Today, Home Decor Ideas blog will present you how Farrow & Ball and co-owner Tom Helme transformed an Edwardian estate into a modern yet historically resonant family home. Scotland is a place shaped by myth and legend, where every crag and castle tells a story. On the remote Kintyre peninsula, nestled among rural farms and the west coast’s pounding waves, one rambling property has the sort of dreamlike atmosphere that feels straight out of a fairytale. This home is just like that but with a special touch in its decoration. You need to take a look at the brilliant home decor of this Scottish castle. Fall in love and get inspired!
The house/castle is beautifully located, surrounded by huge very green gardens. The place seems like it was taken directly from a fairy tale. For a historical preservationist, there is perhaps no greater joy than bringing an old house to life, and Helme relished articulating his signature style to the 19,000-square-foot mansion, which was fittingly built by textiles heiress Kate Boyd and her industrialist husband James. Relying on his Farrow & Ball background, Helme mixed a series of custom paints that give each room warmth and historical resonance.
In the living room, the pair combined the clean lines of a B&B Italia sofa: “quite an unusual thing to do in a British house, let alone a Scottish castle,” he says, with an original tapestry. In this room design, you can understand how the modern furniture is perfectly combined with the environment and decoration of the house. We dare to say that it is a perfect match.
Besides the modern furniture, you can also find a lot of vintage objects and furniture in the house decoration.
In the master bedroom, an original canopy bed gets a 21st-century update with Fermoie linens in soothing shades of green, blue, and yellow. “This room has the very best view of the ocean,” says Helme of the inspired palette.
All of the rooms have an amaizng royal feeling, like they are from a movie or from some fantasy. This house, which is actually a castle, is simply like a dream.
Former Farrow & Ball co-owner Tom Helme and partner and design collaborator Lisa Ephson transformed a rambling Scottish estate on the remote Kintyre peninsula, hewing to the 1908 property’s Edwardian style while incorporating modern elements. “We were very lucky to inherit a lot of the original furniture with the home,” says Helme of the pink Edwardian sofa in what is known as the Paisley bedroom, named after the painting of the Paisley Fair that hangs above it.
The Flower Room overlooks the property’s gardens and features original cabinetry that was unearthed in the property’s basement, then polished and waxed before being restored to its current location.
A former broom cupboard was converted into a bathroom dominated by a striking window. “The original aim was to keep the house exactly as it is – it is a prime example of Edwardian architecture and design,” said Ephson.
Helme mixed custom paints inspired by his Farrow & Ball colours to maintain the historical resonance of the home. Case in point: the salmon-hued backdrop in the Edwardian-style gun room, where original game bags hang from the picture rail.
“Many think the Queen is severe, but she’s beautiful,” Helme says of a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton that hangs in the cloakroom. The room also highlights an original fireplace and a stately porcelain sink. The house’s bones remained structurally intact, its slate roof kept in place over the last century thanks to solid copper nails and its sturdy oak and stone flooring blissfully free of rot—even on these damp shores. The only concessions to modern life: fully updated plumbing, electrical, and heating systems—even so, using thoughtfully restored radiators—as well as an aesthetic overhaul that manages to maintain the Edwardian spirit of the property.