Hi, my name is Amy and I'm a designaholic.

"So you see, imagination needs moodling - long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering." Brenda Ueland


Comfort in the Scottish Countryside

I've been wanting to write about Rosie Brown's house from the very first time I saw it in the November issue of Domino and seeing it featured again in the December of issue of Living Etc was the kick in the pants I needed to get writing on the matter.

Imagine a time when the world was smaller, the pace was slower, and you could stop and smell the flowers - that just happened to grow wildly in your 150 acre backyard. A time when you built your house with your bare hands and the material mother nature gave you. Well, most likely what your imagining is Rosie Browns amazing retreat on the coast of Scotland. The home is a 150 year old red-sandstone cottage and she's managed to create a warm and inviting, personal space that just begs you to slow down and smell the flowers, or mint, or eucalyptus. She's done a fantastic job of mixing the old, the new and the eclectic to form a space all her own. This is truly an inspirational house that reminds you to buy what you love and everything else will fall into place.

(photos courtesy of IPC Media, Ltd.)

I'd also like to mention her wonderful website, www.papastour.com, where she features Scottish artists and artisans work. I'm particularly drawn to the photography of the products - so refreshing for an ecommerce site.

(photo courtesy of www.papastour.com)

Incidentally, you can have a piece of Rosie Brown's design sense all to yourself, if but for one week at a time! "Papa Stour have recently refurbished a charming croft called Callakille, up in the North West Highlands of Scotland which is now available to rent. It is located 8 miles north of Applecross in one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland, with fabulous uninterrupted views over to Skye, Raasay and Rona." Rates are available at http://www.wildernesscottages.co.uk

(photo courtesy of www.papastour.com)


Blogger EFB said...

one of my favorite styles is combining rustic elements with clean and modern. the light colors seem to capture the mood of living in the open on the coast.

12/27/2006 7:47 PM  

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