My Minor Obsessions – Texture

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As I obsess/fantasise (I lead a sheltered existence) about our looming home improvements, I’m  Every time I see a room I love and can’t put my finger on why I love it, after a bit of closer examination, it seems the key element that makes all the difference for me is the use of different textures. It just makes Read the Rest »


My Minor Obsessions: Warm Metals

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We are renovating our home. We are moving onto The Next Stage. And we are obsessing over every detail. Enter: Warm Metals. Have you ever considered how ‘warm’ the metals are in your home? Perhaps you have not even considered this to be a concern?! You MIGHT be forgiven, but let me warn you, warm metals have been back on the Read the Rest »


The Next Phase: A House Extension

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I make no secret of the fact that I love interior design, but right now my brain is in overload even by my standards. Many of you will have followed our renovation story so far and we are now it is time. We are about to embark on the ominous Next Stage – the kitchen and bathroom extension/renovation. It’s going Read the Rest »


Mabel Meets EYI Love and their Sensational Shiny Stationary

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I was recently introduced to the lovely Lorna and Jack when I paid them a visit to take a few snaps of their gorgeous son Judah’s delectable bedroom for a feature on Apartment Therapy (have a nosey HERE). It’s plain to see we should ALL taking a leaf out of Judah’s book when it comes Read the Rest »


The thing about CLEANING is…..

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It’s boring and one of those endless tasks that you never ever complete. It’s like the never-ending story when you’re a grown up. Well, unless you want Kim and Aggie on your back or a Channel 4 documentary about how filthy your house is and how it’s home to a new subspecies of rodent or Read the Rest »


Spring in Bloom in Every Room

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I’m getting a little bit obsessed with plants. Flowers. Foliage of any kind really. I blame a big bunch of hyacinths I bought in Aldi a couple of weeks ago for £3. They filled the entire downstairs of my house (ok, so it isn’t huge) with the most amazing fragrance for at least a week. Read the Rest »


From Scotland, With Love

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Need a dash of last minute inspiration for getting a little something for a loved one that isn’t totally naff? Hoping to buy something slightly less mundane than chocolate? Here are a few suggestions from local businesses with big heart. Paulin’s watches are the epitome of quality British craftsmanship, hand built in the city of Read the Rest »


Santa, I take it all back …

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Dear Santa, I do hope you’re well. I am writing regarding the so very kind and generous Christmas presents I received from you this year. You really are a remarkably good man. The only thing is, now that we’re ensconced in January I’ve had time for a little reflection. With the season of entertaining, food Read the Rest »


Shop Local (and LOVELY) This Christmas at Scotland’s Treat Store

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When I’m buying a gift for someone, ideally I like to find something pretty, something interesting or unusual and, wherever possible, something made by a local designer or small maker. If you’re thinking along the same lines this Christmas, then I have a one-stop shop for you that might just come up with the goods! Flying the Read the Rest »


THE BIG REVEAL: A Renovation Story

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I have always loved interior design (I blame the unhealthy influence of ‘Changing Rooms’ at a pivotal moment in my life), and have spent the last ten years obsessively watching Grand Designs, looking forward to one day getting my hands on my own renovation project. This summer, my husband and I bought our first home. Read the Rest »