It was my Birthday yesterday, a baltic Scottish February day. HB and I took the day off to wonder round the glass palm houses at The Royal Botanical Garden’s and dream of sunnier climates…they were closed due to ridiculously high winds. So instead we popped up to the National Portrait Gallery to have a look at the BP Portrait awards. There were some wonderful paintings included in this years selection and if you are in Edinburgh I would highly recommend a visit. Some of the works are phenomenal.

I spent a very lazy afternoon (with cake) looking through a book that HB bought me for my Birthday called “Rock the Shack”  it’s about the architecture of cabins, cocoons and hide-outs (edited by Sven Ehmann and Sofia Borges and printed by Gestalten) This book is heaven. I am not sure if it is actually healthy to get this excited about buildings?!

The book features gorgeous photography of an amazing collection of secluded cabins and stunning wood clad interiors to die for. Rock the Shack takes you to the places you can only dream about. The book opens with a statistic that ‘for the first time in the history of humankind, more people live in cities than in the country’  Yet more and more and more of us are desperate for a more peaceful existence, an escape from the manic pace of modern life. The idea of being out of reach and getting back to basics. Well this all sounds absolutely wonderful… as long as there is wifi. Get the book it really is fantastic. Thanks HB you know me well.



We have another feature out this week, this time the Scotland On Sunday featured a beautiful house we shot last year in Edinburgh. I have been excited to share this really quirky ground floor flat set at the foot of Calton hill in. The property had wonderful detailing and great proportions when the owner Tobiaz Brunning bought it 5 years ago, but it had an awkward layout and needed a bit of life put back in to it after a developer had neutralised the whole house, it was a bit bland! Now the house has had a whole new look, subway tiles and brick effect wallpaper in the kitchen give the room a New York loft style. Tobiaz has a real passion for vintage furniture and accessories and the house is now filled with wonderful unique pieces in every room. I fell in love with the old leather trunks stacked up beside the bed to make perfect bedside tables. Tobiaz’ flat also had a typical Edinburgh flat box room which benefited from victorian celling hight. He has cleverly installed a double bed deck for when guests come to stay, leaving all the floor space for a desk and extra wardrobe storage. The bathroom was also an awkward space, but through clever thought and reconfiguration Tobiaz managed to fit a bath in and continue the decoration with the subway tiles. I absolutely love the Mathew Williamson wall paper that greets you on arrival, the bright orange and pink pattern paper is on all walls of the vestibule and is teamed with a beautiful old bureau. The over all look and style of his home is really eclectic, one of a kind. This home really has been transformed in to the perfect hill side haven.