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% […]

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 […]

Garden Entertaining

No, it is NOT that time of year, certainly not in Scotland, but it is the time of year for planning summer entertaining and if you have a big celebration coming up and you want to hold it at home, it might be worth your while ordering a gazebo. Perfect for wedding anniversaries, birthdays, there […]

Wallpaper Wisdom

I keep reading about wallpaper at the moment – it is just so ‘in’ and the wilder and wackier the better it would seem. It is a great way to add individuality to your home. I have also been reading about trend predictions for 2018, errr yeah, I think it’s that time of year, both […]

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 […]