Have a Very Merry Mac Mic Christmas


With the festive season fast approaching, Mactaggart & Mickel Homes have sprinkled a little Christmas magic on their spectacular Spence show home at Castle Grove in Newton Mearns.

The Spence is a luxury five-bedroom family home with a flowing and open kitchen, dining and living space on the ground floor. The centrepiece is a breath-taking double-storey height window which makes the perfect backdrop for a luxurious Christmas tree full of sprigs of holly, vibrant red berries and golden pine cones.

The spacious family room boasts special touches, such as mood lighting and a wood burning stove, perfect for huddling round on a cosy Christmas Eve. Upstairs, the master bedroom features a private dressing room and en-suite with separate bath, and a further four bedrooms, two with en-suites, complete this stylish family home.

Internationally renowned interior designer Gerry Burke styled the striking Spence showhome: 

Gerry says: “Christmas is the time of year when you want your home looking its best for entertaining family and friends. The Spence has been dressed with a fantastic holly Christmas tree which we have placed in the open-plan kitchen and dining space of the house. I’ve also used tall feathers on the tree to give it a bit of additional height, in keeping with the proportions of the feature window. Placing your tree in this part of your home creates a focal point for the room, which will be enjoyed by all the family as they celebrate the festivities.”

When it comes to popular festive themes for your Christmas decoration, Gerry has spotted some key trends: "White and silver decorations and traditional baubles are making a comeback.  When it comes to lighting, simple white fairy lights will create that classic timeless look.”

Gerry has shared his top tips for creating the finest homes this festive season:

  •          Invest in quality decorations and festive pieces that you will want to bring out year after year.
  •          Consider your existing colour scheme and carry this through to your Christmas decorations. Don’t forget soft furnishings - scatter cushions and fur throws create a cosy feel.
  •          Think outside the box and use feathers and other natural materials such as twigs, pinecones and berries. Check out your local florist or garden centre for items you can incorporate into your decorations.
  •          Don’t just think about the tree; look for other places in your home to add a festive sparkle to. Stairwells, mantelpieces and console tables look gorgeous dressed to the nines with foliage, twinkly lights and candles.
  •          Hang a large wreath in front of a mirror for a double impact look. Wreaths don’t have to be made out of pine tree branches – choose more unusual materials or make your own.
  •          There is no such thing as too much! If you think your tree can take 40 lights, hang 80 for a more opulent feel.
  •          If your home has a space where you can place a second tree, such as a family room or hallway, just go for it! Get the kids involved in decorating and make it a fun activity to do as a family.
  •          Dare to be a bit different. Reflect your personality in your decorations. If you love pink why not have a show stopping pink tree?
  •          Create impact at your front door using oversized hurricane lamps with tea lights for an inviting look. Decorate bay trees and box hedges with twinkling white lights for an upmarket feel.

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