Be it Nairn or Newton Mearns – put your home in a New York state of mind  

This is from my Herald mag interiors page 14th March 2015

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Lush Life  

IN A NEW YORK MINUTE   With evocative names such as Manhattan, Madison, SoHo, Chelsea and Brooklyn, the New York Stories wallpaper collection from the Sandberg Studio is inspired by the city that never sleeps. Featuring 11 diverse designs, the collection reflects the city’s contrasts and contradictions – magnificent yet cosy, rough yet chic, concrete yet green and leafy (Manhattan, £84.00/roll,


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The Madison design from the New York Stories collection was created by Carl Hammoud whose interpretation of an anonymous but typical facade captures the essence of the city and its architectural heritage. You can almost hear the soundtrack of crackling vinyl playing straight-ahead jazz (£84.00/roll,

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Walk across the Manhattan skyline with the deeply intense and distinctive Night Sky carpet collection from Natural Elements Flooring which showcases the sky’s shimmery hues from dusk until dawn. Super tough yet luxe, the carpet is made from 95% wool in dark moody colours, but it’s the 5% Lurex that gives each design that alluring starry glow (£96.50 per metre,

Barker and Stonehouse Sand Black Finish Floor Lamp £179

Go monochromatic in Manhattan by teaming this Sand Black Floor Lamp with gold leafed shade (£179, Mix it up with white table or pendant lamps. The key to this look is to major on muted tones, saving an injection of colour or pattern for selected focal points.


I’ve just come across ChouChou Chateau, a vintage shop run by Jo Murray which stocks one-off finds and painted furniture. As well as selling colourful pieces and Autentico vintage chalk paint, Jo also runs courses where you can learn to use chalk paint and techniques for decorating furniture. Find it on 27 Old Dumbarton Road G3 8RD


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It’s Mother’s Day tomorrow and breakfast in bed is non-negotiable, so serve it in style with this hand painted stoneware set from J by Jasper Conran whose own mother once wisely opined that ‘life is too short to stuff a mushroom’ (

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Perk up St Patrick’s Day this Tuesday with a cup of Irish coffee made in a classic Italian coffee maker updated with lashings of glossy on-trend colour based on the Pantone Shade Emerald Green 569. Just add some cream and a measure of Bushmills (

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Handcrafted from an original vintage cast iron bath, the sofa is upholstered in a fabric of your choice by Reestore which takes everyday waste objects and playfully upcycles them into furniture and accessories. The company has developed its range thanks to investment from Deborah Meaden and Theo Paphitis of Dragons’ Den (



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