Scottish interior style 2022

There was always much discussion amongst expat Scots in the South-East as to the best way to travel home. Do the arduous (particularly pre-power steering) drive up the A1; take the overnight sleeper from Euston – fun in the days of breakfast served on a tray of hotel silver, especially with early morning views of breath-taking inland lochs and moors; take the car on the train or to fly. The excitement was as much about the romance of the journey as it was to see family and friends. Not to mention the drama of Scottish architecture and scenery. It still is.

As children, we were used to holidaying in intermittent rain. But when we were lucky to have sun and heatwave, I now appreciate that we were often in some of the most beautiful scenery on earth and have been returning ever since for holidays and when budgets allowed, to style photographic shoots for magazines.

Machir Bay, Isle of Islay. Photo: Charis White
Part of a ‘Hogmanay ceilidh’ styled feature on Windsor Chairs for BBC Homes & Antiques magazine. Shot at Fawley Bottom Farmhouse, the home of the artist John Piper near Henley-on-Thames. This was a beautiful length of wool tartan fabric from Anta. Photography by Paul Raeside and this was his cute dog.
Glencoe. Photo: Charis White
Highland boot room complete with paper snow I styled (in Wiltshire) for a Highland Fling feature for BBC Homes & Antiques magazine. The location owner’s dog settled and fell asleep at just the right moment. Original photos by Catherine Gratwicke.

Colourful new Scottish style interior collections

Over the years designers such as Ralph Lauren, Vivienne Westwood and Mulberry have created irresistible ‘Scots Baronial’ style collections with the luxury of Harris Tweed and Scottish tartan.

While some have stuck to more traditional colour palettes, companies such as Anta, Designers Guild, Johnson’s of Elgin x Ben Pentreath and Luke Edward Hall’s new Ribbon Bouquet Lavender fabric for the Rubelli Group have brought a brighter contemporary twist to Scottish designs this Autumn.

These joyful colours perhaps provide just what we need right now. They certainly reflect the high summer hues of Scotland’s coastline and heather clad hills.

Island of Kerrera looking out to the islands of Garvellach and Scarba, Argyll.

Johnstons of Elgin x Ben Pentreath collaboration

First up this Autumn is the new gorgeously evocative Johnstons of Elgin x Ben Pentreath collection of 100% wool fabrics and throws. After the Morris & Co collaborations, this is another covetable collection from leading architect and interior decorator Ben Pentreath, with lovely styling by Marianne Cotterell and photos by James Merrell. So good too to see Ben Pentreath lending his design heft to support this 225-year-old Scottish mill.

The vibrant collection of luxury fabrics was photographed at Ben Pentreath and Charlie McCormick’s pair of bothies in Argyll and at the extraordinarily beautiful location of the Ardkinglas Estate House. The collection consists of 9 checks, 7 houndstooth and 5 stripe designs in 100% wool.

Looking at the company’s historical Standard Dyed Shades book for reference, Ben took inspiration from the 1930s and 40s colour palette. Ben says “The hardest part of the entire process has been limiting our choices to just the weaves that we are presenting here – so infinite were the potential variations and possibilities.”

For interiors and fashion, 100% wool tartans and plaids, with their myriad variety of patterns and colours has a longevity that means you really only need buy once or can buy vintage knowing that the quality of fabric will last the test of time. It also bio-degrades back into the land naturally, adding valuable nutrients.

Note the cute fringed (not finished) frilled skirt. Johnston’s of Elgin x Ben Pentreath 100% lambswool fabrics, £98/m. Photo: James Merrell
Johnston’s of Elgin x Ben Pentreath 100% lambswool fabrics, £98/m. Photo: James Merrell
Johnston’s of Elgin x Ben Pentreath 100% lambswool throw, Limited Edition, £380 available from Pentreath and Hall. Photo: James Merrell
Leaving Islay on Caledonian MacBrayne Ferries Finlaggan. Photo: Charis White
Johnston’s of Elgin x Ben Pentreath 100% lambswool fabrics, £98/m. Photo: James Merrell
Loch Creran, Argyll. Photo: Charis White
Johnston’s of Elgin x Ben Pentreath 100% lambswool fabrics, £98/m; Limited Edition throw, £350 available at Pentreath & Hall. Photo: James Merrell
Photo: Charis White
Image from the Ardkinglas Estate House website. This is the location where the Johnstons of Elgin x Ben Pentreath collection was photographed. A public tour is available most Fridays, April to October at this private home on Loch Fyne in Argyll.
Johnston’s of Elgin x Ben Pentreath 100% lambswool fabrics, £98/m. Photo: James Merrell
Glen Nevis. Photo: Charis White

Wemyss Ware

Weymss Ware is a Scottish Pottery that was first produced in Kirkcaldy, Fife in 1882 by the Fife Pottery. Wemyss Ware has long been a favourite with collectors from the late Queen’s Mother at Balmoral to Ben Pentreath who has a beautiful collection of loving cups in the rose design.

This antique collection of Wemyss Ware caught my eye at an exhibition of a 100 years (1740 – 1840) of pottery I saw in 2019 at The Museum of Edinburgh on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh. Photo: Charis White
An antique Wemyss Ware loving cup commemorating the Boer War caught my eye at an exhibition of a 100 years (1740 – 1840) of pottery I saw in 2019 at The Museum of Edinburgh.on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh. Photo: Charis White
This particularly lovely harebell design jug by Weymss Ware is available from Edinburgh based antique dealer, Alistair Drennan.

New Luke Edward Hall x Rubelli Group collection

I was immediately drawn at the Focus press show to a sneak peak of (tartan) Ribbon Bouquet in lavender by Luke Edward Hall from his NEW Return to Arcadia collection for Rubelli Group. Photo: Charis White

New Anta collections

Anta will be showcasing their beautiful new rug and fabric collections including this colourful ‘Sandy Gordon’ (also available as ceramics) in the Design Avenue at Focus, 20 – 23 September 2022.

Why Wool Matters

Why Wool Matters is a 20-minute film that supports the wool industry and comes with some hard-hitting and quite frankly shocking statistics about the textile industry. Featuring HRH King Charles III, made in the Spring when his majesty was The Prince of Wales with narration by Alex James, it is definitely worth a watch.

Communing with some precious woolly sheep. Isle of Islay. Photo: Charis White.

Blog rewind

Just in case you missed them first time around, here are a few more Scottish-inspired interiors blog posts.

Sustainable Interior Decorating

Dunrobin Castle Attic Sale

Hebridean Island Style

Thank you

Thank you so much for reading at this time of national mourning. What I didn’t realise when I started writing this post, was that I would finish it at the end of the second Elizabethan era and rather poignantly that Her Majesty the Queen would pass away in her beloved Scottish home of Balmoral.

As I sign off, crowds have movingly lined the hedgerows of Aberdeenshire with tractors and horses to the central reservation of the A40 in West London to witness the last return journey south of our dear late Queen Elizabeth II.

Charis x

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip dancing a reel at the Ghillies ball at Balmoral.

2 thoughts on “Scottish interior style 2022

  1. Such a timely blog Charis. And an end of an era and the week has been very poignant. I loved Johnstone of Elgin – those colours were so sumptuous and uplifting and the Weymss Ware. Just adored all those piggies! X

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