|Photography: Susie Lowe|
I’m the founder and editor of interior blog The Pink House, which last month (October) won Best Newcomer 2016 at the Oscars of the interior blogging world, the Amara awards. The Pink House is all about inspiring fabulous family living, despite the kids – just because I’ve had children and can’t go out as much doesn’t mean I’ve given up on fabulousness – it just means my home has had to pick up the slack.
I’ve also been a London-based lifestyle journalist for many a year, having worked and/or written for such magazines and newspapers as Glamour, Stylist, Grazia, The Guardian, The Independent and many more. Now I live in Edinburgh with the long-suffering Pink House Husband and our two small, semi-feral boys in our Victorian terraced house which is painted pink (Farrow & Ball Cinder Rose) on the outside.
How long have you lived in Edinburgh and what made you make the move?
|Coffee table: West Elm
Did the kitchen units come like that, or did you paint them?
So many! For rugs I love Larusi in Kentish Town for vintage Moroccan Beni Ourains, Jennifer Manners for bespoke designs, and Wendy Morrison Design for vibrant, unique patterns. I can’t get enough of Buster + Punch and their motorbike-inspired hardware – I have their brass handles and Hooked light in the kitchen, their brass candle holders in the living room, and their stunning brass switches in the den. They supplied the lights for the bar I designed in River Island’s Oxford Street flagship store too. My bedlinen has to be Draper London – so soft and luxurious and it looks stunning as well. Anthropologie for everything – I can’t go in there without buying something. Fabrics and cushions I love Bluebellgray’s bright, watercolour designs and cute pom-pom trims; Designers Guild’s saturated velvets; Harlequin’s vibrant patterns; and Christopher Farr’s amazing prints. Head-turning wallpaper is a must: Cole & Son, Osborne & Little and Timorous Beasties are my go-to brands. Finally, my home wouldn’t be complete without a bit (lot) of Ikea.
I reckon gorgeous hotels, bars and restaurants provide me with the biggest source of inspiration. I’ve always loved them since I discovered that, contrary to my childhood experiences, not every holiday or night away from home had to be spent under canvas. And Livingetc. The homes in that magazine are to die – or at least sacrifice a pet – for.
When it comes to paint I’m a big Farrow & Ball fan; nearly every room in the house has been Farrow-and-Balled. Though I’m keen to try Abigail Ahern’s range and Annie Sloane’s chalk paints too.
|The hallway is Farrow & Ball ‘Pink Ground’ – read how Emily persuaded her husband here|
Thaarani U says
What a beautiful place, so much inspiration! I'll be pinning this onto my pinterest.
Her home is INSANELY GREAT. Do you think this kind of style works in smaller homes though? I love her look but not sure it translates to a London shoebox…
Alexandra Stedman says
I think you can definitely take elements – the rich F&B colours look great in smaller rooms and the tiled walls in the bathroom are perfect for small bathrooms! x
Kate Brewin says
What a gorgeous home! Could I ask which grey is used in the kitchen / living room? Is it F&B cornforth white? Got the decorators in at the moment and am looking at all shades of grey! Thank you! Kate X
Emily Murray says
Hey Kate, The grey paint is F&B Manor House Gray and I love it – just the right mix of not-too-dark and cosy. It's transformed our living space and makes the now-open-plan room feel much cosier in the colder months. Hope that helps! Emily x
Kate Brewin says
Thanks so much Emily. I have become obsessed with grey, and thought yours looked wonderful!
Such a nice post dear! Thanks 😉
Such a gorgeous, eclectic home.
I'd love to know where the 'ain't nobody got time for that' cushion is from – it's a phrase I use often!
Gorgeous home! I love the wallpaper in the hallway.