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Contents

Image I Gregor Reid

Contents

6 Regulars Fashion pages

westender

underwear 4 Editor’s Letter shoot

13 25 A Mum’s Jian London Notebook

Christmas

14 Fashion, West beauty End Live & health

with Greg Kane

7 WIN! At Rainbow Room

19 A west end

International

Christmas gift guide

8 Animal prints go wild

28 Up Front

gypsy brewing

30

Shopping

Restaurant review

31 7 WIN! Tickets A 3 course to Country meal

with Living wine Christmas at Rio Cafe Fair &

WIN! 31 Christmas A weekend gift guide

at 40 The Keeping Bruce it Arms local on

32 Clarence Sweet Drive Liberty recipe

34 Author’s Bookgroup

meets Phil Differ

Going out

39 Jingle Belles at

Kennedy 20 West End + CoLive

40 with WIN! Greg A Kane style

makeover 22 Top Things at Rainbow

Room International

41 Art Festive & culture Offers

at Esteem Beauty

42

52 Cover

100 years

to Cover

of

Erskine celebrated

at Food The & Hunterian drink

44

45 Restaurant

Health Matters

review:

47

Nonya

Mum’s Notebook

49

46 Sweet

Top Things

Liberty

52

51 Bar

Interiors

review:

article:

Bank Place

Christmas in colour

55 Country comforts

Westender living

56 Hygge at home

58 56 Atlas Creative kitchen kitchen

makeover clearout

66 61 Highland Legal Matters hideaway with

Mitchells 62 Glorious Roberton glamour


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Editor’s

Letter

T

he festive edition is here and we’re

bursting at the seams with all sorts of

useful information to help you navigate

this busy and, so often, stressful time of year.

Christmas officially starts at the Country

Living Christmas Fair at the SEC on the

15th-18th November and we have eight pairs

of tickets to be won – see Page 7! There’s a

huge variety of different retailers from food

and drink to furnishings and decorations to

some really unusual gift ideas for people who

are very awkward to buy for (thinking of you,

Dad). For more inspiration on festive pressies

head on to our annual Christmas gift guide

on Page 31. This year we’ve covered five

whole pages with inspiration from West End

gift shops and bespoke local online retailers

– it’s amazing what you find gets made in

Finnieston!

As for things to do this November and

December, well, we’re spoiled for choice.

Greg Kane shares his best of the gigs with

us on Page 20 (Madonna Pop Discoteque

Above: Suzanne Martin, Westender editor.

Below: On location in Jordanhill Bowling Club on

the ‘it’s my party shoot’ with model Ellie Hunton

from the Colours Agency and Westender Stylist

Jacki Clark.

at SWG3 anyone?). While Tracy Mukherjee

takes us on a festive tour of our city on Page

22. With so much going on we’ve broken

out of the West End and explored the wider

environs of the city centre – well, the Santa

Dash is pretty special and all for good

causes.

What I’m particularly enjoying this edition

is Susan Robertson’s interiors articles from

Page 56. My kitchen is a functional and at

times unloved space – yet we spend so much

time there. With a little bit of decluttering and

TLC this could be a much more welcoming

space for friends and family and I’m feeling

inspired to spend a little time and a bit of

effort to make it look its best for Christmas.

And I do also want to bake Liberty’s Sugar

Cookies on Page 46, I know how good they

taste. So yes, the cat’s out the bag, I gorge

myself on the goodies Liberty bakes for

the Sweet Liberty pages – after the shoot

of course! Gregor Reid, the Westender

photographer, is much worse and can be

found scavenging titbits just out of shot whilst

shooting. Just don’t tell him I told you so…

Have a very Merry Christmas everyone!

Suzanne Martin


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EDITOR

SUZANNE MARTIN

PHOTOGRAPHER

GREGOR REID

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

EMILY DONOHO,

MICHELE GORDON,

GREG KANE,

TRACY MUKHERJEE,

ROBERTO PARRUCCI,

SUSAN ROBERTSON, BRIAN TOAL,

LIBERTY VITTERT

HAIR & MUA

TERRI CRAIG

STYLIST

JACKI CLARK

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Country Living Magazine Christmas

Fair is back at the SEC from 15-18

November 2018. This annual Fair

is viewed by many as the official start of

Christmas, and a must for anyone wanting

to find everything for the perfect festive

celebration under one roof.

We have eight pairs of tickets for this

fabulously festive show to be won. Our lucky

winners can source beautiful decorations

and original gifts from gorgeous garlands

and beautiful baubles, to glassware, scented

candles and stylish cards. Arts and craft

lovers can pick up haberdashery, ribbons,

fabrics, sewing kits and craft essentials –

everything required to get seriously creative

this Christmas.

The perfect day out wouldn’t be complete

without a relaxing glass of fizz. The Viking

Cruise Champagne Bar is a great place

to review purchases, plan the rest of the

day’s shopping or just relax with a glass of

Champagne.

To book tickets call 0844 581 1385 or

visit countrylivingfair.com/ticket-prices.

WIN! Westender Magazine has

eight pairs of tickets to be won!

For your chance to win go to

westendermagazine.com and click

on competitions by the 8th Nov’18.

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by John Parker

t’s nearly Christmas and what a year it’s

been for us at Rainbow Room International.

We recently received the fantastic news

that Paddy McDougall from our Rainbow

Room International George Square salon

received the ‘It Guy’ award at this years

‘Most Wanted’ It List Awards 2018. We will

also be attending the British Hairdressing

Awards in London where our team is up for

three awards including the prestigious British

Artistic Team of the Year. And for the first

time our very own Designer Stylist, Summer,

will be attending.

Summer started as an assistant at our

Great Western Road salon and has worked

her way up the promotion ladder and is now a

Designer Stylist at the salon and a part of our

Rainbow Room International Artistic Team.

