The classical tenements of Glasgow and Edinburgh remind me so much of the purpose built apartments of European cities. They are fantastic – beautifully built and appointed and make wonderful homes for every stage of life.
We photographed this top floor and attic flat for Period Living magazine, it is in the latest, April 2018 issue. Belonging to a couple who had bought up their family in the Yorkshire countryside but wanted to move back to Edinburgh, the city where they had first met and married, to enjoy a different stage of their life, now that their children had left home. Arriving at the top of the stairs you reach a lofty, welcoming, oasis. Plants thrive at the front door, drenched in light from the cupola at the top of the building.
Entering the apartment you feel quite overwhelmed by the scale and spaciousness, double doors off the hall to both the the dining room at the front and the drawing room at the back sit permanently open giving the flat a fabulous open plan feel, that if you wanted, you could shut for a cosier atmosphere if you were seeking a different mood.
The owner Nicky, adores city centre living, she walks everywhere and enjoys the proximity of shops and cafes and restaurants to the max. She is a brilliant hostess and loves to entertain but also values the feeling of retreat she finds from her rooftop apartment.
She really values the fact that she is a short train ride away from the beautiful city of Harrogate, where she can meet old friends for lunch and easily access the antique and specialist interior shops there that she knows so well, whilst at the same time enjoying a new phase of life in Edinburgh’s vibrant Georgian New Town.
Nicky realises that she was very fortunate to have bought her home from the well known developer duo, Claire and Richard Barlas. Richard has very sadly passed away now, but he was a brilliant builder who specialised in restoring Georgian properties to their original splendour. Claire, his widow is continuing with her work as an interior designer, anyone in need of injecting some colour and drama into their home, let me know and I will put you in touch. The flat has an ideal layout enabling Nicky and her husband to both socialise and entertain with ease and to enjoy peaceful evenings as a couple.
These stunning blinds made from a Pierre Frey fabric supplied by Edinburgh company Remus Interiors. Claire and Richard provided Nicky with the perfect blank canvas to display her beautiful collection of antiques and paintings.
Nicky is a master at playing with scale, oversized lamps sit perfectly on the antique console. The linen button backed chair is from Swoon Editions the company Nicky’s daughter works for.
The sumptuous faux fur throws were designed by Nicky’s daughter, which is how I found the story – my love of faux fur simply knows no bounds and these are the best.