Impressive property with state-side influences

Six years in the making, this house on the Moray firth has rewarded its creators’ faith by being everything they’d hoped for – and more

Many’s the winter’s night, before the house had windows or a proper interior, that my wife and I would visit with our two dogs and a bottle of our favourite cognac,” recalls interior designer Garry George. “We would sit in the house, trying to imagine the finished article, and how life would be when that day finally arrived. We’d gather round an open fire and just enjoy reflecting on how far we had come in this journey and how one day, when the house was finished, we would remember that silly moment when, wrapped up in our winter coats, we thought we were king and queen of our own castle.”
The interior designer and MD at Ardor Design, and his wife, Nicole, had to wait a long time before they could move into their dream home, just outside the fishing town of Lossiemouth on the Moray firth. From initial planning through to completion, this new-build home has been a bona fide labour of love, taking a staggering six years to finish. There’s little the owners would change now, however; having started out with a clear vision of how their ‘forever’ home would look, Garry and Nicole have created their very own Scottish palace.
Garry is well aware that his tastes are pretty unique to this part of Scotland. “Maybe in a past life I spent time on board the Titanic, or I was an actor in a pre-war French movie,” he laughs. But, for him and Nicole, the details matter, and timeless styling is something that has guided them through this long and at times difficult project. “Old, vintage and antique things, pieces that speak of the past, are what we love,” he explains. “I was brought up watching old films, paying attention to the set design, and I suppose being influenced by that has given me my preference for American interiors.”

This is just a taster, you can browse the full article with more stunning photography on pages 170-180, issue 108.

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Photography Neale Smith
Art Direction Gillian Welsh
Words Catherine Coyle