Design & style

Open Studios North Fife starts 29 April

This video is an interesting peek into some of the studios ahead of Open Studios North Fife at the end of April. Studios in locations such as Cupar, Auchtermuchty and Falkland are open 10am until 6pm on Saturday 29, Sunday 30 and Monday 1st of May 2017. More details can be found on their website. In Above, Jan Hendry, Falkland and below Irene Blair, near Leslie Below, photography by Mark

Cool cottage to rent on Isle of Skye

It’s hard to imagine being anything but cheery in this colourful 50s style interior designed by owner and expert furniture upcycler, Emma White.  This two-bedroomed cottage is available to rent on the Isle of Skye and is in the village of Carbost which has a local pub, The Old Inn, a shop and the famous Talisker whisky distillery . There’s a small gate at the bottom of the garden leads directly

Beautiful vintage ‘DIY’ Scottish wedding

If you are a guest at wedding you might not expect to serve the food. At this Scottish wedding, the bride and groom, Kate and Paul Symington, from Dollar were asked to nominate a guest from each table to serve their fellow diners. Fortunately, wedding outfits were kept pristine because the caterers,  Wild Rover Food from Charlestown, near Dunfermline, who cook from an old Land Rover army kitchen, provided the

Fife wedding styled by Dunfermline artist

This Fife wedding was styled by Dunfermline artist, Claire Christie for the McGregor family from Cupar. Relatives of the couple hosted the wedding on their private working farm outside Auchtermuchty with 3 barns providing the venue for the reception, the bar and the service. Their brief to Claire was for a traditional Scottish country barn wedding using items found on the farm and making interesting props with the salvaged materials

Local Christmas Shopping Guide #2: art and craft

Unless you’re buying for Alex Salmond, it’s too late to commission a full size portrait of your loved one for this Christmas but all of the artists and makers featured here offer commissions and vouchers for their work which would make an exciting start to 2016 for anyone lucky enough to receive one. Pictured above is a typically vivid piece by celebrated illustrator Jill Calder. Calder is based in Cellardyke

Miniature Film Set Museum, Lyon

Before CGI was commonly used for movies, models of film sets were painstakingly created by hand and some of the sets were in miniature. Dan Ohlman, a former cabinet-maker of 15 years, opened the Palais de la Miniature in Lyon, France to display the miniature movie sets and other works by miniature artists.

Barry’s Tree Church

Barry Cox decided there was a space on his land in New Zealand that needed a church. The churches he’d studied over the years while travelling in Europe were the inspiration but he combined this with his other passion, trees. Fortunately, he knew a thing about trees; his business  re-locates huge mature trees with a giant ‘tree spade’, a contraption that looks a bit like a huge apple corer. With

‘Beautiful small buildings’ by Dumfries & Galloway company

When Sam Booth was asked about planning permission for a static caravan to generate income as a holiday let for a Galloway farming couple he came up with much more attractive proposal. Instead he offered to build something that would be more in keeping with the surroundings, that met the same planning conditions and could be built for the same budget so long as he kept the design rights. Brockloch