The Style Files House Tour No. 25
July 1, 2017
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The Style Files No. 25

Aye, it's a goodun! Modern, colourful, industrial design in the heart of Scotland

We’ve been excited all week to show you this Style Files House Tour. Meet Neil and Will, the savvy couple who renovated their 1890 Victorian villa in the heart of Scotland and transformed it into a light-flooded modern home. They live in ‘The Maine House’ with their son Hugo and their Boston Terrier, but the home is too good not to share – so they rent it out on Air BnB too! Holiday in Scotland anyone?

Anyway, as you embark on their house tour you’ll notice there’s a beautiful flow of space between the rooms, while the design is kept exciting with unexpected pops of colour. We interviewed Neil to see how they did it…

All Photos credit to Beautiful Homes In The North

style files house tour

 “I wanted continuity throughout but i’m not afraid of pattern or colour”

style files house tour
style files house tour

What’s the inspiration behind your home?

When looking for a new home we were actively seeking an old house requiring complete renovation. However, our intention was to have a contemporary finish inside with some period features retained. When we found this house we new it was perfect, the victorian style, the sandstone, the 1 acre of private gardens – all what we were looking for. It had been empty for a year and required everything doing but that was exactly what we wanted.

 

style files house tour
style files house tour

Was there a design process behind your home?

I’m lucky that i can envision something so I set about creating mood boards for every aspect of the house. I wanted continuity throughout but i’m not afraid of pattern or colour. I’ve a strong personal taste and we had collected bits and pieces from various travels to NZ, Asia and USA – that said we were pretty much starting from nothing. The kitchen was to be german style with clean lines but i was able to find a Scottish company to create one to my specifications.

style files house tour
style files house tour
style files house tour

What’s your best advice for creating a home like yours?

Don’t be afraid of colour or pattern. Just go for it! Its your home – don’t be deterred because you worry what others may think. I actually prefer it when people saying ‘i would never think of that’ or ‘i could never do that’ as it shows your home is unique to you and thats whats most important.

  “I prefer it when people saying ‘i would never think of that’ or ‘i could never do that’…”

style files house tour
style files house tour

What do you think is the single most important thing to remember when decorating a room?

Balance & proportion – i suppose its a bit like ying and yang. I like to go for it with large pieces often bold in colour but its important to then balance that with a monochrome or paler background. I guess proportion is important as lots of small things in a large room just doesn’t make enough impact so i really believe items should be size appropriate.
style files house tour
style files house tour
style files house tour
style files house tour

What is your favourite spot in the house and why?

In our kitchen extension i like to sit on the floor near the wood burning stove looking out through the 7 metres of bifolding doors to our private garden. Especially on snowy winter days…
style files house tour

How would you define your style?

Modern, bright & fun – you’ve got to show your personality because your house should reflect who you are as a person and a family.
style files house tour

Check out more of Neil and Will’s endeavours on Instagram here and here.

Think your home would make the cut? Don’t be shy! Email us at info@topologylondon.co.uk

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