An Art Day

If I am honest – one of my favourite days. We really packed it in – we were on a mission – catching the 9.30am train at Drem we met up with a small selection of the North Berwick Art Collective – apart from me, an alarmingly talented, amazing bunch. We started off at the […]

Living room progress

Doing up our own home includes a number of challenges. Firstly our house is quite odd. It is just not ‘off the peg’ in any way. Neither a classic modernist design, nor a period beauty, it is a unique 1970’s house that we love, but feel was never given quite enough thought. The living room […]

Bloom & Wild

Flowers are one of the most vital tools of my trade, as crucial on a photoshoot as lunch and biscuits, so I was delighted to be invited by Bloom & Wild to the recent Edinburgh Gossip Girls (EGG) event, a flower arranging masterclass by the amazing Nikki Tibbles. Nikki was one of those responsible for […]

The Mysterious Art of Interior Design

Watching the latest episode of The Apprentice, which entailed designing a hotel room interior. I was a mix of bewildered, despairing and ultimately, lost in admiration, for the real life interior designers I work with, who are artists really. I regularly talk up the work of Jessica Buckley, whose eye for colour and verve with […]

Is Gardening a Good Hobby for Secret Shopaholics?

Controversial question, I know. Most of my gardening friends are seemingly gentle souls and claim to be quite at odds with the whole consumerist/treadmill thing: avoiding fashion shops at all costs; expensive holidays? “No thanks I would rather garden” they say. Find them at the front of the queue at any local jumble sale. ‘The […]

Going back to my roots

A little bit about me – I was born into quite straitened circumstances: my parents were a middle class, educated couple, who, somewhere along the line, had taken a vow of poverty: they met at a communist party meeting in Hampstead – cute I know. This weekend was a nostalgia trip for me because I […]

Colour and the importance of…

Following on from my recent post about meeting Sophie Robinson, the Queen of Colour, I wanted to write more about this ridiculously important subject. Sophie believes that painting a room white is actually an ‘interior design crime’. I am not sure I can go along with this, much as I would be well qualified to, […]

Ode to a mouse

Wee, sleekit, cowran, tim’rous beastie, O, what a panic’s in thy breastie! Written by Robert Burns after he had turned over a nest of a tiny field mouse with his plough. Burns was a farmer and farmers in his day, were typically far too busy to be concerned with the state of the mice in […]

Improving your bathroom

Probably the most important room in the house. Bathrooms are where we get ready for the day. Where we revitalise and refresh, as well as relax and unwind, soaking away all the stresses of life. If you want to give your bathroom a spruce up, but you are on a budget, there is plenty you […]

Sophie Robinson

Have had a fab couple of days hanging out at the Life & Style Show in Edinburgh’s George street, with fellow design enthusiasts/anoraks: textile designer, Mairi Helena and artist, Tessa MacGregor, soaking up fashion, beauty and interior goodies. The Highlight, apart from being filmed and interviewed at the end, which was very flattering, had to […]

Wallpaper in the kitchen?

This is an absolutely surefire way to add individuality to a kitchen. Is your kitchen chosen on a budget? Or one that is already there and you cannot afford to change? Leave it and splurge on some gorgeous wallpaper instead. Imagine being able to enjoy some of these designs from Cole & Son while you […]

Indoor Kerb Appeal – the Hall

We all know about kerb appeal, the importance of a nice front door, a few pots and if you have a front garden, making it relate to the street prettily. We have a long way to go but we have made a start with our maturing virginia creeper, collection of terracotta pots and decision to […]

Gaelic for soap

Delighted to be invited to a gorgeous event at the Ship Inn in Elie. The owners have selected a specially created range of products for their newly refurbished accomodation by the luxurious Scottish skincare company, Siabann, literally, Gaelic for Soap. The products are entirely natural; because they are oil based there is no need for […]