She is a testament to our Rainbow Room

International brand and a prime example of

how you can join as an assistant and work

your way up the ranks.

We are currently looking for new

assistants in the salon, so if you are

interested in being a part of our Rainbow

Room International team please do get in

touch; give us a call at the salon.

follow – Rainbow Room GWR

Rainbow Room International

607 Great Western Road G12 8HX

0141 337 3370

rainbowroominternational.com

WIN! Rainbow Room International

are offering one lucky reader a hair

makeover in their Great Western Rd

salon. For your chance to win go to

westendermagazine.com and click

on competitions by the 31st Dec’18.


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Photography

Stylist

Make Up

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Gregor Reid

Jacki Clark

Terri Craig

‘tis the

season


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cape, Catherines of partick

jewellery, nancy smillie

dress, Top shop

shoes, office


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dress, asos. bag, pink poodle. jewellery, liquorice tree. shoes, office


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dress, asos


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dress, biba @frasers. Bag, pink poodle. shoes, office


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model neesha graham

MUA terri craig, terricraig.co.uk

stylist jacki clark, jackiclark-stylist.co.uk

photography gregor reid, gregorreidphotography.com

shoes, office

bag, top shop

necklace, liquorice tree.

dress, catherines of partick


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skirt, top, choker & shoes, top shop

necklace, nancy smillie

jacket, pink poodle

opposite page - dress, asos. necklace, nancy smillie


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Location jordanhill bowling club

model ellie hunton @coloursagency.com

Hair and MUA terri craig, terricraig.co.uk

stylist jacki clark, jackiclark-stylist.co.uk

photography gregor reid, gregorreidphotography.com


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Magazine Promotion

What’s in BETTY’S Wardrobe?

Eyewear brand IOLLA are putting all eyes

on you. With the launch of their new

Eyewear Wardrobe campaign, the

brand is putting the spotlight on the IOLLA

community to share what inspires their

eyewear choices each day. Whether it’s for

different sides of your personality, different

seasons or purely for comfort, there’s no

perfect rhyme or reason to which frames you

should wear each day. IOLLA believes your

choice of frames should be just as unique as

you are.

Choosing which pair of glasses to wear

each day is a statement of style, which is why

IOLLA are continuing to make the process

as fun and as easy as possible with their new

Eyewear Wardrobe case. And with space

for four pairs of glasses, it’s the perfect

companion for storing all of your favourite

frames, almost like a mini walk in wardrobe

for the short and long sighted.

To coincide with the launch of the Eyewear

Wardrobe, IOLLA are teaming up with Forever

Yours Betty, who will be hosting four styling

days in their showrooms and inviting you to

come along and ‘Be Styled By Betty’.

Throughout November, you will have the

opportunity to gain some invaluable styling

advice from fashion blogger and style editor

Sheri Scott, who is known for her eyewear

collection and impeccable style. If you are

unsure of which frames may suit you, this true

Scottish style icon will help you to expand

your Eyewear Wardrobe, and you’ll be sure to

have fun doing it!

If you haven’t heard of IOLLA before, it’s

a brand that focuses on bringing fashionable

eyewear within the reach of everyone. Gone

are the days of having to choose a singular

frame to go with every outfit. At IOLLA, the

frames are stylish and affordable. Costing

a flat rate of £65 no matter which frame

you choose (that includes frame cost,

prescription lenses, coatings and even lens

thinning), shopping for a new pair of

glasses has never been easier.

With a wide range of unisex styles to

choose from, there’s something for everyone

at IOLLA. Whether you prefer big, small, bold,

tortoiseshell, cat-eye, metal or round frames,

you’ll be sure to find something that fits

your fancy. Available to purchase

online or instore at their Finnieston

and Stockbridge showrooms,

there’s plenty of choice to create

your own personal Eyewear

Wardrobe. After all, life’s too

short for only one pair!


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BE STYLED BY BETTY

Thursday 15th Nov & Thursday 29th Nov, 5-8pm 1313 Argyle Street, Finnieston G3 8TL

Thursday 8th Nov & Thursday 22nd Nov, 5-8pm 22 North West Circus Place EH3 6SX


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LIVE

November

Kacey Musgraves

Friday 2nd November 6.30pm

SEC Armadillo, sec.co.uk

LGTBQ rights, futurism, Acid?

You don’t have to be a dedicated

student of Nashville’s history to

know that this is not the usual fare

dished up by Music City’s mainstream

stars and Kacey Musgraves is

definitely a different kind of outlaw

country music starlet. Born 30 years

ago in Texas, this controversial and

prolific country singer/songwriter

wrote her first song aged nine, had

forged a successful career playing

Texas Swing music by her teens and

in her 20s had established herself

as a prominent artist in the global

country psyche.

She is out promoting her seventh

studio album 'Golden Hour'.

Choice Tracks:

Kacey Musgarves 'Lonely Weekend'

Soul II Soul

Saturday 3rd November 6.30pm

SEC Armadillo, sec.co.uk

As soon as you hear that Graham

Central Station drum sample on Soul

II Soul’s iconic 'Back To Life' you're

immediately transported back to the

summer of 1989. Ah, those heady days

how I miss them so.

1989 was a good year for Soul II

Soul, they had top ten hit singles on

both sides of the Atlantic and their

debut album went on to sell over

five million copies worldwide. Soul

II Soul (Jazzy B, Nellee Hooper and

singer Caron Wheeler) proudly put

British soul music firmly on the map

back then and they are still doing it

now.

We’ve played with them at a few

festivals this Summer and Soul II

Soul are a great live experience that

deliver their own distinct brand of

sophisticated, atmospheric, funk

jazz hip hop.

Choice track:

Soul II Soul ‘Keep On Moving’

Danny Goffey

Sunday 18th November 7.30pm

The Hug and Pint, thehugandpint.com

Danny Goffey is the drummer from the

band Supergrass, who’s singer Gaz

Combes also released the brilliant

'World’s Strongest Man' album earlier

this year. Go have a listen to it.

