The Hunting Party

Looking for an enjoyable read over the festive season I came across The Hunting Party and decided to pop it on my Kindle. I was prompted to read it because it is about a group of thirty something chums, most of them Oxford graduates, who were renting a house in the Highlands for a New […]

Wardhill Castle

Following on from my last post about guests arriving – just in case you do not have enough room, why not relocate the whole family to a remote castle in the Highlands for a week? Wardhill is a fairytale castle, pictured here from a distance, with its magical spires and turrets. Up close, the creamy, […]

Guests arriving?

It is one of my dreams to have a stand alone guest room, but I honestly don’t think it is ever going to happen. This is my friend Jeanetta’s, in her incredibly welcoming home in the Highlands. When you run a business with your husband, every corner of your house is spoken for I assure […]

At last – Christmas is here!

It feels as if it has been a long time coming, but it has really started. It has been a big year for us: our son’s 21st and our daughter’s 18th – not sure if that is good or bad planning but obviously we would not change a thing. We don’t start Christmas now in […]

A welcome retreat in Aberfeldy

You might have gathered from my recent post about the launch of the Interior Design Toolkit that I have been under a little bit of stress lately. I am sure most people would have handled the whole thing much more ably, but Doug and I have been at sixes and sevens over instruction  leaflet typos, […]

Why I am a bit behind with the blog…

Well, it is because I have launched the Interior Design Toolkit.   It is something that started as a bit of fun: I just had a few of Doug’s images printed out on bits of paper that I used to help people get started on their interior design schemes… but people seemed to really like […]

One year on Instagram, 12 things I am still uncertain about

This post is a response to a post by my delightful friend and fellow blogger, Helen Perry, called ‘One year on Instagram, 12 things I wish I had known’. Helen started her blog, Not About the Kids, a year ago and has made a sparkling success of it, partly thanks to her vivid and engaging instagram […]

A day out at the new V&A in Dundee

A ‘how-to’ for modern families! Arrive well in time and if you are driving to the new V&A in Dundee, think in advance about where you will park. We did not and got quite stressed, realising that the nearby spaces were for one hour only, the slightly further spaces were all full, or for Premier […]

Short of space?

Before we moved to Gullane and bought our forever home, we lived in a lovely but pretty tiny house in Edinburgh. We were able to do it up very nicely because it was so small our materials costs were almost zero – charcoal sisal in the hall? No problem, we only needed one square metre! […]

Wendy Morrison

When you work in interiors it is good to have an inspirational interiors goddess living nearby. Rug designer, Wendy Morrison has made a home for her and her family in Dunbar, East Lothian. Wendy graduated in fashion from The Scottish College of Textiles at Galashiels and immediately gained recognition as a talented designer, producing top […]

Emergency Services

Looking for a holiday home in Tignabruaich, the idyllic yachting village on the West Coast of Scotland, designer Mark Brunjes, came across a disused 1960’s fire station. He snapped it up, aware of it’s unique potential and decided to project manage the conversion himself.The result is a stunning, contemporary, seaside home, with Ibiza overtones. He added a […]

Etsy boom

So much to say about this growing trend… I think in the past, Etsy was dismissed as ‘somewhere you could buy macrame’. Except suddenly macrame has become really, really fashionable! The images above were all taken in the home of well known crafter Rachel Henderson. Whether you are looking for Macrame or bunting… decals… cushions […]

The Blue House

I have to say there is something very, very nice in this weather about living in a seaside village in Scotland. Plan for the day: quick morning at my desk, before an EGG working lunch in Edinburgh, home for an afternoon swim in the sea, then a shower, change and off out for dinner! Yes, […]