A lot of people ask me where my design roots come from and my answer is easy: my parents.

Having strayed off down the science path at school, I have often toiled with the idea of studying textiles in the future…there’s something about textiles that gets in the blood!

Thanks to a colourful upbringing surrounded by fabrics, patterns and prints, I have developed a growing appreciation for textiles, interiors and design. With both parents being passionate textile designers, it’s of no surprise really why I have developed the bug for creativity and interior styling.

So I would love to take the opportunity to introduce to you a photo gallery tour of a particular special home in Melrose, in the heart of The Scottish Borders. Designed with a joy for colour, an eye for textures and dedication to delightful details, mum Kathryn has created a unique place to live aptly named

‘The Designer’s Cottage’

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An Interview with Mum, TEXTILE DESIGNER 

(featured on the left, enjoying a chat about colour with Aunty SUSAN ON THE RIGHT)

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What first caught your eye about The Designer’s Cottage? 

The patchwork gardens with loads of colour and wonderful views from the house!

the designers cottage, interior photography mairi helena photography scotland

the designers cottage, interior photography mairi helena photography scotland

Where do you get your design inspiration and influences?

I had just returned from the USA and loved the cool greens and reds on Long Island

the designers cottage, interior photography mairi helena photography scotland

the designers cottage, interior photography mairi helena photography scotland

the designers cottage, interior photography mairi helena photography scotland

the designers cottage, interior photography mairi helena photography scotland

How would you describe your interior style? 

Relaxed Scandinavian/Shabby Chic

the designers cottage, interior photography mairi helena photography scotland

the designers cottage, interior photography mairi helena photography scotland

the designers cottage, interior photography mairi helena photography scotland

the designers cottage, interior photography mairi helena photography scotland

the designers cottage, interior photography mairi helena photography scotland

What is your favourite part about living in Melrose in the Scottish Borders? 

Proximity of interesting fabric sources 

the designers cottage, interior photography mairi helena photography scotland

If you had to describe The Designer’s Cottage in 3 words, what would they be? 

Eclectic textile colour 

the designers cottage, interior photography mairi helena photography scotland

the designers cottage, interior photography mairi helena photography scotland

What item of furniture or design accessory do you love most at The Designer’s Cottage? 

French bed found at a local second hand shop

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What top tip would you give aspiring design enthusiasts? 

Imagine the whole scheme in your head and then on paper before committing to expenditure!

the designers cottage, interior photography mairi helena photography scotland

If this cottage has inspired you to create your own designer’s home, then we would love to hear from you about your own home design adventures.

You can even go one step even further and have this home for your own as The Designer’s Cottage, East Danielton Cottages, is currently on the market! You can find out more details about this unique opportunity here!

A home with a heart

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