Why I am a bit behind with the blog…

Well, it is because I have launched the Interior Design Toolkit.   It is something that started as a bit of fun: I just had a few of Doug’s images printed out on bits of paper that I used to help people get started on their interior design schemes… but people seemed to really like […]

One year on Instagram, 12 things I am still uncertain about

This post is a response to a post by my delightful friend and fellow blogger, Helen Perry, called ‘One year on Instagram, 12 things I wish I had known’. Helen started her blog, Not About the Kids, a year ago and has made a sparkling success of it, partly thanks to her vivid and engaging instagram […]

A day out at the new V&A in Dundee

A ‘how-to’ for modern families! Arrive well in time and if you are driving to the new V&A in Dundee, think in advance about where you will park. We did not and got quite stressed, realising that the nearby spaces were for one hour only, the slightly further spaces were all full, or for Premier […]

Short of space?

Before we moved to Gullane and bought our forever home, we lived in a lovely but pretty tiny house in Edinburgh. We were able to do it up very nicely because it was so small our materials costs were almost zero – charcoal sisal in the hall? No problem, we only needed one square metre! […]

Etsy boom

So much to say about this growing trend… I think in the past, Etsy was dismissed as ‘somewhere you could buy macrame’. Except suddenly macrame has become really, really fashionable! The images above were all taken in the home of well known crafter Rachel Henderson. Whether you are looking for Macrame or bunting… decals… cushions […]

London to Glasgow and home…

I am not normally tearing about like this I assure you. The reason I do this job is because I am actually very domesticated and a real home lover. Of course when I heard about the Living Etc House Tours in London, I was eager to go and requested my press ticket and  when they […]

Office Furniture – Home and Work

When I was approached by fab Glagow based company Furniture At Work to write about my office chair, I could not resist – home and work are two of my greatest passions. I literally jump out of bed in the morning to get to my desk… race through breakfast and my incredibly brief exercise routine to […]

Regional variations

Don’t go thinking that the only things affected by these mysterious forces are the weather and sometimes, heartbreakingly, the TV schedule. No, Wayfair, a favourite furniture supplier has amazingly discovered that every region in the UK prefers a different interiors style. Who would have thought?? Apparently Scotland leans towards scandi-cool style as Scottish customers ordered 44% […]

Tony Singh

Had a fab time styling on a shoot recently for Scottish kitchen company Kitchens International. The owner of the kitchen was the illustrious celebrity chef Tony Singh. We were very intrigued because he holds regular supper clubs and cookery demos in his Edinburgh home, so knew that his kitchen would be something really special. We […]

My lighting wish list

I believe that lighting makes a house a home. I suffered from migraines in the past and harsh lighting makes it impossible for me to relax in the evening, however grand or opulent someone’s home might be, delicious the food or plentiful the drink, if the lighting is not right, you just feel as if […]

Let’s talk about sleep…

The brilliant writer and self help wonder woman, Gretchen Rubin, describes herself as a ‘sleep zealot’ and I am right with her. Gretchen is the author of the best selling book The Happiness Project a thoroughly researched guide to happiness and good habits. I have just listened to her being interviewed and she spoke so […]

A Blank Canvas

Trends come and go, #wallpaper,#paintitdark, #taupe – you might not remember that one – it has definitely come and gone. At one point, taupe was so in, interiors were awash with the stuff, it was literally everywhere. Whole books were published on the subject! But one trend steadfastly remains and you cannot really get tired […]

Valentines day – giveaway alert!

Nearly there and whether you are young free and single, in a ridiculously messy relationship, wildly happy or despairing of any of the above, you will definitely need one thing for sure this Wednesday and that is a bit of self love and care. And what better way to show yourself a bit of TLC […]