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Charity shop stop

It’s voting day over here, so I was expecting to feel momentous. Turns out it’s just like any other September day in Scotland (the haar, autumnal, beautiful), apart from a few feral-looking people wandering around wearing Saltires. From my perch in a Morningside cafe opposite a polling station, it’s pleasing to watch a comely Yes …

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Car Booty

With the flat now operating at a ‘one in one out’ policy for furniture, focus has necessarily, but pleasantly, turned to smaller delicacies. For such things, a car boot sale is the magnum opus. There used to be a boot sale at New Street in Edinburgh, which was wonderful as i recall. This closed and the …

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Ercol-our

Mid-century is of course the must-have furniture era these days. Ercol or G-plan for the everyday but quality items, and maybe an Eames or Jacobsen chair as a statement piece. I love Ercol chairs and managed to pick up 3 for £10 in a sale room in the Borders a few years ago. I had …

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Country in the kitchen part 2: completion

Planning and implementation complete, let us move to the kitchen finale. We shall start our tour in the main ‘work-zone’. We replaced the induction hob (very modern, but can’t beat gas) with this nice 5 burner. Plenty of room for tea-pots with hand-made cornish-blue inspired tea-cosies. Behind it you can see the subway tiles and …

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Country in the city part 1: kitchen planning.

People say the kitchen is the biggest renovation project of the home. And hence the most taxing. But i must confess that i have found our kitchen re-fit to be a thoroughly enjoyable 4-week experience. Our joiner, who did a very impressive job of putting up with all my pedantic requests, has officially signed off …