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25 beautiful homes | auGust 2018


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HOMES Simply eleGAnT

Relaxed interiors full of light and life


Bold transformation of a 1930s schoolhouse

New beginnings for a Victorian barn

Colour & character in a 1950s semi EscapE to thE country

Annie Sloan’s colourful French retreat

stylE inspiration Decorating secrets from the design experts

HomeS witH StorieS to tell

clever converSionS & creATive renovATionS

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a f r e s h s ta r t Striking the right balance between old and new was the trick to breathing new life into this London home c l a s s i c w i t h a t w i s t Calm colours and vintage objets helped create this Cotswolds home with a difference g a l l i c c h a r m With its delightful decor and paint colours, this French farmhouse is more than a shade inspiring a l l i n t h e d e ta i l It’s the little things that make this former council house in west London stand out from the crowd m o d e r n ta k e How one couple took

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on a tired Thirties detached in southeast London and brought it bang up to date b r i g h t & b r e e z y This Cornish abode went from dark and drab to light and airy n o r d i c s ta r Situated on the outskirts of Stockholm, this former holiday retreat has been transformed into an idyllic family home c l e v e r ly c r a f t e d How hard graft and creativity brought character and charm into a diminutive Kent apartment n e w b e g i n n i n g s Returning their 350-year-old French townhouse back to its best was no mean feat for this British pair

Carefully chosen elements of relaxed country hotel style have invigorated this 18th-century London townhouse (page 16).

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a g e o f e l e g a n c e Classic and contemporary styles preside in this once-derelict house in the Scottish Borders l at e r a l t h i n k i n g A sense of logic dictated how one couple in Cornwall created their multifunctional interior o u t s i d e i n f l u e n c e An old barn is now a stunning home thanks to inspired design – and its Yorkshire setting

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f a m i ly f o r t u n e s How a tired Belfast farmhouse


d e s i g n f o r l i f e When the children moved out, it


i n s i g h t Creating more light by adding a conservatory

made way for two wonderful residences for three generations

signalled a brand-new look for this Yorkshire detached

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t h e p e r f e c t e s c a p e With views and seclusion, this French hilltop home offers ‘the best of all worlds’ c h i c & u n i q u e Gallic style and good taste were the two main ingredients of this one-off Tyneside home a r t f u l m o v e Downsizing to a bungalow in Ontario proved to be a shrewd decision for these two designers

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J u g g l i n g a c t Planning this southwest London renovation seriously tested one owner’s balancing skills s e e i n g t h e l i g h t After a top-to-toe reworking of this north London house, the future is bright i n s i g h t How to successfully plan your kitchen t o u c h o f c l a s s The chance of owning this North Yorkshire schoolhouse was one woman’s dream come true r o o m at t h e t o p For this County Durham couple, the only way is up after completing a dream attic conversion f u l l c i r c l e Transforming his childhood home was the project of a lifetime for one Edinburgh owner

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s m a l l w o r l d This cosy Kent cottage combines


t o w n & c o u n t r y The ‘impossible’ became a reality

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country style with global influences for a truly eclectic look

when this family moved from the capital to the countryside i n s i g h t Expert tips on wallpapering in style ta l l o r d e r Modern art and vintage finds adorn all four storeys of this characterful east London terrace

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n e w s This month’s hot shopping trends t h e s o u r c e Follow our tips and bring the ideas

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t r av e l o f f e r Take a cookery break in a Tuscan villa s t o c k i s t s Find your favourite names here r o o m e n v y The scheme that’s inspired us this month

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Welcome As strange as it sounds, windows can make or break a house. How often do you look at a property as you’re passing by and feel that something is not quite right, only to realise that it’s the design of the windows? It may be that they’re too big or too small, or the colour and style of the frames don’t work with the fabric of the building. We tend to change our windows for a variety of reasons, whether it’s to introduce more light to our interiors or maximise a lovely view. Whatever your purpose, and as much as you may love your new windows from the inside, don’t forget to consider how they will look from the outside. I’ve come to realise that a neat, ordered arrangement isn’t always what’s called for – older buildings often have the oddest of windows, but they somehow suit the character of the property. The style of your windows and how they are dressed offer a glimpse into your life indoors, so it really is worth spending time getting them exactly right. This month’s issue features an assortment of window treatments to inspire – I hope you enjoy it. Deborah barker, eDiTor-in-Chief

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A FRESH START Sarah and Ed Dickens struck the right balance between old and new in their relaxed family home while beginning a new chapter in their lives FeaTure JO LEEVERS | phoTography RACHAEL SMITH


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The properTy 18th-century home L o c aT i o n London r o o m s Hall, sitting room, kitchen-diner, snug, study, cloakroom, playroom, five bedrooms (four en suite) p u r c h a s e d 2013 previous properTy ‘Before moving here, we lived in a two-bedroom apartment in Bermondsey,’ says Sarah.

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Sarah was inspired by elements of luxury hotel style. Chesterfield sofa, from £2,385, Raft. Manhattan coffee table, £1,060, Neptune, is comparable

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A long bench provides plenty of hidden storage for the family. For a similar bench, try The Cotswold Company’s Dorchester, £299. Camille console, £395, Oka

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A mix of plain and decorative floor tiles runs from the kitchen into this area, linking the two spaces. Abbey tiles, £89.70sq m, Fired Earth, are near identical. Lifestyle dining table, from £814, Raft. Black and gold mirror, £80, Rockett St George

decor ating TIP ‘Use a combination of traditional and modern styles to add unique character to a period home’

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The statement pendant light adds a contemporary edge to this traditional scheme. Baldwin light, £75, John Lewis, is a good match. Classic English Kitchen, price on request, DeVOL


Comfortable seating makes this a cosy place for reading. Manhattan sofa, from £2,104, Raft, is similar. Tribe floor lamp, £299, Marks & Spencer


arah and Ed Dickens were both immediately struck by the handsome architecture of this London townhouse – and how different it was from their usual style. ‘Until we moved here, we lived in a modern, minimalist apartment, but then we started a family and our priorities changed,’ says Sarah, now mother to Charlotte, eight, Rosie, six, and Philip, three. ‘We wanted more space but didn’t want to move outside London. Through friends of friends we heard about this house, which needed some updating, and instantly loved its unique character.’ The Georgian property is in a street where many neighbouring buildings have long since been turned into offices. ‘Unusually, this house had already been converted back to residential use, but its awkward layout, featuring lots of separate rooms, was not ideal for family life,’ explains Sarah. ‘We could see lots of ways to make this place work better for us by creating much more of a flow between

the rooms. Ironically, we modelled the ground-floor open-plan spaces on the modern Bermondsey flat where we used to live.’ Having settled on the new layout, the couple, who are both lawyers, decided to live in during renovations, which also coincided with the birth of their third child. ‘Luckily, our builders were amazing, which made things go smoothly,’ says Sarah. The most disruptive work was knocking through two ground-floor rooms to create a double kitchen-diner. ‘These rooms had previously been used as an office and a laundry room, with the kitchen at the rear of the house,’ says Sarah. ‘I now love having the cooking area at the front with a view of the bustling street outside and lots of light.’ The family turned the room at the rear of this floor into a playroom, which leads into the garden and means that most of their daily family life now happens on this level. ‘We also created a terrace above here where, in theory, Ed and I can have a quiet coffee 2 5 b h Au G uS T 2018 | 19

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The couple made the most of this generous space with a freestanding bath. Lagoon bath, £2,099; euro Duo basin, £179, both bathstore


