History of Styles- Louis XVI Neoclassical

SOCIAL HISTORY The last king of France afore the French Revolution, Louis XVI tackled disgruntlement and dissatisfaction as well as a vastly growing resentment towards the monarchy. During his reign, Louis XVI was considered to be ill equipped to deal with political and foreign policies, described as uncommunicative and sombre. As the country’s debt was…

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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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Hand Drawing Interior Design

Whilst studying online for my interior design diploma at KLC Design School I was taught a rare form of artistry within the design world these days – hand drawing. It seems with an ever-growing collection of computer programmes such as Auto CAD, Sketchup, Vector works and Photoshop, we are losing the expression of ‘handcrafted’ within…

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The Fife Arms – Artwork

One of the most exclusive and remarkable aspects of The Fife Arms Hotel is the display of marvellous artwork that adorns its walls. A showcase of contemporary and topical art by the owners Iwan Hauser and Manuela Wirth, otherwise known as Hauser + Wirth. Founded in 1992 the art gallery originally began in Zurich, however,…

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Memphis Style

Founded in 1981 Milan, Italy by Ettore Sottsass, The Memphis Group integrated designers and artists that produced unique and ground-breaking fabric, furniture and ceramics. A style characterised by bold, brash patterns and clashing colour palettes, Memphis seemingly responded to customary design and trends preferring to generate any type of reaction, good or bad. Pushing boundaries…

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Minimalism

Minimalism emerged during the modernist movement, with a reaction against overindulgence and the exclusivity of the art and design world, instead focusing on the notion of ‘less is more’. Architect Miles Van Der Rohe was one of the initial innovators of this design aesthetic with refined skyscrapers, the use of ‘new’ high quality materials (concrete,…

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Gleneagles at Christmas

Gleneagles Hotel in the north of Scotland is one of the most luxurious and glamorous hotels in the world, and when it comes to festive cheer and stylish decoration in December they certainly do not disappoint. This year sadly they will be closed due to covid, however I thought I would take a look back…

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Art Deco

After the end of the Industrial Revolution, designers, architects and artists were progressively looking forward into the 20thcentury for ‘something new’. With modern life increasingly more technologically and mechanically focused, the Art Deco movement (also called Style Moderne) launched with the first decorative arts exhibition since WW1: Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes…

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How To: 6 easy ways to style a Happy Home

The conquest to find out what makes your house a happy home can be a tricky one, but luckily for us The Sunday Times recently published a sneak peek into the report ‘The Science of a Happy Home’ with lots of insight and tips into how we can transform our space into a place of…

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Maximalist Style

Maximalism is here to stay – it is official! A style rooted in bright juicy colours, an excess of décor and exhilarating personality, maximalism can take your space from plain jane to fabulously OTT. It is all about provoking a positive emotional reaction and being able to truly express oneself. It can be hard to…

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History of Styles- Gothick

An architectural style that emerged in the Middle Ages, Gothick has re-emerged  in design movements through the years. In particularly in the early Georgian period, Gothick was merged with Rococo and Chinese Taste. The evolution in technology during the middle ages meant architecture took on a fresh and innovative guise, with progression in stonemasonry and…

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Focus: The Parasite House

Arguably one of the years most unexpected and thrilling films, Parasite surprised many with it’s hilarious and haunting portrayal of the class divide between two Korean families. But at the heart (and spoiler alert) centre of this story was the unique home in which the majority of the film took place. As Bong himself describes…

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Hard Materials II

SOFTWOODS Cedar With the hard texture and lightweight density, Cedar wood is appropriate for cladding and panelling within interior design. London Bridge Station has the ceiling of the main concourse with Western Red Cedar cladding. With the fully concealed fixings it is visually appealing, as well as practical as the wood had sound absorption qualities…

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Ikigai Style

The Japanese concept of Ikigai loosely translates to ‘a reason for being’, and in the delightful book ‘Ikigai – The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life’ authors Hector Garcia and Albert Liebermann explore the custom and happiness of keeping busy and the art of doing something with joy. The Japanese live longer than…

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The Fife Arms

Nestled in amongst some of the most beautifully remote and magnificent Scottish Highland scenery is an unexpected and truly exhilarating hotel – The Fife Arms. Situated in the small and humble town of Braemar, this hotel has fast become an out of the ordinary vision that truly is a ‘must see’. Purchased in 2016 by…

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