This has been an idea of mine for some time, to showcase peoples homes, specifically homes belonging to the lovely people of Dundee and surrounding areas. To get a sneak peak inside a persons home, reveals so much about the home owners, their personality, where they like to travel or even just where they like to shop. I was very much inspired by the likes of Todd Selby, who started his website The Selby back in 2008 photographing friends homes.  I really like the laid back style of his photography, especially the way he is showing the world how people actually live. It is not styled within an inch of its life to satisfy the glossy magazines extensive list of requirements. It also helps to dispel the myth that interior design is intimidating and only for those with large budgets. It couldn’t be further from the truth, thanks to platforms like Pinterest and Instagram we are discovering our preferred interior style and having the confidence to replicate or take inspiration in our own homes. With my passion for interiors; architecture; places; people and lifestyles, this project was a great opportunity to combine these elements and showcase another side to the City of Dundee.  On a personal level it means I can get a proper nosey of peoples place and also work with local photographers.

PROJECT ONE:

Styling: Sooz Gordon // Photography: Dylan Drummond, Son of the Sea (more information after the images)

I had the pleasure of working with Jennie and Brandon designing the bespoke book case for their living room and sourcing furnishings.  They have a great style and are always championing local creatives, their home is filled with local designers and artist work. They appreciate good quality and that is evident in the pictures below.  As well as buying from up and coming and established designers they have mixed pieces from the high street, auctions and salvage yards.  It makes for such an interesting home, and will be a special place for me as you are always made to feel at home when visiting.

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1 where/location: 

Carnoustie a small coastal town, 15 mins drive from the city of Dundee

2 period/layout:
The building is over 100 years old – its on 2 floors – with a Living Room
which I pretensiouly call The Library, kitchen/dining room and 4 other
rooms, 2 are used as bedrooms, 1 as a dressing room and 1 as an office. It
has a quirky outdoors courtyard that leads through to a large walled garden
that we don’t know what to do with.

3 who lives here:
Jennie Patterson, owner of PR business Patter PR with Brandon Bryant,
who works in Construction but wishes he could be paid to fish the Scottish
rivers all day.

4 favourite room or interior piece (or both:)
My favourite room is our dramatic inky blue sitting room which was designed
to be a bit like a smart Gentleman’s Club. this is our first ever owned
place (we both rented in London for years) so I went a bit mad on this room
because it was my first decorating project. I love the custom built library
style bookcase.

5 next project in home:
definitely the kitchen. The 2 large windows bring in incredible light all
day long, but its in desparate need of a makeover. I’m struggling how to go
about dismantling the traditional fitted kitchen concept yet still have
enough storage space and practical things.

6 any interesting fact associated with property:
7 best architectural detail: (cornice, door, staircase)
Not so much an architectural detail but definitely the best feature is the
sea view from the bedroom. I could watch the changing seascape all day long.
I also really like the original banister on the staircase which curves ever
so gently and the wooden staircase that was covered in carpet. Natural Wood
Company, renovated the old pitch pine floorboards and they
came up beautifully.

8 how long lived in property?
we ve lived here for nearly 6 years

9 own/rented?
owned