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UPTOWN AWARD-WINNING INTERIORS AND LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE FOR SCOTLAND

www.uptownmagazine.co.uk

NOVEMBER 2009 > JANUARY 2010 | £3.25

27 PAGES of KITCHEN NEWS, PRODUCTS, INSPIRATIONAL DESIGNS & RANGE COOKERS

a switched on selection of PENDANT, STANDARD & TABLE TOP LIGHTING

a luxury hotel break on the ISLE OF SKYE

with something for all the FAMILY, including the ONE WHO HAS EVERYTHING...

enjoy CHRISTMAS SHOPPING & JANUARY SALES at three luxurious UK destinations

HEALTH • ART • BEAUTY • FASHION • FOOD • NEWS


CLIVE CHRISTIAN


C L I V E C H R I S T I A N S C O T L A N D , 9 7 - 9 9 G R E AT W E S T E R N R O A D , G L A S G O W. G 4 9 A H . T E L E P H O N E 0 1 4 1 3 3 2 8 9 8 9 C L I V E . C O M


PHOTOGRAPH BY ERIC THORBURN

PRODUCTION TEAM EDITOR Lynne Kennedy lynne@greatroom.co.uk ART DIRECTOR Jennifer McGuigan jen@greatroom.co.uk SENIOR ART DIRECTOR Jayné Cahill PRODUCTION CONTROLLER Sarah Cowie sarah@greatroom.co.uk PR & MARKETING MANAGER Fiona Cameron fiona@greatroom.co.uk

SALES TEAM SALES MANAGER Gilly Wilson gilly@greatroom.co.uk ADVERTISING SALES Margaret Kelly margaret@greatroom.co.uk

CONTRIBUTORS Filippo Berio Taylor Ferguson Mailin Haddow Debbie Jeffery Lindsay Russell Peter Samson Blair Thomson Johnny Walker

PHOTOGRAPHERS Eric Thorburn Jeremy Phillips Martin Phillimore Nick Callaghan

'Tis the season to be jolly! It’s that time of year again and the countdown to Christmas is under way. As the kitchen is seen to be the heart of the home, then why not make some seasonal changes to yours in the coming year. To help you on your way to re-designing your new dream kitchen, we have tried to make things easier and put them into categories. There are so many different styles and colours, from contemporary to traditional, so take a look at pages 47-73 for ideas from some of our top kitchen companies in Scotland. Not forgetting the chef in the house we have put together a great selection of cooking ranges - perfect for cooking the Christmas turkey! Hunting for Christmas presents can be a mental drain for some of us, especially for the person that has everything, but I think we have covered all members of the family with our selection of Christmas gift ideas starting on page 35. No matter how you intend to spend Hogmanay, do it in style and toast in 2010 with our selection of single malt whiskies on page 106 and relax in opulent style with the selection of chaise longues feature on page 39. Girls, we know you all love to shop so we have chosen some shopping destinations and hotels in the UK to turn your Christmas shopping or January sales expedition into one big extravagant adventure. I have already picked my destination, The Howard in Edinburgh, which sounds very decadent, and with a 24-hour room and butler service, when do I check in! UPTOWN has changed and we are now a quarterly publication, but don’t worry there will be no changes to the content or quality of the magazine, in fact we intend to make it even bigger and better. We love hearing from you and as ever look forward to your feedback… Hope you have a great Christmas and New Year and see you in 2010!

COVER IMAGE See full feature from page 25.

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08 DESIGNS ON YOU New products, classic designs and smile-inducing must-see pieces...

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BLANK CANVAS When interior designer Paul Douglas was asked to work on the show house at a new development outside Edinburgh, he never imagined he’d end up buying one of the properties himself.

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SEASONAL STYLE Change the look of your room in minutes with these retro inspired wall stickers, just £22!

22 £25... OR LESS! Finishing touches for your interiors don’t have to cost a month’s salary! We’ve found a selection of stylish items to complement your room for just £25... or less!

25 A TOWERING SUCCESS Russell and Jannette Harris have converted and extended a Grade II listed Victorian water tower into a luxurious minimalist home for the future.

35 CHRISTMAS PRESENCE Choosing those extra special gifts for family at Christmas can sometimes be a drain on the mental resources. Check out our selection of present ideas sure to impress and inspire.

39 LONGUE LIE Add opulence, luxury and style to your room with a fabulous chaise longue. 6

40 THE WALLED GARDEN It was once home to mature fruits and specimen-trees now the walled garden in Kinloch House in Fife is where you will find the fruits of architect Gareth Hoskins’ labour.

48 KITCHEN NEWS A selection of the latest kitchen products to complement the heart of any home!

52 DARKEST DESIRE Opting for a black or dark coloured kitchen is a true style choice as it will create a striking, contemporary space sure to ooze the ‘wow’ factor for you and your dinner guests!

56 IT’S ALL WHITE White kitchens continue to be a popular choice as they offer a clean contemporary or timeless traditional look and are simple to update with new accessories and decor.

60 WOODEN HEART The versatility of wood means it can create both traditional and contemporary spaces. With countless finishes wood can also introduce a natural and warm element to the kitchen.

64 COLOUR CHOICE Choosing a coloured kitchen - whether it’s a bright colour to add zing or a more subtle colour to create atmosphere - it is a fabulous way to add personality to your interior!


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68 ALL WORKED UP Want to give your kitchen a make-over without the expense of fitting a completely new kitchen? Why not simply change the worktops?!

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TOP OF THE RANGE Whether you want to add a stylish and practical finishing touch to your kitchen, heat your home or just cook up a storm for friends and family, we have a fantastic selection of range cookers to raise the temperature...

74 LET THERE BE LIGHT A switched on selection of pendant, floor standing and table top lighting to complement your interior!

82 ART DIARY Our guide to what’s on at galleries in Scotland.

88 ARTIST PROFILE We profile successful Scottish artist, Blair Thomson.

92 WIN * WIN * WIN Mackie’s are offering our readers the chance to win a year’s supply of both Mackie's delicious ice cream and Mackie’s new crunchy crisps.

93 GO WITH THE FLOW UPTOWN welcomes olive oil specialist Filippo Berio prized for their quality and fine flavours since 1867. This issue Filippo Berio present three delicious recipes sure to get your juices flowing...

96 BEAUTY NEWS A selection of beauty products sure to make you look beautiful and feel fabulous!

100 £25... OR LESS! Looking fabulous doesn’t have to come with a celebrity price tag. We’ve put together a selection of goodies to make you look and feel great for just £25... or less!

103 TAYLOR’S TOP TEN FOR ‘10 Makeover expert Taylor Ferguson, hairdresser to the stars, shares his top ten tips for a 2010 hair boost.

105 MAILIN’S MUST-HAVES Mailin Haddow reveals which gems she thinks shine out this season and how to use them to achieve this season’s hottest looks!

106 TOASTING 2010 As 2009 draws to a close and the anticipation of a New Year grows, we asked award-winning sommelier, Johnny Walker, to recommend his top four single malt whiskies to toast 2010 with.

108 WIN * WIN * WIN Duisdale House Hotel on the Isle of Skye are offering our readers the fabulous opportunity to win a luxury two-night break consisting of dinner, bed & breakfast for 2 in a superb four-poster bedroom.

109 SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP Turn your Christmas shopping or January sales expedition into an adventure by indulging both your passion for shopping in one of three UK destinations whilst also relaxing at one of each city’s top hotels.

114 OPULENT STYLE The Innermost White Chandelier, £13,148! 7


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designs on you NEW PRODUCTS, CLASSIC DESIGNS & SMILE-INDUCING MUST-SEE PIECES... BELOW  NABAZTAG MEDIA STREAMING RABBIT, £99.95, www.johnlewis.com

ABOVE  MELODIES IN MOTION CLOCK, £350, www.seiko.co.uk Melodies in Motion clocks come to life on the hour with moving figurines, sparkling lights and high fidelity sound. By combining sound, motion and light, these clocks are a delight to watch each and every day. Re-launched for 2009, Seiko’s unique collection of Melodies in Motion clocks are ideal for, amongst other areas, children’s bedrooms and family rooms.

He moves his ears, speaks, reads text, plays music - he even lights up with every colour imaginable. He can give you all types of services, messages, and content you ask for. He scours the net endlessly to do these very things! Want to know the latest weather forecast? Or have your e-mails read out to you? No problem. And Nabaztag (Armenian for rabbit) isn’t a dumb bunny - once connected to your home wireless network, he can really start updating you in earnest. For instance, he can wake you up with a cheerful message, and tell you what’s been happening in the real world while you’ve been sleeping. You can enjoy internet radio through his built-in speaker before he reads out your friends’ Facebook status updates. If your friends also own a Nabaztag you can send it messages directly through the Nabaztag network. Your rabbit can even ‘marry’ another Nabaztag – the perfect way to keep in contact with your other half!

ABOVE  IITTALA GLASS BIRDS BY ANU PENTTINEN, from £279 each, www.cloudberryliving.co.uk Close to four decades after the first glass birds by Oiva Toikka, Iittala presents six colourful pieces by the new Finnish designer Anu Penttinen. Anu Penttinen hails from a glass background and she has a studio at the famous 215 year old Nuutajärvi glassworks in Finland. Birds by Penttinen is a playful collection inspired by pop culture and the world of cartoons.

