Ashley Morrison's Blog

April 8, 2011

We felt at home from the first visit !

Is the title of our latest published work in the May 2011 issue of GoodHomes magazine…

.. on pages 76 to 82 – featuring Mandi Millar and her husband Gary Grattan’s 1980s bungalow near the market town of Ballyclare in County Antrim.

“Mandi Millar and her husband Gary Grattan used a consistent colour palette to transform a tired bungalow into a bright and welcoming family home.”

So a big Congratulations to Mandi, Gary and their son Christy here…

.. your BB, as you call it, looks fantastic.

September 4, 2010

The French Connection.

Trying to put our years of experience working in advertising to good use – when Marie decided to renovate this old house…
Marie and Alan McMillen's 1920's semi detached house in the tree-lined Cherryvalley area of Belfast.
.. to put on the market.

So we photographed the it to what we would call ‘full National magazine’ standard…
The hallway in Marie and Alan McMillen's 1920's semi detached house in the tree-lined Cherryvalley area of Belfast.

The living room in Marie and Alan McMillen's 1920's semi detached house in the tree-lined Cherryvalley area of Belfast.

The kitchen in Marie and Alan McMillen's 1920's semi detached house in the tree-lined Cherryvalley area of Belfast.
.. and also put together a YouTube video.

The house is only on the market 2 weeks; however, it has already attracted widespread interest – lots of viewings, 460 hits on YouTube and a key slot in the recent Belfast Telegraph homefinder newspaper – as seen here:
Belfast Telegraph homefinder newspaper.

Because of the current economic climate, we believe top class imagery and creative marketing has never been more important – be it filling hotels, selling kitchens, or as in this case, marketing a house is For Sale.

Time will tell of course – but very pleased with the results so far – and the interest that this one has attracted.
In fact, we may now be of to the south of France, to do the same thing there, for someone else – as a result.

So the French Connection may actually turn-out to be more than just a headline in the local newspaper !!

August 13, 2010

Friday the 13th..

… and the sun is shining in our garden today…
The garden at the back of 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
.. as you can see.

Anyway, we decided to put our house on the market at lunch time…
Property news pdf of 4 Kilbright Road for sale by John Minnis Estate Agents for £350,000.
..which you can read all about, by clicking on the above image to view a pdf document, of the Property News page on their website.

This ‘Magnificent Detached Semi Rural Property’ as they describe it, has been the Morrison family home for over 150 years now…
Farmhouse at 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
..and has been our family home…
Sitting room in the farmhouse at 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
.. which we have done a lot of work to over the past 15 years – and even updated the kitchen at the start of last year…
The kitchen in the farmhouse at 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
.. going for Ikea’s free-standing units…
The kitchen in the farmhouse at 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
.. which was then featured in the October 2009 issue of Ideal Home magazine…
Pages 122 to 124 in the October 2009 issue of Ideal Home magazine featuring the kitchen in the Morrison's farmhouse in County Down.
.. on pages 122 to 124 🙂

A great family home for sure…
Sitting room in the farmhouse at 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
.. with lots of character…
Sitting room in the farmhouse at 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
.. five good size bedrooms…
Master bedroom in the farmhouse at 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
.. including Holly’s girlie room…
Bedroom in the farmhouse at 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
.. where the sign on the door reads: “Girls Bedroom (No Boys)“…
Girls Bedroom (No Boys).
.. which says it all – as they definitely had fun here…
The gardens at the farmhouse at 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
.. in this wonderful big old place, which may even be partly listed now due to its age…
Outhouses in the yard at 4 Kilbright Road near Carrowdore in County Down.
..but anyway, we decided today it was time to move on.

Plus my 10 year old goldfish died this morning, my Hasselblad CFE 40mm lens stopped working this afternoon and it was Coach Phill Hansel’s Funeral today.

So this Friday the 13th is definitely a day to remember.

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