I’m Emma, a Visual Interior Stylist and designer based in Glasgow. At the end of 2018, my husband, daughter and I moved into our first proper family home, an old fashioned Victorian Terrace in Glasgow that needed to be completely renovated.
I started working in an independent lifestyle store as a Saturday girl and instantly fell in love with all things interiors. I am a big advocate of small independent brands and designers, while also scouring local second-hand stores and the high street for budget-friendly furniture and accessories. We try to focus on being mindful of the period features in the house whilst putting our modern stamp on it. We are a family of slow renovators, taking our time and carefully curating everything we use and design in the house.
We recently paired up with Mandarin Stone, to help renovate our old fashioned and tired family bathroom in a modern impactful sanctuary. Like most Victorian Terrace Houses built around the 1900s, our one and only family bathroom is on the small side. Measuring 4.4 m² in total floor space, it was tiled from floor to ceiling in mint green. The ceiling was clad in white and silver stripe wet wall, and the only source of heat came from an electric fan heater situated at the top of the wall that smelt of burning if left on for too long.
With such a small space to work with we knew we needed to get some advice from a professional. Our bathroom fitter came to the house to measure up and went over a few different layout options with us. The team had to completely level out the floor, as there was quite a considerable slope. All the walls needed to be re-built as the lath and plaster pretty much disintegrated right before your eyes. We also replaced the old leaky window as the previous owner had put one in that was smaller than the original. The old awkward chimney breast was split and over two levels so we squared this off to make one full-height box section behind the toilet and shortened it to allow for a slightly bigger bath. We decided the best layout of the bathroom was to put the bath under the window and the sink in place of the old shower cubicle. To open up the bathroom and make it seem even bigger we flipped the door the opposite way.