The first thing we did was to take the roof off and strip the walls right back to the brick transfer which had been done for a car roof – so it was just scaled down. I spent five months trying to work out what I wanted to put on it!” The contemporary ambience in the kitchen/dining area is contrasted with a backdrop of original features including an eye-catching original fireplace. Simon has an experienced eye for design and knows how to introduce just the right amount of quirky touches to keep the design appealing and eye-catching. An interesting example of this being the addition of an old-fashioned clothes airer, on a pulley system, in the kitchen. Juxtaposed against the backdrop of an ultra-modern kitchen it gives the space a sense of balance and homeliness. Simon explained: “When we do the washing it just goes straight onto this and it half irons it and totally dries it. And it saves us a fortune as we rarely use the tumble dryer.” Moving into the rest of the house, both the first and second floors of the house have been reconfigured to maximise their potential. A stunning family bathroom was created in a former bedroom, featuring a warm wood finish and raised bath with a seating platform. Vibrant wall art and blinds contrast with the elegantly simple white walls and wooden floors. Simon explained that his daughter has been bitten by the design bug at a very young age. “I remember taking Alanis into the bathroom just before we moved in. She was six at the time. She looked around and told me that we needed some nice towels and some candles! And she was right.” So, a selection of brightly coloured Missoni towels add a touch of glamour to the understated space. Next door, Simon and Bridget’s bedroom boasts a style of its own. Bright yellow leather headboard panelling creates a focal
OPPOSITE PAGE Continuing with the theme of whites and brights, the couple’s bedroom is fun, contemporary and bang on trend. THIS PAGE Felix’s unusual light, bright attic bedroom is a perfect child’s space with plenty of room for toys.
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