Breakfast at Tiffany’s in Ferryhill
‘New York’ diner has views of Manhattan
YOU might say Gillian Donald had somewhat lofty ambitions when she bought her flat in Ferryhill. The 31-year-old mum-of-one bought the two-bedroom property with boyfriend Andy McIntosh, 34. And when it came to the look and layout of the period property, she was inspired by none other than the Big Apple itself. “I had a vision of the loft apart
ments you see in New York, and all my ideas came from there,” said Gillian, a hairdresser at Naked Pride. “I picked the property because we wanted to be in Ferryhill, but an older lady had been living in it before us and it was quite dated looking. Nobody could believe I’d gone for it as it needed so much work. It was a major project but I had lots of help from my family.” Dad Danny and grandad Jim both pitched in, along with uncle Lenny Lamb. And, together with Gillian sweeping up after them, slowly her vision started to take shape. “My favourite feature is our granite wall, which my grandad discovered by accident,” she said. “We were knocking down walls and making everything open-plan and he came across a real granite wall underneath. He then did all the pointing and we made a real feature of it.”
Gillian and Andy, a maintenance technician for Schlumberger, celebrated the arrival of their daughter Lilyrae one year ago, and this has been a happy family home for them. As Gillian had planned, the flat has the spacious feel of a New York loft, thanks to its open plan layout, high ceilings, bright white walls and striking red touches. It’s been a perfect canvas to place their favourite pieces of art in – which range from Breakfast at Tiffany’s prints to Andy Warhol images. And with their quirky exposed granite wall in the kitchen providing access to a little breakfast room, they dine in front of a floor-toceiling backdrop of a New York street scene, complete with the Empire State Building in the background. And, as it’s a self-contained property, Andy has been able to make the most of the enclosed back garden, in which he has built decking. Gillian said: “We are now looking forward to taking on a new project, in a slightly bigger house.”
UPTOWN: Gillian and Andy with their daughter Lilyrae.
SPACIOUS : The open-plan kitchen/living room and, inset, exterior of the home.
SIMPLY RED: The master bedroom, the open-plan lounge area and New York skyline decor in the Murray Terrace breakfast room.