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 […]

Budapest studio

You may or may not know that I am half Hungarian and that Doug and I own a small studio apartment in Budapest. We bought it partly as an investment and partly to have a home there, which we really enjoy. We have owned it for 10 years now and it is a little run […]

Building the dream

How often have you quietly wished that you could just pull down your lovely, but slightly crumbling home and just start all over again? You could build something that suits you exactly: utility room – check, zero heating bills – check; lots of floor to ceiling windows – check. I certainly have, many times…A downstairs […]

Mid Rock House

Continuing with my theme of travel, but back in Scotland now, I thought I would cover a summer destination in the gorgeous seaside village of Elie on the East Neuk of Fife. A truly stunning property and very much a ‘home from home’, suitable for an extended family or a large group of friends. It […]

Ode to a mouse

Wee, sleekit, cowran, tim’rous beastie, O, what a panic’s in thy breastie! Written by Robert Burns after he had turned over a nest of a tiny field mouse with his plough. Burns was a farmer and farmers in his day, were typically far too busy to be concerned with the state of the mice in […]

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 […]

My favourite blogs

I am starting off 2015 by ‘looking ahead’…I think that is my mantra of the moment… Love writing this blog and have great hopes for it, it is quite hard work though and I usually only manage one post a week – that is achievable for me as I have a lot of other work […]