Gift Guide: Homes & Interiors
A Gift Guide for Homes & Interiors?
I'm not suggesting that your home receives a present at Christmas although maybe that could catch on, but there's probably someone you know that loves finding new homeware brands and items for their home. This gift guide is to help you out with ideas for them. Or maybe it's you and you're looking for suggestions for your own Christmas list.
The products are from small independent businesses who are all needing our support right now. Don't forget to buy early to avoid the rush and to feel super organised.
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The room mists made by Seilich enhance the atmosphere of the home. This Loch and Burn (they're all named after places the botanicals were grown) uses fresh water mint which was collected from the banks of the lochs and rivers of Perthshire and carries with it the energy of the place.
When you've run out of surfaces for your (mine actually) new lockdown-inspired hobby of houseplants, you can hang them up with the straw hanging basket plant pot.
A gorgeous small stoneware dish shaped to resemble the shell of the mussel. This is perfect for nibbles or trinkets, that way you can have it out on the dressing table to admire all day. Made nearby from the studio of talented ceramicist Charlotte Cadzow.
From local willow grower and weaver, this plain willow wreath can be dressed with fresh or dried flowers and seasonal foliage. I feel a holly & ivy foraging walk coming up. This wreaths are sold naked but this one was dressed for the photo by Debbie at East Lothian Flower Farm. As the name suggests, the flowers are all grown in East Lothian and as such are seasonal. We can highly recommend, she's very helpful.
Grosvenor Hartley are two super talented women who have backgrounds in homewares buying and product development so they know their interiors. Really lovely decorative items and vintage finds. They also show sneak peeks on Instagram which sometimes get snapped up before even being listed on their Etsy store so I'd recommend giving them a follow.
Interiors feature writer and stylist Alison Gibb created the Interior Design Toolkit to help you decide what style of interior design you are most drawn to, saving you from making any expensive mistakes.
Scottish Art Specialist for an international auction house, May Matthews Fine Art uses her knowledge and expertise to source and stock 19th and 20th Century Scottish paintings and print depicting Edinburgh and East Lothian. Available stock can be viewed here.
Not exactly an interiors buy but it does keep the walls clean.
If a house isn't a home without a dog in it, then that house is usually a bit grubby round the edges. After a walk at the beach or the woods, we wrap Bertie into his dressing gown which dries off the mud and sand to save it getting shaken off onto the walls.
If I had space in the garden, I would love to receive a tree. Grown from seed in East Lothian by Alba Trees, where we're lucky to have the highest number of sunshine hours in Scotland which promotes excellent growth, these trees have had the very best start before heading out to you or your loved one.
Local artist The Print Wifey has made this lavender hand cast peg board wall plaque, capturing the intricate detail of the flowers in this plaster relief taken from a clay moulding. There are 3 birch wooden shaker pegs to hang keys, tea towels, dog leads, etc.
Heading overseas, Double Merrick is an Englishman living in France where he creates retro inspired giclee and screen prints. If you've watched a Channel 4 series about some cool young professionals, or read a blog from a cutting edge architect, you've probably spotted a Double Merrick print in the background. My claim to fame is that I used to sit next to him on the school bus back when he was Singular Merrick.
I've very recently seen this maker's work and it it so beautiful that I wanted to share it with you (while I save up for it). Handwoven by East Lothian textile designer Hopipola, this ' A Walk in the Forest' cushion is a work of art. Gorgeous.
I hope you and your home get everything that you wish for.