Monthly Recap – November

BARNARD CASTLE This month involved a mini trip down south to Barnard Castle, a town along the bank of the River Tees, in County Durham. A picturesque and charming place with lots of delightful cafes, pubs and shops including some superb destinations like Niche, an interiors business and boutique shop filled with gorgeous unique pieces. I…

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How To: 10 ways to style a Fireplace

From cosy rustic farmhouse to clean sleek minimalist, there are so many ways to decorate a fireplace. Here I share 10 ideas and tips on how to style a fireplace no matter what your interior taste or the time of year!  LESS IS MORE Minimalist does not have to mean boring, but rather by going…

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Monthly Recap – September

COPPER DOG This month I finally got to a visit a place not too far from home that has been on my hotel bucket list for some time. We popped over to Craigellachie and the Copper Dog for a scrumptious Sunday roast and it did not disappoint (heads up if you ever visit, make sure you bring your appetite). The hotel…

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Monthly Recap – August

ARDCLACH BELL TOWER A place I have always seen from afar when driving to the coast and wanted to explore is Ardclach Bell Tower near Nairn. This tiny yellow painted building was built in 1655 and is a hidden gem amongst the trees, overlooking River Findhorn. Sitting below the bell tower is Ardclach Old Parish…

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Monthly Recap – June

DORNOCH The Platinum Jubilee weekend was spent in the north of Scotland near the lovely, picturesque town of Dornoch. There were so many celebrations and events going on, and the best bit was finally getting some summer sunshine. Dornoch has a brilliant selection of delicious restaurants, interesting antique and boutique shops as well as stunningly…

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Focus: The Treehouse

Once thought of as a whimsical childhood play spot, the Treehouse has evolved into a contemporary design trend featured in hotels and unique Air B&B locations around the world. Constructed at height around a tree or within a forest, these designs are often formed around a concept of ‘tech free’ relaxation and ‘off-the-grid’ escapism. Treehouse…

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Monthly Recap – May

THE FIFE ARMS 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…

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Monthly Recap – March

Happy Monday! March began with one of my favourite days – pancake day! Any excuse to whip out the Nutella is always a hit with me TARAMCAN CAFE One weekend this month I took a drive over towards Balmoral and discovered a new café called Tarmachan. The interior décor is ultra-contemporary and fresh, with it being…

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Monthly Recap – February

Happy Monday! After a slow start to the year, this was a busier month including birthdays, mini staycations and snow! FONAB CASTLE  The beginning of the month began with a weekend away at Fonab Castle, a Scots Baronial castle converted into a 5* luxury hotel situated just outside of Pitlochry. A small birthday celebration for myself…

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How To: Create a Coorie Home

In Beth Pearson’s book The Coorie Home: Beautiful Scottish Living she explores the notion of ‘Coorie’ and how we can incorporate this into our personal space. Coorie is a Scottish term to signify the cosiness and rural warmth of highland life and bringing this style into your interior is a simple and effective way of…

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The Cluanie Inn

In the year of the ‘Staycation’ I decided to tick off the 3rd location I have visited by Black Sheep Hotels and have a weekend away at The Cluanie Inn. Situated at Glenmoriston, this guesthouse is part of a remote wilderness, a stop off point between Invergarry and Kyle of Lochalsh on the way to Skye, it truly is a…

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Guest Bedroom Renovation Reveal

You know that room in your house… the one that regrettably develops into a dumping ground for all sorts of displaced bits and bobs. In our home, our guest bedroom had truly become a place that no one would want to spend any length of time in. Recently we finally got our act together and…

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How To: use Ticking within your home

Ticking is not known as a fabric of choice within contemporary interiors, but instead a staple of traditional country style homes – however Ticking stripes can be one of the most versatile and straightforward fabrics to incorporate into your space. A classic pattern that can be employed in an array of manners including within furniture…

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Cottagecore Style

Over the last year a ‘budding aesthetic movement’ known as Cottagecore has dramatically increased in popularity, primarily due to the pandemic and subsequent lockdown we all faced throughout 2020. Is it any surprise that whilst stuck at home people turned to their electronic devices in search of faraway, idyllic countryside images for a little calming…

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The Whispering Pine Lodge

Since relocating to the highlands, a couple years ago I have become a true believer in the ‘staycation’ and with the everchanging and spectacular Scottish scenery I love nothing more than a weekend away to discover the countryside whilst simultaneously taking time to put my feet up and relax. After visiting one part of the…

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