For the penultimate week, the judges visited homes in Glasgow and the Clyde Valley. On the shortlist was a Victorian mid-terrace and a townhouse in Glasgow, as well as a period property in Killearn, Stirling.
The first property on the schedule was ‘The Moss’, a pink-painted Georgian property in Killearn. The judges were wowed by the grand door and oak chevron floor as soon as they entered the impressive hallway. Michael was blown away by the ‘brave’ dark blue painted walls in the living room, Kate was taken by the choice of rug and the colour-coded bookshelf. Luxe panelling in the dining room hid the owner’s favourite spot – a door to a hidden bar, Michael declared it ‘the best under-stair cupboard I’ve ever seen’. Moving to the huge open-plan kitchen, the judges were impressed by its proportions and clever design solutions. Anna admired the blush pink AGA and floor to ceiling storage cupboards, Kate thought the open shelving with vertical dish storage was ‘inspired’. Michael enjoyed the contrast in the space with its 1920s inspired French windows looking out to the garden, to the other Georgian parts of the house. Summing up the house, Kate said it was what she’d been looking for; ‘considered, styled and beautiful’. Anna thought that the home certainly didn’t disappoint inside, after its initial promise from the outside.
Anna - 10
Michael - 10
Kate - 10
The second home for the judges’ consideration this week was a red sandstone Victorian terraced house ‘Tilmahara’ in Glasgow. The judges were impressed by the clever use of space in the large entrance hallway, packed with storage for the family. Through in the dark-painted, moody living room, Michael noticed how knocking the walls through had given an amazing view through the house right to the back garden, which flooded all the rooms with light. A breakfast bar in the kitchen extension was the owner's favourite spot, with its view across the banquette seating and feature wall. The judges thought that the extension had been well thought out in terms of space planning, including the creation of a pantry area. Up the stairs showed off a quirky patterned carpet and gallery wall, before the judges noticed something unexpected: red flocked wallpaper on the ceiling! Further bold colour was found in the master bathroom with its bright turquoise tiled walls and black flooring. Summing up the house, Anna applauded the homeowners’ use of unexpected colours and felt they had pleased themselves and not worried too much about what other people might think. Kate thought the property found the perfect balance of being styled, but also lived in.
Anna - 10
Michael - 10
Kate – 10
The final home this week was another period property, “West End Town House” in Glasgow. Michael was very interested to see inside, as he’d spent his student days in properties in the area. The judges were immediately drawn to a vintage sideboard placed at the end of the entry hall, with a cleverly placed mirror above it, which visually elongated the space. Michael also noted that the light coming from above the stunning staircase seemed to draw the eye upwards. Moving into the living room, Kate appreciated how the mustard/gold painted feature wall was continued right from under the cornice to over the skirting, and made the artwork set against it come alive. Kate found her 'dream tiles' in the kitchen splashback, and Anna admired the tonal, soft colours throughout the space. They noticed a slated wall of wooden batons and, suspecting they were hiding something, opened a door to find a ‘snug’ with a Murphy guest bed. Heading up to the master bedroom, the judges found the owner's favourite spot on the huge velvet-quilted bed. Kate noted how all the design had become softer since moving upstairs, even the rug felt luxurious under her feet. Summing up this home, Anna thought that it had a tight colour palette which had been cleverly used throughout to create very different atmospheres.
Anna – 10
Michael - 9
Kate - 10
The winning property this week was ‘The Moss’, in Killearn, with a score of 30. ‘Tilmahara’ had also been scored the same, so the tie was ultimately settled by the judges picking their favourite of the two, all of them agreeing that ‘The Moss’ just sat slightly ahead in their estimation. This sprawling Georgian ‘pink birthday cake’ of a property, is now one step closer to claiming the title of ‘Scotland’s Home Of The Year’.
By Lindsay Doherty
The show is now looking for homeowners to take part in next year’s series. If you want to take part in Series 4 of “Scotland’s Home of the Year” should be sent to email@example.com and should include contact details, a brief description of the home and a few pictures. Please note, only primary residences can apply to take part.
After visiting a total of twenty-seven houses from the Borders to The Hebrides, seeing myriad designs and tastes, the time has come for the judges to pick a favourite. Our judges - Anna Campbell-Jones, Michael Angus and Kate Spiers - have whittled their favourites down to nine regional finalists. But there has to be a winner!
The trio of judges arrived at Glasgow’s Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed House For An Art Lover, and rolled up their metaphorical sleeves.
As a reminder for you, the nine regional finalists were:
Week 1: The Borders – ‘Spottes Mill’ in Castle Douglas, a renovated mill with an industrial, biker-luxe dark and moody almost night-club like design.
Week 2: The Hebrides – ‘Bealach Bothy’ on Skye, a renovated Bothy with an impeccably styled, on-trend glam interior with many ‘Instagram moments’.
Week 3: The East – ‘The Garden House’ in St Andrews, a modernist new-build with impeccable design credentials and perfect cohesion with the garden outside.
Week 4: The West – ‘1882 House’ in Ayr, a Victorian conversion with a glam, jungle-like theme cleverly modulated in different rooms, and amazing outside space.
Week 5: Central – ‘The Mid-Century Fun House’ in Dunblane, a 1970s themed house mixed with Americana and buckets of colour and creativity.
Week 6: The Islands – ‘Evrabister’ on Shetland, an updated Crofter’s cottage with well-designed living space, mid-century elements and amazing ‘she-shed’.
Week 7: Lothian – ‘Doric House’ in Edinburgh, a period property bought up-to-date in a hotel-luxe, humorous fashion.
Week 8: The Highlands – ‘Colonel’s House’ in Inverness, a majestic corner house with a more traditional ground floor, becoming more witty and eclectic on the upper levels.
Week 9: Glasgow & The Clyde Valley – ‘The Moss’ in Killearn, a pink-painted Georgian home with a well-considered design, amazing kitchen and brave colour palette punctuated by areas of calm.
After re-watching footage of their visits, discussion and debate of every property, the trio managed to slash the contenders to their favourite three. These top three were; ‘The Garden House’ in St Andrews, ‘The Moss’ in Killearn and ‘The Mid-Century Fun House’ in Dunblane. The owners of the three were invited to House For An Art Lover, where they finally got to meet their rivals and discuss each other’s homes. Karen Welstead, owner of ‘The Moss’, Nick Grant of ‘The Mid-Century Fun House’ and Helen Gray from ‘The Garden House’ waited to hear the judges announce which property out of the three would ultimately be crowned the winner. Michael told the finalists that having travelled around the whole of Scotland and seen a whole array of different types of home, it was quite incredible to see it distilled down to this worthy final three. The judges’ decision was however unanimous.
They had decided that the stunning Georgian home they had chosen had been extremely cleverly designed. They thought, each room having a little bit of ‘specialness’ about it according to Michael, even the pink-painted exterior . Kate agreed that it was “so unique and personal to them”. Anna said that it was “full of colour and pattern and personality and from a design perspective, cleverer” and so ultimately it won the judges’ hearts and minds.
They all agreed that the winner was (drumroll) ‘The Moss’ which is now officially Scotland’s Home Of The Year 2021!
Karen Welstead, the winning owner of The Moss, said she was ‘delighted to have won, can’t believe it! We spent a good year living with mice and bats and no heating or flooring so getting this makes it all worth it’.
By Lindsay Doherty