Multicoloured bunting adds a colourful, fun touch. rubens armchair, £399, Made.com, is a good alternative. Stompa trundle bed, £399, John Lewis, is similar


The classic combination of blue and white gives this top-floor suite a chic look. For a headboard like this, try Loaf’s Frenchie, from £425. tiles throw, £35, John Lewis

and read the newspapers, while the children play on the grassy area below,’ says Sarah, ‘but that quiet moment rarely happens.’ On the first floor, the sitting room is grandly proportioned with tall shuttered windows. ‘We wanted this to be an adult area that retained the character of the architecture, but also felt relaxed, with some contemporary touches,’ says Sarah. The couple love the style of the Soho House brand and worked up their own version with a Harland Miller artwork, luxe velvet cushions and shelves filled with books and mementos. ‘This was our first project, so for inspiration we looked to places we had enjoyed spending time,’ says Sarah. Contemporary art is displayed throughout Sarah and Ed’s home to add personality, while new tiles on the ground floor strike a balance between a traditional pattern and plain white. ‘Visitors often think the patterned sections are original to the house,’ says Sarah. When it came to furniture, Sarah soon discovered that any 20 | 2 5 b h Au g uS t 2018

new purchases needed to be scaled up for the building’s size. ‘The pieces we brought here from our old flat looked lost in the space, so we had to seek out items, such as the coffee table and light pendants, that were large enough to suit the proportions,’ she says. Smaller, more personal details come in the form of their books, which line the shelves of the snug, a space adjoining the larger sitting room and the office. Two antique grandfather clocks, inherited from Sarah’s grandparents, stand in the hallway and on the landing. ‘They would have looked so out of place in our previous apartment, but they totally suit this house,’ she says. ‘I remember them from my childhood and love that they are now part of my children’s lives.’ Striking a balance between old and new has helped breathe fresh character into this handsome townhouse. ‘It’s now the spacious but relaxed family home we always wanted,’ says Sarah, ‘and we feel incredibly lucky to live here.’ fo r sto c k i sts g o to w her e to b u y


‘This subtle pink paint shade is very calming and works with the large photograph,’ says Sarah. walls painted in Setting Plaster estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball. Photograph, from £599, geebird & bamby at LuMAS. Louis bed, from £1,025, Feather & black

DESIGN TIP ‘Create schemes that work with the colours used in your favourite paintings, rather than adding art as an afterthought’

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‘I particularly enjoy that the oak table is distinctive,’ says Nick. ‘It makes a great talking point.’ Tuscan table in antique oak, £1,749; Masters chairs by Kartell, £168 each, both Heal’s

THE PROPERTY Victorian terrace L O C AT I O N Southwest London R O O M S Sitting room, kitchendiner, utility room, cloakroom, three bedrooms, two bathrooms P U R C H A S E D 2015 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘We lived in a modern apartment in Docklands,’ says Hannah.

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The centrally positioned island and glazed roof design have transformed this into a bright, functional space. Glazed roof, price on request, Granit Architects. Weathered oak bar stools, £180 each, Cox & Cox. The Olson glass cloche pendants have a similar look, £99 each, Heal’s

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‘We settled on a matt white-grey for the kitchen floor and found a brand with a non-slip, textured finish that works outside, too,’ says Hannah. Inside Fleury Bianco tiles look similar, £60.33 per box, CTD Tiles

and lighting, and I adore Lombok’s range of eastern-inspired home furnishings’ LIBRARY

‘We both read a lot and wanted plenty of shelves for our books and pieces we had collected while travelling,’ says Nick. Hitam armchair is similar, £1,695, Lombok. Try the Glass Drop chandelier, £235, Sweetpea & Willow

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The love seat’s rich dark velvet contrasts with the silvery grey sofa and footstool. Love seat upholstered in Varese Dusk by Designers guild, £995; large Slowcoach sofa is similar, £1,395, both Loaf. Artwork by omar obaid, from £190 for an original painting

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annah Munro-Browne spent years collating ideas for the house she would one day buy with her now husband, Nick Browne. However, she didn’t imagine that when the moment arrived she would be planning their wedding at the same time. ‘Nick proposed on the doorstep, which made our move a lovely start to married life, although it was a very busy year!’ says Hannah. ‘I have always loved interiors – it’s a creative contrast to my job as a lawyer – and when we came here, we knew exactly what we wanted to do to the house.’ The couple were drawn to the period features that were still intact downstairs. However, upstairs it was a different story. ‘Two of the bedrooms had been knocked through and the ceilings opened up to the roof as the space had been used as a music studio,’ says Hannah. ‘We had to reverse the work and turn them back into bedrooms.’ Hannah and Nick also chose to sacrifice a bedroom to make a large bathroom, turning the original into an upstairs utility room. The kitchen had already been extended into the side return years before, but the low roof was rotten and the small 26 | 2 5 b h Au g uS t 2018

patio doors made the room feel dark and enclosed. The couple planned to install a glazed roof and doors to the garden and sought help from Granit Architects. ‘We spoke to a few firms and chose Granit,’ says Hannah. ‘Architect Tom Vincent was great at visualising what we wanted and he brought our ideas to life.’ Work began in March 2016, and involved nine months of putting the house back to its original state and adding the glazing. Tom managed the project for Hannah and Nick, who were living off-site at the time and came to see how the build was progressing most evenings after work. ‘I like adopting a methodical approach,’ says Hannah. ‘So even though it meant spending weekends researching and shopping, everything was ready when the builders needed it.’ Sorting through the magazine clippings she collected over the years, Hannah began to hone a style and organise her ideas. ‘We realised we were drawn to a classic look with a timeless feel rather than high-fashion,’ she says. ‘We didn’t want the house to feel stuffy, though, but relaxed and welcoming.’ Decorating came next, and it unfolded with precision, beginning with a warm grey

colour base in varying tones after Hannah took time to paint and pin sample sheets in every room until she was happy with the shade. Alcove shelving in the library area of the sitting room marks the couple’s love of reading and evokes memories of their travels, with trinkets collected in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. The dual-purpose space feels intimate and cosy, in contrast to the energising south-facing rear kitchen. Upstairs, a classic claw-foot bath takes centre stage in the sleek marble bathroom, while the main bedroom is low key and clutter free to encourage restful sleep. ‘I have given each bedroom its own identity,’ says Hannah. ‘The floral wallpaper in the guest bedroom reminds me of a comfortable country hotel and the second guest bedroom has a clean, Scandi feel.’ Hannah and Nick are now married, and improvements to the house are reaching a conclusion – with plans to convert the loft next. ‘We also still want to buy more art but you can’t rush these decisions,’ says Hannah. ‘We’ve loved building our home together. It’s wonderful to close the door on busy London and walk into a calm house where everything we planned has its place.’ fo r sto c k i sts g o to w her e to b u y

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‘I have had the lamps for years and their shades inspired the taupe headboard,’ says Hannah. Kudu table lamp base is similar, £135; cotton lampshades in taupe, £20 each, both Lombok. bastille side tables, £295 each, Loaf. Libra small chandelier in Pewter/Silver, £195, Sweetpea & willow. orphee cushions, £92 each; Zamora throw, £260, both elitis

The Journey by Omar Obaid,’ says Nick. ‘It marks the start of our life in this house’ GUeST BeDrooM

‘I’m drawn to antique pieces,’ says Hannah. ‘I love the bowed shape of these drawers and the reclaimed fireplace we put in.’ Small reclaimed fireplaces, from £960, Antique Fireplaces London. Antique georgian mahogany bow-front drawers look similar, £750, Vinterior


