Cathy Dean Interior Design

Delighted to come across this fabulous designer based in Northumberland, Cathy Dean Interior Design. I first saw a hint of Cathy’s work in Edinburgh and was very struck by it and keen to find out more. Her work is so original and laden with drama. I am in awe of the way she transforms a […]

Modern Garden Rooms

You may or may not know, we are currently house hunting. I have a wish-list, apart from the obvious requirements of a kitchen, a living room, bedrooms and bathrooms, that I have been carefully reflecting on, ever since we sold our family home last summer – 1. It needs to be near the sea. We […]

Staying Sane in Lockdown Part II

Well, last week, in my post Staying Sane in Lockdown I sort of came clean about how far my standards had slipped from Sourdough-making Super Mum to Radio Rental Mum in less than a year. Weekly menu plans?? Errr sorry… Help yourself to crisps! Although, amazingly, despite selling our family home, the pandemic, our business […]

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 […]

Happy New Year 2021

Well I have never felt less sentimental at the end of a year, EVER. I am very blessed that my personal losses were minimal, but of course we still face a lot of uncertainty this year. I have gained as well though: I seriously believe that we deepened our connection as a family and found […]

A heart warming housing story

I was really thrilled to hear of an old primary school in Glasgow being transformed into gorgeous affordable homes for local people. The project was undertaken by Home Group Scotland, one of the country’s largest housing associations.┬áIn October 2004, the school said goodbye to pupils for the last time. Facing an estimated repair bill of […]

Suzi’s Hall

Love, love, love helping peope style their homes. My eagerness to help led me to create the Interior Design Toolkit. I realised that people get a bit lost with their interiors because they don’t quite know what style they are. The toolkit helps you identify your style and make more confident decorating decisions. I now […]

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 […]

Sue Bourne

If anyone is looking for a beautiful home in the West End of Glasgow, please have a look at this gorgeous four bedroom flat currently being marketed by Rettie West End. Sue bought this property as a Pied a Terre in her home town whilst working as a successful documentary film maker in London. She […]

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 […]

Fiona Monk

As you know we have sold our home and we are slowly house hunting and looking for inspiration. I wanted to give you a glimpse of my friend Fiona’s home, she also lives in the beautiful seaside village of Gullane where we live. Fiona bought her home as a new build in in 2006 and […]

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 […]