Life’s a Beach

Summer is here and there is a pull to the sea, isn’t there? Having lived beside a beach for the last 15 years, I do worry that I can’t live anywhere else. We have so many adventures – on a hot day, who doesn’t want a paddle? In a storm, there is nowhere more dramatic. […]

Les Joly Dames

I have just returned home from a women’s walking and yoga weekend, in the French Alps, feeling incredibly refreshed and nourished. Losing friends to a des-res Alpine village brings with it a mixture of emotions: the fact that you can’t get together for a coffee and a natter is compensated wildly by the fact that […]

CALA at the Crescent

A magical evening was had by all. A group of journalists and bloggers were welcomed on arrival with a glass of champagne and delicious nibbles and invited to meet a mix of the architects, residents, the CALA Homes marketing team and the amazing Ruby Boghal, Great British Bake Off finalist, in their beautiful development: The […]

Rachel Henderson Interiors

At last we have reached the final of Scotlands Home of the Year. An occasionally painful journey – I know I am not the only person to have been arguing with the tele during the last few weeks. There was a worthy winner: I have already covered Lesley’s home, the White House in an earlier post.  It […]

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 […]