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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 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.

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