Nikki McWilliams

Famous as the creator of the Custard Cream cushion and more recently, cover star of the current Homestyle magazine, designer, Nikki McWilliams home is the epitome of youthful Scottish style: fun, bright and welcoming.

Full of striking vignettes, Nikki’s witty, kitsch collections are a joy.


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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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Christmas on Deeside

I am going to leave you with a fabulous Xmas story from Royal Deeside, just published in the current issue of Country Homes & Interiors.

The owner, Gillian Alexander, has undertaken a beautiful renovation of her home.
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Xmas and estate agents

Thought I would give a shout out to our dear friends at the ESPC I know how hard they work – all year, bringing properties to market and showing them off to their best. Doug did a beautiful shoot for Premier Living magazine. It was a collaboration between the ESPC and the White Company

Celebrating the beauty of home at Christmas and the beauty of White Company bedding; I have to say, Douglas must have photographed more than 2,000 houses by now… (just to give you a hint of our age and stage.) The amount of times I have asked where people’s bedding is from and they have replied ‘The White Company’ is quite interesting…
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Bathroom Creativity

Unpredictability is key when you are trying to create something luxurious on a budget. For an amazing variety of basins, baths and wet room solutions at affordable prices, do look at GUL Group but try and think ‘outside the box’

A split level solution can be really practical: steps up to a sunken bath can solve all manner of plumbing problems

Vary the tile size to add interest.
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A Winter Kitchen

Preparations are underway in our house for Christmas, the fire is lit every night, every afternoon if possible!

Doug has had the pleasure of photographing a beautiful kitchen belonging to a Swedish family in Glasgow. Scandinavians are experts at bringing cheer to this potentially gloomy time of year of course – they have to be really!

Traditional baking includes iced biscuit houses, jam buns and cinnamon swirls, all easily achievable, fun, xmas treats.
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JOYCE

In the heart of Hong Kong, JOYCE Central has been the epicenter of Hong Kong fashion since the early 70s. It’s current president, Andrew Keith is an ex patriot Scot. Wishing to spend more time here with extended family along with his partner, Glasgow trained architect, Roddy Murray, the couple have restored an imposing townhouse in Edinburgh’s Georgian New Town.

Roddy Murray & Andrew Keith

They wanted something more characterful than their 1960s Hong Kong apartment, and the Georgian architecture drew them to the spacious, imposing house.

Sitting room

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Retail Therapy

Don’t forget to buy your house a xmas present! I know a fab, fab place in Edinburgh… Moleta Munro for exquisite, modern, more than up to the minute design. Here are some images of their beautiful Showroom, on the corner of London st and Broughton st –

If you cannot make it in, they do sell online.
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The Presidents Home

Whatever happens in the next 24 hours it is going to be a sad day, when it comes, saying good bye to these guys…

Barack and daughters

Delighted to come across these images in Architectural Digest I was completely un-amazed at how beautiful the Obama’s apartments in the White House were… and of course, what makes the rooms so beautiful and so very ‘them’ are the art works…
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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, have furnished it in impeccable period detail.

1950s living room

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Racks of collectable vintage crockery and bric a brac are on display throughout their home.
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Bathroom thoughts

A bathroom needs to do a lot, often for a whole family. Redesigning your bathroom is an important step for your household and something that can add value to your property if you get it right. Bathroom design mistakes can be costly and tricky to rectify. The DM Design team at their Bathroom Showroom Edinburgh has created a list of really useful advice

Stick to a budget

Decide in advance what you want to spend.

Neat ensuite

You can do a lot on a tight budget, from a simple freshen up to a small space solution. If you have plenty to spend your bathroom is your oyster!

lavish bathroom
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