Bits of Scotland in our home
We bought these beautiful cushions with wedding vouchers. Anta is a company based in Tain in the North East of Scotland that produce high quality furniture and linens. Their products don’t come particularly cheap – hence the empty-space on our bedroom floor where our Anta rug will sit one day. But you are buying something that will last. Anta often offers great deals around Christmas, so if you have your eye on something it is worth singing up to their newsletters. www.anta.co.uk
Big fans of Highland Stoneware. Based in the far reaches of the Scottish Highlands, the company make a range of handmade and beautifully decorated stone crockery – all dishwasher and microwave friendly! Our pattern of choice is the sheep (pictured). www.highlandstoneware.com
Tunnock’s Teacake Tea Towel
A humble marshmallow blob elevated to the status of national icon by being sat on a biscuit, covered in chocolate and wrapped in foil. Scottish illustrator Gillian Kyle has created a series of fantastic prints which you can find on everything from tea-towels to armchairs. www.gilliankyle.com
There was outrage a couple of years ago when my dad gifted our childhood collection of Beano Annuals to the charity shop, he was duly dispatched to buy them back. The Beano (and its lesser sibling the Dandy) originated in the Scottish City of Dundee. These tribute Beano lampshades are made to order by Make Hay Design and are available on etsy and ebay.
North Berwick Railway Poster
My wife comes from North Berwick, a picture postcard seaside town just outside of Edinburgh. We found this poster in a local shop there, a fitting addition to the walls of an old railway terrace like ours.
The Broons’ Burns Night Book
The Broons is a cartoon strip in the Scottish Sunday Post. This book takes you through everything you need to organise a successful Burns’ Night, complete with shopping lists, recipes, music suggestions and poetry, including the all-important Ode To A Haggis. By the way, if you have never tried Haggis you are truly missing out – get involved.
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