Mairi’s bathroom

My dear friend and colleague, journalist Mairi MacDonald, is in the throes of a bathroom re-design, she has some requirements and restrictions:

Her home is Victorian, so she wants a style that will complement it

Victorian bathroom

Bath by Drummonds in a Victorian shooting lodge

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Trend Alert

Can’t help being trend aware in my job and I do get asked ‘what is trending?’

I think my favourite trend is ‘things I have not seen before’, which, if you think about it, is not a trend… Oh dear!

My friend, Cori Roberts’ home is full of things I have not seen before…

Hall with tailor's dummy, black and white chequered floor and Bee wallpaper

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Jet Set

What do you do if you want to build a house and you own an Airfield? Well, obviously, you build a house on an airfield…

House and small plane

The subject of an episode of Grand Designs, this amazing home was built at Strathven Airfield, the owners were fearless in their objectives and have created, with the help of leading Scottish architect Richard Murphy, a residence suitable for James Bond…plenty of Auto-Giros around to jump into at any moment… remember Goldfinger?

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Edinburgh Penthouse

Head East from the centre of Edinburgh and you very soon hit water. In recent years, ambitious developments have been built in the area, to take advantage of the sea views. A lot of the apartments were sold as shells and bold, imaginative buyers were able to take them on and do whatever they wanted! The area is peaceful and quiet, surrounded by the sea…

double height living space

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Industrial chic again…

I was approached by our local school PTA to offer a prize at a fundraiser recently and under only very slight pressure – honestly (!), I said that I would do an ‘Interior Style Defining Session’ with the lucky winner, where I would do a walk through of their home and with the help of a Visual Q&A, enable them to decide on a style that really works for them.

Passionate about this subject, I feel it is really important to get this right. I think it is as crucial that you feel comfortable when folk walk into your home as when you step outside. Your home should say what you want it to say, in the same way that your clothes should say what you want them to say!

One of my favourite styles is, of course, ‘Industrial Chic’…I will not be forcing this on the winner – she will be getting a choice, I do promise! But it is definitely a personal favourite of mine!

Industrial chic cafe

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