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Contents<br />

Regulars<br />

4 Editor’s Letter<br />

32 Charity Pages:<br />

Art for Heart’s Sake<br />

Fashion, beauty & health<br />

8 Pale and Interesting<br />

Fashion Shoot<br />

21 WIN! At Rainbow<br />

Room International<br />

Going out<br />

16 West End Live<br />

with Greg Kane<br />

19 Top Things<br />

23 Restaurant Review:<br />

Eusebi Deli<br />

Art & culture<br />

24 Writer’s Reveal:<br />

with Gordon Kerr<br />

28 Cover to Cover<br />

34 Home-Makers<br />

Women by Design<br />

Westender living<br />

41 Retro Fushion<br />

43 Elegant Glamour<br />

48 Contemporary<br />


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Editor’s<br />

Letter<br />

This edition’s interiors articles take<br />

inspiration from our ‘neutrals’ fashion<br />

shoot for this autumn season. As we<br />

move back indoors in anticipation of further<br />

inclement weather, our interior spaces<br />

exercise a huge impact on our mood.<br />

Susan Robertson looks at designs sent to<br />

calm and revitalise after a busy day working<br />

and studying (starts on page 41).<br />

Design is also the theme for Pamela<br />

Palongue’s business article on page<br />

34. Pamela interviews three West End<br />

businesses with interior design at their heart.<br />

Different routes through life inspire different<br />

business outcomes, each one a success and<br />

providing that, eagerly sought, work / life<br />

balance.<br />

Our charity feature by new Westender<br />

writer, Mike Findlay, looks at wall art in aid<br />

of Marie Curie and CHAS. An annual event,<br />

Art for Heart’s Sake, takes place at The Store<br />

Interiors in Anniesland early this November.<br />

Arun and Ashoke Pasi are local business men<br />

with big hearts inspired by their mum who<br />

has always made time for and donated to<br />

charity. Head along to the preview event on<br />

the 7th of November for a glass of prosecco<br />

and a leisurely browse (P.32).<br />

Another new writer to Westender is Lenny<br />

Smith who interviewed Glaswegian author<br />

Gordon Kerr, prior to Gordon’s appearance<br />

at the Blairgowrie Bookmark Festival this<br />

October. Gordon’s work of fiction investigates<br />

an under reported movement in Italy during<br />

the Second World War. Read Lenny’s<br />

account on page 24 and prepare to be<br />

inspired by freedom fighters in Italy’s Alps.<br />

Westender regular, Brian Toal, rounds up<br />

the best of this autumn’s reads on page 28.<br />

Brian may have written his reviews solely<br />

based on my reading taste – honest, I didn’t<br />

know. Chris Brookmyre is one of my fave<br />

all time authors and his new novel, Fallen<br />

Angel, sounds like a real page turner. Author<br />

Pat Barker’s Regeneration Trilogy was<br />

a major stand out for me during my OU<br />

Literature degree and I’m delighted to see her<br />

new book, The Silence of the Girls, reviewed.<br />

Dealing with a difficult subject matter, I know,<br />

of all authors this topic is in the most capable<br />

of hands.<br />

So thanks Brian, that’s my next reads<br />

sorted out. And West End resident Limmy’s<br />

autobiography is definitely one for my other<br />

half – he loves his shows. I feel a trip to one of<br />

our West End bookshops coming on…<br />

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LIVE<br />

September<br />

The S.L.P.<br />

Thursday 5th September 7pm<br />

SWG3, swg3.tv<br />

Sergio Lorenzo Pizzorno (aka The<br />

S.L.P.). See what he did there? I think<br />

everyone should prefix their initials<br />

with a 'The', I could be The G.P.K.<br />

sounds good to me.<br />

He is a founding member, guitarist<br />

and main songwriter for the English<br />

Rock band Kasabian who have enjoyed<br />

extensive mainstream success since<br />

2004. I’ve always had a soft spot<br />

for Kasabian’s low fi, D.I.Y. attitude<br />

towards making music. They convey a<br />

real sense of honesty in everything<br />

they do, which is commendable. But I<br />

guess that’s just not enough for Sergio<br />

so in a 'band gap year' he has created<br />

side project The S.L.P. to be a vehicle<br />

for his obvious Classic Chicago House<br />

lustings and it’s not that bad a stab<br />

at it either. Sparkly face paint optics<br />

should grab the attentions of the<br />

kids and the pounding jazzy piano<br />

chords should keep the 80s dance<br />

traditionalists happy.<br />

Choice Tracks: The S.L.P. 'Nobody Else'<br />

The Ninth Wave<br />

Saturday 21st September 7pm<br />

QMU, qmunion.org.uk<br />

The Ninth Wave are a noise pop<br />

duo from Glasgow, taking their<br />

influences from 80s new wave and goth<br />

pop. Formed around the long termfriendship<br />

of singer/bassist Millie<br />

Kidd and singer/guitarist Hadyn Park-<br />

Patterson in 2017 they have already<br />

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Chvrches) and this year performed at<br />

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Austin, Texas. They released the first<br />

part of their debut LP, Infancy, at the<br />

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half coming in November. The decision<br />

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creative one and more informed by the<br />

way people consume music now' says<br />

Park-Patterson. 'The way the world<br />

is, listening to music, everyone gets<br />

bored, easily. We took a year to make<br />

it, so it should take a year to put it<br />

out, I guess is what we felt.' Such a<br />

wise head on young shoulders will<br />

serve them well. And this maturity<br />

extends to their music too, which is<br />

some of the best I’ve heard come out of<br />

Glasgow for ages.<br />

Choice tracks: The Ninth Wave<br />

‘New Kind of Ego'<br />

Marika Hackman<br />

Monday 23rd September 7pm<br />

Òran Mór, oran-mor.co.uk<br />

Marika Hackman is an English<br />

vocalist, multi-instrumentalist<br />

and songwriter raised in Devon by<br />

parents who's day jobs as animators<br />

lead to an unconventional upbringing<br />

encouraging creativity. Lucky girl.<br />

But thankfully she didn’t rebel<br />

against them and now her work is much<br />

lauded by such exulted contemporaries<br />

as Alt-J and Laura Marling, which<br />

should give you an idea of where the<br />

music comes from.<br />

There’s lots of swearing in her songs<br />

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Spotify listing I thought her recent<br />

album was actually called EXPLICIT.<br />

But it’s not, her fourth album is<br />

called Any Human Friend, and was<br />

released in August this year. All<br />

very confident, poised, complex and<br />

beautifully executed alt/indie/pop.<br />

Choice track: Marika Hackman<br />

‘All Night’

