Last Thursday I launched a brand new textiles department at my work, the Scottish Design Exchange, supporting Scotland-based print designers for textiles and wallpapers. I am really excited to finally be able to add some of the country’s most talented textile designers to our community of local creatives. Huge thanks to Edinburgh musicians Jack Hinks and Sean Munro for kicking off the party with a brilliant acoustic set, and for everybody who came to celebrate with me!
I first heard of, or rather smelled, the Isle of Skye Candle Company when I was working at Limited Edition, Scotland Redesigned’s Edinburgh Christmas pop-up shop, where we sold hundreds of these bad boys. Founded and based in the picturesque Isle of Skye, the environmentally-focussed brand produces candles, diffusers and more in countless delectable fragrances and beautiful designs. Skye Candles have grown from a one-man-band in a grass-roofed bothy to an omni-channel company with stores all across Scotland. Here I discovered a little more of their ethical practise and found some new products that fit beautifully in the home.
I was totally thrilled to receive a reed diffuser from the wonderful Isle of Skye team, in delicate Bohemian Rose fragrance. As its so cold in my old Edinburgh flat that often after washing has been hung out it smells so damp and dingy, and we love having natural incense, candles and reed diffusers about rather than eco-unfriendly air fresheners and aerosol sprays. If you’re a fan of gentle, subtle aromas then Bohemian Rose is the one for you; the diffuser is so long lasting and you can get handy little refills when the smell fades. I’m also loving my Winter Warmer and Oriental Lily small tumbler candles, fab for burning to chill me out while I study!
Apart from the beautiful packaging, delectable fragrances and celebration of this beautiful country we call home, the best thing about the Isle of Skye Candle Company is it’s commitment to protecting the environment. From using only cruelty-free soya wax to fitting all their stores with energy-saving bulbs, renewable energy sources and recycling facilities, its clear that this is a brand that stays true to its humble roots despite rapid expansion. Whats more, at the moment they are working on the Lock Arkaig restoration project:
“After developing a new fragrance composed mainly of scots pine oil, and with a passion for our native woodlands here in Scotland, when we heard about the Woodland Trust’s efforts to buy and restore the Loch Arkaig forest we felt this was the perfect way to get involved and try to make a difference. With every sale of our Scots Pine candle, we pledged £1 of it to helping save the Loch Arkaig pine forest.”
Ruth @ Urbanity xxx
Made.com is an interiors brand that totally revolutionised the industry, working with talented furniture designers to create weekly collections of small-batch, limited edition products made sustainably to order. Design lovers like me, but with a tighter budget, rejoiced when Made.com finally released their new home accessories range, which includes the gorgeous vases, candles, crockery and cutlery in this picture. Also, Edinburgh folks rejoiced when Made.com announced a new pop up shop in Scotland’s capital, Made x Unboxed, which is running from now until the 5th February 2017, Open every day at 17 Dundas Street, a short walk from the Princes Street.
I was lucky enough to attend a press dinner the night before the Made.com pop-up shop launched, where delicious food by Edinburgh foodie masters Dram & Smoke was served. We found out all about the concept, and chatted about great, affordable, accessible design over Hot Toddies and Haggis Bon Bons! Thank you Made.com for a fantastic event.
The main part of the pop-up shop is decorated like a living/dining room, with cosy armchairs, wall art and beautiful lamps, and through the back there’s a beautiful, luxurious bedroom. Made.com have totally transformed the space (which was previously Makers and Friends) into a stunning showroom; definitely worth popping along this month to browse!
This was my fab veggie menu on the night, served on beautiful teal dishes, modern glassware and gold cutlery. Vegetarian haggis bon bon on chestnut puree, crispy poached egg on pearl barley risotto, and Scottish cranachan/pannacota. Totally delicious!
All photos by Simon Williams
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Ruth @ Urbanity xxx
Jack and I have started flat hunting for next summer and its got me all excited about interiors. I was never so bothered by homewares until I got my own place this year and now I just love looking for new decor inspiration, whether on Instagram and Pinterest or window shopping around Edinburgh. A couple of my favourite shops for homeware are Oliver Bonas and Lifestory; read on to see my wish lists for each room in the home. My inspirations? Geometry, marble, pastels, distressed wood and metallics.
What do you think?
Ruth @ Urbanity xxx