Our most-read stories of 2018


We look back at the most popular articles from the last 12 months and see what you’ve been loving from the world of architecture, interiors and design

1. Downsizing from a Georgian villa to a new-build in the back garden

Photo: David Barbour

If you must make the jump to a more manageable home, it might as well be to a beautiful ultra-efficient new-build – in a corner of your old back garden.

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2. Meet the maker: Angie Lewin, printmaker

angie lewin
Photo: Alun Callender

Edinburgh-based printmaker Angie Lewin shares some insight into her creative process and daily life. From walks in the Cairngorms with her dog Baxter to working on projects for St Jude’s, her screenprinted fabric range, the Scottish landscape plays an influential role.

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3. This designer used experience gained from her past properties when she took on her new home

living room
Photo: Susie Lowe

This home’s palette of ‘new neutrals’ – think millennial pinks, denim blue and sage in place of tired beige and magnolia – has been cleverly crafted to make a subtle but memorable impact.

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4. This Life: Anna Lamotte

anna lamotte
Photo: Neale Smith

Anna and her family are proof there’s a better way to live off the land. Their farm in Perthshire hosts laid-back weddings and craft workshops, produces delicious home-cooked food, and rents out gorgeous get-away-from-it-all boltholes.

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5. Re-working the layout at this Edinburgh pied-à-terre gave the traditional townhouse a new lease of life

yellow couch in living room
Photo: ZAC and ZAC

Interior designer Jessica Buckley knew that altering the layout would give this flat the purpose it had been lacking. Unleashing colour and texture on what was a rather austere period property has given the owner a city pad that reflects her vibrant personality.

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6. Escape: Killiehuntly Farmhouse

Killiehuntly Farmhouse
Photo: Martin Kaufmann

A perfect mix of Scottish scenery and Scandinavian interiors, Killiehuntly Farmhouse is nestled in the Cairngorms National Park. A weekend spent there allowed us to relax, recharge and rediscover the beauty of time spent outdoors.

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7. It could be the future of Scottish house building, an eco-friendly tenement

Photo: John Reiach

What if the self-build burden could be shared with your future neighbours, with all of the cost going into producing a quality building rather than into the pockets of a developer? As the architect John Kinsley has demonstrated in Edinburgh’s Portobello, it’s entirely possible.

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8. Behind closed doors: Bute Fabrics

Photo: MakeWorks

Just beyond Rothesay town is a powerhouse devoted to warping, weaving and darning. The editor discovers Bute Fabrics… catch the Calmac with her.

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9. I love this: Talla Na Mara by Craig Hill

Talla Na Mara
Photo: Margaret Soraya

Versatile venue Talla Na Mara operates as an art gallery, cinema, music venue and theatre space, and comedian Craig Hill is smitten.

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10. This Perthshire new-build home gave its owners a bespoke solution to all their property needs

Photo: Neale Smith

The actual build of this property only took a year; the design, passage through planning and the specification of the interiors took twice that.

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