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Former Accountant Unlocks Key to Success as Gifted Cabinetmaker

Bespoke design and hand-crafting business, Ogilvies of Haddington, has announced a new collaboration with the prestigious interior designers, Jeffreys Interiors, providing woodwork and restoration services to its client base. A love of hand-crafting beautiful items from natural wood, working with unusual materials and a desire to own his own business, inspired 44-year old former accountant Ewan…

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Cherish the Pop-Up

As the growing trend for pop-ups continues, Cherish is the latest to pop up in Gullane. Back in 2004, pop-up shops were being touted as a quirky new retail trend. Yet more than a decade later, pop-up retail is still taking the UK by storm, with temporary shops now proving a staple in many of…

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Your Local People… Louise Elder

Nestled along the banks of the River Tyne, Stevenson Mains is home to the Elder family who have been farming there for over 150 years. In 2010 Louise Elder, who had been reading about the health properties of rapeseed, started Black & Gold. Considered by many to be one of the finest finishing oils produced…

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The New Garde of Flower Arranging

Flower arranging is no longer the preserve of the WI or Swiss finishing school attendees, in fact flower arranging classes and workshops are on the upswing– part of a swell of enthusiasm for all things homemade. Flower arranging. A skill that all Swiss finishing school attendees should master and regular attendees of the local WI…

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Why Laura loves Lavender…

Laura Thomas – blogger, creator and owner of Laura Thomas Linens explains why she loves lavender… Lavender is a fragrance I simply adore. From cute vintage fabric bags filled with lavender flowers for my drawers as a child to drops of lavender oil in my bath as an adult to aid relaxation, there is something deeply…

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Lovely Lavender

Nothing says summer quite like lavender – row upon row of stunning colour with its scent wafting on the warm breeze. A collaboration between a local lavender farm and home-wares producer will have you bringing lavender into your home, evoking the sunny, carefree ease of Provence – even when the Scottish weather is letting us…

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North Berwick’s Blooming Beautiful

North Berwick looks like the archetypal chocolate-box town – its high street festooned with colourful hanging baskets and the harbour’s quirky flower-filled boats and tubs. It’s all thanks to a team of dedicated green-fingered volunteers who give up their time all year round, in all weathers to ensure the town is always in full bloom.…

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Your Local People… Andy Laing

Entirely recognisable to the coffee addicts amongst us, Andy’s face is often the first we see as we stumble into Steampunk Coffee Roasters looking for our morning hit! An extraordinarily talented and passionate Barista, Andy who eats, sleeps and breathes coffee recently competed in the Scottish Heat of the UK Barista Championships 2017, making him…

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