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4 Editor’s Letter

32 Charity Pages:

Art for Heart’s Sake

Fashion, beauty & health

8 Pale and Interesting

Fashion Shoot

21 WIN! At Rainbow

Room International

Going out

16 West End Live

with Greg Kane

19 Top Things

23 Restaurant Review:

Eusebi Deli

Art & culture

24 Writer’s Reveal:

with Gordon Kerr

28 Cover to Cover

34 Home-Makers

Women by Design

Westender living

41 Retro Fushion

43 Elegant Glamour

48 Contemporary


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This edition’s interiors articles take

inspiration from our ‘neutrals’ fashion

shoot for this autumn season. As we

move back indoors in anticipation of further

inclement weather, our interior spaces

exercise a huge impact on our mood.

Susan Robertson looks at designs sent to

calm and revitalise after a busy day working

and studying (starts on page 41).

Design is also the theme for Pamela

Palongue’s business article on page

34. Pamela interviews three West End

businesses with interior design at their heart.

Different routes through life inspire different

business outcomes, each one a success and

providing that, eagerly sought, work / life


Our charity feature by new Westender

writer, Mike Findlay, looks at wall art in aid

of Marie Curie and CHAS. An annual event,

Art for Heart’s Sake, takes place at The Store

Interiors in Anniesland early this November.

Arun and Ashoke Pasi are local business men

with big hearts inspired by their mum who

has always made time for and donated to

charity. Head along to the preview event on

the 7th of November for a glass of prosecco

and a leisurely browse (P.32).

Another new writer to Westender is Lenny

Smith who interviewed Glaswegian author

Gordon Kerr, prior to Gordon’s appearance

at the Blairgowrie Bookmark Festival this

October. Gordon’s work of fiction investigates

an under reported movement in Italy during

the Second World War. Read Lenny’s

account on page 24 and prepare to be

inspired by freedom fighters in Italy’s Alps.

Westender regular, Brian Toal, rounds up

the best of this autumn’s reads on page 28.

Brian may have written his reviews solely

based on my reading taste – honest, I didn’t

know. Chris Brookmyre is one of my fave

all time authors and his new novel, Fallen

Angel, sounds like a real page turner. Author

Pat Barker’s Regeneration Trilogy was

a major stand out for me during my OU

Literature degree and I’m delighted to see her

new book, The Silence of the Girls, reviewed.

Dealing with a difficult subject matter, I know,

of all authors this topic is in the most capable

of hands.

So thanks Brian, that’s my next reads

sorted out. And West End resident Limmy’s

autobiography is definitely one for my other

half – he loves his shows. I feel a trip to one of

our West End bookshops coming on…

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The S.L.P.

Thursday 5th September 7pm

SWG3, swg3.tv

Sergio Lorenzo Pizzorno (aka The

S.L.P.). See what he did there? I think

everyone should prefix their initials

with a 'The', I could be The G.P.K.

sounds good to me.

He is a founding member, guitarist

and main songwriter for the English

Rock band Kasabian who have enjoyed

extensive mainstream success since

2004. I’ve always had a soft spot

for Kasabian’s low fi, D.I.Y. attitude

towards making music. They convey a

real sense of honesty in everything

they do, which is commendable. But I

guess that’s just not enough for Sergio

so in a 'band gap year' he has created

side project The S.L.P. to be a vehicle

for his obvious Classic Chicago House

lustings and it’s not that bad a stab

at it either. Sparkly face paint optics

should grab the attentions of the

kids and the pounding jazzy piano

chords should keep the 80s dance

traditionalists happy.

Choice Tracks: The S.L.P. 'Nobody Else'

The Ninth Wave

Saturday 21st September 7pm

QMU, qmunion.org.uk

The Ninth Wave are a noise pop

duo from Glasgow, taking their

influences from 80s new wave and goth

pop. Formed around the long termfriendship

of singer/bassist Millie

Kidd and singer/guitarist Hadyn Park-

Patterson in 2017 they have already

played at the SSE Hydro (supporting

Chvrches) and this year performed at

the influential SXSW music festival in

Austin, Texas. They released the first

part of their debut LP, Infancy, at the

end of April 2019 – with the second

half coming in November. The decision

to split up the 12 tracks was 'less a

creative one and more informed by the

way people consume music now' says

Park-Patterson. 'The way the world

is, listening to music, everyone gets

bored, easily. We took a year to make

it, so it should take a year to put it

out, I guess is what we felt.' Such a

wise head on young shoulders will

serve them well. And this maturity

extends to their music too, which is

some of the best I’ve heard come out of

Glasgow for ages.

Choice tracks: The Ninth Wave

‘New Kind of Ego'

Marika Hackman

Monday 23rd September 7pm

Òran Mór, oran-mor.co.uk

Marika Hackman is an English

vocalist, multi-instrumentalist

and songwriter raised in Devon by

parents who's day jobs as animators

lead to an unconventional upbringing

encouraging creativity. Lucky girl.

But thankfully she didn’t rebel

against them and now her work is much

lauded by such exulted contemporaries

as Alt-J and Laura Marling, which

should give you an idea of where the

music comes from.

There’s lots of swearing in her songs

though and whilst studying her

Spotify listing I thought her recent

album was actually called EXPLICIT.

But it’s not, her fourth album is

called Any Human Friend, and was

released in August this year. All

very confident, poised, complex and

beautifully executed alt/indie/pop.

Choice track: Marika Hackman

‘All Night’

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by Greg Kane



Wednesday 23rd October 7pm

Hug and Pint, thehugandpint.com

Samana are music duo Rebecca Rose

and Franklin Mockett who’s music

emanates from their all analogue

studio in the remote valleys of Wales.

Here’s how they describe their sound,

(But do it in a Welsh accent for full

effect) '… born from the interpretation

of dreams, the study of ancient

rituals, philosophies of love, loss

and death, and the quintessence of

interior discovery that results from

personal experience …'. Couldn’t

have put it better myself. It’s all a

bit crusty, road trip to Europe in

camper vanny, new agey, Hippy Dippy

but Rebecca Rose has one of the most

beautiful Contralto voices I’ve heard

since Ruth Pointer (Of The Pointer

Sisters). The deep tones of her voice

are supposed to put you off but in

actual fact they do the complete

opposite. Reminds me of a young KD

Lang too. I can’t stop listening to it.

