It’s been a while since I last featured a home tour on here, but this one is definitely worth the wait! I’ve followed this home owner for about a year now on Instagram, having instantly been drawn to her considered, yet rustic style home set in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. A bright and light interior punctuated with rich earthy tones and carefully curated vintage finds throughout, it’s no surprise that its owner, Siobhan, has amassed a huge Instagram following in a short period of time on her account @home_stead.
I had the pleasure of meeting Siobhan in person whilst on a family trip to Edinburgh last autumn and honestly, I think we could have chatted all day about everything interiors related! Having hailed from the north-west of Ireland, she and her husband Rory relocated to the Scottish capital just over eight years ago and bought their first home together two years ago.. it’s now a beautiful family home for them and their two little daughters, Úna and Nora. It’s truly amazing how far they’ve come in restoring this Victorian mid terrace to its former glory!
Siobhan and Rory’s home was built in the 1890s, however many of its original late Victorian features have been lost in the years since. As a couple who are passionate about restoring the historic grandeur of their home, Siobhan and Rory have worked hard to restore the original features. To keep costs down, they opted to undertake much of the restoration and decorative work themselves, not least on the intricate cornicing, picture rails and architraves seen throughout the ground floor.
So, let’s take the tour, shall we?
First up, THAT kitchen/dining room that has trended on Siobhan’s Instagram feed… and it’s not hard to see why! Although many original features have disappeared from this room over the years, the beautiful cornicing in the dining room has survived, and is just visible in this lovely shot looking down from the kitchen. Siobhan and Rory undertook some structural work in this space by knocking down the wall between the two rooms to make it more open plan. This north facing room is where they spend most of their time, so Siobhan opted to keep it bright and airy by using Farrow & Ball Wimborne White on the walls and Shadow White on the woodwork.
The couple purchased the kitchen from Howdens and designed it themselves, one of their key requirements being to incorporate some glazed upper cabinets to keep the space as bright and open as possible. Another element they didn’t want to compromise on was an island unit for food prep and luckily the space was large enough to achieve both of these ideas.
I love how every element of this kitchen has been so carefully considered, down to the vintage style lighting and brass hardware. You really feel as if it has been there forever, yet it gives the couple and their two daughters a fresh and modern family space to live, eat, work and play in.
Although it’s now hard to imagine that a maid once had her sleeping quarters in here, with a hatch in the partitioning wall to serve food into the dining room, so much of the house’s original character seems to ooze from its very core; something that the current owners have strived to rejuvenate.
In the dining side of the room, Siobhan’s favourite pastime of scouring flea markets and antiques fairs is evident in the old wingback chair and beautiful vintage light fitting. Describing her style as ‘old farmhouse’, she says she “adores anything old… and hunting around Edinburgh city for original pieces of furniture for the house”. She definitely possesses a natural eye for detail and knows intrinsically what is going to work in their home.
As the dining area is small, they decided to keep it simple with an Ercol table and chairs – I love the laidback, rustic farmhouse feel they give the room; the natural textures of the wood offer a gorgeous warmth. The exposed original floorboards and textured jute rug subtly tie the two rooms together.
Just off the rear of the kitchen is the utility area, which has a very low ceiling and receives little natural light, so Siobhan decided to embrace the darkness and paint everything (walls, ceiling and woodwork) in Farrow & Ball Bancha. She says the dark green colour has had a massive impact and really grounds the small space.
I love the glimpse of deep green you can see from the bright kitchen and again, the carefully sourced vintage pieces in dark wood (love that little medicine cabinet!) further enrich the space.
Looking out of the kitchen into the central hallway of the home, you can see the entrance vestibule, which the couple installed as part of their efforts to restore character into the house. It’s hard to believe that when they bought the house, the vestibule didn’t exist – the previous owners had taken out the partition and installed ugly laminate flooring throughout.
Siobhan and Rory ripped up the laminate flooring only to discover the beautiful original tiles underneath. They reinstalled the partition and attempted to source some original stained glass, however were unsuccessful in their quest, so instead fitted a large double glazed pane of plain glass.
In order to keep the internal hallway bright and open, Siobhan chose to paint the partition in Farrow & Ball Studio Green and chose the William Morris wallpaper, Willow Boughs, for the vestibule behind. It looks incredibly beautiful and creates such a stunning feature, doesn’t it?
A custom built wooden bench finishes off the vestibule, with the perfect place to store firewood in underneath. The coat hanger was a lucky find at an antiques shop and you can just see the original Victorian tiles that were hidden for so long under the laminate floors.
Siobhan’s favourite room in the house is her daughter Úna’s bedroom. She says, “it’s the smallest space and quite quaint, so I picked my favourite Farrow & Ball wallpaper, Uppark, to give it a nice country cottage feel.” The pale pink and white pattern design is so delicate – perfect for a little girl’s bedroom!
The cast iron fireplace was salvaged and reinstated in order to reintroduce some period charm into the room and one of Siobhan’s vintage finds, a little toy barn, sits happily on top.
Rather than carpeting upstairs, Siobhan and Rory kept costs down by painting the original floorboards throughout. In this room, they chose Farrow & Ball Shadow White for the wood floors and added an area rug from Loaf (find similar here) to keep it feeling cosy underfoot.
The old gentleman’s wardrobe was a Gumtree find, given a new lease of life with a coat of paint, namely Farrow & Ball Light Blue. The beautiful old brass bed was a more recent addition, having been won at auction a few months ago. Siobhan tied everything together by dressing the room with some rust coloured pillows and a multicoloured throw.
Siobhan’s favourite thing about her home is just how homely it feels. Each room is well used and just last spring they installed a wood burner in the sitting room, which has turned out to be their best investment by far – they can’t believe the difference it has made in keeping the whole house warm and cosy through the winter.
So, what’s next on Siobhan’s wish list for her home? “(We plan) to restore the beautiful cupola on the landing,” she says. “Once that is done, we can choose a carpet or runner for the landing and stairs.” Another big project is to create a wet room downstairs and also to replace the bathroom suite upstairs. I have no doubt these will be completed to perfection in Siobhan’s understated, tasteful way, in fitting with the rest of the house!
It’s evident that a whole lot of love and hard work has been poured into the restoration of this beautiful Edinburgh home. The couple feel proud of the fact that they have undertaken the majority of the work themselves, thereby dramatically cutting costs and making more changes possible.
Been inspired by Siobhan’s style? Here are some products you can use to recreate her old farmhouse look in your own home…
- Striped blue coffee jar // £30 // Cornishware
- Embossed glass pendant // Cox & Cox // £125
- Boraståpeter wallpaper in ‘Foxglove’ // Wallpaper Direct // £50/roll
- Weathered oak stool // Rose & Grey // £135
- ‘Hambleton’ peg rail, raw oak // Garden Trading // from £25
- Vintage flowers poster // Desenio // £7.95
- Farrow & Ball estate emulsion in Shadow White No 282 // £46.50 / 2.5l
- ‘Majari’ cotton floral quilt // La Redoute // from £56
- ‘Oliver’ brass bedframe // Feather & Black // from £315
- UGILT flatwoven rug // IKEA // £20
- Linen cushion cover in rust // H&M Home // £8.99
- Rope basket // Matalan // £14
If you’d like to explore and be inspired by more of Siobhan’s home interior, pop over to her Instagram account @home_stead. Thanks for letting me have a look around your beautiful home, Siobhan!