Scotland’s closed bidding system has been doing a number on potential homeowners for quite some time. According to property laws, if more than one person officially expresses interest in a property it gets “sealed,” and each potential buyer only has one chance to make their best offer. If it isn’t accepted the first time, they’re simply out of luck. Also, in this competitive market the sticker price for a home isn’t a suggestion like here in the States. It’s a generally-accepted minimum, and it’s frowned upon for buyers to offer less than asking. Needless to say, it can be tricky and at times frustrating. Just ask and her husband. Over the past three years they’ve had six offers fall through thanks to the complicated process. Disheartened, the couple had accepted that maybe homeownership wasn’t in the cards for them. As it turns out, though, what they initially marked as bad luck was actually just fate holding them off until the perfect flat came along.
Situated in Edinburgh, the home that landed in their lap was a 1,100-square-foot, ground-floor Victorian with abundant original details and enough charm to mesmerize anyone as obsessed with interiors as Liz is. The only catch was how much work it needed. From the pipes, to the walls, and even the floors, nearly 100% of the space was going to need modernizing.
Not a pair to back down from a challenge, the couple spent three months in the thick of construction to bring the flat up to date. With their one-year-old in tow, they performed the tenuous balancing act of mixing old decor with new, traditional with modern and whimsical with classical until landing on the perfect “modern eclectic” look for their home. I think you’ll agree they’ve done a fantastic job. Scroll down to check out the revamp, and enjoy! —
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Image above: Liz purposefully incorporated a “modern eclectic” mix of industrial and traditional accents into the design of her Scottish flat. The combination is an ode to the 15 years she spent in New York City.
Wall paint –
Ceiling paint –
Martini shaker – Family heirloom
Mid-century lamps, various chairs, dresser – vintage
White bench –
Fireplace artwork –
Throw pillows –
Mirror – Maison du Monde
Custom toilet paper holder – Beagle & Bear
Wall paint – Farrow & Ball “Manor House Gray”
Flooring – Dulux Diamond Glaze “Dark Oak” varnish
Red table, red cabinet –
Oil painting –
Dresser – antique
Throw pillows – Hatti Patterson