Design & style

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

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