Remove? Disguise? Replace?

Talking about radiators today – they just seem to crop up everywhere…well every room at least…! Sometimes even twice…

Plain white radiator

Even in the most stunning rooms…they are just there.

You can paint them…

Grey painted radiator


Getting rid of them completely, in our climate, does seem a bit radical…

Some brave souls go for ‘underfloor heating’ as a final solution, easier said than done in an Edwardian Terrace …worth considering if you are starting from scratch, but actually, not for everyone…

There is always the ‘radiator cover’ option..

Radiator covers

The radiator has gone: it has been transformed into a ‘display opportunity’!

However, a very nice compromise is to simply replace them with a period or a designer model…

Kensington radiator

The Kensington for a period home?

Oxford radiator

Or the ‘Oxford’?

Deco radiator

The Deco for a more contemporary setting…

Satin Finish Flat Panel radiator

Or a satin finish flat panel?

Honestly, there are just so many to choose from…have a look at Trade Radiators – superb, affordable radiator suppliers… For a very small investment, make a feature out of your radiators, so that you will love to look at them, rather than wondering how you could disguise them. After all they are rather loveable really…sort of Hot Water Bottles for our homes…

Kate Samphier

Kate Samphier is a contemporary textile designer, who specialises in the design and creation of knitted accessories for babies and the home. Her work can be found at Scottish Crafts and Design Specialists, Papa Stour

Mocha booties

Fairisle Hottie

Egg cosy

She shares her home, in the pretty Borders town of Melrose, with husband, Hamish and their three sons, William, Percy and Archie. Hamish is a landscaper and they own a shop in the town, Hendersons of Melrose, supplying beautiful vintage finds and garden antiques and accessories.


It connects beautifully to the garden, thanks to a light filled extension…


And is pleasingly dotted with Kate’s beautiful designs…

Gone to the Beach

I know, I know, summer is definitely not here yet, but surely it is time to do a bit of planning? North Berwick has to be the prettiest seaside town I have ever been to, friendly and welcoming, with a little bit of buzz, but without the addition of horrendous crowds and impossible traffic…it just does not get that busy.

Living room







Back garden

Gone to the Beach is a bespoke collection of extremely stylish holiday homes in the area. Douglas photographed one for Coast magazine. The owner has a really strong sense of style and a good grounding in design, resulting in a stunning property that would be a joy to stay in.

The Blue Cabin


Summer or winter – doesn’t matter – a break in this little hideaway on Scotland’s Berwickshire coast is always going to be magical, whatever the weather.

bunk beds

Master bed cabin




The Blue Cabin

Designed and furnished by owner Ben Tindall, an eminent Edinburgh architect and his wife, the sculptor, Jill Watson, The Blue Cabin is a wonderful place to visit, equally, as a retreat for a creative needing some solitude, a romantic getaway for a couple or a family with small children. Originally owned by a Sea Captain, Ben and Jill have honoured the history of their seaside dwelling beautifully, lining it with maps, interesting books and momentoes of the local area.