Choice track: Samana 'Harvest'

Loyle Carner

Wednesday 30th October 7pm

SWG3, Galvanisers Yard, swg3.tv

Benjamin Gerard Coyle-Larner, known

professionally as Loyle Carner, is

a multi-award winning English hip

hop musician. Carner's debut album,

Yesterday's Gone, was nominated

for the 2017 Mercury Prize and his

sophomore album, Not Waving, but

Drowning, was released in April

2019 and perfectly exhibits how

soul and jazz sensibilities can

work with hip hop. But unlike most

rappers he has a deep and heartfelt

respect for all womankind which

he puts down to being raised in an

all female environment, mother and

grandmother, who encouraged him

to always communicate and show

respect. He also professes a love of

bands you wouldn’t expect a young hip

hopian to have, The Cure, Bob Dylan,

Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, and how

he describes himself tells you a lot

about where he’s at, 'I’m not a hero,

I’m a weirdo'. A classy guy.

Choice Track: Loyle Carner


Jo Jo Siwa

Wednesday 30th October 5.30pm

SSE Hydro, thessehydro.com

Joelle Joanie 'JoJo' Siwa is a 16-yearold

American dancer, singer, actress,

and YouTube personality and if like

me, you have a pre-teen kid then

you’ll know every word of every

song. My aging body and lack of hair

prevents me from extending this to

the dance routines and the over sized

bows (JoJo's Bows) on my head but my

daughter and I have enjoyed many a

window down singing at the top of our

voices car journey home with Jo Jo

Siwa blaring LOUD from the stereo.

She brings so much joy to so many

hence the size of venue for this gig

which will host 13,000 screaming

pre-teen Siwanatorz in one room… the

stuff of nightmares. So please spare a

thought for the accompanying parents.

Fortunately our 'always there when we

need her' babysitter has stepped up to

the plate. Thank you so much Tina, you

are the best X.

Choice track: Jo Jo Siwa

'Kid In A Candy Store'

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t’s been a fantastic couple of months for

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Dylan, from our George Square salon, is a

finalist at the Scottish Hairdresser of the Year.

A fantastic achievement and we look forward

to the award ceremony in November!

We recently had our Assistant Show

at the SWG3 Club in the West End.

A fantastic event, it is a great platform for

our assistants to show off their skills and

work to their families and an assessor from

our Academy. Students have to find their

own makeup artist, styling, music and

visuals. It was also another opportunity for

us to celebrate our salon group’s 40-year


Our Assistants in GWR, Cari and Roxy,

have applied for our Swedish Exchange

opportunity, where one of our trainees will

go to Sweden for two weeks to work and

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The exchange programme is a great

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Top Things To Do

in the West End

by Tracy Mukherjee

My, how time flies! Autumn is upon us, with

its cascade of colour and ever changing light.

So let’s take a look at the harvest of events that

are sure to brighten the darkening days.

Top For Heritage Trails

Doors Open Days are celebrated across Scotland

each year in September. Scotland’s largest

free festival celebrating the architecture and

heritage of our beautiful country is now in its

30th year. Nationwide there are over a thousand

free venues to visit. Of course Glasgow will yet

again be trailblazing a path through over 200

historic buildings; what goes on behind the

facades of some of the cities most well-know

iconic structures? The programme once ran

over a weekend, but such is the richness of our

architecture that this is now an annual weeklong

event. Love the theatre? Why not take a

look behind the scenes and see what goes on

when the curtain falls. Have a favourite tipple?

Some of the city’s distilleries are opening their

doors (not their bottles) to the general public.

The event is organised by the Glasgow Building

Preservation Trust and is co-ordinated nationally

by the Scottish Civic Trust. Besides the glorious

libraries and numerous listed buildings for adults

to explore, there is also a children’s programme

of activities throughout the week. With guided

walks, talks and exhibitions, Glasgow Doors

Open Days Festival is always a highlight in our

city’s calendar.

Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival,

Mon 16th – Sun 22nd September,

various venues citywide. Programme

brochures are free from local libraries.


Top for Setting Sail

It's two years since the first Clydebuilt festival

reached the shores of the Riverside Plaza on

Clydeside. The river festival celebrates all things

boaty and is diverse in its mix of land and sea

events. On the water, there will the chance to

try canoeing, the ever popular Castle to Crane

Race from Dumbarton Castle to the Finnieston

Crane and an inaugural small craft regatta.

On the Sunday there will be a new event as six

Dragon Boats take to the Clyde with a fabulous

race filled with colour. Each boat comprises

of 10 team members plus a drummer keeping

everyone in time. With heats running throughout

the day, the fastest fire-breathers will compete

in the grand final. Who will be crowned Dragon

Boat Racing Champions and receive the Dragon


After all the drama of the high seas, on land

there will be a chance for some well deserved

R & R. Take a stroll through the riverside

markets, settle the kids down for some

storytelling or grab yourself a pint and listen to

the fiddles and sea shanties wafting over the

waves. The Clyde has been an artery, the life line

that runs through Glasgow; it really IS something

to celebrate.

Clydebuilt Festival, Sat 21st – Sun 22nd

September, Riverside Plaza, Clydeside


Top for Fizzy Fundraising

When we think about supporting our favourite

charity we might consider a little bit of training

before an ever popular 10K. Why not body

swerve the sweat and tears (for this month

anyway) and do your bit with a lovely glass of

fizz and lunch with your favourite girly chums?

Cancer Support Scotland are holding their

Annual Ladies Lunch in October with a packed

event filled with fun and sparkle. On arriving at

Glasgow’s Radisson Blu Hotel, there will be a fizz

reception followed by a sumptuous three course

lunch. During the day, STV celebrities Emma

Cameron and Laura Boyd will be joining in the

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Top Things To Do

in the West End

by Tracy Mukherjee

fun. With plenty of opportunities to raise more

funds, the event will have entertainment galore,

fundraising games and stalls to peruse. Last year

the event raised over £15,000 which provided

help with counselling and complimentary

therapies for those affected by cancer and their

carers. Tickets are priced at £50pp and tables of

8 - 12 people can also be purchased. So glad rags

on ladies, all in aid of a fantastic cause.

