I couldn’t live with­out...

Country Homes & Interiors - - MY KIND OF COUNTRY -

‘My iphone, i’m afraid. it lets Me talk to po­ten­tial clients all over the world im­me­di­ately, wher­ever i am, through so­cial Me­dia or di­rectly.’

what we were do­ing. i was thrilled with how well the last col­lec­tion, Balazuc, was re­ceived. Launch­ing that range was a game changer.

WHAT IS THE SE­CRET OF YOUR SUC­CESS?

Well, i wouldn’t say that i am a suc­cess yet but, as you so of­ten hear, it’s hard work and tenac­ity. And i also think that you have to do what you want and not lis­ten too much to what’s go­ing on, as trends do come and go.

HOW DO YOU JUG­GLE WORK AND FAM­ILY LIFE?

With dif­fi­culty, but i think that any work­ing mother car­ries guilt about how well she’s man­ag­ing work and home. i was talk­ing to our youngest daugh­ter re­cently and she said that she felt her child­hood was pretty idyl­lic, so we can’t have done too badly.

WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE DE­SIGN AND WHY?

fram­boise, be­cause that’s where it all started. i do two things to pro­duce our fab­rics – one is to bring back into be­ing de­signs that would oth­er­wise be lost and the other is to work from old de­signs to pro­duce some­thing new. fram­boise was the fab­ric that led to the age­ing fin­ish that i de­vel­oped. the whole inchyra look has evolved from it.

WHAT ARE YOU WORK­ING ON NOW?

i’m try­ing to work out which of two col­lec­tions to re­lease next. i think i’ve de­cided. one is rus­tic and con­tem­po­rary and the other flo­ral, based around a beau­ti­ful 18th-cen­tury french de­sign that i’ve had for years.

WHAT IN­SPIRES YOU?

it could be any­thing. find­ing a trea­sure of a fab­ric hid­den in an an­tiques shop or see­ing some­thing ran­dom that i could work with. At the mo­ment, i’m in­spired by mo­tifs from an­tique china and it’s taken me off on a whole new path.

WHOSE WORK DO YOU MOST AD­MIRE?

i owe a lot to fab­ric de­signer kate for­man. We’ve been friends since our early twen­ties. She showed me that it was pos­si­ble to start from scratch in this busi­ness and build a brand from some­thing that you love.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO ES­CAPE TO?

inchyra is an in­cred­i­bly busy place so we have a cot­tage on the west coast of Scot­land. it’s a lit­tle white house that sits on a hill look­ing across the sea over to­wards mull. As soon as we ar­rive it’s like ther­apy!

HOW DOES YOUR PER­FECT WEEK­END SHAPE UP?

on the west coast of Scot­land, with the cot­tage filled with friends. Long walks, the pub, good food, lots of laugh­ing, no telly and masses of mu­sic.

DO YOU GET IN­VOLVED IN LO­CAL AF­FAIRS OR COM­MU­NITY GROUPS?

We run a mu­sic venue that brings some amaz­ing artists into the vil­lage and i’m a trustee of the vil­lage hall. it’s get­ting harder to find vol­un­teers to run fa­cil­i­ties like the vil­lage hall, so the peo­ple who do are just bril­liant.

WE’RE COM­ING TO VISIT – WHAT MUSTN’T WE MISS?

the inchyra Arts club, of course! And we’re very ex­cited about the new V&A open­ing in dundee (van­dadundee.org).

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE SHOP LO­CALLY?

Proven­der Brown (proven­der­brown.co.uk) – it’s a fan­tas­tic gourmet deli in Perth that stocks lo­cal and far-flung foods.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE RESTAU­RANT LO­CALLY?

the north Port restau­rant (thenorth­port.co.uk) in Perth, which fo­cuses on grow­ers, breed­ers, sup­pli­ers and for­agers.

☎ INCHYRA DE­SIGNS, 01738 860066, INCHYRADESIGNS.CO.UK; INCHYRA HOME, INCHYRAHOME.CO.UK; INCHYRA ARTS CLUB, INCHYRAARTSCLUB.CO.UK; THE BYRE AT INCHYRA, THEBYREATINCHYRA.CO.UK.

Caro­line sort­ing through her fab­ric col­lec­tion.

Many of Caro­line’s fab­rics are based on an­tique de­signs.

Caro­line and James on the es­tate with their Scot­tish Deer­hound, D’artag­nan, and Choco­late Labrador mother and daugh­ter, Fusca and Ri­p­ley.

A vin­tage-style flo­ral print adds charm and char­ac­ter.

The Bean Shop in Perth is one of Caro­line’s reg­u­lar cof­fee stops.

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