Emma Clanfield

This stunning home in snowy Aberdeenshire, belongs to globe-trotting interior designer, Emma Clanfield.

Emma was brought up in Scotland and has always had a base there, near her family, while she and her husband worked abroad.

Decorated with rich colours and exotic textiles; it is furnished with salvaged finds from hidden corners of the Middle East where Emma lived and worked for many years.

Based near Leicester now, she lives with her husband, Steve, who works in engineering and her daughter, Isabel, who is a student at Durham university. Emma studied textile design originally and designed beach towels after graduating. When she moved to the middle east for Steve’s work, she retrained in interior design.

As a fellow fan of graphic wallpaper, I couldn’t wait to find out more about Emma’s decorating secrets:

What makes a house a home?
Collections that tell the story of you and your family – it could be carefully chosen artworks or travel souvenirs, framed children’s drawings even.

How do you decide on your colour scheme?
I use a starting point: it might be a favourite painting – both my mother and grandfather were artists, so I was brought up with art: it is always at the forefront of my mind; or a fabric that I just love; or, of course, the client might have strong ideas.

The colourful Kantha quilt at the foot of the bed in the guest bedroom is from Emma’s sister’s company, Rebecca’s Aix Home. The vintage kantha quilts are handmade in India from recycled cotton saris, Rebecca’s Aix Home also stocks antique and vintage French and Hungarian quilts, linens and runners.

Do you have a favourite fabric designer?
No hesitation, St Judes or Rapture & Wright

The cushions in the master bedroom are made up in ‘Exuberance’, by Mulberry Home; the headboard is upholstered in a Mulberry velvet.

You can read more about Emma’s home in the February issue of Country Homes & Interiors magazine.

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