The Mysterious Art of Interior Design

Watching the latest episode of The Apprentice, which entailed designing a hotel room interior. I was a mix of bewildered, despairing and ultimately, lost in admiration, for the real life interior designers I work with, who are artists really.

I regularly talk up the work of Jessica Buckley, whose eye for colour and verve with pattern can literally bring any space to life with the flick of her dazzling selection of wallpaper samples. Jessica has opened a shop now on St Stephen street in Edinburgh, which means this incredibly talented lady is even more accessible for advice and consultations.

Glasgow designer, Catherine Henderson, has used a more subdued palette in her Pollokshields living room. Creating an interior scheme that actually works and is really pleasing is very much like doing a painting and not something anyone can do. You can train and you can learn tricks that work and you can educate yourself on trends and styles that you may wish to adopt, but you do need to have some talent in the first place.
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Wallpaper in the kitchen?

This is an absolutely surefire way to add individuality to a kitchen. Is your kitchen chosen on a budget? Or one that is already there and you cannot afford to change? Leave it and splurge on some gorgeous wallpaper instead.

Imagine being able to enjoy some of these designs from Cole & Son while you were cooking up the supper?

You will need a splash back though. You can order clear perspex sheet online effortlessly, just type in the dimensions you require, a polished edge can be requested and holes for fixing – gosh is it good value compared to glass: less than half the price… and much easier to wield and handle…
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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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Bathroom thoughts

A bathroom needs to do a lot, often for a whole family. Redesigning your bathroom is an important step for your household and something that can add value to your property if you get it right. Bathroom design mistakes can be costly and tricky to rectify. The DM Design team at their Bathroom Showroom Edinburgh has created a list of really useful advice

Stick to a budget

Decide in advance what you want to spend.

Neat ensuite

You can do a lot on a tight budget, from a simple freshen up to a small space solution. If you have plenty to spend your bathroom is your oyster!

lavish bathroom
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Cooking in colour

Magazine editors often request “a kitchen with a bit of colour”. The reason being that a kitchen is an investment and most of us like to play safe: a white kitchen won’t date, you are unlikely to tire of it – you can always change the decor if you do, of course, and as a result, most people’s kitchens are white. However, if you are feeling brave, choosing colourful cabinetry can reap wonderful rewards.

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This beauty is by Harvey Jones. Using colour will bring your kitchen to life. Healthy diet advice includes eating colourful foods: beetroot, carrots, peppers and greens – they just sound healthy don’t they? Find ideas at my lovely friend Mel’s Spice Pots. You might like her range of beautiful enamel ware? Enliven your kitchen as well as your plate. Although white is safe, the results can be sterile and quickly look quite dowdy, white surfaces are not forgiving.
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