Interior style

Scottish shed shortlisted for Shed of the Year!

A shed in the grounds of Inshriach House, near Aviemore has been shortlisted for Shed of the Year 2015. You can vote for the Scottish contender on the readers sheds website. George Clarke will be introducing the finalists on his TV series and announcing the winner on  Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year, airing on Channel 4 in June. Walter Micklethwait, who runs Inshriach House, built the shed with help from his girlfriend

Win tickets: Scottish Homebuilding & Renovating Show

The Scottish Homebuilding & Renovating Show, Scotland’s largest consumer exhibition for self-builders and home renovators is back at the SECC, Glasgow on May 16 – 17 2015. Avocado Sweet has 3 pairs of tickets to be won. The show, sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements, will help visitors bring their project to life whether they are building from scratch, undertaking a major extension, converting or renovating their home or just keen

An Aberdonian take on Scandi design

This Aberdeenshire stone-built Heath Cottage has a beautiful Scandinavian-inspired interior thanks to its owners, Brown and Brown Architects. Equally appealing is their client’s refurbished cottage in South Crown Street, Ferryhill (pictured at end).  The practice undertakes commissions throughout north east Scotland stretching to the Western Isles and future projects include the old Portsoy Boat House. Check out the ‘before’ pictures to get a sense of the transformation. All photography by

Architects Homes in 1977

Check out these architects houses from the 1970s. The pictures are from Barbara Plumb’s book Houses Architects Live In which was published in 1977.

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 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.

Upcycled furniture and the irresistible charms of Scottish men

The charms of Scottish men proved irresistible for two Canadian sisters and explains why ‘Georgia Rose‘, a furniture upcycling company happens to be based in Dunfermline, Fife instead of Prince Edward Island, Canada. Two days after missing her flight back to Canada, Natasha Gallant Marr, who had been visiting her sister Carrie in Edinburgh, was in Wester Hailes when she met Charlie, her future husband. Several years have passed since then

Mother knows best – why the old ways are back in style

A friend mentioned recently that she was thinking of buying a divan bed complete with padded headboard – it made me smile. This friend is as stylish as they come and her bedrooms over the years have been graced by the latest bedsteads in iron, leather and linen. But, sick of creaky springs, Ikea sized mattresses, wobbly frames and an uncomfortable reading position, she has decided that a divan may just be