Posted on 14.09.11 by admin
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.
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!