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by Greg Kane<br />

October<br />

Samana<br />

Wednesday 23rd October 7pm<br />

Hug and Pint, thehugandpint.com<br />

Samana are music duo Rebecca Rose<br />

and Franklin Mockett who’s music<br />

emanates from their all analogue<br />

studio in the remote valleys of Wales.<br />

Here’s how they describe their sound,<br />

(But do it in a Welsh accent for full<br />

effect) '… born from the interpretation<br />

of dreams, the study of ancient<br />

rituals, philosophies of love, loss<br />

and death, and the quintessence of<br />

interior discovery that results from<br />

personal experience …'. Couldn’t<br />

have put it better myself. It’s all a<br />

bit crusty, road trip to Europe in<br />

camper vanny, new agey, Hippy Dippy<br />

but Rebecca Rose has one of the most<br />

beautiful Contralto voices I’ve heard<br />

since Ruth Pointer (Of The Pointer<br />

Sisters). The deep tones of her voice<br />

are supposed to put you off but in<br />

actual fact they do the complete<br />

opposite. Reminds me of a young KD<br />

Lang too. I can’t stop listening to it.<br />

Choice track: Samana 'Harvest'<br />

Loyle Carner<br />

Wednesday 30th October 7pm<br />

SWG3, Galvanisers Yard, swg3.tv<br />

Benjamin Gerard Coyle-Larner, known<br />

professionally as Loyle Carner, is<br />

a multi-award winning English hip<br />

hop musician. Carner's debut album,<br />

Yesterday's Gone, was nominated<br />

for the 2017 Mercury Prize and his<br />

sophomore album, Not Waving, but<br />

Drowning, was released in April<br />

2019 and perfectly exhibits how<br />

soul and jazz sensibilities can<br />

work with hip hop. But unlike most<br />

rappers he has a deep and heartfelt<br />

respect for all womankind which<br />

he puts down to being raised in an<br />

all female environment, mother and<br />

grandmother, who encouraged him<br />

to always communicate and show<br />

respect. He also professes a love of<br />

bands you wouldn’t expect a young hip<br />

hopian to have, The Cure, Bob Dylan,<br />

Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, and how<br />

he describes himself tells you a lot<br />

about where he’s at, 'I’m not a hero,<br />

I’m a weirdo'. A classy guy.<br />

Choice Track: Loyle Carner<br />

'Ottolenghi'<br />

Jo Jo Siwa<br />

Wednesday 30th October 5.30pm<br />

SSE Hydro, thessehydro.com<br />

Joelle Joanie 'JoJo' Siwa is a 16-yearold<br />

American dancer, singer, actress,<br />

and YouTube personality and if like<br />

me, you have a pre-teen kid then<br />

you’ll know every word of every<br />

song. My aging body and lack of hair<br />

prevents me from extending this to<br />

the dance routines and the over sized<br />

bows (JoJo's Bows) on my head but my<br />

daughter and I have enjoyed many a<br />

window down singing at the top of our<br />

voices car journey home with Jo Jo<br />

Siwa blaring LOUD from the stereo.<br />

She brings so much joy to so many<br />

hence the size of venue for this gig<br />

which will host 13,000 screaming<br />

pre-teen Siwanatorz in one room… the<br />

stuff of nightmares. So please spare a<br />

thought for the accompanying parents.<br />

Fortunately our 'always there when we<br />

need her' babysitter has stepped up to<br />

the plate. Thank you so much Tina, you<br />

are the best X.<br />

Choice track: Jo Jo Siwa<br />

'Kid In A Candy Store'

