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 […]

Happy New Year – Happy New You

Well, we have just about recovered from Christmas. We look very chipper here as an extended family and you could be fooled into thinking that we are all ‘on orange juice.’ Errrr, no!! Definitely not. We hosted Christmas and love our family but we also did a number of fun, but exhausting Christmas shoots for various […]

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 […]

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 […]

Curious Egg

We have all dreamt of doing this, setting up an online interiors store, sourcing gorgeous stuff from artisans that no one has ever heard of, to help our fellow stylo-philes make their homes that much more unique. But have we bothered? No we haven’t! But here is a lady who has, meet Lorraine Aaron, of […]

A Spoonful of Vintage

For the second time Doug has photographed the home of retro lifestyle duo Helen Monaghan and and Ian Hughes. Together they run a business called Vintage vendors selling their wares at vintage fairs. Living and breathing 1950s style, this uncompromising couple have recently bought a 1950s apartment on the seafront in Edinburgh and, of course, […]

Interior style consultations

Gosh, I have really got cracking with this. Having offered a session, rather shyly as a PTA ‘prize’, a while ago now, out of total fear, I thoroughly prepared for the session, really enjoyed it and whenever I mention it to anyone, they always say ‘ooh, can you do me’. I am not exaggerating. OK, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Shutter Speed

A really quick and instant update that works in so many styles of homes is to pull down dated curtains, that you always knew were not right, and replace with some really on-trend shutters. When my friend Kirsten put her shutters up in her Victorian terrace, complete strangers would knock at the door and ask […]

Light Fantastic

Another must have in a home is light, an element that is simply never going to go out of fashion… Underused in dreich and dreary Scotland, I am afraid, although we are slowly learning from our know-it-all Scandinavian neighbours! VELUX® windows, a Danish company, of course, are always a stunning addition to any home. Easily […]

Helen Mulloy Reid

Meeting amazing people is routine for us, to be honest, but they don’t often come as amazing as Helen Mulloy Reid, a florist originally, but recently re-trained as a beautician. She lives in Bath now, but this was her home in North Berwick. living room…with beautiful sea views…. Helen’s skills as a florist are in […]

Doug’s parents

Doug’s family also deserve a mention I suppose!! Margaret and & John – his parents – are serial renovators…..they will never get sick of their house – they can just change it! John won a travel scholarship to Denmark as a young, architecture student, Margaret went with him and the pair of them have never […]