PERFECT PAIR

I am delighted to see another of our features in House Beautiful this month. The stunning property’s are designed by two architect friends Ryan and Sandy from Arka Architects. They joined forces to design two contemporary homes and are now living right next door to each other! Both homes boast beautiful large open plan living spaces with clean unfussy lines that carry through to the decor choices too. I absolutely love the bespoke American Ash  slatted screen that Sandy had commissioned, it’s perfect for dividing the space with out installing a chunky door. I also LOVE the cut out aperture’s in Ryan’s house they add really beautiful detail, everywhere you look there is a perfectly framed view. Both homes show that planning to perfection, considering each other as well as design and layout creates stunning contemporary living. You can have a look at more gorgeous work from Arka here. These two really are the perfect pair!

You can read more about their story in Februarys addition of House Beautiful as always beautiful words by Fiona at the property files.

 

VIEW FROM THE TOP

As featured in February’s addition of 25 Beautiful Homes. This is a gorgeous house that we shot last summer in Glasgow’s fashionable west end. This Stunning top floor flat over looking the royal botanical gardens belongs to Graphic designer Stuart and photo editor Catherine. They completely transformed this space in just 6 months with every structural hiccup you could imagine. The result is this stylish and contemporary home filled with wonderful vintage finds. The bright white walls are the perfect base for adding punchy wall art and muted furniture tones. Cat and Stuart are regular visitors to Glasgow’s ‘Love Salvage’ it’s a great place to pick up reclaimed items and other interesting architectural salvage. Items to steal… well where would you start? I’d be better just packing a suitcase and moving in. I LOVE this flat. The old school desk would be a must, all the prints from society 6 – yes please! my list could go on…

 

NO STRANGERS

Thought I would write a quick post to tell you about a great exhibition I went to see today called ‘No Strangers’ it’s on in Edinburgh at the Royal Botanical Gardens. The exhibition is collection of photographs taken by lots different photographers from round the world focusing on indigenous people, the way different cultures live and how we express a shared humanity. Some of the images are absolutely breathtaking. I took a few snaps on my phone to share with you here so you can get a flavour, but I would really recommend that if you are in Edinburgh (trying to avoid the referendum!) you should head a long. The exhibition space it’s self is worth seeing. It’s on till the 21st of September so get there quick!

STAY COPENHAGEN

 

We are just back from a fantastic long weekend in Copenhagen. It was my first time visiting the city and it was truly a design lovers paradise. I am going to share a few different posts about our trip but firstly here are some pictures of the very cool apartment we stayed in. The STAY Copenhagen is a block of 12 different apartments set on the waterfront. The apartments are incredibly light and spacious with floor to celling windows in all of the rooms. All of the interior spaces have been designed by HAY keeping a simple pallet of only black and white which was heaven for me! no clutter just clean and extremely minimal. We were lucky on arrival to be told that ours had been upgraded to a 3 bedroom apartment with balcony which was enormous. There was an organic store on the ground level which had pretty much anything you could need for your trip. The hotel also has its own danish bakery stacked with delicious pastries and fresh artisan breads.What more could you ask for!

ZERO TO FIFTY

I was very lucky to be invited to the latest exhibition by Scottish artist Kate Downie last week – Zero to Fifty is an exhibition celebrating 50 years of the Forth Road Bridge. It is currently being shown in the spectacular setting of Hopetoun House (image above). The Forth Road Bridge is a vast structure with incredible engineering, it spans 2.5km across the Firth of Forth. Kate was appointed artist in residence for the bridges 50th Year celebration by the Fourth Estuary Transport Authority. Kate had a temporary studio space directly under the side tower of the bridge where she fully immersed her self in the project, meeting bridge staff, climbing to the top of the bridge and fully exploring and experiencing all aspects of the structure. Kate brings a huge wealth of knowledge in creating bridge inspired work including her previous residency at the Forth Bridge – which is the world famous Rail bridge that sits along side the road bridge.

I absolutely fell in love with her large scale drawings, dark, smudgy, bold and paintings of the bridge. Here are some of images from the exhibition and some of her other work. I would definitely recommend checking out her work at www.katedownie.com. The exhibition runs till September the 13th.

PAINT IT BLACK

As I said in my ‘fun and fabulous’ post (20.07.14) I have been revisiting house features from last year. This is another of my favourites from 25 Beautiful Homes last year. It is the stunning home of Jack Irvine also known as Brave Little Note, a musician from Edinburgh. Her gorgeous victorian double upper was featured in the Januarys edition. Beautiful high ceilings allow light to flood through the house, the enormous floor to ceiling victorian windows all have original shutters leaving the windows free of imposing curtains. I love the brave paint and wall paper choices in this house, the black living room is a bold statement and works amazingly well with the furniture in particular the Charles Eames basket chair which Jack found on ebay. She chose more delicate tones for the sleeping spaces, with a soft blue for Amelie’s room and a striking feature wall paper with birds for her own room. Jack completely redesigned the kitchen maximising space by having high units which sit comfortably with the high ceilings and leave plenty of space for a large dining table for friends and family. I love the kooky handles Jack sourced for her units they add a huge amount of character as well as style. There are so many lovely parts of her home, again it would be hard to choose a favourite… the colour coded book case is a must and obviously the Eames chair, Its amazing!

