Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Grand Designs

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Grand Designs

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Byline: By Francesca Craggs

Michelle Scott's grand Victorian home in North Shields wouldn't look out of place on the pages of a glossy magazine.

As interior designer for her family's business, Bowey Homes, Michelle gets plenty of practice at injecting houses with her individual touch of style. And she has certainly succeeded in her own home.

Michelle, 30, and her husband Jonathan bought the spacious semi-detached period home, tucked away in the leafy conservation area of Preston Park, three years ago. The couple have a four-year-old daughter called Annabelle.

"When I walked in here, I just knew it was the right house for us. It has a really friendly feel about it and I love the peaceful location. It's a very big house for just the three of us but we find we use all of the space," she says.

Michelle's interest in interior design began when she was a schoolgirl. She would help out her mum, Louise Bowey, during the summer holidays.

She says: "I've always been artistic and creative. I used to help out my mum who started the interior design side of the business when I was still at school.

"When I left school I took a course in 3D design at Newcastle College, followed by an art foundation course. I then went on to study a BA (Hons) in print and textiles at Edinburgh College of Art. I've now taken over from my mum and she now helps me out from time to time."

Built in 1901, the couple's three-storey, five-bedroom property is brimming with wonderful period features including high ceilings, intricate coving, stunning stained glass windows and original fireplaces. Michelle has brought the house into the 21st Century by cleverly combining these features with contemporary furnishings.

In the spacious lounge there are chic cream leather sofas, an eclectic mix of furniture and original artwork upon the walls. Bold accessories grab your attention at every turn and no corner has escaped Michelle's designer touch.

"The lounge is my favourite room as it's where Jonathan and I come to escape. It's our space to relax and there's never any mess.

"The ceiling was painted in this vibrant red when we moved here so I've based the colour theme of the room around this. …

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