John Amabile

I recently interviewed the well known Glasgow based Interior designer and TV presenter John Amabile. You can enjoy the interview here on Instagram live. I loved finding out more about John, his amazing background and his plans for the future. I have long admired his almost sculptural ability with soft furnishings. Like many people I […]

The sofa

The focal point for the home. Probably the most prominent piece of furniture you will buy, the most important being your bed in terms of the amount of time you spend in it and the affect it can have on your health. Your sofa does not need to be expensive, there are bargains galore on […]

Timorous Beasties

Thrilled to interview co founder of this global textile brand Paul Simmons on an Instagram Live recently. We were in the same year at Glasgow School of Art, 1984-1988, with Alistair McAuley, the other founder of Timorous Beasties and share a lot memories We natter on for an hour, not realising that Instagram cuts off […]

Innerji

I have always been a bit of a mug for herbs and well being. If someone tells me that almonds, or honey, or sage is good for you – I believe them. Turmeric – don’t get me started on its many wonders. I like a bit of routine as well, in fact if I do […]

Storage

Storage – a minefield!

As you know we are thinking about moving and having a change – nothing to report as yet, but it will almost certainly be a downsize. Exciting, but the one thing that is worrying me though is where will we put all our stuff?? Yes, I know we can chuck a lot out, but what […]

Mid Century Modern

Loved visiting this exhibition at the Dovecot Studios. Open again after four months of lockdown, the gallery has returned with a real sense of safety and airiness in place. You are advised to book online as they are restricting numbers, but should you turn up as a passer by, you are likely to be given […]

Little Big Bell X Barnardos

So excited about this fantastic initiative – a joint project between the children’s charity, Barnardos and Dr Geraldine Tan, NHS Consultant by day and super successful Interiors Blogger, Little Big Bell, by night (or sometimes the other way round!!) Lockdown has prompted a marked increase in interest in our homes: over the last 6 months […]

Robyn Park Interiors Wardrobes

This lady caught my eye on Instagram Robyn Park Interiors I have a ‘thing’ about panelling and we all need wardrobes – why not panel them!! I caught up with Robyn by email and asked her about this beautiful project and a little about her practice. She moved into her home in Aberdeen only a […]

Mindset and change

Does anyone else every now and then need a re-set? I am a very contented person on the whole, resistant to change, in fact, I fear change. When our children were little, we lived in a little house in Fairmilehead, I could not have been happier, we were surrounded by friends and the house was […]

A shower room in Budapest

Well, the renovation is well under way. We have knocked a wall down between what was the kitchenette and the cramped shower room, to create a much more luxurious bathing space entered from the hall. We are creating a walk-in shower, the space is quite tight, but by choosing a long, narrow shower tray and […]

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. […]