The encaustic Victorian tiles are a seamless mix of new and original. grasmere tiles are similar, £299.95sq m, the Little tile Company


‘We wanted a neutral space with a luxury painted bath,’ says Hannah. Salcombe tub, £1,175, the Cast Iron bath Company. bath painted in Stiffkey blue estate eggshell, £25 for 750ml, Farrow & ball

GUeST BeDrooM White floorboards create a simple Scandi look. high Performance floor paint in white, £99.42 for 3.22L, Dulux


The marble floor, vanity unit and splashback work together seamlessly. Double basin washstand with Carrara marble worktop has this look, £2,860, deVoL

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With its far-reaching views and abundant olive groves, Nick and Lise Davies’ CÔte d’Azur home is the ideal spot to get away from it all FEATURE Maggie Colvin | PHOTOGRAPHY Mark lusCoMbe-Whyte

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French doors and an imposing arch perfectly frame the view of the olive groves enjoyed from the table. Atelier white upholstered linen dining chairs, £209 each; Provence extendable table, £1,099, both Maisons du Monde. Walls in Stone Pole Cool 65 absolute matt emulsion, £43.50 for 2.5L, Little Greene


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THE PROPERTY 18th-century farmhouse L O C AT I O N South of France R O O M S Hall/dining area, two sitting rooms, kitchen, study, pantry, store room, laundry, five bedrooms, five bathrooms, two guest annexes, pool house P U R C H A S E D 2004 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘A 16th-century coaching inn in Surrey,’ says Lise.

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‘I inherited the Balinese daybed from my parents,’ says Lise. ‘It makes a chunky, characterful coffee table.’ The Opium rustic recycled teak coffee table would work, £360, Sustainable Furniture. Java sofa, £1,799, John Lewis


he aroma of lavender, panoramic views over the bay of Cannes, and fresh air are among the attributes that most impress visitors to Nick and Lise Davies’ mountaintop home. ‘Here, we enjoy the best of all worlds,’ says Nick. ‘We’re in a remote spot but close to a medieval village, 20 minutes’ drive from a beach and under half an hour from the ski slopes. Best of all, we live surrounded by silence, apart from nightingales and the frogs’ dawn chorus.’ Nick and Lise moved to the south of France for a better quality of life for their now grown-up children, Tristian, Tamara, Max and Coco. Previously, the couple divided their time between the UK and a beach house in the Caribbean. When Nick got tired of endless long commutes, the pair decided to relocate to France. ‘Finding the right place to measure up to our beach house was tricky,’ says Lise. ‘I looked at over 100 properties, and it took six years before finding this one. ‘This house was unique in that it had large windows, several pairs of generously sized French doors and level outdoor areas full of pear, plum, fig, orange and olive trees,’ Lise continues. ‘However, the interior had been untouched for 20 years and was very run down, without


The soft tones of the beams are echoed in the plastered walls. Cabinets painted in Paris Gray chalk paint, £18 for 1L, Annie Sloan. The galvanised French clock has this look, £100, Cox & Cox. Smeg dual oven, £2,070, John Lewis. The Atelier White tiles are similar to those used for the splashback, £55.20sq m, Porcelain Superstore


Lovely views can be enjoyed from the bath. the Carlton traditional pedestal basin is similar to this one, £69.95, Victorian Plumbing


Vibrant accent colours sing out against a muted backdrop in this inviting space. walls painted in Stone Pale No 34 absolute matt emulsion, £43.50 for 2.5L, Little greene. Checked blanket, £79.99, Zara home, is similar

proper lighting or even one ceiling fan. On the positive side, previous owners had installed an elegant sweeping staircase, stone arches and solid walnut-panelled doors throughout.’ There were also tiled floors and stone fireplaces, precious relics from the 18th century. ‘The oldest part of the house is the kitchen,’ says Lise. ‘We decided to limewash the beams to lighten the space, and replace the old Fifties units with a classic farmhouse design made by a local joiner.’ The bathrooms, plumbing and electrics needed replacing, too. Two outbuildings were turned into guest annexes. Adding a poolside living area with kitchen, dining and sitting room was another big project. ‘The renovation took four years,’ says Lise. ‘Even furnishing was a slow process, fitting in pieces we already had, mixing in finds from brocantes. My parents used to live in Jerusalem and Borneo, so I inherited some lovely rugs, Hebron glass pieces and Asian artefacts.’ An expert with a sewing machine, Lise made loose covers, curtains and cushions herself, using French linen and English fabrics. Four years ago, when their children left home, the couple decided to open up the house to rental guests, and have also hosted local weddings – giving Lise a new excuse to buy even more pretty china, glasses and table linens. ‘I love to shop,’ she says, ‘so it was no hardship. It’s so idyllic here, and we wanted to share that with others. When large parties arrive to stay, Nick and I move into one of the guest annexes. We both adore entertaining, I love to cook and produce homemade jams, and Nick is a people person. It’s proved to be an ideal combination.’ fo r sto c k i sts g o to w her e to b u y

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favourite shop ‘French brocantes are the best place to source quirky accessories, you can’t beat them for quality eclectic finds’


An iron four-poster bed bought in an antiques shop takes pride of place in here. To rent Nick and Lise’s house, see peyloubet.com the Sheherazad bed has this look, £344, Maisons du Monde. walls painted in oval room blue estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball

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Lisa and Chris have created a pretty terrace that’s great for entertaining. Bordeaux table, £1,950, Neptune. For similar outdoor chairs, see the Dante, £96, John Lewis


Relaxing colours and vintage finds create warmth in Lisa Pender’s traditional Cotswolds home FeATure REBECCA MORRIS PHoTogrAPHy HEATHER GUNN

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THe ProPerTy Georgian former rectory L o c AT I o n Gloucestershire r o o m S Sitting room, kitchen-diner, cloakroom, three bedrooms, three bathrooms P u r c H A S e d 2016 PrevIouS ProPerTy ‘We lived in an Edwardian semi in Cheltenham,’ says Lisa.


Traditional painted cabinets work with the period of the house, while a breakfast console provides extra worktop space. For similar cabinetry, try the Original Kitchen, from £20,000, Harvey Jones. Brompton breakfast console and stools (painted by Lisa), £1,050, Laura Ashley. Beaded pendant crystal nickel-effect light, £195, Cowshed Interiors

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Lisa found the antique table on eBay and teamed it with sleek, modern chairs. ekero armchair, £130; Fabrikor cabinet, £130, both Ikea. black sheepskin, £75, rockett St george. For a similar wall light, try the original btC Circus Prismatic, £119, John Lewis

LESSONS LEARNT ‘The temptation is to put your stamp on a new home as soon as you arrive, but I’ve learnt to take my time and get to know a house before changing it’ SITTING ROOM

A woodburner was installed in here and Lisa painted the fireplace and mirror. the Stovax View 5 woodburner, £1,159, woodburner warehouse, would work here. Sofa.com’s Saturday sofa, from £1,190, is similar. For wall paint like this, try egyptian Cotton matt emulsion, £27.56 for 2.5L, Dulux

