Having a fireplace in a master bedroom is a luxurious touch. There was a fireplace in the room that was to become the master bedroom in the apartment I renovated in Edinburgh, but it looked drab and sorry as you can see here below. The tiles on the hearth were broken and the tiles on the fire surround had been painted an ugly matt black. The opening itself was small and totally out of proportion with the mantel.
I thought the whole fireplace might have to be replaced but once the new cast iron surround and new hearth were in place, the existing mantel looked in proportion and only needed to be painted a crisp white to finish the look. Finally, the walls were painted in a wonderful, ethereal grey from Farrow & Ball called ‘Blackened’. This set off the mantel perfectly and provided a soothing, restful feeling for a luxurious master bedroom.
There is something utterly romantic about a garden gate, either at the entrance beckoning us in, or within the garden itself, inviting us to discover hidden corners or maybe even a secret garden. I came across both of these wonderful gates on a visit to an island off the coast of Southern Ireland. I love the fact that both are elevated above the ordinary with the simplest of touches – the bright coral colour making the first one stand out like a jewel against the green and white of its surroundings, the second with its mini love heart which someone has taken the time to carve.
The home office and pantry spaces in the Edinburgh apartment that I redesigned started out as fairly unusable spaces as you can see from the pictures above.
It might seem like a mundane element of designing a space but I am a fervent believer in good storage being key to a successful home. It doesn’t matter if you are a minimalist or prefer to be surrounded by your favourite belongings, there are still myriad things that you need that you don’t necessarily want to have on show all the time. Good storage keeps clutter at bay and, importantly, means you can find things when you need them. It keeps your home ordered in a way that simply makes life easier. And it’s definitely more aesthetically pleasing – check out the home office and the pantry in the ‘after’ pictures below!