Money For Nothing

My new TV guilty pleasure! My brilliant friend Rachel Henderson is due to appear on two episodes of BBC One’s Money for Nothing as one of their experts this month, Monday 2nd and Thursday 5th November at 3:45pm A trained textile designer, Rachel has just launched her own range of eye popping DIY homeware kits […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Amy Shirlaw Interiors

Brought up in a home drenched in colour and pattern, Amy’s mother was a professional hotelier and a pioneer actually of the boutique hotel movement here in Edinburgh, so she has been immersed in exotic wallpapers and bold paint colours since she was a small child. “I went on to study Art History and worked in […]

Surviving Lockdown – Part (i)

My Personal Routine The focus of this blog is normally to celebrate interior design and travel. However, I would not feel human if I did not comment on the current, incredibly challenging situation. I am no expert and I realise that everyone’s situation is completely different, but if I say one thing that resonates with […]

Wedding Anniversary outing

Well, we really over-egged it this year – the 16th February marked 24 years – no big deal I know, but we received a tsunami of gifts and invitations. Crystalski invited us to return to the village in the Dolomites where we had our honeymoon, read about it here. Our family invited us to lunch […]

Sandra Vick Artist

I loved interviewing the artist Sandra Vick. We met for lunch at the fabulous Restoration Yard in Dalkeith – not too shabby – I do love my job! I had admired Sandra’s work for a while and had long been intrigued to find out more about it. How she had come to her subject matter […]

Clarabella Christie

A bit of ‘behind the scenes’. You arrive on shoots sometimes and you have to wildly tidy. I do not find this awkward, I have children, I know what it is like to have their gorgeous artworks on the fridge and lego and socks and trainers everywhere. Sometimes you have to slightly mess the place […]