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An inviting mix of textures creates a relaxing space that’s full of character. For similar wall paint, try Feather Flock matt emulsion, £27.56 for 2.5L, Dulux. headboards, £310 each, Neptune. Laura Ashley’s steel pom-pom blanket, £50, is a good alternative. rusty metal letters and number (on door), from £2.50 each, re


he original shutters proved a deal-breaker for Lisa Pender and her partner Chris Gardiner when they first saw their Cotswolds home. The couple had had an offer accepted on another house, but something didn’t feel right. Once they visited this former Georgian rectory, they knew why. ‘As soon as we saw these beautiful windows with their original shutters, we realised that this was the house for us,’ Lisa explains. It wasn’t just the windows of course; the 19th-century house had umpteen other persuasive features. The rectory had previously been divided into three properties, with Lisa and Chris’s section retaining the impressive frontage. There are high ceilings in the kitchen, sitting room and two bedrooms, and on the top floor the attic had been converted into another bedroom and bathroom. The kitchen is much as it was when Lisa and Chris moved in but, before the rectory was modernised by the previous owners, it was a second sitting room, ornately decorated and formal, with the kitchen no more than a sink and cupboard in what is now the cloakroom. ‘How people managed to put together more than a

sandwich in that room I do not know,’ says Lisa. ‘The kitchen is my favourite room and where Chris and I spend a lot of our time.’ Lisa is a florist and also runs her own vintage interiors company, Bramble & Gooseberry, so the mix of old and new in the converted rectory suits her well. ‘I’ve always had an eye for vintage pieces and I trawl car boot sales for unusual bits and bobs,’ she says. Most of the furniture and ornaments in the house are things Lisa has found in charity shops or local auctions and upcycled. Old mahogany TV cabinets have been rubbed back and painted with chalk paint and wax. The worn leather chairs in the sitting room are Lisa’s favourite bargain. ‘I was doing a floristry job and a client had these chairs in their garden shed, covered in mould and spiders,’ says Lisa. ‘I kept asking about them and in the end they said I could have them.’ The couple worked hard to put their stamp on the outdoor space, too. Lisa’s skills as a florist are obvious, with colour and scent in abundance. ‘The garden wraps around the house and so feels part of every room,’ she explains. ‘It’s been a labour of love and gives us a lot of pleasure all year round – as does the whole house.’


Grey tones were used for a smart, contemporary look. hygena Ashby double bed frame in grey, £189.99, Argos


A freestanding bath gives this attic space a sophisticated, spa-like feel. the Mode tate bath, £479, VictoriaPlum.com, is similar. For flooring like this, try Sequoia limed oak white wood-effect tiles, £36.98sq m, tile giant

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KITCHEN ‘We love the fact that old mixes with new in here,’ says Mike. Alno Fine and Starfine units, price on request, Halcyon interiors. mercury 1082 range cooker, £4,100, John Lewis. Bastille crackle metro tiles, £56.25sq m, Walls and Floors. Blonde rattan bar stools, £195 each, Rockett St George


SEEING THE home truths

THE PROPERTY Edwardian end-of-terrace L O C AT I O N North London R O O M S Hall, sitting room, kitchen-diner, family room, cloakroom, three bedrooms (one en suite), bathroom, basement comprising media room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom P U R C H A S E D 2015 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘We used to live in a maisonette just a few miles away,’ says Ali.

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Extensive remodelling combined with contemporary touches have turned Ali and Mike Kynoch’s Edwardian house into a bright and spacious home FEATURE SEáN O’CONNELL | PHOTOGRAPHY PHiLiP RAymONd

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DINING AREA A generous wooden table and doors opening onto the terrace create a sociable setting for entertaining guests. Try the Highbury Oak for a similar dining table, £820, Furniture Choice. Cedak cross-back chairs, £295 for a pair, La Redoute, are a good match. industrial pendant lights, £85 each, Of Special interest. St mawes hurricane lantern, £30, Notonthehighstreet.com

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HALL An assortment of patterns and textures add drama to this space. Berkeley Charcoal floor tiles, £67.95sq m, Topps Tiles

MEDIA ROOM ‘The intimate atmosphere and bar make this the perfect retreat,’ says Mike. The 40 Winks sofa bed, £1,599, Heal’s, is a good alternative. Midas bar stools, £145 each, Rockett St George. Love sign, price on request, WCD Interiors

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F A M I LY R O O M Colourful artwork makes a playful statement. Irrelephant by Dom Pattinson, price on request, Zebra One Gallery. Walls painted in Drawing Room Blue estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Aissa two-seat sofa, £1,250, Sofa.com. Similar window shutters, from £299sq m, The Shutter Store


li and Mike Kynoch went to view their end-ofterrace house in north London knowing that it already fulfilled two criteria – that it was in a leafy setting and close to their work. But it also had to have the potential to be a family home for themselves and their daughters, Marni, now four, and Freya, two. ‘It wasn’t as deep as the rest of the houses in the terrace,’ says Ali, an interior designer, ‘but we knew we could enlarge it at the rear, and that this would also have a positive change on the dynamic of the house, with everything radiating out from a centrally situated hall.’ And that included downwards, as part of the plan was to excavate into the foundations and create a basement level. ‘That’s the joy of a project like this, it captures the imagination,’ says Mike. After buying the property, it was clear that with all the building and groundwork involved, it would be impossible to

move in for quite some time, so for the first 18 months, the family lived in rented accommodation. Apart from allowing the Kynochs to see their ideas taking shape, being close at hand held other benefits: ‘Our girls used to love the excitement of big trucks arriving with 30-metre steels,’ says Mike. By the time they were able to move in, the majority of the structural work was complete – there was a three-storey rear extension and a new staircase, plus nearly every doorway had been repositioned. ‘Only parts of the house were habitable,’ says Mike, ‘but gradually it reached the point where we could turn to the decor, which is where Ali came into her own.’ ‘My idea of a perfect home is a sequence of carefully planned spaces that are infused with beautiful lighting, textures and colours that tone and harmonise the mood,’ explains Ali. ‘I like to be able to stand in a room, look in any direction and see something special, something that makes

d e s i g n a d v i c e ‘Colour and lighting are always a good starting point when creating a design scheme. Both can have the effect of drawing you towards a room and beckoning you to enter’ 2 5 b h Au G uS T 2018 | 41

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MAIN BEDROOM This understated scheme evokes a feeling of serenity but has a sense of fun, too. Summer four-poster bed, £859, get Laid beds. hurlingham club chairs, £1,499 each, City Cows. urban Legend retro wall lights, £175 each, Alexander & Pearl

CHILDREN’S BEDROOM ‘Marni and Freya chose the wallpaper themselves,’ says Ali. harlequin Papilio wallpaper, £61 a roll, Jane Clayton

you smile inside and out.’ Nowhere is this more evident than in the space Ali regards as her favourite – the kitchen-diner. Here, a full-length skylight offers heavenly views, while looking towards the front of the house reveals the cool beauty of the family room and, in the opposite direction, the tasteful calm of the dining area. A particular element of interest is the way each space has its own distinct form of illumination. ‘Lighting injects soul into a space and is a key aspect of great design,’ says Ali, talking from her experience as a co-founder of Freymar Designs. ‘We’re passionate about it and consider it at every level, from the floor to the ceiling.’ According to Mike, it isn’t just light that is at the heart of this home – he believes colour and texture are also important for connecting with the spaces. ‘If we want to wake up and feel 42 | 2 5 b h Au g uS t 2018

B AT H R O O M A yellow tub adds a pop of colour. Charmouth claw-foot bath, £1,743, the Cast Iron bath Company

energised by our surroundings, they have to reflect our own personalities,’ he says. He could have the main bedroom in mind, for this is the stuff of dreams, with its elegantly co-ordinated colour scheme, tactile fabrics and profusion of natural light. Another notable feature is the open-plan en suite, where an abundance of blue and a shuttered mirror provide a hint of the Mediterranean. Now, surveying their striking home, the couple say the project came to together quite naturally – the biggest challenge was from an unexpected source. ‘After several tons of waterproof concrete had been poured to reinforce the walls, I was informed that the only membrane heavy duty enough to satisfy the warranty was that used in the construction of the Channel Tunnel,’ says Ali. ‘It makes finding the right shade of paint suddenly seem less daunting.’ fo r sto c k i sts g o to w her e to b u y

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Insight Planning a successful kitchen Design a space that is both practical and stylish, like Ali and Mike Kynoch’s


ig ticket refurbishments, such as updating or installing a new kitchen, require plenty of forethought. Sticking to a budget, planning the layout and focusing on finish will pay dividends.

