‘I have eclec­tic style - I love old and new, as well as all things Scot­tish’

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

When we bought the house, it had a very neu­tral colour pal­ette and was in great con­di­tion. We didn’t need to do any work to it be­fore we moved in which gave us time to get a good feel for the house and de­cide what we wanted to do decor wise. We re­ally took our time do­ing one room at a time as we wanted to put our per­son­al­i­ties into each room. I made some re­ally dra­matic de­ci­sions and went for a deep red for the walls in our lounge and black for the walls in our TV room. It was a huge leap of faith but I think it has worked out re­ally well, we en­joy spend­ing time in both of the rooms. Our lounge is def­i­nitely my favourite room, it’s very peace­ful and with all my fam­ily pic­tures around me, I feel very com­fort­able in there, I could sit for hours just en­joy­ing the am­biance.

I love to have can­dles burn­ing through­out the house, Jo Malone Pome­gran­ate Noir is my favourite scent. They give me com­fort and warmth.

We ex­tended to the rear of the house to make a beau­ti­ful sun­room, it is an­other one of my favourite parts of the house. We very much en­joy the light that floods in and the out­look to our gar­den, it’s such a nice room to be in at any time of the year. We splashed out on the floor­ing in there, in fact noth­ing in this room was over­looked, but we love the re­sults. The ta­ble lamps were a great sales buy though! I like to take a cush­ion from one room and use it in the next to keep a con­tin­u­ous flow of colours, I think that it also makes a nice ac­cent piece. If I were to give any­one ad­vice on how to re­dec­o­rate their home it would be to spend time in each room and get a real good feel for the space. I think it’s a good idea to use neu­tral floor­ing through­out to keep the flow and try blend colours from room to room. I’m a keen artist and have many of my paint­ings hang­ing through­out the house. The large faces I painted on can­vas are some of my favourite, which were in­spired from my large fi­bre glass face sculp­ture which also hangs in our lounge.

I have a very eclec­tic style - I love old and new, as well all things Scot­tish. I re­ally like tra­di­tional Scot­tish wools and tar­tans which can be seen in al­most ev­ery room of the house.

The on­line shop, Voy­age has some fab­u­lous High­land fab­rics which I have been lucky enough to use in my home. Laura Ash­ley is an­other one of my favourite shops too, I par­tic­u­larly like their wall­pa­per.

I have a num­ber of stag heads through­out the house, with my favourite be­ing the stag antlers in the din­ing room. A very good friend made the piece us­ing my fam­ily’s tar­tans, it’s a great talk­ing piece, our whisky and cham­pagne col­lec­tion is also quite the talk be­tween guests too. The arm­chairs in the TV room were bought from the Barra’s mar­ket in Glas­gow many years ago. They have been cov­ered and re­cov­ered but they still look fab­u­lous! I in­her­ited the stan­dard lamp, ta­ble lamp and chest of draw­ers in our lounge from my late aunt who lived in In­dia, I had ad­mired them from a young age - the hand carved de­tail­ing is beau­ti­ful. I sim­ply couldn’t live with­out my lamps, fam­ily mè­moires and teddy bear col­lec­tion. One day in the fu­ture we would like to un­cover the fire­places through­out the house.

An­gela took a leap of faith and de­cided to paint the TV room black, her gam­ble paid off and she’s happy with the re­sults; A friend made the stags head and in­cor­po­rated An­gela’s fam­ily tar­tans.

An­gela likes to use tra­di­tional Scot­tish ac­cents such as wools and tar­tans; As well as her teddy bear col­lec­tion, An­gela counts her lamps and fam­ily mè­moires as some of the things she couldn’t live with­out.

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