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Update Your Business Style With A Brand New Leather Laptop Bag
It’s that time of year that the summer months are drawing to an end and the woolly jumpers are making their way into your wardrobe. It’s time to show your work colleagues what you are made of by upgrading you work style. What better way to start than a brand new leather laptop bag?. A business bag has the ability to give you confidence and a spring in your step while traveling to work. From Large tote bags, to a leather briefcase, we have a range of bags to suite your style.
Carry It All With The Hamilton Briefcase
If you are looking for a classic bag to practically carry all of your work essentials, the Hamilton Womens Briefcase can be the perfect solution. A beautiful, classic leather bag for women that draws inspiration from our renowned satchel bags and laptop bags. We’ve taken the best parts of our most popular bags to create this stunning briefcase for women. Whether you have a corporate meeting planned or it’s casual Friday, medium messenger bags for men are versatile enough to compliment your style beautifully.
Show Them Who’s Boss
The Cityscape Laptop Bag is a striking bag that will certainly show your strong business side. We opted for our vintage hunter leather for this bag to give you a classic, timeless work style. The large main compartment in the Cityscape is big enough to fit your laptop, files and endless essentials. Isn’t it frustrating when you have to dig through your bag to find your phone and keys? We have resolved this problem by adding a small pocket at the front of the leather laptop bag. You will guarantee to create bag envy amongst your colleagues.
Keep It Comfortable With Our New Leather Tote Bag
Our new Leather Tote Bag is a great way to carry your laptop and files without feeling bulky. The Backpack features two sturdy straps and handle to make your journey to work much more efficient. The smart leather laptop tote is today’s modern bag that would make the professional part of your life less stressful. The main compartment features a padded interior to keep your files and laptop separate, we have also added a zip lock opening to keep your items secure on your commute.
The Ultimate Business Bag
The Medium Pocket and Handle Satchel the leather laptop bag that everyone deserves to take to work. Ideal blend of vintage classic style and modern functionality. The practical briefcase is made from our favourite hunter leather, giving it that highly desired distressed look. With its sturdy construction – strong double stitching – is a great bag for all your day-to-day stuff and everything you may need to take to work. The main compartment also offers endless space for your laptop and documents. Take your brand new Satchel to work by day and a last minute trip by night.
Make working life more enjoyable and treat yourself to a work style upgrade. Whether you are looking for a practical briefcase or a stylish tote, we have you covered. Take a look at our Instagram page to find more ways to update your style.
We’ve featured a few members of our staff here on the blog before, but today it’s the turn of Carl – the man behind the Scaramanga brand. So grab a cup of tea, and get ready to meet the team. Sit down, relax and discover Carl’s tips on how to find the best vintage homewares, the perks of the job and how Scaramanga got it’s name.
If you’re planning a trip to up or down to Fife and want to explore the area and get-off-the-beaten-track then here’re a few ideas from Scaramanga. We guarantee that you’re likely to be the only ones in these five places. They’re no more than a 20 minute drive from Scaramanga HQ. There are no sign posts to any of them and most locals don’t know they exist. So getting to them is going to be part of the fun!
1. Dunino Den
Many people say the area holds a magical and mysterious aura and that it’s haunted by fairies and other creatures of Celtic legend. The well was said to have been used for human sacrifice by druids, but there’s no record of druids taking part in human sacrifices. A church was built on the remains of an ancient stone circle. A set of steep steps have been carved from the rock down to the bottom of the den. You’ll find Celtic crosses, symbols and marks etched into the stone by visitors and worshippers. Look out for the face of a man, it can be a little hard to find. Coin offerings are pressed into crack and holes in the rocks. Surrounding trees have been decorated with dream catchers and beads. We saw a small doll swinging from a tree.
There most likely will have been a circle marked out around this central tree, druids worshipped, and also chanted, prayed and danced within this circle, which has ‘no beginning and no end’, the four quarter-points symbolising the four elements of earth, wind, fire and water. The forest floor is backed on two sides by two huge moss-covered rock faces, like a semi circle, looking onto the stream. It feels secluded and magical. Pagans still visit Dunino Den.
To get there go to Dunino church, KY16 8LU (lovely sight in it’s own right ) then walk down the left hand side of the church following a worn path between the graveyards towards the woods.
