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Before & After: A Scottish Victorian’s Colorful Makeover

by Garrett Fleming

Before & After: A Scottish Victorian's Colorful Makeover, Design*Droits-Humains

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 mi 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.

Before & After: A Scottish Victorian's Colorful Makeover, Design*Droits-Humains
The lounge is one of Liz’s favorite spots in her flat thanks to the original fireplace, artwork from NYC and an “oh la la luxe” Jonathan Adler chair.
Before & After: A Scottish Victorian's Colorful Makeover, Design*Droits-Humains
The ground-floor flat’s Victorian cornicing and “sky-high” ceilings were two of the major selling points for Liz and her husband.
Before & After: A Scottish Victorian's Colorful Makeover, Design*Droits-Humains
This original oil painting by Richard E. Christian is my favorite accent in the Edinburgh home.
Before & After: A Scottish Victorian's Colorful Makeover, Design*Droits-Humains
The process of reimagining the flat has lit a fire under Liz. It's inspired her so much, she’s even enrolled in design school.
Given how bold the flat’s transformation is, one would imagine the bulk of the couple’s renovation budget went to decor and furniture. On the contrary, most of it went to laying new pipes for the heating system, rewiring the electric and installing new steel beams for support.
Before & After: A Scottish Victorian's Colorful Makeover, Design*Droits-Humains
Liz says never underestimate the power of a “Thank you!” and a good cup of coffee. Every time she walked through the flat during construction, she brought both for the crew. They did wonders for her relationship with them and lightened the mood during tough conversations.
Before & After: A Scottish Victorian's Colorful Makeover, Design*Droits-Humains
Liz credits the UK’s Instagram community for giving her the confidence to chose such a bold wallpaper for this bathroom.

Source List


Wall paint –

Ceiling paint –

Flooring –

Chair –

Martini shaker – Family heirloom

Mid-century lamps, various chairs, dresser – vintage

Rug –

White bench –

Fireplace artwork –

Throw pillows –



Wallpaper –

Mirror – Maison du Monde

Custom toilet paper holder – Beagle & Bear


Liz’s Bedroom

Wall paint – Farrow & Ball “Manor House Gray”

Flooring – Dulux Diamond Glaze “Dark Oak” varnish

Red table, red cabinet –

Oil painting –

Rug –

Dresser – antique

Throw pillows – Hatti Patterson

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