Living in Scotland is great and we are lucky to be surrounded by beautiful countryside, lots of space, nice people and generally a good quality of life. But oh, how I curse the climate, even though we do get the odd wonderfully hot day in summer which makes you appreciate it all the more. Wouldn't … Continue reading One day…my dream house in the sun
If you have ever visited markets abroad, especially with a strong folklore tradition, you know you're likely to find some gorgeous woven or embroidered textiles. Rugs, blankets, stacks of fabric. I have come back with suitcases full, from the souks in Marrakesh and the markets in Ecuador. You can often get carried away, blinded by … Continue reading Five creative ways to show off folklore textiles in your home
There are a zillion things to do when you're looking for Easter themed activities around here. Egg hunting at every castle estate around the Shire is one of them! If you fancy something a bit different this year - or you're just not that much into chocolate (is there such a thing?) - here's a … Continue reading Urban cool on Easter Sunday in Aberdeen: street art and vintage
I am just in my second week of a four-week long trip through France and boy, am I loving it! It was a long drive, but it's great to have the car with us to go wherever we want. I am thoroughly enjoying the warm climate, the food, the old villages full of character and … Continue reading Treasure hunting in France: brocante!
I have just come back from Cyprus and had a great time. I wanted to share a few interesting photos of things that caught my eye while walking around in various places, especially of the rich colours and patterns on buildings and in textiles. Cyprus has a rich history of different cultures all putting their … Continue reading Travel blog post: colours of Cyprus
We're just back from a lovely two weeks' holiday in the UK. I guess you could call it a 'stay-cation' since we decided to stay in Britain this summer, but with a long drive of about 1500 miles in total you can hardly speak of 'staying local'!The good thing was that on our epic journey … Continue reading Travel post: Sleeping in a Grand Design home: Dime House, lake Windermere, Lake District
I was lucky enough to spend all of last week on holiday in beautiful Tuscany, Italy. If you've ever been there you will know how the area is steeped in history. Cities like Florence and Siena are like fabulous outdoor museums with churches and 'palazzos' around every corner (as well as gelaterias and equally mouth-watering … Continue reading Travel post: Italian vintage in wonderful Tuscany
I have just returned from a fabulous two weeks holidays in lovely Sweden and am totally rested and inspired (and even a little tanned!). What a totally cool and laidback country....aaahhh...I want to live there. We shopped, sauna'd, sailed, canoed, shopped some more, read books, drank very expensive wine (not by choice - and only … Continue reading From countryside Loppis to city design: on tour in Sweden
Karaku PotteryAaaah! Look at this! Shopping heaven! A shop called Kanzando in Kyoto. Image: http://www.savoryjapan.comA country I have never been to but is high on my wish list is Japan. I heard so many good things about it and the aesthetics are amazing. I just love the absolute beauty of Japanese ceramics such as … Continue reading Inspiration from Japan…cups, bowls, fabric and a kimono flea market!
We're off for a week on holiday soon and I can't wait. We wanted to catch some last Autumn sun before diving into Winter and picked Portugal as our destination. It's promising to stay sunny and warm, so that's perfect.Always looking for beautiful places that inspire me, I found a lovely guesthouse in the Algarve, … Continue reading Portugal: going on holiday in style…