Ode to a mouse

Wee, sleekit, cowran, tim’rous beastie,
O, what a panic’s in thy breastie!

Written by Robert Burns after he had turned over a nest of a tiny field mouse with his plough. Burns was a farmer and farmers in his day, were typically far too busy to be concerned with the state of the mice in their fields. This poem shows Burn’s concern for all creatures and his innate humanity.

The ensuing verses should be compulsory reading for all builders and renovators, for whom consideration for every detail is of the utmost importance. Skirting and mouse mouldings can make or break the interior architecture of a home. Once you have decided on the style of your project, every detail needs to adhere. Whatever the period of your home, the skirtings and architraves need to be carefully chosen.
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Sophie Robinson

Have had a fab couple of days hanging out at the Life & Style Show in Edinburgh’s George street, with fellow design enthusiasts/anoraks: textile designer, Mairi Helena and artist, Tessa MacGregor, soaking up fashion, beauty and interior goodies. The Highlight, apart from being filmed and interviewed at the end, which was very flattering, had to be broadcaster and all round interiors supremo, Sophie Robinson‘s talk on ‘Interior Design Crimes’

Sophie straight up admitted that she had been given the brilliant title, by the organisers, but boy did she rise to the subject.
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Wallpaper in the kitchen?

This is an absolutely surefire way to add individuality to a kitchen. Is your kitchen chosen on a budget? Or one that is already there and you cannot afford to change? Leave it and splurge on some gorgeous wallpaper instead.

Imagine being able to enjoy some of these designs from Cole & Son while you were cooking up the supper?

You will need a splash back though. You can order clear perspex sheet online effortlessly, just type in the dimensions you require, a polished edge can be requested and holes for fixing – gosh is it good value compared to glass: less than half the price… and much easier to wield and handle…
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Curious Egg

We have all dreamt of doing this, setting up an online interiors store, sourcing gorgeous stuff from artisans that no one has ever heard of, to help our fellow stylo-philes make their homes that much more unique. But have we bothered? No we haven’t!

But here is a lady who has, meet Lorraine Aaron, of Curious Egg. Lorraine has worked as a sculptor, a painter and public artist as well as teaching contemporary arts practice and running an art consultancy business. She has settled in Perthshire now and with her husband, Roddy, and set up her online store as way to share ideas about interiors and art as well as her fabulous finds.

Her aim is to bring art and interiors together in a relaxed and imaginative way by offering a small, carefully curated range of beautiful pieces. And I know how hard she has worked to achieve this.

She has also, alongside setting up her business, been renovating her home. A work in progress, but looking interesting. Lorraine made a dramatic start to her home when she completed her dining room, inspired by the Islington based designer Abigail Ahern who led the trend for dark, moody, enveloping spaces.

I asked her a few questions:
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Nikki McWilliams

Famous as the creator of the Custard Cream cushion and more recently, cover star of the current Homestyle magazine, designer, Nikki McWilliams home is the epitome of youthful Scottish style: fun, bright and welcoming.

Full of striking vignettes, Nikki’s witty, kitsch collections are a joy.


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