Our style is mix of past and present
Range of influences in flat revamp
GARY Kent and Jeroldine Watt have combined the best of new and old to stamp their own style on their Aberdeen flat. needed some serious TLC to release its full potential when they first moved in. However, 26-year-old lab assistant Jeroldine brought together a
wide range of inspirations to transform 15 Brighton Place. “We’ve combined a whole range of different themes to get the trendy look we wanted,” said Jeroldine, who is originally from Newtonhill. “We’ve got antiques that belonged to Gary’s grandfather, we’ve got music posters of bands we love, we’ve got cartoons that a friend of ours drew for us and we’ve got bits and pieces that we’ve collected on our travels. “I also used my passion for vintage dresses, Cath Kidston patterns and a shabby chic style to pick the look we liked.” Gary, a 29-year-old control room operator, and Jeroldine found their nest four years ago after looking at properties for a couple of months. They went to view the Brighton Place flat as it was just around the corner from Gary’s place at the time on Union Grove. Even though the decoration wasn't to their taste, they knew right away that the flat had everything they were looking for. Gary said: “We wanted a
two-bedroomed property with plenty of space in the centre of town. “The first thing we did when we moved in was we got rid of the orange living room with the sand effect. “We had to strip the walls right back and re-skim them, then we put new flooring down and put a reclaimed fireplace in there too.” Jeroldine added: “We created a utility room and we put a new boiler in. “Once we'd decorated the bedrooms we sat back and enjoyed our new home.” After discovering Jeroldine was expecting, the couple, who are now parents to seven-month-old Willow, decided to modernise the bathroom and kitchen. Gary said: “We didn't make it easy for ourselves with everything going on at once. “We got people in to do the kitchen but I did a lot of work on the bathroom.” The couple have now decided they need more space for their family and have their eye on a house in Newtonhill.
MOVING ON: Gary Kent and Jeroldine Watt with their daughter Willow. The garishlydecorated pad
BRIGHT SPACE: The light, spacious living room and, inset, one of the double bedrooms and the garden.
ROOMY: Above, the bright second double bedroom, the smart, fully-fited kitchen, and, right, the traditional, granite exterior of the Brighton Place flat.