My Best of Glasgow: Interior designer John Amabile

John Amabile is best known as a leading interior designers. Originally from Paisley, his TV shows include, 60 Minute makeover and Better Homes, as well as regular appearances on daily TV magazine programming and in newspaper features.

His design company, John Amabile Design Ltd creates tailor made design solutions for commercial projects, hotels, leisure, show homes and private homes.

John will be appearing at the Ideal Home Show Scotland on Friday 1st June and Saturday 2nd June.

We asked him about his favourite people and places in Glasgow.

What do you like best about Glasgow?

The people. It’s true what they say; people really do make Glasgow. But also the buzz, it still feels local but with a cosmopolitan twist.

Best outdoors space?

There’s nothing quite like sitting on a rooftop terrace on a sunny day and for me it has to be 29’s Moet & Chandon Roof Terrace.

Best restaurant right now?

I like to keep it local and close to home in Milngavie so I’d say Beaumartin The Cottage.

Best pub?

I’m currently loving my friend Colin Barr’s ‘Bier Halle’. With over 100 draught and bottles to choose, it’s got one of the widest selections of international and craft beers that Glasgow has to offer.

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Where do you like to pick up ingredients for cooking?

Waitrose in Milngavie.

Where would you meet us for a coffee?

Epicures of Hyndland. It’s the best place to enjoy superb coffee but with huge windows you can also just sit, people watch and take in the vibrance of West End life.

Where do you shop for clothes?

I’m all about the high street so you’ll catch me in and around the style mile in my favourite shops Cruise, Massimo Dutti, Zara and House of Fraser.

Glasgow needs more?

Outdoor spaces that combat our varied weather.

Glasgow needs less?

Closing hours! As a shopaholic and lover of the cosmopolitan side of Glasgow, I’d like to see it become a city that never sleeps.

Favourite Glasgow building?

Glasgow City Chambers, purely because of the marble clad interior.

Your Glasgow music?

Glasgow band ‘Texas’ is no comparison to any others for me.

Favourite Glasgow neighbourhood?

The West End. It’s one of the most hip, electric and cosmopolitan parts of the city.

Your Glasgow hero?

Carol Smillie.

When you are with friends in Glasgow, what do you like to do?

I spent the majority of the 80’s working in bars, restaurants and shops where I met most of my friends. They all still have careers in hospitality so cocktails are a go, go!

Book tickets for the Ideal Home Show here.