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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Nikki McWilliams

Famous as the creator of the Custard Cream cushion and more recently, cover star of the current Homestyle magazine, designer, Nikki McWilliams home is the epitome of youthful Scottish style: fun, bright and welcoming.

Full of striking vignettes, Nikki’s witty, kitsch collections are a joy.


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Vision Board Workshop

I did something very powerful recently, I went on a Vision Board Workshop. Led by psychologist, Emma Calvert aka Miss Manifestation

Miss Manifestation

I knew I would enjoy it. I have always visualised and have written things down that I want, in black marker, on a white board above my desk for a while now and I always get them – scary! I can remember Madonna saying ‘be careful what you want because you might get it’…
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Textiles

For a richly textured, colourful home like Emma’s, curtains are a must-have finishing touch. Choosing thickly textured fabrics will keep your home warm and cosy in the winter and fruity, punchy colours like citrus, orange or water-melon red can add a mouthwatering element in summer.

Ordering curtains from Julian Charles could not be simpler. They have a brilliant range to choose from, whether you are looking for easily co-ordinated neutrals or vibrant accent colours and patterns.

Their affordable but luxurious home-interior products include bedding as well as curtains. Read more…

Emma Clanfield

This stunning home in snowy Aberdeenshire, belongs to globe-trotting interior designer, Emma Clanfield.

Emma was brought up in Scotland and has always had a base there, near her family, while she and her husband worked abroad.

Decorated with rich colours and exotic textiles; it is furnished with salvaged finds from hidden corners of the Middle East where Emma lived and worked for many years.
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