Cancer Support Scotland Fizz and

Sparkle Ladies Lunch, Sun 6th October

Radisson Blu, Glasgow


or email lucy.kirkland@cancersupport

scotland. org / 0141 337 8199

Top for Tripping the Light


When GlasGLOW launched last year at the

Botanic Gardens, who could have known it would

be the phenomenal success that it became? Well

I for one, as a parking space could not be had

outside my home! With 75,000 attendees, the

Botanics had an ethereal glow for the duration of

Halloween 2018. But GlasGLOW 2 is purported to

be even bigger and better. The 2019 route around

the gardens is longer, running to over a mile.

Word has it that there are nine immersive worlds

to explore, setting the sky above the West End

alight. There will be lots of interactive stations

as light and sound surround you in the gardens.

The marshmallow toasting is back, with even

the possibility of a hot toddy or some mulled

wine (subject to licence) to settle your chills.

And those chills may not be down to the crisp

autumn nights… rumour has it there will be some

rather spooky goings on; so get ready for some

spine tingling, rib-rattling frights!

GlasGLOW 2, Botanic Gardens

Fri 25th October – Thurs 31st October


Top for Fright Night

There can’t be an autumn Top Things round up

without a holler for Halloween! This year there

seems to be a huge variety of scary shenanigans

afoot. At Websters Theatre, Fright Night sees

four of the most famous ghouls unite to solve

a mystery. Inside Dracula’s castle the Count

himself, accompanied by Dr Frankenstein’s

Monster, The Bride and The Mummy, combine

their questionable brainpower in trying to find

out 'who done it'. Brought to you by the Movaro

Theatre Company this frightful comedy gives a

nod to the great horror genres of old.

Staying with Count Dracula but moving to the

Stand Comedy Club, it’s now one for the kids.

Where’s Dracula: The Mystery at Phantom

Manor, sees Dracula’s mum getting the audience

involved in her annual Halloween party. With

plenty of other ghosts and ghouls in attendance,

the show has plenty of fun, laughs and a mystery

to solve. The kids are encouraged to wear fancy

dress with a prize for best costume.

For a classical Halloween, take a trip to the

Nutty Professor’s lab as the Children’s Classic

Concerts team in partnership with the RSNO

present Weird Science. In participation with

Glasgow Science Centre, artistic director of CCC

Owen Gunnell is the mad scientist in question

(with a little help from the Science Centre guys),

presenting live experiments on stage and fizzing

through electrifying music as the concert erupts

in this explosive musical event.

Fright Night, Websters Theatre

Thurs 24th – Sun 27th October


Where’s Dracula: The Mystery at

Phantom Manor, The Stand Comedy

Club, Woodlands Rd, Sun 27th October


Weird Science, Sat 26th October,

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall




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Reviewed by Amy Glasgow @theglasgowdiet

You know that song from Cheers, ‘Where

Everybody Knows Your Name’? That’s

what it feels like every time I walk

through the doors of Eusebi Deli on Park

Road. It’s the kind of place that you keep

going back to time and time again because

it offers not only some of the best Italian

food in Glasgow, but a warm and welcoming

atmosphere that I imagine is not dissimilar to

a hug from your Nonna.

Day or night, owner Giovanna can often

be found waiting tables, pouring drinks and,

more often than not, stopping to catch up

with the many regulars that frequent the

restaurant. Her attentive nature and her love

for every person who walks through the door,

regular or not, is what sets Eusebi Deli apart

– although the food plays a major role as well!

If you are anything like me, when you think

of Italian restaurants your mind conjures up

images of over-populated menus, lack-lustre

pizzas and repetitive dishes. At Eusebi Deli

you won’t find any of that. In fact, their menu

changes with the seasons in an attempt to

champion seasonal produce and the true

flavours of Italy.

You’ll certainly find both pizza and pasta

on the menu, but whatever you do don’t

ignore the incredible array of small plates,

boards and snacks on offer. Their current

summer menu includes a number of fresh

and vibrant dishes but the champion for

me is the charred octopus with pickled

cucumber, olives, capers and lime aioli.

The octopus is slow cooked for hours to

ensure it is incredibly tender, before being

charred to give a delicate, smoky flavour to

this zingy dish.

When you do make your way to the pizza

or pasta portion of your meal, don’t expect

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a big round pizza or mass-produced pasta.

In their Pasta Laboratory, the chefs at

Eusebi’s make pasta from scratch daily, while

the Pizza Romana dough is proved for 72

hours before being hand shaped, giving a

unique, crispy edge but remaining soft on the


Unable to choose between the numerous

dishes, I chose to order two – yes, you can

order two smaller versions of two different

pasta dishes if you desire, which I so often

do. My first choice was the ravioli carne,

classic house-made meat ravioli served with

sugo. The ravioli were beautifully made, the

pasta the perfect thickness with just the right

bite. The meat inside was tender and melted

in the mouth and the light tomato sauce was

bright and fresh.

My second choice, and the big hitter,

was the gnocchi cacio pepe with foraged

mushrooms. This classic sauce is made

by emulsifying Pecorino Romano in water

(traditionally the seasoned cooking water

you boiled your pasta or gnocchi in) and

seasoned heavily with fiery black pepper.

The addition of foraged mushrooms was a

welcome one and the gnocchi were plump

little pillows of joy.

If, after all that, you still have room for

dessert, I highly recommend trying one.

The menu boasts a selection of beautiful

patisserie made by pastry chef and Bake

Off Crème de la Crème winner, Helen Vass.

I can confirm that the chocolate, caramel and

praline tart is a wonder to behold.

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Writer’s Reveal

meets Gordon Kerr

What would you do on discovering

that your recently deceased partner

who you loved dearly had, in fact,

been having an affair? This is the distressing

situation in which journalist Michael Keats

finds himself in Glasgow-born writer, Gordon

Kerr’s debut fiction thriller, The Partisan

Heart, before deciding to channel his grief

into discovering the truth.

This quest will take him away from the

fast-paced London Evening Post newsroom

in bustling High Street Kensington to

Northern Italy, in order to track down the

owner of an expensive jacket left in a hotel

room his late wife, Rosa, had booked with her

credit card. Michael’s editor, keen to keep his

talented writer at the newspaper, hands him

an italian kidnapping assignment that has the


world media gripped and asks him to ‘dig (it)

up’. That digging goes deeper than Michael

imagined, as we learn of secret acts of love,

betrayal and violence amongst the Partisans

during the Second World War whose

consequences permeate the present, 1999.