They’re a prolific lot this bunch from

England’s green and pleasant land…

Eton, Oxford.

But I’m not going to hold that

against him because Danny Goffey's

music is lyrically well thought

out, rhythmically assured and very

cleverly produced with hints of Beck,

Blockheads and Blur.

His offerings are much more playful

than his bandmate’s solo efforts,

but no less compelling. Big Audio

Dynamite comes to mind too when

listening down to his latest album

'Schtick'. Good stuff.

Choice Track: Danny Goffey

'Let It Happen'


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by Greg Kane

December

Courtney Pine & Omar

Wednesday 12th December 8pm

Òran Mór, oran-mor.co.uk

Multi instrumental jazz musician

Courtney Pine presents ‘Black Notes

from the Deep’ featuring guest

vocalist Omar.

This very special project brings

together two of the UK’s finest jazz

and soul talents composing, recording

and performing new original material

together for the first time.

With ‘Black Notes from the Deep’

Courtney Pine returns to the tenor

saxophone and features the vocal

talents of UK soul star Omar, whose

1992 hit single ‘There’s Nothing Like

This’ established a truly unique and

instantly recognisable ‘signature’

sound.

These two sound great together and

hopefully this is the beginnings of a

long and fruitful collaboration.

Choice track:

Courtney Pine Feat. Omar 'Rules'

Paul McCartney

Friday 14th December 6.30pm

SEC Armadillo, sec.co.uk

One of my Beatles loving friends

always asks, ‘why doesn’t McCartney

just have Ringo on drums, Jeff Beck

and Clapton on guitars, Rick Wakeman

on keys… put a supergroup together to

play all those amazing songs?… it’d be

brilliant!'

Good question. Well, he doesn’t even

employ a real string section to play

'Yesterday' or 'Eleanor Rigby' or a real

horn section to play 'Got To Get You

Into My Life' or 'Lady Madonna'. Weird

that. A clue as to why may be found

in the story that one of his session

guitarists’ tells of Paul handing him

a tenner and asking him to go and get

fish suppers for everyone during a

break at a rehearsal at his studio in

Campbeltown. There were over twelve

people to feed! Seemingly he’s tight is

oor Paul.

Nevertheless, it’s PAUL MCCARTNEY.

In Glasgow. Live. You Have To Go!

He’s out promoting his new solo album

'Egypt Station', which is really very

good indeed.

As you can probably tell by now

my answer to the 'who is your fave

Beatle?' question is always Lennon.

Choice Track: Paul McCartney

'Jenny Wren'

Madonna Pop Discoteque

Saturday 22nd December 11pm

SWG3, swg3.tv

The best Madonna tribute night in the

world is coming to Glasgow. The 'Into

The Groove Tour' rolls into town just

in time for Xmas.

'…Prepare to be catapulted from the

80s , 90s , 00s and back again as you

take a 'feel good' journey with the best

pop and disco classics blended with

the greatest hits from Madonna…'

With the party coming right at the

height of the festive season, you can

be guaranteed that this will be one of

the biggest nights of the last weekend

before Dec 25th.

Aw come on, IT’S XMAS!

Choice track: Madonna 'Like A Virgin'


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Top Things To Do

in the West End

by Tracy Mukherjee

Top for Autumn Magic

Our dear Botanic Gardens have always been

magical to the thousands who flock through

their gilded gates each day. But come nightfall

in October and November, the gardens will take

on a whole new mystical glow. Running until

the 11th November, the GlasGLOW event will see

the Botanics transformed into a fantasy realm

with an ethereal light and sound show. Walking

around, the familiar grounds will take on a whole

new form: a fantasy world of dragons, fire pits

and much much more. The magical journey will

take around 90 minutes but you are welcome to

hang around for a hot toddy or warming bite to

eat. There will even be the opportunity to toast

some mouthwatering marshmallows. I very much

doubt it will be on a dragon’s fiery breath, but I

could be wrong…

GlasGLOW, Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Sat 27th Oct – Sun 11th Nov

fffitison.com/glasglow

Top for Theatre

Spoiled for choice is the term that comes to

mind in terms of theatre events this winter.

In November Websters Theatre presents The

Cripple of Inishmaan. This lilting Irish comedy

relays the story of the real life events of a

Hollywood production being filmed on the

island of Inis Mor in 1934 with the fictional life

of a young disabled man desperately wishing

to be part of the documentary. For its 2013 run

in London’s West End the play starred Daniel

Radcliffe. The Giffnock Theatre Players proudly

present their interpretation of the play for three

nights at Websters.

In terms of Pantos, Oran Mor’s offering this year

is The Lying Bitch and the Wardrobe. Written

by Morag Fullarton, this is the rousing tale of an

evil Empress ruling with an iron fist the mythical

kingdom of Escozia. Banning all wondrous

delights (even tablet!) her subjects can take

no more when, horror of horrors, even singing

is vetoed! It’s up to a select band of heroes to

overthrow the evil Empress and get her exiled to

Goolag Achiltibuie…

The Cripple of Inishmaan

Webster’s Theatre 1st – 3rd November

fffwebstersglasgow.com

The Lying Bitch and The Wardrobe

Oran Mor, Mon 26th Nov – Sat 29th Dec

ffforan-mor.co.uk. Adult themes 14yrs+

Top for Christmas Festivities

It simply isn’t a Glasgow Christmas without a

clootie dumpling, a Broons annual or indeed

a good old family fight on Christmas Day. Add

to that the regular Glasgow Loves Christmas

events and you have the recipe for a perfect

Weegie Christmas. The annual Light Switch On

in George Square is on Sunday 18th Nov with

those lucky folks who get picked from the public

ballot watching the square burst into life. If you

aren’t lucky enough to see the lights on that first

evening, fear not. There will be plenty of other

reasons to visit the city centre over the festive

period. Glasgow’s Style Mile Carnival on the 25th

of Nov is an event not to be missed. The carnival

will see a host of festive fairytale costumes

with acts and performances throughout the

afternoon getting Glasgow well and truly into

the holiday spirit. The Christmas Markets also

make a welcome return to St Enoch and George

Square, bringing a touch of Weihnachtsmarkte

to our Scottish shores. And for those scrooges

who even question the existence of St Nick? Well

they better watch out as the Glasgow Santa Dash

and Santa Bungee will see more Santas grace

the Glasgow streets than Range Rovers outside

Glasgow Academy at home time! Sometimes

there is an excuse to leave the West End and the

city events at Christmas are great to support.