2. Lunardi Memorial
Take a trip to the Lunardi memorial in Balinnie, near Ceres. Vincenzo Lunardi aka ‘the Daredevil Areonaught’ became the first person to fly an aircraft in 1784 in England. Lunardi was a flamboyant young Italian whose balloon ascents in Scotland were very successful and totally eclipsed those of James Tytler, Scotland’s first aeronaut. On October 5, 1785 he flew from George Heriot’s School in Edinburgh for 46 miles, most of it over water landing in Coaltown of Callange, near Ceres. This plaque was erected in 1986 to commemorate the bicentenary of this remarkable achievement. Lunardi wasn’t the first to attempt balloon flight in Scotland, but none had travelled much distance, and Lunardi’s trip to Fife is regarded as the first aerial voyage in Scotland. Lunardi was a popular character of the time, and the Lunardi bonnet, a balloon shaped hat about 2 feet high, and Lunardi skirts, which were decorated with balloon motifs, were the vogue fashion accessories of the time.
See details of how to walk from Ceres here
If you’re driving to the memorial take care as there is no parking except for a muddy farm track on a sharp bend in the B940 and the memorial is not visible from the road. B940, KY15 5TU.
3. Visit to the ruins of the former Orwell Kirk (church) on the banks of Loch Leven. Explore the 16th and 17th century graveyard and spot the tombs with skull and cross bones. Can you find the oldest grave? We spotted one dated 1665. The chapel of “Urwell” was granted to the Abbey of Dunfermline by a charter of Robert I, dated at Cambuskenneth, 14th November, 1315. The remains of the manse (vicarage) can also be explored. Getting there: park at Loch Leven’s Larder and walk down to the Loch, turn right once you reach the Loch Leven Heritage Trail and walk anti-clockwise. After 10 minutes on the trail you’ll see the graveyard in a group of trees 100m to the right. Walk back to Loch Leven’s Larder for a coffee and cakes.
Loch Leven’s Larder/Channel Farm, Kinross KY13 9HD, 01592 841000.
4. Deserted sandy beaches of the East Neuk – Elie, KY9 1BS. The beaches of the East Nuek don’t really get that busy, but if you want a beach to yourself then head towards Elie and enjoy a a long sandy beach north of the village. Follow signs for Elie. Drive east from the village green along the A917 (stop at the Deli to buy a picnic) turn south / left into Wadeslea and continue for 500m, then turn left into Admiralty Lane continue or 750m until you get to Ruby Bay carpark. Once parked follow footpath signs for Fife Coastal Path for 300m until you get to an unnamed beautiful white sand beach that stretches for almost 2 miles north east. Lots of rock pools to explore. If youve not brought a picnic stop for lunch at the Ship Inn on The Toft on the way to the harbour or the excellent Anstruther Fish Bar 15min drive north.
5. Dundee Secret Bunker – This three level bunker is hidden 10 metres below the houses in a residential area of Dundee. Over the last 15 years a team of volunteers have been painstakingly restoring it. It was abandoned in 1991 after the collaspse of the Soviet Union. Until 26 years ago, the bunker would have been on the front line in the event of a nuclear attack on the UK, providing a place for 80 men and women ROC volunteers to measure nuclear blast waves and radioactive fallout. They would have been literally sealed into an air-tight underground complex.
The Dundee nuclear bunker is not open to the public. But if you contact 28th Observer Group via Facebook. They may be able to organise private tours: www.facebook.com/28group
At Scaramanga we’re proud of how our beautiful classic leather satchels are designed, and the hardworking, highly skilled men and women who create our bags. We believe in making classic leather satchels and bags using traditional tools and materials and most importantly of all, staying true to original leather working techniques and traditions. Our leather bags are still made the same way they would have been made in Britain 60 years ago.
We’ve had the pleasure of designing handmade leather bags for over 13 years. A lot of time and effort goes in to the whole process of bag making from finding inspiration, to creating a functional, practical, and stylish bag that will last for years to come. Furthermore, the team look at fashion trends and work with fashion experts to validate these trends. We also work with customers to find out what design they would like to see next.
We have come a long way since Carl found his first leather satchel bag at a market during his travels to India. Impressed with the durable and vintage looking leather, he wanted to create a fashionable version. Over 13 years later, we have expanded our collection massively to give you a bag for every occasion.