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BELOW  UNION JACK DOG DOOR STOP, £29.95, and PUPPY DOOR BUMPER, £16.95, www.bethstevens.co.uk Both the Dog and Puppy are available in the traditional red white and blue union jack design and also a grey version for more monochrome room schemes. ABOVE  U+ LIVROCHE CUBIST BOOK STAND, £75, www.amaroni.com Applying an architectural cubist shape and handcarved from natural stone, Livroche can display books or stand by itself as a sculpture in any environment.

BELOW  HANDMADE LEATHER HIPPO FOOT REST (STANDARD), £315, www.thepresentfinder.co.uk Due to its sturdy construction the popular Hippo is the perfect and most friendly of places to rest your weary feet. Handmade from the finest leather these unusual animals were first supplied to Liberty’s of London in 1927. The Hippo can be bought in various sizes from miniature, small, standard and medium. Handmade Leather Pig and Rhino footstools also available.

ABOVE  MAX FAN HEATER, £75, www.redcandy.co.uk Whether your interior is red hot or ice cool, the Matti Walker Max Fan Heater will more than cater for your climatic desires. This three legged character is the perfect office or bedroom companion throughout both the summer and winter months. It is a far cry from the beige rectangular box heaters of old; here’s a designer fan heater that you’ll actually want to place in clear view either on your desk, or prominently position on the floor.

RIGHT  STARSHIP EARTH, £575, www.cgeglobes.co.uk This globe is a three dimensional star atlas. The 40cm diameter outer globe displays all eighty-eight constellations and more than 1100 naked eye stars, plus many other night sky features. The 12cm inner earth globe acts as the setting point for an accurate representation of the visible night sky at any time or place. A simple three stage setting allows you to pinpoint with great accuracy the sky you see. It comes with a full instruction leaflet explaining how to get the best out of what is both a fantastic conversation piece as well as a useful instrument.

LEFT  MEGA DOUBLE CANDLEHOLDER XL, £399, www.stylishlife.co.uk The Mega Double Candleholder is a huge candle holder that stands 65cm tall and weighs nearly 9kg - sure to impress!

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RIGHT  HOME CINEMA SEATING, from £1099.99 - £4,999.99, available up to 5 seater, www.drinkstuff.com Create your own home cinema with a luxurious and comfortable choice of seating. Available in black or brown leather, these cinema seats can include a beverage cooler/warmer; motorised incliner; storage box; anti slip footrest and even a massage system. For added comfort, there is a motorised incliner system which lets you adjust both the back and footrest to suit your needs - a superb way to enjoy your films!

LEFT  FREEBIRD WALL CLOCK, £100, www.occa-home.co.uk The FreeBird wall clock was born from the collaboration between Diamantini & Domeniconi company and Fabrica, the well-known Benetton’s communication research centre. A very original and unconventional approach to the Cuckoo clock: the bird that traditionally comes out of the case hour after hour, has been set free and stands lazy sitting on the edge of the clock. Available in many colours!

BELOW  ZETA FIRE IN BLACK, £7,995, www.ecosmartfire.com A clever fusion of timber, leather and stainless steel, the fully portable Zeta sits on a stainless steel brushed or chrome-plated swivel base. The Zeta is available in different leather colours including black, tan, latte and chocolate and is fuelled by denatured ethanol, an environmentally friendly, renewable energy.

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ABOVE  U+ TRIPLO COAT RACK, £275, www.perryperry.com This functional yet super stylish coat rack’s simple construction consists of a polished white concrete base and three lengths of turned solid wood in a warm natural finish with nine functional hooks.


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BLANK CANVAS WORDS: LINDSAY RUSSELL PHOTOGRAPHY: NICK CALLAGHAN

When interior designer Paul Douglas was asked to work on the show house at a new development outside Edinburgh, he never imagined he’d end up buying one of the properties himself.

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S an interior designer and partner at Edinburgh’s Room ID, Paul Douglas is no stranger to meeting clients’ interior design needs. “It’s always that little bit harder when you’re the client and the designer though,” Paul confesses, when discussing the transformation of his new-build house just outside Edinburgh. A completely blank canvas when Paul moved in over three years ago, it’s now been given a full interior style overhaul; the whole place was originally white or magnolia, so it was a great opportunity to really assert some style on the place, and who better to do it than Paul himself: “I decided just to really go for it here with strong colours. You can do that when the lighting’s good.” One of seven houses on the development, Paul’s first experience of the properties was in a professional capacity: “My business partner,

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Siobhan Mooney, and I were asked to do some work on the show house. It never occurred to me that I might actually end up living here too!” Located in an East Lothian market town about 17 miles from Edinburgh, it’s a marked change to the city centre living Paul had been accustomed to: “I’d been looking for a new place somewhere in town, but couldn’t find anything. My partner came to see the development one weekend and quite liked it. The more we thought about it, the more we liked the idea of going for something a bit different; our place before this was a traditional Victorian house overlooking the Forth in Edinburgh.” Nothing has been altered structurally but this is no ordinary new build. One of the factors which initially attracted Paul to the house was the high spec; from the door finishes and ironmongery to


uptowninteriors BELOW: The suede chairs are from Designers Guild; the large painting was bought from a friend when she retired to Sri Lanka and the Tolomeo pendant light is from Italian company Artemide.

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BELOW: The kitchen is the original specification with a few well chosen additions.

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ABOVE: This bright, garden room takes full advantage of the great aspect, with floor to ceiling windows on three sides and pulls inspiration from Modernist designs of the 1950s and early 1960s.

the bathrooms and kitchen, Paul was impressed: “Quite often the specification in contemporary houses isn’t that great, but this really was, with the exception of the lighting…but I knew I could redo that.” Paul had low voltage lighting put in across most rooms in the house to achieve a warm glow of light cascading onto the walls: “If you’ve got lighting like that, you can go much more dramatic with colour schemes.” The main bathroom was a case in point. While the bath and the limestone were all part of the original finish, Paul had low voltage lighting put in to light up the bath, he mirrored across one wall, added the Bois wall covering from Elitis and put a blind in to pull the room together, creating a sumptuous spa feel. The kitchen also enjoyed the low voltage treatment and similar to the bathroom, the kitchen is the original spec with a few well-chosen additions. Paul decided on a round table: “We do quite a lot of entertaining but it’s very informal so I prefer a contemporary circular table; it’s more sociable.” The suede chairs from the Designers Guild were brought from the last house; the large 16

RIGHT: The second guest bedroom (which started life as the TV room) has a cosy snug feel with rich red tones and textured Hessian type wallpaper from Elitis.

painting was bought from a friend when she retired to Sri Lanka and the Tolomeo pendant light is from Italian company Artemide. The first floor was the first part of the house to get the full makeover treatment, completed within a couple of months of moving in. “In the main guest bedroom I just wanted to do something really fun and fresh; most guests only stay one or two nights - they’re not here for weeks on end so I went for a great Cole & Son wallpaper here.” In contrast the second guest room (which started life as the TV room) has a cosy snug feel with rich red tones and textured Hessian type wallpaper from Elitis. In the main bedroom Paul went for a stylish masculine feel, choosing copper tones, dark browns and earthy greens for a dark and dramatic overall feel. Downstairs, the fun theme is continued in the Palm Springs influenced TV Room, which leads off the kitchen. An extension to the original property, Paul opted for “completely mad, off-the-wall parrot wallpaper in lime green” for the wall, which plays host to the plasma screen. This bright,


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LEFT: Moving away from mid-century glamour, the hallway brings a Far Eastern influence to the property.

garden room takes full advantage of the great aspect, with floor to ceiling windows on three sides and pulls inspiration from Modernist designs of the 1950s and early 1960s. The 1960s Scandinavian armchair was an eBay find and Paul also added a vintage retro Italian chandelier: “It took me ages to find the right one [chandelier] because I was looking for something very specific. I just had a wire hanging out for ages. I don’t like putting something up unless it’s the right thing though!” It’s been worth the wait though; the room has transformed the house, added value (because they now have both a large drawing room as well as a TV Room) and created a better flow of space on the ground floor. With a passion for mid century design, Paul set to work on the large drawing room, creating the perfect room for after dinner entertaining (no TV but a great hi-fi), inspired by the glamour of 1940s Hollywood: “This was one of the last rooms we undertook (apart from the extension). We left it for about 6 or 7 months and started slowly. It 18


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ABOVE (LEFT): Paul put in low voltage lighting in the bathroom, mirrored across one wall, added Bois wall covering from Elitis and put in a blind to create a sumptuous spa feel.

ABOVE: Inspired by the glamour of 1940s Hollywood, the drawing room is perfect for after dinner entertaining. The dark sofa in front of the window was specially made with a back at both sides but nothing in the middle, to avoid having anything too heavy in front of the window.

was the most expensive room, so it took a bit longer. It was also the most awkward to furnish; there are two doors in from the hall, but they’re not quite symmetrical with the fireplace!” The room, which runs the length of the house, also has French windows at one end leading to the garden, and a higher window at the opposite end. Paul dressed both windows so they matched, using a voile behind the curtains, to create an optical illusion, suggesting that there are French windows at both ends. For finishing touches and furnishings Paul used his contacts and expertise to achieve the final polished look. One of the paintings was purchased when in Palm Springs, another from an artist who works for Room ID. The dark sofa in front of the window was specially made: “I had to put something in front of the window but didn’t want anything too heavy so had this specially made so it had a back at both sides but nothing in the middle,” Paul explains. Moving away from mid-century glamour, the hallway brings a Far Eastern influence to the

property: “The hall was quite dark anyway so we decided to stick with dark colours, painting the walls in David Oliver’s Moth; it works well with the woodwork.” To give it a focal point we used the statue of the Budda, which I’d had for years. We put a mirror behind him and lit him up from below. It’s a real focal point as you walk into the house when coupled with the gold wallpaper. At the other end by the front door, we used bamboo and backlit it for an Eastern Asian feel. I’ve spent quite a few holidays in that part of the world and really love the contemporary Asian style with spa feel.” With the makeover now complete, there’s just one thing left for Paul to do now - find one last painting for the drawing room. “I did see a piece the other day, but unfortunately it had already been sold! The right one will come up! I’ll know it when I see it. Sometimes you need to be patient and wait for the right piece to come along. If you do everything 100% in the first go, often it’s not right. You need to be patient with certain things. There’s always something to add in or change!”

