Be inspired by this festive Edinburgh townhouse

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The owners who run an online boutique and work in advertising, bought this four-bedroom townhouse in Edinburgh in 2012. They had been living in a large Georgian apartment, but, as it was in need of extensive repair, they decided to look around for something new.

A new development nearby caught their eye and they eventually settled on an end-of-terrace four-storey property with roof terrace which had been extended by the previous owners to create a garden room.

The house was a blank canvas of magnolia walls and cream carpets, but the new owners set about putting their own stamp on the house as soon as they moved in. Relying on texture and pattern, rather than colour, to shape the look, there is a distinct East-meets-West theme that runs throughout the house.

As with many contemporary builds, the living room is on the first floor, while the ground floor houses a guest bedroom, kitchen, and dining room. Upstairs there are two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and a balcony, while on the top floor is the main bedroom with en-suite plus roof terrace.

The owners have appreciated being able to create a new home without messy and time-consuming structural work: ‘We could concentrate on things like the quality of the finishes, the solid hardwood doors, the bathrooms and the fitted cupboards – all of which are beautifully made. It has been a pleasure to personalise the house’

And at Christmastime, a glittering assortment of frosted, silvery decorations look great against the backdrop of luxurious wallpapers and plush textiles.

Image credit: Douglas Gibb

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