can read more about Beatitude and Fletchers in the current issue of local lifestyle magaizne, The Toun Cryer