The Design Process
The first stage of creating our handmade leather bags is the design process. As a team, we work out every small detail of our designs from metal hardware to material. In addition, our talented bag makers in India know exactly what we are looking for. Our makers regularly send us samples of material so we know exactly what’s available to us.
The Scaramanga designing team is quite small and managed by Carl. When we know we want to introduce a new collection, we look at the bags we already have and discuss aspects that we can improve. Throughout the whole process, we ensure we are true to who we are as a brand and ensure all designs reflect our core values.
Sampling Leather Bags
When we have finally completed our design, we send this to our makers top sample expert, Laltu who will bring the handmade leather bags design to life. Laltu has been working with leather for over 30 years. He started as an apprentice leather bag maker when he was 16 and progressed to team leader. He has worked on every bag and accessory we have ever made.
We meet up with Laltu every year in Calcutta to discuss all of our designs for the year ahead. This meeting with Laltu is critical to the sample meeting our design brief. There’s always a lot of questions and design briefs to go through with him and we are always happy with Laltu’s samples. The sampling can be a long process that requires a lot of redesigning and it’s always expected that several samples will be made to achieve the final design. We have been working with our makers for 9 years and we have never looked back.
Making our Handmade Leather Bags
We use a semi-vegetable buffalo leather in the majority of our handmade leather bags due to the durable leather and vintage style. This leather is also infused with natural oils, waxes and dyes which means we use far fewer harmful chemicals. It’s important to us to be a sustainable and ethical business that has less harmful effects on the planet, and this starts with our products.
The tanned material is a tough-wearing leather that features a unique ring pattern. Our bags are made from parts and we use patterned templates. Leather cutters hand-cut parts and are trimmed more accurately by team members using the templates.
Our handmade leather bag makers use a skiving machine to reduce the thickness of certain parts of the bag. This is usually done to leather pieces that will overlap. In addition, once they are sewn together, they have an even thickness. Each set of similarly sized bags are made by a team of four to five people. The team is managed by a team leader and will also have junior and senior members varying in skill level and experience. They make the entire bag from leather pieces to finished article.
Our leather bag makers will use a variety of traditional hand tools. They also make their own tools to fit the purpose of the tools to their needs. Once the pieces are cut exactly, grey cotton lining and zips are then temporarily positioned in place with tape. Other team members make small parts such as straps and attach metal hardware such as rings and buckles.
Senior team members and machinists will hand build the body of each leather bag and add the piping. They will also encourage other team members through this process to learn from the best. Several styles of our bags are sewn inside out to ensure the bag is of the highest standard. The main body of both our bags are double and triple stitched for extra durability and use a nylon thread that will last for years to come.
Once the handmade leather bags collection is completed, the team in India send them over to Scaramanga headquarters to double check everything and ensure they are ready for our lovely customers to enjoy. If you would like to find out more about how our leather bags are made, feel free to contact us now.
If you love travel or tales of the East let you home tell a story of a love for exciting world travel, intriguing creative cultures and overseas adventure. We’ve styled two spaces: Indian Summer: Ethnic Interiors Chic, using two styles: 1. eastern antique furniture with colourful fabrics, contrasting textures and materials and 2. a classic colonial style with natural teak vintage furniture and pastel colours to create a more neutral classic travel look. Or fuse both styles for a well-travelled global nomad or eclectic style. By using world design influences to create depth and personality to rooms with colourful and spicy tones against neutral shades to create striking spaces you can make the look unique and your own.
We’ve used a fabulously decorative antique Rajasthani damchiya from north west India. Traditionally they are used as wedding chests and will keep clothes and fabrics. They are very recognisable from their highly decorative and carved fronts. Small handpainted glass panels depict Hindu mythology, usually stories of Hindu gods. The chest looks like a gallery wall of brightly painted pictures.On top of the damchiya we have styled a small red Indian temple with tiny Indian statutes and mini cati in terracotta pots, small painted cow toys and plants in old pots.
The room’s centre features an iron edged antique military chest, antique oak reclining leather armchair as our main pieces in this living room. Then we’ve added a low level carved old merchant’s chest with a dark old wooden bowl, old sari wall-hanging and lots of tropical plants to transport this room back 100 years. We specialise in old, antique and vintage chests, boxes and trunks with over 1,000 in stock at any time.
