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Who: Rosey, Creative Director of Shearer Candles, & Ian Barnet, Managing Director of Shearer Candles What: A lower town house, bought in 1997. Where: West End, Glasgow.
Before we bought here we lived in a tiny west end mews cottage, but when the girls came along we required more space.
We saw this lower town house, but unfortunately it was under offer at the time. Luckily enough for us, a few weeks later the deal fell through. We received a phone call to let us know and we had it surveyed and purchased in the same day. It was wonderful, we had no competition and bought directly from the developer. Although it had just undergone a full refurb, it was done on a budget, with many traditional features taken away, and not to our taste. But the south facing patio and good garden space won us over. The garden is extremely large, which isn’t common for this area, and was important to me to have this space. I love to potter around in it during the summer months and we have an array of wildlife which I like to feed.
Over the years we have tried to bring it back to its traditional style, we have sanded all the doors and shutters and had them dipped.
We redid the bathroom by adding a cast iron bathroom suite. It was one of our best buys, it was £400 from ebay which included two toilets, two wash hand basins, and the bath! It was in great condition too although we did have the feet gilded and the enamel painted to freshen it up, it’s six foot so perfect for soaking in. My bathroom is one of my favourite rooms.
The front door has also been striped and painted and Ian managed to source some beautiful stained glass from an old church which has worked very well.
Recently we completely modernised the downstairs with new kitchen and flooring and are now looking to do the upstairs too.
One of my biggest regrets is the red carpet.
It’s like red brick, but I suppose it was in keeping at the time and a saving grace as it hides everything from doggies to the girls, but would really like to lay something more neutral now.
I’d say I have a very eclectic taste, we have a real mixture of old and new.
Lots of our things have been inherited which I think suits this type of period property. One of my favourite pieces we own is my grandmother’s Davenport desk.
Initially we had to buy pieces from sale rooms just to try and fill the rooms after we moved from such a small mews house.
We replaced the fireplace in the drawing room with the largest one we could find, which actually came from Hampden Football Club!
Colour wise I love all the neutrals, and greys with accents of pastels or bolder colours.
Bluebell Gray is a favourite of mine as well as Tom Dixon, I’m probably more into my designers than my eras, like V&A William Morris. I also like some online shops too such as made.com and Oliver Bonas.
I certainly couldn’t live without my candles (of course!)
I always have them burning not only for my personal enjoyment, but also for product development and to test that the candles work and are safe.
Flowers are another accent I like to have around the house.
I love daffodils in spring and I love poppies too.
One of my other favourite rooms is the drawing room, in the summer I’ll sit in the window and read my papers.
Whilst in the winter it’s all snug looking out onto the garden. My favourite season has to be Christmas though, and of course it is candle season too. I love the traditions of Christmas – the food, family gathering and the decorations!
As I child I lived in the countryside and on the sea.
My father didn’t require to be at his work so we travelled Europe months on end on a large boat, so I never imagined I’d end up living in the city but I do love it. Perhaps because I do have the large garden with wooded land at the back, you wouldn’t think you were in the city.