Some time back I stumbled upon Papa Stour, a stunning collection of fine handmade goods from Scotland. Given my family roots from Nova Scotia I thought it appropriate to pay homage to this delightful shop founded (2005) by designer and stylist, Rosie Brown. With a vast number of categories to choose from (and gift guides to make things a bit easier) there surely is something for most. You can even read full bios of the artists featured, connecting you to the products and letting you relish that these offerings come direct from artists' hands and not a slough of factory assemblies. (US shipping is no problem and there's even a currency converter next to each item.)
Rosie's evident styling talents capture the warmth, the melancholy moods, and the subtle romance of Scotland with a fresh and modern sensibility. (You could even surround yourself in her aesthetic by renting the Papa Stour holiday cottage!) From demure ceramics to punchy prints to rustic antlers, Rosie has curated a collection that will surely bring home the warmth of the Scottish spirit this frosty season. Though a wee bit of a fine single malt couldn't hurt either...?
bowl of Scottish holly by Ruth Mae + striped scarf by INTO/Lorraine Linton + bone china pod by Andrea Walsh