The merchant’s table has a lovely original timeworn faded pink, blue and cream finish. Over the years paint has worn away to reveal older colurful paint. Merchant’s tablses and desks vary in size, style and colour. They can be used as side tables in living rooms, as bedside tables and larger ones as coffee tables. They always have drawers and lots of storage areas. We’ve used lots of greenery to add more colour and texture. Mix different shaped old pots with newer simple terrcotta pots. We love succulents, cacti and palms. and We’ve also mixed materials by adding darker carved stone and marble figures of Indian gods, an old glass ink bottle, an enamel painted team pot and carved wooden spice box. You can go further and add more personal items like old letters and vintage postcards. These can be kept togther in a small wooden box or compact chest of drawers.
The living room coffee table trunk was once an army officer’s chest. They make fantastic tables that ooze character. This old chest was originally a dark green, which has worn away ovee time to reveal the thick teakwood. We’ve decorated it with old brass cups, old brass padlocks, an child’s toy cow and a stone bowl with small brass temple lamp and of course even more plants.
In the second room we have styled them to look like an 19th century explorers home. So fewer vivid colours, but pastel shades giving the space a more formal feel. We have kept our main pieces of furniture in natural wood and add. A teak vintage armoire with a stack of old sutcases give a lot of storage. Usually found in a bedroom for storing clothes an armoire can be used for books and other interesting curios. So if you have vintage, collectable and interesting items you love collecting don’t hide them away in drawers and cardboard boxes. Get them out and show them off! We’ve receated a small vintage styled office with a foldaway table and chair. Of course vintage travel trunks, vintage suitcases and antique chests give a space a well-travelled feel. For additional storage use old suitcases either on top of a vintage cupboard or several under your bed.
Like original colonial styling we have kept the colours neutral. Light colours keep interiors cool in the tropical heat, so any colonial inspired space should use creams, whites, pale greens and blues, which when paired with darker colonial furniture gives a wonderful contrast. Create a statement in a home office or bedroom with an extra large vintage map or map mural and contrast with a with woven rugs over natural flooring.
British colonial style would not be complete without unusual curios collected from intrepid world travels. Try vintage maps, antique cameras, globes, travel bags, old postcards, books and china to create finishing touches.
Fabrics were inspired by botanical, animal, paisley and were made from readily available locally made cotton and linen. So long flowing light coloured cotton fabric will give a room soft filtered light. Mixing throw cushions and tropical printed bedcovers or traditional vintage covers will give an eclectic travel look.
Tropical plants such as palms and ferns in simple terracotta pots will transform spaces into dramatic pattern rich areas reminiscent of British colonial clubs.
Thick framed reclaimed wooden windows with shutters could be used as decorative mirror.
It’s that time of year when short trips and summer holidays are fast approaching. It’s also the time we are rushing around to find the perfect travel bag! Whether you are looking for the perfect flight bag to carry all of your travel essentials, or a leather backpack to help you explore in style, we have you covered.
First things first you need all your documents safe and organised but obviously stylish!
Our travel wallet stores your passport, any papers you need to take and has a zip section to keep your money safe.
We have plenty of travel accessories suited for all your travel needs!
Now you have your documents and your case sorted, time to look for holidays! For our first Dream Destination; We love nothing more than a long weekend city escape. Hop on a short flight from Edinburgh to Valencia for a few days. Who doesn’t love a bit of sunshine at the weekend?!
There are very few cities like Valencia, able to harmoniously combine the remnants of its farthest past, dating to the year 138 BC, with the most innovative and avant-garde buildings from the new millennium.
Valencia is full of culture, cinema, theatre, museums and magic. Thanks to its location, Valencia has historically been Spain’s Mediterranean port and has that special charm of cities that are also seaports. The fine sand and clean water, the vastness of the sea and the closeness of the coastal mountains makes it the perfect holiday destination.
Another Dream Destination of ours is New York! Explore the world famous architecture, take in a show on broadway, spoil yourself in the shops and treat yourself in some of the many award-winning restaurants. There are so many things to see and do in New York, you may need more than just a weekend away!!
It wouldn’t be truly a Scaramanga Dream Destination Blog without mentioning India! We love and adore Jaipur and believe many of you would too! To learn about the rich history and culture of India, Jaipur is the perfect choice. The place has many attractive locations that reflect the connection of India with its glorious past.
