This is Porteous' Studio

January 26, 2018

A simple holiday home in Edinburgh

Photos: ZAC and ZAC Photography

Porteous' Studio is the first project created by the small design practice Izat Arundell – a young couple from Edinburgh. Izat Arundell transformed a former 18th century blacksmiths workshop into a minimal holiday retreat using natural materials and local craftmanship.

The idea was to design an aesthetic and quiet space for two in the Old Town of Edinburgh using stones, wood and clay for the interior design. The use of natural products creates a sense of harmony and a warm, peaceful holiday retreat to rest after a busy day exploring the city.


Izat Arundell spent months designing a simple studio, where all the details are selected thoughtfully: “The natural clay plaster walls regulate humidity levels to the optimum human comfort range and create a calm atmosphere and the velvet limestone tiles sit softly with the cobbles outside and the underfloor heating keep feet cozy at all times. The furniture has been crafted from a single oak tree from East Lothian and sits with presence in the space.”

Porteous' Studio includes an open kitchen and living area with views to the large wych elm sat in the adjacent garden courtyard. The design of the studio also contains a bedroom with a double bed and separate shower room alongside a handful of amenities and a breakfast hamper of fresh, local ingredients.


The studio is located in the central part of Edinburgh at the bustling Grassmarket with a spectacular view of Edinburgh Castle. Book a stay at Porteous' Studio here.