practical, affordable interior advice and designs
I’m Amy, founder of Amy Shirlaw Interiors. I travelled the world for over ten years creating vivid, transient spaces for events and festivals. I now put my energy into transforming permanent spaces—our homes—to reflect, support and complement my clients’ lifestyles, tastes and preferences. I provide an authentic, practical and inclusive approach to interior design. My onsite and online services reflect varying levels of support and guidance, depending on your requirements.
I’m a firm believer in function over form. To me, a well-designed room is not only cleverly designed, but comfortable, liveable and inviting. Decorative trends come and go, I create rooms that are authentic; rooms for the people who actually live in them. I want to know how you use your home, how you feel when you’re in it and how you want to feel.
The rooms I’ve designed support a variety of lifestyles and moods. They are real spaces used by real people. Though I always incorporate moments of joy and pleasure, the most important thing to me is that they work. By sharing my professional experience and opinions, I am here to help you make the right decisions, in the right order. I enjoy working with homeowners and renters living in all kinds of properties, from Georgian to new builds, in and around Edinburgh. No budget is too small.
p.s. if you're feeling intrigued and want to know more about me you can read my Apartment Therapy home tour feature
p.p.s want to read more? Great - I have plenty to say in my journal
'Amy has transformed our bedroom from a piecemeal jumble of uncoordinated colour and mess, to a tranquil, beautiful space that I adore being in. She listens to your style and aims, and carefully puts things together. The end result is perfect.
‘Amy is a class act. When I first moved into my new house I asked her to come round for an in house consultation. She brings not just creativity and style to interior design, but she is also practical and down to earth.
‘The idea of offering a remote design process sounded daunting to me at first but it couldn’t have been better. ….Amy was always there offering fresh ideas, new concepts, advice and putting my concerns to rest.’
'Amy has an uncanny ability to listen to our vague ideas and turn them into a range of colours and designs which are unique to us and we are delighted with’
‘Amy is great. She listened closely to what I wanted and came up with beautiful designs, helping us to source the items. She was aware of our budget and stayed within it; I’m delighted with the result and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her.’
‘Hugely valuable design advice for my business from Amy, there is nothing she does not know about in interiors and is a pleasure to work with!’
‘I went from feeling exhausted, nervous and overwhelmed to confident and excited. The communication was excellent, the pricing reasonable and transparent and the results are astounding.’
‘I have never worked with an interior designer before. Luckily a friend referred me to Amy. She saw exciting, creative possibilities for a space that I saw as a dark, gloomy and boring. She generated options and I felt like I was getting a selection of real choices not a pre-packaged selection.’
'Thanks for the much-needed kick start to us getting our redesign work under way. I'd really lost my vision and confidence so everything was at a bit of a standstill. Your fresh eyes and experience really counted; now we can get started with a clearer view to where we're going.’