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It only takes a few minutes to change the look of a room! US-based designer and architect Mina Javid is one of Blik’s hot new talents. She has created a collection of retro inspired WALL STICKERS of striking interior silhouettes that will add a quirky yet subtle focal point to any room. Headboards, lights and plants blend into an existing interior scheme or add an unexpected splash of colour. And if you change your mind, all Blik stickers are easy to remove as they are to apply - just peel and stick! BLIK There are many colours and styles of wall stickers available to view and purchase at www.supernice.co.uk

SOCKET LIGHT, £22

WAREHOUSE PENDANT LIGHT, £22

WROUGHT IRON HEADBOARD, £22

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PEACOCK CUSHION , £16, www.matalan.co .uk

CHOCOLATE HAMMER ED LAMP, £25, www.asda.co.uk

THE TYPHOON CAPS ULE KITCHEN SCALE, £25, www.red candy.co.uk

FUNKY LONDON TR AY, £24, www.hunkydory home

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ELINA CASED PURP LE GLASSWARE, from £11.50, www.beth stevens.co.uk

RUBIK'S SALT AND PEPPER MILLS, £11.99 each, www.tota llyfunky.com

APPLE FRUIT AND VE G COMPOST CROCK, £19.49, www.l akeland.co.uk

BRIGHT WINE GLAS SES (SET OF 4), £20, www.next.co.uk WATER BOTTLE CARA FE AND GLASS, £10.99, www.giftedp enguin.co.uk

KENNETH TURNER NOEL CHRISTMAS CANDLE, £24.95, ww w.candles.co.uk

ISAK BLOSSOM & BIL L BIRCHWOOD TRAY , £25, www.carolinem cgrath.co.uk

FLOWER MIRROR, £15, www.matalan.co .uk

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PIXI ROUND WALL CLO CK, £22, www.habitat.co.u k

HAND KNITTED CUSH ION, £16, www.matalan.co .uk

TEAL CANDLESTICKS (SET OF 2), £10, www.next.co.uk

SEBASTIAN CONRAN TRIVET (SET OF 3), £18, www.johnlewis.co m

SAM & GURU ESPRES SO CUP AND SAUCERS, £8 each, wonkybunny.co.uk

SELECT BALSAMIC VIN EGAR, £15, www.johnlewis.co m

ANDY HOOK ANTLE RS, £22.50, wonkybunn y.co.uk

ORIGAMI PAPER RO SES, £4.50 each, www.hab itat.co.uk

PURPLE VASE, £7, www.asda.co.uk

TWEET CUSHION, £15, www.johnlewis.co m

BLACK GRANITE PE STLE AND MORTAR, from £15, www.davidm ellordesign.com

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a TOWERING success WORDS BY DEBBIE JEFFERY & PHOTOGRAPHY BY JEREMY PHILLIPS

Russell and Jannette Harris have converted and extended a Grade II listed Victorian water tower into a luxurious minimalist home for the future.

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URING the many years it took the Harris family to transform their home they endured both physical and financial hardship, sold their possessions to boost dwindling funds and relinquished holidays and even friendships in order to fulfil their dream. “What began as a whim turned into our own personal Everest, and there were times when we thought we might never move in,” admits Russell Harris. Russell, his wife Jannette and their children James and Sophie

had lived in the picturesque Cheshire village of Lymm for a number of years and were familiar with the tower - a crumbling 130-year-old landmark straight out of a fairytale which had been redundant for thirty years and was serving as a platform for a number of mobile phone aerials. Russell, a television presenter and producer, would walk his dog along the footpath by the side of the tower and, when it came onto the open market in 1997, he impulsively put in a bid of £138,000 and 25


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ABOVE: The new wrap-around extension was made from 157 pieces of steel and follows the shape of the octagonal tower. The brief was to create a child-friendly, minimal environment of the future with simple white walls and plenty of storage.

bought the stone structure. Suddenly he and Jannette found themselves the owners of a Grade II listed building and had to decide exactly what to do with their new acquisition. Intent on creating an inspirational family home within the tower, they battled with planners and local opposition over a period of five years, during which time architects came and went and the couple almost lost heart. However, a chance meeting with Barry Harvey of Redrow Homes gave them the inspiration they needed to get their dream back on track. Barry introduced the Harrises to Ellis Williams Architects, where Julian Baker took on the project and became not only an inspiration but also a family friend - producing drawings which focused on blending contemporary design with the building's traditional features. In order to convert the tower into a practical family house it was necessary to build a wrap-around extension, which follows the shape of the octagonal tower and consists of a series of outward looking living spaces. The high-level convex glass faรงade creates the impression that the roof is floating above the structure, which has been designed so that the sun rises on the kitchen and sets on the dining area, with the summer lounge positioned in the middle facing due south. A double-height entrance lobby opens into 27


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ABOVE: The winter lounge within the base of the tower is a modern, minimalist snug, wrapped inside a curving wall, which acts as a screen for projected images, and is simply furnished with two modular Italian sofas, a low white table and two dramatic lights hanging from the ceiling to either side.. RIGHT: The summer lounge forms the heart of the open-plan living space, and enjoys a breathtaking vista through glass doors across the garden. Two red sofas face each other across a low table and a wood burning fire sits centrally in front of the glazing.

the reception area, and a ramp leads into the main living room, with changes in level defining the functions of the ground floor spaces. The narrow upper floors of the tower accommodate bedrooms, above which a decked roof garden with a teak hot tub enjoys views of the Cheshire countryside to the outline of Manchester twenty miles away. Planning permission for the conversion and extension was eventually approved in 2002 and building work could finally begin. The main tower was sandblasted and the original water tank removed, with new holes punched into the thick stonework. Huge steel frames were then hoisted into place to support the concrete floors, and argon-filled double-glazed units fitted before foundations could be laid for the extension of rendered blockwork and structural self-cleaning glass. Around 25 tons of steelwork has been used in the construction of this additional living space and for the floors and roof in the original tower, with Russell paying day rates to many of the tradesmen because of the sheer size and complexity of the project - a factor which sometimes made it difficult to keep track of costs: “When we were first considering the project we estimated the cost of the build at around £75,000, but the last time I looked at the quantity surveyor's report I needed therapy for a fortnight!” Russell laughs. “Our tower was built in 1870 and was sponsored by the local landed gentry, which is why it is so beautiful - the classic romantic Rapunzel tower - but it also has a tremendously utilitarian feel to it,” says Jannette. “Since taking on this project 28


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ABOVE: Frosted glass stairs behind the kitchen lead up to the first floor.

we have become passionate about modern, contemporary architecture, and wanted the interiors to be as simple and uncluttered as possible. We chose seamless white liquid resin flooring for the main living spaces and added colour with the lighting, which was designed by Kate Wilkins who was responsible for the lighting scheme at the Tate Modern.� Every detail has been carefully considered and the end result is both contemporary and luxurious. The winter lounge within the base of the tower is a modern, minimalist snug, wrapped inside a curving wall, which acts as a screen for projected images, and is simply furnished with two modular Italian sofas, a low white table and two dramatic lights hanging from the ceiling to either side. In contrast, the summer lounge forms the heart of the open-plan living space, and enjoys a breathtaking vista through glass doors across the garden. To the other side of the summer lounge stands the double height kitchen, where curtain wall glazing looks out onto decking, bamboo and a shallow black pool, which produces wonderful reflections of the tower when the early morning light hits the water. Frosted glass stairs behind the kitchen lead up to the first floor, where the opulent six metre high master bedroom contains a low, modern bed standing against a back-lit headboard. Three fabric panels hang down to create a more intimate space and an oak staircase leads up to the gallery, where a bath supported on oak blocks and twin basins perched on an iroko table form part of the ensuite bathroom. 31


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the walled garden WORDS BY CAROLE ERSKINE & PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDRE W LEE

It was once home to mature fruits and specimen-trees now the walled garden in Kinloch House in Fife is where you will find the fruits of architect Gareth Hoskins’ labour. Main day spaces viewed from the garden

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HE walled garden was, in Victorian times, a way of keeping foxes and stoats away from nibbling the strawberries. Now it is a stunning single storey home with floor to ceiling windows and the ruins of a small bothy built-in to the south-east corner. The clients, a professional couple with one child, were attracted to the site by its remoteness and its strong connections with nature. They approached a number of Scottish architects but chose Gareth Hoskins Architects after visiting three of their completed projects – the Visitors’ Centre at HMP Edinburgh, the Bobbin Mill at Comrie and the ‘Mack Room’ at the Lighthouse. The architect’s brief was for a minimalist ‘glass box’. “They wanted to feel as if they were living outside,” says Gareth Hoskins. “A building like this is very much generated by a response to its sight. It’s not as if we had this plan in a drawer and were just looking for the place to build it. “The clients loved the Barcelona Pavilion and asked if we could design them a house like that. Ideally it would have a glass roof and they wanted it to be very minimalist. They didn’t want to live in a house in the garden, rather they wanted to live in the garden.” The property could have been built above a single storey in order to take in the views of the surrounding Fife farmland. However at the time Fife Council was in the process of revising its planning policy to prevent any type of residential development in walled gardens. “There are too many of them disappearing into residential properties,” said Gareth. So early discussions with the local planning department also took place to ensure they would be happy with the design in this sensitive historic location.