Make a plan

A successful kitchen scheme depends on a combination of form and function. If starting from scratch, think about how you’ll use the space. ‘Look at your current kitchen and make notes on what you love and what you don’t,’ says Magnet’s head of merchandising Hayley Simmons. ‘Map your journey through the kitchen, taking into account lighting, plug sockets and appliance placement. Bear in mind that the traditional working triangle between worktop, sink and fridge is becoming much less regimented. Homeowners are increasingly confident in planning more unusual layouts with sociability and food preparation the priority.’ Another key element is budget. Hayley suggests

making a list of priorities that include everything within the design, setting 20 per cent aside for unexpected costs.

The finish line Once the layout of your kitchen has been finalised, consider its look. Bold colour mixing is on trend. Try midnight-hued cabinets with neutral shades to liven up your kitchen. Darker tones on base units will anchor a bold injection of colour. Mixing two tones works well and creates a modern finish, but stick to two or three colours at most to ensure a cohesive look. Also bear in mind that lighting should be an integral part of your design. Layering helps to accentuate different aspects for different occasions, so try to include both task and ambient options, from spotlights to plinth lighting. Finally, whatever your total budget, accessories can lift a kitchen from ordinary to standout. ‘Source statement handles to enhance cabinetry,’ suggests Hayley. ‘Using a variety of styles at once can work, but stick to the same finish.’

professional advice ‘A good design process is a fusion of mathematics and creative intuition. look at the room as a whole and plan a balanced layout with pleasing symmetry wherever possible and cabinetry that is the right scale for the room. When planning, ask these questions: How much cooking and entertaining do you do? When preparing a meal, do you like to face out into the space or do you want messy areas to be hidden? Will you be dining in the space? Are you planning to include living furniture? Would you prefer things to be out of sight or on display? Do you like curved or linear shapes? What is the worst thing about your existing kitchen? A good layout is what makes a kitchen successful. for example, if the room is openplan, consider whether you want a dining area. If so, adding an island with a hob overlooking the space allows you to socialise while cooking. with colour, soft tones can create a warm atmosphere without the worry of passing trends. Neutral colour palettes in the kitchen are timeless, but black, grey and navy still remain popular and can be contrasted with light-coloured worksurfaces and flooring. An admin station where the family can put keys, school paperwork, stationery, phone chargers and iPads is a useful addition.’ tom Howley, Tom Howley

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A central island and bar are great for entertaining

Add drama with a pair of beautiful chandeliers

Classic units in soft tones are a timeless choice

e x p e r t e y e ‘Kitchens situated in full view of the living and/or dining room need to look great plus be easy to keep clean and uncluttered. Ideally, appliances should be fully integrated or they need to be sleek and attractive’ RobeRt buRnett, HollowAys of ludlow

address book ■ Federation of Master Builders, 020 7242 7583, fmb.org.uk find carpenters, builders and joiners here. ■ Magnet, 01325 744093, magnet.co.uk offers a range of options, from elegant and traditional to sleek and bold. ■ Holloways of Ludlow, 020 8487 9422, hollowayskitchens.com Includes an architectural design service to manage kitchen extensions and renovations. 2 5 b H Au g us T 2018 | 43

Dining area Chunky wooden furniture from a reclamation yard works well here. Black tapered lampshade, £5, Wilko. the green check Misty Moors PvC tablecloth, £10, Dunelm, has a similar look to this. Floorgrip aspin vinyl flooring, £11.19sq m, Carpetright, is a good match

touch of class

Caroline Hartley had long admired this converted village schoolhouse, and couldn’t believe her luck when it finally became her home Feature HeatHer Dixon | PhotograPhy Dave Burton

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Sitting area Colourful cushions add interest to the white sofas and help bring a cosy feel in this open-plan space. Cushions, £30 each, We Love Cushions. Madrid three-seater sofas, £500 each, SofaSofa. Wall painted in London Clay estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. rug, £250, Cowhide rugs

the ProPerty Detached former school, built in the thirties L o c at i o n north Yorkshire r o o m s Hall, sitting room/ kitchen-diner, three bedrooms, two bathrooms P u r c h a s e d 2014 Previous ProPerty ‘i lived in a 400-year-old cottage in the village,’ says Caroline.

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lesson learnt ‘You have to keep on top of repairs with a wooden building, otherwise the timber will deteriorate’

Kitchen Painted a contrasting deep grey, the central island stands out against the crisp white units and provides extra storage space for caroline’s collection of crockery. Fashion 171 units, from £8,000 for a similar layout, Kutchenhaus. wall clock, £30, homeSense. the Nostalgia cream cake tin, £28, house of Fraser, has this look

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hen Caroline Hartley was a teenager, she regularly babysat for a family who, for 30 years, ran a hotel in her home village of Sandsend in North Yorkshire. ‘They lived in the schoolhouse next door to the hotel and I loved it,’ says Caroline. ‘It was such a beautiful building but I never imagined I’d live there myself.’ Fast forward 40 years and Caroline’s sister, who had taken over both the hotel and schoolhouse in 2006, decided to pass the house on to her. ‘I was 50 and realised that if I didn’t do it then, I’d simply never do it,’ she says. ‘I love the village and this building, so I couldn’t wait to put my own stamp on it.’

Making changes

Moving in with her husband, Chris, their two grown-up daughters, Sharisse and Emily, and their son, Alexander, now 10, Caroline set to work refurbishing the schoolhouse. First the couple removed a partition wall between two ground floor bedrooms to create one large space. They also replaced spacesaver steps leading up into the attic with a proper staircase, making access to the third bedroom and loft bathroom easier. With the structural jobs completed, Caroline chose ‘outdoor proof’ vinyl flooring for the open-plan living area and family bathroom. ‘We live on the coast, so I wanted us to enjoy the outdoors without worrying about getting the carpets dirty,’ she says. ‘Although the house has lots of light furniture, it’s actually a very practical, hard-wearing home.’ sense of history

Decorating the vast living spaces proved to be a challenge. ‘We needed scaffolding to reach the pitch of the ceiling, which is around eight metres high,’ says Caroline. ‘We employed a decorator to do the main living area – I don’t do heights – but I painted everything else.’ Caroline has furnished each room with bargain finds and personal items which, in some cases, go back generations. ‘I wanted to work with the proportions of the building and its history,’ she says. ‘I love the wood panelling – it’s very New England – and the fact that all the original features remain. It even has the old school bell outside although I haven’t tested it yet to see if it still works.’ Thanks to Caroline’s careful renovations, the property has been brought up to date without losing any of its original character. ‘Everything about the schoolhouse is based on comfortable, sociable, modern living, inspired by its past,’ says Caroline. ‘I feel incredibly privileged to live here.’ fo r sto c k i sts g o to w her e to b u y

main Bedroom caroline knocked through two rooms to create this bright, inviting space. Fearne Cotton Marne double bed (with two footposts removed), £800, Next home. Lindved side tables, £15 each, Ikea hall the original school doors and internal boarding have been retained and refreshed with a lick of paint. For a similar carpet, try the Superior coir natural sisal weft, £30.75sq m, Alternative Flooring Guest Bedroom stag motif accessories and a smart check quilt introduce a rustic note. red tartan check bedspread, £17, homescapes. Feature wall painted in Cornforth white estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball B at h r o o m a repainted second-hand dressing table makes an attractive addition. Nicole elegance vinyl flooring, £9.50sq m, online Carpets. try the Leiva hand-woven red rug, £37.99, wayfair

