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Seeing The Light

SEEING THE LIGHT! Exploring the world of decorative lighting – whether table and floor lamps or

ceiling light fittings ….. Lamps or lights, the choice is huge!

An artistically designed light fitting can add so much personality to any space.


Bright copper is on trend right now.  Also black open shades with copper filament bulbs which are

urban industrial or stylishly quirky depending on the situation.

Don’t be afraid to make a statement with your choice of lighting and choose with your room style in

mind!  An oversized table lamp lifts the scale of the room.

A bespoke shade in fabulous teal silk adds an exciting touch to the dining room pictured.


I love the little wall fitting photographed in the bedroom.  We fixed it to a tall, wide headboard. It

simply plugs into the wall socket and the corded wire and swinging shade add some Parisienne


Seeing The Light – the choice of lighting for your home is endless!


Endless possibilities – and we’re delighted to supply lighting to complement our client’s projects.

Get in touch with us at McMillan Interiors if you would like to explore the possibilities for lighting in

your home. Phone Catherine or Niel on either 07808 959212 or 07970 991131. You can also

email or Keep up to date

with lots that’s happening in the world of interior design on our Facebook page here.

Coffee Morning With Lime Tree Cakes

Our next event at McMillan Interiors is a Coffee Morning with Lime Tree Cakes. Roz Bowyer, owner of Lime Tree Cakes, Ahoghill will be demonstrating some of the latest exquisite cake decorating skills which she is widely known and admired for.  The person to know for the next family wedding!

Coffee morning with Lime Tree Cakes

“It’s All in The Detail” at McMillan Interiors Coffee Morning at The Outpost, 53A Loan Road, Cullybackey, Ballymena, Co Antrim BT42 1PS.

Saturday 11th June 2016 10.30am – 12.30pm.

“I will be looking at the latest trends in the world of Passementerie.  Fabulous trimmings both contemporary and traditional.  It truly is all about the detail!”

Lots to feast your eyes on; inspiration for the next decoration project; coffee and cakes to satisfy.

coffee morning with lime tree cakes

“It’s All In The Detail” Coffee Morning with Lime Tree Cakes is being held at The Outpost on Saturday 11th June from 10.30am – 12.30pm. Please confirm your place if you intend coming along to see some amazing cake decorating skills demonstrated by Roz Bowyer.

Spaces limited to 20 persons.  £5 entrance.  We need 12 confirmations for the event to go ahead.

Tel Catherine on 07808959212 to secure your place.

Check out our Facebook page here and for more cake inspiration check out the Lime Tree Cakes website here.

Great News

Having travelled a bit, I have noticed how various people groups incorporate the colour blue as a predominant shade in their folk art.  What about the great French artist Monet, for instance, or Norwegian traditional designs, and Maltese fishing boats?

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The colours of Malta’s harbours.

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Monet’s Blue Water Lillies.


Norwegian traditional design.


“Blue is the only color which maintains its own character in all its tones… it will always stay blue;”          Raoul Dufy, French Fauvist Painter, 1877-1953.


I read this:

Blue is the favorite colour of all people. It’s nature’s colour for water and sky, but is rarely found in fruits and vegetables. Today, blue is embraced as the color of heaven and authority, denim jeans and corporate logos.

It’s so good to see this colour in it’s many tones and shades coming back into the new collections of the top fabric houses.  Here’s some of my current favourites.



With all the aesthetic benefits of living with this colour, remember that in our northern light in Northern Ireland, certain tones will reflect better than others.  Combined with other colours the effect will vary immensely.   Nature does “blue” perfectly – a reflection of our Creator.


great news - blue

Would you like to introduce blue into your home decor? Or discuss interior design in general, whatever the colour! Please get in touch with us. Our studio is at The Outpost, 53a Loan Road, Cullybackey, Ballymena. Here we can discuss with you what you would like for your home and show you fabrics and give you ideas which will work.

Keep up-to-date with us on our McMillan Interiors Facebook page here.


Our Favourites

Here at McMillan Interiors, just like everyone else, we have our favourites. Favourite fabrics, favourite colours, favourite music and so on. In this article we want to share this favourite of ours.

“I’ve always loved this fabric from Pierre Frey.  I’ve used is in various settings.  There’s just something about the artistry and hints of …wild horses, Spain, strength, freedom that appeal to me.  It’s available in a couple of colourways, both very natural.  I was reminded of it again this summer when Niel shared a song with me which has become my favourite – “You” by Future of Forestry.”

“You are the desert plain

Where the wild horses run” 

our favourites wild horses

“I’ve recently also read Pierre Frey’s new book, Inspiring Interiors, A French Tradition of Luxury.  The story of the Frey family in business and their collaboration with others is so interesting.  I enjoyed recognising so many of the fabric designs pictured which we ourselves would have used in the 27 years (and counting) of being in the interior design business.”

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Our favourites - McMillan Interiors

Our favourites McMillan Interiors

Such a wealth of creativity.  A fabric, a song, a family, impacting my life in a colourful way. 

To see more of our favourites and to let us help you choose yours, our studio is open, by appointment only, at The Outpost, 53a Loan Road, Cullybackey, Ballymena BT42 1PS.

We would love you to follow our journey by liking our Facebook page here.

Tales Of The Outpost

Tales of the Outpost is on Friday 13th May 2016 starting at 8.00pm. ‘Drama and Interior Design with a difference. An evening that will make you smile, celebrating a little of our literary heritage and creative talent’. 

Tales Of The Outpost

In coming up with the idea of this event (a good number of months stewing over it!) my goal has been to bring about an evening’s entertainment which would be inspirational and fun – a collaboration with talented friends, local artists.  Also to be a celebration of the literary heritage of our wee country and of course to showcase our interior design studio. Fine! Let’s do it then!

So far the plans include some dramatic staging of the Outpost , setting the scene for the writings of C S Lewis, namely The Chronicles of Narnia.  His influence has coloured or touched most of our lives not just as children but maybe even more powerfully as adults – it’s all about Aslan.

So marmalade cake and Turkish delight, lampposts and fur coats, dragons and lions, good vs evil and Aslan on the move.

We’ll use this evening to express our appreciation of the work of C S Lewis in speech, music, art, photograpy and interior design.

Tales of the Outpost

Tales Of The Outpost on Friday 13th May – an evening to make you smile and give you inspiration.

We would love you to join us for the evening as we bring you Tales Of The Outpost. You can let us know if you’re interested on our Facebook event page here.  £5 admittance at the door. The Outpost is at 53a Loan Road, Cullybackey, Ballymena BT42 1PS. We would also love you to like our Facebook page here.