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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