Last year I had the pleasure to work with a family in Aberdeenshire who were looking to update the kitchen in their 18th century farmhouse. A lovely old house in beautiful countryside, but when I arrived, I immediately felt claustrophobic. The kitchen was a very dark space, with low ceilings and small windows, which was … Continue reading Transforming a dark farmhouse kitchen with skylights
The design of the Mad Men rug is edgy, abstract like a work of art and the colours are a soft, moody black with a sophisticated copper.
If you are lucky enough to have a ‘spare’ room you may, like me, once have had grand plans of it being this beautiful boutique guest room with soft hand towels neatly folded on the bed with a cute bit of hotel soap on top. Fresh flowers, some carefully selected books...slippers even. Yes? No, I … Continue reading Guest room and Study makeover
When choosing a kitchen, most people nowadays will play safe and buy a white one. Bright white, off white or cream. Either sleek and contemporary or a shaker style to create a more traditional look. But how about stepping away from the white and throwing in some colour? A wall in a bright colour, a bright yellow vintage cabinet, colourful mosaic tiles or a mixed bag of old painted chairs.
Design project As a give-away price on Facebook last year I offered to create a free design for someone's room of choice and I was delighted to be asked to come up with ideas for a living room in a wonderful old house Laurencekirk. High ceilings, lots of character - and a very inspiring interior already. … Continue reading Rockabilly on a budget: room makeover
How to paint a dated wooden shaker kitchen white. Metro style tiles, slate kitchen worktop. Contemporary farmhouse kitchen.
As part of the rebranding and promotion of Nina's Apartment's Interior Design services we are at the Scottish Home Show this month, at the AECC in Aberdeen. It is on from today until Sunday 25th of September 10am-5pm. Architects, designers, kitchens, bathrooms, retailers and builders all under one roof. Great! Here are a few snap … Continue reading We’re at the Scottish Home Show!
Choosing a rug can be quite tricky. There are so many nice ones in a million different colours and styles. Plus, when they are large they have a big influence on the style and feel of your room, so it is important to think about the look you ultimately want to achieve. I am currently … Continue reading Oriental rug roundup. Over-dyed, kilims and faded vintage rugs.
On my travels through the Netherlands this month I popped into my friend Frederiek's house in the tiny village of Huizinge, north Groningen, who lives there with her partner Wimer and their three-year old son Teun. Huizinge is a beautiful characterful village surrounded by endless flat green fields and far horizons. Frederiek and Wimer recently bought one of the old houses and brought it right up to date with a gorgeous interior full of vintage finds, contemporary art, minimalist touches and plenty of house plants.
Here are some of the most beautiful images I gathered on my board this week. If anything, they show that mid-century modern or Scandinavian decor doesn't have to mean minimalist at all.