Mull designer joins Scotland’s Home of the Year as a new guest judge

Property perfection - Interior designer Banjo Beale, centre, with series stalwarts Anna Campbell-Jones and Michael Angus.

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Isle of Mull interior designer Banjo Beale – recently crowned the winner of BBC One’s Interior Design Masters – will join Scotland’s Home of the Year as a guest judge alongside series stalwarts Anna Campbell-Jones and Michael Angus.

An IWC Media (a Banijay UK company) production for BBC One Scotland, filming on the new seven-part series begins this week as Banjo, Anna and Michael hit the road in search of outstanding homes across Scotland.

Lifestyle blogger Kate Spiers will take a break from filming to welcome her first child.

Australian-born Banjo – who lives on Mull with his partner Ro – describes himself as ‘an Antipodean Hebridean’ who settled in Tobermory in 2014 after backpacking around the world brought the couple to the Scottish island.

Banjo joins Anna and Michael as they go in search of property perfection from bijou properties to grand conversions, traditional to modern and city dwellings to rural havens.

The new guest judge is looking forward to taking a peek at Scotland’s pads and said: ‘What an honour to be joining Scotland’s Home of the Year.

‘I’m always inventing reasons to snoop through people’s homes – now I get to peek into the best homes in Scotland.

‘I had a fabulous time designing homes on Interior Design Masters with Alan Carr and now I get to be the judge. I have opinions and I ain’t afraid to use them. I can’t wait to uncover the spaces and the people behind them.

‘I think as a nation we’re seriously underestimated for our design, heart and bravery which we show in our houses and I’m chuffed to showcase the best of the best.’

Since its launch in 2019, Scotland’s Home of the Year has fast become one of BBC Scotland’s most successful brands, captivating audiences on TV and online.

Earlier this month, converted croft house New Tolsta in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis won the coveted title of Scotland’s Home of the Year 2022, beating off stiff competition from across the country.