FINDING VIVIAN MAIER

A slight side step away from my usual interior obsession, I thought I would tell you about a brilliant film I went to see last week called ‘Finding Vivian Maier’.

For those of you unfamiliar with her and her work Vivian’s story is an intriguing one. The Documentary traces her life, a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs. She hid them in storage lockers which were never seen by anyone until her death in 2007. A young Chicago historian named John Maloof discovered a box of her undeveloped negatives at an auction. He immediately became interested in her street photography and set out to piece together the rest of her story, including obtaining her storage locker and vast amounts of undeveloped film and negatives. The images were 1000’s of photographs taken on the streets of New York and Chicago from the 1950’s till the end of her life. The film was a journey through Maier’s life and John Maloof’s quest to find out more about the completely unknown artist. He spoke to children and families that Maier had worked for, trying to get an idea of who the woman behind the images was and from all accounts she was a very private but extremely interesting person.

Having never been aware of her photography before I was completely mesmerised. Her images are outstanding. I am already a huge fan of Willian Klien and I would put Vivian Maier’s work right up there with his. What an incredible undiscovered talent. Hopefully Vivian would be proud of seeing her work so greatly received.

GREY DREAM

Grey dreaming…. something I find my self doing on a regular basis! Grey interiors have been having a major moment of late, some associate grey with industrial environments or maybe colour that is depicting the nations mood? depressing?. Not me I LOVE grey. All shades.

Soft, pale, calm shades for light, open, airy spaces adding texture for a decorative soft edge. These are perfect for bedrooms, studios or rooms with high ceilings to promote quiet relaxation.

Deeper, darker, richer hues for snugs, smaller rooms and to make a bolder statement add ascents of neon or burnt orange. I actually need to stop painting grey walls in my home, it’s getting out of hand! We have a large sliding grey wall separating our living room/sung and another grey feature wall in the sung (which  is a very small room) with a bright yellow sofa in front of it. The two contrast brilliantly and make for a really inspirational space to read and chill out in away from the kids.

These pictures are some of my favourite ‘Grey Dreaming’ pictures found on pinterest.

FUN AND FABULOUS

I thought I would share a few of my favourite Magazine features from shoots we did last year. Starting with this gorgeous victorian house in Edinburgh shot for House Beautiful UK. Owned by Juliet and Justin Moletta (of Moletta Munro). The 3 story house with all of it’s original features intact is a beautiful blend of period and contemporary styles. I shot and styled this house over two days last summer and everywhere I looked there were amazing styling props to be found! It was quite a job lugging kit up and down the large staircases but such a treat to work in such a beautifully light space.

There were retro and iconic vintage furniture styles combined for a strong architectural look. Purple Muuto socket lamps, Eames chairs, bright moroccan pouffes and Neon Hay throws all put together against a soft grey walls and the over all look is fun and fabulous!

There are just too many beautiful pieces of furniture and art dotted all over the house for me to pick a favourite, but on my list of bits to steal would be the bright moroccan pouffes and lets’ be honest pretty much anything by Hay!

PRINTS CHARMING

 

Punchy typographical, black and white art prints have been around for a while now, but I still just can’t get enough of them! I have quite a sizeable collection around my own home and the quirky phrases really make me smile. Some of my current  favourite artists include Anthony Burrill, the first piece of art we bought for our house when we had finished the build, ” I like it what is it”, makes me laugh out loud everyday. One must dash’s, “small talk”, is one of my all time favourite pictures and I am seriously lusting after, “this is not a bloody hotel”. I love Anki and Anneli’s hilarious out look on life, it really come across in their work. Ham is a new discovery and I first became aware of them at a design show in London. Established in 2011 by Jo Robinson her designs are based on her own childhood nostalgia, keeping all of the designs  minimal, punchy, black and white. The superhero rabbit is a personal favourite but I found it hard just to pick one. Kristina Dam’s (based in Denmark) stunning 3d and embossed illustrations are also on my list of current obsessions. I will run out of wall space if I keep this up! All of these artists are completely amazing and I would highly recommend checking out their work.

|www.onemustdash.comwww.kristinadam.dk| www.hammade.comwww.anthonyburril.com| other prints from SOOuK

ONLY CONNECT

I thought I would share a few pictures from my trip to Jupiter Artland today. For those of you not familiar with Jupiter it is a stunningly beautiful garden set in a 100 acre site, with works by many of todays leading artists, sculptors and land artists who have been commissioned to create works in situ. This beautiful sculpture park was the creation of Robert and Nicky Wilson who bought Bonnington house in 1999 the estate seemed to be the perfect location for Nicky’s ambition to create the park. You will see work from many many amazing artists including Andy Goldsworthy, Charles Jencks, Henry Castle and Antony Gormley just to name a few! We had a brilliant time today wondering through the forests, climbing the landforms and just being completely inspired by all of the wonderful art that we are lucky to have right on our door step.

