Lightening up

Spring is definitely on its way: we have had a few gorgeous sunny days, here in Gullane and walking across the sand dunes to our local beach is just a joy when it is like this, I took a few photos today –

However, you still want to be cosy in the evenings, which is why the lighting in your living room is so important. I personally would question whether you need a central pendant light at all. Yes, if you live in a period property, but I think it should be a chandelier, and purely for decoration. In a contemporary home they are not necessary at all in my opinion. You should light the edges of a room and wall lights are ideal. Soho Home offer a great selection: the Harris wall light, below, would be perfect for a living room in a contemporary home (errr mine??)



The owner of this beautiful Victorian villa in Glasgow has followed my advice about chandeliers and side lights exactly –

Designed by Catherine Henderson, a wonderful interior designer based in Glasgow but who has worked all over the world during her career.

The owner of the Edinburgh bedroom above has included a number of things high on my wish list as well. First of all a four poster bed – yes please! Secondly wall lights so that there is plenty of room on the bedside table for books, your kindle, glasses, cups of tea, tissues and your phone – phew! Thirdly – layered blinds: venetians for privacy and deep taupe roman blinds for added warmth. The gorgeous ‘Wood Effect’ wallpaper, by Nobilis, hung horizontally, provides a touch of irony in this serene, elegant room. The thought that normally the floor is wooden, inevitably crosses your mind and the subtly wallpaper hints at the possibility that you could be in a cosy log cabin. The upholstered footstool at the end of the bed softens the slight severity of the scheme. The cushions on the bed are in a Christopher Farr printed linen, available from Edinburgh interior design showroom Bryce McKenzie.


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