Viva Magenta – Colour of the Year 2023

I always look forward to December, when Pantone announces the official ‘colour’ of the following year. It feels like a new beginning, fresh start and I am eager to see the design inspiration, style concepts and interior trends that will be coming our way. Pantone is widely considered the official authority on the colour of the…

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Monthly Recap – December

THE FIFE ARMS Started off the month by visiting my favourite place, The Fife Arms Hotel in Braemar. They have it beautifully decorated for December with cosy crackling fires, classic traditional Christmas trees, and festive foliage.  SIX BY NICO I have wanted to visit Six by Nico in Aberdeen for a while now having seen the six course menus…

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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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Hard Materials V

Stainless Steel Stainless Steel is a metal alloy made of steel along with other elements including 10.5% chromium. Other additions added to the steel when it is in the electric furnace before it is moulded into shape,  include carbon, silicon and manganese which help strengthen and toughen the texture of the material. The chromium used…

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Monthly Recap – October

THE SAVOY The month started off with a fantastic treat, a visit to The Savoy in London. I had been gifted a voucher for Champagne Afternoon Tea a couple years ago, prior to lockdown, so we were finally able to make use of it. Despite growing up and living in London for years I had never actually…

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Travel Décor: Oku Kos

Having just got back from a holiday to Kos, I have been inspired to start a Travel Décor series on my blog where I can share the stylish interiors of any hotels or locations I visit. It feels so nice to be able to travel freely again after a few years of uncertainty, cancellations, and…

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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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Design a Healthy Home II

In Oliver Heath’s book ‘Design a Healthy Home – 100 ways to transform your space for physical and mental wellbeing’ interior design is linked with nature as a way of increasing our health and happiness. In last week’s blog I covered tips Oliver shares when considering colour, pattern, and texture, as well as the activities…

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Design a Healthy Home I

Interior Design continues to consider and incorporate health and wellbeing into styles, trends, and design philosophies. Wellness becomes more and more prevalent in our requirements and desires when we decorate our homes, and this has been meaningfully recognised by designer Oliver Heath who has written a comprehensive list in his book ‘Design a Healthy Home…

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Monthly Recap – July

This month I popped down to London for a mini weekend adventure and long overdue catch up with family & friends. The sun was out, and the heat was balmy (much more humid than I am used to in the Scottish Highlands), but I managed to squeeze in a few fun locations to make the…

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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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How To: Renovate on a Budget

Designing our homes as a place to relax, share memories and enjoy is all about how we include our own personal touch within the décor. Taking on the task of renovating your space can be thrilling, but also quite daunting. Especially when we must consider the realistic constraints of that dreaded B word – Budget! …

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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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How To: build a successful interior design brand!

Tips and motivation on developing a thriving, exceptional interior design brand by some of the industry’s most talented designers! Living Etc recently gathered a number of creatives from the interior industry to share their ideas, experience and advice on forming a lucrative interior design brand. Here are some of the key viewpoints: AUTHENTICTY & ORIGINALITY…

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