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I have a grand scheme on a compact scale

Muriel MacAskill’s elegant, historic apartment overlooks Edinburgh castle

Suburban living would never work for Muriel MacAskill. ‘I was brought up on the Isle of Skye and love to return for holidays, but for my work in the retail sector I need to live in a city and this top floor apartment in the centre of Edinburgh is just perfect,’ she explains. There is a real buzz about the area. ‘The location is second to none. It is right beside the castle, so it is fantastic during the Edinburgh festival, during which there are fireworks every night. Plus, you can walk everywhere from here, which I love.’

Good idea!

A different shade of paint below and above a waist height moulding adds height to a small space.

The dining table and chairs are from Peppermill Antiques in Crannock. The oversized lamps on the console are from margaret boyd interiors and the mirror was a bargain find from TK maxx. The console was also a bargain find in an antique shop, which muriel then painted matt black

Muriel bought the apartment for the location: ‘it was in a terrible condition, but my brother is a builder, so I had lots of help from him and I have done up properties before, so I knew what I was doing.’ Due to its bijou scale, Muriel was able to use top-quality materials, as the quantities were always small, so she chose really good flooring and was able to use beautiful fabrics throughout. ‘I was not extravagant though, as I am a bargain hunter at heart,’ she admits, and loves nothing better than trawling antiques shops and fairs, looking for gems that she can use her DIY skills to upcycle. ‘Anything in poor condition, I restore. A couple of things I actually painted matt black recently, to add a bit of drama,’ she shares.

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Now that the nights are long and there’s a definite nip in the air, it’s time to make sure your home is as comfy and cosy as it can be, as we’ll be spending a lot more time indoors over the next few months. Our trend alert on p.20 this month is inspired by misty moors and the rich colours are perfect for giving your home a warm and welcoming feel. And if you’re thinking of getting a new sofa before your family and friends arrive for Christmas, then make sure you read our expert guide on p.36 for all the information and inspiration you need to pick your perfect settee. We also take a look at the latest ovens which are big on style and features, but kind to your pocket – ideal for cooking your Christmas dinner (p.48). If you’re thinking of moving home in the New Year, then turn to p.106 to find out how to discover where the latest property hotspots are in your area. Bonfire night is a great excuse to have a get-together before we all get too busy in the run-up to the festive season. On p.100 we’ve got some fantastic recipe ideas for you to try at your fireworks party – I particularly love the spectacular bonfire cake, it’s a real showstopper that will definitely ‘wow’ your guests! As always we’ve got some stunning makeovers, including kitchen diner revamps packed with clever ideas (p.24), plus some gorgeous reader homes that I know you’ll find inspiring (p.73).