My Diet Journey

I am not hugely overweight, but keen to stay fit and healthy as I get older. I love cooking and eating and socialising, so staying slim is not that easy for me I am afraid. When Love Yourself, a company that delivers healthy food, in a range of plans, got in touch, I leapt at […]

Victoria Wylie Artist

I love discovering new artists that I admire. I was delighted to have the opportunity to interview landscape painter Victoria Wylie and find out about her background and processes as an artist. AG Tell me a little about where you come from Victoria? VW I was born and brought up in North Yorkshire and trained […]

6 Great Things About Moving

My last post covered all the agony of our move, or touched on it at least – I did not want to upset anyone with too much detail! This week, I thought I would focus on some of the good things about moving. At the end of the day I can nip down a path […]

A change is as good as a rest

Or is it? I very much want to do a blog post about my move, a huge thing in my life, we got the keys to our new home at the end of June. I feel I need to share this experience as it is so relevant to my subject matter. I have learnt so […]

Van Life

Welcome to Scotland Thariea and River Paige! Their story has really caught my eye. They have a stunning Instagram feed @slowlywild, where they document buying an old Bournemouth council bus and turning it into their family home in which they plan to travel with their three young children, in the UK, at present, and once […]

Hidden Bothy Designs

So lovely to discover this gorgeous new range of hand made Scottish furniture this week thanks to a pop up event in the event space on St Stephen Street in Edinburgh. Hidden Bothy Designs was started by Alice Loudon and her partner Duncan Birse. Both find constant inspiration from the Scottish landscape. The couple are […]

Mairi Helena

I first met Mairi on a photoshoot in her beautiful Edinburgh home. She is a wallpaper and fabric designer with a growing reputation. We had a real giggle and have stayed in touch over the years thanks to our shared love of all things design and interiors related. I have loved watching the Mairi Helena […]

Lilly Meikle Art

Lilly Meikle initially studied film and photography in Brighton and then trained in art therapy on a post graduate course at Roehampton university in London, from which she graduates this summer. She had known she wanted to be an art therapist since she was a child, which is extraordinary, as it is quite an unusual […]

Stòr Living

So excited to hear about a new online homeware store Stòr Living. It was set up, here in Scotland, by my lovely friend and designer colleague, Donna Caira, in partnership with her daughter, Julia, I could not wait to hear more and was delighted to nab an early interview with Donna about their new project. […]

It’s all in the detail – my interior design challenge!

As you know I am offering another course Creating A Perfect Home For You starting on Tuesday 18th May. Would be so delighted if you signed up. To give you a taste of what the course involves, I will be running a challenge in my Facebook group Home Style Hub this week, about Interior details. […]

10 reasons why Carrie Symonds needs to do my course

I know we can all feel a bit lost and uncertain when it comes to interior design: some of us will be confronted with the scarily blank walls of a new build, some of us with a house that is in badly need of repair. Carrie has been challenged with the leftovers of the previous owners […]

Mouse Cottage

So inspired by our recent feature in the May 2021 issue of Period Living magazine. The owner, Penny Kennedy, is a wonderful artist and a successful designer, she created a beautiful range of stationery for many years that included cards and wrapping paper. Penny bought her cottage near the pretty Perthshire town of Aberfeldy at […]

Jacobs & Dalton

Delighted to welcome our latest advertiser, Jacobs & Dalton, purveyors of a fabulous selection of sheepskin products. Benjamin Franklin, founding father of the United States stated that there are two certainties in life: death & taxes, I would like to add to that, in this period of extreme uncertainty, that sheepskins can add a true […]