10 reasons why Carrie Symonds needs to do my course

I know we can all feel a bit lost and uncertain when it comes to interior design: some of us will be confronted with the scarily blank walls of a new build, some of us with a house that is in badly need of repair. Carrie has been challenged with the leftovers of the previous owners […]

Mouse Cottage

So inspired by our recent feature in the May 2021 issue of Period Living magazine. The owner, Penny Kennedy, is a wonderful artist and a successful designer, she created a beautiful range of stationery for many years that included cards and wrapping paper. Penny bought her cottage near the pretty Perthshire town of Aberfeldy at […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]