Break­fast at Tif­fany’s in Fer­ry­hill

‘New York’ diner has views of Man­hat­tan

Evening Express (City Final) - Home Life - - APARTMENT LIVING - By Marie-Claire Jones

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.

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