Much like its gorgeous counterpart in London’s Chelsea neighborhood that I wrote about here, The Ivy on the Square in Edinburgh carries on the elegant yet relaxed tradition of elevated café dining made accessible to all. Located within walking distance from Edinburgh’s chicest hotel, The Scotsman, The Ivy Edinburgh is sophisticated fine dining with a cozy café feel, making it the perfect choice for a delicious breakfast, lunch, or brunch any time of year.
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During our time in Edinburgh, we selected the historic The Scotsman hotel’s Headline Suite to enjoy during our time in Scotland’s capital. Situated inside the former headquarters of the The Scotsman, Edinburgh’s newspaper, this luxury hotel has distilled unique Scottish hospitality and charm down to a science inside of a gorgeous Baroque building built in 1905. Everything from the room itself to the service we received throughout our stay made our experience here a wonderful one. Directly across from the train station and only 15 minutes from Edinburgh Castle, The Scotsman hotel is one of Scotland’s most welcoming and indulgent hotels.
Greyfriars Kirkyard, or church graveyard, which is at the southern edge of Edinburgh Old Town, is a beautiful realm of contradictions. Filled with the dead and visited frequently by the living, we strolled through and admiring the fantastically ornate, weathered headstones and mausoleums that were covered in verdant, plush moss, creeping ivy, and gorgeous wild flowers growing in abundance. The motifs of the tombstones was eerie, covered in a blend of cherubs, skulls and cross bones, and worn statues of the interred, as was common the 1500s to 1800s. Allegedly one of the most haunted places in the world, this graveyard was the site of a rash of university sanctioned grave robbings, murders, and also served as inspiration for much of the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.
Edinburgh Castle is one of Scotland’s most popular and celebrated castles. Set upon the remnants of an ancient volcano, the castle’s striking strategic significance made it a hotly contested stronghold all throughout its nearly 1,000 year history. The site of the birth of Mary Queen of Scots’ son, James the VI, as well as numerous historical battles as recent as WWII makes this castle one of the most fascinating and storied places in all of Europe. Learn more about its history, cultural significance, and the fascinating reason why this castle was fought for so passionately throughout the ages in this post.
Enjoy some of the finest fine dining in all of Edinburgh at Angels with Bagpipes, located on historic Royal Mile in Edinburgh’s Old Town. Rumored to soon be receiving a Michelin Star for culinary excellence, this delightful eatery has mastered flavor in a way few places around the world have.
Founded in 1670, the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, Scotland was my favorite place in all of Edinburgh, which is saying a lot because Edinburgh is one of my favorite places I’ve ever been. In fact, my husband and I both agree that we’d love to live here someday. Boasting more than 100,000 plants on 70 acres, some of are more than 350 years old, as well as 10 glasshouses, and 10 different climate zones, this garden is a work of art and an incredible feat of engineering. If ever you find yourself in the Scottish capital, you would be remiss to skip a visit to this gorgeous garden complex.
Spring Essentials Vol 6 covers everything you need to create the perfect pink, white, and gold accented look for spring, including many of my current favorite pieces in blush, peony pink, crystal peach, and other popular hues.
Green has always been my favorite color. The color of new leaves on the trees, the color of my eyes, and the color of moss and grass after a rain shower, there’s just something so energizing and invigorating about the color green, particularly when paired with earthy brown tones and cool, crisp white pieces. In this week’s installment of Spring Essentials, I’ve paired natural wooden and woven pieces, with light airy white clothing and pops of green accessories that not only will hold up season after season, they will never go out style, so you can bring your wardrobe out of hibernation and wake it up with this playful color palette.
The Spring Design Event at Serena & Lily begins today! Get the most luxuriously elegant, coastal home decor that will last a lifetime, 20% off just about everything for a limited time only. You’ll recall from my guest room refresh just before the holidays that Serena & Lily is our go-to home decor brand for elegant, sophisticated, yet laid back and inviting home decor that lasts year after year, which is why we love this brand! Shop the sale before your favorites sell out!
Terrain’s Fresh Ranunculus Bouquet is one of the loveliest gifts i’ve ever been given, parrticularly because I love flowers so much. 80+ stems (I received 115) and around 500 actual blooms makes this such a phenomenal gift for anyone who loves flowers, whether they’re an expert flower arranger, or someone who simply loves having fresh flowers around, this massive bunch of fresh cut ranunculus will last week after week, with new blooms opening up in waves. Read on to find out how to care for ranunculus, how to order this incredible gift for a loved one (or yourself), and what other types of flowers you can order online from my favorite flower retailer!
Springtime is the best time of year to explore Michigan’s many beautiful botanical gardens. These 17 public gardens and when to visit them will inspire you to grab your camera, birdwatching binoculars, and hiking boots and get outside (or inside) to enjoy the best of Michigan’s native and imported flora ranging from delicate and extremely rare tropical plants at Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids to native habitat preserves around the state. Which garden will you visit first?