Glasgow Style Mile Carnival, Sun 25th Nov

2.30-3.30 commencing St Enoch Square


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Top Things To Do

in the West End

Glasgow Christmas Markets

St Enoch Sq Fri 9th Nov – Sun 23rd Dec

George Sq, Sun 25th Nov – Mon 31st Dec

Glasgow Santa Dash, Sun 9th Dec

fffglasgowloveschristmas

Santa Bungee, Riverside Museum

Sat 1st – Sun 2nd Dec

fffglasgowchildrenshospitalcharity.org

NB. Keep an eye out for more information

on the Byres Road Tree Lighting Ceremony,

on the 25th November: unavailable at time

of going to press.

Top for Festive Night Out

Head to Cottiers to hear renowned Celtic band

Bahookie 'The Fire and The Fiddle'. This recent

tour has taken the band all over the world. These

prestigious musicians blend folk/ceilidh music

with urban dance and rock, producing a unique

Scottish sound. With these guys at the helm,

those dancing feet aren’t going to stay still for

long.

Finally, oh the sparkle of a Christmas party

dress! It’s one of the highlights of the year,

getting dressed up for the annual knees up. We

know that The Gatsby Club ball is a huge event

in the summer. But the Winter Ball? Well that’s in

a whole other league. Scotland’s biggest 1920’s

themed event is a heady mix of cabaret and club,

where the dress code is go big or go home! Once

in your life you have to attend this candle-lit

event and immerse yourself in a bygone age.

And at Christmas? I can’t think of a more perfect

time to don a flapper dress and shimmy away to

the Charleston.

Bahookie: The Fire and The Fiddle,

Cottiers Theatre, Fri 7th Dec 7.30 – 1pm

fffcottiers.com/events

The Gatsby Club Winter Ball, Glasgow

University Union, University Avenue

Sat 24th Nov, 7.30pm -2am

fffthegatsbyclub.co.uk

Top for Unusual Gifts

More often than not Christmas comes around

and we have no idea what to do for that oh-so

rare commodity, an original gift. But Santa’s

elves, otherwise known as the West End’s ever

so talented crafting community have Christmas

sewn up with a host of market dates for you to

pencil in the diary. First off, the regular Granny

Would Be Proud marketeers will be displaying

their wares throughout Nov and Dec. This market

has a strong focus on retro and vintage items as

well as promoting local, talented crafters.

Along the road, the institution that is Byres

Road Makers Market will be holding their last

monthly market before Christmas in November

so be sure to note the date. This boutique market

showcases everything from jewellery and

cushions, to handmade lampshades. Heading

towards Woodlands, Nice Markets will be

hosting eco friendly gift markets in Nov and Dec.

Pop along to the market and pick up a no guilt

gift, with little packaging, sure to reduce your

ecological footprint. Finally, Tea Green Festive

Markets return to the Botanics in Nov/Dec.

A contemporary craft and design and fine art pop

up event, these gifts are sure to bring a smile on

Christmas morning.

Granny Would Be Proud

Hillhead Bookclub, Vinicombe Street

Sun 26th Nov, Sun 17th Dec, from 12 noon

ff/Granny Would Be Proud

Byres Rd Makers Market, Hillhead

Library Sat 24th Nov, from 11am

ff/Byres Road Makers Market

Nice Markets, St Silas Church, Park Road

Sat 3rd Nov, Sat 15th Dec 11am – 4pm,

ff/Nice Markets Eco-Friendly Focus

Tea Green Festive Market, Glasgow

Botanic Gardens, Sat 3rd – Sun 4th

Nov, Sat 8th – Sun 9th Dec, 10am – 4pm

ff/Tea Green Festive Market


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Endmum’s

West

notebook

by Michele Gordon thelanguagehub.co.uk

As many of you know, Christmas is my

favourite holiday of the year: the

excitement of things to come,

the lights and decorations, the smell of

Christmassy things, to see the children

bursting with anticipation for days on end

and to have a little extra time to do things as

a family – all this makes me smile and look

forward to December.

I admit, it can be a very stressful time, but

I say it’s all a matter of planning. I am part

German after all! I try to buy presents well in

advance, have a list of food and drink I need

to buy and reduce the amount of Christmas

cards I post. This way, I try to make ensure

that we actually enjoy advent too, not just

Christmas Day.

At The Hub, we will be celebrating the

first of advent (2nd December, 2 – 4pm) with

an event for everyone. There will be singing,

arts and crafts and lots of yummies to eat.

Two weeks later on the 15th December we

will be holding our Christmas party at Partick

Burgh Halls from 2 – 4pm. All our students

get the chance to present a little something

in another language to the audience (if they

want).

But there are plenty of other events for

families to choose from in the West End,

starting at the end of November. Join one of

the many Christmas lights switch on events

in and around Glasgow. The one on Byres

Road will be on the 25th of November on

Vinicombe Street. Then, on the following

weekend, 1st and 2nd of December, the

Riverside Museum will be hosting its

Christmas Festival with a Santa bungee

event for charity. The festival is free to attend

between 11am – 5pm on both days.

