Area: Scottish Style

Mastering Highland Golf-Inspired Design

By Seattle Mag December 31, 1969

This article originally appeared in the May 2010 issue of Seattle magazine.

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Mastering Highland Golf-Inspired Design

Scottish Style
Every evening at sunset from May through September, a bagpiper wanders the links at the posh-yet-public Newcastle Golf Club (15500 Six Penny Lane, Newcastle; 425.793.5566;, providing an aptly Scottish score for its golfers and restaurant guests. As you sit deck-side at the stone manor-style clubhouse, drinking in its lake and mountain views, it’s easy to imagine yourself master of one of those grand golfing estates in the Scottish Highlands. “If I lived on a golf course,” I think to myself, “I’d furnish my house Highland-style.” Key furniture, of course, would be upholstered in rich green velvet, à la freshly manicured links, and must-have accents would include needlepoint pillows, a smattering of tchotchkes (think brass golfer bookends) and a cache of old wooden clubs, perhaps casually displayed in a crested umbrella holder. [ For furnishings with just such a regal aspect, check out the Althorp collection, based on antique originals from the Spencer family’s ancestral estate, at Masins (Seattle and Bellevue; A wide variety of traditionally-inspired accessories, such as silver-plated trophy cups, can be found at Paisley Cupboard (Kirkland; 425.828.2648), and beautiful tartan throws abound at Northwest Pendleton (Seattle; 206.682.4430; True golf connoisseurs also should consider bidding in one of Bonhams (see online catalogs at thrice-yearly specialty golf memorabilia auctions, which include antique equipment, paintings and related collectibles. [ Whether on the fairway or far from the greens, any home can be a great golfing estate. ]

John Stevens  is owner of Regents House boutiques at Masins


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