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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]