Tessa MacGregor

Love artist’s homes especially when they are as cool and quirky as my friend Tessa’s. It is in the September issue of House Beautiful magazine, in the shops now and not to be missed.


Inspired by attending a one day master class with Islington based interior designer, Abigail Ahern, who I have become absolutely fascinated by since hearing all about her from Tessa, the decor in her Edinburgh home is bold and deeply soothing.

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Martin & Frost

Had a lovely evening recently at the new Martin & Frost, at Edinburgh’s Fort Kinnaird. I am fascinated by retail, so I went along to the opening with interest. I am always keen to champion good design and quality workmanship.

I was delighted to find all sorts of iconic brands in the flesh: Ercol for a start

Ercol Studio couch

They had a wonderful selection of this incredibly fashionable furniture.

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Edinburgh Penthouse

Head East from the centre of Edinburgh and you very soon hit water. In recent years, ambitious developments have been built in the area, to take advantage of the sea views. A lot of the apartments were sold as shells and bold, imaginative buyers were able to take them on and do whatever they wanted! The area is peaceful and quiet, surrounded by the sea…

double height living space

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Many of you will be familiar with the exquisite interior design studio, located in the heart of Edinburgh’s Georgian New Town, Ampersand. The owners, Jackie and Callum Fisken live nearby in a beautiful Townhouse that is a perfect reflection of their design practice.

Living room

Rich colours, sumptuous textures make this living room a real winter warmer…I am sorry, we can’t just move in. It really is their family home!




Every detail has been painstakingly considered but the result is soothing and cosy…



I love the entrance…


Boutique hotel style bedding and candle sconces in the master bedroom make the perfect finishing touches to this elegant home.

Add a little piece of Edinburgh chic to your own home with Jackie and Callum’s fun range of Curious Cushions


The ‘Cameo’ is a witty and striking range of cushions featuring iconic images alongside much-loved pets. You can make your own appearance with their unique one-off ‘Cameo Service’. Simply send in a jpeg of yourself, in profile, and they will make up a design which they will email you for approval before incorporating it into a beautiful hand-made cushion. Of course, the portrait needn’t be limited to you: this is a fabulous idea for a loved-one or your own pet – and a twin Cameo makes the perfect wedding present.

Please don’t be tempted to ask them to portray yourself as ‘Santa’ on your children’s stocking…No, no, no…

A Spoonful of Vintage

To follow on from my post about Lyon & Turnbull and buying quirky and interesting pieces of furniture at auction, it seemed obvious to post a story about a home where the owners are completely committed to 1950′s, retro style furniture and home ware. Known as The Vintage Vendors, Ian Hughes and Helen Monaghan have furnished their Edinburgh apartment with Mid-Century pieces, down to the last tea spoon.


Kitchen corner

Another collection

1950's chair

Living room

The sofa came from a shop called Bra Bohag which specialises in mid-century furniture. A favourite shop of Ian and Helen’s, in Edinburgh’s Easter Road. Flea markets, Ebay and Vintage Fairs are all equally favoured hunting grounds as well.

However after ten years of collecting, their flat is now bulging at the seams. They sell their overspill at the regular vintage fairs that Helen organises at the Spoon Cafe in Edinburgh’s Nicholson St, called a ‘Spoonful of Vintage’you will find an amazing selection of 1950′s fashion, home ware, and accessories. The next date is Saturday 3rd March, 11am-5pm. Helen arranges them seasonally, one in June, one in October and one in December too.