Monthly Recap – May


A visitor from London meant scooting over to Braemar to show off and have another nosey at The Fife Arms (any excuse really). A scrumptious Sunday roast and a wander around the hotel for lots of insta snaps, including my favourite nook, the Art Deco inspired Elise’s Bar with the stunning vintage table lights and the most epic of all disco balls. I also got to see a new piece of art in the lobby area, ‘Red Haired Man’ portrait II by Lucian Freud.


My new find in Braemar is this gorgeous bespoke wooden furniture shop – Tor. The workshop if full of unique, handmade, and expertly crafted pieces from tables to chairs and smaller home accessories like this chopping board and vase. Having had a look online they have worked on some beautiful contracting projects too, including the Fife Arms Hotel.


The drive to Braemar is vast and glorious and has some hidden gems that you might miss if you are not looking out for them, including this mirrored box installation named ‘Still’ designed by Glasgow based architects Angus Ritchie and Daniel Tyler. We also passed the ‘Watchers Art’ installation near Corgarff Castle and standing stone ‘A Moment in Time’ which was designed to frame telescopic views of the castle.


As usual I have not managed to keep my sketching practise as consistent as I would like, but I did continue to use Instagram as inspiration and completed these two sketches from accounts I love @mad_about_the_house and @_wohngefuehl_ 

Next month’s goal is to finally get around to my @behindcanvas Sketching Victorian Bedrooms in Detail course 

Remember if you purchase any of Stephanie’s courses enter JALANINTERIOR at checkout for 10% off.


The month ended with a drop of some new vintage pieces for my Etsy shop – Jalan Interior. There are lots of lovely trinkets and collectable items such as this mid-century inspired cake stand, the trio single flower vase and these antique laundry dolly pegs. 


Like many people during lockdown, I enjoyed dabbling in some wholesome low-key activities such as puzzles. I got my hands on this Queen themed one and it seemed totally appropriate to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee puzzle style.


The Betrayals by Bridgit Collins

A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Witness X by S. E. Moorhead

Journey into Darkness by John Douglas & Mark Olshaker