Glamping anyone?

Very, very proud of a feature we have done for the current Coast magazine, the April issue…

outdoor kitchen

It is about the Glamping facilities in the breathtaking surroundings of Cambo House, on the East Neuk, just by St Andrews

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Style File

Isn’t this gorgeous? A one bedroom apartment in Sweden, £172,000…think it might be sold now…

swedish room

What is so gorgeous about it though? Is it the fascinating, gauzy pendent lamp? The period windows and radiator? I thought I would take a second to try and analyse it…

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My Support Network

When I was a mother of small children I went to lots of ‘Mother and Toddler’ groups. I would not say ‘I learnt how to parent’ at these groups, but I certainly learnt a lot about parenting and small children. Now I run a small business, I have found myself attending business groups with similar reliance and enthusiasm.

Business group

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What makes a home a castle?

A home, to me, is a sanctuary, somewhere you should feel utterly content. Prompted to ponder this question by the highly regarded home insurance company NFU Mutual, they do say ‘an Englishman’s home is his castle’. I wonder whether this desire for a castle is peculiarly British?

Castle exterior with topiary

I don’t think it is, but I do think our uncertain climate makes our homes very important to us. Fifty years ago, there was a thriving cafe culture in Europe, but not here. I am half Hungarian, so I was brought up to ‘go out for coffee’, it was a huge part of my childhood, but not for many of my London friends…

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Buying a new build

Of course not everyone wants a huge garden and a rambling period home. How luxurious to buy a new build home: a completely blank canvas and just be able to choose blinds and lovely floor coverings, without having to worry about the condition of the roof or needing to scrape off dated wood chip!

dining

I have never had that experience, but would really enjoy it. It would be a total pleasure. It might be surprisingly challenging injecting character into a brand new house or apartment. They are typically very immaculate and can seem a bit sterile if you are not careful. You would just need to do a bit of homework!

wall sticker

Colour and texture is a great way to personalise a new apartment, consider wall stickers…

It is actually possible to buy brick facing on a roll – as rough and worn looking as you wish, a great feature to add to a new build.

brick wall in kitchen

panelled door

You can add panelling to doors for more character, in a contemporary style as well, panelling does not have to be period, you could paint your newly panelled doors a pretty spearmint for a very zingy, modern touch!

Pendant lights

Lighting is an important consideration as well, look out for quirky options and add dimmers for a soothing glow of an evening.

You never know when you may have to move, you may want a change when your children leave home – apparently the trend for young at heart, empty nesters to sell the family home for a new build, modernist apartment, complete with scarily contemporary furniture is huge… You might have to move to London for work. Anyone daunted by that thought would be quite soothed by looking at the possibility of buying a new build in Hertfordshire or a period property, Hertfordshire enjoys easy commuting to the city but property is much more reasonably priced, with a choice of towns and villages of varied sizes with friendly, much more human-sized communities…