An Edinburgh townhouse oozes class and sophistication

Large-scale solutions were required to make the huge rooms of this Edinburgh townhouse feel like a comfortable family home

Edinburgh is known the world over for its peerless Georgian terraces, but the city also deserves recognition for its Victorian architecture. The contrast with the refined, unadorned façades of James Craig’s New Town is not just in the bay windows and exuberant detailing of these later buildings; there is also quite a difference in scale. The Georgians liked their homes to be a decent size. The Victorians preferred theirs to be enormous. And, a couple of years ago, when Jason and Tracey Bibb bought their 1870s townhouse, in a cobbled street in the West End, they had to deal with the legacy of these grandiose proportions: how do you turn vast rooms with towering ceilings into a warm, comfortable home for a modern family with three children and a couple of terriers?
They brought in interior designer Siobhan Mooney after coming across her website and seeing the way she had tackled several similarly large-scale Edinburgh pro­perties. It was a big job. The house is arranged over four floors: a living room, kitchen and dining room on the ground level; a drawing room and guest bedroom and bathroom on the first floor; and four more bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms, on the two levels above that.

This is just a taster, you can browse the full article with more stunning photography on pages 194-206, issue 103.

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Interior design Siobhan Mooney
Words Judy Diamond
Photography Neale Smith
Art Direction Gillian Welsh