New Elegance #6

This Edinburgh home used to be offices. So it took a big dose of creative thinking to turn the place into its current vision of period-meets-contemporary perfection...

Get the look: These are the Gray 07 armchairs by Paola Navone for Gervasoni. The coffee and side tables are by Eero Saarinen for Knoll. This is the Hepburn sofa by Matthew Hilton. The rug is the Pangolin design by Roddy Murray for Boxer Rugs. The pendant is by Lindsey Adelman. The Bourgie lamp on the mantel is by Ferruccio Laviani for Kartell. The abstract art is by New York graffiti artist JMR.


A three- storey, Grade A-listed Georgian terrace in Edinburgh New Town. On the ground floor is a hall, lobby, living room, master bedroom suite and cloakroom, while on the first floor there’s a lounge, dining room, kitchen, utility room and cloakroom. On the top floor are three guest bedrooms, one with an en suite and walk-in wardrobe, and a bathroom.

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Soaring ceilings, vast windows and a sweeping staircase are just a few of the grandiose features of this three-storey Grade A-listed building smack bang in the centre of Edinburgh.

A carefully curated mix of antique and modern gives the home a unique style and sense of personality. Many of the furniture, lighting and artworks were sourced in Scotland, but with Tom Dixon and Matthew Hilton also mixed in – plus furniture picked up in Thailand, the Philippines and China, as well as some classic mid-century pieces.

Get the look: Above the chaise is a collection of floral paintings by James Stuart Park. The chaise is by Matthew Hilton.

This home was no ordinary renovation project. It had previously been converted into offices – with a staff kitchen, toilet blocks and all – meaning it took no less than three years to return to its former Georgian glory. Walls had been removed to open it up as an office space, so those needed to be rebuilt, along with proper bathrooms and a kitchen. The extensive renovation allowed for the space and design to be completely reworked with a more contemporary layout.


The combination of modern Tom Dixon pieces, classic Seventies furniture and Georgian antiques really gives this room an eclectic feel.

Get the look: The Plane chandelier is by Tom Dixon, as is the Micro wingback chair and Base wall light. The Serpentine Cloud sofa by Vladimir Kagan is a vintage Sixties piece that Roddy and Andrew had reupholstered. The coffee table is by Aerin Lauder. The Indian rug was brought back from Jaipur and the antique Berber rug was found in Paris.


A huge window lets light fill the dining room, allowing the statement wallpaper to create interest rather than overwhelm the space.


The bespoke units, including an impressive central island, were crafted by a local cabinet maker, then topped with leather-finished marble.

Get the look: These are Brick 228 stools by Gervasoni. The light is by Lindsey Adelman.

The splashback incorporates clever storage for cookery books and crockery.

Get the look: The bespoke cabinetry is by Sculleries of Stockbridge. The marble worktops are from Stirling Stone. The wall lamps are from House Doctor.


Bright yellow doors create a striking contrast against the flagstone floor.

Get the look: The lanterns were made by a local blacksmith. The rug was designed by Roddy Murray for Boxer Rugs. The velvet upholstered chair is by Luca Nichetto at Lane Crawford. For similar Native American portraits, visit


Moroccan encaustic tiles add real personality to the family bathroom. While bespoke cabinets provide plentiful hidden storage.

Get the look: These are Vero basins by Duravit. The bath is the Normandie by Fired Earth. The cabinets were made to order by a local craftsperson.


The four poster bed helps draw the eye up, emphasising the ceiling height. Any other bed might have been dwarfed by the space.

Get the look: The bed was designed by Roddy Murray for RJ Murray Design. The Egg chair, designed by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, has been upholstered in Kvadrat fabric.


This glamorous master ensuite is a beautiful balance of old and new, with marble tiles and traditional detailing contrasting against the modern lighting and taps.

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Photography ⁄ Paul Massey

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