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View of front door with protective roof overhang

“We had to then apply for planning permission and a building warrant,” said Gareth. “The key for the latter is that the building must not waste energy, obviously in today’s climate people are much more aware than they were 10 years ago about issues like global warming. In final design the external walls were approximately 50% glass, around five or tens times higher than that of a developers house. Through careful research and with specialist advice, the architects were able to maximise the clients’ desire for expansive glazing while still satisfying building regulations in matter of fuel economy and safety. The property is full of clever and quirky designs that allow for the minimalist look to come to the fore. The south-facing, full height living room glazing is formed using factory-sealed double-glazed toughened-glass that incorporated an insulating layer. They were the largest sheets of glass available in

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The living space looking west

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Scotland at that time, and fulfilled the client’s request for a frameless ‘invisible’ appearance. The units are butt-joined together and under-floor heating allows for maximum efficiency and avoids the visual clutter of radiators. The walls in the house are ‘inhabited’, or renamed ‘fat walls’ by the architects. Many household appliances including the boiler, fridge freezer, dishwasher and cupboards are contained within the walls, it acts as a storage space allowing the main rooms to be clean and uncluttered. Visitors would not be aware of these spaces as they concealed behind white flush doors, the same colour as the walls. The cleverly designed, secret aspect to the home extends to a jib door that exists in the kitchen partition, a door concealed in a wall that acts as a direct entrance to the kitchen area. There is no handle; the joint between the door and the wall next to it is hidden in a recess in the vertical cladding. “It’s a quick way for the clients to slip into the kitchen with bags of shopping,” says Gareth. “When they’re having people round they would naturally follow the partition round to the kitchen area but this concealed door offers them an alternative.” The overhanging roof is designed to provide shade in the summer on the south and also acts as a rain canopy between the car port and the front door on the north side. Its designed to appear thin and visually lightweight, with no light fittings. Uplighters are concealed in the kitchen enclosure to bounce light off the ceiling. The house is supported by columns that are concealed by pivoting oak insulated doors, which connect inside and outside. They add to the impression of a thin, floating plane in contrast to the marked solidity of the walls. In the summer time the doors can be hinged open so the living space flows out into the garden.

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TOP 5 TIPS to building a new house by Gareth Hoskins Architects

The elliptical-plan shaped music room is clad in vertical timber boards and is top-lit with a glass skylight with a curved door that is flush with the line of the walls internally. The master bedroom is fully glazed with a built-in bed head. A dressing table faces due west and the room features built in wardrobes. A series of patricians then form the remaining two bedrooms, en-suite bathroom for the master bedroom and second bathroom. The clients directly sourced all of their own building materials. The process took about two and half years, “It was long and problems did arise,” said Gareth. “Farm land doesn’t have incoming telephone lines and outgoing drainage, you have to account for these things. “Also when the floor slab was cast the client said it was too big, but we had to re-assure and tell them it would be fine. Then the walls came up and we had a phone call saying they were worried the building was too small, the roof was on and they could feel the building closing in around them. We had to ease them through that phase. “It was a couple months later they called again to say that it looked fantastic, they were delighted with the finished product. They had never built a new house before and we had. That was the difference.” “The Walled Garden has provided the perfect, secluded spot to build a new home,” said Gareth. So much the clients are back in talks with Gareth Hoskins about a possible new project – perhaps the vegetable garden round the corner? |

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All that glitters SPECIAL EDITION THERMO CUPS, £29.95 per set of two Menu’s modern design classic, the Thermo Cup, is now available in two luxurious special editions featuring genuine gold and platinum plating! They bring sparkle to a party and would look great on any festive table. The exclusive Thermo Cups come gift boxed in sets of two and are a perfect gift for Christmas, birthdays and weddings – or you could treat yourself to a pair! The cups are made with two layers of porcelain in the finest quality and an insulating hollow core that keeps coffee hot or juice cold while maintaining a comfortable temperature on the outside. MENU www.menu.as

KITCHENNEWS A selection of the latest kitchen products to complement the heart of any home!

Fantastic filtration DANTE TAP, £289 Responding to the growing awareness of filtration taps, Carron Phoenix have introduced the new Dante model, aimed at being attractive to mid-market consumers and budgets. Dante is the first filter tap within Carron’s range to offer two different filter options: Limescale and Antibacterial. CARRON PHOENIX www.carron.com

Cool addition CUSTOMISABLE REFRIGERATORS, from £1,700, plus the cost of the panels Maytag's recently launched side-by-side refrigerators come in a range of styles and configurations. For the most design conscious there are exciting, fully customisable models, which incorporate a trim kit so you can add your very own touch of glamour to your refrigerator. Customise the refrigerator by fitting a panel of choice; whether that is a décor panel in a glorious feature colour, a photograph of the family on holiday or a furniture door to blend with the surroundings, the choices are only limited by imagination. MAYTAG www.maytag.co.uk

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A splashing idea! ROCOCO DESIGN SPLASHBACK, from £40 per linear metre Bushboard’s recently updated Omega worktop range now includes some rather stylish options in splashbacks. Cue the new Rococo design which is available in black or white and draws on the trend for glamour in the home. Rococo Noir features an innovative new laminate surface with a subtle interplay between gloss and matt texture. The flower motif is embossed in gloss against a matt background, giving the splashback product a sophisticated visual and tactile aesthetic. BUSHBOARD www.bushboard.co.uk

Cool, calm and collected SLIMLINE BEVERAGE CENTRE, from £649.99 Consumer research conducted by Rangemaster earlier this year revealed that the popularity of beverage centres is on the rise as more and more homeowners are spending an increased time entertaining at home. The new Rangemaster Slimline Beverage Centre is a great way to keep drinks fresh and cool in a stylish setting. This slimline option will not only suit consumers with limited space, measuring just 38cm in width, but also those on a tight budget. What was once considered a kitchen luxury can be in your home from just £649.99 and is available in black or stainless steel with chrome trim. RANGEMASTER www.rangemaster.co.uk

What’s in store? GULLWING STORAGE, Nolte kitchens start from £18,000 A fantastic storage innovation from Nolte - The Gullwing - creates extra storage space for smaller items, often difficult to find, inside a standard 60cm, 80cm or 90cm deep pan drawer. The special wing shaped drawers simply close over the main body of the drawer as it is pulled out and pushed in. NOLTE www.markdavid.co.uk

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A north of Scotland first KITCHENS INTERNATIONAL, Stoneham kitchens are priced from £20,000 Celebrity chef Nick Nairn has unveiled the newly revamped state-of-the-art Kitchens International showroom in Aberdeen. Centre to the showroom is the brand new range of Stoneham kitchens, which are on display for the first time ever in the north of Scotland offering a stunning new collection of timeless classic and contemporary kitchens. Stoneham, from Kent, have been manufacturing kitchens for more than 140 years so they are experts in fine craftsmanship combined with the latest technology. KITCHENS INTERNATIONAL As well as Aberdeen Kitchens International also has showrooms in Edinburgh and Broxburn, www.kitchensinternational.co.uk

They’ve got it covered CONCRETE FLOOR & WALL PANELS, from £115 per square metre plus approximately £40 per square metre fitting and finishing costs. Surface Plus source, supply and install bespoke timber, stone and concrete floors. They also offer a wide range of other natural floor coverings, including leather, wool and natural fibre products as well as supplying fitted carpets, bespoke rugs and stair runners. Now adding another string to their bow - Surface Plus have introduced pre-finished concrete panels to the UK market which can be used for floors or walls in any room in the house. The 3mm top layer of each panel consists of 95% concrete and 5% resin glue for optimal adhesion and come in various different colours and finishes. The panels come in two standard sizes: 122 x 122cm, 122 x 247cm and on specific demand 122 x 300cm. The panels can be cut and worked on with traditional wood tools where the blades and saws are diamond coated. After fitting, the panels need to be finished with silicon or filler to protect against staining and dirt and water infiltration, and then a glossy concrete wax is applied to add some brilliance. Visit www.surfaceplus.co.uk where you will find a large choice of projects and images to view. Surface Plus also have showrooms in both Glasgow and Edinburgh where they'll be happy to help you if you have a project in mind or require further information or assistance. SURFACE PLUS www.surfaceplus.co.uk

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POGGENPOHL +INTEGRATION KITCHEN IN GLOSSY BLACK PARAPAN, from £20,000. Available from KITCHENS INTERNATIONAL, www.kitchensinternational.co.uk 52


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BAUFORMAT - SANMARINO RANGE, from £4,000. Available from CALLUM WALKER INTERIORS, www.callumwalker.com 64


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P • ALL WORKED UP • ALL WOR R WANT to give your kitchen a make-over without the expense of fitting a completely new kitchen? Why not simply change the worktops?! With an abundance of materials to choose from, you can give your kitchen a new look at a fraction of the cost... STONE Stone is a porous material and as such is good for use in areas where there is water. As a natural material its appearance doesn’t date easily and it won’t clash with other materials chosen for the kitchen. It’s also very hardwearing so will last a long time.

