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  • CALA at Grandhome Interiors Event

    Having a father that works in the homebuilder  industry and a mother with a keen interest in interior design, I’ve been brought up with a fascination of the housing industry and even wanted to be an interior designer for several years when I was younger. And now with working at a homebuilder myself and with my new home  to decorate, my interest in this field has blossomed even more.

    So when my work decided to throw an Interiors event, I knew I had to get in on the fun.

    The event was held at our contemporary CALA at Grandhome development in Bridge of Don, which currently boasts a collection of 3 & 4 bedroom homes, as well as 1 & 2 bedroom apartments that are perfect for first time buyers.

    I had the great experience of getting to see what it is like to host an event for a wonderful selection of bloggers, customers and the general public. A lot goes into these events and it makes me incredibly grateful that I often get invited along to such occasions and appreciate the time and effort that goes in to each.

    We kicked off an enjoyable evening by greeting two of Scotland’s most prestige interior designers, Eileen Kesson and Sara Hyslop,  who had kindly given up their evening to share with the group their expert design tips and how to decorate your own home in our luxury style studio at Grandhome – brilliant for a new homeowner like myself.

    The designers explained their choices  behind the beautiful Grandhome showhome and we were treated to a delicious array of canapés from the Aberdeen based Salt & Sauce.

    Orchid bartenders were on hand to ensure that the drinks were flowing for guests  but we hosts didn’t miss out because they treated us to plentiful mocktails which went down a treat. We were even given an extremely fascinating gin masterclass, discussing the history of gin and about the creation of Porters, a craft gin founded in Aberdeen and produced beneath Orchid bar, with ample chance for guests to take a sip of this gorgeous drink. The bartender was full of useful recommendations such as drinking Porters with a dry tonic such as Franklin to really taste the essence of the gin and to ensure that the glass is full of ice as this will help prevent diluting, as well as keeping the drink perfectly chilled for longer.

    The evening was tasteful and guests left cheerful, so overall I’d say it was a great success. Everything ran smoothly and we even had food left over for goodie bags – my lunch for work the next day was sorted!

    If you haven’t had the chance to visit the CALA at Grandhome showhome yet and live in the vicinity of Aberdeen, I’d highly recommend going for a look around. It really is a gorgeous, on-trend showhome that could provide you with some brilliant interior design inspiration for your own home.

    I hope those that attended also enjoyed the event and there will be opportunity for something similar again soon.

    Have you checked out my Dishoom Restaurant Review yet?

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