Brodie {newborn}

Brodie {newborn}

I was very lucky to meet Brodie for the first time at the hospital for his Fresh 48 session so to get more snuggles at his newborn session a week later was an absolute treat.  A wee warning…if your not feeling broody at the start of this blog post you probably will be by the end 😉

Linzi Loves…Ninas Apartment

Linzi Loves…Ninas Apartment

Ninas apartment is a beautiful studio/shop filled with Handmade cushions, vintage and upcycled furniture and homeware. Studio pottery and dinnerware, kitchenalia, mid-century design, vintage suitcases, fabrics and more.  Nina, the owner, kindly took the time to tell me more about herself and her brilliant, colourful, unique business.

You’ll find Nina on Facebook and on her blog.

Tell us your name and a bit about yourself   I’m Nina Eggens and I run and own Nina’s Apartment, a new vintage furniture and home ware shop in Lethenty Mill, just outside Inverurie. I came to live in Scotland almost eight years ago and was missing the choice in home interior shops I was used to on the continent.  After working for different North East arts organisations and becoming a mum I decided to take the plunge and open my own shop. I am hoping to offer the people of the North East a bit of vintage, vibrant colours, topped off with a lot of ‘European flair’! At Nina’s Apartment you’ll find an ever changing selection of painted furniture, upcycled lampshades, well traveled vintage trunks, retro dinner plates and vintage teapots. I also design and make my own cushions, often made with funky Scandinavian fabrics. In addition to my own vintage finds and handmade pieces I sell creations by other local designer-makers, including painted furniture by Ellon-based company Willow Cottage, who are also helping me to run the shop on Saturdays.

Which 3 words would you use to describe your style. Colourful Eclectic European

Where do you get inspiration for your pieces from  I love Scandinavian interior design. The graphic patterns, clean lines and confident mix of vintage and contemporary are timeless and beautiful. I am always drawn to mid-century furniture and home-ware, as well as ‘Scandi’ style modern textile designs.
What is your most popular product The ‘upcycled’ or painted pieces of furniture I have in the shop usually go pretty quickly, especially the kitchen chairs, mirrors and chests of drawers. My selection of vintage trunks and suitcases also seem to be popular at the moment. Finally I’m pleased to say that my own handmade cushions are also selling well, with customers often ordering bespoke sets to match their interior.
How do you balance home,work,family and continue to make nina’s apartment a successful business It’s not easy! Having a one-year old who only goes to a childminder two days a week means that I physically have to juggle nappies, paint brushes and furniture in one hand while carrying a toddler, a push chair and a bag full of vintage crockery in the other. And then there’s dinner to be made too! It is hard work and I have to be very organised. Luckily having a huge drive and passion for what I do constantly gives me lots of energy, and a supportive husband helps too. My little boy obviously gets dragged around auction houses, charity shops and car boot sales quite a lot!
Whats your favourite thing about your business I love being my own boss and being able to be as creative and experimental as I choose to be. It gives me enormous pleasure sourcing beautiful things, styling them in my shop and seeing customers appreciate what I sell. It’s not easy running your own business though, as there’s no pay slip magically appearing at the end of the month and no one else to do the work but you. Still, I am very proud and happy that I have done it.




Linzi Loves….Lotus Petal

Linzi Loves….Lotus Petal

Next on the Linzi Loves feature is the super talented Kerry from Lotus Petal Flowers.

If youve not done it already please check out her Facebook page.  Kerry and her sister Karren’s work is always stunning,  with Mothers Day just round the corner theres still time to start dropping some hints 😉


Tell us a bit about Lotus Petal

We offer our customers floral arrangements for every occasion from weddings,funerals,birthdays to simply just because. Customers can choose from fresh contemporary designs to classic favourites and can be assured that Karren and I always use our creative skills to make every creation that little bit special.


How do you balance home,work,family and continue to make Lotus Petal a successful business?

Juggling work with home /family can be a bit of a struggle at times but we have a quite a big family and there’s always someone there to offer a helping hand when needed! At busier times such as Valentines,Mothers Day and Christmas you have to work round the clock and unfortunately family life takes a bit of a back seat for a few days but it is so worth while when you see the look on people’s face when you deliver them flowers or how happy the customers are with their arrangements!!


Whats your favourite thing about your business?

I love my job and always wish that I had done it years ago!! I especially love how every day is different ,Meeting new people and creating new designs. I put everything into my work and get such a feeling of satisfaction after every order and to see the smile on the customers face is priceless!!


And the talented lady herself:)…….Images by Chris Henderson Photography

Linzi Loves-Verity Isabelle

Linzi Loves-Verity Isabelle

So Im very excited about a new feature Im going to do on the blog!  A huge part of what I love about photography is the styling that goes on to get a session looking like the picture I have in my head, whether it be an outfit, prop, headpiece, hat, flowers…the list goes on!

Through spending hours (yip, hours) looking through Facebook business pages, websites and Etsy I’ve come to know some brilliantly talented individuals who’s creations I’ve bought for business and personal use.  I thought it would be fun to find out some more about these businesses and show you why I love them so much:)

First up,  is Amanda from Verity Isabelle🙂


Amanda creates unique, chic, handmade designs (hats, headbands, bonnets) with a modern twist for newborns through to 3 years with some designs going up to six years.  The quality and attention to detail of the pieces are amazing and Amanda herself is lovely.

If you’ve not liked Verity Isabelle’s Facebook page already please go check it out, you’ll fall in love:



Heres Amanda!

Tell us your name and a bit about yourself My name is Amanda Murray, age 43 but still 21 in my mind! I have three grown up children and little Verity who is three.  She was a surprise baby and the inspiration for ‘Verity Isabelle’.  I had always crocheted and sewed at home but never had the opportunity or platform to show my work, the internet has certainly made it possible for me and other work at home mums to show what we can do.

Which 3 words would you use to describe your style Vintage, unique & chic

Where do you get inspiration for your pieces from? I’ve always loved historical costume and was actually three quarters through my BA in history & Heritage Management when I gave it up to start my business.  I love the sweet vintage dress of babies from yester year with lots of linen, lace and crochet detail.  I think we all look to the past for inspiration, it’s seen as a time when somehow everything seemed to be better than it is today, much simpler and pure.

What is your most popular product It has to be my new vintage inspired bonnets! There’s lots of lace and silk in creams and muted pastels.  I’ve had such a fantastic response and actually sold out of them in half an hour last week when I took part in a ready to ship event.

How do you balance home, work, family and continue to make Verity Isabelle a successful business It’s very difficult for any working mum to juggle all these things at once but I’m so lucky to have a very supportive family.  I also have such a fantastic relationship with my clients, some of whom I now consider to be close friends after many emails back and forth you really get to know someone very well.  They are so understanding and friendly which is something I don’t think you could ever achieve dealing with a larger commercial company, my clients receive ‘the personal touch’ and I think that can make the difference as to whether they will return or not.

Whats your favourite thing about your business I can work in my PJ’s if I want to and don’t have that feeling of dread having to ring your employer to tell them you won’t be coming in because your child is poorly!   It really doesn’t feel like I’m actually working because I’m doing something I love so much!  I never thought in a million years I would be one of those annoying people who say ‘I love my job!’ but I am and I really can’t believe how fortunate I am to be doing it!