On Our Doorstep

Not a day goes by without my thinking what a beautiful place we live in and how lucky I have been to bring up my children here. Forgive me if I sound smug or braggy – I assure you I have experienced plenty of misfortune, but bringing up my family in East Lothian, on Scotland’s […]

Life’s a Beach

Summer is here and there is a pull to the sea, isn’t there? Having lived beside a beach for the last 15 years, I do worry that I can’t live anywhere else. We have so many adventures – on a hot day, who doesn’t want a paddle? In a storm, there is nowhere more dramatic. […]

Williamstone Farm

A home and business is a dream for many of us. Who would not want to find a property in a fabulous location with lots of characterful outbuildings that you could convert into gorgeous holiday accommodation?Throw in the upheaval of needing to thoroughly renovate said property as well and most of us would probably find […]

Clarabella Christie

A bit of ‘behind the scenes’. You arrive on shoots sometimes and you have to wildly tidy. I do not find this awkward, I have children, I know what it is like to have their gorgeous artworks on the fridge and lego and socks and trainers everywhere. Sometimes you have to slightly mess the place […]

An Interior Design Retreat

Having always wanted to be an interior designer since I was a small child I was absolutely delighted to be asked to attend a week long interior design course at Juliettes Interiors on London’s Kings Road. For a country girl like me, this is an absolute dream. A week in London? Yes please! A week […]

LBA Studios

Every now and then we come across a design studio so inspirational it can completely alter your perspective on what is possible with a domestic building. This was why I was so keen to meet the director of Edinburgh architectural practice Studio LBA because I had been admiring some projects they had undertaken, for a while. […]

The Chesterfield

Classic, reassuring, the sofa we all want… My earliest awareness of the Chesterfield was in a 1970’s sitcom called Father Dear Father… It was about a family of a single father of two teenage girls residing in Hampstead, the main character spent a lot of time on a battered leather Chesterfield with a sheepskin rug […]

Astrid Weigel

Very exciting to get to know the work of artist Astrid Weigel. Douglas shot her home in Ayrshire for a recent feature in Your Home magazine. It was a tired 1970’s villa with oodles of potential, which Astrid and her husband have improved beautifully. Visit her website and shop to see her wonderful, original art […]

Dear Santa,

I have been very, very good this year and I would really like a doll’s house. I write about Interiors and when I was a child my dolls house was my absolute favourite toy…Hmmm…I wonder if there is a connection?? My daughter has a dolls house and I have loved watching her build it up […]

Don’t go too trad!

My friend and colleague, the interiors writer, Aileen Little, lives in a double upper Victorian villa in Edinburgh’s south side. Although now a grandmother to nearly two, she does not feel hidebound at all to making the decor Victorian, even when it comes to Christmas. Eschewing the need for a real tree, Aileen has gone […]

Christmas Panic

If anyone else out there has not given a second thought to Christmas shopping either (oops!) they could do a lot worse than go to Context Interiors. An Edinburgh based home and giftware company, suddenly taking Hong Kong by storm. Doug photographed their beautiful apartment in Greenhill a couple of years ago. They had a […]

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 […]