Award nomination

Absolutely delighted to be nominated for a lovely award – a major! Up against some very big names in the blogging world – so I am very nervous. Feel very cheeky asking you to vote for me, but, please, please do! Votes need to be in by April 18th.

As it is sponsored by a bathroom company, I thought I had better rustle up some beautiful, groovy bathrooms to inspire you to update your own – easily done with the good value products available from!



This tiny jewel like bathroom has long been a favourite – a look that any of us could easily recreate with the simple, contemporary sanitary ware, the small mother of pearl mosaic tiles and the little pops of red – absolutely gorgeous.



And the perfect finishing touch to any bathroom is a bottle of Beatitude Bath Oil

Joy Bath Oil

Developed by a friend of mine in Gullane, Rebecca O’Connor – it disperses in the water – so your skin is left wonderfully soft and nourished but there is no oily film left. Rebecca and I often swap notes on running our businesses and her New Years resolution for me was to tweet more and here I am nominated for a interiors twitter award.
Gosh – you reap what you sow!

Rebecca’s own home can be seen in this month’s Prima magazine – May 2014, in the shops now…

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Sounds cuckoo!

The sounds in a home are really important…not something that is ever captured in a photograph for a magazine obviously, but often it is the sounds of a house that make you feel that you are really home.
I was brought up in a flat in Central London that had warm air central heating – all the rage in the 1970′s!

I now live in a 1970′s house beside the seaside, and it, also, has warm air central heating – a sound that to many people is probably quite intrusive – it does whir a bit when it is getting going – but to me, there is no other sound that makes me feel more at home…


It must be the same for people brought up in a house with a cuckoo clock – that hourly birdie call, combined with the sound of the mechanism that propels the little bird forward, once you get used to that, you won’t feel at home without it.

The cuckoo clock has come a long way…

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I love these modern updates of an old favourite….all available from the Cuckoo Palace a proud member of the Black Forest Clock Association.

Update your home as soon as you can with one of these timeless heirlooms…

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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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Ollie & Seb’s House

A colourful home is a decision and a commitment that we might not all want to make. We don’t all want to live with intense colours! Actually monochrome is highly fashionable at the moment and a very achievable route to creating a very stylish home.

Well known blogger, Deborah Gordon of Ollie & Seb’s Haus, has committed totally to monochrome. Black is the only accent colour in her all white home, that she shares with her husband and two little boys, in Glasgow, apart from the odd plant or toy!










I just can’t get enough of this place…I know from following her that she loves to ring the changes…how can monochrome be so un-boring??

Definitely to be re-visited!

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Colour in!

Someone who would chime in very well with everything we learnt at the colour workshop is serial renovator Kirsten Simonsen Howells. When she bought her Edinburgh home it was a sea of tired magnolia…






Kirsten describes herself as extremely colour-orientated. A subscriber to the Pantone and Colourhues websites, playing around for hours, enjoying them just for their own sake. She has gone on to make bold choices for her home, admitting that if she were to choose ‘safe’ colours she would not be being true to herself.’


Colour moves through the house dynamically because, Kirsten has responded to the light in every room, individually. ‘The blue in the bathroom is the same as the blue in the kitchen for instance, but you don’t realise, because the light is completely different’ Kirsten explains, ‘I painted it yellow at first, but it was totally wrong, the blue is much better.’


All the colours are bespoke mixes by Dulux. Kirsten almost always uses Dulux mixing service. ‘I find the more traditional paint companies colours far too subtle I am afraid!’

A strong believer in the importance of natural cosmetics, Kirsten works as a consultant for the botanically based and paraben free cosmetics company, Arbonne.

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