My Hum­ble Abode

Beau­ti­ful homes from around Scot­land

No. 1 Magazine - - CONTENTS - Words by Robyn Lang-shank­land@rlsin­te­ri­ors. Pho­tos by Eve Con­roy. no1­mag­a­

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.

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