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 […]

A Natural Pool

Have I mentioned my dream of moving to France? We are not just about to do this, but we plan to in a few years times. When we do, we are going to rent for a year. We are under strict instructions from friends who have moved to France NOT to buy straight away. Property […]

Love Macrame

Anyone else or is it just me? I do not actually have any macrame but I would really like some! And actually, getting to know Isabella Strambio has made me realise that with a wee bit of effort and some patience I can actually make some myself, which is something I would absolutely love to […]

Kerrie Griffin, The interior Co

Having sold our family home and having a well earned break, by renting a beautiful house in North Berwick for a while, we have had the opportunity to seriously contemplate our next move. As you may have gathered I am finding this extremely difficult and I have been reaching out to all sorts of people […]

Cathy Dean Interior Design

Delighted to come across this fabulous designer based in Northumberland, Cathy Dean Interior Design. I first saw a hint of Cathy’s work in Edinburgh and was very struck by it and keen to find out more. Her work is so original and laden with drama. I am in awe of the way she transforms a […]

Modern Garden Rooms

You may or may not know, we are currently house hunting. I have a wish-list, apart from the obvious requirements of a kitchen, a living room, bedrooms and bathrooms, that I have been carefully reflecting on, ever since we sold our family home last summer – 1. It needs to be near the sea. We […]

Staying Sane in Lockdown Part II

Well, last week, in my post Staying Sane in Lockdown I sort of came clean about how far my standards had slipped from Sourdough-making Super Mum to Radio Rental Mum in less than a year. Weekly menu plans?? Errr sorry… Help yourself to crisps! Although, amazingly, despite selling our family home, the pandemic, our business […]

Staying sane in Lockdown

Looking through older posts here, here and here this should be called Surviving Lockdown Part IV. I seemed to be full of marvellous advice when this first happened with morning routines, shopping schedules and healthy menu plans… I had a beautiful home to manage all this, at the time, a huge garden and my very […]

Happy New Year 2021

Well I have never felt less sentimental at the end of a year, EVER. I am very blessed that my personal losses were minimal, but of course we still face a lot of uncertainty this year. I have gained as well though: I seriously believe that we deepened our connection as a family and found […]

A heart warming housing story

I was really thrilled to hear of an old primary school in Glasgow being transformed into gorgeous affordable homes for local people. The project was undertaken by Home Group Scotland, one of the country’s largest housing associations.┬áIn October 2004, the school said goodbye to pupils for the last time. Facing an estimated repair bill of […]

Suzi’s Hall

Love, love, love helping peope style their homes. My eagerness to help led me to create the Interior Design Toolkit. I realised that people get a bit lost with their interiors because they don’t quite know what style they are. The toolkit helps you identify your style and make more confident decorating decisions. I now […]