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Un­sur­pris­ingly, a top kitchen de­signer has cre­ated a unique home with stun­ning in­te­ri­ors in Ed­in­burgh’s Barn­ton area Key Facts

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T IS ex­actly the kind of house you would ex­pect an award­win­ning de­signer to cre­ate. Shiro House, i n Cammo Grove in Ed­in­burgh, has been a labour of love for Colin Wong, a for­mer Na­tional Kitchen De­signer of the Year. “I wanted to cre­ate a house un­like any­thing else you would usu­ally find in Ed­in­burgh,” he says. “Some­thing dif­fer­ent, with a de­sign edge, that had depth and per­son­al­ity. Hope­fully, that’s what I have achieved.” Shiro House is a spec­tac­u­lar, con­tem­po­rary home, fin­ished to the high­est of spec­i­fi­ca­tions. From the mo­ment you walk into the dou­ble height hall­way, the at­ten­tion to de­tail is ob­vi­ous, f rom the clean lines to the im­pres­sive elm and steel stair­case. “I’m in­spired by my trav­els and my Asian back­ground but some­times too, by some­thing much closer to hom e ,” ex­plains Colin. “The wood c ame f r om a 150-year-old elm tree from Inverness, for ex­am­ple.” At Shiro House, t he g r o und floor rooms flow into each other - the liv­ing room, for

WHAT Con­tem­po­rary five-bed home WHERE Cammo Grove, Ed­in­burgh PRICE Of­fers over £1,050,000 CON­TACT Knight Frank 0131 222 9600

ex­am­ple, pro­vides a gen­er­ous en­ter­tain­ing space with an im­pres­sive stove and door lead­ing onto the slated pa­tio.

The unique an­gled fin wall sub­tly pro­vides shad­ow­ing from the sit­ting room to the din­ing kitchen. The lat­ter, as you might ex­pect from a lead­ing kitchen de­signer, is sump­tu­ous, with high q ual i t y Ger man f ur ni t ur e, Siemens ap­pli­ances and lovely quartz and co­rian work sur­faces.

Large, six- me­tre wide pa­tio doors let nat­u­ral light flood in.

“One of the big­gest mis­takes peo­ple make when de­sign­ing a home is to do the over­all de­sign first and leave the kitchen al­most as an af­ter­thought,” says Colin.

“Both should go hand in hand. Be­ing able to work on this has been a real labour of love. I de­sign things on bits of pa­per when they come in to my head.”

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