Design & style

Vintage Air Hostess Uniforms

Air hostess uniforms these days may be less sexist but seem very dull compared with these vintage numbers from the 60s and 70s.

The first ‘Hot Pants’? Fashion photos at Glasgow School of Art, 1953

In 1953 the Picture Post featured these photos from the Glasgow School of Art’s annual charity fashion show. Check out the tartan shorts suit created 15 years before Mary Quant designed ‘Hot Pant’s in the late 60s. The iconic Mackintosh Building can be seen in some shots. If you want to find out more about Charles Rennie Mackintosh the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has a exhibition in London until

Clean up with a Heal’s original for just £10

My mother was a huge Heal’s fan in the 60s so these fantastic new tea towels caught my eye. The designs have  been taken from the Heal’s archive and screenprinted in the original 1950’s colour palette onto 100% cotton. Each tea towel is 48 x 74 cm and costs £10. Get yours here.

Dunfermline law firm has upcycled makeover

The statutory blue flecked carpet and shiny wood furniture that characterise so many legal offices are all too often made over with black leather, chrome and a job lot of abstract wall art so it’s refreshing to see Dunfermline law firm Stevenson & Marhsall  set an imaginative precedent by appointing interior designer and upcycling specialist Claire Christie of Clarabella Christie to give their offices a charming makeover. With the assistance

Cool treehouse from Blue Forest Design

Treehouses are having a moment just now. British design firm Blue Forest, who specialise in tree house design, was commissioned by a family to create a luxury treehouse for them and their guests. The real stroke of genius though was to create two adjoined houses; one for children which includes a plasma screen, games console and 80 yard zip wire to reach the assault course, and one for adults featuring a

Cool shower curtains by artists

Until now the humble shower curtain seems to have been overlooked by designers but a clever American company called Deny have transformed artists’ illustrations into a wide range of home accessories such as shower curtains, duvet covers, cushions and coasters. The shower curtains aren’t cheap, averaging around $100 each, but it’s not every day your coasters can match your shower curtain.

Plans to restore Coco Chanel’s highland retreat approved

Back in 2012 we ran a feature about proposals to turns the highland retreat shared by Coco Chanel and Hugh Grosvenor, the 2nd Duke of Westminster into a chic boutique hotel: those plans have now been approved by Highland Council. Empty for more than 60 years, Rosehall Estate near Lairg in Sutherland, will now be fully restored under a project to be managed by Bell Ingram Design. The 20 room Georgian mansion

Amangiri, Utah – the ultimate in canyon cool

Get a load of this place! Amangiri is a super luxurious resort nestling in a desert canyon in Southern Utah near the Arizona border. It’s stunningly designed, difficult to get to, hugely expensive… and it’s never going to happen is it?                              

Cool illustrations from the 1960s

It’s hard to believe that illustration can look so different from one decade to the next but here are some great examples from the 1960s.  There are a few illustrators names who were obviously the favourites with the editors of the women’s magazines who commissioned them; Jac Mars, Eric Earnshaw, Frank Haseler, Whittlesea and Coby Whitmore amongst others. Via Voices of East Anglia.

Jill Calder illustrates the story of Robert the Bruce

With the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn being commemorated this year, a stunning new telling of the Robert the Bruce story has been produced by Edinburgh based publishers Birlinn Books. With text by award winning author James Robertson the book has been illustrated by Scotland’s finest Jill Calder. Jill spent a year working on the illustrations for this book, producing over 174 large sheets of ink drawings and lettering