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went out the window'
AFTER KNOCKING THROUGH A DIVIDING WALL, THIS COUPLE
MADE CHANGES TO THEIR EXISTING FITTED UNITS TO CREATE
A TAILORED KITCHEN WITHOUT STARTING FROM SCRATCH
hen Emily and Euan Murray were house-hunting
in Edinburgh six years ago, they knew from the
moment they stepped through the front door
of The Pink House that it was going to be their
new home. Back then, it wasn't the colourful,
quirky property it is today, but they could see it had the
potential to become their dream dwelling.
'Euan and I were living in London at the time with our
six-month-old son, Oscar,' says Emily, 38, founder/editor of
interiors blog The Pink House (pinkhouse.co.uk).
'I was devastated to leave the Big Smoke, but the lure of
grandparents in Edinburgh was appealing. When my parents
learned I was going to see a house on this particular road, they
decided to accompany me. This was their "special secret street",
which they'd discovered years earlier on an evening stroll.
'They'd always wondered what the rainbow-hued, arts and
crafts-inspired Victorian houses were like inside. This was only
the third house I'd seen, but I was barely through the front door
before I knew it was The One - no matter that it was a dirty
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white outside, cream and beige inside, and the roof was
disintegrating. I wasn't even fazed that it lacked the open-plan
kitchen/living space on my "essentials" list - we'd just knock
down a wall or two. I'd do anything for this house - all
practicalities went out of the badly fitted sash window!'
So the couple bought the terraced house and transformed
it into a striking home for their growing family - Oscar, now
seven, has been joined by Zac, four. Euan, 39, a CEO of a
global sustainability organisation, says he's learned to leave the
creative decisions to Emily - but he reserves the right to veto!
LET THERE BE LIGHT
Once they'd knocked through the kitchen/living room wall to
make an open-plan area, Emily set about renovating the kitchen.
'It was functional, clinical, monochrome and there was barely
space for a breakfast table,' she recalls. 'The overhead halogen
lights brightened the north-facing room, but in a rather harsh,
unnatural way. Pulling down the wall not only gave the room
more space, it also added natural light from the living room's >