Don’t go too trad!

My friend and colleague, the interiors writer, Aileen Little, lives in a double upper Victorian villa in Edinburgh’s south side. Although now a grandmother to nearly two, she does not feel hidebound at all to making the decor Victorian, even when it comes to Christmas.

Eschewing the need for a real tree, Aileen has gone for a simple white, wooden solution, just enough to show a few choice decorations and hook up some pretty lights.

The dining room is equally minimalist, again with white painted floorboards, a signature look now for Aileen. Hanging above the dining table are a simple, but beautiful row of pendant lights.

A painted wooden cabinet gives a nod to traditional Swedish, Gustavian furniture…Hmmm, I wonder whether Aileen and her husband, Martin, are as hooked on Scandinavian Crime dramas as Doug and I are?

Place settings for guests are festive and fun.

It certainly is a beautiful apartment, with many wonderful period features…

the front door leaves you in no doubt of the grandeur of their home.

But the moment you step inside, Aileen and Martin have cleverly and, at Christmas, very subtly, made it their own.