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Top Things To Do<br />

in the West End<br />

by Tracy Mukherjee<br />

My, how time flies! Autumn is upon us, with<br />

its cascade of colour and ever changing light.<br />

So let’s take a look at the harvest of events that<br />

are sure to brighten the darkening days.<br />

Top For Heritage Trails<br />

Doors Open Days are celebrated across Scotland<br />

each year in September. Scotland’s largest<br />

free festival celebrating the architecture and<br />

heritage of our beautiful country is now in its<br />

30th year. Nationwide there are over a thousand<br />

free venues to visit. Of course Glasgow will yet<br />

again be trailblazing a path through over 200<br />

historic buildings; what goes on behind the<br />

facades of some of the cities most well-know<br />

iconic structures? The programme once ran<br />

over a weekend, but such is the richness of our<br />

architecture that this is now an annual weeklong<br />

event. Love the theatre? Why not take a<br />

look behind the scenes and see what goes on<br />

when the curtain falls. Have a favourite tipple?<br />

Some of the city’s distilleries are opening their<br />

doors (not their bottles) to the general public.<br />

The event is organised by the Glasgow Building<br />

Preservation Trust and is co-ordinated nationally<br />

by the Scottish Civic Trust. Besides the glorious<br />

libraries and numerous listed buildings for adults<br />

to explore, there is also a children’s programme<br />

of activities throughout the week. With guided<br />

walks, talks and exhibitions, Glasgow Doors<br />

Open Days Festival is always a highlight in our<br />

city’s calendar.<br />

Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival,<br />

Mon 16th – Sun 22nd September,<br />

various venues citywide. Programme<br />

brochures are free from local libraries.<br />

w:glasgowdoorsopendays.org.uk<br />

Top for Setting Sail<br />

It's two years since the first Clydebuilt festival<br />

reached the shores of the Riverside Plaza on<br />

Clydeside. The river festival celebrates all things<br />

boaty and is diverse in its mix of land and sea<br />

events. On the water, there will the chance to<br />

try canoeing, the ever popular Castle to Crane<br />

Race from Dumbarton Castle to the Finnieston<br />

Crane and an inaugural small craft regatta.<br />

On the Sunday there will be a new event as six<br />

Dragon Boats take to the Clyde with a fabulous<br />

race filled with colour. Each boat comprises<br />

of 10 team members plus a drummer keeping<br />

everyone in time. With heats running throughout<br />

the day, the fastest fire-breathers will compete<br />

in the grand final. Who will be crowned Dragon<br />

Boat Racing Champions and receive the Dragon<br />

Trophy?<br />

After all the drama of the high seas, on land<br />

there will be a chance for some well deserved<br />

R & R. Take a stroll through the riverside<br />

markets, settle the kids down for some<br />

storytelling or grab yourself a pint and listen to<br />

the fiddles and sea shanties wafting over the<br />

waves. The Clyde has been an artery, the life line<br />

that runs through Glasgow; it really IS something<br />

to celebrate.<br />

Clydebuilt Festival, Sat 21st – Sun 22nd<br />

September, Riverside Plaza, Clydeside<br />

w:clydebuiltfestival.com<br />

Top for Fizzy Fundraising<br />

When we think about supporting our favourite<br />

charity we might consider a little bit of training<br />

before an ever popular 10K. Why not body<br />

swerve the sweat and tears (for this month<br />

anyway) and do your bit with a lovely glass of<br />

fizz and lunch with your favourite girly chums?<br />

Cancer Support Scotland are holding their<br />

Annual Ladies Lunch in October with a packed<br />

event filled with fun and sparkle. On arriving at<br />

Glasgow’s Radisson Blu Hotel, there will be a fizz<br />

reception followed by a sumptuous three course<br />

lunch. During the day, STV celebrities Emma<br />

Cameron and Laura Boyd will be joining in the

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Top Things To Do<br />

in the West End<br />

by Tracy Mukherjee<br />

fun. With plenty of opportunities to raise more<br />

funds, the event will have entertainment galore,<br />

fundraising games and stalls to peruse. Last year<br />

the event raised over £15,000 which provided<br />

help with counselling and complimentary<br />

therapies for those affected by cancer and their<br />

carers. Tickets are priced at £50pp and tables of<br />

8 - 12 people can also be purchased. So glad rags<br />

on ladies, all in aid of a fantastic cause.<br />

Cancer Support Scotland Fizz and<br />

Sparkle Ladies Lunch, Sun 6th October<br />

Radisson Blu, Glasgow<br />

w:cancersupportscotland.org/events,<br />

or email lucy.kirkland@cancersupport<br />

scotland. org / 0141 337 8199<br />

Top for Tripping the Light<br />

Fantastic<br />

When GlasGLOW launched last year at the<br />

Botanic Gardens, who could have known it would<br />

be the phenomenal success that it became? Well<br />

I for one, as a parking space could not be had<br />

outside my home! With 75,000 attendees, the<br />

Botanics had an ethereal glow for the duration of<br />

Halloween 2018. But GlasGLOW 2 is purported to<br />

be even bigger and better. The 2019 route around<br />

the gardens is longer, running to over a mile.<br />

Word has it that there are nine immersive worlds<br />

to explore, setting the sky above the West End<br />

alight. There will be lots of interactive stations<br />

as light and sound surround you in the gardens.<br />

The marshmallow toasting is back, with even<br />

the possibility of a hot toddy or some mulled<br />

wine (subject to licence) to settle your chills.<br />

And those chills may not be down to the crisp<br />

autumn nights… rumour has it there will be some<br />

rather spooky goings on; so get ready for some<br />

spine tingling, rib-rattling frights!<br />

GlasGLOW 2, Botanic Gardens<br />

Fri 25th October – Thurs 31st October<br />

w:itison.com/glasglow<br />

Top for Fright Night<br />

There can’t be an autumn Top Things round up<br />

without a holler for Halloween! This year there<br />

seems to be a huge variety of scary shenanigans<br />

afoot. At Websters Theatre, Fright Night sees<br />

four of the most famous ghouls unite to solve<br />

a mystery. Inside Dracula’s castle the Count<br />

himself, accompanied by Dr Frankenstein’s<br />

Monster, The Bride and The Mummy, combine<br />

their questionable brainpower in trying to find<br />

out 'who done it'. Brought to you by the Movaro<br />

Theatre Company this frightful comedy gives a<br />

nod to the great horror genres of old.<br />

Staying with Count Dracula but moving to the<br />

Stand Comedy Club, it’s now one for the kids.<br />

Where’s Dracula: The Mystery at Phantom<br />

Manor, sees Dracula’s mum getting the audience<br />

involved in her annual Halloween party. With<br />

plenty of other ghosts and ghouls in attendance,<br />

the show has plenty of fun, laughs and a mystery<br />

to solve. The kids are encouraged to wear fancy<br />

dress with a prize for best costume.<br />

For a classical Halloween, take a trip to the<br />

Nutty Professor’s lab as the Children’s Classic<br />

Concerts team in partnership with the RSNO<br />

present Weird Science. In participation with<br />

Glasgow Science Centre, artistic director of CCC<br />

Owen Gunnell is the mad scientist in question<br />

(with a little help from the Science Centre guys),<br />

presenting live experiments on stage and fizzing<br />

through electrifying music as the concert erupts<br />

in this explosive musical event.<br />

Fright Night, Websters Theatre<br />

Thurs 24th – Sun 27th October<br />

w:webstersglasgow.com<br />

Where’s Dracula: The Mystery at<br />

Phantom Manor, The Stand Comedy<br />

Club, Woodlands Rd, Sun 27th October<br />

w:thestand.co.uk/glasgow<br />

Weird Science, Sat 26th October,<br />

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall<br />



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You know that song from Cheers, ‘Where<br />

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through the doors of Eusebi Deli on Park<br />

Road. It’s the kind of place that you keep<br />

going back to time and time again because<br />

it offers not only some of the best Italian<br />

food in Glasgow, but a warm and welcoming<br />

atmosphere that I imagine is not dissimilar to<br />

a hug from your Nonna.<br />

Day or night, owner Giovanna can often<br />

be found waiting tables, pouring drinks and,<br />

more often than not, stopping to catch up<br />

with the many regulars that frequent the<br />

restaurant. Her attentive nature and her love<br />

for every person who walks through the door,<br />

regular or not, is what sets Eusebi Deli apart<br />

– although the food plays a major role as well!<br />

If you are anything like me, when you think<br />

of Italian restaurants your mind conjures up<br />

images of over-populated menus, lack-lustre<br />

pizzas and repetitive dishes. At Eusebi Deli<br />

you won’t find any of that. In fact, their menu<br />

changes with the seasons in an attempt to<br />

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You’ll certainly find both pizza and pasta<br />

on the menu, but whatever you do don’t<br />

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boards and snacks on offer. Their current<br />

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and vibrant dishes but the champion for<br />

me is the charred octopus with pickled<br />

cucumber, olives, capers and lime aioli.<br />

The octopus is slow cooked for hours to<br />

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charred to give a delicate, smoky flavour to<br />

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When you do make your way to the pizza<br />

or pasta portion of your meal, don’t expect<br />

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a big round pizza or mass-produced pasta.<br />

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Eusebi’s make pasta from scratch daily, while<br />

the Pizza Romana dough is proved for 72<br />

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Unable to choose between the numerous<br />

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Writer’s Reveal<br />

meets Gordon Kerr<br />

What would you do on discovering<br />

that your recently deceased partner<br />

who you loved dearly had, in fact,<br />

been having an affair? This is the distressing<br />

situation in which journalist Michael Keats<br />

finds himself in Glasgow-born writer, Gordon<br />

Kerr’s debut fiction thriller, The Partisan<br />

Heart, before deciding to channel his grief<br />

into discovering the truth.<br />

This quest will take him away from the<br />

fast-paced London Evening Post newsroom<br />

in bustling High Street Kensington to<br />

Northern Italy, in order to track down the<br />

owner of an expensive jacket left in a hotel<br />

room his late wife, Rosa, had booked with her<br />

credit card. Michael’s editor, keen to keep his<br />

talented writer at the newspaper, hands him<br />

an italian kidnapping assignment that has the<br />


world media gripped and asks him to ‘dig (it)<br />

up’. That digging goes deeper than Michael<br />

imagined, as we learn of secret acts of love,<br />

betrayal and violence amongst the Partisans<br />

during the Second World War whose<br />

consequences permeate the present, 1999.<br />

Kerr’s extensive historical insight from<br />

penning numerous non-fiction titles enables<br />

him to depict a clear picture of what the<br />

partisan movement would have been like<br />

in 1944. Combined with a natural flair for<br />

storytelling, Kerr balances the tricky task of<br />

juggling grief and betrayal with adventure,<br />

stoicism and even occasional wit, where the<br />

search for truth – and where the search for<br />

truth needs to find a suitable conclusion –<br />

is at the heart of this story. I caught up with<br />

Gordon to ask him more.

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Congratulations on your crime fiction<br />

