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Seton House Castle
Seton House Castle, Designed by Robert Adam and built between 1789 and 1790, Seton Castle 2005

INTERIOR DESIGN AND DECORATION OF SETON CASTLE: AN OVERVIEW BY MALCOLM W. DUFFIN (MBIDA) HEAD OF DESIGN, ZEBRANO LIMITED.

Entrance Hall & Staircase

The staircase was fully restored, including the ironwork to an original Robert Adam design. This was the inspiration for the design of the carpet, runners and rugs which were made in a scarlet and gold ballustrade design.  Walls are painted in a deep red high sheen eggshell finish.  This required 5/6 coats to achieve the depth of colour required.  The hall is finished with a pair of rich red Louis XV Chairs upholstered in a wool silk damask. The chairs are all French nailed with a walnut finish.  The blinds on the left landing have been made in a matching wool, finished with deep red/ gold and green bespoke bullion fringe.  A pair of round pedestal tables (not matching) were sourced from a cabinetmakers in Edinburgh.

Dining Room

All existing furnishings were removed.  The flooring, doors and woodwork were reconstructed  to incorporate a hi-fi system.  Period radiator covers were manufactured and installed. Ironmongery, fireplaces and windows were either replaced or restored.  The dining room is a feat of architecture and decoration.  The French Lampas silk was made in emerald green.  This silk damask was then hand battened to the walls and finished off with a gold gimp concealing the hand stitching and upholstery pins.  Curtains and pelmets were  made to match Adams architecture.  The 18th century chandeliers and commodes sit either side of a stunning and rare Robert Adam fireplace were personally sourced.  All the woodwork is hand finished with a gold leaf detailing.  Two cupboards were  restored as a butler's pantry and a glass room.

Ante Room Corridors

Both these passageways have been fully restored using emerald green, gold and ink wallpaper specially designed by a London wallpaper manufacture Cole & Son.  Enhanced with a window seat and blinds in green lampas silk, these passageways are an aesthetically pleasing way to link the principle reception rooms.

Drawing Room

This stunning D shaped room with a trio of arched windows looking down the estate to the River Forth.  It has been completely restored.  A subtle and timeless Trompe L' oeil decoration was chosen for a panelled room.   Three shades of coral add warmth to the rooms, as do the silk taffeta curtains with hand made trimmings in coral/ blue and pink.  An Aubisson rug, baby grand piano and a selection of Scottish Georgian and Victorian furniture complete the design. A secret door connects the drawing room to the morning room. 

Morning Room

This perfectly proportioned room has been decorated with rare Colefax and Fowler wallcovering, again picking the coral/ green which link all 3 principled reception rooms.  The grand curtains, sofas and chairs were all manufactured and/or upholstered to an exact specification.  A rug designed by Colefax coloured by Duffin reinforced the look with a soft pale green dragged wallpaper from Coles.  The furniture plan gives this room a flexible use and has its own en suite toilet / powder room facilities.  The kitchen can be accessed from this room.

Master Bedroom

This  room has retained the same proportions and scale of the drawing room below it, resulting in one of the highlights of the house.  This room was fashioned on 17th/18th  century decoration from the Orient.  Hand painted silk wallpaper was commissioned in pale blue and a design that was chosen to suit the contours of the room.    Detailed paint work and painstakingly beautiful curtains in these colours add luxury.   A beautiful 4-poster bed was built specifically for this room and is finished with pale blue and green silk curtains.   A Regency Fauteille is upholstered in satin, adding some feminine luxury along with a glorious rug purchased by the client.    Accessories from the owners' private collection add atmosphere to a room which is wrapped in silk and satin and allows for retreat and seclusion.

Dressing Room/ Bathrooms

A stunning suite of rooms comprises of bespoke cabinetry for the cupboards, all painted in bone and ivory colours to reflect the pair of simple fireplaces with ochre marble detail.  The bathroom, with shower and steam room and WC are all fully fitted with marble and chrome finishes. 

Children's Rooms

The children's rooms are interconnected ranging from a vibrant pink room for the teenager daughter to a Disney styled film set bedroom for the youngest daughter. Trompe L'oiel has been used extensively to create exceptional rooms for the children.  

Guest Bedroom 1 (Fuchsia)

This twin bedroom follows the theme of Chintz and colour using Colefax & Fowler Fuchsia on the walls with the woodwork picks up the colour detail.  Twin sleigh beds and furnishings complete this charming room.

Guest Bedroom 2 (Bowood)

Situated at the North West corner of Adams' House this room has a stunning skyline view to Edinburgh and North Fife.  A traditional design of roses has been used to provide a comfortable retreat for any guest.   

Guest Bedroom 3 (Southeast)

A charming 'Gentleman's' Guest bedroom is decorated in sporting Toile De Jouey featuring hounds, in reds/ creams .  The en suite bathroom has been decorated in a strip.   A sumptuous sleigh bed and delightful accessories collected by the owners give this room charm and comfort.

Study

Centred at the top of the house and afforded similar views as the guest rooms, this room offers escapism for thinking time.  A French fabric by Pierre Frey has been applied to the walls, curtains and pelmets, which is complimented by an unusual mix of colour on the woodwork.  A desk, leather chairs and complementary accessories complete this room. 

Kitchen

Formerly a dark and disused basement this area was converted to a fully bespoke kitchen, fully equipped to suit a house of such a scale.    An uncut large slate floor adds atmosphere, as does the choice of Trompe L'Oiel detail.  Miniature chandeliers add some glamour and offer practical additional lighting.

Billiard Room

This room was completely restored to form a Billiard Room.  The walls have all been panelled in a dark oak with chestnut leather armchairs. There are sporting scenes in the curtains and window seats , which have been lined with a coffee and blue plaid detailing.  The fireplace has been reopened and a Victorian drinks trolley adds to the detail created for the relaxing sportsmen that will enjoy the luxury of this room.

Playroom

The children's recreation space has been decorated with Trompe L'Oiel, with a canopied ceiling and practical matting on the flagstone floor.  Leading out to the East Garden this room will be well suited and robust to the rigours of a young family.

 

EXTERNAL

Parterre Garden

Formerly overgrown and out of control, the courtyard foliage was completely removed.   The  geometry of the parterre was designed by Malcolm Duffin and landscape gardeners completed the construction and planting to compliment the Robert Adam structure of the property.  This and the linear movement has been echoed with structured formal planting and Versailles tubs.

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