Interiors

Pilmuir Street reno yields treasure under the hall carpet

Among Dunfermline’s several pockets of impressive period houses, such as Park Avenue, Transy and Garvock, one area often overlooked is Pilmuir Street. The street, which runs north from the town centre right up to Queen Anne High School on the town’s perimeter, features on its east side handsome terraced villas with large west-facing bay windows. A little faded and rather out of favour for some years, these elegant houses have

First home becomes forever home in central Dunfermline

The term ‘ideal first home’ suggests something petite and manageable, perhaps a one bed flat in a new build block. First timers  Katie and Ryan however have gone for something much more ambitious – and more splendid!  – plunging into a back-to-the-bare-bones renovation of a dilapidated, stone built Edwardian end terrace in central Dunfermline.  When they moved in, in the summer of 2020, the house had not been lived in

Tupelo Tree Branches Out

If there is a supplier of more dramatic or better styled floristry in Fife than Tupelo Tree, we haven’t come across it. Now this ethically minded, woman owned business is set to grow as it opens a new online shop where you can buy an amazing range of dried flora and fauna. Everything is foraged and gathered locally, packaged and posted in natural paper, paper tape and long cardboard boxes

Modern doesn’t need to be minimal says interior designer, Lara Cairney

The period features police assume that older houses with their high ceilings, original fireplaces and sash & case windows are the only way to create good interior design.  Yet many of us live in new houses in modern estates. We enjoy the easy functionality that experienced developers bring to our lives. And, while there may be no cornicing or ceiling roses that doesn’t mean the design has to be minimal;

‘Is Dunfermline Rubbish?’

Design Dunfermline 2018, 25-29 April The forthcoming Design Dunfermline 2018, a four day community event to come up with a shared vision for Dunfermline’s town centre, has, like many things in Dunfermline, provoked two reactions. For the most part, the response is very positive and the Design Dunfermline team is pleased to report the bookings for free places at the event have been busy. Then, there’s the other reaction, from

Design for Dunfermline: Blueprint event asks citizens for their High Street ideas

The latest event in the Blueprint Dunfermline programme, which celebrates the built environment of Dunfermline and West Fife, gives Dunfermline residents the opportunity to put forward their ideas for structural changes to the town’s High Street. Jointly hosted by Avocado Sweet and local architectural firm Sam Foster Architects, the ‘architectural drop-in’ event, will take place on 7 and 8 October in the Community Gallery at the new Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries. 

Extraordinary Coincidences: Pittsburgh & Dunfermline, Wednesday 20 September, 7pm, FSC

Don Carter, the Director of Urban Design at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh is coming to Fire Station Creative, Dunfermline to speak on ‘Extraordinary Coincidences: Pittsburgh/Dunfermline’.  The American architect and urban designer, whose grandfather was a coal miner from Ballingry, will be joined by Lord Bruce who will be speaking on Dunfermline’s urban planning and its regional and global links. 7pm Wednesday 20 September 2017, Fire Station Creative, Carnegie

Outwith Festival – new arts event for Dunfermline!

Four days, eleven venues and over fifty talented performers including acclaimed artists, writers, comedians and musicians: Avocado Sweet, along with Dunfermline Delivers, Fire Station Creative and Caroline Copeland, are very proud to be one of the founding partners of an exciting new cultural event coming to Dunfermline in September.  Outwith Festival will include a major new art work, a book launch, readings by authors and playwrights, cutting edge comedy and improvised theatre.

Perth, Scotland: City Hall designs revealed

Five architects have been shortlisted to transform Perth City Hall in St John’s Square by Perth & Kinross Council.  By the end of 2017, one of the five companies will be chosen to proceed with the £20 million transformation. After Historic Scotland blocked demolition to make way for a city centre plaza, attempts to transform the building into an indoor market hall were also rejected, and, in 2016, Perth and

Dunimarle Castle, Culross beautifully restored

Dunimarle Castle and Chapel, one km west of Culross had fallen into disrepair and had been vandalised when new owners asked GLM architects  to renovate and refurbish the magnificent A-listed castle, in a prominent elevated position facing south over the Forth. A major feature of the castle had once been a magnificent Orangery. In the 1960s this had been truncated by having its roof removed and replaced by a much lower