Kerr’s extensive historical insight from

penning numerous non-fiction titles enables

him to depict a clear picture of what the

partisan movement would have been like

in 1944. Combined with a natural flair for

storytelling, Kerr balances the tricky task of

juggling grief and betrayal with adventure,

stoicism and even occasional wit, where the

search for truth – and where the search for

truth needs to find a suitable conclusion –

is at the heart of this story. I caught up with

Gordon to ask him more.

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Congratulations on your crime fiction

debut, Gordon. How did the original

idea for the story come about?

Thank you very much. The story of The

Partisan Heart grew out of many visits to the

Valtellina, a beautiful valley in Lombardy in

northern Italy, situated to the east of Lake

Como. My sister-in-law married a man from

the valley and my wife and I travel there once

or twice a year to see them. There were older

members of my brother-in-law’s family who

had fought in the war as partisans or, if they

had been particularly unlucky, had been

transported to Germany to work.

My brother-in-law’s father, for instance,

was one of these – a ‘gastarbeiter’, as the

Nazis euphemistically termed it. These men

were generally silent, appearing like ghosts

at family celebrations and saying little.

Gradually, although they never spoke of the

war, I picked up a few stories and the idea

for the book took shape in my mind. I have to

say, too, that the Valtellina is so beautiful I felt

I had to write about it.

Your crime fiction debut follows widower

Michael Keats on a personal journey that

takes him from London to the Italian Alps

– via Scotland – and spans five decades.

How do you approach structuring such an

intricate, complex plot?

I’ve said before – and I know it’s probably

hard to believe – the story almost came to me

fully formed. George Harrison, when asked

about how he wrote songs, once said that

he didn’t write them, the songs found him.

I know it’s pretty fanciful, but I feel as if this

story found me, arrived in my head almost

complete. There were many things to work

out, of course. As you say, the plot is pretty

complex, and in the editing process I was still

finessing it right up to the end. But the basics

of it were there very early on. One of the most

important elements was getting the timelines

exactly right in both strands of the story. I did

this by creating a kind of bullet-point timeline

for each, down to hours of the day for the

modern strand featuring Michael. I drove my

publisher mad, but it was worth it in the end.

And how long did it take you to complete

the novel?

The idea was stewing in my head for a long

time before I actually began to commit

words to paper. It’s hard to say how long it

took because of that. Because of my day

job, writing non-fiction, I stopped writing it

for quite long periods. But even then I never

stopped thinking about it and working out

the twists and turns of the plot. I would say

it probably took five years, in the end. I hope

a follow-up can be written much faster than

that which is why this autumn and winter the

world of non-fiction is going to have to get

along without me.

Having written several historical

non-fiction titles over the years, how

enjoyable, or challenging, was the process

of writing fiction?

Writing fiction is way more enjoyable!

And I have been very struck by the reaction of

people on hearing I’ve had a novel published.

I’ve written quite a lot of non-fiction books

in a variety of genres but people seem to

view the creation of a work of fiction as a

much greater achievement, for some reason.

In fact, a lot of people seem to be a little in

awe of it. Writing about history or art, as I

have done, is challenging because it has to

be right. It’s facts, sometimes, of course, with

an element of interpretation, but it happened

as it happened and you mustn’t get that

wrong. Fiction, on the other hand, is makebelieve.

You create worlds, people, situations,

some of it quite fanciful. And it’s great fun.

I used to look forward to going to bed at night

because that’s where I did a great deal of my

thinking about the plot and the characters.

Can you tell us more about the ‘ruggedly

beautiful’’ Italian valley, Valtellina.

The Valtellina today is like most other places,

with supermarkets, shopping malls and

a motorway slicing through the middle.

But when we first visited, at the end of

the nineteen-seventies, it was still quite

backward. Supermarkets were rare and the

people more or less lived as they had for

hundreds of years, growing their own food,

making their own wine and rarely venturing

outside the valley. The houses in the village

near where my family lived were ancient

and crumbling back then. Now they have

been bought and renovated, often used as

weekend escapes by people from Milan.

For a boy from East Kilbride and Glasgow,

back then it was an exotic and atmospheric

world and I was getting a close view of it

through the lives of my family there.

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Were there any challenges in writing

violent war scenes between the partisans

and the Nazis?

As a life-long vegetarian pacifist, it was,

of course, difficult to write such scenes.

But this was a brutal time in Italian history.

There was a huge amount at stake and

there was a great deal of pent-up anger and

hatred. Ordinary people did extraordinary

things, as they always do in war and I felt I

had to express that in some way. There are a

couple of violent scenes but, although these

events do colour everything, I hope they don’t

overwhelm the story.

Your sister-in-law and her family live in the

Valtellina, with some of her family fighting

as partisans. How was your novel received

by them?

Sadly, there’s not yet an Italian version of the

book, which means that not many over there

have read it, but they’re very proud that their

valley features. Unfortunately, those family

members who fought in the war are now

no longer with us but I’m not entirely sure

how they would have reacted to the book.

Their brooding silence about the war when

they were alive makes me suspect they might

feel that some things are better left unsaid.

Some of your story is also set in Scotland.

Is this a hat tip to where you are from?

I guess I could have located that part of the

story anywhere – the north of England or

Wales, for example – but, yes, I suspect that

somewhere in my subconscious I wanted it to

have a Scottish element, no matter how brief,

because of my roots. I was also very pleased,

however, to allow that part of the story to give

me the opportunity to introduce a Scottish

character in Helen Matthieson. Helen is a

strong-willed, independent young woman

and the fact that she is also Scottish made

her very appealing to me as a lead character.

Helen is decisive, loyal, kind, fearless;

frankly she is formidable. How did that

character form in your mind?

I know a number of women like that. Helen

developed with the plot and to do what

she does in the book, those qualities were

essential. She’s also funny and very human,

I think. Most importantly, I feel, she grounds

Michael who loses it and shows his frailties

a few times, understandably, I guess, given

what’s happening to him. She’s absolutely

vital to the plot of the book, drives it along

and comes up with some good ideas for

helping Michael.

What do you look forward to when coming

back to Scotland?

I come to Scotland several times a year.

