Scotland’s Home of the Year: Kate Spiers, Anna Campbell-Jones and Michael Angus split between quirky and eclectic Georgian renovation and stunning Glasgow townhouse
In this week’s episode, the judges visited homes in Glasgow and the Clyde Valley in their quest for Scotland’s Home of the Year.
A period pink property in Killearn competed with a Victorian terrace and a townhouse in Glasgow in the ninth episode of the popular BBC Scotland series, which aired on Wednesday evening.
Judges Anna Campbell-Jones Michael Angus and Kate Spiers had their work cut out choosing between these jaw-dropping homes – but only one would go forward to next week’s grand final of Scotland’s Home of the Year.
Each of the three properties were scored on design, style and amazing architecture.
Expert interior designer Campbell-Jones said what she was looking for was a home with “heart, soul and originality”.
Blogger Spiers, who shares her expertise with millions of followers on social media, was on the lookout for “a home that feels lived in and loved – somewhere that is personable and charming and a joy to be in”.
Architect and lecturer Angus, meanwhile, wanted to find a property that is “exceptional in its ability to embrace, to entertain, and to exalt”.
Let's see how things panned out in the latest instalment of Scotland's Home of the Year...
Since 2018, this Georgian renovation in Killearn has been home to Karen and Matt, their daughters Cora and Marnie and son, William.
The stunning pink house sits on 26 acres of land and has been completely renovated inside, boasting a quirky and eclectic style while highlighting the original period features of this unique property.
“I’m in awe of how much space it takes up,” said Spiers on first seeing the gigantic property.
Once inside, all three judges agreed there were just too many things to look at. They seemed very impressed.
Angus was blown away by the stunning staircase, while Spiers admitted to being mesmerised by the floors.
Campbell-Jones loved the home’s “balance between clean and contemporary and luxury”.
Into the kitchen and it was OMGs all round among the judges, especially when they spotted the stunning 1920s-style opening on to the garden.
All three judges gave it a perfect 10, which saw it top the leaderboard on 30 points, with two properties still to come.
The second home to feature in Wednesday’s episode was a Victorian renovation in Glasgow’s Broomhill area.
Home to Tamara, husband Martin and their children Matilda and Hal, the family bought Tilmahara in 2017 and transformed the run-down property into a stunning family home full of characteristic style.
The interior hadn’t been updated since the 70s and the family quickly set to work, making it their own.
The red sandstone exterior of the property impressed the judges on first sight, with Angus noting that it was “just so synonymous with Glasgow... the colours and textures together are just so gorgeous”.
Stepping inside, Campbell-Jones commented on the beautiful stained-glass on the door, while Spiers loved what she described as a “really snazzy carpet” in the hallway.
The kitchen extension had been “planned really well to maximise the space” according to Angus, but all agreed it was a stunning space.
Again, all three judges scored Tilmahara 10 points, putting it in a tie for first place with The Moss on 30 points.
West End Townhouse
Finally, the judges visited a townhouse in Glasgow’s affluent West End, home to Niki and her teenage son, Gilli.
The Victorian mid-terrace was completely run-down when Niki bought it.
Over time she renovated the property, reinstating many of the traditional period features of the three-storey home as well as introducing welcoming textiles and colour schemes.
Arriving at the property, Angus said he was on very familiar territory, having lived just around the corner in his student days. He added that his friends lived in a property on the street which was “shabby inside”.
Not so this home. Stepping inside, the judges were impressed with many of the features and commented on how calm it was compared to the busy street outside.
"This lovely long hall just draws you in,” said Angus, adding that a “perfected located mirror just lets the hall go on even longer.”
Moving to the livingroom and Campbell-Jones was wowed by the patterns and colours and textures before her.
Into the kitchen and Spiers said: “This is a beautiful… these are my dream tiles, I can't believe I am seeing them. I think about them probably three times a day.”
Campbell-Jones then uncovered a secret room off the kitchen, which blew all the judges away.
When it came to scoring, Spiers and Campbell-Jones gave it a 10 – but Angus's score of 9 put it out of the running for first place.
The final verdict:
With both The Moss and Tilmahara scoring perfect tens from all three judges, it came down to a tie-break.
Campbell-Jones said she wasn’t sure she’d ever seen such a beautiful kitchen as that of The Moss, which for her, gave it the edge.
Spiers had to agree.
Angus then made the case for Tilmahara, but admitted if he had to stump for one, it would be the other.
And there we had it – tonight’s winner, The Moss, claiming the final spot in the final of Scotland’s Home of the Year.
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