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