Divine decor changed with the sea­sons

Mum re­ally made an im­pact with mar­vel­lous makeovers

Evening Express (City Final) - Home Life - - DREAM HOMES - By Marie-Claire Jones

NI­COLA Shee­han takes such pride in her home that she gives it a makeover twice a year. Her stun­ning prop­erty – 24 Grand­holm Grove – is a vi­sion in con­tem­po­rary in­te­rior de­sign with its crisp, mod­ern shades and bold wall­pa­per prints. But mum-of-three Ni­cola, 43, likes to freshen up its look ev­ery six months or so – much to hus­band Tim’s frus­tra­tion. “Most of the colours just now are colours for win­ter,” said full-time mum Ni­cola, who has also spent time liv­ing in Hous­ton, due to Tim’s role as a CEO of an oil and gas com­pany. “Iwould de­scribe my taste as clas­sic with a mod­ern twist. “If we weren’t get­ting ready to leave, I’d be plan­ning to brighten up the decor with lighter shades for spring and sum­mer.” Ni­cola, hus­band Tim, 52, and their three girls – Re­becca, 20, Mi­randa, 18, and Brook­lyn, 16 – moved into their home, near Dane­stone, seven-anda-half years ago, af­ter re­turn­ing to Aberdeen from the US. They were at­tracted to the idea of liv­ing in a new vil­lage, which Grand­holm was at that time, and when they saw the cor­ner plot that would be­come their five-bed­room home, against a back­drop of wood­land and views of the River Don, they fell in love with it. And with bright, spacious rooms which in­clude a beau­ti­ful big lounge, sep­a­rate fam­ily room and games room, con­ser­va­tory and a kitchen big enough for an ad­di­tional fam­ily or din­ing area, it’s no won­der Ni­cola al­ways has a full house at the week­end. “It’s good to have so much space as we’ve al­ways got a house­ful,” she said. “With us and the girls plus their friends and boyfriends, there’s al­ways guests here at week­ends which is nice. The lounge is my favourite room be­cause it feels huge. We spend a lot of time to­gether in the kitchen, too, and we’ve adapted it to

our taste with gran­ite work­tops and a break­fast bar.” The im­mac­u­late decor con­tin­ues up­stairs, with each bed­room styled in its own unique, mod­ern way. The mas­ter bed­room is stun­ning, with fur­ni­ture shipped over from Hous­ton, set against a dra­matic black and gold colour scheme. The Shee­hans are get­ting ready to move fur­ther out of town but will miss their Grand­holm Vil­lage lo­ca­tion. “It’s per­fect as it’s only 10 min­utes from the city cen­tre, yet you’d never be­lieve how tran­quil it is.” Ni­cola added. “Grand­holm has lots of ameni­ties in­clud­ing a restau­rant, hair­dressers and den­tist – and it’s not all fin­ished yet, there’s more to come. Plus res­i­dents get ex­clu­sive use of a pri­vate bridge across the River Don.”

DE­SIGNS ON MOV­ING: Mum Ni­cola Shee­han, sec­ond right, with daugh­ters, from left, Brook­lyn, Re­becca and Mi­randa.

SIM­PLY STUN­NING: From left, one of the lux­u­ri­ously dec­o­rated dou­ble bed­rooms, t

STYLISH: The im­mac­u­lately dec­o­rated and spacious lounge and, be­low, the games room and well-ap­pointed kitchen.

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