Or maybe you prefer to go to the Scottish

Mask and Puppet Centre (8-10 Balcarres

Avenue). On the 1st of December at 12pm

they will be showing ‘The Snow Child’, £5.95/

ticket but there are also Christmas themed

shows scheduled on the 8th, 15th and 21st

of December. And if, by the 8th of December,

you are still in need of some gifts visit the

Tea Green Festive Market at the Botanic

Gardens between 10am – 4pm which

promises to ‘showcase the best of Scotland’s

Independent creative talent’.

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music a little earlier in December, check out

this year’s Christmas Carols at Wellington

Church (77 Southpark Avenue) on the 13th of

December at 7.30pm, £10/ticket.

On the 21st, we will be taking the kids to

Websters Theatre to see this year’s panto

‘About Britney and the Beast’. We have been

going here for a few years now and really love

the shows. The panto will run from 1st Dec

2018 to 5th Jan 2019, if you’re lucky, grab a

table and have a bite to eat before the show.

However, you can also just buy drinks at the

bar and take them in to the theatre with you.

I’m not sure if we’ll manage any of the

Christmas Markets this year, I’m personally

not keen on masses of people in the city

centre. I’m still hoping that one year there

will be a small, cosy market on Mansfield

Park. Christmas Markets are great for getting

you into the mood however: lovely smells,

Christmas music, mulled wine and lovely gift

buying opportunities.

This year, we will be spending the festive

period with my entire family – the first time

ever since I met John and had two children.

I’m looking forward to it and hope you all

have a lovely time with friends and family too.

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House Doctor Xmas Car £17

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Katie Loxton Diffuser £22

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Nordic Outdoor

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Eyewear Wardrobe Case £35

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Dale of Norway Seefeld Sweater

£219.95, Nordic Outdoor

Busy B Perfect Planner Diary £16.99

Liquorice Tree

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let’s go for a walk down

Clarence Drive

In an age when high streets up and down the country

are struggling in an ever changing and harsh economic

climate, how heartening to see new, and established,

businesses opening and thriving. A walk down Clarence

Drive convinces Suzanne Martin that hard graft, passion and a unique

product or service spells success in the West End.

WORDS SUZANNE MARTIN IMAGE GREGOR REID

The last few years have seen numerous

changes on the short parade of shops

on Clarence Drive. Units have closed

down and new businesses have come in to

serve a discerning West End community that

loves its independent retailers. So who’s who

and what are they bringing to the area?

Matthew at The Good Spirits Company

was my first port of call. With two city centre

stores already under his belt when the old

Peckham & Rye unit came up he jumped at

the chance: perfect location and licensing

already in place! With an eclectic range

and knowledgeable staff, Matthew has

achieved what he set out to create – the kind

of store he’d like to shop in full of exciting

and delicious products not found in the

supermarkets.

With bottles open to taste at the weekends

as standard, in the run up to Christmas

Matthew and his team will be holding a

further series of inhouse pouring sessions

with select suppliers. Check out their social

media for more information nearer the time.

With every single bottle hand-picked by

Matthew there’s scope for some truly exciting

and usual gifts. The team are currently

refining their own Christmas cocktail recipes

to bottle as the perfect stocking filler – I’d

be delighted with that in my stocking come

Christmas morning.

Next door Llicorella Deli is reaching

its first anniversary as this edition hits the

streets, and owner James wouldn’t be

anywhere else. With a passion for cheese

unsurpassed by anyone I’ve ever met before

James keeps a small discerning stock in

the deli but can order anything special in

with 24 hours notice. With three different

cheese suppliers each with unique cheese

not found elsewhere, including the winning

goats’ cheese for 2017 – James can keep you

happily chatting on his favourite subject.

With fourteen years in catering, many

of those as a sommelier, James had the

contacts he needed to open his own deli

when the opportunity arose. With fresh

fruit and vegetables delivered every day

he’s open, the made-to-order gourmet

sandwiches he serves are fresh and served

with his own fig glaze or herb dressings and

on his own bread. Getting in to work every

day at 6.30am to mix and prove his own

bread for that day’s fresh loaves and lunch

rush is part of James’ day. After which he

heads home to walk his daughter to school

before making it back in for 9am and the

coffee and cake crowd.

The 16th November sees Llicorella and

The Good Spirit Company teaming up for a

Wine Fair at Hughenden Rugby Club – it’s

a ticketed event so remember to book via

either store. James will host a cheese stall

and be taking orders for cheese hampers

for Christmas. These will include cheese,

great coffee and vouchers to be used in both

Llicorella and The Good Spirit Company.

At the other end of the longevity scale

Hely Hair Studio first opened at 25 Clarence

Drive in 1944 – and moved back in 2013! With


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three generations of hairdressers, starting

with Robert Hely back in 1924, current

owners, siblings Gary and Sindy Hely, are

part of Glasgow Hairdressing royalty.

Open seven days a week Hely Hair Studio

is a hive of activity with twelve full and parttime

stylists working from the premises. Gary

is passionate about hairdressing and only

works with the best people and products in

the industry.

With an Express Pamper Bar by La

Biosthetique in addition to the hairdressing

services Gary and his team offer, clients

can enjoy a make-up refesh after a cut and

colour to head straight out into town. And

booking couldn’t be easier with their 24/7

online booking service. Gary uses Paul

Mitchell in-salon products and Schwarzkopf

Professional for colour finding clients are

much better at looking after their hair

than before and demand the best in-salon

treatments.

As a resident Westender moving salons

back to the West End from Sauchiehall Street

was a no-brainer: Gary and Sindy love the

community feel in Hyndland.