debut, Gordon. How did the original<br />

idea for the story come about?<br />

Thank you very much. The story of The<br />

Partisan Heart grew out of many visits to the<br />

Valtellina, a beautiful valley in Lombardy in<br />

northern Italy, situated to the east of Lake<br />

Como. My sister-in-law married a man from<br />

the valley and my wife and I travel there once<br />

or twice a year to see them. There were older<br />

members of my brother-in-law’s family who<br />

had fought in the war as partisans or, if they<br />

had been particularly unlucky, had been<br />

transported to Germany to work.<br />

My brother-in-law’s father, for instance,<br />

was one of these – a ‘gastarbeiter’, as the<br />

Nazis euphemistically termed it. These men<br />

were generally silent, appearing like ghosts<br />

at family celebrations and saying little.<br />

Gradually, although they never spoke of the<br />

war, I picked up a few stories and the idea<br />

for the book took shape in my mind. I have to<br />

say, too, that the Valtellina is so beautiful I felt<br />

I had to write about it.<br />

Your crime fiction debut follows widower<br />

Michael Keats on a personal journey that<br />

takes him from London to the Italian Alps<br />

– via Scotland – and spans five decades.<br />

How do you approach structuring such an<br />

intricate, complex plot?<br />

I’ve said before – and I know it’s probably<br />

hard to believe – the story almost came to me<br />

fully formed. George Harrison, when asked<br />

about how he wrote songs, once said that<br />

he didn’t write them, the songs found him.<br />

I know it’s pretty fanciful, but I feel as if this<br />

story found me, arrived in my head almost<br />

complete. There were many things to work<br />

out, of course. As you say, the plot is pretty<br />

complex, and in the editing process I was still<br />

finessing it right up to the end. But the basics<br />

of it were there very early on. One of the most<br />

important elements was getting the timelines<br />

exactly right in both strands of the story. I did<br />

this by creating a kind of bullet-point timeline<br />

for each, down to hours of the day for the<br />

modern strand featuring Michael. I drove my<br />

publisher mad, but it was worth it in the end.<br />

And how long did it take you to complete<br />

the novel?<br />

The idea was stewing in my head for a long<br />

time before I actually began to commit<br />

words to paper. It’s hard to say how long it<br />

took because of that. Because of my day<br />

job, writing non-fiction, I stopped writing it<br />

for quite long periods. But even then I never<br />

stopped thinking about it and working out<br />

the twists and turns of the plot. I would say<br />

it probably took five years, in the end. I hope<br />

a follow-up can be written much faster than<br />

that which is why this autumn and winter the<br />

world of non-fiction is going to have to get<br />

along without me.<br />

Having written several historical<br />

non-fiction titles over the years, how<br />

enjoyable, or challenging, was the process<br />

of writing fiction?<br />

Writing fiction is way more enjoyable!<br />

And I have been very struck by the reaction of<br />

people on hearing I’ve had a novel published.<br />

I’ve written quite a lot of non-fiction books<br />

in a variety of genres but people seem to<br />

view the creation of a work of fiction as a<br />

much greater achievement, for some reason.<br />

In fact, a lot of people seem to be a little in<br />

awe of it. Writing about history or art, as I<br />

have done, is challenging because it has to<br />

be right. It’s facts, sometimes, of course, with<br />

an element of interpretation, but it happened<br />

as it happened and you mustn’t get that<br />

wrong. Fiction, on the other hand, is makebelieve.<br />

You create worlds, people, situations,<br />

some of it quite fanciful. And it’s great fun.<br />

I used to look forward to going to bed at night<br />

because that’s where I did a great deal of my<br />

thinking about the plot and the characters.<br />

Can you tell us more about the ‘ruggedly<br />

beautiful’’ Italian valley, Valtellina.<br />

The Valtellina today is like most other places,<br />

with supermarkets, shopping malls and<br />

a motorway slicing through the middle.<br />

But when we first visited, at the end of<br />

the nineteen-seventies, it was still quite<br />

backward. Supermarkets were rare and the<br />

people more or less lived as they had for<br />

hundreds of years, growing their own food,<br />

making their own wine and rarely venturing<br />

outside the valley. The houses in the village<br />

near where my family lived were ancient<br />

and crumbling back then. Now they have<br />

been bought and renovated, often used as<br />

weekend escapes by people from Milan.<br />

For a boy from East Kilbride and Glasgow,<br />

back then it was an exotic and atmospheric<br />

world and I was getting a close view of it<br />

through the lives of my family there.

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Were there any challenges in writing<br />

