My Hum­ble Abode

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No.1 read­ers take us on a tour of their home

Who: Jes­sica Buck­ley, 36, is an In­te­rior De­signer and lives with her part­ner, James and their Cocker Spaniels, Ruby and Skye. What: 2-bed Ge­or­gian flat Where: Ed­in­burgh, The dream: ‘To cre­ate some­where that was beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated, so that I’d love com­ing home. I wanted it to be com­fort­able and wel­com­ing.

‘I bought my home 12 hours af­ter it came on the mar­ket’

Once I’d bought the flat I de­cided to live in it for a year be­fore I made any changes. Pre­vi­ously, it had been used as a cor­po­rate prop­erty so it was very bland and lack­ing in any sort of per­son­al­ity.

It took six months in to­tal to ren­o­vate it and I was on site ev­ery day. It was strange to see my new home smashed to pieces, but you have to strip some­thing back to base level to build it up again. I had planned to do all the ren­o­va­tions in one go, so I had to be re­ally sure of my choices. Ev­ery­thing went to plan – the ren­o­va­tions didn’t go over bud­get and we stuck to the time-frame we had set out at the start.

We swapped around the kitchen and guest bed­room so the kitchen would be south fac­ing. I also blocked off a door­way, so I could build a huge book­case that takes up an en­tire wall for my in­te­rior de­sign books. I re­designed the bath­room and got rid of the Ed­in­burgh press (built-in cup­board) in my bed­room.

I wanted to cre­ate some­where that was beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated, so that I would re­ally love com­ing home. The aim was to make the flat com­fort­able and wel­com­ing. En­ter­tain­ing is very im­por­tant to us, James and I love to mix cock­tails and in­vite friends over for din­ner par­ties. I adore cook­ing for friends and fam­ily, we jump at the chance to celebrate even the small­est of oc­ca­sions.

My favourite room is the sit­ting room, it’s where we spend most of our evenings; read­ing and watch­ing TV. In win­ter it’s very cosy with the fire lit and it’s the per­fect spot to spend a lazy Sun­day af­ter­noon, read­ing and re­lax­ing. At Christ­mas time we go all out with the big­gest real tree we can find with lots of dec­o­ra­tions! In fact, I love ev­ery sea­son here, in the sum­mer it gets so much light and you can throw the win­dows open.

I in­her­ited my pat­terned sofa from my late grand­mother. I had it re­cov­ered in an amaz­ingly soft vel­vet ma­te­rial. It fuses a very tra­di­tional shape with a mod­ern pat­tern and the cush­ions are down-filled so it’s in­sanely com­fort­able.

Most of my home is fur­nished with a mix of de­signer items and bar­gains from ebay and Gumtree! I love the thrill of the hunt go­ing to car-boot sales, junk and an­tique shops – it’s amaz­ing what you can find if you keep an open mind.

I found my din­ing chairs on ebay for £50 for the set. I de­cided to paint them and then I got them re­uphol­stered. I dis­cov­ered sim­i­lar ones from the de­signer, Jonathan Adler that cost £650 each!

My bed­side ta­bles are the ends of an old din­ing ta­ble that I in­her­ited but didn’t have enough room for. The small turquoise glass ta­ble was another bar­gain from Gumtree, I paid £40 for it.

I’ve col­lected my most trea­sured home ac­ces­sories over the years and they all mean a lot to me. The ones which par­tic­u­larly stand out are a col­lec­tion of glass can­dle­sticks, coloured glass vases and match-strik­ers that I love. I’m also very fond of my bar set up with its cock­tail shaker and ice buck­ets which to me are like art in them­selves. They add a lot of colour and per­son­al­ity to the room.

My ad­vice would be to mix high-end pieces with less ex­pen­sive items for a more stylish re­sult. Try not to buy ev­ery­thing from one place. Don’t be afraid to ex­press your­self, opt for colours and pat­terns you love.

TOP: The din­ing chairs were an ebay find. BOT­TOM LEFT: The coloured glass vases and match strik­ers are some of Jes­sica’s most tresured home ac­ces­sories. BE­LOW: The bed­side ta­bles are ac­tu­ally the ends of an in­her­ited din­ing ta­ble.

TOP: The kitchen was moved to the front of the flat, now it is south fac­ing to catch the best of the light. RIGHT: Fo­cal points were cre­ated by mix­ing in­ter­est­ing ob­jects. BE­LOW: Jes­sica in­her­ited her late grand­moth­ers sofa, which is one of her favourite pieces.

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