My Humble Abode
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Who: Aesthetic Physician Dr Darren Mckeown lives with partner, Tom Cronin, and Maisie the dog. Where: Park, Glasgow. What: An apartment within a converted Georgian town house.
The couple adore scented candles with over 60 throughout the house. Travel has been their inspiration and many of the large art prints are of some of their favourite hotels around the world.
‘When I was a child I definitely saw myself living in a house like this.’
After living and working in London for six years I wanted to come home to settle and make new roots near family and friends.
This area and apartment reminded me so much of Sloane Square in Mayfair, London which we have both always loved. The entrance is grand and the design was very much to our taste, plus the room proportions were nice and large. Although the apartment itself was extremely plain with white walls and little personality, it meant we could really put our stamp on it, and having a real love and flair for interior design it was perfect for us.
We did everything all at the once, but with a vision of the type of decor we wanted.
I would describe our style as modern and contemporary, but glamorous too. We wanted to create our very own luxury boutique hotel home living. Travel has always given us lots of inspiration, we take pictures and ideas from many of our hotel stays from around the globe. In fact, we have large art prints in our kitchen of some of our most favourite hotels around the world. Although we didn’t need to make any structural changes, or change kitchens and bathrooms, we did undertake a full redecoration refurbishment! We started in our bedroom, which we went dark and moody with. It really gives a boutique hotel vibe, we mixed sumptuous materials with stylised furniture pieces, it has really worked well, and all blends together.
It was important to us to have space for entertaining.
We love to have friends and family come over for some drinks before going out for a meal in one of the many amazing restaurants on our doorstep. The drawing room and open plan kitchen is perfect for exactly this. It is in fact my most favourite room in the house, I love the original features and cornicing and the original Georgian windows are stunning, they let in so much light. This is where we made our only decor regret! We didn’t know what to do with the windows and how to dress them, we loved the oversized fascias and architrave and struggled on whether we wanted to cover such a nice feature with curtains, so we decided to have them painted with a dark grey colour from Farrow and Ball. The idea was to frame the windows, and still let in maximum light, but once we completed it, we absolutely hated it! So curtains it was, which undoubtedly were our splash out, but they are magnificent!
The style of the house is based on old Hollywood glamour.
I love the 1950s for its sophisticated styling and colours. I would describe my palette as luxurious and sophisticated. But unfortunately I have a very expensive taste. Silks, especially Dedar silks, are my favourite. I’m not as keen on linens, I like polished, perfectly-finished materials and I really am not a lover of big bold bright colours and patterns, I’m not one for following seasonal trends, you can never go wrong with traditional styles.
I’m a candle fanatic, we have 45 candles in our drawing room and 60 in total throughout the house.
The room looks stunning when all the candle are lit, it comes alive at night, which is probably why I love winter so much. The fire is on, all of our many lamps are lit and the candles are flickering away, there’s a real sense of warmth and cosiness. Diptyque Baies scent is my favourite, it’s such a luxurious sophisticated scent, and it fills the room, I just love it. I also couldn’t live without my floral arrangements, they are probably my best budget buys.
My advice for anyone taking on such a refurbishment project is to follow your heart.
Take inspiration from travels, Pinterest or anywhere you have a great love and feel for. I’ve loved designing my apartment. When I was a child I definitely saw myself living in a house like this. I’ve always had big dreams, aspirations and visions, and I’ve worked very hard to achieve it.
The couple opted for a dark and moody palette, which gives the property a boutique hotel vibe. They mixed sumptuous materials with stylised furniture pieces.