In a Spin

Have made a fab new discovery. For anyone in Scotland who wants to enjoy contemporary art more: whether you are already quite knowledgeable and want to make time to contemplate some of the brilliant exhibitions that are held or whether you have not got a clue, but would like to understand more. Spin Scotland is […]

The White House

Thought I would show you a closer look of another beautiful contender from the enjoyable BBC TV series, Scotlands Home of the Year, that Douglas was also extremely privileged to photograph. This is a view of the house that the TV programme did not have time to dwell on. The judges were too busy admiring the […]

Williamstone Farm

A home and business is a dream for many of us. Who would not want to find a property in a fabulous location with lots of characterful outbuildings that you could convert into gorgeous holiday accommodation?Throw in the upheaval of needing to thoroughly renovate said property as well and most of us would probably find […]

Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day just last weekend, I have been having a very thought provoking time. To be honest, it really threw me. I am, on the one hand, conducting quite a big campaign trying to flog the Interior Design Toolkit, the product that Doug and I have launched – realising that it makes the perfect […]

Clarabella Christie

A bit of ‘behind the scenes’. You arrive on shoots sometimes and you have to wildly tidy. I do not find this awkward, I have children, I know what it is like to have their gorgeous artworks on the fridge and lego and socks and trainers everywhere. Sometimes you have to slightly mess the place […]

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 […]