My hum­ble ABODE

Beau­ti­ful homes from around Scot­land

No. 1 Magazine - - SCOTLAND’S NO.1: CHRISTMAS SPECIAL - In­ter­view by Robyn Lang-shank­land (twit­ter @rlsin­te­ri­ors), pic­tures by Eve Con­roy.

Who: Gra­ham and Rachel Sut­tle. Gra­ham is the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of restau­rants, The Fin­nieston, Le­bowskis and Porter & Rye. They live with their two sons and two dogs. What: A con­verted B listed school. Where: Darvel, Ayr­shire. The dream: “We’ve al­ways longed to con­vert or build our own home. We wanted to cre­ate a fam­ily home where our friends and fam­ily could re­lax and be en­ter­tained. It had to show our per­son­al­i­ties and our love of an­tiques and vin­tage pieces.”

‘We bought this 1863 school with­out ever see­ing in­side’

The ex­te­rior was enough for us to fall in love. The in­te­rior was still very much a school, with old posters and sta­ples still in­tact on the walls – it was grim, cold and life­less.

We started our ren­o­va­tions in Jan­uary of last year. The first thing we did was to rip up all of the old floor­ing and to our de­light it re­vealed some beau­ti­ful orig­i­nal wooden floor boards, which we had re­stored. The ex­ist­ing school was made up of four class­rooms. We left one as a large open-plan kitchen and din­ing area, which is most definitely the heart of our home.

Our favourite sea­son in the house is win­ter, es­pe­cially Christ­mas time as it’s such a fam­ily hearted home. We al­ways have the fire roar­ing and at night can­dles are lit through­out our home, fill­ing the house with cin­na­mon and clove scents. We love tex­ture, so have fur and tweed throws and cush­ions scat­tered around our so­fas. It’s be­come a fam­ily tra­di­tion to visit Sil­ver­birch Home and Gar­den Cen­tre, we ab­so­lutely love the mag­i­cal Christ­mas feel­ing you get from there and try our hard­est to cre­ate this in our own home.

Rachel loves the mas­ter as it has the bath­room she’s al­ways dreamt off. It has a huge walk-in shower and a beau­ti­ful roll top bath. We had an­other mez­za­nine built above our mas­ter bed­room which gives us a cosy snug where we can es­cape to re­lax.

Most of our fur­ni­ture is from auc­tions or an­tique deal­ers, and some we made our­selves. One of our favourite pieces is our 16ft din­ing ta­ble which our dads made up from orig­i­nal wood from the school and wood left over from build­ing the mez­za­nine.

We cus­tom-made our light in the fam­ily room, from an old steel bin which we hung as a pen­dant. It gives a really cool in­dus­trial look. Our in­te­rior style is eclec­tic, we love an­tiques and ev­ery­thing vin­tage, mixed with in­dus­trial ac­cents and some Scandi as­pects too.

We tried to keep as many orig­i­nal fea­tures from the old school, one of Rachel’s favourites is the cast iron ra­di­a­tors, I painted them in pil­lar box red, they make such a state­ment in ev­ery room. We love the dif­fer­ent light and re­flec­tion the stained glass win­dow creates all year round. We really have cre­ated our dream home.

TOP: The din­ing ta­ble was made from sal­vaged wood from the school. BOT­TOM LEFT: The couple’s son, Felix, has his room dec­o­rated for Christ­mas.

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