Porteous' Studio - a Holiday Home in Edinburgh
Last week we got the train up to Edinburgh to spend a few days in the Scottish capital. We got up to all sorts, walked for miles (as per usual) and thoroughly enjoyed every minute - we love Edinburgh and have visited quite a few times in the past and we have no doubt that we'll continue making the trip up north many more times in the future.
Our home in the city was Porteous' Studio; a beautifully-executed one bedroom holiday retreat in the Grassmarket area of town.
Porteous' Studio is one of the first projects of Izat Arundell; a locally-based design practice run by a lovely couple (we know they're lovely because they joined us for a cup of tea one night) called Jack and Eilidh. In it's past, the studio space lived a former life as a blacksmiths workshop and more recently a garage but it now sits snugly in it's own little courtyard as a beacon of light and warmth to passers-by and those that have the absolute pleasure of knowing its secrets inside.
We didn't want to get too much into the technical side of things with our text portion of this post, but we felt it important to share the fundamentals; Jack and Eilidh put the whole place together using the skills and materials close to them. The furniture (sofa, kitchen, shelving and those beautiful screens - basically everything but the bed!) were made from the wood of a single oak tree by Namon Gaston, the kitchen a collaborative effort between Gaston again and Richard Anstice (56 North) and the walls by Clayworks are finished with, you guessed it, clay. So all-in-all a very naturally-textured finish with a deep connection to the earth.
Our favourite aspect of this place is the light - or more accurately, the shadow and the subtle playfulness between the two. We really noticed the nuances in the light and felt absolutely cocooned in the softness of the clay walls, sliding the oak screen back and forth over and over to watch the rays flash... If you've ever read In Praise of Shadows (it's a very short book if you haven't) then we think you'll 'get it' and just stopping a night or three will feel like meditation. Seriously, it's that good. It came as no surprise to us that Eilidh spent a while living in Japan as we were reminded of so many places from our visit; the interior of Kaikado Cafe, the wooden buildings of Higashiyama and the overriding idea that quality comes as standard, rather than being a luxury.
We only ever share accommodation on here that we truly truly recommend and Porteous' blew our minds with it's beauty and a sense of calm and appreciation for natural elements (and the skills required to craft them into stunning functional pieces) that all results in a space for quiet contemplation.