KITCHEN This is Séverine’s favourite room, and also where she holds her patisserie classes. ‘I write scientific explanations for the chemical reactions in the food on the blackboard wall,’ she says. Voxtorp cabinet doors, from £55 each, Ikea. Versailles tile-effect vinyl flooring, £9.49sq m, Best 4 Flooring. Try Wilko blackboard paint, £30 for 2.5L. White industrial bar stools, £51 each, Blue Sun Tree

C H I C & UNIQUE Vintage and upcycled pieces salvaged from home and abroad bring a relaxed feel to Séverine Rutherford’s Tyneside terrace FEATURE KAREN WILSON | PHOTOGRAPHY KATIE LEE


teaching exchange programme in the northeast of England led to a whole new life for Séverine Rutherford. The science teacher, who comes from Compiègne in Picardy, swapped roles with a teacher at a County Durham school five years ago. However, three months before her year-long post was due to finish, she met her husband, Paul, on a dating website and decided to stay in the UK. Three years ago, the couple bought a home together near the school that Séverine’s 14-year-old daughter, Claire-Alix, attends 48 | 2 5 b H Au g uS T 2018

in Newcastle. ‘I really wanted to find something that was typically English and I had my heart set on living in an old terraced house with a bay window,’ explains Séverine. After viewing four or five properties, the couple came across a beautiful Edwardian terrace opposite a church. ‘It was very clean and had all its original fireplaces, but was very old-fashioned,’ says Séverine, who oversaw the room-by-room renovation while they lived amid the dust. ‘The first thing we did was rip up all the carpets, as we planned to sand the floors. Then we stripped about 10 layers

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home truths THE PROPERTY Edwardian terrace L O C AT I O N Newcastle-upon-Tyne R O O M S Hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, utility room, three bedrooms, bathroom P U R C H A S E D 2015 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘I rented a house in County Durham,’ says Séverine.

DINING ROOM The vintage Godin woodburning stove (above) was brought from France in Séverine’s Mini, and she made the light fitting from a piece of driftwood. Floorboards painted in Colours white satin floor paint, £27 for 2.5L, B&Q. Ekedalen extendable oak dining table, £170, Ikea. Archie black dining chair, £120, Blue Sun Tree

of wallpaper before having every wall replastered. It was quite tricky, as I didn’t know much building work terminology, plus it was sometimes challenging to understand the Geordie accent.’ The fact that the house had both a breakfast room and separate kitchen at the rear also appealed to Séverine, who has since launched her own French pâtisserie business, cremedelacremenewcastle.co.uk, offering special events and workshops from the family home. ‘I used to call the breakfast room “the room of no hope”, as I didn’t know what to do with it,’ laughs Séverine. ‘And the original kitchen was miles away from the dining room.’ Her solution was to install a U-shaped kitchen in the breakfast room and repurpose the former kitchen as a utility/laundry room. This additional space also comes in useful for her patisserie classes, as it has a second oven. ‘I knew I wanted a neat, clean-lined white kitchen with no handles,’ says Séverine. ‘And although I wanted old-fashioned ceramic tiles, they were too expensive, so I went with a vinyl floor. It was a great price and gives a very good effect.’ The main bedroom now has a partition wall incorporating built-in storage that forms a dressing area behind the head of 2 5 b H Au g uS T 2018 | 49

SITTING ROOM Reclaimed cinema seats, a cable drum table and old photos of the area from the previous owner add individuality. try Sailor cable reel side table, £127, Maisons du Monde. Chic Shadow, £16 for 2.5L, Dulux, is a comparable wall colour

SITTING ROOM A muted palette ensures the elegant fireplace remains the star of the show. Ceremonial Dress art print by thierry Poncelet, £45, King & Mcgaw. bespoke reclaimed wood coffee table, £180, Newcastle wood recycling. For a similar sofa, try tokyo rhF large corner group in Chocolate, £4,399, John Lewis

f u t u r e p l a n s ‘I’d love to extend into as well as install an internal window in

HALL Vintage signs and accessories add colour to this neutral scheme. Alphabet cabinet, £243, hotel buyer. walls painted in Charleston gray and elephant’s breath, both £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball

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the bed. ‘I had my heart set on a walk-in wardrobe, but I didn’t want to cut up the bedroom too much or hide the fireplace,’ says Séverine. ‘So creating a little corridor behind the bed was the solution.’ There are several pieces of upcycled furniture dotted around the house, such as a coffee table made from reclaimed wood, quirky shelving that has been fashioned from her daughter’s old guitar, and an industrial cable drum given a new lease of life as a side table. One of Séverine’s favourite places to browse for unusual pieces is McCartney’s Yard in Hebburn, where she discovered the old cinema seats in the sitting room and the letters used to spell the word ‘cuisine’ on the wall in the kitchen. ‘The letters come from several shops and pubs,’ she says. ‘The letter C was actually an O from a Tesco Express sign that I cut in half.’ Many of the other vintage finds were brought over from Séverine’s native France. ‘You can buy pieces so cheaply at the

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B AT H R O O M For continuity, the flooring is the same as in the kitchen. Vintage-style fruit crates, £34.95 for two, Cult Furniture, are similar

the side return and add a conservatory, the dining room to add light to the hall’ French brocantes,’ she says. ‘For instance, the map of France in the dining room was just five euros. I don’t go looking for a particular thing, but if I spot something I love, then I’ll buy it.’ Mixing new and old furniture, while sticking to a fairly neutral colour palette, is Séverine’s fail-safe recipe for successful decorating. ‘Although I have a classic taste in terms of decoration, with a lot of grey and white tones, I also like to add quirky objects that you wouldn’t expect to see in a home.’ Séverine is loving her new life, and has now set up a second business working as a private chemistry and physics tutor. ‘Geordies are very welcoming, just like the locals in northern France,’ she says. ‘Although it was quite difficult in the beginning, I’ve now made lots of English and French friends, and I feel very settled here. Also, it’s just five minutes’ from the house into the centre of town, so we definitely picked the right area for us.’ fo r sto c k i sts g o to w her e to b u y

MAIN BeDROOM A partition wall behind the bed sections off the dressing area. Charlotte super king-size bed, £599, John Lewis. Cubik geometric pendant, £50, Iconic Lights, is a good option

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Roxi and David Zeeman have created a fresh version of country style that reflects their love of artisan-made products from around the globe FeAtURe JO LEEVERS | PHOtOGRAPHY BRENT DARBY


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tHe PROPeRtY Victorian cottage L O c At i O n Kent R O O M s Hall, sitting-dining room, kitchen, family room, three bedrooms, playroom, bathroom R e n t e d s i n c e 2017 PReviOUs PROPeRtY ‘We moved here from a semi-detached Thirties house in Tunbridge Wells,’ says Roxi.

