About me

I am Alison Gibb, an interiors feature writer and stylist. My husband, Douglas, is a photographer and together, we create features for Interiors magazines.


We act as ‘scouts’, actively looking for good stories. They could be anywhere – we do travel, but we live in Scotland, so that is where most of our work is based.

We 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.

Running a business with your husband is fun, if you get on well, and you both like bare-knuckle fighting…

I suppose I should show you our house….bits of it at least, not a real ‘favourite’, but a good place to start…

Our kitchen….we live by the beach and we were inspired by the idea of a beach cafe…

Our upstairs bathroom…partly designed by me, partly designed by Doug, I regret this now. I wanted the blue mosaic, Doug wanted the travertine. We have ended up with a bit of both, a half hearted compromise. Wish we had committed to one or the other.

Our downstairs bathroom was designed by Doug – I just left him to it. It has a strong identity and we both love it.

driftwood mantelpiece and coffee table

This beautiful glass topped driftwood table was made by by Doug. He and our kids dragged the driftwood up from Aberlady bay….let it dry out and then produced this. The pieces are all invisibly doweled together…He found the mantelpiece on Gullane Beach.

Last but not least, the latest addition to our home is our garden office. Quite an effort – first of all deciding to build it, then building it…taking photographs of it just about finished us off, I am not sure which bit was the most difficult? Probably the deciding bit, if I am honest – that went on for years!




But I have to say that it has been a total success in the end, we are both absolutely delighted.

A real favourite has to be my brother’s house, however, courtesy of his wife, actually. Elaine is brilliant – she single-handedly managed the conversion of this old stone cow byre in West Lothian, sourcing the wood, which lines all the main rooms, from potatoe boxes, 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 unique.

Elaine’ eye for a bargain, mixed with her skill and taste has given their home a look that money alone simply could not buy.

Doug’s family also deserve a mention I suppose!! Margaret and John – his parents – are completely monogomous renovators…..they never get sick of their house that they built in 1962 – they 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 50 years now, adding extensions, moving the kitchen…..they never stop – you could get quite dizzy!

13 Responses to “About me”

  1. Miriam says:
    January 3rd, 2012 at 9:24 am


    Love your blog…..the layout, content and your writing/putting-together style.

    Sorry it’s taken me an age to ‘hook up’….

    Best of luck – you deserve success


  2. Ruth Callan says:
    January 21st, 2012 at 3:50 pm


    Great pictures gets the creative juices flowing

  3. Gill Bowman says:
    April 13th, 2012 at 6:50 am

    Hi Alison
    Murray put me onto your blog and I think it’s just brilliant. Well done! Hugely inspiring and entertaining and I hope it goes from strength to strength. I am planning to start a blog too and may call on you for some brain pucking…..

  4. Gill Bowman says:
    April 13th, 2012 at 6:51 am

    picking!! I meant picking – doh!

  5. Dawn@joyfulscribblings says:
    October 10th, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    All of the homes are beautiful. Thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures. I love the driftwood table your husband made. Your town looks very charming. I wish I was closer to the ocean. One day…

  6. Liebster Blog Award | JOYFUL scribblings says:
    November 25th, 2012 at 6:10 am

    […] Alison Gibb of Her-Indoors graciously nominated me for a Liebster Blog Award.  The Liebster Blog Award is an award given from bloggers to bloggers that are small to medium in size or up and coming in the blogsphere.  Liebster is German for favorite.  The award is a way to give beginning bloggers some worthy attention, make connections and let readers learn a little more about you.   I love connecting with people from different countries and learning about their daily life.  I met Alison through the Blogging Your Way class.  Her home is lovely and she gives readers a feel for what her village Gullane is like which is just outside of Edinburgh, Scotland . You can read about it here. […]

  7. Kerry says:
    March 3rd, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Just wanted to let you know that i’ve nominated your blog for an Inspiring Blog Award – have loved discovering your blog recently and it’s great to find such a personal, warming blog and is also so inspiring!
    You can find out more about this award here – http://bearvsbee.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/inspiring-blog-award.html

  8. Lorna Campbell says:
    September 30th, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Hello Alison. I love your blog, beautiful interiors. I wonder if we have met before, many years ago? Did you work as an Art teacher in Cleveden Secondary in Glasgow, do you remember me? I was a student Art teacher while you worked there. I did a degree in jewellery at Edinburgh college of Art at the same time as your friend Anna Gordon. Were you Alison Matte back then? Let me know if you remember me.
    Your blog and images are beautiful. Nice to see you doing so well. Lorna.

  9. A_Gibb says:
    September 30th, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Yes, yes, yes – Lorna – how lovely to hear from you! Let’s catch up as soon as we can xx

  10. Peta Ainsworth says:
    February 12th, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Hi Alison, I found your page when I was Looking for driftwood tables and mantelpieces. I absolutely love your lounge. We have the same wood burning stove but in black. We are moving to a modern house near the sea and want to put some character into it. I haven’t seen your blog but I will now. Thanks for the ideas!

  11. A_Gibb says:
    February 25th, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Thank you Peta!

  12. Linda says:
    June 14th, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Just love your garden office….it’s amazing. You must have been thrilled when it was finally finished and you could ‘move in’! Your home is lovely…..why have you not featured it? If you’re back in Fife, call in xx

  13. A_Gibb says:
    June 14th, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Oh thank you Linda, our home is lovely and we have featured several rooms, but we have not quite managed to pull off the whole house yet though, we will try. Every Christmas we plan to do a Christmas shoot, but a dozen mince pies later and it is January and we never quite get there!

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