SPOTLIGHT

JENNI DOUGLAS

22nd November 2016
Jenni Douglas in her studio; photo by Stewart Bremner.

I was recently introduced to the work of printmaker and pattern designer Jenni Douglas and, unsurprisingly, given that I’ve lived in or near Edinburgh for most of my life, I was immediately drawn to her collection of Edinburgh prints and linocuts. Jenni launched her business, Jenni Douglas Designs, in 2012, and her collections have expanded to incorporate animals and birds – I love her Woodpigeon Pair Print with its mustard, teal and grey combo – and woodland themes.

There’s also an extensive abstract pattern collection that includes shapes and forms inspired by nature – the Hillwalks Block Print is beautifully bold and graphic – along with midcentury references. As well as prints, Jenni also features her prints on a range of homewares including cushions and lampshades.

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Property

GEORGIAN RENOVATION

15th November 2016
Hamilton Place in Edinburgh, photo by SquareFoot.

I’ve said it before and I’ll no doubt say this many times again, but some properties just grab you with one single space – that one room that connects with your taste or feels inspiring in some way. And so it was when I first opened the photos by SquareFoot of this property in Edinburgh’s Stockbridge area and saw the kitchen and dining space. I love an eclectic mix in a kitchen, and this room has so much personality and character, from the Georgian flagstone floor scattered with rugs to the entire art wall in the dining area, to the unexpected contrast of the Chinese Peony wallpaper from Sanderson against the industrial-styled black extractor.

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Spaces

GREEN MOOD

10th November 2016
Stockholm apartment, photo by Johan Sellen.

I must admit, it feels strange to be blogging about interiors this week when they’re so much going on elsewhere in the world. It’s been tricky getting my head into blog mode with so much to read, watch, and digest. So I thought I’d share something short and simple – and Scandi!

I spotted this apartment on Gravity Home on Tumblr and headed to Elle Decoration to check it out. Why? Because of the green – this hue just feels so rich and moody. After my previous post on Farrow & Ball’s AW16 wallpaper collection where I mentioned being in a dark blue phase, it seems that the company’s Arcade wallpaper has got me thinking about green.

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SPOTLIGHT

FARROW & BALL AW16

4th November 2016
Farrow & Ball wallpaper collection AW16.

I used to write for the weekly property pages in The Scotsman, and the sub-editor who worked on the section would tease me regularly about how often I managed to mention Farrow & Ball in the copy. He had a point – I was and am a fan, always have been, but also this reflected how many period properties I saw and wrote about that featured Farrow & Ball’s beautiful wall colours. I’ve always been particularly drawn to all those lovely whites that aren’t really white but are the most gorgeous and subtle hues, where even the pale tones have so much depth, like Cornforth White – a favourite of mine with a light grey tone. So yes, I’m sold on Farrow & Ball’s paint colours, but I’m also a fan of their wallpapers.

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