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SYNTHETIC - CORIAN AND ZODIAQ There are various types of synthetic, composite worktop materials available in the current market - a popular choice. Corian and Zodiaq are just two of these options: Corian is a versatile option because it’s available in a variety of styles and in over 70 colours. It can be shaped according to the desired design of your kitchen and is highly practical due to the fact that it’s water resistant and easy to clean. Corian can also incorporate a sink, among other things, thus creating a look where the transition from surface to sink appears to be continuous. Zodiaq is an advanced composite material made of 93% quartz boasting unusual clarity and consistency of colour combined with exceptional strength and durability. With a cool, fresh, sparkling look, Zodiaq catches and reflects light, capturing the radiance of quartz crystal and is available in over 30 colours. Zodiaq can be used to create worktops as well as splashbacks, wall-cladding and even flooring!

STAINLESS STEEL Stainless steel has been used in commercial kitchens for many years, and is now commonly used in domestic kitchens. It requires very little maintenance and is heat-proof and hygienic as well as super-stylish! The metal doesn’t rust and fits well with a contemporary kitchen. Care should be taken however not to scratch or dent it.

GLASS Glass worktops are reasonably easy to clean and are a suitable compliment for a modern kitchen. Available in a variety of colours and textures, they look excellent when enhanced by under-lighting. When installing a glass worktop remember it needs to be reinforced glass and it will also need to be heat protected.

HARDWOOD Hardwood worktops are hardwearing and tough. They do require an element of care to keep them in good condition, however on the plus side scratches and dents can easily be repaired. Some types of wood have natural anti-bacterial properties, which make them more hygienic. Wooden worktops are wonderfully versatile and so suit both modern and traditional style kitchens.

LAMINATE Laminated worktops are widely available. Most laminated worktops are constructed from high-density board, onto which the patterned material is bonded, forming a waterproof laminate. Laminate worktops come in many colours, styles and textures and tend to be the most economical option when choosing a worktop surface. 68

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2: DUPONT CORIAN INTEGRATED WORKTOP, SINK AND SPLASHBACK IN GLACIER WHITE, from £300 per linear metre, www.corian.co.uk

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6: BRUSHED-SATIN STAINLESS STEEL WORKTOP, from £400 per metre, available from GEC Anderson, www.gecanderson.co.uk

7: STAINLESS STEEL WORKSURFACE, from £525 per linear metre (for 30mm - thicker available, £POA), www.metriskitchens.co.uk

8: DUPONT ZODIAQ IN CHARCOAL BLACK, from £300 per linear metre, www.zodiaq.co.uk

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11: AXIOM BY FORMICA LAMINATE WORKTOP IN RED GLOSS, from £21.45 per sqm, www.rearo.co.uk

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3: CLASSIC 110 DELUXE, from £1,774, www.rangemaster.co.uk 4: SYMPHONY SY4110 from £2,250, www.smeguk.com

5: LIMITED PRODUCTION DUCK EGG BLUE AGA, from £8,765, www.agarangemaster.com

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BELOW: LEFT-RIGHT > GLAM DIAMOND LAMP, £35, www.matalan.co.uk > LOCO CLEAR GLASS LAMP, £280, www.heals.co.uk > FLOS SPUN LIGHT, from £510.68, www.leighharmer.co.uk

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BELOW: LEFT-RIGHT > CHROME PLATED BOURGIE TABLE LAMP, £250, www.heals.co.uk > BAROQUE BLOCK TABLE LAMP, £35, www.contemporaryheaven.co.uk > GLASS STEM TABLE LAMP IN PURPLE, £79, www.dwell.co.uk

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BELOW: LEFT-RIGHT > SMALL VINO WINE GLASS CHANDELIER, £145, www.dutchbydesign.com > NORM 03 IN STAINLESS STEEL, £580, www.bodieandfou.com > LEITMOTIV CHROME SKELETON FRAME CHANDELIER, £135, www.contemporaryheaven.co.uk

BELOW: LEFT-RIGHT > FOSCARINI CABOCHE PENDANT LIGHT, from £365.12, www.leighharmer.co.uk > BLACK HONEYCOMB PENDENT, £85, www.heals.co.uk > MOOOI TUBE LIGHT, from £152.15, www.leighharmer.co.uk

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BELOW: LEFT-RIGHT > SHIMMER GLASS PENDENT LIGHT, £49.95, www.designmyworld.net > BLACK HANG LAMP, £145, www.bodieandfou.com > MEGA BULB, £109.95, www.designmyworld.net

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BELOW: LEFT-RIGHT > FLOS SPUN LIGHT, from £925.27, www.leighharmer.co.uk > DRUM SHINE LAMPSHADE IN CERISE, £25, www.habitat.co.uk > PELICAN GLOSS BLACK LACQUERED FLOOR LAMP, £500, www.heals.co.uk > BOBBY FLOOR LAMP BUTTERCUP, £49, www.habitat.co.uk

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A glass act at the fair TIM Garwood established Alicia David Contemporary Art in 2007 to promote his own work and that of other artists he considers to be experts in their chosen medium. Recognising the exciting art market in Scotland he has whole heartedly embraced it by attending the two main Scottish art fairs including the forthcoming Edinburgh Art Fair this November. On his work he says “I have made the transition from working on canvas to glass. Painting on the reverse of the glass forces me to consider every mark, constantly building up the layers. I am essentially working back to front – any marks that would traditionally be added last are placed on the glass first. It is this planned process that has made my work ever more crisp and simple.” The highly saturated colours in his work sparkle like polished precious stone, the lack of any texture removes all shadows making the pieces glow, allowing the colours to be as vivid as possible. ALICIA DAVID CONTEMPORARY ART AT THE EDINBURGH ART FAIR Tel: 07511 250000 Email: info@aliciadavid.com www.aliciadavid.com 82

THE LEITH GALLERY 65 The Shore, Edinburgh EH6 6RA Tel: 0131 553 5255 www.the-leith-gallery.co.uk

Cottages near Coldingham by Deborah Phillips

Peas In The Pot by Tim Garwood

What must be remembered also says Jan Morrison of The Leith Gallery is, “Deborah’s work is extremely liveable with. It is not an item you buy on a whim and discard three years later, it grows on you over time”. The Leith Gallery is exhibiting Deborah in November this year. Some of her work is also available in print and can be viewed on line by visiting www.watersidearts.co.uk For further information please contact the gallery.

Evening Tide at Kearney by Deborah Phillips

THE essential quality which is demonstrated by Deborah Phillips’ work is her love of the countryside. Whether it is her native Angus, Ayrshire or Northumbria, she is able to capture the magical change of the seasons in a true to life manner, whilst bringing to the viewer a memory jog which conjures up the smells, the spring freshness, the autumnal chill or the contrast of warm summers and cold winters.

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Christmas ‘09 THE Greengallery’s Christmas show opens on the 21st of November and includes over 70 of the very best artists and artists craftsmen working in Scotland today. The show continues until the 23rd of December and will include, among others, Chris Bushe, Simon Laurie, Marion Drummond and Muriel Barclay.

Lady of Bute by Anna Noel

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Also returning after a long absence is silversmith Wally Gilbert. His exquisite chased vessels and jewellery have garnered a number of awards and can be found in many important collections around the world. Printmaker Damian Henry has his first solo exhibition with the gallery. The mundanity of daily life is the focus of his work with underlying tensions of guilt and inadequacy rising to the surface. December sees the return of popular Ayrshire artist James Fullarton. James’s last show was an enormous success so our advice is to get in there early! The highly regarded Winter Design Collection sees the country’s leading jewellers and applied artists exhibit over 300 new works. With many showing their collections for the first time outside of London this is an excellent opportunity to purchase a unique piece of design unlike anything on the high street. This is the place to find something very different and very special.

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The Greengallery’s Christmas fair, now in it’s fifth year and bigger and better than ever, boasts a gorgeous array of art and gifts from cufflinks and glass to hand spun scarves and glistening jewels - all your Christmas shopping under one roof and nothing from the high street! This year also sees the addition of a sixteen foot yurt full of fun things for children to do including painting and story telling. The fair is hosted on the 5th and 6th of December and open both days from 10am4pm. The entrance fee is £3, which includes free cake and coffee or tea. Also included is a ladies night on Friday the 4th of December from 6-9pm. The entrance fee is £3 and includes bubbly and nibbles. Proceeds from the Christmas fair will be donated to Artlink.

THE GREENGALLERY The Coachhouse, Ballamenoch Buchlyvie, Stirlingshire FK8 3NE Tel: 01360 850180 www.greengallery.com

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Silly Dreams by Todd White

Joie de vivre JOHN Nelson is a painter who was born in Edinburgh and studied at Edinburgh College of Art. While there he was awarded a number of painting and drawing prizes including an Andrew Grant Scholarship and a Post Graduate Travelling Scholarship.

