Rosie Connor

Delighted to show off this gorgeous home that we shot for the current issue of Your Home magazine. I had been corresponding with Rosie for a while, knowing that I would love to write about her. There is no hurry though, a house does have to be ‘ready’ for a shoot and Rosie is a […]

Mauve & Mocha

Another recent feature was about the home of Joanna Kerr, owner of brand new online homeware store Mauve & Mocha. Inspired by their journey renovating a beautiful but dated bungalow on the outskirts of Edinburgh, Joanna and her husband, Paul, have both set up new businesses of their own. Prior to having children Joanna worked […]

A gorgeous hallway

I am trying out a new routine with this blog: I am going to post features as they are published. So last week I showed off the gorgeous Georgian townhouse in the current Period Living magazine. Sounds obvious, I know, but for various reasons I am usually much more random than that I am afraid […]

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 […]

Bathroom Trends

I had lots of lovely feedback and chat about my bathroom goals post – I was sharing my thoughts on my dream bathroom, where money was no object. I was talking about my ‘next house’ where magically the seller had installed a top of the range Philippe Starck bathroom. In this post I would like to […]

Rachel Henderson Interiors

At last we have reached the final of Scotlands Home of the Year. An occasionally painful journey – I know I am not the only person to have been arguing with the tele during the last few weeks. There was a worthy winner: I have already covered Lesley’s home, the White House in an earlier post.  It […]

Colour and the importance of…

Following on from my recent post about meeting Sophie Robinson, the Queen of Colour, I wanted to write more about this ridiculously important subject. Sophie believes that painting a room white is actually an ‘interior design crime’. I am not sure I can go along with this, much as I would be well qualified to, […]

Cooking in colour

Magazine editors often request “a kitchen with a bit of colour”. The reason being that a kitchen is an investment and most of us like to play safe: a white kitchen won’t date, you are unlikely to tire of it – you can always change the decor if you do, of course, and as a […]

North Berwick

Affectionately known as ‘The Hamptons of Scotland’, the East Lothian coastline is where everyone really wants to live. Laid back, friendly, with stunning beaches and great schools… It’s where we live, of course and big news in our neck of the woods – a new show home has opened at Walker Group’s Glen Ora development […]

Picture It Before You Paint It…

The Dulux Visualizer App is a decorating tool that allows you to virtually paint your walls in hundreds of shades and see the result instantly, before you actually buy any paint. The hope is that we will all be a little bit more adventurous with our choices, knowing what the result will be in advance. You really can […]

Style Tips

Very flatteringly, I am often asked for advice – Maybe I am more qualified than I realise after all these years. So here goes… My No1 tip and I truly believe this, is to decide on a style and stick to it. Deborah Gordon, owner of the above living room is a master of this […]

Buying a new build

Of course not everyone wants a huge garden and a rambling period home. How luxurious to buy a new build home: a completely blank canvas and just be able to choose blinds and lovely floor coverings, without having to worry about the condition of the roof or needing to scrape off dated wood chip! I […]

Colour in!

Someone who would chime in very well with everything we learnt at the colour workshop is serial renovator and lover of emulsions of every hue, Kirsten Simonsen Howells. When she bought her Edinburgh home it was a sea of tired magnolia… Kirsten describes herself as extremely colour-orientated. A subscriber to the Pantone and Colourhues websites, […]