Popularly known as the ‘pink city’, this place is one of the best family vocational spots. Also, make sure to visit the various temples and museums available at this place for having a better idea of India.
Not only do we know the best Dream Destinations… we also know how to travel in style!
If you are looking for beautiful hand luggage, check our handsome leather weekend bags, including this leather duffle bag. This would make the perfect choice (in our obviously non-biased opinion).
This travel bag has endless space for clothes, magazines and any other travel essentials. If you are traveling for business, you can fit up to a 15” laptop. We have also included an adjustable arm strap to allow you to carry all of your holiday essentials without compromising your look. This leather holdall is made from hunter leather to give you that vintage style while ageing gracefully.
Our girls over on instagram have also taken their Scaramanga bags on many adventures across the globe from exploring the beautiful temples in Cambodia, touring around Canadas stunning scenery, to spending the weekend wandering around London. Our Scaramanga Leather backpack was made for adventures!
You of course need your luggage personalised, who wants to pick up 25 of the same case rolling round and round the luggage carousel until you eventually find yours?! Make yours unique to you with one of our personalised luggage tags. Or why not get matching ones with your bestie?
We have a great range of Travel Accessories for your own Dream Destinations. Shop the Link to find what you are looking for. Don’t forget to tag Scaramanga in all your Dream Destination photos. Use #MyScaramanga and we will repost all our favourites.
Scaramanga gets a behind the scenes tour Inside the painstakingly restored Dundee secret bunker from the Cold War.
Scaramanga director, Carl, found a mysterious looking card on my desk from Gavin at 28th Group Observed. He had popped in and was looking for an old civil service / HMSO steel cabinet from 1970s / early 80s for project to fully restore a very secret former nuclear bunker in Dundee. Very different from the not-so-secret bunker across the river Tay in Fife. Luckily we had exactly what he wanted. We had bought most of the cupboards and fittings from Ladybank Post Office when it closed a couple of years ago and it had a lot of Victorian, Edwardian and mid-century vintage and industrial furniture including a metre high shelved cabinet.
Gavin asked if we would like a private tour of the secret bunker as a thanks for discounting the grey steel cabinet they had just bought.
Of course we would!
So a handful of us: Kelly, Marko, Emma and my kids: Ella (8) and Josh (10) arrived late one frosty evening in November. Not knowing what to expect we banged on the thick metal door of what looked like a small old concrete shed.
The steel blast proof door was opened by Steve, one of the volunteers. He took us through the decontamination chamber and down into the dark shaft into the bunker.
We were given a detailed tour and shown around the three levels. We saw a huge generator, air-purifiers and domintories. The highlights include the communications room where a pair of red ‘hotline telephones’ were kept. In the event of a nuclear attack the Area Commandant would use the phones to call local towns and villages who would then activate the 4-minute warning sirens found on top of notable public buildings like a townhalls or police stations. it would have alerted the public of the iminent arrival of nuclear bombs. It would be heard up to 10 miles away. Carl’s highlight was seeing our vintage filing cabinet!
Josh and Ella loved the main control room, which Gavin and th rest of 28 Group restored to as close as possible to the condition it would have been in in 1991 when the bunker was abandoned. It would have been packed with state-of-the-art computer technology and systems. With extra large perspex boards with a map of Scotland and brightly coloured images, notes and marking spread across the map – showing potential attack points. Josh and Ella also liked the retro 1970s kitchen and canteen, but that was because of the cake and hot chocolate!
One room is filled with white boards built in to a long blue desk – where bunker staff would write information relayed to them by smaller posts across Scotland
The massive 30ft (9.1m) deep headquarters was abandoned in 1991 – when the Soviet Union collapsed – and fell into disrepair over the next 14 years.
Until 26 years ago, the bunker would have been on the front line in the event of a nuclear attack on the UK, providing a place for 80 men and women ROC volunteers to measure nuclear blast waves and radioactive fallout. They would have been literally sealed into an air-tight underground complex. Civilian volunteers would have assessed and managed the devastating scale of nuclear Armageddon after a Soviet attack.
