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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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Textiles

For a richly textured, colourful home like Emma’s, curtains are a must-have finishing touch. Choosing thickly textured fabrics will keep your home warm and cosy in the winter and fruity, punchy colours like citrus, orange or water-melon red can add a mouthwatering element in summer. Ordering curtains from Julian Charles could not be simpler. They […]

Happy New Year

It has been a great festive season – a little bit chopped up by a shoot the day after Boxing Day and another, again in Perthshire, tomorrow… We never quite switched off – somehow the jollities mixed with work and a New Years Eve party that we hosted kept us feeling quite ‘on it’ if […]

Xmas and estate agents

Thought I would give a shout out to our dear friends at the ESPC I know how hard they work – all year, bringing properties to market and showing them off to their best. Doug did a beautiful shoot for Premier Living magazine. It was a collaboration between the ESPC and the White Company… Celebrating […]

Art

Still in shock after last weeks err ‘election’… I think a bit of retail therapy is called for, so I thought I would show you the work of a couple of artists I have come across recently, that I am very, very struck by. Above is ‘This Is Not The Life I ordered’ by Edinburgh […]

Cooking in colour

Magazine editors often request “a kitchen with a bit of colour”. The reason being that a kitchen is an investment and most of us like to play safe: a white kitchen won’t date, you are unlikely to tire of it – you can always change the decor if you do, of course, and as a […]