22nd September 2016
La Granja Ibiza

Having just returned to Copperline HQ this week after a holiday – thank you dog-friendly Northumberland! – I have to say it’s hard to come back knowing that winter is just round the corner. I realise we have autumn first and I shouldn’t be jumping the gun here, but these dark evenings already feel closer to winter than summer! So I plan to keep on dreaming with lots of fantastic holiday properties (who’s with me here!) and this… well, this is perfect.

La Granja Ibiza first caught my eye on Wallpaper*, and when I headed to this boutique hotel’s website I was instantly smitten by the mood of this place along with the beautifully mellow and rustic aesthetic. I love when an old building is refurbished but still retains that patina and sense of history, and La Granja pretty much oozes patina in every space.

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20th September 2016

If, like me, you’re a fan of midcentury design, and also happen to have something of a lighting obsession, then chances are that you’ve already come across the British-based lighting company Bert Frank. There are so many reasons why I admire this company, starting with their absolutely beautiful lights, of course.

But it’s more than that. Bert Frank lights are designed and manufactured to last. These designs have a timeless quality – although very contemporary and of-the-moment, you also know that these pieces will look just as right and just as desirable years down the line.

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26th August 2016
The New Road Residence, London, with The Modern House.

Putting contemporary architecture aside for a moment, if I had to choose one period of architecture that I’m most drawn to it would be Georgian. Having lived in Edinburgh for just over twenty years, this is probably no surprise – I’m surrounded by Georgian architecture every day. The simplicity, the balance, the quiet elegance – this is an aesthetic that I could never tire of. I love historic buildings, but there’s just something about Georgian houses that draws me to them time and time again. Think timber panelling, simple fireplaces, delicate cornicing, flagstone floors… it doesn’t get better.

Which brings me to The New Road Residence. This has to be one of the most beautiful and restrained and sympathetically designed Georgian houses that I’ve come across, and it’s available to let with The Modern House.

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22nd August 2016
Inner City Warehouse in Sydney by Allen Jack + Cottier, photos by Castle+Beatty

Usually, when I’m looking at houses online, I’m drawn to an interior by one photo. There’s usually that one image that will catch my eye, just as the photo above did. I have a major soft spot for warehouse conversions and this one in Sydney is also a great example of indoor-outdoor flow of space – just look at that external terrace – and feels authentic with its exposed brick and chunky timber trusses. And even that one photo suggests that this home is owned by someone with a confident aesthetic and an eye for eclectic styling.

But then, this warehouse has a surprise waiting – namely, a giant sculptural white pod that’s been inserted into the main volume of the first floor living space. Architects Allen Jack+Cottier refer to this design as a ‘Mancave‘ and it was created as a private suite for the owner.

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18th August 2016
Zeppelin sofa in fabric by Anna Glover,

Earlier this year I started writing the Interior News page for Scotland on Sunday, and, in a sense, looking for great products to showcase every week has been the catalyst for thinking about this new SPOTLIGHT category for the blog. Some posts will be more in-depth features, some will be Q&As with designers, and some will be shorter posts like this where I’m simply saying, look at this fantastic product range!

Which brings me to Design Lab – a bi-annual collaboration between and British textile designers to create fabrics that will work beautifully on’s furniture range. This Design Lab collection was created with the award-winning designer Anna Glover, who won in the ‘Best use of print and pattern‘ category in the ELLE Decoration British Design Awards last year. Taking inspiration from Japanese wood block printing and Indian miniature printing, Anna was described by ELLE Decoration as having a “masterful approach to form, scale and colour.”

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