Ideal Home Magazine feature our self build Home

Have you seen that Ideal Home Magazine feature our self build Home in their January issue? You forget how much work was involved though until you look back at the photos! It is an amazing experience designing and building your own home with architects. If you have seen it I hope you have enjoyed reading the article and if not yet there is still time to get a copy.

Plus here I have added a few more photos from the build! Let me know if it has inspired you to build and any questions please do get in touch!…..

We worked with Cameron Webster Architects, after the success we had building our studio with them. I truly believe you have to work with architects who’s taste and quality of projects previously done inspire you right at the start. Otherwise it can be a really hard experience trying to get the end result you want for your home.

I loved catching up on watching the House of the Year this weekend and the last three weeks have been a joy. There are some stunning homes that have been short listed. If you haven’t seen it yet you must catch up on the iPlayer.

Watching it inspires me want to start work on a new project!….We have started researching two possible projects with one in London and the other in Tighnabruaich! Both are hard access quirky projects again. So in keeping with the studio which is hidden behind the tenements in the garden and our house! Unwanted plots of land or unloved buildings down lanes are what fascinate me still. Although one day I would love to build looking out to sea!

With creating your own home from scratch you get to plan the way you want to live in your home. The interior, storage and size of rooms are all decided by you. Building our own home was the time we also decided to launch our own fabrics again as we couldn’t find any fabrics we loved as much. The simplicity of our Ikon collection works so well in our home as the pattern adds interest but it is not overpowering like so many fabrics. I think pattern brings real personality, texture, layers and interest to an interior. But as I work with pattern all day I wanted a softness to the choice of pattern that I would never tire off. I also like pattern to work with the architectural details, structure and artwork. I therefore used mainly my favourite patterns Drift, Plectrum, Always, Beanstalk and Blossom.

On the windows we have used a mix of curtains and blinds depending what suited the room. During the design stage we also did plan for all the curtains so tracks could be hidden. Plus no rooms were you sleep couldn’t have window treatments added to insure each room has full blackout to sleep in.

This weekend has been mainly spent in the garden finally planting all the bulbs! Think I should be just ok for having a beautiful colourful spring garden! Plus I dug up my Christmas Tree, which is a funny shape now with lots of new sprouts! But decorated the house is now feeling festive.