violent war scenes between the partisans<br />

and the Nazis?<br />

As a life-long vegetarian pacifist, it was,<br />

of course, difficult to write such scenes.<br />

But this was a brutal time in Italian history.<br />

There was a huge amount at stake and<br />

there was a great deal of pent-up anger and<br />

hatred. Ordinary people did extraordinary<br />

things, as they always do in war and I felt I<br />

had to express that in some way. There are a<br />

couple of violent scenes but, although these<br />

events do colour everything, I hope they don’t<br />

overwhelm the story.<br />

Your sister-in-law and her family live in the<br />

Valtellina, with some of her family fighting<br />

as partisans. How was your novel received<br />

by them?<br />

Sadly, there’s not yet an Italian version of the<br />

book, which means that not many over there<br />

have read it, but they’re very proud that their<br />

valley features. Unfortunately, those family<br />

members who fought in the war are now<br />

no longer with us but I’m not entirely sure<br />

how they would have reacted to the book.<br />

Their brooding silence about the war when<br />

they were alive makes me suspect they might<br />

feel that some things are better left unsaid.<br />

Some of your story is also set in Scotland.<br />

Is this a hat tip to where you are from?<br />

I guess I could have located that part of the<br />

story anywhere – the north of England or<br />

Wales, for example – but, yes, I suspect that<br />

somewhere in my subconscious I wanted it to<br />

have a Scottish element, no matter how brief,<br />

because of my roots. I was also very pleased,<br />

however, to allow that part of the story to give<br />

me the opportunity to introduce a Scottish<br />

character in Helen Matthieson. Helen is a<br />

strong-willed, independent young woman<br />

and the fact that she is also Scottish made<br />

her very appealing to me as a lead character.<br />

Helen is decisive, loyal, kind, fearless;<br />

frankly she is formidable. How did that<br />

character form in your mind?<br />

I know a number of women like that. Helen<br />

developed with the plot and to do what<br />

she does in the book, those qualities were<br />

essential. She’s also funny and very human,<br />

I think. Most importantly, I feel, she grounds<br />

Michael who loses it and shows his frailties<br />

a few times, understandably, I guess, given<br />

what’s happening to him. She’s absolutely<br />

vital to the plot of the book, drives it along<br />

and comes up with some good ideas for<br />

helping Michael.<br />

What do you look forward to when coming<br />

back to Scotland?<br />

I come to Scotland several times a year.<br />

I am in a band – Elsie at the Piano – of whom<br />

one member lives in Dublin, one in Blantyre<br />

and I live in Dorset. We use the internet to<br />

compose but meet up in Glasgow quite<br />

regularly. We’ve written a song called The<br />

Partisan Heart that can be found on YouTube<br />

and Facebook. Regarding Glasgow, to be<br />

honest, I am astonished by the vibrant city it<br />

has become. The range of restaurants and<br />

bars is amazing and I love my visits there.<br />

I enjoy wandering the streets of the city<br />

centre and looking up at the amazing<br />

architecture. There’s a tip to the people of<br />

Glasgow – look up as you’re walking!<br />

What’s your next literary project?<br />

At the moment, I’m writing a Short History<br />

of the Korean War, part of a series of short<br />

histories I’ve written. When I finish that at<br />

the end of September, it’ll be time to start<br />

work on that difficult second novel which<br />

I’m almost certain will again be set in the<br />

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Fallen Angel<br />

by Chris Brookmyre<br />




I’ve read a lot of Brookmyre, both his more frivolous<br />

and amusing early work as well as his grittier crime<br />

novels. His latest, Fallen Angel, is one of his best and<br />

will keep you guessing right until the end.<br />

The action centres around the<br />

Temple family, a seemingly<br />

successful family with an<br />

academic, conspiracy theorybusting<br />

father, an ex-actress<br />

turned columnist mother, as well as<br />

three successful grown-up children.<br />

However, as with any family, what<br />

you see on the surface or in public<br />

is very rarely reality, and sure<br />

enough, Brookmyre wastes no time<br />

in exposing skeleton after skeleton<br />

in what is a fairly extensive<br />

cupboard.<br />

The setting is the Algarve,<br />

a popular holiday destination<br />

for many Scots, and most of the<br />

action unfolds in the Temple family<br />

villas. The action lurches between<br />

two family holidays – one in 2002,<br />

which ended in tragedy, and the<br />

other in 2018 when all the chickens<br />

come home to roost. Brookmyre<br />

handles the changing times and<br />

vast range of characters with<br />

aplomb, and this intermingling of<br />

disparate narrative voices as well<br />

as timeframes helps to elucidate<br />

and obscure at the same time,<br />

which is no mean feat.<br />

Sylvie Temple is so devastated<br />

by the loss of her baby in<br />

2002 that she changes her<br />

name to Ivy Roan. Controversy<br />

and conspiracy surround the<br />

disappearance of baby Niamh,<br />

as it did with Madeleine McCann,<br />

and Brookmyre alludes to the<br />

McCann case on a few occasions,<br />

although with sensitivity and<br />

a deftness of touch. Max, the patriarch, is an academic thrust<br />

into the limelight through a talk show on which he famously<br />

debunked several conspiracy theories, earning him plaudits and<br />

a loyal following. Is he the straitlaced academic he purports to<br />

be? Celia, the matriarch, rules the family with an iron rod and is<br />

desperately hanging on to her glamorous past and her fantasy<br />

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

control? Finally, there is Amanda, the Canadian nanny who by<br />

pure happenstance finds herself embroiled in all this drama? Or is<br />

it pure happenstance?<br />

The twists and turns in the plot from beginning to end leave<br />

the reader breathless as any Brookmyre fan has come to expect.<br />

This is far more than a murder mystery. It sheds a light on British<br />

attitudes towards appearance, reputation, family secrets and<br />

propriety. This will make for a highly entertaining few days – more<br />

so if you happen to be a Brit abroad on holiday – as the family<br />

dynamics, individual culpability and collective responsibility are<br />

reminiscent of An Inspector Calls, where the revelation of the<br />

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

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The Silence of<br />

the Girls<br />

by Pat Barker<br />

2<br />

Pat Barker has reimagined<br />

the Trojan War and The<br />

Iliad from the perspective of<br />

those voiceless women, both<br />

Trojan and Greek, who were<br />

slaughtered, raped, taken and<br />

used callously as the spoils of<br />

war, often being traded back<br />

and forth as ‘tributes’ or in<br />

reparation.<br />

Barker’s achievement is<br />

stunning as the battles are<br />

relegated to the background<br />

whilst the stories of the women<br />

– cooking, cleaning, mending,<br />

weaving, waiting for the return<br />

of their new masters – clearly<br />

dominate the foreground.<br />

Another masterstroke<br />

is Barker’s use of colloquial<br />

language, bringing to life the<br />

dialogue of the soldiers and<br />

emphasising their brutality.<br />

These women are merely<br />

objects and are often referred<br />

to as ‘it’. They have no agency<br />

at all, and the more power and<br />

status they had before the fall<br />

of their city, the more keenly<br />

felt this change in status.<br />

The main protagonist,<br />

Briseis, gives voice to all these<br />

women. Captured when the<br />

city of Lyrnessus falls to the<br />

Greeks, this Trojan queen<br />

becomes the slave of Achilles,<br />

the most violent man in the<br />

world, who was given her<br />

as a gift by Agamemnon for<br />

slaughtering sixty men in<br />

battle. Thereafter develops<br />

a fascinating relationship<br />

between owner and slave,<br />

where Briseis gradually carves<br />

out some influence, if not<br />

power, over Achilles. As Briseis<br />

says, ‘…make no mistake, this<br />

was his story…and here I was,<br />

again, still stuck in his story,<br />

and yet with no real part to<br />

play in it.’<br />

Limmy is a writer and<br />

comedian from Carnwadric<br />

who exploded into our<br />

consciousness with Limmy’s<br />

Show. He has written books<br />

of short stories and is now<br />

mainly a huge online presence<br />

through his Vines and Youtube<br />

channel. I find him hilarious,<br />

but his comedy is like marmite.<br />

However, he states himself in<br />

his autobiography that he’d<br />

rather a few people found him<br />

hilarious than lots of people<br />

found him mildly amusing.<br />

The autobiography is<br />

subtitled ‘Surprisingly Down<br />

to Earth, and Very Funny.’<br />

I laughed out loud several<br />

times at his anecdotes and<br />

his turn of phrase, but I also<br />

gasped at the frankness<br />

and boldness of his more<br />

confessional passages.<br />

He pulls no punches at all<br />

when dealing with his brushes<br />

with the law, his relationship<br />

with drugs and booze, and his<br />

relationship with his partner<br />

and his son.<br />

The book is helpfully<br />

divided into his Primary<br />

Years, Secondary Years,<br />

Student Years, Work Years<br />

and Comedy. He didn’t have<br />

a terrible childhood, wasn’t<br />

bullied or abused, and yet<br />

he clearly struggles with his<br />

mental health. The suicidal<br />

thoughts, the self-harm,<br />

the destructive tendencies<br />

are who he is and there is<br />

no attempt to make himself<br />

look better by glossing over<br />

his mistakes or by airbrushing<br />

the seedier aspects of his life.<br />

Instead, Limmy is as brutal and<br />

candid as it’s possible to be.<br />

I’ve never seen someone so<br />

well known in Glasgow expose<br />

his vulnerabilities like this.<br />

It’s a rare thing for a West<br />

Coast male.<br />

Limmy<br />

by Brian Limond<br />


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Accountancy<br />

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Why you should manage your household<br />

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Art for Heart’s Sake<br />

How a West End interior design store is doing its<br />

bit for charity<br />

WORDS<br />

Mike Findlay<br />

ABOVE © M Evans, Torridon Glory<br />

OPPOSITE © M Evans, Morning Glory Bass Rock<br />

If you head along Great Western Road<br />

further west than Anniesland Cross and<br />

towards Knightswood, and take a left onto<br />

Munro Place, you will find a hidden oasis.<br />

This may not be the most likely spot to find<br />

one of the most exclusive furniture stores,<br />

but if you make the journey, you will not be<br />

disappointed.<br />

The Store Interiors is an Aladdin’s cave<br />

of sofas, beds, lighting, mirrors and more.<br />

You name it and they do it. This family run<br />

business has been going for 32 years and is<br />

co-owned and managed by brothers Arun<br />

and Ashoke Pasi. They moved into their<br />

current location in the summer of 1996,<br />

and this impressively sized building offers<br />

three floors worth of gems to get your interior<br />

design taste buds going.<br />

But that’s not all. The Store Interiors is<br />

more than just a ‘store’. For the last few years<br />

The Store has run an art exhibition over one<br />

weekend in November where artists from the<br />

local area, and a bit beyond, sell their work.<br />

The proceeds from this exhibition go directly<br />

to the charities CHAS (Children’s Hospices<br />

Across Scotland) and Marie Curie – hence<br />

why the exhibition is aptly called Art for<br />

Heart’s Sake.<br />

Comprising mainly of paintings,<br />

the exhibition also includes other art forms<br />

such as jewellery and sculptures. Argyllbased<br />

artist Lex McFadyn helped to set the<br />

project up as well as exhibiting his own work.<br />

Other well-known names that have exhibited<br />

include: Bill Blackwood, Kirsty Cameron,<br />

Norman Edgar, Margaret Evans, James<br />

Harrigan, Katie Littlefield and Mo Roxburgh.<br />

The exhibition has grown arms and legs<br />

over the years, and boasts about 80 artists.<br />

So far, around £14k has been raised for<br />

charity. It is part of a number of initiatives<br />

that the team at The Store has been involved<br />

with over the years to raise money for good<br />

causes. Previously the management have<br />

shaved their heads to raise funds for cancer,<br />

and have also been involved in the Moon<br />

Walk in Edinburgh.<br />

The inspiration for the project came<br />

partly after a visit by The Store’s owner<br />

Arun to Robin House in Balloch, which

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is run by the charity CHAS in support of<br />

