This Gorgeous Glasgow Home Features Bold Textiles, IKEA Hacks, and a DIY Budget Kitchen Makeover

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Living room with bluebellgray accent curtains

Name: Wendy H Gilmour, my husband, son, daughter, and two Finnish Lapphund dogs
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Type of home: Apartment
Size: 800 square feet
Years lived in: 10 years, owned

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: This was our first home as a married couple and we brought our baby boy home here, too. It is a two- bedroom Georgian period tenement flat in Glasgow’s Finnieston area, overlooking the park and full of beautiful old details like ceiling roses and cornice work. I lived here with my husband Scott, baby boy Hunter, and our two Finnish Lapphund dogs Karhu and Tux.

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It is a space full of color, heavily influenced by my job at the time in marketing with Scottish textiles brand Bluebellgray, and pieces collected from travels like my terracotta swallows from Portugal and wooden dog floor lamp from France. I worked full time on my blog, thankfifi.com, the last year we lived here and that influenced many of the interior projects—to tell the truth we clad the kitchen island in concrete as I knew it would make a great backdrop for my photos.

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Kitchen with tile stickers and DIY concrete island (kitchen makeover already featured by you guys).

What is your favorite room and why? I have so much love for the kitchen, which is open plan to the living space. We completely changed the look of it on a major budget with tile stickers and chalk paint and a DIY concrete breakfast bar and it just feels so open and clean and fresh now. [See the kitchen makeover Before & After post.]

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Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Period colorful eclectic bohemian mishmash.

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Dining hall with bluebellgray wallpaper and IKEA hack hairpin leg console.

If you could magically change something about your home, what would it be? Perhaps the proportions—we are lucky to have a square hall which accommodates our dining table and chairs—the problem is when we pull the furniture out of the corner to actually use it, it completely blocks the front door. Basically if you come over for a dinner party you have to commit to the WHOLE party because, once that table is set, nobody is leaving.

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Bedroom details with tufted rug headboard, Portugese terracotta swallows and Farrow & Ball Studio Green half painted wall

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? Most recently this gold circle mirror from Laura Ashley for my bathroom makeover project and this floral La Redoute bedding for my baby girl.

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Any advice for creating a home you love? I always save inspiration images thinking I’ll go in a certain direction and, in the end, my rooms wind up looking NOTHING like those images… I see things I just can’t live without (like my dog-shaped floor lamp or my hall’s statement wallpaper), things I have no logical need for or place for, but I give them a home. So go with your heart and never ever discard something you love just because it doesn’t fit into a theme—it’s the mix of pieces I adore that I think makes a unique home to love.

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Unfortunately Wendy and her family no longer live in the property, but you can see more of her style and decor on her instagram, Thankfifi.


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