Reparation

You will have gathered that my cousin, Gaby Koppel, has recently published her first novel Reparation Anyone interested in the very topical subject of starting a new life in a new country as a refugee, or  anyone who simply enjoys the always fun plot of a ‘whodunnit’ should definitely buy and read this book. As a thank […]

An Interior Design Retreat

Having always wanted to be an interior designer since I was a small child I was absolutely delighted to be asked to attend a week long interior design course at Juliettes Interiors on London’s Kings Road. For a country girl like me, this is an absolute dream. A week in London? Yes please! A week […]

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 […]

LBA Studios

Every now and then we come across a design studio so inspirational it can completely alter your perspective on what is possible with a domestic building. This was why I was so keen to meet the director of Edinburgh architectural practice Studio LBA because I had been admiring some projects they had undertaken, for a while. […]

A Day Out in Edinburgh

Living in the countryside and being a total home lover, venturing out is not something I do a lot of. I love village life and walks along the beach and being a writer, I do have to be careful: unless you are actually sitting at your desk for long periods of time, not a lot […]

An award winning kitchen

Have I ever revealed my love affair with taupe? It is my guilty pleasure. Creamy taupe is not dramatic, it is not even particularly fun. It is just very, very soothing… Which is why when Douglas was asked to photograph this beautiful kitchen for top design studio Kitchens International I felt so comfortable styling the space. […]

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 […]