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. […]

The White House

Thought I would show you a closer look of another beautiful contender from the enjoyable BBC TV series, Scotlands Home of the Year, that Douglas was also extremely privileged to photograph. This is a view of the house that the TV programme did not have time to dwell on. The judges were too busy admiring the […]

The Blue House

I have to say there is something very, very nice in this weather about living in a seaside village in Scotland. Plan for the day: quick morning at my desk, before an EGG working lunch in Edinburgh, home for an afternoon swim in the sea, then a shower, change and off out for dinner! Yes, […]

A Perfect Finish

Sometimes we come across a house and it just stays with us. We are left in awe by the sheer work and imagination of the owners. This house is on the coast of Fife – yes Fife! The owner spotted a run down 1970s chalet in poor repair, overlooking the sea and bought it. The […]

My Garden Dream

I literally woke up to find our garden in Ideal Home magazine – and it wasn’t a dream!We bought our unique brutalist 1970s house about 15 years ago, convinced that we could make it work as a family home and errr, well, slowly we got there.When we first bought our house, this was the back […]

The Edge

Here is a new home and some! I was saying in my last post that Artwork is such a wonderful finishing touch to a home. This house is a work of art though…it hardly needs art to finish it off… The Edge is a stunning home designed and built by its owners on the edge […]

Summer’s here

And it seems quite definite…certainly here in Gullane, the beach is buzzing, everyone here is golf mad anyway, but now that we are hosting the British Open – like NOW – that has upped a notch and some… We are all enjoying our gardens, it really is heavenly sitting out here, because it honestly never […]

The Blue Cabin

Summer or winter – doesn’t matter – a break in this little hideaway on Scotland’s Berwickshire coast is always going to be magical, whatever the weather. Designed and furnished by owner Ben Tindall, an eminent Edinburgh architect and his wife, the sculptor, Jill Watson, The Blue Cabin is a wonderful place to visit, equally, as […]

Helen Mulloy Reid

Meeting amazing people is routine for us, to be honest, but they don’t often come as amazing as Helen Mulloy Reid, a florist originally, but recently re-trained as a beautician. She lives in Bath now, but this was her home in North Berwick. living room…with beautiful sea views…. Helen’s skills as a florist are in […]