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.
It has just about been and gone now – for some reason, I was totally overwhelmed by xmas this year, I have not done anything terribly exciting: neither gone to an inordinate number of drinks parties or been on a fabulous trip abroad – I think just having a ‘normal xmas’ is just a bit too much for me I am afraid.
We shot one of my favourite features ever this year, for Ideal Home magazine. The owner, Jennifer, runs the excellent home ware website, Urban Cuckoo, a gorgeous cornucopia of interiors goodies. Read more…
I am starting off 2015 by ‘looking ahead’…I think that is my mantra of the moment…
Love writing this blog and have great hopes for it, it is quite hard work though and I usually only manage one post a week – that is achievable for me as I have a lot of other work on and I do not rely on it totally for my income, but I would like to do more with it, so I might try and up the ante a bit and try and do a post TWICE a week! Woah – I know…steady on…I must not wear myself out – I’ll be no use to anyone!
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.
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.
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?
We would love to see it, please email me snaps and a description. I would love to either share any great ideas with my readers or even create a feature for a glossy magazine. We are always on the look out for lovely homes and room projects.