A Fuchsia garden

Stunning weather in Gullane today and we are off on holiday soon…definitely garden season…gardening is a passion that has always been inside – for many years deep inside me, because I was bought up in a flat in Central London and then moved to a similar, top floor flat, in Glasgow…

I am spoilt because my husband is an able landscaper and kind of likes to do things his way (I think the saying is ‘Doug’s way or the Highway’) so I have been left, even when we bought our first house together, feeding my passion by ‘reading gardening books’ and ‘imagining myself gardening’…

However, I am now, by very good fortune, able to write about gardens for my work. We have just had a feature published, again in House Beautiful magazine, in the current issue, August 2014, about a beautiful garden in Dundee. The owners bought a stunning modernist home, at an early stage from a developer, and have really put their personal stamp on it.





With the help of brilliant garden designer, Tracy McQue they have created a garden that is a work of art, mouth watering colours, fun shapes and soft, practical textiles for outside, all combine to make an outside space that they use and enjoy all year round.

An artists home

All this talk of collecting art to make a house a home, obviously leads me to want to show you a home belonging to an artist…Jane Raven is a glass and stone artist and an avid collector.

Her Edinburgh home, which Douglas photographed for House Beautiful magazine is peppered throughout with beautiful paintings, drawings and ceramics…








Jane’s glassware is stencilled and sandblasted by hand. Having shown her work in galleries around Scotland, she now has clients in countries as diverse as Argentina, America, The Caribbean, China and Australia.



Although a complete departure from glass, Jane’s stone work complements her glassware range perfectly and includes beautiful, initialled pebbles and personalised wedding, anniversary or christening stones. She is Sarah Raven’s twin sister, the well known garden writer, creatively obviously flows through the whole family!

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The Edge

Here is a new home and some! I was saying in my last post that Artwork is such a wonderful finishing touch to a home. This house is a work of art though…it hardly needs art to finish it off…







The Edge is a stunning home designed and built by its owners on the edge of a cliff in Dumfriesshire. It is in the latest issue of Good Housekeeping magazine – do buy it to find out more…






It is for sale actually with Strutt and Parker…have a peek and think about it…when I spoke to Carole earlier this evening she was working away on her laptop, with a red squirrel looking in on her and that sea view in front of her. The house wants for nothing, it is regularly used for fashion shoots and film locations. Here it is used as a location for Marble

Carole and her partner are adventurers though and he loves to sail, so New Zealand is beckoning…