Xmas 2015

It has just about been and gone now – for some reason, I was totally overwhelmed by xmas this year, I have not done anything terribly exciting: neither gone to an inordinate number of drinks parties or been on a fabulous trip abroad – I think just having a ‘normal xmas’ is just a bit too much for me I am afraid.


We shot one of my favourite features ever this year, for Ideal Home magazine. The owner, Jennifer, runs the excellent home ware website, Urban Cuckoo, a gorgeous cornucopia of interiors goodies.
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Xmas? Not yet surely?

I know, it is only November, but for a lot of people, preparations are afoot. You might be making arrangements, planning your menu, starting to buy presents… There are lots of lovely Xmas Fairs coming up. I always go to Country Living and it does get you in the mood.

Edinburgh Xmas

The December issues are all out of course, the first to come through our door was the Xmas House Beautiful. It includes a feature by us, of an Edinburgh garden flat, in the Georgian New Town.
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Should I? Shouldn’t I?

Lorraine’s gorgeous colours made her home a ‘no-brainer’ when it came to choosing for my last post – we had just returned from a family holiday in Barcelona – full of colour and atmosphere – it is how we should all be living!

I took plenty of pics on my iphone…

Barcelona 2013IMG_1298IMG_1303

We had a wonderful time, would we have had a better time with an ipad? Have been humming and hawing about this for a while now and yes… drumroll…I have decided!

Dear Santa,
There is a great range of ipads available from John Lewis at the moment, not only have I realised that ‘yes I do’ want one, I have even managed to decide exactly which one I want!! It is the Apple iPad with Retina Display, 16GB, in White, thank you! From John Lewis, there is a free 2 year guarantee. All I need to do now is decide which scrummy ice cream colour I want for the cover….oooh…blue…no green…it’s got be green…yes…oooh???

Christmas Panic

If anyone else out there has not given a second thought to Christmas shopping either (oops!) they could do a lot worse than go to Context Interiors. An Edinburgh based home and giftware company, suddenly taking Hong Kong by storm. Doug photographed their beautiful apartment in Greenhill a couple of years ago.

They had a little shop in Morningside then. While we have been contentedly carrying on our lives in Gullane, photographing the odd house and wondering what to do with our garden building, they have set up a second shop in Edinburgh’s Old Town and moved to and set up a third shop in Hong Kong!! Hang on…what about sleeping? Going for walks??

Their range is really beautiful – a little bit of Edinburgh that can be shipped around the world at the click of a mouse. They have collaborated on some products with iconic Edinburgh illustartor Iain McIntosh whose work you will recognise from the novels of Alexander MacCall Smith.

Iain also, very kindly, created the beautiful logo for the Gullane based charity, the Teapot Trust that provides Art Therapy for children in hospital.

Don’t forget that Christmas is not just about presents. Of course we all enjoy buying lovely things for family and friends, but amongst extended family or colleagues, why not think about agreeing to donate to favourite charities instead?

A Castle Cottage Christmas

In Scotland on Sunday today! Stuart and Carla Henderson’s lovely home in North Berwick!

Stuart and Carla own and run Castle Cottage, an Interior Design business that specialises in high quality upholstery www.castlecottage.net

Definitely worth a visit for anyone looking for beautiful Xmas gifts, bang on trend fabrics and wallpapers, Farrow & Ball and superb personal advice about any interiors project that they might be undertaking.

The Hendersons busily preparing for Christmas

The dining room - all set for Christmas lunch

….can we come too?

Cakes by CAKE

My favourite cafe in North Berwick – the lovely Cath supplies all the cakes for our shoots! http://www.cake-cafe.co.uk/

The Living room

The rich colours and textures are a wonderful advert for Carla’s work….

Stunning detail on mantelpiece – how gorgeous is that?!

A Christmas cardi….who in their right mind would want a Christmas card, when you could have a Christmas cardi??