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16 Stylish Homes in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales

by Amy Azzarito

To kick off our home tour day, we decided to roundup all of our favorite English, Irish, Welsh and Scottish homes. From Victorian row homes in London to railway cottages and color-filled homes in Scotland, this roundup is full of cozy decorating ideas that would work in any home. –Amy

(In honor of St. Patrick’s day, if you’re missing a dose of green, we have you covered right here.)

*Editor’s note: In response to the discussion with readers below, this post has been updated and a note from our team is in the comment section.

Image above: A factory-converted flat in London filled with original details (like the original floorboards.) See all the photos here.

Image above: A cozy 2-bedroom Victorian flat in London. See all the images here.

Image above: A spare room in a small Victorian railway cottage built in 1890. See all the photos here.

See more of our favorite UK homes after the jump!

Image above: A colorfully embellished closet in Brighton, England. See all the photos here.

Image above: A quilt with a mix of kimono Liberty print silk on a French wrought-iron bed in a Victorian home in South East London. See all the photos here.

Image above: When Shara Henderson and Paul Wesolek moved to London from Melbourne, they arrived with only their suitcases and cameras. They seem to have settled in to Brockley, a suburb in southeast London, quite well. See all the photos here. (And see how to Make It Yours.)

Image above: Dark gray brings out the wood tones in Luke Fenech and Oliver Chapman’s home in Greenwich, England.

Image above: The rotation gallery wall in South East London. See all the photos here.

Image above: A cozy bedroom in a London home. The couple completely restored the entire home. See all the photos here.

Image above: Turns out you can go home again. This homeowner purchased her childhood flat in London and it’s now home to her family. See all the photos here.

Image above: A bright, colorful home in Dublin, Ireland. See all the photos here.

Image above: If you can’t decide on one tile color, why not just go with all of them? The look works in Megan Price and Robert Shadbolt’s kitchen because everything else is kept neutral. See more of the couple’s home in Manchester, England here.

Image above: This built-in cupboard is original to Victoria Suffield’s 1930s home in Winchester, South England.

Image above: An antique sofa covered with linen from one of the last linen mills in Scotland with a mix of cushions in Glasgow, Scotland. See all the photos here.

Image above: Just 40 minutes outside London, Gemma Ahern (sister of designer Abigail Ahern) completely redid her 1,200 square foot space on a $10,000 budget.



Beautiful shades of grey and yellow in Belinda Love Lee’s Cardiff home.

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  • I’m not sure what the link between UK homes and St Patrick’s Day is… he’s the patron saint of Ireland, which is a whole other country, aside from the Northern Ireland part it’s not really celebrated.
    Also – Dublin is part of Ireland, not of the UK.

    It’s not that complicated, but is is quite frustrating!

  • These are really lovely but the UK and the Republic of Ireland are not the same country. We’re just neighbours. The Dublin home is not in the UK; the rest are nothing to do with St Patrick.

    (I hate that I’ve just pointed this out but maybe you can get this changed before too many people take offense!)

  • This makes no sense. In honour of the patron Saint of Ireland you present a bunch of UK homes? Most of the UK (except Northern Ireland) doesn’t celebrate this holiday, but none of these are from Northern Ireland! The one Irish home isn’t even in the UK, its from Dublin which is in the Republic of Ireland, a ccompletely different country. ..

  • Great selection, though I do wonder how your Irish readers will feel about DS celebrating St Patrick’s Day by showcasing stylish UK homes..!

  • Ireland and the UK aren’t the same. Granted Northern Ireland is part of the UK, but having British homes featured to celebrate an Irish holiday seems a bit of a stretch. Better to have featured the use of green in a home.

  • I see I’m not the only one a bit confused (and upset) by this post.

    Dublin is in Ireland, Ireland is not in the UK. St. Patrick’s day is an Irish holiday, and whether or not it’s celebrated elsewhere, St. Patrick is regarded as the patron saint of Ireland.

