Welcome to Mackies


James Mackie is an experienced creative designer with an extensive range of hands-on skills. He is backed-up by a small team of equally talented and friendly staff and an array of highly skilled craftsmen and contractors all dedicated to providing the highest quality of service. The Mackies experience is one that inspires confidence and peace of mind. The personal service the company offers is customer focused, dedicated to ensuring that everyone receives the right product or service for their needs. He was taught gilding and specialist painting in London by a craftsman who had done restoration work at Buckingham Palace and for Aspreys. He then started to make and paint furniture and became a member of the Guild of Master Craftsmen.

This was a very interesting period house with rooms of differing architectural styles. It was decided to celebrate the variations and to emphasise the contrasts. In the panelled study (a super example of the Arts & Crafts style) a colourful Zoffany paper from the correct period was used together with luxurious velvet curtains in a vibrant blue. By using complimentary colours in these drapes and other details the rich tones of the woodwork really came alive. In the red dining room a Cole & Son paper with metalic gold design was used together with a Busby & Busby silk damask on curtains and blinds. Luxurious trims were employed to add oppulence. We used a Vaughans chandelier and Mackies also supplied two unique armchairs and recovered all the dining chairs in the marvelous Zoffany Figaro velvet stripe. We also made a luxurious table runner in a green LeLievre silk and two colours of napkins for the table settings in a plain linen. The paintwork is all Farrow & Ball with two colours of rich white and Green Ground to the ceiling to balance the reds. In the painted panelled sitting room four colours of Farrow & Ball paint were used and two sofas were supplied in a rich aubergene. Scatter cushions in green and purple piping pull the scheme together. The pale drawing room had already been decorated using Farrow and Ball wallpaper and paint. Mackies finished the room with a design that incorporated an opening ottoman stool in Osborne and Little 'Pullman', curtains in Scutt and Coles, new trims and a series of tailor-made scatter cushions.

These are just some details from the beautiful and historic Hipping Hall restaurant and hotel near Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria. This was an extensive project that involved too much to detail here. The comprehensive design brief incorporated the supply of specially designed furniture, all fabrics, paint schemes, lamps/lighting, mirrors, oil paintings, accessories, throws, canopies etc. An exciting and rewarding job, this project used the very best of everything and, in keeping with the philosophy of the client, there was absolutely no compromise. The design concept was simple; a rich and luxurious environment with touches of contemporary drama is to be enjoyed whilst eating Bruno's sumptuous food followed by a crisp, clean experience when retiring to the bedrooms. Much has been made of the design throughout the many rave reviews that this hotel continues to receive. It is a project that Mackies is particularly proud of and Hipping Hall cannot be recomended highly enough. Go eat! Go stay!

Another enjoyable project on a more modest scale. This charming victorian terraced house was to have a fresh contemporary look throughout it's ground floor on a fixed budget. Mackies arranged all contractors as usual and a scheme involving the use of large mirrors, wooden floors, new sofa and stool, curtains, blinds, window seats, contemporary gas fire and specially designed storage shelves was agreed. Much of the dirty work happened while the clients were on holiday. Reflective feature wall papers, soft Farrow and Ball colours, use of glass and mirrors all helped to create a much bigger feeling of space. An illuminated shelf system was designed and made for books and all the other trappings of a busy family. Many small problems were overcome during the project by having James and all the tradesmen on hand throughout. James considers this to be one of the jobs where the difference between before and after is very pronounced.

Flight cancellation compensation due to weather - What are my options

Airlines could not guarantee its flight schedules. Disruptions occur daily, as we could not predict weather or human behaviour. You might plan your holiday thoroughly, but when serious adverse weather conditions make flying impossible, the airline crew will announce the interruption of your flight. What are your options? Can you receive flight cancellation compensation due to weather?

Can you claim compensation when the flight is cancelled due to severe weather conditions?

Bad weather conditions are one of those “extraordinary circumstances” that exonerate the airline from paying compensation for delayed or cancelled flight. But when you look outside, you don’t see any meteorological signs that could affect your air trip. When the airport staff announces the cancellation of your flight, you must look into it and find if inclement weather was really the reason behind the disruption. Was it due to lightning storms, winter storms, or strong winds?

Waiting in vain for a cancelled fight

The experts from https://www.airclaim.com/ recommend getting a written statement from the airline with the reason why your flight was disrupted. Then search for similar flights, with similar routes – and whether they were cancelled or interrupted, as well. Unfortunately, many airlines blame it on the weather, when the cause of the flight cancellation is actually under the airline’s responsibility and control. They should pay flight cancellation compensation to their passengers, but try to wave their obligation introduced by the European Regulation called EU261.

What are my options when the flight is cancelled?

Do you know your air travel rights? If you have any questions regarding your air journey, the experts at AirClaim would be happy to answer your concerns.

When you hear that the flight is disrupted, you might be tempted to head to the airline’s queue and get an explanation. What you should keep in mind is that when a flight is cancelled, the airline will rebook you on the next available air trip immediately. Then, they will get in touch with you and provide you these options:

  • A return flight to your original point of departure, if needed, and a partial or full refund of your original ticket.
  • A reroute flight to your final destination, as early as possible.
  • A new ticket to your final destination, at a later date – chosen by you.

If you ask for a refund, they will not give you another compensation for your inconvenience. But if you opt for the earliest possible alternative transport, and you reach the final destination with a delay of 3 hours or more, the airline should pay you flight delay compensation.

When your trip is cancelled because the meteorological conditions prevent the operation of the flight, you must be proactive and ask politely about your situation. wait for the airline’s response and enter your flight information on the AirClaim calculator to find how much should you claim from the airline. Hire the AirClaim professionals to deal with the flight cancelation on your behalf, and minimize your headache!

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