Budapest studio

You may or may not know that I am half Hungarian and that Doug and I own a small studio apartment in Budapest. We bought it partly as an investment and partly to have a home there, which we really enjoy. We have owned it for 10 years now and it is a little run […]

One Alchemy House

How lucky am I that because I write this blog I can just connect with professionals and people passionate about interiors, anywhere in the world and write about them, and I do regularly. However, when am writing to people who live a couple of hours away, like this lady in Perthshire, Jennifer Devaney, the creative […]

Hickory Food

A delicious meal delivered to your door? Yes please! I was delighted to receive a fragrant meal on Sunday from Hickory Foods, a company that would normally be busy event catering. During Lockdown Hickory have pivoted to providing home cooked meals to a high standard, delivered to your door, at weekends in the Lothian region. […]

Tobias Oliver Interiors

Tobias Oliver Interiors

Delighted to include this beautiful interior design studio and showroom in the South East section of the Interior Design Toolkit Design Directory. Definitely ‘Luxe’ in style, I interviewed the owner, Tobias Trigg, about his work and his very special set up. AG: Please tell me a little about the USP of Tobias Oliver Interiors what […]

Dorota's kitchen

Dorota Beckett kitchen

I came across this kitchen and shared it on my Facebook group Home Style Hub because it ticked so many boxes for me and solved so many problems. it is a long narrow room and my home has a couple of long narrow rooms. There is no ‘must have’ island unit, instead the owner has […]

Facing a panel

Panelling was developed historically as an effort to insulate and decorate old stone buildings. It can be extremely ornate, incorporating carved, gothic patterns or very simple and minimal. Panelling can complement any style of building. I love seeing it in contemporary homes. Preserving existing panelling in a period property is an obvious decision to me, […]

Sarah Jane Hemsley

I cannot help wondering whether being born or brought up on Bute gives you an innate talent for textile design? Situated in the Firth of Clyde, the island is steeped in history. There is such an array of landscapes: deep green hills, covered in heathery pinks, lilacs and creams, leafy forests, sandy beaches and rocky […]

Mary Jane Baxter

I have a real scoop here! My colleague, fellow journalist, crafter and maker, Mary Jane Baxter has a book coming out in Spring 2021 Sew On The Go and I have been lucky enough to secure an interview and share her amazing story with all of you – my lovely readers. No – you are […]

My WTIO Bucket List

Wow – just read an awe inspiring blog post by an interiors writer and abundance coach, Victoria, editor of the Manifestation Collective. The post is entitled ‘Writing My When This is Over (WTIO) Bucket List. She explained that we all need one – a bucket list to look forward to, just like the build up […]

Rachel Richmond

Rachel moved to Edinburgh from Oxfordshire in 2015 leaving behind a successful interior design partnership to be closer to her husband’s family in Scotland. In record time she set up a new practice Hen & Crask, offering the same highly individual, bespoke service to her Scottish clients. She has since set up a second partnership […]

Surviving Lockdown – Part (ii)

Menu planning The shops are bare and there are queues outside, so it makes sense to me to plan, plan, plan. I am aiming that everything we buy we eat; there should be no waste and no ‘buying things we do not need’. Our shopping list contains only things that we are actually going to […]