Interior Design Trends 2016

There is one trend for me this year – metal…

Copper wallpaper

Copper toned wallpaper in a luxurious show home in North Berwick…

Copper chimney breast

This is an original copper chimney breast in a beautifully restored 1960s villa…
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A Whiter Shade of Pale

Just wanted to show off a house that is in the latest issue of 25 Beautiful Homes, August 2016. It is a style of home that really appeals to me: the owner, Linda, has boldly ‘gone pale’; creams, whites, greys are layered with linen and stoney textures…

Living room

The results are subtle, pleasing and restful. Linda has not compromised, she has not added ‘punchy accent colours’, she has simply committed to a look and not wavered, a quality I really admire in an interior.
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House for sale!

I do not often write about houses for sale, but we recently covered this beautiful apartment in the Grange area in Edinburgh for Kitchens, Bedrooms and Bathrooms magazine and the owners have decided to move. Have a look at the full details at Pagan Osborne.



It really is ‘out of this world’, it literally has a very ethereal feel to it.
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Homes for sale

We are not big movers, but I have to say, we have seen a lot of houses! Many for sale, as it is often the moment when people feel their home is ready to appear in a magazine.

I am not a fan of this timescale actually, it is a situation I was very wary of falling into in my Gullane home: whereas Doug likes to do things slowly and properly – yes, I know, very sensible; I am afraid, I do not think it is sensible to live in a mess for years and then ‘do the place up to sell it’, a slight point of tension between us. Basically we are both right!


A home is a home, whether you are a serial developer or a long term nester, take your time, do give some thought – live in the house a full year if you can, but get it done and get it right. Get it how you want it – you can come home to a show home – honestly.

Luxe bedroom

How about this bedroom for a bit of serious luxe?
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Live Lagom (iii)

Well the project is complete. What a success. Thank you Ikea, our whole life is simpler: our kitchen is now streamlined, tidy and beautiful.


I am saving money and water by having a working dishwasher. My fridge is more organised and, as I am menu planning, there is a lot less waste and I have to share, dear readers – I have lost half a stone!! I know – who cares about the planet – I am slightly slimmer – I will be able to jet off to a poolside this summer and lie beside a pool without feeling too embarrassed – oops, I mean jump on a train and lie on a riverbank somewhere and not feel embarrassed. Marvellous.
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