Lyon & Turnbull

The atmospheric auction rooms in Edinburgh’s Bellevue area has started a new slot: a regular interiors sale.

Bull heads and red mirrors

Sensing that we are all a little tired of Ikea, they have invited you to come and snoop around their inevitably much more unique and original room sets…Think of the effect just one or two choice pieces could have on your home: I am not sure a Mammoth’s head is quite the elegant twist I am looking for, but the red mirrors are fab!


A shabby chic dresser?

football table

A sturdy but fun football table?

cream sofa and mirror

So much here that could give you a much needed vintage quirk…Lots of lovely paintings and prints too. They are intending to have 4 a year.

gallery view

Quite interesting to see what everything sold for this weekend at Lyon & Turnbull, Interiors sale

tweed suit chair

My favourite chair ever, above, went for £900, the pair of red mirrors pictured at the top went for £650…

Nordic Black

Anyone in the Edinburgh area, or anyone who would like to be in the Edinburgh area, at a loss as to what to do for a day or at a loss as to what to do with their home?? Well I have the perfect solution for you – A day of Style School.

Style School info

For the very reasonable fee of £60, including a catered lunch and morning coffee, you will be welcomed into the beautiful home of Nnena MacKenzie, style fiend and owner of the interiors website Nordic Black.

Nnena will share her design expertise and ideas with any like minded individuals who would like to join her…I can see it now – a think tank of Interiors enthusiasts!

Style School flyer

Nnena is half Danish and half Nigerian in origin, hence, the extremely fitting and exotic name for her blog.

I warmed to Nnena and enjoyed my recent visit to her home. She has an almost never ending rich seam of ideas….Go and have a wonderful day – take a friend!

Goodd Design

This is an inspired renovation of a traditional tenement in Glasgow’s West End.

Living room


Mantelpiece detail

The owners converted one of the brighter front rooms into the kitchen, a bold statement as usually the kitchen is at the back of these Victorian buildings, but in this instance, it was obviously the right thing to do: to live in the elegant front rooms of this beautiful apartment; while, the bedrooms are ideal at the quieter side of the house.


The slick, expensive looking island unit is actually topped with a grey lino, a natural, but very practical material. A very ‘now’ solution, I feel!


A beautiful, contemporary headboard.

Bedroom storage

Discreet, but useful storage, lines the master bedroom.


The owners are have their own design company, with a workshop, studio and showroom in Glasgow’s Merchant City.


Get in touch for advice, on any design project, residential or commercial with

Sian Parry Jones

In my personal Christmas disaster list earlier, I forgot to mention the various ailments that everyone seems to succumb to at that time of year. I think I might have blanked them from my mind…Anyway with the result that January always raises the intention of a good old detox.

Don’t be too harsh on yourself though, while you are doing without calories and alcohol (until Burns Night at least) you can still treat yourself in other ways.

A morning or afternoon at Fletchers Cottage Spa at Archerfield is the perfect antidote to the winter Blues – you can just drink in the interior design.

Reception 1

I have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to interview the instigator of the project. The styling of the interior is down to the vision of London based designer, Sian Parry Jones. We met at Fletchers over a coffee.

Sian Parry Jones

HI How did the project come about for you Sian?

SPJ I met the owner of Archerfield through mutual friends. He was keen to set up a spa in the complex, my original background is beauty and I have more recently project managed several property renovations, including my main family home, a converted barn in Somerset and a spa on stilts in a lagoon in Antigua. He liked my ideas and I was basically given a free reign to develop the building with a local building firm, Baseline Developments.

HI What was your inspiration for Fletchers?

SPJ Primarily old farm buildings, I was brought up on a smallholding and my brother owns a farm now. The surrounding East Lothian landscape was a major inspiration too and I wanted to use as many reclaimed, salvaged and natural materials as possible.

HI Tell us more about some of the materials you have used.

SPJ The corridors are lined with wooden potato crates from nearby farm, Luffness Mains. I was in a taxi to the airport and we passed a huge stack of them piled high. I asked the driver to stop right there and then and ran around, trying to get hold of the right person to speak to without missing my plane – quite a feat!

Potato crates

The mirrors in the manicure area are framed with old metal windows from a building in Paris.

Manicure area

HI Did you train in design?

SPJ No, when I left school I trained as a beauty therapist. I set up a salon in Bristol, which I soon sold in order to jump on a plane to the USA. I got a job working for Estee Lauder, returning to the UK to work for Yves St Laurent. I was then Sales Director for Aveda for many years, which involved working with partners to build lots of spa’s. Aveda was one of the leading environmental brands in those days, it was very ahead of its time when it was launched. To cut a long story short, I ended up Head of Personal Shopping at Harrods, developing their Concierge Service. I found I was putting together whole houses for clients, right down to the last teaspoon and that was my training.

HI What have you been working on since Fletchers?

SPJ A beautiful private home overlooking the coast in Jersey and a Cocktail Bar in Soho, called, by a strange coincidence, Archer Street…!

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The ‘Piste Bar’, downstairs at Archer Street
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Upstairs at Archer Street

You can definitely see a theme going here…

Modern Shows

Literally within minutes of posting about our Scandinavian Style Hogmanay dinner, I received the following mail out from the Modern Shows

Addicted to The Killing, The Bridge or Borgen? The characters are not the only stars of these Scandi-shows. If you are a fan of Nordic Noir you will love the mid-century booty for sale at the show Grand Designs Magazine said ‘could cause design lovers a cardiac arrest.’ See Mad Men style American Modernism, European Bauhaus, British, French and German Industrial too.

Err wow??

Modern Shows poster

‘Midcentury Modern is a dangerous show. All the must-see vintage furniture, lighting and accessories dealers in one place makes for serious temptation.’ Jenny Dalton, freelance How To Spend It, Financial Times

‘The brilliantly curated Modern Shows is a must-visit event for anyone after original mid-century design.’ Charlotte Abrahams, freelance design writer FT How to Spend it, Guardian, Observer, Elle

‘Held in the beautiful and very appropriate Christison building designed by Wates in the Sixties, this show is stuffed with all the recognisable classics of Scandinavian, American and British heroes of 20C design. It’s like visiting a design museum where you can sit on the classics, talk to knowledgable people and then take the exhibits home with you. I enjoy every show immensely and would recommend this show to any lover of design.’ Matthew Hilton

Spotted shopping at our shows and pop-ups: Orla Kiely, Patrick Kielty, Stephen Merchant, Jenny Eclair, Jimmy Carr, Artists Dinos Chapman and Mike Nelson, Simon Andrews: head of 20C design at Christies, SCP’s Sheridan Coakley, Britain’s top furniture Designers Russell Pinch and Matthew Hilton, Khristina Schmidt: head of Skandium, Tilly Hemingway, Mary Portas – Mary Queen of Shops, Monocle’s Tyler Brule, South Bank buyers, Tate Shop buyers, V&A buyers, The Crafts Council, James Bond set designers, The Conran Design team, Camilla Nicholls – Frieze, collector Dominic Palfreyman, curator Bruce Haines, Tent and Origin’s Ian Rudge, partners from architectural firms including Rogers and Fosters, top property developers, interior designers, top lawyers and accountants, stylists and many celebrities beside that would rather keep their anonymity.

Obviously ‘Great minds think alike….yes 2012 was the year of Scandinavia!!

And…obviously, unless you are NOT a top accountant, lawyer, stylist, interior designer, a very minor celebrity who would rather keep their anonymity or slightly mad, you too should get down there too!