The View From My Win­dow:

At home with life­style blog­ger Emily Mur­ray ...

The Herald - Scotland's Homes - - News - Emily Mur­ray Life­style blog­ger

HEN you are a suc­cess­ful life­style jour­nal­ist, liv­ing the high life at glam­orous par­ties in fab­u­lous bars and stylish ho­tels, life is busy. Life is sparkly. Life is full of fab­u­lous­ness.

So when real life, in the shape of par­ent­hood, brings you back down to earth with a baby-sized bump, what do you do?

You don’t give up on the fab­u­lous, ac­cord­ing to awardwinning blog­ger and in­te­ri­ors spe­cial­ist Emily Mur­ray. You just change the fo­cus - and let your house take up the slack.

“The par­ties, posh ho­tels and late nights are less fre­quent,” ad­mits Emily, who has writ­ten for and edited a vast col­lec­tion of publications, in­clud­ing na­tional news­pa­pers and glossy mag­a­zines like Glam­our, Grazia and Cos­mopoli­tan.

“The blog was the next big step for me – I knew af­ter I had kids I wanted to pour ev­ery­thing into a busi­ness of my own, and I’m de­lighted with the re­sponse I’ve had.”

The blog, which cov­ers ev­ery­thing from travel, food and drink to in­te­rior de­sign, art and ex­pert ad­vice, is called The Pink House and within a year of launch­ing, Emily has picked up a raft of im­pres­sive clients and a pres­ti­gious blog­gers’ award.

“Win­ning the Amara In­te­rior award for best new­comer was fan­tas­tic, and I’ve had the chance to work with some amaz­ing clients, from M&S and Laing the Jeweller to River Is­land,” she ex­plains.

“The Pink House is all about tak­ing in­te­ri­ors in­spi­ra­tion and ad­vice from fab­u­lous peo­ple and places and us­ing it to make your own place amaz­ing.”

The Pink House is also the name of Emily’s home in Ed­in­burgh, where she lives with hus­band Euan and sons Os­car, 7, and four-yearold Zac.

It’s a spec­tac­u­lar Vic­to­rian ter­raced house, on a hid­den gem of a street called Glenisla Gar­dens in the Grange area of the city.

The Pink House is now on the mar­ket (of­fers over £740,000 with Coul­ter’s, 0131 603 7333, www. coul­ter­sprop­ as the Mur­rays are mov­ing back to London, where they lived for sev­eral years be­fore their chil­dren were born.

“Our friends all think we’re a bit mad to leave, but we miss London,” smiles Emily.

“My older son just didn’t sleep. Af­ter 10 months we conceded de­feat and fled north to Ed­in­burgh, which is where I grew up and where my par­ents and my hus­band’s par­ents aka child­care and help are. This was the first house we saw and I’ll be hon­est, it had me at hall­way. I just felt in­stantly moved by it.

"I loved the whole street, ac­tu­ally – it re­minded us of London be­cause of all the dif­fer­ent coloured fronts.”

The Pink House wasn’t al­ways pink, as Emily ex­plains.

“I painted it pink,” she says, proudly. “It was white when we moved in. I painted it around the time I was think­ing about start­ing my blog and won­der­ing what to call it – I knew it would have an in­te­rior de­sign fo­cus, I wanted it to en­cap­su­late fun and colour and all the things you love about your home, so The Pink House seemed to fit.

“At the very least, and I can say this now Euan has left the room, our new house will have a pink front door….” Emily and Euan made some changes to the Ed­in­burgh house – re­plac­ing the roof, restor­ing old fire­places, knock­ing through the kitchen to make a larger, open plan area – but many fine pe­riod fea­tures such as orig­i­nal brass lightswitches and cor­nic­ing re­main in­tact.

“It’s a big house, with plenty of space and high ceil­ings, but it’s not too im­pos­ing,” ex­plains Emily.

“I like the open plan space, but I also like feel­ing cosy in the win­ter, which seems to go on for­ever in this part of the world. It’s what I call a hu­man-sized house.” Emily fea­tures her own home on her blog, which also show­cases some of the most ex­cit­ing new de­sign talent from around the coun­try. Re­cently, she took part in one of the panel dis­cus­sions at Scot­land Re:De­signed, the an­nual na­tional show­case of fash­ion, ac­ces­sories and in­te­rior de­sign held in Glas­gow. The fu­ture for the in­dus­try in Scot­land, she says, is bright.

“One of the in­ter­est­ing things about Scot­tish de­sign­ers is their will­ing­ness to em­brace the coun­try’s rich tex­tile her­itage, but to move it for­ward at the same time,” she says.“Scot­land a very ex­cit­ing place to be for new talent.”


HOME IS ... A five-bed­roomed, pink-ish Vic­to­rian ter­raced house in an Ed­in­burgh cul de sac, with lots of Arts and Crafts de­tails and a fine view of Black­ford Hill. MY FAVOURITE ROOM IS … The liv­ing room, with its green sofa and fire­place and bay win­dow over­look­ing the gar­den and trees and the hills be­yond. GAR­DEN OR WIN­DOW BOX? I love my gar­den, but I’m not a gar­dener. I’m the op­po­site of green-fin­gered, which means I am pink-fin­gered. My mother, who is a bril­liant gar­dener, de­spairs of me. At the mo­ment, the gar­den is bare, full of dis­carded space hop­pers and climb­ing frames, wait­ing for spring. THE VIEW FROM MY WIN­DOW IS… Beau­ti­ful, over the gar­den to Black­ford Hill. I love be­ing cosy and warm in­side and look­ing out on to the cold out­side – I can see peo­ple walk­ing on the crest of the hill, and a chilly pi­geon shiv­er­ing on a branch nearby. FAVOURITE PLACE NEARBY? My par­ents’ house be­cause they will cook for me and look af­ter the kids and I get time to drink tea and check In­sta­gram.

‘‘ This was the first house we saw and I’ll be hon­est, it had me at hall­way. I just felt in­stantly moved by it. I loved the whole street, ac­tu­ally – it re­minded us of London.

IF I DIDN’T LIVE HERE, I’D WANT TO LIVE London. I love it and I miss it, so I’m go­ing back….. Emily was in­ter­viewed by Ann Fotheringham. Read more on Emily’s blog at www.pinkhouse.

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