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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Window Treatments I

CURTAIN HEADINGS PENCIL PLEAT A standard heading for most curtains and valance that are suspended from tracks and poles above a window frame. A heading tape with 3 hooks positions is sewn at the top of the drapes with 3 rows of string threaded through. This forms a neat row of single ‘pencil pleats’ and…

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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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