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I Used My Love of Rich Texture and Colour to Decorate Our Home

Textile artist, Saffron Harper Gow, has transformed an ordinary modern flat into an abundance of colour, light and texture

‘It was designing for our first home that led me to create fabrics and wallpapers that were rich in texture, colour and character,’ says Saffron Harper Gow, owner and designer at Crocus Designs.

After studying an MA in Textile Design in Birmingham, Saffron moved to London to do a course in Interior Architecture, thinking her interest in houses would take her career down that route. However, on completion of her course, and after two years working for the upmarket French home furnishings company, Pierre Frey, Saffron realised that her real passion was indeed designing fabrics.

In London, Saffron met her boyfriend Nick, a fellow Scot, and when she decided to set up her own studio, they upped sticks and moved back to Scotland. ‘The timing was right. Nick was moving jobs and I was keen to set up my own business so we decided to buy a flat in Edinburgh and make it our home,’ says Saffron.

An oil painting of horses on silk, bought in Rajasthan for £4 hangs above the sofa, which is adorned with cushions from Crocus Design, Homer, and artist, Hatti Patisson. The foot stool is from Made, while the lamps are from George Pirie Antiques. The walls are painted in Palma Grey from Farrow & Ball. The director’s chair is from Habitat, while the tripod lamp is from Made
Photos Douglas Gibb
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After the expense of Christmas and the indulgence of the January sales, most of us are feeling the need to tighten our belts a bit in February. So with this in mind, we’ve crammed this issue with hundreds of great money-saving ideas and bargain buys to help you create a superstylish home on a shoestring. On page 36 you’ll discover lots of creative, colourful ideas for brightening up your home over these drab wintry days, with prices starting from just £2.49! Meanwhile, if your kitchen and bathroom are in need of a bit of love and attention, but you don’t have lots of spare cash, you’ll love our budget-conscious solutions, on pages 48 and 56, which include a new suite for under £300 and smart kitchen units from just £42 each. As well as lots of purse-friendly ideas for all around your home, we’ve also got some smart ways to make extra cash on page 70, while on page 18 we’ve found the best apps to save you money on everything from your weekly shop to train tickets and phone calls! If you’ve a hungry family to feed, it’s easy for your supermarket shop to eat a big chunk out of your budget, so we’ve put together some great ideas for hearty suppers that will fill their tummies without emptying your bank balance (p.100)! Finally, if you want to blitz the clutter in your home, take a look at our savvy storage solutions on page 114.