The Devil is in the Detail

Updating and renovating a home is a subject close to my heart…

Doug and I are not ‘serial renovators’, we are far too boring and domesticated for that, but we are real home lovers. We buy homes that we genuinely want to live in and we, very slowly, do them up and make them, as we want them.

We have only had three homes in the twenty years we have been together…neither startlingly few nor amazingly many…but we do see a lot of homes, there is no doubt about that, which, I think, makes me quite well qualified on the subject!

Here is our friends Gemma & Rick McQueenie’s home.



They really are serial renovators, Rick is an architectural consultant, REM Associates, so they have a professional edge, but they are genuine home lovers too and they certainly get every detail right – check out their internal doors!


Here is their living room before they got started –

sitting room before

They reduced the length of the living room to increase the size of their kitchen…



Natty isn’t it?

This was their hall before –

hall before

And after –


Replacing the internal doors and getting it right lifts a home tremendously. Details really count when restoring a property. Most of us know about flooring, a less obvious element is the doors. Get them right and you will have a very satisfying result.

The front door is the first thing you see though, of course, and the golden rule is – restore or replace: maximise that ‘kerb appeal’. Contemporary front doors are a joy to behold –

Oslo front

Imagine coming home to that? The OSLO front door from Todd Doors

Malmo front

Or this – the Oak Malmo (anyone watch Wallander on Saturday night? It’s back!) – stunning – you will just be dying to go home the moment you install one!

Door furniture is also crucial…

rhodoshandle Handle

mushroom handle

Choosing a brushed, stainless steel ‘Mushroom’ door handle would be a lovely update on a period or contemporary door. If you feel like you need a little bit of inspiration it’s worth having a browse of online door suppliers such as Todd Doors or Direct Doors as seeing what’s out there can often give you some new ideas on how to transform your home. You’d be surprised at how much of an impact the right fixtures and fittings can have on a room. Sometimes there’s no need to fork out on an expensive piece of furniture or go to the trouble of decorating when a few small changes can make all the difference.

One Response to “The Devil is in the Detail”

  1. Danielle Winton says:
    June 20th, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Hi, I just came across this blog and I love it! I especially like the ‘devil is in the detail’ article!
    The style of this home is right up my street, with the ercol chairs and g-plan unit…have one just like it! ….I totally agree with you about the internal doors! They are fab!
    As a fellow interiors enthusiast just wanted to say, love the features on your blog! also I grew up in longniddry, so alway visited gullane beach…..
    You have a wonderful home and i look forward to next months features!

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