Nikky D’Aguilar

We have a beautiful feature in this months 25 Beautiful Homes (July 2014) about artist and textile designer, Nikky D’Aguilar Nikky launched her fledgeling business a year ago and has been showing at all the big design shows, Country Living, Spirit of Summer. You cannot help but fall in love with her unique loch-side home […]

Gabrielle Blackman home

Thrilled to have a guest blogger today – I honestly think this is a first for me! A very warm welcome to Annie Kruse… Hi this is Annie from Stylejuicer and I’m delighted to write a guest post for the lovely Alison on her fabulous blog. This is the home of Gabrielle Blackman, UK TV […]

Award Win!!

Thank you so much to and all my wonderful followers and voters… I WON my category…follow the link and you will find that it says: Home Design Twitter Award Our clear winner in the Home Design Twitter Award category is Alison Gibb of The voting public were clearly impressed with her enthusiastic style, […]

Sounds cuckoo!

The sounds in a home are really important…not something that is ever captured in a photograph for a magazine obviously, but often it is the sounds of a house that make you feel that you are really home. I was brought up in a flat in Central London that had warm air central heating – […]

The Purple Thread Shed

A lovely bonus from writing my blog is the wonderful people I have met through it, they just ‘pop up’ in Facebook and Twitter and my inbox…one such person is the amazing Ali Ferguson of The Purple Thread Shed. I knew she would make a brilliant story before I even met her – her work […]

Colour in!

Someone who would chime in very well with everything we learnt at the colour workshop is serial renovator and lover of emulsions of every hue, Kirsten Simonsen Howells. When she bought her Edinburgh home it was a sea of tired magnolia… Kirsten describes herself as extremely colour-orientated. A subscriber to the Pantone and Colourhues websites, […]

A Colourful Morning

I have mentioned before that I belong to a women’s networking group – we meet for lunch in a hotel in Edinburgh every month – lovely! It feels terribly indulgent, but at the same time you are learning loads and meeting people who are inspirational and ever-helpful. Someone always gives a short talk and last […]

Hege In France

Had lovely day out in Edinburgh today with fellow blogger, Hege Morris, a Norwegian, married to a Scotsman, living in Scotland now, but residing for a long time in France, where she and her husband own a beautiful farmhouse that they built themselves. Their home has been the subject of several magazine articles and been […]

Are you a competitive Interiorista?

Hmmm? Genuinely passionate about my subject – I am basically just a real home lover. A Cancerian by Sun sign – what else would I be? Holidays stress me out! Nights out? I prefer entertaining… But competitive? Moi? Of course I enjoy having friends round and showing them our latest project, but surely that is […]

Bedroom Makeover

Can’t help feeling a bit shy about this…err…ta da…it’s my bedroom!  Or Doug’s bedroom, rather…We did a deal when we re-arranged the house: I have a dressing room and he gets to decorate our bedroom exactly as he wishes…Hang on? Is that fair? Am I missing out on something here…? Oh well, at least I […]


Many of you will be familiar with the exquisite interior design studio, located in the heart of Edinburgh’s Georgian New Town, Ampersand. The owners, Jackie and Callum Fisken live nearby in a beautiful Townhouse that is a perfect reflection of their design practice. Rich colours, sumptuous textures make this living room a real winter warmer…I […]

Should I? Shouldn’t I?

Lorraine’s gorgeous colours made her home a ‘no-brainer’ when it came to choosing for my last post – we had just returned from a family holiday in Barcelona – full of colour and atmosphere – it is how we should all be living! I took plenty of pics on my iphone… We had a wonderful […]

Cotterell home

Love the colourful and eclectic home of Lorraine Cotterell, which Douglas photographed for House Beautiful magazine recently. Lorraine is co-director of Cotterell & Co the well known lighting and furnishings design store, with branches in both Glasgow and Edinburgh and a growing online presence as well. Lorraine’s home was her family home where she was […]