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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Scandi decor with a Xmas twist

With great pride I want to show you around my wonderful friend, Donna Caira’s home. It appeared in the November edition of Style At Home magazine. Donna’s children are exactly the same age as mine and are both at university now and her husband, Anthony has moved to Qatar, where he is  head pro at Education […]

Skyeskyns

We might be back to school here in Scotland  but my children are not going back to school, they are both off to uni. Terrifying thoughts are interwoven with tremendous pride and excitement about their future. Our son is in his final year in Aberdeen and on the 14th September we drop off our daughter […]

Dragons Den

Well, I have had a few requests to tell my story in detail. I am sure you know that I have recently launched a unique, completely new product called  the Interior Design Toolkit. It is the world’s first interior design card game and it helps people discover their personal interior style and thereby enable them […]

On Our Doorstep

Not a day goes by without my thinking what a beautiful place we live in and how lucky I have been to bring up my children here. Forgive me if I sound smug or braggy – I assure you I have experienced plenty of misfortune, but bringing up my family in East Lothian, on Scotland’s […]

Life’s a Beach

Summer is here and there is a pull to the sea, isn’t there? Having lived beside a beach for the last 15 years, I do worry that I can’t live anywhere else. We have so many adventures – on a hot day, who doesn’t want a paddle? In a storm, there is nowhere more dramatic. […]

Williamstone Farm

A home and business is a dream for many of us. Who would not want to find a property in a fabulous location with lots of characterful outbuildings that you could convert into gorgeous holiday accommodation?Throw in the upheaval of needing to thoroughly renovate said property as well and most of us would probably find […]

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 […]