A Whole New World

We’ve gone from the Model T to the Tesla and from the switchboard to the smartphone. And now we’re seeing how the innovative power of virtual reality can help improve the life of many. In July this year I was invited to race a rally car around one of the world’s most famous race tracks…

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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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Autumn Nights, A Splash of Colour, A Dash of Starlight

Hayley Flangan invites us to meet VITA Copenhagen, where light travels quickly but extraordinary designs stands. Let’s fall in love with bold colours, seductive shapes, style and glamour; with refined materials, geometric patterns, edgy lines and delicate contours. Natural functionality embracing graceful aesthetics, are the key concepts of VITA’s new line of lighting designs. 1.…

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Get Personal

Discover unique, personalised gifts that show thought and that you’ve gone the extra mile. Personalised gifts are popping up everywhere, with many retailers selling bespoke items or offering an engraving service at an additional cost. It’s hard to know what the end result will look like though, especially if you’re buying online. This is where…

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Scandi Chic

If you’ve fallen for all things Scandinavian then why not add a touch of Scandi Chic to your bathroom? Scandi Chic has earned recognition partly thanks to hit TV dramas such as The Bridge. Set in Stockholm, it saw viewers lusting over the beautiful interiors of the characters’ homes as much as trying to follow…

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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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Bridal Blooms

Do you know your roses from your ranunculus? Did you know that marigolds symbolise jealousy? Are you in need of some serious help with your wedding flowers?n. For the uninitiated, selecting flowers can be a daunting process sending the most calm bride-to-be into a frenzy. A good wedding florist can guide you through – helping…

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Country Weekend Edit

Key pieces for a perfect country weekend…  …come in a range of gorgeous autumnal hues and iconic shapes. And, as autumn is the season for smart layering – choose pieces which let you change effortlessly as summer breezes turn to winter chills. SECRET BOUTIQUE Main street, Gullane EH31 2AP | t: 01620 842 222 Open: Monday-Saturday…

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