Next door to Hely is clothes boutique

Solo – a Hyndland stalwart long on Hyndland

Road. Since Samantha took the reigns back

in 2012 fashion lines have included Marc

Cain, Jane Luchka and Herno Coats, among

others, to appeal to the fashion forward

professional woman. With a background in

fashion buying for a major chain in London,

Samantha came to Solo with fresh ideas

for her new venture. Six years on she offers

a personal shopping service and style

consultation in-store – though these must be

booked first.

With long serving and knowledgeable

assistants looking after valued clients

the future for Solo on Clarence Drive

looks rosy.

Newcomer Campbell’s of Hyndland

has caused a quickening of pulses since

Crawford opened its doors back in August.

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starred Pied à Terre, Crawford was ready to

move back to his home city of Glasgow and a

new challenge. After a successful year down

in Partick the opportunity arose to expand to

Hyndland and the rest as they say…

Before setting up either venue Crawford

spent four months travelling right around the

coast of Scotland speaking directly to the

fishermen whose produce he liked the most

and setting up accounts with only the best.

Now we can enjoy Loch Fyne oysters and

kippers, Shetland salmon, and haddock, cod

and lemon sole directly off the boats as they

come in at Peterhead – provenance is all.

From the 1st of November Liz at the

Hyndland shop can take orders for their new

home delivery service – invaluable for older

residents in tenement flats. Simply order

before midday and supplies will be delivered

by 5pm that day. Also launching the same

day will be Crawford’s cook-at-home packs

for home chefs. With all the ingredients from

fish, shellfish, or meat, to vegetables, spices

and sauces: everything will be contained with

the recipe method for a great tasting home

cooked meal from a Michelin trained chef.

Now that is pretty special.

Also very upbeat is Paulo next door in the

local chippy. Having been on Clarence Drive

for twelve years it’s only Paulo’s and pizza

bar Casa Blanca that have survived the test

of time. Over the past year Paulo has seen

a definite rise in footfall on the street and

can only see that improving with the new

businesses coming in and no empty units.

With top quality whiting and angel

haddock on offer, Paulo’s does a roaring

trade at lunch time with the local high school

kids. Praising the school and the great kids

there Paulo even began opening before break

to supply hungry learners with top breakfast

stalwarts – a roll and square for me please.

Always testing the demand Paulo began

opening on a Sunday four years ago to test

the uptake and now is open seven days a

week to keep locals in their fish and sausage

suppers. He puts his success down to always

buying the best stock and having really nice

regulars.

Newest kid on the block is

a local branch of Subway –

causing much excitement

amongst Hyndland

Secondary school kids.

I haven’t seen it but

apparently the queue at lunch-time is the

stuff of legend. Now, not everyone loves a

chain but Harpreet and his team are serving

up salads, wraps and baguettes and snackloving

locals are buying it up.

Longest serving member of the Clarence

Drive business community accolade goes to

Farhad at Casa Blanca. With 15 years on the

drive selling his freshly made pizzas, pastas

and barbequed meats, Farhad’s love of the

area and its community really comes across.

When his first child was born regulars came

in with cards and gifts and Farhad was really

touched by the network of clients, and now

friends, he’d won with his food and friendly

personality.

Casa Blanca was born out of a desire to

produce restaurant quality Italian food as

a great quality takeaway option. The idea

that takeaway food is merely ‘junk food’ was

wrong to Farhad and all of his pizza bases

are made freshly in-store every day, as are all

his pasta sauces. With pizza topping choices

of parma ham, artichoke and sun dried

tomatoes Casa Blanca’s restaurant standard

fare has kept Westenders coming back for a

decade-and-a-half and long may it continue.

Generally lovely guy to be around,

Gurdeep at the Hyndland Post Office

and Premier Store, is an advocate for the

Hyndland community and his great staff –

a sentiment generally shared.

Gurdeep’s children went to

Hyndland Secondary School so

when the opportunity to buy the

Hyndland Post Office arose he

was quick to see its potential in

such a lovely area. Prior to

Gurdeep coming onboard

six years ago the branch

was actually up for

closure and upset locals

had to set up a petition

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major refurbishment later and the post office

service and Premier store are booming.

Open seven days a week and with full

post office services available from 7.30am to

10pm, the same as the store, Gurdeep has

gone from offering euros only to a full foreign

exchange service of 28 currencies. He is very

proud as he relates this to me, and so he

should be – it’s a major achievement when so

many other small businesses are struggling

and being consolidated into much bigger city

centre based units. Gurdeep is keeping it

local and Hyndland locals vote with their feet,

straight into his store.

Last visit is to Shannon, one quarter of

the all-female management team at The

Hyndland Fox. Part of the G1 Group under

Stefan King, The Fox has a relaxed vibe

just right for the casual brunch crowd, great

coffee for the young mums, and a casual

dining atmosphere as the lights are dimmed

and candles lit for the evening diners – it’s a

real community go-to space.

Shannon has been at the venue for two

years and knows all the regulars but notes

there has been an upturn in new faces as

fresh businesses have opened on the road.

This bodes well for their busiest time of the

year – the festive period. With loads of events

and offers planned it’s her favourite time of

the year, though the working hours are long.

Shannon plans all the events from the live

sets on a Friday and Saturday evening to the

Gingerbread Man Decorating classes coming

up for families. Keep an eye out on Facebook

and Instagram for more details and loads of

Festive special offers – including their popular

Twelve Offers of Christmas each day from

the 1st to 12th of December. With the Festive

Cocktail list and Winter Warmers primed and

ready and a 20% discount card for Hyndland

locals Monday-Fridays, the team at The

Hyndland Fox have Christmas sorted.

Speaking to all the businesses on

Clarence Drive one thing in particular is

clear – they all really do like each other, a lot.