Between 1956 and 1965, the British government constructed 1,563 monitoring posts at a distance of 15 miles apart including the likes of Cupar, St Andrews and Arbroath. These were controlled by 31 larger HQ and control centres just like the Dundee bunker restored by 28 Observer Group HQ. Unfortunately only a few of the large centres remain and I suspect the location of many are secret or forgotten!
The Caledonian Headquarters, in Dundee, was capable of keeping 80 Royal Observer Corps (ROC) – a civilian defence organisation – alive for at least a month in the event of all-out nuclear war with the Soviet Union. They would have been tasked with collecting data from smaller monitoring stations scattered across Scotland. So secret was the Dundee nuclear bunker that nobody knew it existed. Even the houses a few metres away.
Several have been preserved by private individuals or charitable trusts like Gavin’s team. They have spent almost 15 years carefully bringing it back to life with incredible attention to detail. It is the only remaining Royal Observer Corps sector bunker left in original condition in the UK. Many others in Ayr, Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen have been demolished. The bunker has Geiger counters, and equipment essential for detecting nuclear blasts and the fallout as well as authentic uniforms from the time, medicines, and a four-minute warning system.
A big thanks to Gavin, Steve and the 28th Observer Group for our exclusive tour of the bunker. The Dundee nuclear bunker is not open to the public.
28th Observer Group can be contacted on Facebook. They may be able to organise private tours.
At this time of year we look forward to the big interior design style trends for 2019 and into 2020.
We would never advise following trends for big spend pieces because they could easily fall out of trend and you may be left with an expensive piece or an entire room that you regret having spent so much on to not like anymore. Your home is a reflection of you and the other people you live with. A home should really be about living with what you love. Sooz Gordon, Dundee-based interior designer says: ‘Home for me is about being surrounded by personal and meaningful objects. I am drawn to pieces that have character and have an interesting narrative. As a designer and maker, I look for quality materials, and appreciate craftsmanship and artistry’.
So here’s some Scaramanga inspiration for Interior Design Style Trends for 2019.
- The colour green – there’s no specific green. several variations ranging from bottle green to leaf green or a green turquoise. We think whichever green you consider using in a room makeover or adding to a room or space you’ll probably be inspired by the botanical trend we’ve seen over the last few years as well as embracing the idea of bringing the outside inside. So look at pastel green walls with natural wooden furniture, bold wall prints.
If a painting a room green is a step too far look to create smaller areas or pockets of greenness. So vibrant textiles here or a deep green cupboard or armoire set against a satin grey polished concrete floor.
There’ll be lots of greenery – create clusters of potted house plants rather than single pots around a room or space. Mix textures with concrete, faded vintage terracotta pots with chipped edges and smooth geometric curved pots with succulents and cacti.
In this turquoise vintage cabinet without glass, we’ve simply displayed plants with books and curios. A good idea if you don’t have a lot of surface space for plants.
- Plastic-free storage crates – We’re already seeing people buying more of our old wooden boxes and crates for storage. People have been really motivated to reduce the amount of plastic they use. And that’s not just single-use plastics. Plastic crates are regularly used all around the house to store everything from clothes to toys, books, Christmas decorations to dry food and anything we don’t really regularly use. Plastic crates often only last a few years as the brittle plastic cracks and breaks. They then have to be thrown away and replaced!
Old wooden crates are far environmentally friendly, they were often used for storing fruit and vegetables as it travelled to and from markets. Old wooden crates will stack without a problem.
Many of our crates date from the 60’s so have been in use for almost 60 years. Others are made from tropical hardwoods so are very strong and durable. Best of all they look fantastic. They are so flexible. Use them as side tables, bedside tables, bookcases, wall shelving, under bed storage, toy boxes, log baskets, drawers on shelving and so much more.
- Global nomad – this style is a real fusion of decorative patterns, earthy colours and natural textures found in handmade crafts. So imagine hand-thrown ochre coloured pots, mixed with bold spiced honey block-print textiles and rough cut honey-coloured hardwoods. It’s a celebration of rich tones and rugged textures from distant lands and a trend style we’ve loved for years. If Like Scaramanga’s founder, Carl, you like collecting and buying curios and eclectic items on your travels then it’s a style that’s not hard to recreate.
This trend is a diverse celebration of globally-inspired patterns – taking homes on a journey of global eclecticism. The look welcomes the fusion of decorative Ikats, paisleys and intricate Indian block prints. Rich tones and rugged textures symbolise the authentic, handcrafted style of this nomadic trend. It’s a form of eclectic styling.
