Emma Clanfield

This stunning home in snowy Aberdeenshire, belongs to globe-trotting interior designer, Emma Clanfield.

Emma was brought up in Scotland and has always had a base there, near her family, while she and her husband worked abroad.

Decorated with rich colours and exotic textiles; it is furnished with salvaged finds from hidden corners of the Middle East where Emma lived and worked for many years.
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Ballintaggart Cook School

Perthshire’s latest foodie destination. Ballintaggart Farm is a new venture set up by the couple behind the fabulous Edinburgh supper club, Charlie and Evelyn’s table, Chris and Rachel Rowley. Aiming to provide gourmet catering and aspirational, user-friendly cookery courses and workshops.

I felt very spoilt to receive an invitation to attend a course here last weekend, entitled Seasonal Suppers and Salads. I always need inspiration at meal times and realise my menus are in much need of renewal.

We started with a delicious late breakfast at 10am, I have to say, it was an easy drive from Gullane, I left at 8am and was there well in time, anyone travelling from Edinburgh or Glasgow is going to have an even easier journey. However, if you are coming from further afield, luxurious B&B accommodation, very reasonably priced, is available on site, to ensure your day is completely free of stress.
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Isle of Lewis

Stunning feature in this months Coast magazine.

It was one of the most intense weeks of our life, starting with my nephew’s wedding in Oxford on the Saturday. My brother invited us to eat as a family on the Friday night so we left Gullane at about 9am, expecting to easily manage a shower and dinner at 7pm; not expecting to drive all the way to Oxford at 30mph. We didn’t get there and actually find the restaurant until 10pm… Oh well, at least we did not all have hangovers for the wedding I suppose, which was something. The wedding was stunning, in Magdalene College – the works: chapel; champagne; meal; ceilidh. Our daughter a bridesmaid, our son did a reading.
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Happy New Year

It has been a great festive season – a little bit chopped up by a shoot the day after Boxing Day and another, again in Perthshire, tomorrow… We never quite switched off – somehow the jollities mixed with work and a New Years Eve party that we hosted kept us feeling quite ‘on it’ if I am honest. The New Year prompted a strong desire in me to have a total ‘Marie Kondo’ style clear out, which is always lurking beneath the surface anyway. A little bit of spare time and the realisation that a shelving unit that divides our living area from our dining area ‘has to go’ has motivated me to get started.

In our old house, said shelving unit stored our music collection, our books and our children’s toys in baskets. I love it, of course, because Doug made it and it served us so well.

When we moved here, it found a new purpose as a room divider and I now have mixed feelings about it. We have tried to beautify it, by storing less on it and using it to display pots and things… I am afraid it has suffered rather with this mixed purpose and I fear we never quite mastered the ‘beautiful collection of pots’ thing. Our mish mash of treasured wedding presents and odd, earthenware pots from B&Q, above bulging boxes of photographs, cards and gift wrap never quite came off I feel.
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