Picture perfect THE Paisley Picture Framers & Gallery in Causeyside Street Paisley was established in 1988 and hosts thousands of works in store for viewing - from local artists to worldwide collected art - there is something to suit every taste. Their conservation and quality framing is well known up and down the country as framing is crucial to the finished look of any work of art, both in terms of appearance and conservation. The finest materials are used to compliment and secure all the works framed and the company’s highly professional framing service is available to all customers. It is fast, efficient and carried out by experts, so you’re in safe hands. They frame just about anything from football tops and boots, medals to tapestries and memorabilia. Open: Mon - Sat 9.30am - 5pm and Sunday 12.30pm - 5pm.

His work is in many public and private collections throughout the world and he currently exhibits in galleries throughout Britain. John, now living and working from his studio and gallery in Selkirk in the Scottish Borders, said, “I produce paintings which, I hope, encapsulate my joie de vivre and love of colour. Always suspicious of the archetypical, I work directly onto the canvas – no preparatory drawing and as something emerges, I follow and shape intuitively. Ideas for my paintings are drawn from a variety of sources although I am particularly drawn to landscape motifs”. John and his wife Virginia will run a Christmas Exhibition within John’s studio, and their own home, during November and December. Visitors are always welcome and they are open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm, however opening times can vary so they do suggest visitors telephone

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ahead - which also ensures they can have coffee ready for you. They also sell art cards and very limited edition signed prints with runs of only 10, 25, 30, 40 and 50. John’s paintings will be included in Christmas exhibitions in various other galleries such as Strathearn Gallery, Crieff; Aberfeldy Gallery, Aberfeldy; Red Rag Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold; Smokehouse Gallery, Eyemouth and Lemond Gallery, Bearsden. John is also looking forward to a three month exhibition during February, March, April 2010 in the Visitor Exhibition Centre at Dawyck Botanic Gardens, Stobo, near Peebles. THE JOHN NELSON GALLERY 41 West Port, Selkirk TD7 4DG Tel: 01750 722341 www.nelsonjohnart.com


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October 3rd to 24th Cottages near Coldingham by Deborah Phillips

Ian McWhinnie and Trevor Jones, Ceramics by Nicholas Marsh

“Autumn Coast” 1st - 21st November A solo show of new works by Nigel Grounds. Inspired by his native land, the rugged west coast of Scotland. A rare event to view and buy his paintings on the mainland.

October 31st to November 21st Solo Exhibition by Deborah Phillips, Sculpture Michael Cairncross, Jewellery Lianne McCurroch

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Edinburgh Art Fair 2009 Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November WITH an extensive list of confirmed galleries coming to Edinburgh this November for the 5th annual Edinburgh Art Fair there is sure to be something to suit all tastes and budgets. Galleries from as far afield as Ireland, Spain, Czech Republic and for the first time, Argentina will be helping the UK based galleries celebrate the fair’s fifth anniversary at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange by bringing together some of the finest and one of the most???????? eclectic ranges of original artworks ever seen at a commercial art fair. The selection process is becoming stricter as each year passes with more and more galleries wishing to be involved in

the event and this year the bar has certainly been raised with some absolutely outstanding artists’ work being shown, many for the first time in Scotland. All work for sale at the fair is original and vetted by the organisers to ensure authenticity and originality and they are confident that visitors to the fair will again be impressed with not only the quality of the work being shown by the selected galleries but also with the quality of the galleries themselves and the knowledge and enthusiasm they show for their represented artists. The fair truly is an art buyer’s dream and the perfect opportunity to start or enhance your very own collection of original artworks. The diversity of work on

display should appeal to as wide an audience as possible with not only paintings and sculpture on sale but also photography, ceramics, drawings and hand made prints by some of the top artists in the world. All artworks on show at the fair are available to buy and take home immediately with prices ranging from as little as £75 and rising to more than £50,000. Many of the exhibiting galleries at the fair will be offering interest free credit through the Arts Councils’ “Own Art” scheme making buying artwork easier and more affordable than ever before. The 2009 Edinburgh Art Fair runs from the 20th to 22nd November at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange, located just off Chesser Avenue and doors open at 11am daily. Tickets for the public opening days are adults - £5, concessions - £4 and children under 16 are free if accompanied by an adult. Further information including a full list of exhibiting galleries can be found at www.artedinburgh.com or by calling 01875 819595. EDINBURGH ART FAIR Edinburgh Corn Exchange, 11 Newmarket Road, Edinburgh EH14 1RJ Tel: 01875 819595 www.artedinburgh.com

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ARTIST PROFILE

Even before graduating in 2002 from Glasgow School of Art, Blair Thomson was a committed painter recognised at the Royal Glasgow Institute with double prizes in 2001, and had already exhibited at the likes of the Glasgow Art Fair. With a sell out degree show to help him, his paintings quickly became highly collectable achieving numerous corporate and private commissions in the UK, US and beyond. This was most likely due to the bold colours and painterly style combined with an atmosphere critics have described as mysterious and inspirational with ‘an irresistible Zen-like calm’. He paints in his large studio most days, sometimes working on the floor or on tables, from studies of isolated piers in Japanese ink, to oils charting open skies and even the rhythmic structure of telecom towers! Several visits to Japan have shaped his outlook as well as his marks. This summer he exhibited there with Wakabayashi, a 90-year-old calligrapher, who has been teaching him. Last year he was given the honour of becoming the youngest member of the RGI council and selection/hanging team for their large annual exhibition. For more information about please visit, www.blairthomson.com

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UPTOWN asks...

WHERE AND WHAT DID YOU STUDY? I studied Fine Art: Drawing and Painting at Glasgow School of Art.

HOW DID YOU FIND THE TRANSITION FROM STUDENT TO MUCH SOUGHT-AFTER ARTIST? With hind-sight it should have been dauntingly difficult but just happened somehow as I was so focused on making new work, exhibiting it and roaming coastlines gathering ideas and sketching.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PAINTING STYLE? The inkworks use fresh, confident mark making with Fude brushes to simplify and accentuate the essence and impact of a chosen structure or place. Fluidity and painterly movement in contrast with suffused, open areas in the oils create impact and liveliness. Most pieces become semi-abstract. Communicating by Blair Thomson

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WHAT EXCITES YOU MOST ABOUT PAINTING AND CREATING ARTWORK? The freedom of expression with a direct response to the world around us. Also just splashing some paint, experimenting and seeing what results! Box No2 by Blair Thomson

Transcending by Blair Thomson

WHO OR WHAT INFLUENCES YOU? WHERE DO YOU TAKE INSPIRATION FROM? Most of my inspiration comes not from other painters but from walks, travels and poetry/philosophy, such as haiku master Matsuo Basho and Scottish poet Kenneth White. Photographer Thomas Joshua Cooper and painter John Virtue are both making powerful monochrome work that really connects.

Tokyo Skyline, Ginza by Blair Thomson

HAVING SPENT SOME TIME IN JAPAN RECENTLY, HOW DID THIS INSPIRE YOU ARTISTICALLY? I realised when I arrived I didn’t have enough work for the show with calligrapher Wakabayashi so I just had to get outside painting and make things work. This old master told me to carve stamps for myself then for him, so being propelled into this new artistic and social environment was a great inspiration, as were the places journeyed to. Or maybe the greatest was seeing him sign up for his next show in three years time!

WHAT HAVE YOU GOT PLANNED FOR THE FORTHCOMING YEAR AND WHERE CAN OUR READERS SEE AND BUY YOUR WORK? I’m preparing large oil paintings for an open contemporary exhibition in Uozu, Japan in May which I am invited to. One condition is that I must attend so I’m hoping to learn more calligraphy and make new work whilst there. Currently I have new pieces in several galleries such as John Green Fine Art, scotlandart.com and the Billcliffe Gallery (all in Glasgow), Kilmorack Gallery (Beauly), Life on Canvas Gallery (Edinburgh) and Sophie Montgomery Gallery (London). Queensferry Marker by Blair Thomson

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UPTOWN welcomes olive oil specialist Filippo Berio - prized for their quality and fine flavours since 1867. This issue Filippo Berio present three delicious recipes sure to get your juices flowing...

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UPTOWN welcomes olive oil specialist Filippo Berio - prized for their quality and fine flavours since 1867. This issue Filippo Berio present three delicious recipes sure to get your juices flowing...

Serves: 4 Preparation Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 15 minutes INGREDIENTS

225g (8oz) conchiglie (shell shaped) pasta 250g bundle of asparagus 4 tbsp Filippo Berio Olive Oil 1 tbsp red wine vinegar 1 tsp Dijon mustard 4 skinless chicken breasts 50g packet of rocket 120g sunblush tomatoes 40g (1.5 oz) pine kernels, lightly toasted in a dry frying pan Salt and freshly ground black pepper

METHOD

• Cook the pasta in plenty of boiling water for 10 minutes. • Trim the woody ends off the asparagus, cut into 5 cm (2”) lengths and steam for 5 minutes until tender crisp. Remove and set to one side while continuing to cook the pasta. • Meanwhile, heat a griddle pan or heavy frying pan, brush the chicken portions with a little of the oil then place on the griddle pan and cook over a medium-high heat for about five minutes on each side or until cooked (the juices should run clear when a skewer is inserted in the centre of the breast). • While the chicken is cooking, put the remaining oil in a bowl with the vinegar and mustard, season with salt and pepper and whisk together. • When the pasta is cooked, drain well then return to the pan. Roughly chop the rocket and add to the pasta with the asparagus, tomatoes and pine kernels, add the dressing and mix well to combine. Divide between 4 warmed plates and top each with a warm chicken breast. Delicious!



