Lighting your home

One of my favourite subjects. We have long covered the work of many lighting designers for magazines and it has been an education. For our own home it was an utter priority and something we tried to tackle very early on. When the Lighting Superstore approached me I was delighted to comment.

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A pendant and angled down lighters sit above our dining table.

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Our downstairs loo is beautifully lit too…
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Craft Scotland Summer Show

A fab festival destination, is the Craft Scotland event promoting makers, on the second floor of the beautiful White Stuff Boutique on George Street, Edinburgh. I was invited a to a VIP blogger event and was simply blown away by the beauty of the pieces and the creativity and charm of the makers I met.

Orkney girls

Pictured above are both collections by Orkney designers, chatting away to Kirsteen Stewart, we realised that we had sat next to each other and chatted over lunch in Spitalfields Market two years ago at London Design Week.

mood board

Kirsteen then led us all through the process of making a mood board, an invaluable activity if you are doing anything creative, doing up a house, any work project, I am going to make one up for the Autumn/Winter collection for the French clothes I sell, to inspire my customers.
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Pittenweem

Another must go destination that runs alongside the Edinburgh Festival is the amazing Pittenweem Arts Festival, August 6th – 14th, in a stunning fishing village in Fife’s pretty East Neuk, the whole village literally opens their living rooms to hold art exhibitions, many residents are artiest themselves, but many are not and simply allow their homes to be used.

Jo MacFarlane Art

A remote exhibitor, Jo MacFarlane, has opened her home in nearby Anstruther, home to the famous fish and chips shops, so certainly another worthwhile stop off – you can have too much art…
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Dale Vn Marshall – Contemporary Artist

Well, the Edinburgh Festival is truly upon us and we have gone ‘cultural’. I was invited to the opening of the exhibition at the Scottish Storytelling Centre of Dale Vn Marshall, managed by a friend of mine Vanessa Brodrick, of VB Fine Art

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The exhibition was the culmination of a project during which Dale had worked with young people from Edinburgh experiencing mental health issues, helping them to express their feelings and experiences in a visual language. The outcomes are impressive. A couple of the youngsters were present at the opening and spoke about the time they had spent with Dale. It was obvious that the project had been a huge turning point for them and that Dale had enabled them to see their challenges as opportunities that could strengthen them rather than being purely destructive.
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