vulnerable children. He explains, ‘The visit<br />

was incredibly emotional for me and clearly<br />

CHAS is doing some incredible work, which<br />

is why we decided to support them through<br />

this project. Marie Curie Cancer came along<br />

for similar reasons.<br />

‘The other inspiration for me has been<br />

my mother, who has always given money<br />

to charity over the years and I’ve had this<br />

instilled in me from a young age.’<br />

The exhibition will run again this November<br />

and the timing for this is intentional.<br />

Arun says, ‘We decided a good time for<br />

people to buy things would be around<br />

November and December time. We really<br />

wanted a date that was memorable so we<br />

thought around Guy Fawkes would be good<br />

timing because everyone remembers that<br />

date. We have made the preview night the<br />

first Thursday after Guy Fawkes night.’<br />

Many of the artists that have exhibited so<br />

far have found out about the project through<br />

word of mouth from other artists. Art for<br />

Heart’s Sake is now hoping that a number<br />

of artists who are part of Glasgow Art Club,<br />

Paisley Art Club as well as Ayr Art Circle and<br />

Helensburgh Art Club will take part this year.<br />

But the exhibition is as much about<br />

supporting new and emerging talent as it<br />

is about exciting artists. And The Store has<br />

ambitions to grow. Arun comments, ‘I want<br />

us to do more. I would like to be in a position<br />

where we use the entirety of the building to<br />

exhibit artists over a longer period of time,<br />

maybe one full month. This will allow us to<br />

open up the exhibition to a greater number of<br />

artists and ultimately support good causes.’<br />

The preview night is a great way for The<br />

Store to drum up interest in what is exhibited.<br />

I was lucky enough to stumble upon it<br />

by accident a couple of years ago while<br />

shopping in The Store – I was handed a glass<br />

of prosecco and a chance to browse through<br />

the artwork. It was a great experience in the<br />

ambient surroundings of a furniture store.<br />

The preview night has live music and a<br />

raffle takes place with generous prizes – last<br />

year’s prizes included a meal for two at the<br />

Ubiquitous Chip, a two-year subscription to<br />

Homes and Interiors Magazine, a meal for<br />

two at Mother India and a total of 13 different<br />

prizes.<br />

Arun says, ‘Every penny we raise is given<br />

to charity, we don’t take a penny out of it. In<br />

the future I don’t mind if there’s a 100 artists<br />

or 200 artists as long as more money goes to<br />

charity that is the main thing. All of the West<br />

End is invited to it and we hope to see you<br />

there.’<br />

So if you are near Munro Place this<br />

November, I would highly recommend<br />

popping in. And you never know you may<br />

purchase some art, as well as some furniture.<br />

Art for Heart’s Sake will run at The Store<br />

Interiors, 26 Munro Place, Glasgow from<br />

Thursday 7 to Monday 11 November. The<br />

preview evening for the exhibition will take<br />

place on Thursday 7 November between<br />

5pm – 9pm. All Westenders welcome!

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‘Home-Makers’<br />

women by design<br />

WORDS<br />


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The importance of our surrounding, really cannot be overstated. It can<br />

make us feel peaceful or chaotic, restful or energised. The light, colour,<br />

form and function of a space can affect our productivity, our energy<br />

levels, and even our happiness. When the right design elements are<br />

blended together in the perfect formula however, our environment can<br />

become a wonderful space that’s a pleasure to inhabit. We spoke with<br />

three women who joyfully create beautiful spaces in which to live and<br />

work, to find what inspires them.<br />

Perhaps one of the quickest – and most<br />

dramatic ways to alter the mood of a<br />

home, is with paint. The walls of our<br />

homes are like giant, blank canvases,<br />

that when painted the right shade,<br />

can complement the art, architectural<br />

features, and fabrics that punctuate the<br />

room. But simply because they make such a<br />

big statement, it can be quite daunting.<br />

Laonie Robertson is a calm presence<br />

who routinely assists clients who are<br />

anxious about overwhelming numbers of<br />

paint samples. She taps into the client’s<br />

introspective taste within, to find what they’re<br />

really seeking in their living space. If the client<br />

is unsure about what they want, she asks<br />

them to choose one thing in their home they<br />

truly love, and then builds the entire room<br />

around that particular element. Other clients<br />

may start by thinking they want a particular<br />

colour, only to learn that it’s actually<br />

something completely different. It’s a journey<br />

on which she is happy to be the wise Sherpa,<br />

inspiring confidence in personal choices.<br />

It’s not just about the colour however,<br />

it’s also about the wonderful, velvety<br />

finish, and highlighting the architectural<br />

elements. In her own home for example,<br />

she has beautiful, original cornice and ceiling<br />

roses which are very ornate. To enhance<br />

the detail she used one of Farrow & Ball’s<br />

Contemporary Neutrals, Strong White, to<br />

create soft shadows, emphasising the depth<br />

of the Georgian period design. In addition to<br />

painting, she also hangs designer wallpapers,<br />

custom cut murals, and even hand paints<br />

murals for her clients.<br />

She deftly combines contemporary décor<br />

within a period setting. In her main reception<br />

room, she chose a modern chandelier with<br />

a twist on a classic design, which allows the<br />

ceiling rose detail to be featured, rather than<br />

being obscured by a large light shade.<br />

Her long love affair with home décor<br />

began when she was still a child. Her father<br />

restored homes that had been ravaged by<br />

fire. Laonie would plead with him to go along<br />

when he would work, and he often relented.<br />

This love of design led to her study of art<br />

and technical graphics. But she preferred<br />

the hands-on approach of transforming<br />

spaces, rather than the world of computer<br />

design. And she’s built a strong business,<br />

1272 Decorating and Design, based upon<br />

repeat business and word-of-mouth<br />

recommendations.<br />

‘I never look at any project as a one-off<br />

job. It’s about establishing a relationship with<br />

your clients’, explains Laonie. She’s made<br />

use of Instagram for displaying her work,<br />

and she enjoys seeing that many women<br />

are now starting businesses in fields that<br />

wouldn’t have been considered a few years<br />

ago. ‘It’s very encouraging to see that’.<br />

Lisa Trainer’s path in design was a bit<br />

different, taking a few meandering turns<br />

before successfully establishing Red Door<br />

Interiors. She completed an honours degree<br />

in interior design at Duncan of Jordanstone<br />

College of Art & Design. However, with four<br />

children, she was quite busy with being a<br />

mother. About six years ago, she decided to<br />

take on some clients who were largely friends<br />

and family. They loved what she created,<br />

and word of mouth quickly spread to include<br />

both commercial and residential clients all<br />

over Glasgow, and then, all over Scotland.<br />

Working from home was perfect with growing<br />

children. But as they began to leave for<br />

university and she took on more clients,<br />

a proper work space was needed.<br />

Her studio sits in Partick, in an<br />

unpretentious building on the corner of<br />

Beith Street. Once you step inside however,<br />

the studio comes to life with colour! On the<br />

foyer ceiling, she has cleverly hung a panel of<br />

wallpaper that looks as though it was painted<br />

directly onto the surface by an artist, with<br />

hues of red, blue and gold. And the studio<br />

itself is an organic collection of interesting

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light fixtures, tiles, wall coverings and fabrics<br />

