Lynne McCrossan: Who needs Carol Smillie?

Claire Stuart, West Calder. I love an eclectic dresser and Claire has it all. Her dress is Karen Mabon, sunglasses by Miu Miu, Cropped Top is Primark, her handbag is Chanel and Shoes are Faith at Debenhams. This is how to live life in colour.
Claire Stuart, West Calder. I love an eclectic dresser and Claire has it all. Her dress is Karen Mabon, sunglasses by Miu Miu, Cropped Top is Primark, her handbag is Chanel and Shoes are Faith at Debenhams. This is how to live life in colour.
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IN Gorgie there isn’t much room to swing a cat tucked up inside a cosy one-bed flat.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t tart the old dear up every now and then.

After the best part of half a century a monumental shift happened this week at Wardlaw. A sleek new kitchen was designed and fitted, transforming a slither of space into a stylish scullery.

This cataclysmic change has reverberated its way through the rest of the flat, exposing the need for a makeover in every other room.

Now, I know you’re hearing the Changing Rooms theme tune but I can assure you there’s no Carol Smillie to the rescue in this episode. Much to my dismay, I may add.

Walking around numerous DIY chains and home stores it struck me that everything looks the same. It was like “Homogenised Homes R Us”.

There seems to be no room for individuality on the home front unless you want to part with some serious cash. And since funds are most certainly not unlimited I’ve had to revert to the drawing board – literally. Don’t like the wallpaper on offer? Design your own. God bless Google and its ability to link the design-challenged with their Holy Grail.

Cue custom- made wall coverings for a fraction of the cost designer stuff comes in at.

I feel like the fat fairy Godmother in Cinderella. Wardlaw shall go to the ball.

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