We love a good neon sign! Today we’re sharing the home of Emily Murray, founder/editor of the interior blog The Pink House. Her space is filled with colorful, eclectic patterns and fun wallpaper designs. #Goals. Ready to see more?
“When I saw my current home, The Pink House (also the name of my award-winning interior blog) for the first time more than six years ago, it was white. This was my first day of house hunting, and only the third house I’d seen, but I was barely through the front door when I knew it was The One. I knew instantly I’d do anything for this house. I’m no fatalist or spiritualist, but its soul spoke to me in a way that meant all practicalities went out the badly-fitted sash windows. So we bought it, and began its transformation into a colourful, fabulous family home.
“I rather like this vintage Rockett St. George ‘Archway Station’ bus blind–Archway was the last area of London we lived in before moving to Scotland. Two orange chairs and a walnut-veneered Fritz Hansen Dot stool, which is handy for supervising kids’ tea time and tucks under the table when it’s not being used. It’s also the comfiest stool I’ve ever sat on.
“When it came to renovating The Pink House, the first job was to knock down the wall between the kitchen and living room to make a big family room, which is now my favourite space in my house. We then got to work, smothering the once-white walls with a bold Farrow & Ball Manor House Gray (we carried this colour through to the kitchen), picking out the skirting, shutters and mantelpiece. It was a revelation to see how the grey allowed the emerald green of the sofa (best buy ever) to shine.
“The now-redundant door into the living area we covered with blackboard paint and the frame with gold paint. What the door DID do, though, was provide the starting point for the kiddies’ art corner. The initial plan was they would do their painting, etc., in the playroom. But like all plans I made before actually having children, this never came to fruition: ‘But I no WANT go upstairs do paint, Mama.’ So an art corner in the ground floor living room it was.
“When it came to the open-plan kitchen, we painted the existing cheap laminate bottom cabinets dark and the wall-mounted cupboards light, so they didn’t feel so heavy. I like how the effect is quite bespoke and living room-y, aided by as many books as I can squeeze on the remaining shelf space.
Neon sign/Specialized Signs.
“The biggest challenge in the house was transforming the dingy basement into The Den, a room that works as a home office, sitting/movie room, home bar and spare room (with sofa bed). I hired Jessica from Jessica Buckley Interiors to help me realize my vision and make the space truly fabulous. I never used to put blue and pink together, but thanks to this room, it’s my new favourite colour combo.
“The bar is one of my favourite elements of this room. I went for an imitation gold leaf in the end—much cheaper than real gold leaf and looks just as gorgeous when lacquered. The hidden LED light strip makes the cabinet seem to glow from within. I knew I wanted a pink neon sign in this room and it’s turned out even better than I’d hoped—this PLAY sign was made bespoke in my own handwriting.
“It took a lot of effort, but I finally convinced the Pink House Husband that, along with the house’s exterior, we should paint the bedroom pink. However, this wasn’t the starting point for the room’s décor. As the room was now swarming with nature, I continued the theme with a pair of thick, moss-green velvet curtains. But my favourite thing in the room is That Chair. This hot pink tub chair is probably the first piece of furniture I ever fell in love with.
“Of all the rooms in The Pink House, this is the most radical makeover. Basically, we ripped everything out of the previously shabby, uninspiring bathroom, and, in its place, created my dream bathroom from scratch.
“I knew there was something magical about this house the moment I first walked through the front door, and I was right. Although geographically the house is in Edinburgh, the six years we’ve been here have felt like living in our own colourful, fabulous little world, where anything is possible. I hope this home will continue to make people feel special long after we have left.”
PS- Emily’s home is for sale! Click here for more info.
Credits//Author: Emily Murray. Photography: Susie Lowe.