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RED ONION TART

Serves: 6-8 Preparation Time: 25 minutes Cooking Time: 50 minutes

Please note that for this recipe, as well as your standard kitchen tools, you will also require: Rolling Pin 23cm (9”) diameter metal quiche tin Greaseproof Paper Baking Beans

INGREDIENTS FOR PASTRY 175g (6oz) plain flour Pinch of salt 40g (1.5 oz) butter 40g (1.5 oz) white vegetable fat 3 tbsp of cold water

INGREDIENTS FOR TART FILLING

500g (1lb 2oz) red onions 1 tbsp lemon juice 4 tbsp Filippo Berio Mild and Light Olive Oil 2 tsp fresh rosemary spikes, chopped 75g (3oz) black olives, pitted and roughly chopped 3 medium eggs 284 ml carton of single cream Salt and pepper 50g (2oz) Gruyere cheese, grated

• To make the pastry, put the flour and salt into a bowl - add the butter and fat and rub in to make a fine crumb texture. Add 3 tbsp of cold water and mix with a flat bladed knife until the mixture forms a dough. Gather up and knead gently on a lightly floured work-surface until smooth. • Roll out the dough, keeping a nice round shape until large enough to line a 23cm (9”) diameter metal quiche tin. Once in the tin prick the pastry base with a fork then place in the fridge for 30 minutes. • Meanwhile, peel the onions and slice into thin wedges, then place into a large bowl. Add the lemon juice and toss together. Heat the oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/400°F or Gas Mark 6. • Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan, add the onions and fry very gently for 15 minutes or until softened, stir in the rosemary and allow to cool.

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• Line the pastry case with greaseproof paper and fill with baking beans, then bake in the oven for 10 minutes until the pastry begins to colour around the edge. Remove the beans and paper then bake for a further 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and reduce the temp. to 180°C/Fan 160°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. • Place half of the onions into the flan case and spread evenly then scatter over half of the olives and half of the cheese. • Beat the eggs with the cream, and season. Pour three quarters over the onions then top with the rest of the onions, remaining egg mixture, olives and cheese. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until lightly golden. Enjoy!



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CHOCOLATE MOUSSE Serves: 6-8 Preparation Time: 20 minutes INGREDIENTS

175g/6oz good quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids) 3 large free range eggs, separated 100g/3oz golden caster sugar 3 tbsp very strong coffee, e.g. espresso 1-2 tbsp brandy (depending on taste) 100ml/7 tbsp Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil

METHOD

• Break the chocolate into a bowl, place over a small pan of simmering water and allow to melt. Remove the bowl from the pan and let it cool to lukewarm. • Meanwhile put the egg yolks and sugar into a large bowl and whisk until thick and pale in colour. Whisk in the coffee, brandy and olive oil, then gradually fold in the melted chocolate. • Whisk the egg white until almost stiff, quickly fold in a large tablespoon to the chocolate mixture until smooth, then lightly fold in the rest of the chocolate mixture, trying not to beat out the air.



• Pour the mixture into 8 small china dishes or 6 large shot glasses and place in the refrigerator until set.

For more information about Filippo Berio, choosing and using the correct type of olive oil or for more fabulous recipes visit www.filippoberio.co.uk FILIPPO BERIO

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Taylor’s Top Ten For ‘10 TAYLOR FERGUSON

Could 2010 be the beginning of a new you? Take a long look in your mirror and decide on an action plan for an image makeover. We asked UPTOWN'S own makeover expert TAYLOR FERGUSON, hairdresser to the stars, to share his top ten tips for a 2010 hair boost.

1 > CUT, CUT, CUT

5 > STRAIGHT TALKING

Begin your 2010 makeover process with a great cut. It’s the perfect step in an age-defying transformation. I’m not suggesting you get cropped and go from long to short in one dramatic session. I’m recommending you give your hair the best cut possible - not only does it drop the decades appearance-wise but you’ll have good hair days every day.

If you’re curly and fed up with the look then think about chemical straightening. It even works on coloured hair. Straighten the curls and opt for long flowing locks. It will be easier to style, feel and look softer.

6 > LIFESTYLE FOCUS 2 > BE COLOUR CONFIDENT When opting for full head colour then please ensure that it looks natural and tones with your own skin colour. If you’ve gone for full head then you can enhance the tone with highlights and lo-lights. Go for highlights if you want a strategic boost. As we head into 2010 the hot colours are actually cool colours - with the buzz phrase “cool neutrals”. Look out for virgin, coloured brunettes, pale blondes and reds with a subtle tone. The brasher look has gone and it’s back to very fresh, lush and clever cool undertones.

3 > REVISE THAT REGIME If possible cut down your shampooing timetable to every second day. Yes, I know it’s a tough step to take but your hair will benefit enormously. Daily shampooing can be excessive and will make roots oily and the hair can lie flat and lifeless against your head. Invest in a great cut and your style should easily survive the reduction in washing.

4 > LONG STORIES Lust after longer and thicker locks? Now Mother Nature gets a help in the shape of real-hair extensions. Not only can they add extra centimetres but they’ll add lush volume giving your hair a much healthier and fuller appearance. Treat them as you’d treat your own hair. My preference is hair from Great Lengths - and the cold fusion bonding system. A perfect combination. BEFORE & AFTER: Opt for cool colours for 2010 - and if you’re looking for more hair then think about hair extensions for the instant makeover.

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Always ensure that your chosen style suits your face shape, head shape, your age and finally your lifestyle which, I believe, is now an increasingly more important factor in selecting the right cut. Anyone can opt for any style - be it long, short, with or without a fringe but the focus must be on ensuring that the style is personalised to suit the individual.

7 > LOVE IT Yes, some tender, loving care for your crowning glory. It’s all very well going to the hairdressers once every month or six weeks but how are you looking after your hair the rest of the time? I recommend consulting your stylist for the best products for conditioning and giving your hair the occasional intensive care treat.

8 > DRY AND DULL NO-NO If your hair looks dry and lack-lustre then there could be several reasons. It might be your shampoo or it could be over-drying with your appliances. If you’re going to use a dryer use some sort of mousse or lotion to reduce the friction which inevitably dries out the hair. If you use hair straighteners use a protection spray.

9 > FINE FAREWELL I see many clients who have fine hair and who are constantly seeking ways of not only preserving their hair but enhancing its appearance. I often recommend colouring the hair - it will beef up its texture and enhance the look.

10 > MOVEMENT IS IN 2010 will see natural movement in hair styles. Fringes will still be big news. Straightening irons and curling tongs will play second fiddle to Velcro rollers and hot brushes.

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With so many new products tempting us on the cosmetic counters just now, make-up artist and expert MAILIN HADDOW reveals which gems she thinks shine out this season and how to use them to achieve this season’s hottest looks!

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The smokey eye has been a huge make-up trend for a long time and is a big hit yet again this season. However, everyone wants to know how to get the smokey look without looking like they have two black eyes! No7’s Eyeshadow Palette in Stone has all you need to create this look, with four foolproof neutral eyeshadow shades to suit any skin tone, including a mixture of light and dark shades in both matte and shimmery finishes. There’s also an eye pencil in a complementary colour for lining the eye. FOR SMOKEY EYES: Simply apply the darkest pearly shade all over the lid and socket area, then blend it in. Apply the same shade underneath the eye using an eyeliner brush, creating a cloud of colour all around the eye. For added depth and definition, add the darkest matte shade onto the lid near the lashes, building it up towards the outer corner - then add a touch more in the outer corner of the lower lashes too. To finish, add a touch of the highlighter shade under the brow and in the inner corner to add a spark.

Summer might be over but there is no need to ditch your bronzer! Instead of using it to create a sunkissed look, this season’s trend is for killer cheekbones and a sculpted look to the face. Soleil Tan de Chanel is the perfect bronzer to create some definition to the face whilst also adding some colour. Rather than sweeping the bronzer over the cheekbones, dust it in the hollow of the cheek, just under the cheekbones to create shading underneath. Then highlight the highest point of the cheekbone with shimmering powder. My new favourite is Lancome’s La Rose Liberte Powder. Sweep this gold sheen powder over the skin to make the cheekbones really stand out, and enhance the complexion by giving an iridescent glow.

Bold Lips LIMITED EDITION DIOR ADDICT LIP COLOR IN DECADENT PLUM, £19 & DIOR VERNIS LONG WEARING NAIL LAQUER IN BLACK PLUM, £15 House of Fraser, www.houseoffraser.co.uk Strongly coloured lips are super fashionable this winter. Vibrant reds and berries are the hottest shades to be sporting. My ultimate lipstick this season has to be the Limited Edition Dior Addict Lip Color in Decadent Plum. The trendiest way to wear bold lips is to match them to your nails, and Dior Vernis Long Wearing Nail Laquer in Black Plum is the perfect partner. ESTEE LAUDER LIMITED EDITION GEL EYELINER, £16 Estee Lauder, www.esteelauder.co.uk Don’t overdo the eye make-up when wearing strong lips. Instead opt for a flick of eyeliner. Give eyes some glamorous definition with Estee Lauder Limited Edition Gel Eyeliner in Black, which is fabulously long wearing and the colour will stay true from dusk ‘til dawn!

