The Purple Thread Shed

A lovely bonus from writing my blog is the wonderful people I have met through it, they just ‘pop up’ in Facebook and Twitter and my inbox…one such person is the amazing Ali Ferguson of The Purple Thread Shed. I knew she would make a brilliant story before I even met her – her work is so beautiful. She describes herself as a ‘hand stitch artist’…



When we met we realised that not only are we both called Alison, but that we both love purple…Check Ali’s gorgeous purple Fit Flops! It’s all in the details!

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There is a simply stunning feature about her and her work in the current Period Living magazine shot by Douglas, in her studio of course – the Purple Thread Shed!!

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Edinburgh home

I was very struck by the way this beautiful house, designed by the brilliant David Jamieson of Zone Architects relates to it’s surroundings…















The way a house connects to the outside space is so important isn’t it?

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Summer’s here

And it seems quite definite…certainly here in Gullane, the beach is buzzing, everyone here is golf mad anyway, but now that we are hosting the British Open – like NOW – that has upped a notch and some…

We are all enjoying our gardens, it really is heavenly sitting out here, because it honestly never gets too hot, we always have a sea breeze and let’s face it, you can just jump in the sea if it does get unbearable.

I wanted to show off a coastal style garden in this weather, designed by a friend of mine, Gillian Polley. An Edinburgh based garden designer, imaginative, distinctive, creative and reliable…definitely someone to call on should you need some help.



This garden designed by Gillian ticks so many boxes for me: she has salvaged an ugly old garage, creating a beautiful seating area; it is a sociable space, great for entertaining, but tranquil too, should you find yourself with time on your hands. I love the light heathery palette and her reliance on texture to add interest. She has created a beautiful framework on which the happy owners can work on themselves for years to come.







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Kate Samphier

Kate Samphier is a contemporary textile designer, who specialises in the design and creation of knitted accessories for babies and the home. Her work can be found at Scottish Crafts and Design Specialists, Papa Stour

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She shares her home, in the pretty Borders town of Melrose, with husband, Hamish and their three sons, William, Percy and Archie. Hamish is a landscaper and they own a shop in the town, Hendersons of Melrose, supplying beautiful vintage finds and garden antiques and accessories.


It connects beautifully to the garden, thanks to a light filled extension…


And is pleasingly dotted with Kate’s beautiful designs…

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Gone to the Beach

I know, I know, summer is definitely not here yet, but surely it is time to do a bit of planning? North Berwick has to be the prettiest seaside town I have ever been to, friendly and welcoming, with a little bit of buzz, but without the addition of horrendous crowds and impossible traffic…it just does not get that busy.

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Gone to the Beach is a bespoke collection of extremely stylish holiday homes in the area. Douglas photographed one for Coast magazine. The owner has a really strong sense of style and a good grounding in design, resulting in a stunning property that would be a joy to stay in.

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