This 100 year old apartment near the sea in Edinburgh needed extensive renovations and replanning of the space to suit modern living, while respecting its period features.

The kitchen was moved to a more suitable location and redesigned completely in a classic New England style with glazed white upper cupboards to showcase white china and glassware.

A fireplace which had been completely bricked up was reinstated to provide a focal point for the living space and as luck would have it, it was still in complete working order.

Finally the floors were sanded and varnished, walls plastered, the bathroom panelled and the storage addressed.

Once the key work was done, it was decorated in muted tones with a Scandinavian influence as these tones work so well with the Scottish light. Although photographs can be deceptive, none of the walls was painted white! They were all painted in neutral tones – either pale greys or linen whites.

Blinds and simple curtains were chosen to keep the scheme light and uncluttered. Furniture is a mixture of clean, modern lines and mid-century influences along with vintage and Scandinavian inspired pieces.

Mixing styles like this is a great way to make a space feel both personal and unique.

If you would like to know more about this renovation and see some ‘before and after’ shots, please visit my Creative Ideas pages.