We hope you’ve been inspired by our three interior design style trends for 2019. Remember style and buy what you like and not what you’re told to like!
To see more of our vintage furniture visit our website. W have new stock arriving every week. So if you don’t see what you’re looking for contact us and we’ll try to find it for you.
One of Scaramanga’s 2019 resolutions is to use less plastic. Below we’ve highlighted 9 non-plastic storage solutions for your home. You can easily and stylishly integrate these gorgeous no plastic storage ideas into any room in your home. Guess what? Eco-friendly storage ideas from Scaramanga won’t break the bank either! Something like our old yellow money box is a great desk organiser for only £20.
Thinking small about your plastic consumption can have a big impact on the environment. Next time you go to buy something that is plastic, ask yourself, ‘is there a better alternative?’ In most cases, there will be. Our range of non-plastic storage ideas includes everything you typically need storage for. Below you’ll see how you can organise your desk, hallway, bedroom and everything in between with charming eco-friendly storage solutions. No excuses now 🙂
Ditch the plastic tubs under your bed! This year bring in a charming new (but old) leather suitcase to stylish store your seasonal clothing. You can proudly display these suitcases on a wardrobe or cupboard in your bedroom, no need to him them under a bed. While plastic storage containers are easy, adding a leather suitcase to keep belongings tucked away is much better for the environment and look 100% better.
At first glance you might, ‘what would I use that for?’ These old money boxes from India make ideal desk storage. Say goodbye to any boring plastic desk tidy and go for something unique in 2019. This money box will serve as a desk tidy for all your pens, pencils, erasers and well, anything! Not to mention be a real conversation starter at your next meeting. Make a bit of splash whilst doing your part for the environment.
Kitchen storage doesn’t have to be boring, or plastic! These storage boxes, or brick moulds make lovely kitchen storage. They will serve as great counter top storage for canisters, spices, tea and much much more. They were originally used as brick moulds in India where they served to build many structures. Bring some of this history and character into your kitchen this year. Make a real statement by adding a few into your space, we’ll guarantee your kitchen will become the envy of many.
Not just for bottles! It’s so easy to walk in kick off the shoes and in less than 5 seconds the hallway is a right mess. Instead of any plastic shoe racks, how about a wooden crate to keep shoes and boots nice and tidy? These old soda crates will instantly add that popular shabby chic style to your hallway
Have a million throw blankets? Us too! Using these vintage metal trunks is ideal to keep them when not in use. One or two stacked next to or behind the sofa or chair make a lovely decor piece. These functional and beautiful trunks are hand painted from India. Each is completely original. So next you need something for your blankets or any storage really, think about these one of a kind metal storage trunks. These trunks bring that instant industrial chic vibe to any space.
Ditching the old boring brelly stand for a vintage wire basket is something that will give your hallway top marks. These baskets can be used for a number of things. However, we find they are great as umbrella stands because they have a little weight to them, so they don’t fall over. Plus, they add a chic vintage look to your hallway.
These hand painted tote tins have multiple uses, but particularly like them to organise books or magazines. You can keep an office or bedroom nice and tidy with these while adding a chic industrial decor vibe. These can be stacked up to make a statement piece and provide ample storage to your home. Shabby chic meets industrial chic with these metal tote tins.
There is nothing like this in plastic, and that’s a good thing. These old stationary chests are hand made to perfection. Roughly 80 years old, they are steeped in history and character. Sat upon a desk, you can keep all your pens, paper and other bits and bobs securely inside. There are multiple compartments inside to keep your belongings super organised. Great for writers who still like paper back books, letters and ink wells. This would be a perfect addition to their desktops.
How about an old wooden storage box to replace plastic tubs around the house? Yes please! These old wooden storage boxes are absolutely the perfect storage piece. They can be stacked or used on their own. Each has a bit of old paint or writing on them to give them that rustic shabby chic style. Proudly display them anywhere in your home where you need a little style or storage, they’ll do both!
Little by little we can make a big difference with our plastic consumption. It’s not about suddenly replacing everything you have, that leads to more waste. However, the next time you need something, think, is there an alternative to plastic. Every little bit counts, you can make a difference. Enjoy browsing Scaramanga’s non-plastic storage solutions.