I created this little shelf-scape as a wintery tribute to my beloved maternal grandmother, Katherine. She was fiercely proud of her Scottish MacLeod roots, and inspired in me a love of all things Celtic.


She had a little collection of ceramic houses that I used to play with as a child, so I styled this around three little white ceramic houses I bought at Crate & Barrel for (get this!) $1.93! Why were they so cheap, you ask? Well, they were already on a post-Christmas sale, plus we had a 10% registry completion card which I whipped out for the cause.

I used two books in my shelf-scape: ‘Celtic Myths and Legends’ by James MacKillop and ‘Songs of Gaelic Scotland’ by Anne Lorne Gillies (get it here). Anne’s book is a wealth of beautifully curated Gaelic songs, and a great resource if you’re interested in Scottish music.

I also included a quaich purchased for our wedding. A quaich is a Scottish drinking cup that is intended to be passed between gathered friends or family. More about quaichs here.

The lantern was an inexpensive purchase from Loblaws a few years back. I love the modern lines of it.

I should tell you that all this is on top of my grandmother’s secretary desk!



So there you have a little peek  at my heritage. Where is your family from? Are you close to your family’s roots? Leave me a comment!

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