This elegantly proportioned apartment had instant appeal. On the top floor of an elegant Georgian building in Edinburgh, it had views across the city centre rooftops.
Its new owners tackled each room of the apartment in turn, starting with the living room before moving on to the kitchen where the walls the ceiling had to be repaired. When the old lino was removed, the original flagstones were discovered underneath and have been restored.
Most of the flats’s original shutters were still intact around the elegant sash windows, but Grant was able to repair or replace the rest. In the kitchen, a comfortable window seat with a stunning city view puts the perfect finishing touch to this very elegant restoration.
Owner: Grant Brooks, a property renovator, and his wife Rebecca, managing director of a tour operator, live here with their cockapoo, Alfie
Property: A Grade B-listed Georgian top-floor apartment in Edinburgh, built between 1820 and 1830
Essential repairs: The couple have restored original flagstones, floorboards and shutters, removed Artex, rerouted gas pipes and updated electric wiring. They have refitted the kitchen, bathroom and cloakroom, opened up the living room fireplace to reveal its original Georgian proportions, and repaired and skimmed plasterwork to walls and ceilings
Layout: There are three bedrooms, one of which is now used as a dedicated dressing room, plus a kitchen-diner, living room and entrance hall
Built in classic sandstone ashlar, the apartment is on the top floor of an Edinburgh tenement, dates to the 1820s and was given Grade B listed status in 1970. It has been completely renovated since 2012
The kitchen has a smart yet cosy look, with rugs covering the original flagstone floor. Grant hand-built the units and painted them in Tanner’s Brown by Farrow & Ball, while the handsome pine dresser was left behind by the previous owner. Above the Rangemaster cooker, an extractor unit made from two outsized Ikea pendant lamps, with a Newgate clock hiding a fixing bracket, makes a striking feature. Chinese Peony wallpaper from Sanderson softens the industrial look
Cockapoo Alfie keeps an eye on the neighbours from the window seat – its cover made from two Calzeat throws. New shutters and oak worktops were also fitted, along with a Gessi Oxygen tap from Sinks & Taps, pendant lights from Nordlux and tiles from Collinson Ceramics
pair of speakers is cleverly disguised among the gallery of pictures in the dining area. The table was made from the walnut top of one table paired with the legs and frame of another. Mismatched chairs add to the relaxed look. The Hungarian glazed terracotta jug was bought at a Lincolnshire antiques show. For similar lights, try Jim Lawrence
A blanket box doubles as a coffee table and log store. The linen cushions and candlesticks are from Busy Bee Studio
A large roof lantern fills the hall with light, while an ornate mirror from Ayers & Graces adds to the sense of space. Grant painted a brass chandelier white and added quirky birdcage tea lights from Galerie Mirages, and turned a damaged dining table into small side tables to flank a love seat from Homer
Farrow & Ball’s dramatic Downpipe paint emphasises the unusual bow-ended wall in the master bedroom. The drawers and storage chest both came from James Scott Antiques
The marble-topped bedside table is from Auldearn Antiques. For a similar sleigh bed, try Anderson Bradshaw
The blue armchair and toile cushions, from Clola Antiques, were the starting point for the guest room’s fresh colour scheme. The wallpaper is from B&Q and the bedlinen from House of Fraser. For a similar bed, try Wrought Iron
Pages from vintage comics cover the cloakroom walls. The Savoy high-level WC is from Bathstore