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IT’S BEEN A WHILE

4th April 2018

It has indeed been a while since I’ve been here, and I wasn’t expecting to be taking such a lengthy break, but sometimes a break does you good. I’ve been taking a break from typing, other than for work, while my frozen shoulder slowly unfreezes. If you’d asked me what a frozen shoulder was last November, I’d have looked a little… non-plussed. “Tight muscles?” I’d have guessed. “Something you can stretch out?” And I’d have been wrong, as I discovered a few weeks later.

So I’ve spent less time typing, which meant a break from the blog, and more time on my yoga mat. And, looking ahead, I’m intending to continue this with more yoga and less time at my desk – although I’m excited to be back here again. I have a gorgeous Edinburgh home to share with you very soon, and some new interior products that have caught my eye.

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ROYAL PARK TERRACE

18th October 2016

Years ago, I wrote about two projects on Royal Park Terrace in Edinburgh – numbers 40 and 42. Both properties had previously been shops and were converted in 2002/3 to residential use by Zone Architects. Architect David Jamieson worked closely with both owners to create bespoke living spaces. Number 42 was a home and studio for a photographer, while number 40 was converted into a home. I remember arriving at number 42, entering across the walkway that led inside from the front door, where the owner had parked his motorbike, and realising that this was going to be a very distinctive home indeed.

In terms of the spaces and volume, number 40 was no less unique. And thirteen years after that first visit – and no, I can’t believe it’s been that long! – this property at 40 Royal Park Terrace is now on the market with Coulters.

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DRYLAW HOUSE

12th August 2016

When I first heard about Drylaw House, I’ll admit I wondered about the location. Looking at the exterior photo of this handsome Grade A listed house, I didn’t expect it to be located just 2 miles from Edinburgh’s city centre. It’s a house you might expect to be surrounded by open countryside. So when I went to visit a few weeks ago, I wondered whether I’d be conscious of the surrounding city. Could you live at Drylaw and have all the benefits of urban living, but yet forget about the city when you wanted to?

And yes, I discovered, as soon as you approach up the long tree-lined driveway, you forget that this is Edinburgh. You forget that Drylaw House sits within a residential area. You forget the traffic passing by outside the three acres of grounds that enclose the house. By the time you pull up in the driveway, you could be anywhere. And this is just the first of many surprises.

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BONNYTOUN HOUSE

21st July 2016

When I was thinking about starting a weekly Scottish Property of the Week here on Copperline, I came across this house – make that this staggering house – on the market with Knight Frank. And I realised that there’s no better time to kickstart a new weekly feature than with a beautifully refurbished B listed Victorian country house.

Located in Linlithgow in West Lothian, Bonnytoun House stands in mature parkland with around 24 acres of land including paddocks and two walled gardens, along with an old stable courtyard. With views over Linlithgow Loch towards the historic Linlithgow Palace, Bonnytoun is one of those properties that feels very ‘away from it all’, yet it’s also in a prime commuter spot with easy access to Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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THE COACH HOUSE

30th June 2016

A couple of years ago I went to visit a rather unusual house in Edinburgh’s Blacket conservation area, and it’s always stayed in my mind. You know the saying, ‘you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover’? Well, The Coach House is a bit like that. From the driveway, this property doesn’t have the grandeur of its neighbours, but then this detached house has more humble origins having been built in the 19th century as accommodation and stabling for the neighbouring Blacket House.

Once inside, however, The Coach House is a revelation both in scale – the floor plan is much deeper than you might imagine – and in style thanks to its owners – journalist Alan Douglas and Viv Lumsden, a former broadcaster and journalist who, although now retired, previously worked as a news presenter for the BBC and STV, and also co-presented STV’s The Home Show with Alan for six years.

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JORDAN LANE

27th May 2016

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a ‘Property’ story here. If you’ve been following Copperline for a while you’ll know that the posts here are design led, whether it’s a house or flat that’s for sale or simply an amazing piece of architecture or a great interior. Turn the clock back a few years, however, when I had a blog called The Property Files, and I did feature properties. They didn’t have to be design led. Instead I was looking for interesting houses; maybe a property that needed refurbishment, but something that stood out as a great opportunity for a buyer.

Which is why this late Georgian house in Edinburgh’s Morningside area caught my eye when I spotted it being marketed by Strutt & Parker. Maybe it’s time to return to the occasional property feature? And 14 Jordan Lane feels like the perfect place to start.

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