Get the look: Designer Julia Hoffmann mixes new and old vibes

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Julia has created a home for the times (Photo: Julia Hoffmann / Supplied)

Julia Hoffmann always knew where her dream home would be – and she did not have to look far.

The Glasgow-based interior designer grew up in the city’s green and alluring West End and has always wanted one of the chiseled townhouses from the Victorian and Georgian eras.

Fast forward to her early 20s, and she bought one – or rather part of one – after packing one of the area’s famous tenancies almost ten years ago, a two-bed ground floor apartment with classic red sandstone facade.

“I’ve always been a real estate person and still am,” she explains.

‘I grew up two minutes from this apartment in an old townhouse and have always loved old buildings.

“It was natural that I would go to live in one.”

The property needed some work, including a new kitchen, and the beige carpet was torn up to reveal original hardwood floorboards. Downstairs, newspapers lay back to the mid-1950s, so the property hadn’t gotten much done about it in a while.


Julia enjoys living in a home built to a higher standard than most modern properties (Photo: Julia Hoffmann / Supplied)

Julia says she cringes at the ultramodernisations taking place in these buildings, preferring rather to restore and update sympathetically.

‘The way houses were built 100 years ago is far superior to the way they are made now, in my opinion, because everything was done by hand – it’s a little bit of sacrilege to change them.’

Julia describes her style as ‘a mix of traditional and contemporary, and that’s what we’re doing there’.

The floorboards were professionally restored and the foot panels were also brought back to their original splendor.

The interior is kept simple with a restrained mix of personalized jewelry and accessories.


Owning such a characterful property is both a responsibility and a pleasure (Image: Julia Hoffmann / Supplied)

‘It’s about preserving traditional forms, but adding a modern and eclectic feel through the accessory. I like to keep the walls neutral and the original foot panels, but go for a more modern feel. ‘

She admits that the present is a broad spectrum, and in this case, she has taken traditional pieces and updated them, such as resuming the sofa in a more updated color instead of filling the space with modern objects.

Buying such a characterful property so young has been a dream come true, she says. ‘It felt like a big, grown-up place and a step up.

‘It was great to be back in that area. also. It’s a really nice bite of Glasgow. ‘

Her next perfect property move would be to get even bigger, but the location does not come as a big surprise.

‘My dream is to have a townhouse at the west end that I grew up in so it would return in some ways,’ says Julia. ‘I love the character and the way they are built. I want to completely restore one, I love the idea of ​​restoring these buildings to their original features. A lot of people change them quite a lot, but I prefer to bring back the original character. ‘

Find out more about Julia Hoffmann on her website.

Hanna Peterson – Togo

Hanna Peterson - The Togo (100 cm x 140 cm) /? 243 /

Hanna Peterson – The Togo (Photo: The Poster Club)

‘I love the colors – I like art that has a little more character behind it, a little more on the eclectic side. It is also calm and peaceful. ‘

Buy for £ 232 from The Poster Club.

Mykonos musebog

Mykonos musebog

Mykonos Muse Book (Image: Selfridges)

‘I collect coffee table books. I’ve never been to Mykonos or Ibiza, but I love the Mediterranean. You can tell a lot about the person in the home based on the books they have.

Buy for £ 70 from Selfridges.

Bearskin sofa in syrup-mushroom velvet

Bearskin sofa in syrup-mushroom velvet

Bearskin sofa in syrup-mushroom velvet (Image: Bread)

‘The sofa was an old one from Loaf, and a friend had it, so I bought it from her and got it restored in brick-colored velvet.’

Buy it for £ 2,545 from Loaf.

Outline floor lamp

Industrial Outline Floor Lamp / 237

Industrial Outline floor lamp (Photo: Julia Hoffmann / West Elm)

‘I like the size of it. It’s a big room, so it should be a little thicker. ‘

Buy it for £ 237 from West Elm.

Blue velvet chair


Blue velvet chair (Photo: Julia Hoffmann / Supplied)

‘The chair was my grandmother’s. We found it out of velvet in gold / yellow tone and covered it again with blue velvet. ‘

Huron bookshelf

Huron Bookshelf /? 465 /

Caption: Huron Bookshelf (Photo: Julia Hoffmann / Urban Outfitters)

‘I love how unique it is how the shelves arch. I like pieces that take something boring and make it more interesting. ‘

Buy it for £ 465 from Urban Outfitters.

Kim wool blanket

Kim wool rug (120 x 170 cm) /

Kim Wool Blanket (Photo: Benuta)

‘Benuta is a great online rug store that makes really affordable rugs and good quality.’

Buy it for £ 105.95 from Benuta.

Grooved glass black lantern

Grooved glass black lantern

Black lantern with ribbed glass (Photo: Julia Hoffmann / Dunelm)

‘It was a wedding gift that we’ve had for a while. It’s pretty simple, but the eyes are drawn to it. ‘

Buy it for £ 35 from Dunelm.

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