Alexander James Interior Design is working with the award-winning CALA Homes, at The Crescent at Donaldson’s. CALA is delivering an impressive collection of apartments, garden apartments, duplexes and penthouses, all set within Edinburgh’s beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site. The homes are surrounded by 18 acres of private grounds, which has been reflected in the design of the interiors.
Nature is used as a subtle influence throughout the show homes, from textured modern fabrics and abstract artwork to feature furniture pieces and accessories. In the two-bedroom show home, soft neutrals blend with light, warm accent colours, while textures are layered through the use of wools, leathers, linens and velvets. In the three-bedroom home, soft teals and aquas create a tranquil, welcoming haven.
One of the key 2019 trends showcased in both homes is the use of curved furniture. Featuring strongly in recent interiors shows, curved furniture is back in vogue. At The Crescent at Donaldson’s it is used to superb effect, reflecting not just modern interiors trends but also the shape of the building itself. The curved, retro-style, twin pedestal desk is a lovely example of this.
Opulent touches abound, from the upholstered paneled wall in the master bedroom and the sculptured pendant lights in the dining room to the sheer, full height curtains that adorn the expansive floor to ceiling windows.
“Working on such superb properties is a real pleasure. We created design schemes reflective of the strong city culture and beautiful location of the properties, using the most elegant and luxurious fabrics and furnishings to create a classic but contemporary aesthetic. We aimed to give these stunning residences an interior worthy of their landmark position, to create an aspirational feel that reflected both quality and class.”
Stacey Sibley, Creative Director, Alexander James Interior Design
Sophisticated, formal areas for entertaining, such as the dining room and the drawing room, balance perfectly with the relaxed warmth of the kitchen and family room. Overall, the show homes evince a sense of discreet luxury.
This skill at balancing style with comfort is one of the reasons that CALA Homes approached Alexander James. A World Top 100 designer and winner of multiple awards (most recently the award for Best Interior Design of a Private Residence in the South East at the UK Property Awards 2018/19), Alexander James Interior Design understands the need to blend elegance with practicality when it comes to properties of this stature.
The prestigious new project already has all the credentials of a strong contender for future accolades. Award-winning architect Richard Murphy OBE has created a design that perfectly suits both its historic location and the demands of ultra-luxurious modern living. With its south-facing panoramic views and inspired living spaces, The Crescent at Donaldson’s will offer harmonious, aspirational living for the 21st century.
A little of the history of Donaldsons
Donaldson’s School was founded in 1851, located in the Donaldson’s Hospital Building. Publisher Sir James Donaldson bequeathed the money for both school and building to provide care and education for poor children and those with hearing difficulties. In 2008 after more than 150 years the building was in a state of disrepair and its occupant (a school for the deaf) was relocated.
The building was designed by William Playfair in the style of an Elizabethan palace. When Queen Victoria opened the School she is reputed to have said that the architect had designed a building more impressive than many of her own palaces. Playfair is one of Scotland’s most famous architects, and Donaldson’s is a prime example of his work. The redevelopment of Playfair’s building is being done sensitively by a specialist heritage developer. The new apartments at The Crescent by Cala Homes create a modern backdrop to the historic Donaldson’s building.