I am in a band – Elsie at the Piano – of whom

one member lives in Dublin, one in Blantyre

and I live in Dorset. We use the internet to

compose but meet up in Glasgow quite

regularly. We’ve written a song called The

Partisan Heart that can be found on YouTube

and Facebook. Regarding Glasgow, to be

honest, I am astonished by the vibrant city it

has become. The range of restaurants and

bars is amazing and I love my visits there.

I enjoy wandering the streets of the city

centre and looking up at the amazing

architecture. There’s a tip to the people of

Glasgow – look up as you’re walking!

What’s your next literary project?

At the moment, I’m writing a Short History

of the Korean War, part of a series of short

histories I’ve written. When I finish that at

the end of September, it’ll be time to start

work on that difficult second novel which

I’m almost certain will again be set in the

beautiful Valtellina.

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Muswell Press, £12.99. Gordon Kerr will

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Fallen Angel

by Chris Brookmyre




I’ve read a lot of Brookmyre, both his more frivolous

and amusing early work as well as his grittier crime

novels. His latest, Fallen Angel, is one of his best and

will keep you guessing right until the end.

The action centres around the

Temple family, a seemingly

successful family with an

academic, conspiracy theorybusting

father, an ex-actress

turned columnist mother, as well as

three successful grown-up children.

However, as with any family, what

you see on the surface or in public

is very rarely reality, and sure

enough, Brookmyre wastes no time

in exposing skeleton after skeleton

in what is a fairly extensive


The setting is the Algarve,

a popular holiday destination

for many Scots, and most of the

action unfolds in the Temple family

villas. The action lurches between

two family holidays – one in 2002,

which ended in tragedy, and the

other in 2018 when all the chickens

come home to roost. Brookmyre

handles the changing times and

vast range of characters with

aplomb, and this intermingling of

disparate narrative voices as well

as timeframes helps to elucidate

and obscure at the same time,

which is no mean feat.

Sylvie Temple is so devastated

by the loss of her baby in

2002 that she changes her

name to Ivy Roan. Controversy

and conspiracy surround the

disappearance of baby Niamh,

as it did with Madeleine McCann,

and Brookmyre alludes to the

McCann case on a few occasions,

although with sensitivity and

a deftness of touch. Max, the patriarch, is an academic thrust

into the limelight through a talk show on which he famously

debunked several conspiracy theories, earning him plaudits and

a loyal following. Is he the straitlaced academic he purports to

be? Celia, the matriarch, rules the family with an iron rod and is

desperately hanging on to her glamorous past and her fantasy

of a warm, loving close-knit family. What will she do to retain this

control? Finally, there is Amanda, the Canadian nanny who by

pure happenstance finds herself embroiled in all this drama? Or is

it pure happenstance?

The twists and turns in the plot from beginning to end leave

the reader breathless as any Brookmyre fan has come to expect.

This is far more than a murder mystery. It sheds a light on British

attitudes towards appearance, reputation, family secrets and

propriety. This will make for a highly entertaining few days – more

so if you happen to be a Brit abroad on holiday – as the family

dynamics, individual culpability and collective responsibility are

reminiscent of An Inspector Calls, where the revelation of the

crime itself is almost the coda to a very fine work of fiction.

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The Silence of

the Girls

by Pat Barker


Pat Barker has reimagined

the Trojan War and The

Iliad from the perspective of

those voiceless women, both

Trojan and Greek, who were

slaughtered, raped, taken and

used callously as the spoils of

war, often being traded back

and forth as ‘tributes’ or in


Barker’s achievement is

stunning as the battles are

relegated to the background

whilst the stories of the women

– cooking, cleaning, mending,

weaving, waiting for the return

of their new masters – clearly

dominate the foreground.

Another masterstroke

is Barker’s use of colloquial

language, bringing to life the

dialogue of the soldiers and

emphasising their brutality.

These women are merely

objects and are often referred

to as ‘it’. They have no agency

at all, and the more power and

status they had before the fall

of their city, the more keenly

felt this change in status.

The main protagonist,

Briseis, gives voice to all these

women. Captured when the

city of Lyrnessus falls to the

Greeks, this Trojan queen

becomes the slave of Achilles,

the most violent man in the

world, who was given her

as a gift by Agamemnon for

slaughtering sixty men in

battle. Thereafter develops

a fascinating relationship

between owner and slave,

where Briseis gradually carves

out some influence, if not

power, over Achilles. As Briseis

says, ‘…make no mistake, this

was his story…and here I was,

again, still stuck in his story,

and yet with no real part to

play in it.’

Limmy is a writer and

comedian from Carnwadric

who exploded into our

consciousness with Limmy’s

Show. He has written books

of short stories and is now

mainly a huge online presence

through his Vines and Youtube

channel. I find him hilarious,

but his comedy is like marmite.

However, he states himself in

his autobiography that he’d

rather a few people found him

hilarious than lots of people

found him mildly amusing.

The autobiography is

subtitled ‘Surprisingly Down

to Earth, and Very Funny.’

I laughed out loud several

times at his anecdotes and

his turn of phrase, but I also

gasped at the frankness

and boldness of his more

confessional passages.

He pulls no punches at all

when dealing with his brushes

with the law, his relationship

with drugs and booze, and his

relationship with his partner

and his son.

The book is helpfully

divided into his Primary

Years, Secondary Years,

Student Years, Work Years

and Comedy. He didn’t have

a terrible childhood, wasn’t

bullied or abused, and yet

he clearly struggles with his

mental health. The suicidal

thoughts, the self-harm,

the destructive tendencies

are who he is and there is

no attempt to make himself

look better by glossing over

his mistakes or by airbrushing

the seedier aspects of his life.

Instead, Limmy is as brutal and

candid as it’s possible to be.

I’ve never seen someone so

well known in Glasgow expose

his vulnerabilities like this.

It’s a rare thing for a West

Coast male.


by Brian Limond


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Art for Heart’s Sake

How a West End interior design store is doing its

bit for charity


Mike Findlay

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If you head along Great Western Road

further west than Anniesland Cross and

towards Knightswood, and take a left onto

Munro Place, you will find a hidden oasis.

This may not be the most likely spot to find

one of the most exclusive furniture stores,

but if you make the journey, you will not be


The Store Interiors is an Aladdin’s cave

of sofas, beds, lighting, mirrors and more.

You name it and they do it. This family run

business has been going for 32 years and is

co-owned and managed by brothers Arun

and Ashoke Pasi. They moved into their

current location in the summer of 1996,

and this impressively sized building offers

three floors worth of gems to get your interior

design taste buds going.

