Na­ture in­spired bold de­signs

Evening Express (City Final) - Home Life - - FRONT PAGE - By Sa­man­tha Leckie

SCOTT and Yhana Pirie took a walk on the wild side when they re­vamped their home. The imag­i­na­tive pair went for bold black, red and gold de­sign and even in­tro­duced some an­i­mal in­flu­ence – with their very own ze­bra. “Zane the ze­bra is a six-foot piece of wall art that is just one ex­am­ple of our style,” said Yhana, 38, a sales ad­viser for Fin­nies the Jew­eller. “Our sons de­cided to name the ze­bra Zane and he takes up half the wall.” Yhana and her hus­band Scott, 41, head of as­so­ciates at Sen­ergy, are proud of their bold ap­proach to decor. “The house was very ba­sic when we moved in so we felt we had to put our own stamp on it,” said Yhana. When Yhana, who is orig­i­nally from St An­drews, and Scott, from Dyce, were look­ing to move from their old home six years ago they snapped up the prop­erty be­cause of all the space on of­fer. The pre­vi­ous own­ers bought the five-bed­room house from new and planned to rent it out but never did. Yhana said: “When our youngest son was born we were liv­ing in a bun­ga­low and we needed a lot more space. “The pre­vi­ous own­ers of the house had never moved into it so it was still like brand new.” Since mov­ing in, the cou­ple have

“We put our own

stamp on it”

put a lot of work into their home. Yhana said: “We re­placed and retiled the bath­rooms and we pulled down the wall be­tween the kitchen and liv­ing room to cre­ate a more open plan space.” The cou­ple also com­pletely re­dec­o­rated the house. They fit­ted built-in wardrobes to the stun­ning mono­chrome mas­ter bed­room and put lam­i­nate floor­ing and new car­pets through­out the prop­erty. The imag­i­na­tive pair got most of their style inspiration from flick­ing through de­sign mag­a­zines and tak­ing ideas from stylish ho­tels they

had vis­ited. The lounge, with its bril­liant and bold gold wall, is the cou­ple’s favourite room. Yhana said: “The front lounge is great for re­lax­ing. “It gets the sun in the af­ter­noon so it’s al­ways warm. “With three boys it can be very noisy, so when the kids have gone to bed it’s a good room to get some peace in.” The house also has a large south-fac­ing gar­den, which ap­peals to adults and young­sters. Yhana said: “It’s got a pa­tio

area and deck­ing which is a great spot for sitting with a glass of wine be­cause it gets the sun all day. “We also have ken­nels out there for our dogs.” The cou­ple say the home has been a per­fect base for a fam­ily and is in an ideal lo­ca­tion. Their boys Jack, 13, Gregor, 12 and Struan, six, have never been short of oth­ers to play with in their child-friendly street. Yhana said: “The fact that there are lots of kids in this street is great. “It’s some­thing that at­tracted us to this house even more.” She said: “As I look out of my lounge win­dow all I can see is green­ery. It is just trees and a field across from us. No­body can look into our home. “It’s quite a quiet street any­way. No­body ever both­ers you.” Balme­die School is just a short walk from the fam­ily home as are the com­mu­nity shops. The cou­ple had de­cided they were go­ing to add an ex­ten­sion to the house and were given full plan­ning per­mis­sion to ex­tend it at the back by five me­tres. But in­stead, they’ve de­cided to find a new home in a ru­ral lo­ca­tion to fit their out­door life­style. Yhana said: “We were all set to start the ex­ten­sion but we de­cided it made more sense to move. “My hus­band also goes shoot­ing so we want to live fur­ther out in the coun­try.”

MOV­ING ON: Yhana Pirie with sons, from left, Gregor, 12, Jack, 13 and Struan, 6.

BRIGHT IDEAS: The sleek, fully-fit­ted kitchen with mono­chrome decor and plenty of s

SMART STYLE: The open plan kitchen/din­ing/fam­ily room, in­set, top, the ze­bra wall art and, be­low, ex­te­rior. Of­fer £ s 340,over 000

space to eat, the warm and bright liv­ing room and mas­ter bed­room, where the cou­ple show off more bold de­sign and an­i­mal-in­spired decor.

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