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 […]

Storage

Storage – a minefield!

As you know we are thinking about moving and having a change – nothing to report as yet, but it will almost certainly be a downsize. Exciting, but the one thing that is worrying me though is where will we put all our stuff?? Yes, I know we can chuck a lot out, but what […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lightening up

Spring is definitely on its way: we have had a few gorgeous sunny days, here in Gullane and walking across the sand dunes to our local beach is just a joy when it is like this, I took a few photos today – However, you still want to be cosy in the evenings, which is […]

Why I am a bit behind with the blog…

Well, it is because I have launched the Interior Design Toolkit.   It is something that started as a bit of fun: I just had a few of Doug’s images printed out on bits of paper that I used to help people get started on their interior design schemes… but people seemed to really like […]

One year on Instagram, 12 things I am still uncertain about

This post is a response to a post by my delightful friend and fellow blogger, Helen Perry, called ‘One year on Instagram, 12 things I wish I had known’. Helen started her blog, Not About the Kids, a year ago and has made a sparkling success of it, partly thanks to her vivid and engaging instagram […]

Short of space?

Before we moved to Gullane and bought our forever home, we lived in a lovely but pretty tiny house in Edinburgh. We were able to do it up very nicely because it was so small our materials costs were almost zero – charcoal sisal in the hall? No problem, we only needed one square metre! […]