What's in style in Scotland's homes of the year
Fabulous design details from some of Scotland's stylish and unique homes.
In a brand new series of Scotland’s Home of the Year architect, Michael Angus, interior designer, Anna Campbell-Jones and lifestyle blogger, Kate Spiers, explore amazing houses across the country.
They've toured Scotland from coast to coast and along the way they've discovered many homes with a style all of their own. These are just some of the eye-catching design details they've uncovered on their travels.
A striking ceiling
The judges discovered a grand dining room in a converted grain mill in Eyemouth. Not only did the enormous dimensions of the former mill allow for twice the amount of tables normally found in such a room, but the trio couldn’t help but notice its striking carved ceiling.
A 'bondage tweed' cushion
A redeveloped former church manse in Brechin oozed sophistication but also included a number of and quirky individual touches. Anna was particularly taken by the style of this playful cushion in a cosy sitting area, which she dubbed ‘bondage tweed’.
A relaxing rotunda
The façade of an apartment in Glasgow’s west end hides an extraordinary period renovation. Judges were astonished to discover this grand yet calming seating area within.
The judges explored a tiny cottage in the Orkney town of Stromness which bears witness to its owners’ maritime family history. Space saving devices similar to those found on ships have been incorporated into the design, while found driftwood has been lovingly included in the décor. The ship’s wheel in the kitchen also nods to the nautical theme.
A peek inside this Dunfermline semi revealed a unique collection of up-cycled furniture with a strong 1970s theme. Solid furniture highlights the era’s quality workmanship, while funky mirrors and retro wooden ornaments help to add to the cosy nature of this family home.
Adding a glass front to a renovated home in the Highlands caused a design headache for its owners, who discovered that the bold colours they favoured in previous apartments just wouldn’t work against the soft palette of the Scottish landscape. Their decision to create a décor of muted tones with occasional pops of bright colours help to ease the eye from inside to outside.
A sophisticated Edinburgh townhouse exuded sophistication, but in period homes such as this, what works best to fill the voluminous space? Here, the judges noted that the owners opted for over-sized items, such as large lamps and an enormous ottoman.
A wooden bath
A luxurious and beautiful wooden bath took the judges by surprise in one Oban home. Free standing baths are a feature of many houses in the series but the tub taking centre place in the bathroom of this seaside home was a first for both Michael and Kate.
A seat with a view
Of course, as this home on the Isle of Skye demonstrates, sometimes in Scotland the best possible design feature a house could have is seat beside a large window to soak up the stunning views.