Homes Get TV Appeal; Kirkliston Village Show Home Gets a Light and Airy Interior Design from Makeover Stars Carol Yates and John Amabile

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Homes Get TV Appeal; Kirkliston Village Show Home Gets a Light and Airy Interior Design from Makeover Stars Carol Yates and John Amabile


Byline: Craig McQueen

WITH Edinburgh remaining an expensive place for home buyers, it's no surprise surrounding villages such as Kirkliston remain popular with those looking for new property.

Offering a mix of good transport links and better value for money, Kirkliston is home to the Walker Group's Hazelbrooke development, which is less than 10 miles away from Edinburgh city centre.

Located off Queensferry Road on the edge of the village, Hazelbrooke offers a choice of three, four and five-bedroom villas, and features six new styles of home designed exclusively for the development with prices from pounds 185,000.

The stunning show home at the site features interiors by Amabile Design, one of the country's leading interior design companies, co-founded by Carol Yates and John Amabile, best known for TV shows such as Better Homes and 60 Minute Makeover.

According to Carol, who has more than 20 years experience in interior design, the aim for the Gladstone four-bedroom show home was to create something that was light, airy and summery.

She said: "The lounge has a slightly Mediterranean feel with lots of silver, cream and grey, with hints of the palest powder blue.

"We have added lots of interesting layers and textures with velvet cushions, voiles and silk curtains at the windows. Dark wood furniture provides a contrast with all the pale tones, giving the room a very chic and elegant look."

A contemporary fireplace and restful sea scenes in blues and greens, complete the dcor.

In the open-plan kitchen, dining room and family room, Amabile Design has opted for a different look with striped Zebrano wood-effect kitchen units and cream L-shaped sofas, complete with cushions, featuring a zebra print and an unusual cowhide coffee table.

The dining area has a walnut table with cream chairs.

The large master bedroom echoes the airy feel of the lounge with lots of silks, creams, silvers and whitewashed furniture, while the stunning feature wallpaper adds boutique hotel luxury to the tranquil room. The second bedroom is every bit as glamorous as the master bedroom and has a hint of oriental charm, with black and mirrored glass bedside cabinets.

Pale ochre wallpaper gives the room a bright sunny feel and is teamed with a grey velvet headboard and bed covers in a palette of greys, white and lime greens, featuring a bold Missoni-inspired zigzag design.

The funky retro boy's room has New York skyline cushions and artwork, while the girl's room has a charming vintage feel with rose-patterned curtains, a striking heart-shaped polka dot headboard, delicate French furniture and a heart-shaped Venetian-style glass mirror.

Carol added: "We wanted to design a girl's room that was pretty but not overly pink and sugary sweet."

Sandy Casey, sales and marketing director at Walker Group, said: "Carol and John have done a wonderful job and the reaction from visitors has been amazing."

There are 12 different home styles on offer at Hazelbrooke, so potential buyers are sure to find the ideal option to suit them and their families.

The range of three-bedroom properties are stylish and easy to manage, offering ideal family homes that will give you the space to grow.

The larger three and four-bedroom homes are the perfect next step up with Hazelbrooke offering more open-plan options than ever before.

For those who need lots of space, the larger four-bedroom and fivebedroom homes provide some great choices for modern busy families.

The larger layouts include family rooms, generous dining kitchens and double garages. And with Kirkliston being separate from the property hot spot of Edinburgh, your money goes a lot further in terms of the space, style and quality you can buy.

All the homes are finished to the highest standards and feature beautifully-designed kitchens and bathrooms, generous space and storage and high-quality details. …

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