Scotland’s textures and colours are a continued source of inspiration for my Mairi Helena fabric and wallpaper designs.
I love bringing an essence of the surrounding landscapes into interiors to help create a luxury yet modern interior living space with a flare of Scottish design.
Above: Mairi Helena Grey Tailor Thistle Wallpaper
There’s something that gets under the skin about living in Scotland. Whether it’s the scents, the flavours, the shapes or the history. Perhaps it’s the wild coastlines, the dramatic light, the unspoilt romantic beaches, the mountainous landscapes, the unpredictable weather, the thriving food and drink or the adventurous walks and winding roads just calling out to be explored.
It’s a diverse land full of beauty, bursting with colourful flora and fauna which has inspired many artisan, contemporary independent businesses that are based here.
Here’s my guide highlighting a selection of such Scottish brands which I hope will propel you into living and experiencing a luxury lifestyle!
Scotland’s first fragrance house creating the most beautiful and evocative scents, using only the finest natural and aromatic ingredients. I love the way Kingdom Scotland describe their fragrances: –
“Our perfumes capture stories, experiences and the dramatic contrasts at the heart of a land that enthrals the imagination”.
Isle of Skye Candles
Fill your home with beautiful scents from Isle of Skye Candles. With over 20 fragrances to choose from, Isle of Skye Candles celebrates colour and scent, with Skye’s beautiful landscapes and scenery featuring prominently in their brand story. My favourite fragrance remains to be Highland Gorse as it helps flood back memories of my wedding day in June, when the gorse is at it’s peak in scent and the hills become a bursting vibrant yellow.
Image courtesy of Isle of Skye Candles, featuring Highland Gorse Candle from their bespoke collection
Designing and producing innovative award-winning gins based here in the heart of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Gin are producing contemporary flavours, bottled with style and expertise. My favourite is Rhubarb and Ginger, but I do enjoy sampling the others just to make sure this remain the case….!
Where heavenly chocolate and artisan taste combine! I am a very big fan of Edinburgh based Coco Chocolatier who produce extraordinary flavours of chocolate wrapped in original designs by independent artists. From Earl Grey Tea & Bergamot to Lavender and even Haggis Spice! Coco Chocolatier’s aromatic flavours are sublime, unusual and unique. My personal favourite is Hazelnut & Isle of Skye Sea Salt – a frequent addition on my birthday wish list!
Above: Coco Chocolatier 12 Bar Artisan Chocolate Box together with Mairi Helena Limited Edition Golden Blush Velvet Cushion (please get in touch for details!) and Isle of Skye Candles Raspberry & White Ginger candle plus Bog Myrtle & Fresh Mint Diffuser.
The Mackintosh jacket. An international success. Made by a team of skilled craftsmen just outside Glasgow, Mackintosh have remained one of the most influential coat makers for almost 200 years. A fusion of contemporary technology and design to create a fully waterproof and super sleek jacket. I’m in huge admiration of this brand which boasts its Scottish roots, style and modernism to the max!
Based in the beautiful Ochill Hills, luxurious skincare brand Siabann is producing natural products with a Scottish twist, with the landscapes proving key in Fiona’s inspiration. Ethical, natural and beautiful with the fabulous ingredient of thistle oil being key to each product. Because everyone deserves a little luxury…!
GET ‘AWAY FROM THE ORDINARY’
Experience Scotland through a bespoke luxury, ‘tailor-made’ vacation unique to you! ‘Away From the Ordinary’ create luxury travel tours across Scotland, tailored beautifully to your own individual interests and requirements. Whether you’re seeking a Highland retreat or wish to be introduced to some of Scotland’s finest food and drink, Away from the Ordinary will help to plan your dream holiday to Scotland!
Above photo courtesy of Away From The Ordinary, capturing the Isle of Skye in January
SIOBHAN MACKENZIE KILTS
Mixing an eye for design flair with a Made in Scotland brand ethos, the award winning Siobhan MacKenzie brand label is bringing contemporary and exciting luxury design to the forefront of Scottish fashion. A reinvention of the kilt, the Siobhan MacKenzie label provides a stunning collection of contemporary kilts, with the opportunity to produce a bespoke, tailor made kilt, designed specially for you.
A selection of beautiful brands and experiences, all offering a flavour of Scotland in their own unique way to help you live a luxury lifestyle.
Until next time….!