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Highland Retreats
The Architecture and Interiors of Scotland's Romantic North
By (author): Mary Miers Photographs by: Paul Barker Photographs by: Country Life Magazine Photographs by: Simon Jauncey
9780847844760 Hardcover English General Trade HOUSE & HOME / Decorating May 30, 2017
$85.00 CAD
Active 10.3 x 11.3 x 1.2 in 288 pages 250 COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS Rizzoli
Featuring breathtaking photographs of some of Scotland’s most remarkable and little-known houses, this book tells the story of how incomers adopted the North of Scotland as a recreational paradise and left an astonishing legacy of architecture and decoration inspired by the romanticized image of the Highlands.  Known as shooting lodges because they were designed principally to accommodate the parties of guests that flocked north for the annual sporting season, these houses range from Picturesque cottages ornées and Scotch Baronial castles to Arts and Crafts mansions and modern eco-lodges. While their designs respond to some of Britain’s wildest and most stirring landscapes, inside many were equipped with the latest domestic technology and boasted opulent decoration and furnishings from the smartest London and Parisian firms.  A good number survive little altered in their original state, and some are still owned by descendants of the families that built them.

Images from the famous Country Life Picture Library and specially commissioned photographs evoke the dramatic settings and arresting detail of these houses, making the book as appealing to decorators and architectural historians as it is to travelers and sportsmen.

The author has a proven record with the success of The English Country House, which has had multiple printings.

With the popularity of shows like Downton Abbey and the success of books on the English country house, the audience for all things British is insatiable.

Twenty exquisite residences include tower houses and castles, including Balmoral, the Scottish holiday home to the royal family, described by Queen Victoria as “my dear paradise in the Highlands.”

There is a devoted market for a book on the Scottish country house. Tourists flock to this area in the summer and fall, many of whom rent houses in the Highlands for shooting holidays, walking tours, and other leisure pursuits.

Special sales opportunities abound. Many of the houses in the book are available for holiday rentals or have rental cottages on the property. Several whisky distillery companies own country houses in the Highlands and the whisky tourism business is thriving there, particularly with Americans and the Japanese.

Photography is from the esteemed archive of Country Life, supplemented with all-new photography by Paul Barker, who was given special access by owners.

Mary Miers commutes between her home in the Scottish Highlands and England, where she works as the Fine Arts and Books Editor for Country Life magazine. Her books include: ’The English Country House’ (Rizzoli); ’Highlands and Islands; an anthology of poetry of place’ (Eland); and ’The Western Seaboard; an illustrated architectural guide’ (Rutland Press). 

The late Paul Barker was one of England’s premier interior and architectural photographers, whose books included English Country House Interiors, The Drawing Room, and English Ruins.

Author Residence: London

Author Hometown: UK

Marketing:

Publicity: Our print media targets will focus on architecture and interior design media like Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Veranda, Architect’s Newspaper, Architect Magazine, Garden & Gun, Victoria, Dwell, Better Homes & Gardens, Interior Design Magazine, Luxe Interiors and Design, etc.

Will also appeal to women’s interest magazines like Vanity Fair, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Avenue, Gotham, Martha Stewart Living, etc.

Interior sections of major newspapers like New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, etc.

Online: 1stdibs.com, allthebest.com, apartmenttherapy.com, hgtv.com, cdecor.com, decorno.com, designboom.com, peak of chic, splendora.com, stylebeat, stylefile, stylecourt, cup of jo, habituallychic.com, lonny.com, spire.com, topsy turvy, the devine life, mrsblandings.com, materialicious.com, katiedid.com, luxist.com, nowness.com, stylesaloniste.com, highsnobiety.com, Culturekiosque, moreintelligentlife.com; flavorpill,archidose.com, archinect.com,archdaily.com; houseplans.com; soloso.com, Huffington Post, dailybeast.com, salon.com, highsnobiety.com, etc.

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