Jet Set

What do you do if you want to build a house and you own an Airfield? Well, obviously, you build a house on an airfield…

House and small plane

The subject of an episode of Grand Designs, this amazing home was built at Strathven Airfield, the owners were fearless in their objectives and have created, with the help of leading Scottish architect Richard Murphy, a residence suitable for James Bond…plenty of Auto-Giros around to jump into at any moment… remember Goldfinger?

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Edinburgh Penthouse

Head East from the centre of Edinburgh and you very soon hit water. In recent years, ambitious developments have been built in the area, to take advantage of the sea views. A lot of the apartments were sold as shells and bold, imaginative buyers were able to take them on and do whatever they wanted! The area is peaceful and quiet, surrounded by the sea…

double height living space

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Industrial chic again…

I was approached by our local school PTA to offer a prize at a fundraiser recently and under only very slight pressure – honestly (!), I said that I would do an ‘Interior Style Defining Session’ with the lucky winner, where I would do a walk through of their home and with the help of a Visual Q&A, enable them to decide on a style that really works for them.

Passionate about this subject, I feel it is really important to get this right. I think it is as crucial that you feel comfortable when folk walk into your home as when you step outside. Your home should say what you want it to say, in the same way that your clothes should say what you want them to say!

One of my favourite styles is, of course, ‘Industrial Chic’…I will not be forcing this on the winner – she will be getting a choice, I do promise! But it is definitely a personal favourite of mine!

Industrial chic cafe

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Bedroom ideas for a good night’s sleep

It is all about beds today! Spent my lunch hour making a video with my friend Laura, who has her own bedlinen company, about ‘how to make the perfect bed’…Such good fun, harder than I expected but the results are better than I imagined actually and all will be revealed, dear readers, in a post next week!

It really got me thinking about the importance of interior design to create the right atmosphere in a bedroom. Our bedroom is very much my husband’s bedroom – I am very spoilt – I have a dressing room and he is NOT allowed in it, in return he has been able to make our bedroom exactly as he wants it. It is very masculine and very minimal; the walls are painted grey and there is an industrial style storage system for his clothes.

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This would not suit everyone of course, if you share a bedroom a compromise is usually required. Colours probably will need to be muted and fabrics should be cosy for a relaxing atmosphere. Complete self expression might not be an option!

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Why Not?

Making your home individual is really important to us all, it is a tremendous opportunity for self expression. Even if, in your heart you feel you are actually pretty ordinary, or just quite like following the crowd, rather than being wildly ‘out there’ it is still comforting to think that your home is inevitably different to your neighbours, whether you live in a high rise apartment, a cul de sac of similar houses or in a forest, where your nearest neighbour is two and a half miles away!

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