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SITTING ROOM A framed woven textile makes an original artwork and sits well against the delicate pink wall. Marlow pendant light, £130, House of Fraser. Similar cabinet, £360, Rockett St George. Walls painted in Colours Muted Rose matt emulsion, £12 for 2.5L, B&Q


HAll This space is large enough to double as a small seating area. Find a similar chandelier, £2,250, Abigail Ahern. Ratu chair, £220, Dassie Artisan


KITCHEN A cabinet made from recycled wood in a variety of finishes

makes an eye-catching backdrop for colourful glassware. Similar shelving unit, £65, Garden Trading. Glassware, from £38 for six tumblers, House of Fraser


F A M I lY R O O M Framed holiday snaps turn the wall above the sofa into a gallery of memories. Slowcoach sofa in velvet is similar, from £1,795, Loaf


DINING AREA This informal space is where the family catches up at the end of the day. Beetroot tableware, from £10 for a mug, House of Fraser. Jamila ottoman, £595, Dassie Artisan


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12 i n s p i r a t i o n ‘We wanted to create a characterful family home that reflects the places we’ve lived and visited’


oxi and Dave Zeeman live in a pretty white cottage at the end of an unmarked, bumpy lane, surrounded by woodland. Deer regularly take a shortcut through their front garden and cows graze in the field behind. The setting couldn’t be more quintessentially English. But inside, Roxi has created a rustic style that draws on her South African roots and her love of hand-crafted objects from around the world. The family, including children Scarlett, nine, and Noah, five, feels right at home with the look that Roxi has created. Her version of country style includes furniture sourced from distant lands, with textures of bleached mango wood and raw linen. Further interest is added with lighting, baskets, rugs and cushions that are woven, stitched and appliquéd in age-old patterns. ‘We love the traditional feel of the cottage, but wanted to add a global aesthetic,’ says Roxi. Together with Dave, Roxi co-runs interiors company Dassie Artisan, bringing homewares crafted in Africa and Asia to the UK. ‘The business began in a very low-key way, as something for me to do while the children were little,’ says Roxi, who had previously worked as an interior designer in South Africa. ‘I started selling a big batch of picture frames made by people I knew in Cape Town at a one-week pop-up shop in London. By the fourth day, I’d sold all my stock, and I had to pack up my trestle tables and go home.’ Right from the start customers loved hearing stories about the makers behind the products, and this connection to the artisans 54 | 2 5 b h Au g uS t 2018

– and a commitment to fair trade – remain central to the couple’s ethos. Dassie Artisan now sells via its own website as well as through an impressive roster of stores around the UK and abroad. In their home, the couple’s favourite finds are shown to their best advantage and the hand of the maker is visible in everything, right down to the ceramic tableware with deliberately wobbly rims and wavy glazes. ‘I prefer objects with texture and character, rather than pieces that are production-line perfect,’ says Roxi. ‘Whether it’s a simple row of stitching, intricate embroidery on a cushion or the dense weave of a basket, crafted details add so much personality.’ When they moved in, the couple’s first step was to paint all the walls white, as a fresh backdrop for their style. But Roxi has recently repainted one wall of the sitting room in a warm pink. ‘I became slightly obsessed with finding the perfect shade of faded mulberry,’ says Roxi. ‘After several tester pots, we settled on this one. I love how it works with our linen and velvet sofa and chairs.’ Alongside this mix of beautifully crafted pieces, Roxi has added several vintage finds. These include a pair of beautifully battered doors, propped up on either side of the entrance to the kitchen – one of several clever touches Roxi has added to their rented home. She spotted the doors in an Indian reclamation yard, where she also bought a brilliant blue cabinet that now stores craft materials in the playroom. ‘I love seeing these pieces in this very different setting,’ she says. ‘They’re perfect for our global rustic home.’ fo r sto c k i sts g o to w her e to b u y


SITTING ROOM White-painted brickwork and a pair of reclaimed doors add texture to the space. track down similar doors, from £150, wells reclamation. ula stool, £137, trouva


SCARLETT’S BEDROOM A high bunk above Scarlett’s bed is ideal for sleepovers. Similar throw, £150, house of Fraser. For seating, try bamboo stools, £110 for two, rockett St george


B AT H R O O M Woven baskets from Kenya are pretty and practical. Similar baskets, from £14 each,

Decorators Notebook. Lattice side table, £149, Myakka, is similar,


MAIN BEDROOM Natural finishes and woven pieces lend an earthy, rustic feel. woven nest pendant, £68, graham and green. Kantha throw is a match, £175, Decorators Notebook. Myna marble shelf, £70, Dassie Artisan. earth planter, £32, house of Fraser


P L AY R O O M A layer of inexpensive floor tiles protects the carpet while the children get creative. try the grey Soft Mat, £14.94 for pack of 9, Softfloorkids.co.uk. Similar Indian cabinet, £325, trading boundaries

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SITTING ROOM Sculptural lighting injects a touch of drama into this simply furnished space. terrace side tables, £209 each, West Elm. the Hunter chair has a similar shape, $2,245, Elte. Create a bespoke sisal rug, from £227, the Natural Rug store. ‘the tuxedo’ black and gold ceramic table lamps, price on application, Renwil

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Ines and Peter Mazzotta transformed their period home with sleek lines and striking art fEAturE EMMa J PagE | PhOtOGrAPhY ROBIN stuBBERt / gaP INtERIORs

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home truths thE PrOPErtY Detached bungalow built in 1877, with a Fifties lateral addition L O C At i O n Ontario, Canada r O O M S sitting room, kitchen, dining room, family room, study, three bedrooms, two bathrooms P u r C h A S E D 2014 PrEViOuS PrOPErtY ‘We moved to this property from a two-storey detached house in toronto,’ says Ines.

Designers Ines and Peter Mazzotta were keen to leave behind the frenetic pace of Toronto when they made the move an hour west, to the historic university town of Guelph, just over four years ago. ‘Although we craved a calmer lifestyle, we still wanted to be part of a lively community, and this town has a wonderful cultural, food and music scene,’ says Ines. ‘But, being smaller, it is easier to navigate. We were also drawn to the period architecture, as many of the properties here date from the late 1800s.’ The one-storey building the couple and their two sons, Luca, now 14, and Jake, 10, came across is a case in point. ‘At first, the layout seemed a little unusual to us, as we were used to multi-level living,’ says Ines. ‘But the period features and high ceilings soon won us over.’ Nonetheless, the house needed a few tweaks to suit family living. ‘The flow needed adjusting, as there were three separate entryways to the dining room, and no clear access from there to the kitchen,’ Ines explains. So the couple closed off two of the doorways, knocked through between the existing dining room and kitchen to create an open-plan space, and added generous floor-to-ceiling French doors to provide easy access to the garden. Although the property was in good shape, it needed plenty of contemporising touches. The previous inhabitants had owned a timber yard and evidence of their profession ran throughout the house, with curly maple kitchen units and an oversized

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KITCHEN Cabinetry painted in contrasting black and white with a marble countertop creates a chic, monochrome aesthetic. Charles ghost stools by Kartell, £178 each, amara. the antique Persian tabriz rug is a good match, $885, Rug & Weave. Vintage Barn pendant light, from $229, Restoration Hardware



DINING AREA Ines and Peter knocked through the original dining room into the kitchen for a more practical layout. Perugia ceiling light, price on application, Renwil. salvaged Parsons rectangular table is similar, $3,395, Restoration Hardware. Walls painted in swiss Coffee OC-45 regal select flat, £20.50 for 0.94L, Benjamin Moore