PERFECTLY COMPOSED

I wrote about this house a while back but I thought I would let you know that its out this month featured in House Beautiful. It’s also an excuse for me to share a few more photos from the shoot with you. The House, owned by Corinne and Simon Rawlins, is a 5 bedroom A listed Georgian town house in Edinburgh’s beautiful New Town. Jenny (lovely stylist) and I had a brilliant time shooting. Corinne’s home is a treasure trove of all things aesthetically wonderful! She has collected pieces of art and furniture from her native France. The house has a neutral palette throughout with an uncluttered and simple french style in all the rooms. What more can I say… when can I move in?

WHITE AND BRIGHT

I’m really excited to be featured in June’s edition of House Beautiful. It’s a lovely spread written by the very talented Fiona Reid on how we built our studio. Reading it brings back great memories of the build and all the hard work that went into the planning. The studio was designed by Arka architects at the same time our farm house was being redesigned. I am not a very patient person and this process took AGES! Planning permission, building warrants and worst of all motivating builders! I had very definite ideas on how the building should look externally and feel on the inside. These things have absolutely been achieved. The white walls and flooring create a calm and relaxing work environment, they are practical for my work too. I look forward to going to work and even though the studio is just at the bottom of the garden it separates work and home life. It was well worth the wait.

 

Inside Out

May’s issue of House Beautiful has hit the shops featuring our garden room shoot ‘inside out’ so I thought I would share a few more images from the shoot with you.

This secluded garden room is one of the most beautiful extensions I have ever set foot in. Cleverly extended from the original victorian house the room is completely hidden from the drive and gives the illusion of being a floating glass box. The combination of woods used in the window frames, flooring and furniture looks incredible as set beneath the owners tree house which is hung above the garden room in an enormous pine tree! it’s branches cascade over the windows and when in full summer bloom give a feeling of being ever more tucked away.

We shot this room on a VERY wet February day, the room was so cozy with the wood burning stove on and the underfloor heating. It was lovely to be tucked up inside and so close to the stunning garden views at the same time.

This project was designed by an amazing team of architects at Arka Architects in Scotland. I would highly recommend taking a look at there website to see their other award winning projects.

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Making Shapes

It’s all about lines! I have been lusting over images of geometric jewellery for some time now on Pinterest and British Vogue magazine. There is just something so amazingly modern about these bold lines, prisms side by side and chunky laser cut deigns.

I was lucky enough to track down some very beautiful pieces at top drawer in January. The two pieces above are from the BAZAAR range from Bohemia Design. Both are available from the SOOuK shop, the ‘chevron trio’ necklace is the perfect way to continue our interiors obsession with chevron! Now we can wear it too!

Extra photography by Susan Burnell for Vidal Sassoon and extra magazine images from British Vogue by Glen Luchford.

Home on the range

This months House Beautiful features a lovely shoot I did a few months ago of Cat and Stuart’s Home. The mezzanine apartment in Glasgow’s west end was a former military building. The property has stunning double height, south facing sash-and-case windows which let light flood in to the house. Cat and Stuart have filled the apartment with quirky, eclectic vintage finds which add real character to the contemporary space and reflects their interests in art and design.

I absolutely loved the strong graphic lines from the black mezzanine. It really works well with the images from society6 and the prints from SOOuK of course!

http://housebeautiful.co.uk/

Black and Right

Here is a little preview from our latest shoot. The throw is from a stunning range from Tori Murphy and the prints are our very own SOOuK exclusives. All available online at SOOuK from January.

Hope you love them as much as we do!

Happy Nest

Above are some photographs I took for House Beautiful magazine about this time last year, (printed april 2013). It is the very beautiful home of Jenny, John and little Elspeth. Jenny and John, (founders of happinest), lovingly restored their top floor Edinburgh tenement while adapting it to suit their families needs. A branch from the garden adds unique impact to the bedroom. The mid-century bureau, (middle left), looks fabulous set against their retro styled living room while the black and white thirties style bathroom really compliments the original roll top bath. There are so many great finds in this immaculately styled house. I’d quite like to take a few things home with me…

www.happinesthomes.com

www.housebeautuful.com

Bright and Bijou

Here are a few pictures from a shoot I did back in August for House Beautiful. It’s the very lovely apartment of Kate Chandler an Edinburgh based photographer. The vibrant colour scheme has completely transformed this victorian apartment.

katechandlercreative.com