Houzz Tour: A Gorgeously Glam Apartment in Edinburgh’s West End
Punchy colours and graphic patterns have taken this Scottish apartment from shabby to stunning. Now it’s bursting with sassy, retro style
The location can’t be beaten, but when Malcolm Duffin of Malcolm Duffin Design first saw it, the interior left much to be desired. ‘It had been virtually untouched for 30-odd years,’ says Malcolm. ‘It had hideous bookcases, wardrobes and fireplaces and the layout wasn’t working either.’
The apartment needed completely renovating, from rewiring and replastering to reconfiguring the space and decorating the rooms. And there was a tight deadline, too. The owners had bought the property as an investment and wanted it ready for renting out in just eight weeks. In fact, Malcolm and his team, including interior designer Jenna McLaughlin, transformed it in only seven weeks.
‘The style of the apartment actually inspired the designs for its refurbishment,’ explains Malcolm. ‘We wanted to give it a bit of a 1970s feel, working in some punchy colours, and the existing décor was behind this idea.’ The apartment now references retro style, but in a bold and glamorous way. ‘I think it’s an example of how a classical property can be approached without cliché,’ he says.
Houzz at a Glance
Location The West End, Edinburgh
Designer Malcolm Duffin Design
Size 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom
All wallpapers and carpet, Malcolm Duffin Design.
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Squiggle Wallpaper, Vivienne Westwood for Cole & Son.
Wallpaper, Circus by Cole & Son.
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