Award Win!!

Thank you so much to and all my wonderful followers and voters…
I WON my category…follow the link and you will find that it says:

Home Design Twitter Award

Our clear winner in the Home Design Twitter Award category is Alison Gibb of The voting public were clearly impressed with her enthusiastic style, friendliness, and eye for what looks good in interior design.


I am a CLEAR winner and voters were clearly impressed with my enthusiasm, friendliness and eye for Interior Design…what can I say – clearly THANK YOU and I hope you are following me on #Twitter!!

Congratulations to all the other winners, particularly Sarah Akwiskombe who was the overall winner – briliant…busy, talented, clever lady!


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The Wee House Co

What a brilliant idea – a turnkey service to bring you a Wee House – in your garden for relatives maybe? Or on a Lochside plot of land in the Highlands as a holiday home? A dream for many of us, but in this case, utterly reasonably priced and completely seamless.

The brainchild of young entrepreneur, Jennifer Hope, a graduate of Strathclyde university, where she studied Business Entrepreneurship and more recently, the Entrepreneurial Spark Scheme. Jennifer’s father is a builder and the whole family are involved in the business and Jennifer just knew that there were a lot of people out there who would love to self-build, but are simply, quite scared of the process.


It’s the unknown that we don’t like, but The Wee House Company provides a solution in advance: a beautiful wee house, that would look equally good in a rural or a suburban setting. It won’t cause you any stress or grief, the costs are agreed in advance and the process is tried and tested, by Jennifer’s extremely experienced team.



Jennifer’s own home is beautifully furnished in a style that is a pleasing cross between Cape Cod and Contemporary Scottish




A clever and insightful business, an ideal solution for so many: from anyone looking to downsize to someone wanting a starter home. A self build solution for people too busy to self build basically!

Feature by Douglas and Beverley Brown in this months House Beautiful May 2014

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A Colourful Morning

I have mentioned before that I belong to a women’s networking group – we meet for lunch in a hotel in Edinburgh every month – lovely! It feels terribly indulgent, but at the same time you are learning loads and meeting people who are inspirational and ever-helpful.

Someone always gives a short talk and last time it was Jane Chrumka, of Harmony Ridge Designs, a trained interior designer who works as a colour consultant.

paint pallette

Jane is passionate about her subject and lives and breathes colour. She offers her services to businesses and individuals who are uncertain as to how to use this powerful communicator. With our current reliance on the internet we are communicating all the time visually – how often do you make a phone call nowadays? And colour and pattern can reinforce our message very effectively.

She gave a thought provoking presentation about colour in nature, the workplace and the home and held a prize draw for a place on one of her workshops and I was the lucky winner!

I had a lovely morning with Jane and the other participants, looking at colour and talking about what we want from it and what we look to it for: how we dress; how we choose certain colours for our home; our business environments and stationery.

Having fun!


I came away more certain of my likes and dislikes, with a deeper understanding of why I like certain colours and why I don’t…I would recommend anyone who has not had their colours ‘done’ to get in touch with Jane for a one to one and let ‘wondering what to wear’ and ‘how to inject colour into your home’ become an anxiety of the past!

The next workshop date is Sat 26th April – book before the 31st March for an early bird discount!

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Old school

Delighted to introduce my latest sponsor Willow & Hall, makers of beautiful handmade sofas, sofa beds and mattresses, based in Wiltshire…their icon on the right takes you to their website.

Dunsmore sofa Somerton Sofa Bed Dressed Somerton 2

For anyone who values quality and great design, these are for you…it is the fabric choices that I love, beautiful linens, cotton, wool and velvet in subtle, dusky, colours that are all easy to live with, but dramatic notes are available as well.


In a small apartment it is easy to make quality a priority: you can more easily afford really beautiful finishes, resulting in a jewel-like interior. Douglas photographed this tiny diamond of a studio in a converted Victorian school, in Edinburgh, beside Holyrood Park for 25 Beautiful homes magazine.


Originally the school secretaries office, the owners have renovated it and have left nothing out in terms of luxury and comfort. The kitchen has everything you need; there is a sumptuous bedroom tucked into an alcove, with an etched glass sliding door as a partition, separating it from an opulent living space, with easily enough space for a dining spot at the bay window.


I love the addition of the simple wooden panelling, a nod to the original period of the building, but painted in a chalky neutrals, the room has a nicely updated feel.

Exterior Tray & Candles Shower room

The Old School apartment is available to rent.
It can be found on

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A gorgeous bathroom

Keep writing about kitchens…what about the bathroom? Not exactly the heart of the family home, usually, more a valuable sanctuary from the chaos of the heart of the family home I think!


A luxurious bathroom does not need to be huge, actually, a more sumptuous result can be achieved more economically in a small space – you can afford to choose much more extravagant finishes if you only have a square metre of flooring to cover!



Similar, contemporary sanitaryware can be found at BathEmpire


The owner, has used tiles of the same colour and texture on both the floor and walls to create a cohesive look, but has used them in a variation of shapes and size to add interest.


The shower enclosure cleverly makes the most of the height of the ceiling in the middle of the room.


A super finishing touch is a really smart radiator. At BathEmpire you will find a solution to suit any space or style.

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