Nestled in the Borders countryside, Heather Kiernan’s home is a startling discovery. A Victorian Villa, that she shared with her late husband for twenty five years. They lived happily with the decor they chose together in the 1980’s. ‘Laura Ashley was all the rage’ Heather remembers. When he passed away, she knew it would be good for her to have a fresh start, but instead of moving, she embarked on a radical update.
With the help of architect Sally Ruel, with whom she is now a friend, she removed walls, added french doors, drenched the house with light and painted it in Farrow and Ball whites and greys.
In doing so she has created the perfect backdrop for her collection of first world war posters.
A medical doctor and academic, Heather edited a book of letters between Charlie Chaplin and his co-star of the Gold Rush. She is fascinated by the birth of the Modernism in the arts.
Also a music lover, Heather collects iconic rock photography from the 1960’s. She even has some paintings by Bob Dylan from the Drawn Blank Series and Book Art by his girlfriend, Suze Rotolo, the woman pictured walking arm in arm with him on the cover of The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.
Psychedelic posters and serigraphs from the 1960s line the entrance hall.
She shares her life with her new partner now, still enjoying the blissful Borders countryside and her elegant, contemporary home.