An interior designer’s plush Tyneside pad has been crowned the best in the country.
George Bond shot to fame on Carol Vorderman’s Better Homes TV show, transforming houses with his keen eye for style and design.
But the 60-year-old has now picked up the Five Star Best Interior Design Award at the International Property Awards for his work on his own home in Gosforth – the first time the award has been given out outside of London.
The awards are open to residential and commercial property professionals from around the globe and celebrate the highest levels of achievement by companies operating in all sectors of the property and real estate industry.
“I couldn’t believe it,” said Mr Bond. “I was just so over the moon.
“After years of work I now finally have a accolade to show for it, which is quite something.
“I’m proud to be able to bring the award back to the North East.”
Mr Bond moved into the three-bedroom property with his partner Bryan Coombs after Bryan slipped on some ice and banged his head – a freak accident that caused a bleed on his brain and led to vascular dementia.
And after spending around four months renovating the apartment, which has 360-degree views and a terrace, Mr Bond was put forward for the award.
The project was then judged by a panel of property and design experts and he was presented with the accolade at a glittering ceremony at Grosvenor House in London.
Mr Bond’s assistant Ray Watkin was at the event but his partner, a retired business lecturer at Newcastle University, was unable to make it.
Mr Bond said: “Bryan was very proud of me and he was over the moon. I rang him from the hotel to tell him he was pleased we were bringing it back to the North East.”
The large three-bedroom apartment is filled with pieces the couple have collected from around the world on their travels.
It features gold woven silk and seagrass wallpaper and an entire mirrored wall in the dining area. There is also a sunken lounge with fantastic views of Gosforth’s Town Moor.
Mr Bond’s assistant Ray, who helped him with the redesign, said: “It meant a lot to me to pick up the award. It was the first time I had been a part of a ceremony like that.
“It was great to be involved and I’m now looking towards the next big thing. I would love to get another award and make it a regular thing every year.”