Back to DIY and Ronseal, we really have just about finished our house and we really are working on the garden now, which I find an absolute joy…it is so much less stressful and so much more fun than doing up a house – you don’t have to live in it for a start. Our […]

Deidre Iris Young – DIY

DIY can be a source of tension in couples…unless you have a partner to whom you just mention a wee job to, and before you can turn round and say ‘where’s the electric screwdriver’, it’s done, or a lot of money and you can just employ people who are like that, there is usually quite […]

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 […]

Edinburgh home

I was very struck by the way this beautiful house, designed by the brilliant David Jamieson of Zone Architects relates to it’s surroundings… The way a house connects to the outside space is so important isn’t it?

Summer’s here

And it seems quite definite…certainly here in Gullane, the beach is buzzing, everyone here is golf mad anyway, but now that we are hosting the British Open – like NOW – that has upped a notch and some… We are all enjoying our gardens, it really is heavenly sitting out here, because it honestly never […]

Kate Samphier

Kate Samphier is a contemporary textile designer, who specialises in the design and creation of knitted accessories for babies and the home. Her work can be found at Scottish Crafts and Design Specialists, Papa Stour She shares her home, in the pretty Borders town of Melrose, with husband, Hamish and their three sons, William, Percy […]

Gone to the Beach

I know, I know, summer is definitely not here yet, but surely it is time to do a bit of planning? North Berwick has to be the prettiest seaside town I have ever been to, friendly and welcoming, with a little bit of buzz, but without the addition of horrendous crowds and impossible traffic…it just […]

Goodbye Garage

Bye bye….rather horrible old garage in the middle of our back garden that we have been wondering what to do with for 8 years – yes, 8 years – we are very indecisive. We have, in the meantime, built another garage at the front of our house and our dilemma has been – Do we […]

Seaside home

A unique design, involving tremendous attention to detail Acknowledging and incorporating the Scottish, east coast setting perfectly The hall has the feel of an upmarket cruise liner You would never have to go away if you lived here! A state of the art kitchen A cosy spot to watch TV when you are not mesmerised […]

Liebster Blog Award

Thrilled to have been nominated by three fellow bloggers for the Liebster Blog award! Jasmin from The Cosy White Cottage, Heather from My Ocean Bliss and Trinske from Nordic Rose all nominated me, thank you! As a nominee, you are asked to post 11 random facts about yourself, so, here goes: 11 things you might […]

Tyrella Nash

Autumn is definitely upon us and to get you in the right mood I thought I would show you a beautiful Perthshire home, such a pretty place at this time of year. The owner, Tyrella does a very successful supper club in her home – everyone raves about them You can just imagine the delicious […]

Where were you?

September 11th went by again this week. A horrible surreal day for everyone, the day is etched on my mind. We were shooting this beautiful Eco House, deep in the Scottish Borders. I was not quite so business card friendly in those days – I certainly was not blogging or anything, I don’t think I […]

Kirkudbright and Beautiful

Sorry…couldn’t resist that! Anyway, obviously, after our lovely shoot, dinner and night at the Craigadam Hotel, we did a bit of sightseeing. We were blown away by Kirkudbright…so beautiful…the Artists Town… The centre of the town is a ridiculously picturesque harbour…but what got me and I really was bitten here, was the incredibly intensive ‘Kerb-gardening’ […]