Marie Antoinette Style

The impact that the Queen of France had on decorative arts was significant and it ushered in a ‘golden age’ of French art and design during the Neoclassical period. Originally from Austria Marie became Queen at the young age of 19 and was infamous during her time in the monarchy for lavish spending, frivolous extravagance…

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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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History of Styles- Queen Anne

SOCIAL HISTORY Although a short period of time in history, during Queen Anne’s reign two monumental events occurred sealing her significance in history. Firstly there was the ‘Acts of Union of 1707’ in which England and Scotland merged, forming the beginning of the United Kingdom. Secondly, there was the end of the War of Spanish…

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The 8 most Serene Spa Interiors

After a year like 2020 can you think of anything more delightful and decadent than visiting a peaceful spa hotel? Unfortunately, most of us won’t be able to make that a reality, however we can all daydream to our hearts content – and to give you a little hand I have compiled a lovely little…

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The Coorie Home

One of my favourite things about moving to the Scottish Highlands over a year ago has been the discovery of all things ‘Coorie’ – a Scottish term that traditional means to be snug or to cuddle but has transformed into a wider notion of highland relaxation and sentimental cosiness. Think of it as our version…

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Rokeby Manor

When hotelier Sanjay Narang paid a visit to the Scottish Highlands on holiday, he was left disappointed with the hospitality and accommodation he stayed in – so much so that he decided to take things into his own hands and invested in the development of three brand new hotels last year. These are now part…

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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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Ballindalloch Castle

Continuing on my tour around some of the most remarkable and magnificent castles in the Scottish Highlands – next up was Ballindalloch Castle. Erected in 1546 and resorted in 1850, the castle is situated in the heart of Speyside and known as the ‘Pearl of the North’, with the River Spey and Avon running through…

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Kitchen Design

CONTEMPORARY Contemporary kitchens are the epitome of a sleek, minimalist environment that is understated as well as attention grabbing. The layout and cabinetry  is simple and uncluttered with clean lines. Every item has a function and purpose, there is no unnecessary decoration. The colour scheme is toned down and often monochromatic. This style of kitchen…

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Traditional Highlands

When you image a country home in the Scottish Highlands, images of traditional tartans and cosy fireplaces may arise – a country home and its traditional styling. Within our home we have a predominately modern rustic aesthetic, but upon closer inspection we also pay homage to Scotland and our surroundings with some traditional highland touches.…

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