Sealoch House

Autumn is upon us and I am really enjoying the still warm weekends and rich colours. Anyone exploring the Highlands during the rest of the summer would do well to stop off in Ullapool and enjoy the hospitality of Terry and Shirley Rose, owners of Westlea House, a stylish Boutique B&B in the heart of the town.

Living room

Doug and I had the privilege of staying in their home, depicted here, when we shot it for Coast magazine.

Lochside home

A stunning, contemporary, modular building, situated on the edge of Loch Broom. Sealoch House is also available for holiday lets.
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Bedroom update

Keeping your kids bedrooms up to date can make you feel as if you are travelling in time. It seems only yesterday that they needed a trunk full of dressing up clothes and teddies. Then it is all change for teenage years and suddenly our son has left home and gone to university.

Boy's bedroom

I have to confess it is the first time in his life that he has not had a high bed… Ridiculous I know, Doug decorated his room very thoroughly for secondary school and refused to update it, ever… Our daughter however, is made of sterner stuff and seems to find it much easier to talk her Dad round (i.e. when it comes to Eva, Doug just does as he is told.)
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Curtain Call

Every season there is an excuse to get excited about curtaining. Spring/summer is obviously a time to pull out the sheers… Whereas for Autumn/Winter, you can add in extra weight and even colour.

Sheer curtains

There is nothing more elegant than a generous, floor to ceiling, window treatment.

Bedroom curtains

Try combining different textures for a really interesting solution. A varied selection is available at CurtainWorld, have a good look for inspiration…
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Lighting your home

One of my favourite subjects. We have long covered the work of many lighting designers for magazines and it has been an education. For our own home it was an utter priority and something we tried to tackle very early on. When the Lighting Superstore approached me I was delighted to comment.

dining room

A pendant and angled down lighters sit above our dining table.

m2

Our downstairs loo is beautifully lit too…
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Craft Scotland Summer Show

A fab festival destination, is the Craft Scotland event promoting makers, on the second floor of the beautiful White Stuff Boutique on George Street, Edinburgh. I was invited a to a VIP blogger event and was simply blown away by the beauty of the pieces and the creativity and charm of the makers I met.

Orkney girls

Pictured above are both collections by Orkney designers, chatting away to Kirsteen Stewart, we realised that we had sat next to each other and chatted over lunch in Spitalfields Market two years ago at London Design Week.

mood board

Kirsteen then led us all through the process of making a mood board, an invaluable activity if you are doing anything creative, doing up a house, any work project, I am going to make one up for the Autumn/Winter collection for the French clothes I sell, to inspire my customers.
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