But that’s not all. The Store Interiors is

more than just a ‘store’. For the last few years

The Store has run an art exhibition over one

weekend in November where artists from the

local area, and a bit beyond, sell their work.

The proceeds from this exhibition go directly

to the charities CHAS (Children’s Hospices

Across Scotland) and Marie Curie – hence

why the exhibition is aptly called Art for

Heart’s Sake.

Comprising mainly of paintings,

the exhibition also includes other art forms

such as jewellery and sculptures. Argyllbased

artist Lex McFadyn helped to set the

project up as well as exhibiting his own work.

Other well-known names that have exhibited

include: Bill Blackwood, Kirsty Cameron,

Norman Edgar, Margaret Evans, James

Harrigan, Katie Littlefield and Mo Roxburgh.

The exhibition has grown arms and legs

over the years, and boasts about 80 artists.

So far, around £14k has been raised for

charity. It is part of a number of initiatives

that the team at The Store has been involved

with over the years to raise money for good

causes. Previously the management have

shaved their heads to raise funds for cancer,

and have also been involved in the Moon

Walk in Edinburgh.

The inspiration for the project came

partly after a visit by The Store’s owner

Arun to Robin House in Balloch, which

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is run by the charity CHAS in support of

vulnerable children. He explains, ‘The visit

was incredibly emotional for me and clearly

CHAS is doing some incredible work, which

is why we decided to support them through

this project. Marie Curie Cancer came along

for similar reasons.

‘The other inspiration for me has been

my mother, who has always given money

to charity over the years and I’ve had this

instilled in me from a young age.’

The exhibition will run again this November

and the timing for this is intentional.

Arun says, ‘We decided a good time for

people to buy things would be around

November and December time. We really

wanted a date that was memorable so we

thought around Guy Fawkes would be good

timing because everyone remembers that

date. We have made the preview night the

first Thursday after Guy Fawkes night.’

Many of the artists that have exhibited so

far have found out about the project through

word of mouth from other artists. Art for

Heart’s Sake is now hoping that a number

of artists who are part of Glasgow Art Club,

Paisley Art Club as well as Ayr Art Circle and

Helensburgh Art Club will take part this year.

But the exhibition is as much about

supporting new and emerging talent as it

is about exciting artists. And The Store has

ambitions to grow. Arun comments, ‘I want

us to do more. I would like to be in a position

where we use the entirety of the building to

exhibit artists over a longer period of time,

maybe one full month. This will allow us to

open up the exhibition to a greater number of

artists and ultimately support good causes.’

The preview night is a great way for The

Store to drum up interest in what is exhibited.

I was lucky enough to stumble upon it

by accident a couple of years ago while

shopping in The Store – I was handed a glass

of prosecco and a chance to browse through

the artwork. It was a great experience in the

ambient surroundings of a furniture store.

The preview night has live music and a

raffle takes place with generous prizes – last

year’s prizes included a meal for two at the

Ubiquitous Chip, a two-year subscription to

Homes and Interiors Magazine, a meal for

two at Mother India and a total of 13 different


Arun says, ‘Every penny we raise is given

to charity, we don’t take a penny out of it. In

the future I don’t mind if there’s a 100 artists

or 200 artists as long as more money goes to

charity that is the main thing. All of the West

End is invited to it and we hope to see you


So if you are near Munro Place this

November, I would highly recommend

popping in. And you never know you may

purchase some art, as well as some furniture.

Art for Heart’s Sake will run at The Store

Interiors, 26 Munro Place, Glasgow from

Thursday 7 to Monday 11 November. The

preview evening for the exhibition will take

place on Thursday 7 November between

5pm – 9pm. All Westenders welcome!

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women by design



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The importance of our surrounding, really cannot be overstated. It can

make us feel peaceful or chaotic, restful or energised. The light, colour,

form and function of a space can affect our productivity, our energy

levels, and even our happiness. When the right design elements are

blended together in the perfect formula however, our environment can

become a wonderful space that’s a pleasure to inhabit. We spoke with

three women who joyfully create beautiful spaces in which to live and

work, to find what inspires them.

Perhaps one of the quickest – and most

dramatic ways to alter the mood of a

home, is with paint. The walls of our

homes are like giant, blank canvases,

that when painted the right shade,

can complement the art, architectural

features, and fabrics that punctuate the

room. But simply because they make such a

big statement, it can be quite daunting.

Laonie Robertson is a calm presence

who routinely assists clients who are

anxious about overwhelming numbers of

paint samples. She taps into the client’s

introspective taste within, to find what they’re

really seeking in their living space. If the client

is unsure about what they want, she asks

them to choose one thing in their home they

truly love, and then builds the entire room

around that particular element. Other clients

may start by thinking they want a particular

colour, only to learn that it’s actually

something completely different. It’s a journey

on which she is happy to be the wise Sherpa,

inspiring confidence in personal choices.

It’s not just about the colour however,

it’s also about the wonderful, velvety

finish, and highlighting the architectural

elements. In her own home for example,

she has beautiful, original cornice and ceiling

roses which are very ornate. To enhance

the detail she used one of Farrow & Ball’s

Contemporary Neutrals, Strong White, to

create soft shadows, emphasising the depth

of the Georgian period design. In addition to

painting, she also hangs designer wallpapers,

custom cut murals, and even hand paints

murals for her clients.

She deftly combines contemporary décor

within a period setting. In her main reception

room, she chose a modern chandelier with

a twist on a classic design, which allows the

ceiling rose detail to be featured, rather than

being obscured by a large light shade.

Her long love affair with home décor

began when she was still a child. Her father

restored homes that had been ravaged by

fire. Laonie would plead with him to go along

when he would work, and he often relented.

This love of design led to her study of art

and technical graphics. But she preferred

the hands-on approach of transforming

spaces, rather than the world of computer

design. And she’s built a strong business,

1272 Decorating and Design, based upon

repeat business and word-of-mouth


‘I never look at any project as a one-off

job. It’s about establishing a relationship with

your clients’, explains Laonie. She’s made

use of Instagram for displaying her work,

and she enjoys seeing that many women

are now starting businesses in fields that

wouldn’t have been considered a few years

ago. ‘It’s very encouraging to see that’.

