Marie at work in The Artisan Bothy

Hello! Marie, here..

If you have reached this part, then I guess this is where you want to know a bit more about the face behind the mask. The dust mask, that is.

I live and work in a wee place better known for its malt whisky – Glenlivet. A studio in rural Scotland, on the edge of the Cairngorm National Park, can present its challenges. Mainly of the deep snow and excessive delivery charges variety. But when the sun shines, there is simply nowhere I would rather have my “office”.

By day, I upcycle, and sometimes restore, old furniture. I prefer to call it revitalising. Let’s face it, there are times when we all could use a little of that.

Marie, the Artisan

I love old furniture and have restored pieces for over 25 years to furnish my home. Seeing rooms go from G Plan to Stag Minstrel. From Bevan Funnel mahogany to stripped and dipped pine. Now it has all settled down into a cosy eclectic mix of antiques pieces, with a bit of modern thrown in.

When I think about the furniture which has left our doorstep over the years, and the possibilities they would have now. Pieces which were dated, are now much sought after. As we face the challenge of reducing our waste, reducing landfill, we now try to squeeze every last drop of life out of a chest of drawers, a table, a freestanding wardrobe (imagine that?) or a sideboard. And I am loving it – paint or wax, or a bit of both, you just have to look at things in a different light.

And there is no truer saying than “they don’t make them like they used to”. But for me it is more than that. It is about helping people to make better choices when they furnish their homes. Sustainability. Even some of the more modern pieces can take on a whole new look. If it’s solid and sound then why would you throw it out because it ‘doesn’t go with my decor’? There simply is no excuse now that paints and finishes mean we can pretty much transform anything. And when we get bored of that – we just get the colour chart back out.

Where did the name come from?

Our home is a late 1800s cottage which was once part of a larger estate. The moorland behind would have been a popular place for all manner of game. We are lucky to have outbuildings. A run of kennels which has probably seen many generations of working dogs. Alongside is the bothy – a place for the beaters to hang out and bed down. A beautiful stone building which now only holds memories of an activity long gone. But providing the perfect home for my beloved furniture. Meanwhile what better way to describe a ‘maker’ of things than Artisan.

And so – there you have it – The Artisan Bothy wasn’t an invention but a gift. From our home and a love of making new things from old.

Marie, out and about

In my free time you will either find me blogging about furniture, random musing writing, or with my camera out at the coast or with our dogs. If I am really lucky, this self confessed Africa addict, can be found on the other side of the world, photographing very different wildlife. But if you want to know more about that, and the full Artisan Bothy story, you can read it at the blog, A Business Is Born

Meanwhile, I look forward to talking “The Artisan Bothy finished furniture” with you real soon..

Marie – The Artisan Bothy

If you want to know more about The Artisan Bothy values and ethos then why not have a read of the ‘Behind the Scenes’ interview completed for YouK recently.

The Artisan Bothy
Breathing new life into your tired furniture throughout Moray, Grampian, Highlands and Scotland