Scotland’s textures and colours are a continued source of inspiration for my Mairi Helena fabric and wallpaper designs.

out and about in scotland, photographing natural landscapes by mairi helena photography

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.

scotlands landscapes photography by mairi helena photography. seeking and blogging about inspiring scottish places, spaces and interiors in the trossachs

Here’s my guide highlighting a selection of such Scottish brands which I hope will propel you into living and experiencing a luxury lifestyle!

 

Scents 

Kingdom Scotland

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”.

Above: Kingdom Scotland ‘Albaura’ Travel Vial,  scent inspired by the Aura and anceinet name of Scotland, Alba. Photographed on Mairi Helena Grey Tailor Thistle Linen Union 

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.

Above: Isle of Skye Highland Gorse Candle with Mairi Helena Harris Green Thistle Wallpaper in background

skye candles scottish luxury brand

Image courtesy of Isle of Skye Candles, featuring Highland Gorse Candle from their bespoke collection 

 

Tastes 

Edinburgh Gin

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….!

LSA Gin collection, LSA glassware

 

Fashion 

Mackintosh

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!

 

Skin

Siabann

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…!

 

Travel 

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 

 

Design Flair 

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.

 

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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….!

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