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 […]

Advent

Anxious to counteract the hideous-ness inflicted on me by my family every December – yes – Doug’s is the one in the middle – the ‘Hello Kitty’ one – he bought it drastically reduced, after xmas last year and kept it specially…at least my children have managed to co-ordinate, I nipped down to what is […]

Fletcher’s Cottage Spa

Invited by my friend, Caroline, for an afternoon of total indulgence, to the new Spa at Archerfield, a local golf club, just along the coast from us. We nearly crucified ourselves carving out said afternoon, between various children’s winter coughs and colds, exam weeks, birthdays, xmas, not to mention husbands, work and housework (what’s that?), […]

ESPC feature

Facebook followers will know that I am featured in the magazine this week, EPSC the Edinburgh Solicitors Property Centre. They very kindly describe me as an ‘Interiors Expert’ which was a wonderful boost I have to say. They ask why I blog and I explained that ‘it serves as a useful portfolio for Douglas, that […]

Seaside home

A unique design, involving tremendous attention to detail Acknowledging and incorporating the Scottish, east coast setting perfectly The hall has the feel of an upmarket cruise liner You would never have to go away if you lived here! A state of the art kitchen A cosy spot to watch TV when you are not mesmerised […]

Liebster final!

Right, now I need to ask 11 questions: Favourite TV programme? City or Country living? What is your star sign and are you typical? Where are you going with your blog? Describe your dream home? What is your dream job? Favourite car? Most useful self help book you have ever read? (Of course you may […]

Liebster continued

Next, you have to answer the 11 questions the folk who nominated you asked: Here are the answers to Jasmin Ma’s questions from The Cosy White Cottage What is your favorite novel? Horrific,I know, but I think it might be ‘We need to Talk About Kevin’…it just stayed with me… Summer or winter? Which time […]

Liebster Blog Award

Thrilled to have been nominated by three fellow bloggers for the Liebster Blog award! Jasmin from The Cosy White Cottage, Heather from My Ocean Bliss and Trinske from Nordic Rose all nominated me, thank you! As a nominee, you are asked to post 11 random facts about yourself, so, here goes: 11 things you might […]

Wendy Inkster

Christmas is NOT coming – it is only November, but of course we are having to start thinking about our plans. I sincerely hope things fall into place for everyone, but there might be someone far away who you are thinking of, very fondly, who you cannot be together with? Do they have any connection […]

Tyrella Nash

Autumn is definitely upon us and to get you in the right mood I thought I would show you a beautiful Perthshire home, such a pretty place at this time of year. The owner, Tyrella does a very successful supper club in her home – everyone raves about them You can just imagine the delicious […]

Northern Light

Douglas and Carol Forrest run Acanthus Architects a successful practice in the far north of Scotland near Aberdeen. Successful, due their adventurous, yet also, extremely rigorous approach to their work, Douglas has photographed a few of their projects for various magazines. Here are some images of their very sensitive conversion of a derelict farmbuilding into […]