Shannon at The Hyndland Fox will pop into

Gurdeep at the Post Office for change, James

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Image I Gregor Reid

Reviewed by

Roberto Parrucci

Discovering Nonya’s menu reminded

me of what my personal food guru

Anthony Bourdain used to say about

East Asian cuisine, ‘the crunchy and tender,

the sweet and salty, the hard and soft, the

warm and cold – all mixed to emphasize

the philosophical orientation behind Asian

culture’.

The interior is beautifully laid out, with

classic Southeast Asian touches that really

give a sense of how much work has gone into

achieving the best of west meets east.

From the mottle-green table tops to the

backroom with fluttering palms and classic

rattan lighting, I instantly had the feeling

of being one of Graham Greene’s stuffy

European expats supplanted in a foreign

land.

Helped by the attentive waiting staff I

opted for some spinach and bamboo shoot

dumplings with chilli soy sauce on the side.

Aside from being massive, the dumplings

on their own were delicate in texture with

crunchy bits of bamboo shoots giving bite

among the tender spinach.

I followed with grilled coconut chicken

with gravy and rice on the side. I must say,

in terms of spice, I expected ‘the beast from

the east’, but a storm of flavour didn’t quite

materialise. Yet, I also appreciated the quality

of the ingredients. The chicken was perfectly

grilled, with the gravy and relish on the side

adding a beautiful oriental touch.

My choice of desert was the definite

standout here. Sticky rice pudding topped

with mango strips sprinkled with sesame

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I’m a regular at Bank Street, it being one

of the few pubs in the West End open

until 1am. When you want that final quiet

pint after the other bars close at midnight,

it’s a prime location. At least on weekdays

it has atmosphere but isn’t too busy and it

never plays overly ear-shattering music or

overwhelms you with the television, so you

can chat to your friends, the point of pubs,

as far as I am concerned (though others will

have different ideas). With two floors, upstairs

above the bar and downstairs, you can

usually find a place to sit.

Like many of its neighbouring

establishments it has that postmodern

sparse decor, that mix of old and new, with

the exposed bricks on one wall, the colourful

mural representing the West End on another

wall, and the metalwork on the chairs and the

railings. The place has the feeling of lightness

and space which means it never feels too

crowded or claustrophobic.

The beer choices are pretty good too.

On tap they have a wide range of beers, both

local ones like St. Mungo’s and Joker IPA,

Tennents, and from further afield, Blue Moon,

Staropramen, and guest European lagers.

For the cider lover they sell craft ciders from

the Sharp Brewery. It prides itself on its

cocktails so you can order just about any that

you want (including an expresso martini), and

it carries the standard selection of Scottish

whiskies and local gins. For a West End pub,

their prices are reasonable. Every pint is

less than £4. More than the Beer Bar further

along Bank Street but less than Stravaigin on

the other side of Gibson Street. They don’t

have cask ales on draught but you can’t have

everything.

Bank Street is more than just a drinking

venue. It caters to everyone, from those who

want a cocktail and a snack to those who

want a pub lunch or affordable dinner. They

have a food menu, mainly burgers, pizza, and

curries. And they offer some great deals like

£5 for a pint and a veggie pakora, or £8 for

a pizza and a glass of prosecco if you show

up on a Thursday. I have not tried their pizza

but a pakora at half-twelve at night is pretty

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Throughout the year they hold events

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For Christmas crime you could do a lot worse than

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Inspector Anderson series and it’s a real page turner.

Never Proven

by Bill Daly

I was gripped by the plot from

the start, opening with the

brutal murder of John Murdoch, a

former teacher accused of sexual

relations with a young male pupil.

However, the case was not proven,

that ‘bastard verdict’ as Walter

Scott called it, which neither

satisfies the accused nor the

complainant.

Readers will be familiar with

a lot of the locations as the

murder takes place just outside

Cottiers and a lot of the action

darts back and forth between

Pitt Street and the West End.

The descriptions of The Calton

and the bars and characters there

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Glasgow criminal underworld is

described warts and all. Jim Colvin

is a gangster you wouldn’t want

to meet or be indebted to. In this

fast-paced thriller we are even

taken to Edinburgh on the train to

check out an alibi, although you’ll

be glad to hear that Anderson

didn’t stay to ‘have his tea’ but

returned late afternoon, obviously

knowing that no offers of repast

would be forthcoming.

The central character of DCI

Anderson is months away from

retirement and is not keen to take

on any high-profile or complicated

cases. However, fate has other

ideas as the deceased was well

known due to the media interest in

the sexual misconduct court case

and is fuelled by the involvement

of Glasgow’s own Avenging Angel, a vigilante who claims credit

for ‘ridding the streets of vermin’. Another complication is the

fact that Anderson’s right-hand man, Tony O’Sullivan, is dating

Anderson’s daughter, so no tension there then. The mundanities

of dating, playing football with your grandson and getting home

in time for your dinner and a whisky before bed are interspersed

with brutality (nailing a hand to a cubicle door) and sexual

shenanigans.

The pace is kept brisk by short chapters and short sections

within each chapter, literally causing you to turn pages at a faster

rate. Some more astute readers may guess the culprit before the

end but you can still sit back in smugness as your suspicions are

confirmed. As an addition to the juggernaut which is Tartan Noir,

‘Never Proven’ is highly entertaining, in your face and full of pace.

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To Throw Away

Unopened

by Viv Albertine

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Those of us old enough to

remember punk will know Viv

Albertine from The Slits. This is

her second autobiographical

offering and deals primarily

with the death of her mother

and all the guilt, memories

and family drama which is

inextricably bound up with

these occasions. If you think

your family is dysfunctional,

take a break from the

Christmas family drama and

tune in to the drama that is the

Albertine family.

The discovery of her father’s

diaries provides the writer

with a very different view

of her childhood, whilst the

discovery of a bag of papers

in her mother’s wardrobe

following her death only serves

to muddy the waters even

more. ‘Truth is splintered’, as

the writer states. The chapters

are cleverly structured, all

beginning with ‘the present’

as the writer copes with her

mother’s impending death,

physically fighting with her

sister over her dying mother’s

bed and invoking serious

injuries in the process.