Lisa Trainer’s path in design was a bit

different, taking a few meandering turns

before successfully establishing Red Door

Interiors. She completed an honours degree

in interior design at Duncan of Jordanstone

College of Art & Design. However, with four

children, she was quite busy with being a

mother. About six years ago, she decided to

take on some clients who were largely friends

and family. They loved what she created,

and word of mouth quickly spread to include

both commercial and residential clients all

over Glasgow, and then, all over Scotland.

Working from home was perfect with growing

children. But as they began to leave for

university and she took on more clients,

a proper work space was needed.

Her studio sits in Partick, in an

unpretentious building on the corner of

Beith Street. Once you step inside however,

the studio comes to life with colour! On the

foyer ceiling, she has cleverly hung a panel of

wallpaper that looks as though it was painted

directly onto the surface by an artist, with

hues of red, blue and gold. And the studio

itself is an organic collection of interesting

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light fixtures, tiles, wall coverings and fabrics

– most of which are created by Scottish

designers and artisans. Although many

people might equate Scottish fabrics with

tweed and tartan, there is actually a plethora

of colours and patterns being created by

some of the most talented designers in all of

Europe, who are Scottish.

Bute Fabrics produces textiles made on

the island in almost every hue and weight

imaginable. They’ve recently collaborated

with designer David Irwin, who has created

collections based on the stones and mineral

patterns of the island itself, and another

which features the DNA patterns of the

individuals who create the actual fabrics in

the textile mill!

Lisa’s daughter, Kelly Trainer, is currently

pursuing her master degree in textiles, and

will produce her own unique version of a

process called ‘ice dying’ which creates

a blended, watercolour effect on fabrics.

Each pattern produced is a one-off blend of

colour and shape.

Some other Scottish designers whose

work Lisa likes to incorporate into her

design schemes are wall covering designers

Iona Crawford, Mairi Helena and MYB.

She frequently uses lighting fixtures by One

Foot Taller, a Glasgow-based, award winning


Another favourite is an exciting new

Glasgow company called Mirrl, which

manufactures and designs a solid surface

material which can be used for work

surfaces, food preparation and furniture.

Made from Birch, it’s waterproof and comes

in interesting, organic patterns in either bright

or neutral tones.

Her advice for creatives starting out,

‘If there was one thing I would’ve done

differently, it would’ve been to make a

consolidated business plan and get more

advice and support on setting up a new


Two years ago, Lisa took a leap of faith by

investing in her studio. But the rewards have

been amazing! ‘I feel so lucky to have found

something that I love to do. No two jobs are

ever the same’. Work has not stopped since

she made this decision, as she’s transformed

individual homes and large scale projects.

She recently completed a bed and breakfast

located across the street from the Glasgow

School of Art, which features Scottish

designers, all with great affordability.

One local boutique Lisa collaborates with

regularly for styling and furniture is Hoos

Glasgow. Hoos is owned by Karen Harvey,

a Glasgow native who has a background in


She was the director of a charity for many

years in Great Yarmouth, which helped

children and families, and she was honoured

with the MBE (Most Excellent British Empire)

for her work.

When she returned to Glasgow’s West

End, she decided to follow a lifelong interest

in architecture and design by opening

Hoos. More than just a retail shop, Hoos is

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a lifestyle store with an intriguing selection

of items carefully curated from the global

marketplace. Offerings from local Scottish

designers sit on the shelves next to Fair

Trade pieces from South American artisans.

And a contemporary Scandinavian

watering can looks perfectly at home next

to handmade felted bowls from Nepal.

This eclectic mix of treasures offers a range

of selection that’s quite unique, and many of

the brands she carries are exclusive to Hoos

in Glasgow, such as the wonderful Normann

Copenhagen line, Ferm Living and Muuto.

Karen also bases her selections on their

sustainability and production process for

minimal impact on the planet.

Inside the store, there is a myriad of

scents from candles, soaps and perfumes

that combine for an aroma that’s light,

lovely and not overwhelming. It’s a place

where you can find wonderful chocolates,

clothing, furniture and even toothpaste!

Hoos is a reminder that shopping is not

a task to complete, but an enjoyable

experience that should be relished. Although

many items are also offered online, a visit to

the store is a sensory delight and a wonderful

way to spend an afternoon.

After three years, she has been quite

successful, and part of that success may

be the personal service she offers her

customers. She’s quite happy to give advice

on growing the house plants she sells,

and sometimes even makes deliveries to

customer’s homes – not exactly a common

practice among businesses of today.

She’s also launching an interior design

service, which will offer her customers

access to the designer lines she carries.

Karen’s advice to women starting a

business would be to get a good accountant

soon after registering your company.

Accountants can relieve a lot of the stress

of running a business, and offer invaluable

advice, allowing more time to focus on the

actual business.

Design teaches us something about

ourselves through the choices that we make.

Our surroundings truly are a reflection of our

lives and what’s important to us. It’s part

of what makes a house, an actual home.

These Glasgow women are helping people

create ‘home’.

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Homes & Interiors

by Susan


elegant glamour

This year’s glamorous interiors trend brings us

a sophisticated opulence, but more understated

than iterations of the past. Think less of the

‘shiny’ but rather just a touch of the ‘sheen’. Susan

Robertson makes some suggestions to achieve this

look within your West End home.

There’s a chic confidence in the colour palettes

being used in this look just now, and less of a

tendency to make ‘shouty’ statements with clashing

colours and blingy accessories. Velvet has become

really popular over recent years and remains a

foundational staple for this style now, but rather

than the bold statement colours and the dark greens

and maroons, this season opt for dusky pinks and

soft warm greys.

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For a living room, select your key pieces of seating

and keep it minimal and matching. Resist the urge

to go eclectic and select a velvet sofa and armchairs

in the same style and colour where possible.

Your room will then build up around these. If

you opt for the dusky rose colour for this, try a

pale mocha on the walls and light cream for wood

features such as window frames and skirting boards.

Be careful to choose the correct warm and pale tones

so that you are keeping it all in balance, otherwise

overdoing the colour in each could run the risk of

you starting to feel like you’re sitting in a box of

Neapolitan ice-cream!

If you’re doing this style in a bedroom, you can

probably risk a bit more chocolate in the mocha and

just centre everything around a beautiful big bed.

