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21st June 2018

Every so often you come across a project that just connects. Aesthetically, it’s exactly your style. And, for me, this is one of those projects. I’ve been an admirer of The Sebastian Cox Kitchen by deVOL since I first laid eyes on it. This design sums up everything I love: craftsmanship, as each cabinet is beautifully handmade using British grown timbers; texture, as the design features a combination of sawn and woven timbers for an approach that’s both rustic and modern; and a subtle colour palette that draws out the beauty of the wood.

As Sebastian Cox has said of this collection and his collaboration with deVOL: “The whole kitchen is designed to look like it breathes. Together we’ve created something that feels clean, simple and light but is brimming with subtle texture to keep the choice of material front of mind.”

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18th June 2018

It’s been ages since I last posted, and it’s good to be back. A lot has happened in the last few months months, from shoulder-healing yoga (still a work in progress) to moving and swapping our top floor flat in Edinburgh for ground floor living just outside the city. This has been such a long process, and emotional – even more so than I expected. I’d been in our last flat for 13 years and living in the area for 23 years, so it really was a wrench to go. But hopefully the new place will start to feel like home in time too. Even though I’ve been a city person for most of my life, maybe life will be better without the background buzz that comes with city living. And, yes, there’s a project to do! Watch this space…

And after this break, there’s so much to blog about, so I’m going to dive right in with a house I spotted on Fantastic Frank.

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19th January 2018

If, like me, you’re already an admirer of the Copenhagen-based Norm Architects – the home of Norm’s co-founder Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen has been a favourite of mine since I first laid eyes on its restrained and elegant interior – then any new project from the practice is going to demand attention. And, as these photos show, the Gjøvik House in Norway is another beautiful example of Norm Architects’ understated approach.

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3rd March 2017

I’ve been a fan of window shutters for a long time – since living in my first flat in Edinburgh when I realised that, both in terms of aesthetics and heat, shutters really work. I love their clean lines on a window, and on a cold night, nothing beats shutters. That’s been really noticeable since moving into my current flat: every window has original Georgian shutters apart from the kitchen and bathroom, and you can feel the cold coming in those single glazed astragal windows on a chilly night. Simply closing the shutters shifts the temperature and creates a more snug mood.

How do you create this look but make it work in a contemporary context? Look no further than Clement Browne.

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19th May 2016

I must admit, super-contemporary bathroom designs are not really my thing. I admire them on Pinterest and Instagram, and I see some beautifully designed contemporary bathrooms in the flesh – bathrooms that make me look at my own tired version and long for a redesign.

But fundamentally, I’m always drawn to a mix of elements and to natural materials, whatever the space, and the same is true in bathroom design. I like traditional tongue-and-groove wall panelling and painted walls rather than full-height tiling. I like minimal freestanding baths but I also like traditional high-level cisterns. And as for materials, one of my favourite bathrooms of late was an iroko-clad space in a house in Haddington.

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Architecture, Copperline, Spaces


2nd April 2014

You know when you spot something that’s just so good that you have to share it? Well, this lakeside timber cabin in rural Victoria, Australia, offered one of those moments when I spotted it on Dezeen. I love compact architecture, and I’m always drawn to natural materials. And, I guess, I dream about one day having a retreat, a place to escape to. And this cabin answers all of that – albeit on the other side of the globe. Continue Reading…