Ode to a mouse

Wee, sleekit, cowran, tim’rous beastie,
O, what a panic’s in thy breastie!

Written by Robert Burns after he had turned over a nest of a tiny field mouse with his plough. Burns was a farmer and farmers in his day, were typically far too busy to be concerned with the state of the mice in their fields. This poem shows Burn’s concern for all creatures and his innate humanity.

The ensuing verses should be compulsory reading for all builders and renovators, for whom consideration for every detail is of the utmost importance. Skirting and mouse mouldings can make or break the interior architecture of a home. Once you have decided on the style of your project, every detail needs to adhere. Whatever the period of your home, the skirtings and architraves need to be carefully chosen.

Skirtings R Us are a leading UK manufacturer of quality High Density MDF skirting board and architrave. They offer a bespoke range of over 60 individual skirting board profiles, with matching architrave. Both skirting and architrave products are fully customisable with different dimension and finishing options, but are usually ordered pre-primed, providing a classic white skirting board colour which can be quickly installed.

Unlike soulless stock skirting board ranges, we are confident our range of profiles will each add a distinctive personalization to your home.

In case you are wondering why this is such an important detail to me: before we moved to our Gullane home, Doug and I tried to buy a house in Perthshire, it was a beautiful house in a beautiful place, a small development of 4 unique, modernist houses. Wonderful views and wrap around verandahs, but the skirting boards were NOT right – they were traditional! Horror of horrors – we simply could not buy it.

I know, it might sound trivial to readers who are NOT total design anoraks, but the trouble is if the skirting boards are not right, in a big family home there are so many of them – literally miles of them. A modernist house with traditional skirtings and mouldings is NOT a modernist house…

Phew… that’s more like it!

I have regretted our choice occasionally, as I love the lifestyle up there, but sorry, we would have needed a skip the size of a lorry for all those wrong skirting boards and architraves and doors and window details…


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