Sue Bourne

If anyone is looking for a beautiful home in the West End of Glasgow, please have a look at this gorgeous four bedroom flat currently being marketed by Rettie West End.

Sue bought this property as a Pied a Terre in her home town whilst working as a successful documentary film maker in London.

She did everything right – gutting it and then tackling all the difficult things first: plumbing, heating, flooring, removing a wall between the kitchen and living room.

Once the radical structural alterations and improvements were complete, including a simple, but gorgeous kitchen, she set about injecting an edgy industrial style, softened by an all-white backdrop.

Multiple pendants, lights set into the floor, a painted armoire, traditional radiators, working shutters and a cool zinc topped table mean this home ticks a lot of boxes terms of desirability. Seriously, look carefully and you will find even the crockery is gorgeous – Sue managed to source it from a gorgeous Belgian home ware company called Flamant.

There are three extremely stylish bathrooms

Seriously cool details such as a light behind a thick perspex bath surround lift this property into another bracket.
A small shower room has been boldly tiled in black slate, rather than reducing the size of the room this luxurious material makes the room seem somehow more spacious.

Sue painted the whole house white – walls, ceilings woodwork and floors, knowing it would create a cool, gallery style home.

There are four bedrooms, one has a cleverly constructed dressing area behind the partition below, a great way of making use of the space in an overly large master bedroom

First world problems I know, but here in Scotland, master bedrooms can be absolutely huge and even a king size bed can look a bit lost in a traditional tenement home!

Hooks for coats and jackets and a wardrobe and ensuite are concealed behind the partition –

Isn’t that so cool?

One of the bedrooms serves as an office for Sue’s independent production company Wellpark Productions. Every film she produces is an absolute joy. The first I watched, entitled ‘My Street’, as an interior stylist and a life long home lover, has stayed with me for ever. I often think of Sue’s determined peek behind the doors of willing participants along her street in Acton, West London, where we enjoyed an incredibly intimate journey, getting to know her neighbours, whose lives were so varied and interesting. The simple medium of Sue’s very unimposing filming style, through which she allows her subjects to speak completely on their own terms was so informative and engaging. No-one seems exploited by her approach, rather, I detected a joy in their opportunity to find a voice for themselves in our daily, ever noisier world.

Watching more films by Sue, for example, Fabulous Fashionistas, about six extraordinary women with an average age of eighty, who, what they all have in common, is a determination to squeeze the pips out of life, to keep going, look fabulous and have fun is definitely on my to-do list this Lockdown winter!


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