Period apartment mixes luxe design with comforts of home

Hotel design has informed the interiors of this Edinburgh holiday flat

It has happened to all of us: you go away for the weekend to a cool, stylish hotel, fall in love with its seductive, dramatic décor, and return home, determined to give your own place a boutique makeover. Out with the squashy sofas and comfortable clutter of family life, and in with luxurious textiles, polished surfaces and chic, designer furniture.  Of course, after a few days back, and before you’ve even cracked open the first tin of Craig & Rose, you realise that everyday life has more need of comfort and practicality than it does of glamour and elegance. And so the smart and sexy hotel-inspired décor remains just that – an escape, for holidays only.
But what if you had a second home – a refurbished period flat in a city that you only visited occasionally, say? Wouldn’t that be the perfect place in which to indulge in an interiors scheme that felt truly boutique? This is something of the thinking that lay behind the decoration of this flat in Edinburgh. The owner’s main home is in a rural corner of Fife, but he had recently acquired a city pad as a place to stay when in the capital for business and to serve as an occasional escape.
The purchase was made off-plan, before this small development of refurbished properties on the edge of the New Town was completed. The developer would supply and fit the high-end kitchen and bathrooms, but the rest would be up to the owner. He in turn asked Malcolm Duffin Design to take a look, as the firm had been responsible for the successful transformation of his country house.
“Although he loved what we’d done for him before, we knew he wanted something completely different in this flat,” says Jenna McLaughlin, the designer who led the project. “It was a chance to create something opulent, with a more masculine feel and perhaps a bit of a clubby vibe.”

This is just a taster, you can browse the full article with more stunning photography on pages 202-212, issue 104.

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What A two-bedroom flat
Where Edinburgh
Interiors Jenna McLaughlin at Malcolm Duffin Design
Interviews Judy Diamond
Photography Neale Smith
Art Direction Gillian Welsh