Glenarder design inspiration and product sourcing.

Glenarder was designed by Yvonne Mandel and Douglas Mandel. They bring many years design experience from owning their own Men’s wear Collection – kamkyl and designing their Urban atelier. Both of which won several design awards including Best New Menswear Collection. NY and Most Valuable Historical Renovation in Montreal.  Beyond this Douglas Mandel has held positions at DKNY, Hugo Boss and Christian Dior.

Glenarder reflects a story of their life as a family, travel and career. Most of all it reflects their passion for the Strathspey Area and all that it offers. The interior design focuses on “practical luxury” and “modern traditional” aethetics. Bringing to life an empty and old farmers Highland Cottage in a simple but comfortable way which most importantly reflects the simple practicality of a holiday home and life in the Scottish Highlands.

Yvonne and Douglas have sourced from all different times and aspects of their life, making a warm and eclectic atmosphere to be enjoyed by themselves and you the guest.


Montreal, Canada. Reflecting their 20 years spent in Montreal, Canada. Various items such hand-made mahogany coffee tables which were designed by themselves and hand-made by a local Quebec artisan for, and used for their Kamkyl Urban Atelier and Boutique in Montreal, Canada and a large hand cedar mirror designed by themselves for the boutique.


The Speyside area and surrounds has a wealth of local crafts people, artisans and business. First priority is to find and support local businesses. The closer to Glenarder the better.  Pieces include hand made Highland Door curtain made from fabric sourced from the Strathspey Colletion by Knockando Woollen Mill, only 2 km from Glenarder. Other items from are sourced from  companies such as Speyside Pottery, Johnstones of Elgin and Logie Steadings. Wood flooring was sourced from a local timber company in Newtonmore.


Scotland has an exciting mix of contemporary and modern design companies which Yvonne and Douglas are inspired by and inspired to use. Look for perhaps one of their favourite design aspects – Timirous Beasties Pheasant Wall covering. Also sheepskins form the Orkney Islands, organise carpeting using 100% Shetland wool from Crucial Trading Eco Collection.


British design is world known and adds a never-ending source of inspiration and design, particular British interior and local artisan crafts are exploding, where we can we are excited to use these products. Highlight of the house has to be the simple yet modern hand finished Kitchen and Utility room from Devol Kitchens, hand painted kitchen in Mushroom with a simple marble counter top brings simplicity and functionality to the modern farmhouse kitchen design, and the utility room in Hague Blue immediately welcomes the guests and places them in the Highlands. Flooring is by World of Stone and provides character, texture and warmth to the cottage. Beds are Handmade-oak by Loaf and candles by Tom Dixon.


Working in the Fashion industry has allowed for consistent travel to cities such as Paris, London and New York, and to be constantly surrounded by luxury design and influences. Various postings have places them in cities such as Montreal, London, Moscow, Toronto and Stuttgart. Travel adventures have taken them to China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Iceland.  All of these influences tie nicely together, highlighting pieces such carpets from Azerbaijan and Turkey, a 1920s mahogany sun lounger from a Hamburg Beach hotel, washed linen bedding from Merci, Paris and, an old hand painted chest from Germany. There are little signs here of their fashion life and there which you may spot such a Dior Fashion Show invitation, photos and special pieces.

The result is a non-forced or tried interior which is interesting and comfortable.

For a list of design sources see below (coming soon).


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