    I’d say you might as well post about stylish homes in Canada, Scotland, Argentina (since Wikipedia says they all celebrate Paddy’s day), but those would honestly be less insulting. Here’s another wikipedia article that you might want to read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_troubles to give a bit of insight into why.

  • As a Dubliner, who usually loves your site, I find it disappointing that you would choose to showcase UK houses to honour St. Patrick’s Day. It may just have been the wording but it comes across as a little ignorant. I appreciate the editors note you added.

  • I’m a Northern Irish Catholic living in Scotland for the last 27 years, with many Irish friends & relatives in Canada, Australia & other parts of the world.

    The Wikipedia link above states that St Patrick’s Day “is also widely celebrated BY THE IRISH DIASPORA around the world; especially in Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand”.

    That doesn’t mean that these countries celebrate it as such, just some of the Irish (Catholics in the main) within them – although Irish theme pubs will of course always use it as a good excuse for a party!

    Lovely homes though … Eleanor.

  • Some people may choose to celebrate St Patrick’s Day by simply going out and getting drunk, but it’s not mandatory. I think people are a little more upset about the connection you’ve made, (albeit non intentionally) between two nations that are not connected. It’s a little like featuring homes in the States to celebrate Canada Day to us. (I’m Welsh, which is a country that is part of the UK and I also live in Canada and I completely ignore St Patrick’s Day). Nice homes though!

  • At least you didn’t add insult to injury by calling it St Patty’s Day – now that is guaranteed to annoy the Irish. The addition of the editors ‘a note doesn’t really help your case by the way. It just shows an emphasis on geography over history

    • Hi Everyone

      I’ve updated this post and removed the references to St. Patrick’s Day. We meant only to group these homes together based on geographic closeness (which is something we do frequently, unrelated to holidays, etc.) and did not mean to imply any political statements by that choice. That said, I understand why the juxtaposition or Ireland the the UK would upset some, so we’ve removed the reference and discussed only the homes here.


  • Perhaps you should have pulled this post straight away. I nearly dropped my cup of tea when I read it. Even updated it still seems wrong! Sorry, it smacks of American Ignorance, and it really pains me to say that.

  • I’m glad you have updated the post. The original version was mean-spirited and disrespectful. It did indeed feel like “retribution”.

    • Katy and Kelly,

      The post was in no way meant to be mean-spirited or upsetting. I’m genuinely sorry if it felt like that in any way.

      After 10 years of blogging and sharing our lives and ethics here, I hope you know and understand that our team would never publish anything that intentionally upset or hurt anyone. We made a bad decision framing the post in this way (and have retracted it) but would never intentionally write anything mean-spirited and disrespectful, that’s just not who we are.


  • I did enjoy reading this round-up and seeing the lovely homes in it – as a UK-dweller, to be looking at houses geographically closer to my own makes having a beautifully designed space seem more achievable, so thank you. Also, regarding the St Patrick’s Day ‘controversy’ – perhaps because of this, more beautiful Irish homes will be submitted to you before next year? It’s a country I have always wanted to visit and I’m sure it’s home to a lot of great design; people just need to share it with you before you can share it with us :)

  • Hello, Is there a link to see more of the home that has the floor to ceiling book cabinet with the wooden dinning room table and white with “holes” chairs? It is the image right after the multi color tiled kitchen photo. The same caption about the kitchen is under both images. Thanks!

  • I love these homes, I really like sneak peeks from this end of the world as the home-owners are frequently dealing with similar houses to mine and come up with inspiring ways to decorate them.

    I like how you suggest Scotland is separate to the UK! You might be right come September!

  • A gorgeous selection of homes, regardless of where they are! You definitely need some Welsh homes now too. I like to think I can spot a British home when one appears on Design Sponge because of our particular aesthetic. I couldn’t possibly define what it is, but I know it when I see it. Though sometimes I think it is just because modest, Victorian houses are so familiar.

  • Change the first line to omit Scottish (as the Scots are British) and you’ve fixed it all.

    English = from England
    Welsh = from Wales
    Scottish = from Scotland
    Irish = from Ireland
    British = from England, Scotland, Wales (and Northern Ireland if you happen to be that way inclined)

    Beautiful homes though, and I kind of want to pop round to the Glasgow one!

