The search is on for the perfect Scottish Christmas…

Every year at this time, we put feelers out, looking for homes to shoot at Christmas to publish next December. If you have a home in Scotland that you feel really comes to life at Christmas, please, please drop us a line. That is what my friend Jo did. Here is her Edinburgh home. We […]

An Art Day

If I am honest – one of my favourite days. We really packed it in – we were on a mission – catching the 9.30am train at Drem we met up with a small selection of the North Berwick Art Collective – apart from me, an alarmingly talented, amazing bunch. We started off at the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pop Create

A sprinkling of summery weather has got me out in the garden recently and I know someone else who is doing a major garden overhaul, not very far from me. The amazing Anna Baltzer of Popcreate. We are both very fortunate to live on a stretch of stunning coastline just outside Edinburgh, we live in […]

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 […]

Tessa MacGregor

Love artist’s homes especially when they are as cool and quirky as my friend Tessa’s. It is in the September issue of House Beautiful magazine, in the shops now and not to be missed. Inspired by attending a one day master class with Islington based interior designer, Abigail Ahern, who I have become absolutely fascinated […]

Ampersand

Many of you will be familiar with the exquisite interior design studio, located in the heart of Edinburgh’s Georgian New Town, Ampersand. The owners, Jackie and Callum Fisken live nearby in a beautiful Townhouse that is a perfect reflection of their design practice. Rich colours, sumptuous textures make this living room a real winter warmer…I […]

A Spoonful of Vintage

To follow on from my post about Lyon & Turnbull and buying quirky and interesting pieces of furniture at auction, it seemed obvious to post a story about a home where the owners are completely committed to 1950’s, retro style furniture and home ware. Known as The Vintage Vendors, Ian Hughes and Helen Monaghan have […]

Nordic Black

Anyone in the Edinburgh area, or anyone who would like to be in the Edinburgh area, at a loss as to what to do for a day or at a loss as to what to do with their home?? Well I have the perfect solution for you – A day of Style School. For the […]

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 […]

Gilly Corkery

Anyone wanting to bring a little bit of the Hamptons into their own home would do well to call on the services of Gilly Corkery, Interior Design Partnership, Gilly will do whatever you want to your home in fact: if you are full of ideas, she will make them work; if you have no ideas […]

Konishi Gaffney

Certainly not a ‘normal home’, but, undoubtedly, a happy one! This beautiful modern house was built by Edinburgh based architect, Kieran Gaffney and his wife, designer, Makiko Konishi. Makiko is Japanese and the oriental influence is obvious, but sensitively relevant to it’s Scottish context. www.konishigaffney.com