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 […]

Table Top Firebowls

A very important warning. Many people have bought these attractive home and garden heat sources. Friends of ours were sat around the table on a Friday night just a few weeks ago and were refilling the firebowl with a bottle of bioethanol fluid. They thought it had cooled sufficiently but it had not, there may […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Saving Graces Interiors

I want to introduce a guest today on Great Scottish Indoors: Antonia Burnett. Her interior design studio, Saving Graces is based in Dundee. Antonia and I became friends through my Interior Design Toolkit. This lovely lady totally ‘got’ the concept and very kindly recommended it to a number of her clients. She recently wrote this beautiful […]

Bo Concept Storage

I know my aim during lockdown is to make my home as serene and elegant as possible so that, should we be allowed to travel again, I can easily rent my home out for the regular golf events that take place in our village or maybe do another house swap again, an amazing experience… Once your […]

Mel Chambers

I recently dropped by the extremely welcoming and calming home of Mel Chambers, a friend in North Berwick who has set up a business called ‘Calm Your Clutter‘.Mel is a mother of five children, some have left home to study by now, but even so her home has always had to house seven people and […]

Luxury Bedroom Trends 2020

I am delighted to have been asked to work with Juliette’s Interiors again. A company based on the Kings Road in London who are at the forefront of today’ design trends. They have asked me to create a mood board for my dream luxury bedroom, based on my favourite 2020 interiors trend, using one of their beds […]

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 […]