– most of which are created by Scottish<br />

designers and artisans. Although many<br />

people might equate Scottish fabrics with<br />

tweed and tartan, there is actually a plethora<br />

of colours and patterns being created by<br />

some of the most talented designers in all of<br />

Europe, who are Scottish.<br />

Bute Fabrics produces textiles made on<br />

the island in almost every hue and weight<br />

imaginable. They’ve recently collaborated<br />

with designer David Irwin, who has created<br />

collections based on the stones and mineral<br />

patterns of the island itself, and another<br />

which features the DNA patterns of the<br />

individuals who create the actual fabrics in<br />

the textile mill!<br />

Lisa’s daughter, Kelly Trainer, is currently<br />

pursuing her master degree in textiles, and<br />

will produce her own unique version of a<br />

process called ‘ice dying’ which creates<br />

a blended, watercolour effect on fabrics.<br />

Each pattern produced is a one-off blend of<br />

colour and shape.<br />

Some other Scottish designers whose<br />

work Lisa likes to incorporate into her<br />

design schemes are wall covering designers<br />

Iona Crawford, Mairi Helena and MYB.<br />

She frequently uses lighting fixtures by One<br />

Foot Taller, a Glasgow-based, award winning<br />

company.<br />

Another favourite is an exciting new<br />

Glasgow company called Mirrl, which<br />

manufactures and designs a solid surface<br />

material which can be used for work<br />

surfaces, food preparation and furniture.<br />

Made from Birch, it’s waterproof and comes<br />

in interesting, organic patterns in either bright<br />

or neutral tones.<br />

Her advice for creatives starting out,<br />

‘If there was one thing I would’ve done<br />

differently, it would’ve been to make a<br />

consolidated business plan and get more<br />

advice and support on setting up a new<br />

business’.<br />

Two years ago, Lisa took a leap of faith by<br />

investing in her studio. But the rewards have<br />

been amazing! ‘I feel so lucky to have found<br />

something that I love to do. No two jobs are<br />

ever the same’. Work has not stopped since<br />

she made this decision, as she’s transformed<br />

individual homes and large scale projects.<br />

She recently completed a bed and breakfast<br />

located across the street from the Glasgow<br />

School of Art, which features Scottish<br />

designers, all with great affordability.<br />

One local boutique Lisa collaborates with<br />

regularly for styling and furniture is Hoos<br />

Glasgow. Hoos is owned by Karen Harvey,<br />

a Glasgow native who has a background in<br />

non-profit.<br />

She was the director of a charity for many<br />

years in Great Yarmouth, which helped<br />

children and families, and she was honoured<br />

with the MBE (Most Excellent British Empire)<br />

for her work.<br />

When she returned to Glasgow’s West<br />

End, she decided to follow a lifelong interest<br />

in architecture and design by opening<br />

Hoos. More than just a retail shop, Hoos is

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a lifestyle store with an intriguing selection<br />

of items carefully curated from the global<br />

marketplace. Offerings from local Scottish<br />

designers sit on the shelves next to Fair<br />

Trade pieces from South American artisans.<br />

And a contemporary Scandinavian<br />

watering can looks perfectly at home next<br />

to handmade felted bowls from Nepal.<br />

This eclectic mix of treasures offers a range<br />

of selection that’s quite unique, and many of<br />

the brands she carries are exclusive to Hoos<br />

in Glasgow, such as the wonderful Normann<br />

Copenhagen line, Ferm Living and Muuto.<br />

Karen also bases her selections on their<br />

sustainability and production process for<br />

minimal impact on the planet.<br />

Inside the store, there is a myriad of<br />

scents from candles, soaps and perfumes<br />

that combine for an aroma that’s light,<br />

lovely and not overwhelming. It’s a place<br />

where you can find wonderful chocolates,<br />

clothing, furniture and even toothpaste!<br />

Hoos is a reminder that shopping is not<br />

a task to complete, but an enjoyable<br />

experience that should be relished. Although<br />

many items are also offered online, a visit to<br />

the store is a sensory delight and a wonderful<br />

way to spend an afternoon.<br />

After three years, she has been quite<br />

successful, and part of that success may<br />

be the personal service she offers her<br />

customers. She’s quite happy to give advice<br />

on growing the house plants she sells,<br />

and sometimes even makes deliveries to<br />

customer’s homes – not exactly a common<br />

practice among businesses of today.<br />

She’s also launching an interior design<br />

service, which will offer her customers<br />

access to the designer lines she carries.<br />

Karen’s advice to women starting a<br />

business would be to get a good accountant<br />

soon after registering your company.<br />

Accountants can relieve a lot of the stress<br />

of running a business, and offer invaluable<br />

advice, allowing more time to focus on the<br />

actual business.<br />

Design teaches us something about<br />

ourselves through the choices that we make.<br />

Our surroundings truly are a reflection of our<br />

lives and what’s important to us. It’s part<br />

of what makes a house, an actual home.<br />

These Glasgow women are helping people<br />

create ‘home’.<br />

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Retro Fusion<br />

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We all love a meander into the storehouses of our memories to feel a<br />

sense of a bygone day, a childhood home, a style you love from films or<br />

books. We have easy access now to furniture and accessories reflecting<br />

any era, and a wonderful trend of retro designs to choose from.<br />

So, take a trip down memory lane and make a mix tape of your<br />

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Large Floral Bowl,<br />

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Homes & Interiors<br />

by Susan<br />

Robertson<br />

elegant glamour<br />

This year’s glamorous interiors trend brings us<br />

a sophisticated opulence, but more understated<br />

than iterations of the past. Think less of the<br />

‘shiny’ but rather just a touch of the ‘sheen’. Susan<br />

Robertson makes some suggestions to achieve this<br />

look within your West End home.<br />

There’s a chic confidence in the colour palettes<br />

being used in this look just now, and less of a<br />

tendency to make ‘shouty’ statements with clashing<br />

colours and blingy accessories. Velvet has become<br />

really popular over recent years and remains a<br />

foundational staple for this style now, but rather<br />

than the bold statement colours and the dark greens<br />

and maroons, this season opt for dusky pinks and<br />

soft warm greys.

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For a living room, select your key pieces of seating<br />

