The Style Files House Tour No. 28
July 28, 2017
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The Style Files No. 28

it's only a matter of time before this one ends up as an Elle Decor front cover

We know, we know, it’s been two weeks since the last style files…sorry! But we’re making up for it with this one. This week art lecturer Malcolm invites us into his 3 bedroom terraced Aberdeen home, which he bought in 2014. Having grown up in a house where something was always being decorated, and something was always being made ( his dad built his own furniture & mum sewed her own curtains) Malcolm claims there hasn’t been a day where he hasn’t planned something to make or somewhere to decorate. A few years later after buying his home, Malcolm plucked up the courage to start a blog ‘Designsisxtynine‘ and boy it it worth a read, there’s plenty to keep you engrossed for hours. So, have a scroll down here first and get to know a little more about his home and the design process…

dark interior house tour
dark interior house tour

What’s the design process behind your home?

Number 69 is still very much a work in progress! The minute I viewed the house, I knew the style I wanted for the living room. I’m very much inspired by Parisian apartments, and I knew the proportions would lend themselves well to some of the features that I adored; the big fireplace and huge over-mantel mirror, a herringbone floor and a huge antique rug. When I plan a room, there is usually an object or a piece of furniture or textile that I start of with. In this case, I already had the vintage Turkish rug. As an artist I take every opportunity to draw, so I quite often do a full colour rendering of the room, as I envisage it finished. I used to do this for my own enjoyment, but have found that it’s a great way to show my blog followers, what my intentions are. Even if the final outcome doesn’t completely match up! The decision to Ikea-hack a wall-hung shelving unit has to be the biggest success of the house so far. It takes a lot for me to say that I’m proud of my own work… but this turned out exactly as I had planned and works so well aesthetically and practically…
dark interior house tour

The bedroom, however, wasn’t as free-flowing. I lived with a half finished room that I was so unhappy with, for almost two years, before I decided on a complete redecoration at the start of the year. It took a while to admit that I just didn’t like my initial choices and to finally bite the bullet. By fitting the wardrobes either side of the fireplace, the space has been opened up and otherwise dead space has been used to it’s fullest

dark interior house tour
dark interior house tour

Where do you find your inspiration?

Although I have to say Pinterest is a big source of inspiration, I prefer to look in less obvious places. Sadly, I think books now fall in to that category. I love old design books. My parents have a few Readers Digest DIY manuals and I still love looking through those. Lots of retro furniture, quite often set in big old Victorian houses. I love that eclectic mix. I also find that movies are a great source for me. Auntie Mame being one of my favourites. 
dark interior house tour
dark interior house tour
dark interior house tour

What’s your top tip for creating a home like yours?

If I were to suggest one tip for creating a home like mine, it would be to work with the character and fabric of your building, not against it. I love introducing furniture and accessories that sit well with the original style of the house, mixing it up with contemporary pieces. I feel that this keeps the look more natural and evolved, rather than staged.

 “work with the character and fabric of your building, not against it”

dark interior house tour
dark interior house tour

If you could only own one homeware item, what would it be?

Cushions! Its my one vice. I have an attic full of cushions that may never see the light of day again. Cushions can so easily transform a space, for very little money. I currently have about ten that I have my eye on.
dark interior house tour

Money no object, where would your dream home be?

This may sound very sad, given that money is no object…but I’d be very happy to stay in Scotland, perhaps moving further South; Perthshire would be lovely.  I would love to buy up an old derelict mansion/castle to renovate. Alternatively, I’ll take an old canal house in Amsterdam please!

dark interior house tour
dark interior house tour

If you’re just as in love with Malcolm’s home as we are, get more of his home inspo via his blog here

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