Tessa MacGregor

Love artist’s homes especially when they are as cool and quirky as my friend Tessa’s. It is in the September issue of House Beautiful magazine, in the shops now and not to be missed.


Inspired by attending a one day master class with Islington based interior designer, Abigail Ahern, who I have become absolutely fascinated by since hearing all about her from Tessa, the decor in her Edinburgh home is bold and deeply soothing.

Living room fireplace

Tessa has followed Abigail’s code of painting everything, walls, floors, radiators, skirtings, all one colour, to give an enveloping feel to a room and to create a soothing backdrop for art and objets d’art.

Living room

The paintings are mainly Tessa’s own, large, colourful, semi abstract, magical scenes, inspired by Vogue photographer, Tim Walker, forests and dark corners of cities. They are the icing on the cake of Tessa’s stylish home. Her work is avaiable through Art Lab


Tessa clearly loves colour and her confidence and willingness to experiment has injected real drama into her gorgeous, Georgian apartment.

bedroom with fireplace

She did start to strip the fireplace, but it turned out to be in horrendous condition, so she gave up and just painted it in ‘Yellowcake’ by Farrow & Ball.

blue bedroom

The tempting raw linen bedding is from Loaf, the gorgeous feather pendant light is from Graham & Greene.


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