We’re at the Scottish Home Show!

As part of the rebranding and promotion of Nina’s Apartment’s  Interior Design services we are at the Scottish Home Show this month, at the AECC in Aberdeen. It is on from today until Sunday 25th of September 10am-5pm. Architects, designers, kitchens, bathrooms, retailers and builders all under one roof. Great!

Here are a few snap shots of the stand!

Nina’s Apartment is restocked and open for business!

My latest creation already supervising an upcycling project

So I guess my maternity break or whatever you call it when you’re self-employed is kind of over and I am back to work. Well, as much as is practically possible with a 9-week old baby and a toddler to look after in between gathering stock, painting, styling, taking photos, advertising and speaking to customers.  But as a true ‘mumpreneur’ that won’t stop me from doing what I love: hunting down beautifully designed pieces, giving them a new lease of life and selling it in my shop!

After the successful pop-up events at Nina’s Apartment in March organised by fellow traders, I have my shop to myself again. New stock is now arriving regularly, so it’s worth keeping an eye on the website or facebook page to see what’s new.

The shop is currently open by appointment only, but visits can be arranged on most days, so please get in touch if you want to come by. No obligation to buy anything, if you just want to pop in and have a look that is absolutely fine. Hope to see you soon! Nina X

Here’s a few photos of what’s in the shop just now:

Solid teak retro dressing table + stool by Austinsuite £195


Upcycled retro dressing table £125


Retro mirror £25, painted mirror on the floor £49, upcycled Parker Knoll rocking chair £185


Vintage demijohn £49, metal trunk £45, antique wooden travel trunk with labels £85, foldable cake stand £25


Retro (McIntosh?) extending teak dining table with six chairs £350
Vintage G Plan wing chair upholstered in blue velvet £150

Travel post: Sleeping in a Grand Design home: Dime House, lake Windermere, Lake District

We’re just back from a lovely two weeks’ holiday in the UK. I guess you could call it a ‘stay-cation’ since we decided to stay in Britain this summer, but with a long drive of about 1500 miles in total you can hardly speak of ‘staying local’!

The good thing was that on our epic journey from the North East of Scotland all the way down to Cornwall we stopped for three nights in the beautiful Lake District. You could pick any of the many B&Bs dotted around this area, but we picked the Dome House, a stunning piece of architecture overlooking lake Windermere and a place that added a real bit of ‘designer flair’ to our trip.

It comes as no surprise that it featured in the BBC TV programme Grand Designs, and with its domed roof and facade of wood and glass it really stands out from any of the historic homes and cottages in Bowness-on-Windermere. Although very ‘grand’ on approach, the guest rooms have a lovely, welcoming feel to them, with their open plan living space, vintage furniture and view to die for. Our room, the ‘Green Suite’ also features a rather unusual and very large wooden bath, which was a real winner – even our 7-month old baby loved scooting around in it. Rather than having to rush to a communal breakfast room, at the Dome House you are provided with a well stocked ‘breakfast hamper’, which makes your stay even more pleasant and relaxed.

We really enjoyed staying here and would recommend this place any time, whatever the weather. A thunder storm and torrential rain shower never looked more impressive than from the window of this grand design house.


View from our room after the storm

The fabulous wooden bath and my fabulous baby boy