An award winning kitchen

Have I ever revealed my love affair with taupe? It is my guilty pleasure. Creamy taupe is not dramatic, it is not even particularly fun. It is just very, very soothing… Which is why when Douglas was asked to photograph this beautiful kitchen for top design studio Kitchens International I felt so comfortable styling the space. […]

Tony Singh

Had a fab time styling on a shoot recently for Scottish kitchen company Kitchens International. The owner of the kitchen was the illustrious celebrity chef Tony Singh. We were very intrigued because he holds regular supper clubs and cookery demos in his Edinburgh home, so knew that his kitchen would be something really special. We […]

A clear winner

Every so often I come across a house I would dearly like to live in. You would think this would happen all too often in my job, but actually I am a contented soul and very happy to come home, but I did think twice leaving this place. I honestly think it was the louvred […]

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 […]

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 […]

Local Hero

For a long time now, I have been meaning to introduce you to a local cabinetmaker, David Robinson. Edinburgh kitchen His work is so beautiful: traditional and time honoured, using only the best quality materials, but with a contemporary edge. I love these ‘crate style’ drawers… He recently completed a commission to create a reception […]


Never been a big fan of murals…a bit too much of a commitment somehow, but really liked this! Fausto Coppi, Raphael Geminiani and Hugo Koblet…1951 Tour de France, Stage 14. The owner, Fiona, found it on Surface View. It is one of their ‘Getty Images’. They do murals, canvas, wallpaper. Fiona gave them the dimensions […]


What better way to start the New Year than with a sneak peek at our friends Kirsten and Gary Van Bredas visionary home here in Gullane. A bespoke, futuristic, dream scheme in mouldable corian Kirsten and her husband Gary have got to be Gullanes leading exponents of modernism…Choosing, spookily, and in a very ‘full circle’ […]

Our own house

Not really a ‘favourite’, but I suppose I should show you, bits of it at least! Our kitchen….designed by me…unfortunately forgot to include a few millimetres when ordering the worktop…about a 100 in fact…..that worktop is now a desk in Doug’s office – useful! Whole thing beautifully fitted in the end by our friend Gary […]