  • I’ve had two arguments with people regarding my own country. One with a Canadian and one American. They both would not believe that Wales is a separate country from England, Scotland or Northern Ireland and refused to believe that I knew what I was talking about even though I come from there until they checked the Internet. Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland are all separate countries that together make up the UK. Someone from Scotland, Wales, England or Northern Ireland are all British.

  • Hi there,

    Thank you for the post DesignSponge and the retractions. Being a Dubliner and having lived in the USA and Australia it is a VERY common misconception that the Republic of Ireland is part of the United Kingdom and if anything can be taken away from this thread it is that Ireland is not part of the UK.

    I, personally, am not offended that UK homes can be celebrated alongside Irish homes as we are friendly neighbours with similar styles in Art and Architecture. But it is important they are differentiated.

    Its a mistake made by a lot of people and it was unfortunate it ended up in a public forum but the important thing is that people are now more informed.
    Thanks for all your great posts DS.

  • Lovely selection of pics. The homes are full of character and style. I love pic 2 with the beautiful white ornate mirror really standing out against the dark grey wall and the colourful rug adds the perfect amount of colour to prevent the room feeling cold. Like how some rooms have added colour by way of painted furniture rather than vast expanses of coloured walls. The vibrant pink coffee table is amazing :O)

  • A lovely round-up :)

    I just want to point out though – Scotland is part of Britain so it doesn’t make sense to say British, Irish and Scottish. Maybe English instead?

  • Woah, way too much emphasise on a mistake and definitely not enough of just enjoying the beautiful homes? This is a design blog not a political one, mistakes will be made.

    • Victoria

      We didn’t purposely overlook Wales, but I found one Welsh apartment to add to this collection, so I’ve updated the post. Thanks for the reminder :)


  • Great to see some homes closer to where I live on this great blog. Thanks! Two things:
    1. Two of the captions are the same – which house is the third photo from last from – I’d love to see more of that home.
    2. A fun and helpful UK/Great Britiain/England, Scotland, Wales, N. Ireland vid here, that explained to me a few things I never knew: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNu8XDBSn10

  • Simple, England, Great Britain and the United Kingdom mean different things.. England, Scotland and Wales are collectively called “GREAT BRITAIN”, and exist as one contiguous land mass. The UK is actually an abbreviation for ‘The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’. The Republic or Ireland, or Eire is a totally different country, and you need a passport to enter (you don’t need one to cross the borders between England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland). Not in any way bothered/offended by this post, but it seems a shame that people don’t realise the differences between UK/GB etc.

  • I’m honestly shocked and saddened that DS would make such a gaffe. I appreciate the editing and the comments above, but to me even in its current form the post reads as ignorant. I understand this was unintentional, but I hope in the future DS is more mindful of the political and cultural context of holidays it choses to highlight. Thanks for being responsive and understanding.

  • Hi! very nice homes in UK & Ireland and Scotland (since soon it might not be part of UK either).
    Enjoy the houses and please all you Irish/British people who took offense… remember that we all make mistakes. I bet most of you think Finland is part of Scandinavia and nobody would call you ignorant for thinking that! :)

  • As an Irish person it didn’t offend me that you grouped UK homes with Irish ones, and you are certainly far from alone in mixing up what comprises the UK. I just wish while you were going with the Irish theme that you could have found more than one Irish home. Here in Ireland, we have very stylish homes indeed, and the one posted is 6 years old…time you gave us another look methinks…I have a few friends’ homes you could visit in Ireland if you are interested :-) Aside from that a lovely post!

  • I live on the Isle of Man – which is part of the British Isles (it’s the island slap bang centre) but isn’t part of the UK or the Republic of Ireland. Why haven’t you included that?!

    I’m kidding of course. Besides, judging from estate agent photos, you’d be hard pushed to find anywhere to feature.

  • Following Michelle’s post, I’d also love to know the colour of the grey walls – is it possible to share that with us? Thank you!

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