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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Happy New Year

It has been a great festive season – a little bit chopped up by a shoot the day after Boxing Day and another, again in Perthshire, tomorrow… We never quite switched off – somehow the jollities mixed with work and a New Years Eve party that we hosted kept us feeling quite ‘on it’ if I am honest. The New Year prompted a strong desire in me to have a total ‘Marie Kondo’ style clear out, which is always lurking beneath the surface anyway. A little bit of spare time and the realisation that a shelving unit that divides our living area from our dining area ‘has to go’ has motivated me to get started.

In our old house, said shelving unit stored our music collection, our books and our children’s toys in baskets. I love it, of course, because Doug made it and it served us so well.

When we moved here, it found a new purpose as a room divider and I now have mixed feelings about it. We have tried to beautify it, by storing less on it and using it to display pots and things… I am afraid it has suffered rather with this mixed purpose and I fear we never quite mastered the ‘beautiful collection of pots’ thing. Our mish mash of treasured wedding presents and odd, earthenware pots from B&Q, above bulging boxes of photographs, cards and gift wrap never quite came off I feel.
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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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Xmas and estate agents

Thought I would give a shout out to our dear friends at the ESPC I know how hard they work – all year, bringing properties to market and showing them off to their best. Doug did a beautiful shoot for Premier Living magazine. It was a collaboration between the ESPC and the White Company

Celebrating the beauty of home at Christmas and the beauty of White Company bedding; I have to say, Douglas must have photographed more than 2,000 houses by now… (just to give you a hint of our age and stage.) The amount of times I have asked where people’s bedding is from and they have replied ‘The White Company’ is quite interesting…
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Bathroom Creativity

Unpredictability is key when you are trying to create something luxurious on a budget. For an amazing variety of basins, baths and wet room solutions at affordable prices, do look at GUL Group but try and think ‘outside the box’

A split level solution can be really practical: steps up to a sunken bath can solve all manner of plumbing problems

Vary the tile size to add interest.
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