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Old Meets New: Console Design at Colorful Georgian House

The home of Architect and Designer, Roddy Murray and his partner, Andrew Keith, President of Lane Crawford & Joyce, is a magnificent Georgian townhouse turned into a gorgeous contemporary home where old meets new, especially with an antique Chinese console design. Take a look at this house tour!

The house is in Edinburgh, Scotland, a UNESCO world heritage site that has been fiercely preserved, with the result that, unusually for a capital city, many of the most desirable homes are right in the center.

Resisting the temptation of either a radical update or a faithful preservation project, instead, subtle layers of the best of both Scottish and international design have been applied, resulting in a colorful reinvention of this classical building.

The property is listed, which meant that they were not allowed to knock down walls, “we had to respect the bones of the house,” Roddy explains, “but we didn’t want to live in a museum.”

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The combination of old and new extends to the decoration, which deftly combines pieces spanning several centuries of style. In the first-floor living room design, for example, gold Kartell lamps have been placed on top of an antique Chinese console table.

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The dining room and kitchen are on the first floor, double doors connect the kitchen to a light-filled drawing room creating a large, open living and entertaining space at the heart of the house.

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The dining room mixes a Georgian chandelier with mid-century Knoll furniture and edgy Damask wallpaper by the Glasgow-based design duo Timorous Beasties.

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These joyful splashes of bright shades, combined with the mix of patterns, textures, and displays of art throughout the house, both celebrate and update the Georgian structure, resulting in a lively home that was made for entertaining.

See also: Living Room Ideas with Contemporary Console Tables