PAD Lifestyle

A new interiors studio in Edinburgh will literally ‘pop up’ in Glasgow this week.

PAD Lifestyle is fresh collection of designer fashion, furniture and home ware. With a shop on Howe street, in Edinburgh, and an online collection, the owner, Anna, has travelled far and wide to source chic and unique brands from across the world. Her home is an exquisite showcase for her new venture.

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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…