Interior Design Trends 2016

There is one trend for me this year – metal…

Copper wallpaper

Copper toned wallpaper in a luxurious show home in North Berwick…

Copper chimney breast

This is an original copper chimney breast in a beautifully restored 1960s villa…
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Adding colour to your home

I know, I know, I am obsessed… one minute I am suggesting you add colour to your garden, next minute, your home – it is summer! I see over and over again homes that stand out and it is often for the same reason: a bold use of mouth-watering colour:

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Just look at this bedroom! It really is some blue isn’t it…? Nothing to be scared of. A beauty by Edinburgh interior designer Claire Barlas.

An apple green ‘Snuggler’ chair?

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Or a mulberry’ sofa? This room is by Dundee designer, Lynne Duffus. Her website is a cornucopia of Lovely Things
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Show Home Love

Don’t you just love a show home? I certainly do, the experience of padding around a beautiful house or apartment, luxuriously appointed, softly furnished to the max…

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You might be house hunting, you might be looking for inspiration or you might just be having a nosey and nobody minds!

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You can imagine yourself living there – a fresh start – completely devoid of the overflowing detritus of your real life.
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Xmas 2015

It has just about been and gone now – for some reason, I was totally overwhelmed by xmas this year, I have not done anything terribly exciting: neither gone to an inordinate number of drinks parties or been on a fabulous trip abroad – I think just having a ‘normal xmas’ is just a bit too much for me I am afraid.

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We shot one of my favourite features ever this year, for Ideal Home magazine. The owner, Jennifer, runs the excellent home ware website, Urban Cuckoo, a gorgeous cornucopia of interiors goodies.
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Interior style consultations

Gosh, I have really got cracking with this. Having offered a session, rather shyly as a PTA ‘prize’, a while ago now, out of total fear, I thoroughly prepared for the session, really enjoyed it and whenever I mention it to anyone, they always say ‘ooh, can you do me’. I am not exaggerating. OK, I have only mentioned it to a few very, very bezzy friends – but honestly they all want me round!

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My dear friend, Kate, has recently inherited some money from her late Dad, sad, of course, but lovely that she can improve her home and her life in his memory. She had already spent quite a lot on very basic, almost invisible, ‘must do’s’: a new boiler and central heating system; a new front door; new patio doors to the garden and a new bathroom.

Realising how very, very quickly money disappears and how easy it is to make mistakes, she asked me to come round and make sure that the money left, was well spent.
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