Make sure you keep it looking and feeling restful

and warm. Go for bold on a large dusky pink velvet

bedhead and layer up the bedding in creamy cottons,

soft rose velvets and warm grey fine woollens.

Resist the urge to splurge on the decadence, it can

be easy to see similarities in this to previous trends

and go off on a glamorous tangent but be restrained.

This look is elegant and minimal so stick to fewer

elements but choose high-end fabrics and a quality

finish at the same time, avoid the faux fur.

Keep furniture simple and functional and avoid

clutter and big chunky items. Small coffee tables,

and marble-topped trolleys work well. Don’t be

afraid to upcycle wooden furniture with a lick of

paint. If you make sure it’s well prepared and use

a quality matt paint, you can create a functional

piece that blends in beautifully with the overall look.

One solid colour looks good and if you’re brave

enough – top off the ends of the furniture legs with

some matt silver paint or just a tiny touch of flat gold.

Get an expert to do it if you don’t trust your

handiwork, or treat yourself to some new or preloved

special picks from the plethora of shops and

boutiques we have on our doorstep.

Lose the high gloss bling and stick to matt

metallics for that touch of understated elegance.

Brass works better in this look than polished gold,

and pewter is preferable to shiny chrome. If you

want to add a bit of a flourish, go for a tassel or

a fringe. It’s not to everyone’s taste but it’s right

on trend and done thoughtfully it can look great.

You can get them incorporated into accessories such

as lampshades or tie-backs and they help to create a

unique extra touch of glam.

If this isn’t for you, you can always try a metallic

touch in a lamp. Perhaps a brass standalone lamp or

a rose gold shade. One statement accessory like this

works well and then keep your other bits and bobs

minimal and plain in soft greys and creams. Try to

match the accessories to each other, and allow them

to recede into the background rather than coming to

the fore, as the velvet opulence will hold its own in

the room.

Dark glass or art deco touches can work well as

finishing touches and for me, this style cries out

for fresh cut flowers. Choosing this look gives a

wonderful excuse to buy regular fresh flowers as it is

really pulled together beautifully with chunky pink

peonies or deep purple hydrangeas.

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Homes & Interiors

by Susan



Our homes are our havens, where we can zone out from

the busyness of modern life and find our safe place to

unwind. Susan Robertson looks at how we can merge

calming influences from Nordic design to Mother

Nature without leaving the comfort of the West End.

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What springs to mind when you think of a calm

environment? It tends to start with the colours

for me. Nothing too vibrant or loud, warm layers

of tones and textures with a smooth transition

between. When we are creating a relaxing

environment to unwind in, we want our eyes to

be able to rest a little as well as our bodies and

minds. So, when you choose a palette for this

type of look, think of varying shades and layers

of similar pale colours. Keep the palette simple

and clean with their initial roots in nature and

warm undertones. Slate grey in different tones,

balanced with warm beiges and soft whites

merge beautifully with deep khakis and pale

pink for this look.

The Nordic style of interior design lends itself

well to the feeling of calmness. It’s characterised

by simplicity and minimalism so start with

thinking of the basic functionality of the room

you’re designing. Make sure you are fulfilling

the needs of the space in the first instance –

how many will you need to seat comfortably

at a time; will the lighting need to function for

reading as well as relaxing; will the room be

sociable and set up for chatting, or is it mainly

for films and reading? Stopping to think about

what you actually use the room for before you

start, will help you to keep the design focused

and functional, which in turn helps to keep that

minimalist feel. If you begin with this basic core

purpose it will automatically inspire your choice

of sofa shapes, seating design and direction,

as well as the lighting moods.

Once you have these underpinning elements

identified, you can visualise the structure of the

space. Think carefully here about storage too

– a minimal look means clutter-free life but that

requires discipline and planning. Use the old

adage to only keep what is useful or beautiful,

and then think through what you want to have

out on display, and what should be hidden away.

This thought process will help to identify if you

need to consider a couple of shelves or a bespoke

storage unit within the room. Be thoughtful

about what you actually need to have there to

hand in that room, and what could be stored

elsewhere in the house. Perhaps you have more

space in a spare room for a new storage unit for

example – keeping everything around you to an

absolute minimum.

The days of fad trends are behind us

– people are looking for practical ways to

create sustainable long-term environments

that enhance their lives and positively affect

their wellbeing. We are keen to find ways to

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incorporate sustainable and eco-friendly

alternatives to the chemical-based products

we’ve become accustomed to, and we’re much

more aware of the tactility and sourcing of our


This look is an opportunity to be thoughtful

and selective in its contents. It’s contemporary

but also timeless so it’s a great way to start

in a new home and living in a sense of calm

simplicity allows you to get a feeling for the

space as you live in it over time. This means

you have the freedom to then build different

looks, add dramatic wall colours or statement

furniture pieces if you fancy it in the future.

Start with soft white or pale beige walls, take

some inspiration from our fashion shoot pages

for different tones. Be careful to make sure

you opt for warm undertones, it’s very easy to

accidentally fall into making this look cold and

clinical so you need to avoid blue undertones

and think in tactile layers. Use lots of natural

materials and textures – go for pale white wood

wherever you can, wooden floors are ideal,

and hessians and wools work well for chunky

rugs and soft furnishings.

Aim for keeping everything to a clean, honest

and simple effect. Adding different shades of the

same colour onto furniture items adds depth

and interest to modest shapes and ensure that

you keep the patterns you choose quite basic

to minimise clashing. Cushions with small

geometric shapes layer well against light cottons

and beige linens and help to keep it tied in to the

current trends. Matte white clay pots and slate

coasters look great as finishing touches, you can

also use little splashes of colour in accessories

– but keep it minimal and consistent, so perhaps

a touch of rose gold or a splash of pale pink

to add a touch of interest to a dark corner.

The minimal, low maintenance look lends itself

to some simple cactus plants or silvery ivy to

bring a fresh flourish here and there.

There are always great ways to add a unique

and personal touch to any look. Lamp bases

made from wicker shapes or tree stumps with

big beige shades, create wonderful statements

without being invasive. Simple pebbles collected

from the beach add a depth to the top of plant

pots, or – you can use some matte acrylics to

paint or print a simple geometric design onto

them – or use them as book ends or paper

weights to help to tie everything together.

A bit of creativity goes a long way in

personalising your own contemporary calm,

but you don’t need to go very far to achieve it.


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