Ampersand

Many of you will be familiar with the exquisite interior design studio, located in the heart of Edinburgh’s Georgian New Town, Ampersand. The owners, Jackie and Callum Fisken live nearby in a beautiful Townhouse that is a perfect reflection of their design practice.

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Rich colours, sumptuous textures make this living room a real winter warmer…I am sorry, we can’t just move in. It really is their family home!

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Every detail has been painstakingly considered but the result is soothing and cosy…

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I love the entrance…

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Boutique hotel style bedding and candle sconces in the master bedroom make the perfect finishing touches to this elegant home.

Add a little piece of Edinburgh chic to your own home with Jackie and Callum’s fun range of Curious Cushions

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The ‘Cameo’ is a witty and striking range of cushions featuring iconic images alongside much-loved pets. You can make your own appearance with their unique one-off ‘Cameo Service’. Simply send in a jpeg of yourself, in profile, and they will make up a design which they will email you for approval before incorporating it into a beautiful hand-made cushion. Of course, the portrait needn’t be limited to you: this is a fabulous idea for a loved-one or your own pet – and a twin Cameo makes the perfect wedding present.

Please don’t be tempted to ask them to portray yourself as ‘Santa’ on your children’s stocking…No, no, no…

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A Spoonful of Vintage

To follow on from my post about Lyon & Turnbull and buying quirky and interesting pieces of furniture at auction, it seemed obvious to post a story about a home where the owners are completely committed to 1950′s, retro style furniture and home ware. Known as The Vintage Vendors, Ian Hughes and Helen Monaghan have furnished their Edinburgh apartment with Mid-Century pieces, down to the last tea spoon.

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Another collection

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Living room

The sofa came from a shop called Bra Bohag which specialises in mid-century furniture. A favourite shop of Ian and Helen’s, in Edinburgh’s Easter Road. Flea markets, Ebay and Vintage Fairs are all equally favoured hunting grounds as well.

However after ten years of collecting, their flat is now bulging at the seams. They sell their overspill at the regular vintage fairs that Helen organises at the Spoon Cafe in Edinburgh’s Nicholson St, called a ‘Spoonful of Vintage’you will find an amazing selection of 1950′s fashion, home ware, and accessories. The next date is Saturday 3rd March, 11am-5pm. Helen arranges them seasonally, one in June, one in October and one in December too.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Christmas Panic

If anyone else out there has not given a second thought to Christmas shopping either (oops!) they could do a lot worse than go to Context Interiors. An Edinburgh based home and giftware company, suddenly taking Hong Kong by storm. Doug photographed their beautiful apartment in Greenhill a couple of years ago.

They had a little shop in Morningside then. While we have been contentedly carrying on our lives in Gullane, photographing the odd house and wondering what to do with our garden building, they have set up a second shop in Edinburgh’s Old Town and moved to and set up a third shop in Hong Kong!! Hang on…what about sleeping? Going for walks??

Their range is really beautiful – a little bit of Edinburgh that can be shipped around the world at the click of a mouse. They have collaborated on some products with iconic Edinburgh illustartor Iain McIntosh whose work you will recognise from the novels of Alexander MacCall Smith.

Iain also, very kindly, created the beautiful logo for the Gullane based charity, the Teapot Trust that provides Art Therapy for children in hospital.

Don’t forget that Christmas is not just about presents. Of course we all enjoy buying lovely things for family and friends, but amongst extended family or colleagues, why not think about agreeing to donate to favourite charities instead?

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Gilly Corkery

Anyone wanting to bring a little bit of the Hamptons into their own home would do well to call on the services of Gilly Corkery, Interior Design Partnership, Gilly will do whatever you want to your home in fact: if you are full of ideas, she will make them work; if you have no ideas she will offer you some! She really listens to her clients, she is organised, efficient and will work to a budget, however large or small: her husband, Brendan, is an accountant and they are a really friendly couple and make a great team.

In their own home, they have made a traditional backdrop elegant and eye catching, using beautiful, up to the minute, fabrics, wonderful artworks, with a few colourful, tongue in cheek moments.

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