Curious Egg

We have all dreamt of doing this, setting up an online interiors store, sourcing gorgeous stuff from artisans that no one has ever heard of, to help our fellow stylo-philes make their homes that much more unique. But have we bothered? No we haven’t!

But here is a lady who has, meet Lorraine Aaron, of Curious Egg. Lorraine has worked as a sculptor, a painter and public artist as well as teaching contemporary arts practice and running an art consultancy business. She has settled in Perthshire now and with her husband, Roddy, and set up her online store as way to share ideas about interiors and art as well as her fabulous finds.

Her aim is to bring art and interiors together in a relaxed and imaginative way by offering a small, carefully curated range of beautiful pieces. And I know how hard she has worked to achieve this.

She has also, alongside setting up her business, been renovating her home. A work in progress, but looking interesting. Lorraine made a dramatic start to her home when she completed her dining room, inspired by the Islington based designer Abigail Ahern who led the trend for dark, moody, enveloping spaces.

I asked her a few questions:
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Indoor Kerb Appeal – the Hall

We all know about kerb appeal, the importance of a nice front door, a few pots and if you have a front garden, making it relate to the street prettily.

We have a long way to go but we have made a start with our maturing virginia creeper, collection of terracotta pots and decision to paint our front door and all our windows the beautiful Farrow & Ball shade, French Grey.

Your hall has to do the same job, welcome you, relate to the outside as well as the inside and hint at the rooms beyond. It is not a room we are used to throwing money at and inevitably ends up a bit of an afterthought, it sort of has to be the last room you do, because it is so easily damaged when you are working on other rooms, so, depressingly, you can get used to entering a rather unloved space and then when the time finally comes you have run out of money.
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Kitty The Vintage Caravan

Summer is coming it’s time for a road trip or a vintage tea or a wedding!

And you will not find a better vehicle than Kitty for any of these ventures.
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Pop Create

A sprinkling of summery weather has got me out in the garden recently and I know someone else who is doing a major garden overhaul, not very far from me. The amazing Anna Baltzer of Popcreate.

We are both very fortunate to live on a stretch of stunning coastline just outside Edinburgh, we live in neighbouring villages and the surrounding scenery is a constant source of inspiration.

Anna is a brilliant photographer and takes beautiful portraits of babies and children on location or in her home studio.
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Playing the (interiors) game

I am always very flattered to be asked for advice: I do see a lot and I have collected a mine of design information and knowledge over the years, so friends often ask me for my decorating thoughts. I have actually put together a decorating ‘game’. People seem to love it, so I should really try and publish it, I could probably put something together online actually.

Delighted when people find it useful: there really is nothing more satisfying than seeing someone putting their home together with a knowing flair and avoiding expensive mistakes and they often, very kindly, assure me that it is thanks to my game.

One such friend is the beautiful Kate Brown, her attractive house in Haddington has been home to her and her daughter for a number of years now and she knew that it needed a radical makeover. Tired and edging towards shabby rather than chic, she was starting to panic and planning to wildly overspend as she felt desperate measures were required.

She invited me round and we played my interiors game. It got us off to a flying start and enabled Kate to see her home with a fresh and much more informed eye.
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