and keep it minimal and matching. Resist the urge<br />

to go eclectic and select a velvet sofa and armchairs<br />

in the same style and colour where possible.<br />

Your room will then build up around these. If<br />

you opt for the dusky rose colour for this, try a<br />

pale mocha on the walls and light cream for wood<br />

features such as window frames and skirting boards.<br />

Be careful to choose the correct warm and pale tones<br />

so that you are keeping it all in balance, otherwise<br />

overdoing the colour in each could run the risk of<br />

you starting to feel like you’re sitting in a box of<br />

Neapolitan ice-cream!<br />

If you’re doing this style in a bedroom, you can<br />

probably risk a bit more chocolate in the mocha and<br />

just centre everything around a beautiful big bed.<br />

Make sure you keep it looking and feeling restful<br />

and warm. Go for bold on a large dusky pink velvet<br />

bedhead and layer up the bedding in creamy cottons,<br />

soft rose velvets and warm grey fine woollens.<br />

Resist the urge to splurge on the decadence, it can<br />

be easy to see similarities in this to previous trends<br />

and go off on a glamorous tangent but be restrained.<br />

This look is elegant and minimal so stick to fewer<br />

elements but choose high-end fabrics and a quality<br />

finish at the same time, avoid the faux fur.<br />

Keep furniture simple and functional and avoid<br />

clutter and big chunky items. Small coffee tables,<br />

and marble-topped trolleys work well. Don’t be<br />

afraid to upcycle wooden furniture with a lick of<br />

paint. If you make sure it’s well prepared and use<br />

a quality matt paint, you can create a functional<br />

piece that blends in beautifully with the overall look.<br />

One solid colour looks good and if you’re brave<br />

enough – top off the ends of the furniture legs with<br />

some matt silver paint or just a tiny touch of flat gold.<br />

Get an expert to do it if you don’t trust your<br />

handiwork, or treat yourself to some new or preloved<br />

special picks from the plethora of shops and<br />

boutiques we have on our doorstep.<br />

Lose the high gloss bling and stick to matt<br />

metallics for that touch of understated elegance.<br />

Brass works better in this look than polished gold,<br />

and pewter is preferable to shiny chrome. If you<br />

want to add a bit of a flourish, go for a tassel or<br />

a fringe. It’s not to everyone’s taste but it’s right<br />

on trend and done thoughtfully it can look great.<br />

You can get them incorporated into accessories such<br />

as lampshades or tie-backs and they help to create a<br />

unique extra touch of glam.<br />

If this isn’t for you, you can always try a metallic<br />

touch in a lamp. Perhaps a brass standalone lamp or<br />

a rose gold shade. One statement accessory like this<br />

works well and then keep your other bits and bobs<br />

minimal and plain in soft greys and creams. Try to<br />

match the accessories to each other, and allow them<br />

to recede into the background rather than coming to<br />

the fore, as the velvet opulence will hold its own in<br />

the room.<br />

Dark glass or art deco touches can work well as<br />

finishing touches and for me, this style cries out<br />

for fresh cut flowers. Choosing this look gives a<br />

wonderful excuse to buy regular fresh flowers as it is<br />

really pulled together beautifully with chunky pink<br />

peonies or deep purple hydrangeas.<br />

Image on previous page is from items available at<br />

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Images on this page are of products available from<br />

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Homes & Interiors<br />

by Susan<br />

Robertson<br />

Contemporary<br />

Our homes are our havens, where we can zone out from<br />

the busyness of modern life and find our safe place to<br />

unwind. Susan Robertson looks at how we can merge<br />

calming influences from Nordic design to Mother<br />

Nature without leaving the comfort of the West End.

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Calm<br />

What springs to mind when you think of a calm<br />

environment? It tends to start with the colours<br />

for me. Nothing too vibrant or loud, warm layers<br />

of tones and textures with a smooth transition<br />

between. When we are creating a relaxing<br />

environment to unwind in, we want our eyes to<br />

be able to rest a little as well as our bodies and<br />

minds. So, when you choose a palette for this<br />

type of look, think of varying shades and layers<br />

of similar pale colours. Keep the palette simple<br />

and clean with their initial roots in nature and<br />

warm undertones. Slate grey in different tones,<br />

balanced with warm beiges and soft whites<br />

merge beautifully with deep khakis and pale<br />

pink for this look.<br />

The Nordic style of interior design lends itself<br />

well to the feeling of calmness. It’s characterised<br />

by simplicity and minimalism so start with<br />

thinking of the basic functionality of the room<br />

you’re designing. Make sure you are fulfilling<br />

the needs of the space in the first instance –<br />

how many will you need to seat comfortably<br />

at a time; will the lighting need to function for<br />

reading as well as relaxing; will the room be<br />

sociable and set up for chatting, or is it mainly<br />

for films and reading? Stopping to think about<br />

what you actually use the room for before you<br />

start, will help you to keep the design focused<br />

and functional, which in turn helps to keep that<br />

minimalist feel. If you begin with this basic core<br />

purpose it will automatically inspire your choice<br />

of sofa shapes, seating design and direction,<br />

as well as the lighting moods.<br />

Once you have these underpinning elements<br />

identified, you can visualise the structure of the<br />

space. Think carefully here about storage too<br />

– a minimal look means clutter-free life but that<br />

requires discipline and planning. Use the old<br />

adage to only keep what is useful or beautiful,<br />

and then think through what you want to have<br />

out on display, and what should be hidden away.<br />

This thought process will help to identify if you<br />

need to consider a couple of shelves or a bespoke<br />

storage unit within the room. Be thoughtful<br />

about what you actually need to have there to<br />

hand in that room, and what could be stored<br />

elsewhere in the house. Perhaps you have more<br />

space in a spare room for a new storage unit for<br />

example – keeping everything around you to an<br />

absolute minimum.<br />

The days of fad trends are behind us<br />

– people are looking for practical ways to<br />

create sustainable long-term environments<br />

that enhance their lives and positively affect<br />

their wellbeing. We are keen to find ways to

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incorporate sustainable and eco-friendly<br />

alternatives to the chemical-based products<br />

we’ve become accustomed to, and we’re much<br />

more aware of the tactility and sourcing of our<br />

products.<br />

This look is an opportunity to be thoughtful<br />

and selective in its contents. It’s contemporary<br />

but also timeless so it’s a great way to start<br />

in a new home and living in a sense of calm<br />

simplicity allows you to get a feeling for the<br />

space as you live in it over time. This means<br />

you have the freedom to then build different<br />

looks, add dramatic wall colours or statement<br />

furniture pieces if you fancy it in the future.<br />

Start with soft white or pale beige walls, take<br />

some inspiration from our fashion shoot pages<br />

for different tones. Be careful to make sure<br />

you opt for warm undertones, it’s very easy to<br />

accidentally fall into making this look cold and<br />

clinical so you need to avoid blue undertones<br />

and think in tactile layers. Use lots of natural<br />

materials and textures – go for pale white wood<br />

wherever you can, wooden floors are ideal,<br />

and hessians and wools work well for chunky<br />

rugs and soft furnishings.<br />

Aim for keeping everything to a clean, honest<br />

and simple effect. Adding different shades of the<br />

same colour onto furniture items adds depth<br />

and interest to modest shapes and ensure that<br />

you keep the patterns you choose quite basic<br />

to minimise clashing. Cushions with small<br />

geometric shapes layer well against light cottons<br />

and beige linens and help to keep it tied in to the<br />

current trends. Matte white clay pots and slate<br />

coasters look great as finishing touches, you can<br />

also use little splashes of colour in accessories<br />

– but keep it minimal and consistent, so perhaps<br />

a touch of rose gold or a splash of pale pink<br />

to add a touch of interest to a dark corner.<br />

The minimal, low maintenance look lends itself<br />

to some simple cactus plants or silvery ivy to<br />

bring a fresh flourish here and there.<br />

There are always great ways to add a unique<br />

and personal touch to any look. Lamp bases<br />

made from wicker shapes or tree stumps with<br />

big beige shades, create wonderful statements<br />

without being invasive. Simple pebbles collected<br />

from the beach add a depth to the top of plant<br />

pots, or – you can use some matte acrylics to<br />

paint or print a simple geometric design onto<br />

them – or use them as book ends or paper<br />

weights to help to tie everything together.<br />

A bit of creativity goes a long way in<br />

personalising your own contemporary calm,<br />

but you don’t need to go very far to achieve it.<br />

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Grey painted Nordic style media unit:<br />

Nancy Smillie, nancysmillieshop.com<br />

Zellij Cushion by Niki Jones: Hoos Glasgow,<br />


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