Posted on 14.09.11 by admin
I am Alison Gibb, a stylist, married to Scottish Interiors Photographer, Douglas Gibb…
My main job is doing Doug’s diary: making sure his week is manageable: don’t want to wear him out do I?!
Running a business with your husband is fun, if you get on well, and you both like bare-knuckle fighting…
We create features for Interiors magazine. We act as scouts for magazines, actively looking for stories. They could be anywhere – we do travel, but we live in Scotland, so that is where most of our work is based.
We actually live in a beautiful village, just outside Edinburgh, beside the seaside, called Gullane. A stunning part of the world, so we are never short of stories.
It is very des-res and has some very glamorous inhabitants (ie my friends) who you will get to know in this blog.
Gullane residents enjoying the Royal Wedding! Fronted on the left, by the now, very famous, Laura Young, who has just been awarded Tesco Charitable Mum of the Year, for her work setting up the Teapot Trust – amazing…
Queen of Sweets – get yourself along to Gullane’s wonderful traditional sweet shop – Cool’s – owned by the wonderful Trish Coull!
Gullane’s queen of gardening – Adria Stubbs – watch out for tips from her in our occasional series – HER OUTDOORS!
And my BFF, Caroline…! Couldn’t survive without her to be honest!
Our own house….not a real ‘favourite’, but I suppose I should show you, bits of it at least!
Our kitchen….designed by me…unfortunately forgot to include a few millimetres when ordering the worktop…about a 100 in fact…..that worktop is now a desk in Doug’s office – useful!
Our upstairs bathroom…also designed by me….also forgot a couple of details…like taking the trouble to measure the basin and wc that I chose…very bulky when they arrived for our rather tight, coved ceilinged bathroom. Tears flowed when I realised that because I had bought them as a suite, I could not return them…..my very kind friend, Trish Coull, bought them in the end for her house and Doug found a much neater wc and actually managed to fit two small basins in when he took over…
Despite my conviction of the utmost importance of myself, in all matters important, I am ashamed to admit that in my own house, it is actually Doug who is in charge, at least of anything successful or tasteful.
Our downstairs bathroom was done by him – no problems….of course….yes very clever!
He has this theory that anything I do; he has to ‘Do It Again’…..DIA, as opposed to the more traditional DIY…..
So I do just leave him to it and it does work.
He has done things like, one year, between Christmas and Hogmanay, produced this beautiful glass topped driftwood table.
He and the kids dragged the driftwood up from Aberlady bay….let it dry out and then produced this. The pieces are all invisibly doweled together….
This was after a particularly low performing December on Doug’s part, I have to say….barely a day went past when he was not either hung-over, or suffering from an extremely nasty cold, neither of which are a good look in An Interiors Photographers Wife’s World…. he was quite lucky that his little ‘DIA’ joke did not turn into an unfortunate ‘DOA’ situation. Instead we all tucked into a delicious New Years Eve dinner around our incredibly sophisticated coffee table!!
At some point you should probably meet our children, Matthew and Eva….!
A real favourite has to be my brother’s house, however, courtesy of his wife of course! Elaine is brilliant – she single-handedly managed the conversion of an old stone cow byre in West Lothian, sourcing the wood, which lines all the main rooms, from salvage yards, grabbing the kitchen from friends who were chucking it out….She fitted it herself, shouting at my poor brother constantly, to keep out of the way during the process, knowing that if he went anywhere near it the whole thing would fall down!
Mouth watering colours and textures result in a look that is definitely not off the shelf!
A nomadic mix of Middle Eastern treasures, family heirlooms and antiques unearthed in the most unlikeliest and unpromising of places ensure that Ian and Elaine’s home is beyond unique.
Elaine’ eye for a bargain, mixed with her skill and impeccable taste has given their home a look that money alone simply could not buy.
Slightly worryingly, my brother has actually just taken early retirement – oh dear…I hope the house is OK!
Doug’s family also deserve a mention I suppose!! Margaret and & John – his parents – are serial renovators…..they will never get sick of their house – they can just change it!
John won a travel scholarship to Denmark as a young, architecture student, Margaret went with him and the pair of them have never looked back.
They came home and built this Danish-style courtyard house, in Edinburgh, completing it just as Douglas was born.
For Margaret and John Scandi-style is not just a look – it is a way of life!!
They have been working on their home for 48 years now, adding extensions, moving the kitchen…..they never stop – one minute it is a bedroom, next time you turn up it’s a bathroom – you could get quite dizzy!
It is actually John’s 80th birthday soon – I wonder which room we will be celebrating in??