Following these sections we

have older memories sparked

by whatever is happening

in the present, the Proust’s

madeleine approach, which

seems fitting given her French

background. Pictures of

locations and objects germane

to the story are beautifully

shot and really bring to life the

narrative. The many quotations

peppered throughout the book

are insightful and thoughtprovoking.

Albertine has

fought for most of her life –

against her sister, her father,

male oppression, societal

expectations – and has come

out the other side. This is a

powerful punk of a book.

After making a hilarious

self-diagnosis which proves

not to be so fatal after all,

Grace Dart has a new lease

of life and is determined to

live it to the max. She makes

a bucket list and, following a

very stressful year studying for

her GCSEs, she is determined

to experience all that life has

to offer away from the stuffy

confines of her bedroom, her

books, post-its, highlighters

and cue cards.

Her journey takes her

to Paris with her gran, on

a death-defying swing on

Brighton beach and thrusts

her into a variety of new

relationships. Grace is a

teenage girl who has striven

most of her life to please her

parents and suddenly finds

herself with a summer ahead

of her where the only agenda

is to have fun.

This book is hilarious in

parts where Grace lurches

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the next. However, there are

also important life lessons

embedded within the novel,

although delivered with a

light touch. Vallance depicts a

teenage girl in full existential

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providing highly entertaining

material which all teenage girls

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The crises range from

careers, studying, parenting

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sexuality and relationships.

It’s a whirlwind ride, like the

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Homes & Interiors

by Susan

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Farrow & Ball

Creative Kitchen

Clearout

At this time of year, our kitchens can take a bit of

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roast dinners and the extra mouths to feed over the

festivities, people still tend to gravitate to the kitchen

at parties, and so we shouldn’t neglect what’s often

referred to as the heart of the home.


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If you’re looking to invest in a kitchen redesign,

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inspiration and expertise. Or, if your budget is tight

or you’re feeling creative, there are plenty of great

ways to make a big difference for a small output.

Start with a clear out. Do you actually know how

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juicer honestly last used? Go through all the tins

and jars and check the dates on the stuff at the

back. And have your plates and cups seen better

days? Clear the decks so you can see the space

freely.

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and bobs can be made into something beautiful.

We have a mish mash of mugs that have

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family, so I can’t bear to throw them out as they

all have stories attached – my current project is

making a mosaic creation from the bits of broken

crockery. This would work well around a picture

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that I’ve now painted in multicolours and filled

up with stones and fairy lights as eye-catching

book ends. Great on either side of your recipe

books covered in colourful fruit and veg, or

painted with stars and rainbows as a nightlight

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ridiculous hoard of books that I will likely never

refer to so I plan to use them to paper a feature

wall in a future kichen refresh.

So once you’ve cleared away all the extraneous

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for relatively small outgoing. It also has the

added benefit of allowing you to replace some

kitchen piping to keep everything free flowing.

If you have wooden units, you can do a lot

with them. A lick of paint can totally transform

your room, and a colour change on the walls can

make a huge difference. Go bold and steer clear

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We never seem to have more than two the same

of anything, but a small investment in kitting

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season when we’re hosting at home much more.

The home is where the heart is, and the

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some love this season.

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‘Tis the season of goodwill, we’re

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holidays. It’s a time of celebration and

togetherness, so what better excuse to

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havens.

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Create your festive

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decorations. So rather than thinking of

completing a full look before you then bring

out the baubles, why not use the Christmas

decorations to test your palette and organically

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Start by choosing the dark wall colour. Take

into account factors like the ceiling height, and

natural light sources so that you can get a feel

for how a dark colour would work. Sometimes

dark can work equally well in larger and

smaller spaces but it depends on the room. It is

important to balance it with the colour used for

the floor, ceiling, skirtings and doors, and often

these work well in contrasting pale colours or

white, or so that you create drama and impact

rather than a gloomy cave.

Then decide whether you want to layer the

dark with navy or teal sofas or if you might

make a statement with a vibrant cherry red

velvet wingback or a bright green sofa. Then,

you can use the decorations to decide on your

preference for accent styles. For example

get your tree in situ and consider whether

you want to go for warm, soft white lights

and golden, brassy tones in the baubles and

decorations, or whether you’re leaning towards

icy bright lights with blue undertones and light

silver tones.

Your inclination in this process will really

help determine where you take the ambience

of your room to next. And as you create your

festive haven, start to pick up a few accessories

in the shiny tones you prefer, and that way you

can add these into the room, as you take away

the Christmas decorations, keeping that sense

of glitz and glamour well into the New Year.

If you also choose a statement accent colour

such as the green or the ruby red in a sofa

or armchair, bring this through in your

decorations. They’re bold, contemporary looks

on their own, but couple it with some holly

and berries, or poinsettia and it will really

sing Christmas to you as soon as you walk in

the door. Obviously, a roaring fire in the grate,

some mulled wine warming on the hob, and

some carols in the background would all pull

the picture together perfectly.

Whatever elements of this wintry haven

work best for you, can be intertwined with

fairy lights and shiny baubles as you decide day

by day what colours complement, and which

others clash. Look at everything in different

lights and think about creating soft lighting

pools in dark corners as there’s little natural

light to rely on at this time of year. Stick to the

warmer tone lights and lower level bulbs, but

find a balance and make sure you create cosy

and warm, not gloomy and grey, so use plenty

of light sources and vary direction with lamps

and uplighters.

To keep the festive feeling fresh throughout

the winter months, make sure you invest in

some fragranced candles. Cinnamon and

clove, spiced berries and pine all help to create

that festive feel and elongate it well into the

New Year as you gradually unveil your ideal

glamorous home.

Cassiopeia

Amber & Black


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