KORRES ABSYSSINIA VOLUMISING MASCARA, £15.50 Korres Buchanan Galleries, Glasgow www.korres.com An essential addition for smokey eyes, or for use on its own, is the new Korres Abyssinia Volumising Mascara which gives the ultimate luscious lashes! I am loving that not only does it give my eyelashes much more volume and thickness but they also look rich and glossy. This amazing mascara is enriched with vitamins and oils to protect and strenghten your lashes whilst also making the eyes look dramatic. KORRES MANGO BUTTER LIPSTICK - CINNAMON, £15 Korres Buchanan Galleries, Glasgow www.korres.com To finish off a smokey eye look, a nude colour on the lips is a must. Korres’ new Mango Butter Lipstick in Cinnamon is the perfect neutral hue for this autumn and the ideal accompaniment to dark, sultry eye make-up. Lips stay smooth and moistured with a brilliant high shine.

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The Balvenie

COST: From £28.49 - £306, depending on age. The Balvenie is a single malt from Speyside, Scotland, and belongs to the famous Glenfiddich distillery. The ruins of old Balvenie Castle stand on the hill behind the distillery, which is where the name originates. Balvenie is unusual in having its own floor maltings and growing most of its own barley. The whisky has a range of expressions and is finished in particular casks, resulting always in a stylish, round and elegant taste.

Old Pulteney

COST: From £24.49 - £250, depending on age. Old Pulteney is a Highland single malt, from way up in Wick in Caithness and was founded in 1826. The taste is a complex, smooth balance of dry and sweet with hints of marzipan, peardrops and lemon peel, which linger on the palette before a long and dry exit. Available to buy from,

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Mortlach

COST: From £35.99 - £319, depending on age.

Mortlach is a single malt from Speyside and another winter favourite. It takes its water from an excellent spring known as “highlander John's well” and has a deeply perfumed nose like an oriental garden. The Mortlach will always have a silky rounded texture and long lingering aftertaste. Available to buy from,



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Dalmore

COST: From £34.99 - £1,350, depending on age.

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Dalmore is a single malt and a Highland star, which was founded way back in 1839. The whisky originates from near the Cromarty Firth and the Black Isle and has sweetish notes of heather honey, cereal and caramel with an underlying smoky taste. Perfect to enjoy on a cold winter night - www.thedalmore.com

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As 2009 draws to a close and the anticipation of a New Year grows, we asked award-winning sommelier, Johnny Walker, to recommend his top four single malt whiskies to toast 2010 with.

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Duisdale House Hotel is a wildly romantic hotel on The Isle of Skye which has recently been transformed into a dramatically modern, luxury hotel.The 17 bedrooms have all been totally restyled and offer a range of rooms from sleek, contemporary to gorgeous four-poster rooms, all with woodland, garden or sea views. Duisdale s restaurant offers two zones, a handsome room with real fire, and a conservatory area with garden views. Dinners here do feel distinctly special and the A la carte menu offers Modern Scottish cuisine full of interesting, exciting ideas using carefully-selected suppliers including many local Skye partners. EXCLUSIVE DAILY SAILING TRIPS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE HOTELS LUXURY YACHT

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Turn your Christmas shopping or January sales expedition into an adventure by indulging both your passion for shopping in one of three UK destinations while also relaxing at one of each city’s top hotels.

Blythswood Square, Glasgow BLYTHSWOOD SQUARE

11 Blythswood Square, Glasgow, G2 4AD Tel: 0141 248 8888 E: reserve@blythswoodsquare.com www.blythswoodsquare.com

Aptly claimed to be “Glasgow’s Glamorous New Golden Girl” the Launch of Blythswood Square has been a much anticipated event - opening October! Book now to not only be one of the first to experience this 5-star hotel but also to enjoy the perfect location to partake in some Christmas gift shopping. One of Glasgow’s most famous and historical buildings has been transformed into the breathtakingly luxurious 5-star hotel - Blythswood Square. This landmark property has been redeveloped to capture the glamour of a bygone era whilst showcasing the latest in designer styling as

befits this vibrant and sociable city. Blythswood Square, which is located in the City centre on one of Glasgow’s only remaining green spaces, will have 100 bedrooms including six spacious suites and an enticing top floor penthouse complete with rooftop hot tub - perfect to relax in after a hard days shopping! The hotel’s main 150-cover restaurant and cocktail bar will be impressive with its high ceilings and grand dimensions. However, the atmosphere will be fun and relaxed. The Spa at Blythswood Square champions the latest in cutting edge design offering a number of unique facilities and treatments specially created for the spa. What better way to revive and prepare yourself before a day of intensive shopping, or alternatively, unwind and relax after the hard days spend!

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Prices start from £180 for a Classic Double or Twin Room and Junior Suites are offered from £450. All prices are per room, per night. LOCATION Blythswood Square is located just 12 minutes walk from many of Glasgow’s shopping areas - including Princes Square and the Italian Centre - where stores such as Armani, Cruise and Ralph Lauren, as well as many high street names, can be found. The hotel is a 4 minute taxi journey from Queen Street Train Station and 9 miles from Glasgow International Airport.

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The Howard, Edinburgh THE HOWARD

34 Great King Street, Edinburgh EH3 6QH Tel: 0131 274 7402 Email: reserve@thehoward.com www.thehoward.com

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Prices start from £200 for a Double or Twin Room and Junior Suites are offered from £275. All prices are per room, per night. LOCATION The Howard is located just 7 minutes walk from George Street, where Edinburgh’s chic designer boutiques can be found, a 6 minute taxi journey from Edinburgh Waverley train station and 9 miles from Edinburgh Airport.

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The Howard is an intimate and discreet luxury 5-star hotel which occupies three Georgian townhouses in a superconvenient location in the heart off Edinburgh’s New Town. Among other things, this makes The Howard the perfect location to enjoy and relax after indulging in some Christmas shopping or New Year sales spending in the many superb high street, boutique and department stores Edinburgh has to offer. The Howard is a classically elegant hotel both outside and in with just 18 luxury rooms and suites. In keeping with the character of the building, they have used rich fabrics, oil paintings and opulent furnishings to make the hotel deeply comfortable. As mentioned there are 18 elegant, opulent and romantic rooms at The Howard, each named after an Edinburgh street or district. They have used rich, colourful, contemporary fabrics to create a traditional look and a deeply relaxing,

romantic ambience. No two hotel rooms are identical in size, shape or aspect and are categorised as: Luxury Bedrooms, Junior Suites and Terraced Suites. A key feature of the service at The Howard hotel is the butler - actually a collection of butlers, who take care of everything from car parking to ironing to late-night room service to theatre bookings not to mention collecting and wrapping your shopping goodies! The Howard also has its own intimate restaurant, The Atholl. This was originally intended as a dining room just for guests, but proved so popular with local residents especially for their famous afternoon tea that it has grown into a properly sophisticated, luxury restaurant. It only seats 14, however; so don’t forget to book. Pre-dinner drinks and nightcaps are served up in front of the fire in the hotel drawing room - a lovely space with curving, barrel-shaped walls and deep Knole sofas to sink into after a hard day’s shopping or sightseeing in Edinburgh. As an alternative you can order from the 24-hour room service menu, or from the lunch or dinner menus. Lunch and dinner can be served by one of the private butlers, in the comfort of your own room or suite.


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Durrants Hotel, London DURRANTS HOTEL

George Street, London W1H 5BJ Tel: 020 7935 8131 E: enquiries@durrantshotel.co.uk www.durrantshotel.co.uk

When visiting London most want to take advantage of the hustle and bustle of the fabulous city and the UK’s capital, enjoy the tremendous shopping and dining experiences as well as relax and unwind. Durrants Hotel is a perfect choice for all of these reasons. Owned by the Miller family since 1921, Durrants is one of the last privately owned hotels in London. This discreet Georgian townhouse, first opened in 1790, is situated on George Street, in the heart of Marylebone, close to Bond Street and Oxford Street - two of London’s most popular shopping destinations - perfect for a long weekend or mid-week Christmas shopping break or a luxury stay to enjoy the January sales. Conveniently close to London’s envied theatres, superb eateries, exceptional shops, museums as well as the royal parks, the property is ideally positioned for guests who wish to make the most of all that London has to offer! Durrants Hotel is an exceptional

Georgian building, filled with exquisite antiques, a delightful reminder of the property’s 18th Century origins. All 92 bedrooms can boast handmade Savoir beds and are each decorated with attractive prints and classical English fabrics. The interiors continue with opulent marble bathrooms plus Roger & Gallet toiletries. In particular, the Grill Room Restaurant and the George Bar are key features of the hotel. Welcome for both Durrants Hotel residents and non-residents to enjoy, these two public areas are a treasured part of the hotel’s unique charm & history. The Grill Room Restaurant offers delicious fine food with an extensive wine list in the most elegant of settings and the George Bar is considered the perfect retreat for a drink after a busy day shopping in the city, or indeed before a visit to the theatre. For those guests looking for a quieter area of the hotel, look no further than the intimate and tremendously comfortable sitting room, a proven haven to relax and meet with friends for a cup of tea or a cocktail or two! If all this sounds like a real tonic, then the best prescription is a stay at Durrants Hotel.

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£££ Prices start from £250 for a Double or Twin room. A Family Room costs from £265 and Junior Suites are offered from £295. All prices are per room, per night. LOCATION Durrants is located just 10-15 minutes walk from Bond Street and Oxford Street, a few minutes walk or taxi journey from many underground stations, 10 miles from London City Airport and 16 miles from Heathrow Airport.

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