Everyone is so busy and focused on productivity nowadays that sticking to the status quo has unfortunately become, well, the status quo. There simply isn’t enough time and the stakes are too high for us to experiment and *gasp* risk making mistakes. It’s a shame, too. The feeling of stepping outside your comfort zone is an exhilarating one, and it almost always teaches you something new about yourself.
Malcolm Begg felt that rare rush of enlightenment while renovating the 1880s-era Victorian he shares with his partner in Aberdeen, Scotland. Since moving in he has installed floors, stripped walls, rehabbed original metalwork and put his own twist on Victorian style. For Malcolm, who admits to being a major procrastinator, the idea of not only starting but finishing each of the tasks felt monumental. He followed through, though, and says the process was eye-opening. Watching his hard work pay off has given him a newfound confidence and taught him that anything is possible when approached with patience. Scroll down to see the before and after, and when you’re done, head to his blog Designsixtynine to read more! —Garrett
Photography by Malcolm Begg
Image above: In the design community, carpet oftentimes gets a bad rap for being unfashionable, but it’s practical so it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Malcolm proves it doesn’t have to dominate a room if you pair it with eye-catching details like these mismatched drawers.