Interiors envy: Emily Murray

Photography: Susie Lowe
Emily is one of those women you just click with: bright, energetic and with impeccable interiors taste. We met on a recent shoot together for M&S (see the shoot here) and she showed me the pics of her incredible house in Edinburgh and I knew I wanted to feature it here. Get ready for fabulous colour clashes, clever print mixing and some surprisingly affordable furniture…and I will leave it over to her:


So Emily, tell us a bit about you…

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.



Where is your green sofa from?
That’s Ikea, one of my best-ever buys. It’s covered in marker pen and has had countless substances spilled on it but somehow still looks great.


How long have you lived in Edinburgh and what made you make the move?

I’ve lived here for about six years, since moving from London when my youngest was still a baby. I grew up in Edinburgh and the husband and I both have parents living nearby, which we thought would be great for free childcare. I mean ensuring the kids grew up knowing their grandparents.
The neon sign was made for me bespoke by Specialized Signs, a company in Edinburgh. I hand wrote the word ‘play’ and they copied it exactly in neon (the plug is just behind the armchair). I was channeling my inner Tracey Emin. But if I needed a neon sign now I’d get it from the amazing bag&bones who make their kid-proof signs out of plastic LED tubing.
Coffee table: West Elm

Did the kitchen units come like that, or did you paint them?

We had them painted – they were cheap dirty white laminate when we moved in and now they’re transformed. You can read about how we did it here.



What are your favourite interiors stores?

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.

Where do you get your interiors inspiration? Or is it a natural flair?

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
Love the gold details in your bathroom, where are the taps from?
Those were the starting point for my design of the room – they’re from Barber Wilsons. Not cheap, but so worth it.





What’s the next project for you? Or are you settled for a while?
The Pink House Husband and I are in ongoing negotiations on that front. I’ll keep you posted…
Thank you so much, Emily, for allowing us an insight into your beautiful home. Having a seen a few houses we’re interested in amongst our mammoth house search, I’m taking notes…



  1. 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…

  2. 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

    1. 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

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