F A M I LY R O O M A generous U-shaped sofa makes this area ideal for relaxing. Behind it, Ines hung favourite artworks on the wall, which is painted off-black to enhance them. Feature wall painted in Black satin 2131-10 regal select flat, £20.50 for 0.94L, Benjamin Moore. Velvet linen pillows in Ocean, $195 each, Elte

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DECOR ATING ADVICE ‘Layering turns a room into an inviting space. I love well-curated collections of objects and textiles’

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MAin BEDROOM An elegantly shaped Art-Deco style bench is an eye-catching addition, while a textured throw and purple cushions introduce a welcome hit of colour. elizabeth bench, $1,497.50, black rooster Decor. try the Leonard chandelier, £389.95, holloways of Ludlow. Bath artwork by Sue Prue, from $104, Minted


JAKE’S BEDROOM A feature wall covered in chalkboard paint encourages an element of creativity. wall painted in black Satin 2131-10, £27.50 for 0.94L, benjamin Moore. Vintage desk, price on request, Singing Lady emporium. Magis Puppy by eero Aarnio, from £56, wallpaper Store



B AT H R O O M Striking geometric wallpaper complements classic painted cabinetry in this space. Prismatic ry2702 wallpaper, $75 a roll, york wallcoverings. 20th-century factory metal sconce, $169, restoration hardware. Cabinetry painted in shade similar to black blue modern eggshell, £67 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball


cherry mantelpiece in the sitting room. ‘It felt a little dated,’ says Ines. ‘At the same time, much of the original plasterwork had been removed, so one of our first tasks was to reinstate mouldings and ceiling roses.’ Peter, who runs Kelly Hopter Interiors along with Ines, did much of the work himself, overseeing improvements, laying new oak floors and, as a trained carpenter, overseeing cabinetry making. The interior exudes a sense of calm, largely due to a constrained colour palette of white, black, coffees and soft neutrals. ‘I work with colour all day, and for me, it’s important to create a restful scheme,’ says Ines. ‘Our home is all about layering. I love sheens, hues and textures. Juxtaposing sisal and jute with silks, wool and velvets is a way of creating an organic, lived-in look, and accessories are important – from books and objets to glassware and vintage candlesticks.’ Of all their treasures, it’s art that means the most to this family, and Ines has used her magpie eye to unearth pieces from several quarters. ‘Collecting art is a passion and I hunt everywhere, from galleries to flea markets,’ she says. ‘I began when I moved from Poland to Canada when I was 19, and I accumulated pieces gradually. I love mixing original art with affordable prints, especially portraits and theatre posters, while Peter is drawn to photography and abstracts.’ Organic shapes, from ceramics and glassware to lighting and sculpture, are the hallmark of this home, combined with subtle touches of glamour. But it’s also a practical and lived-in space. ‘The layout flows so well now,’ says Ines. ‘We love to hang out together, whether in the family room watching a film or relaxing by the pool.’ And when Ines is working from home, it’s nature that inspires her. ‘We have a beautiful wild apple tree growing outside the bay window at the front of the house,’ she says. ‘Sometimes, I’ll decamp from my office and revel in the dappled light that it creates in the sitting room. Our home has become a soothing sanctuary that works for all of us – moving here has certainly been good for the soul.’ fo r sto c k i sts g o to w her e to b u y

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ThE PRoPERTy 18th-century farmhouse L o C AT I o N Normandy R o o M S Sitting room, dining area, kitchen, studio, four bedrooms, two bathrooms P U R C h A S E D 1990 PREVIoUS PRoPERTy ‘Our main home is a 19th-century, three-storey townhouse in Oxford,’ says Annie.


For Annie Sloan and her husband David Manuel, this traditional French farmhouse provides the perfect rural retreat FEATURE RICHARD WEBBER | PhoTogRAPhy BÉNÉDICTE DRUMMOND

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Annie brightened the modern steps with a riot of colour. Stair paint, £50 for 2.5L, Annie Sloan Interiors


‘I painted the walls, then used stencils for an antique wallpaper efect,’ says Annie. Try the Irving table, £890, Castle and Gregory; large antique French mirror, £320, Vinterior; and the Grand Teardrop sideboard, £895, Loaf, for a similar look. The tabletop and sideboard are painted


hen starting their search for a second home, Annie Sloan and her husband, David Manuel, headed to Normandy, attracted by its beautiful countryside, which is less overrun by tourists than other parts of France. Their objective was clear: to find a property they could transform into a peaceful haven for carefree

summer holidays with their young sons, who are now grown up. Although it is 28 years since the couple first set eyes on their beloved farmhouse, the moment remains etched in their minds. ‘It was blowing a gale and pouring with rain, but as soon as we saw the property, we knew it had endless possibilities,’ says Annie who, along with her husband, runs Annie Sloan

in Annie’s diluted Old White Chalk Paint


A rustic bench retains the farmhouse feel, while the impressive fireplace with a hand-painted frieze adds a grand touch. The reclaimed wooden bench, £200, Vinterior, and French Oak armchair, £449, I Love Retro, are similar. Chairs are painted in Country Grey Chalk Paint, £50 for 2.5L, Annie Sloan Interiors, anniesloan.com

Interiors. ‘The house needed lots of work, but we were lucky because there was nothing preventing us moving in straightaway.’ But it was not just the property that appealed to the couple. ‘Its half acre of land was a major plus point, especially with a great farming community around us,’ says Annie. The farmhouse is a complete contrast to the couple’s English home. ‘It’s a longhouse,

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The large bed (below) makes an bold statement against the original mudand-straw walls. the antique French Louis XV-style double bed frame, £595, Love Antiques, is a match. Annie’s is painted in her Antibes Chalk Paint. Curtains in tacit in Duck egg blue, £45m. Cushions in Antibes and english yellow, emile and graphite, and Shibori dyed in Primer red Chalk Paint. throw made in old white and old Violet linen. All £30m, Annie Sloan Fabric Collection

and just one room wide,’ explains Annie. ‘When we moved in, the layout consisted of a kitchen and another room adjoined by what was probably the dairy. A bathroom and two bedrooms had been added upstairs.’ Back in the early Nineties, French property was relatively affordable. ‘This house was owned by an old man who rented it out to a family,’ says Annie. ‘We bought it

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Panelling created from old doors and architectural salvage has an eclectic feel. Vintage three-legged table, £90, Pamono, has this look. Annie’s is painted in Aubusson blue Chalk Paint, finished in Clear Chalk Paint wax, £10 for 500ml, both Annie Sloan Interiors. Panelling painted in diluted Château grey, Louis blue, Coco and Amsterdam green Chalk Paint. Linen shower curtain, dyed with Louis blue Chalk Paint, stencilled with Louis blue and olive Chalk Paint. All paint, £50 for 2.5L, Annie Sloan Interiors

for £15,000, which left little money for improvements, so it was a case of gradually turning the house into the home we wanted.’ Annie and David made changes slowly during holidays, and added two bedrooms. ‘Focusing on the main rooms first, I spent my time scraping paint off the walls. The kitchen was covered in green gloss – quite a task to remove.’ But it wasn’t just the decor

that Annie and David had to contend with. ‘There was a huge beam in the sitting room that had been boxed in,’ says Annie. ‘When we removed it, we discovered mouse remains and all sorts of horrible things. Chickens had been kept above the kitchen, so we also found chicken muck and even old eggs.’ When it came to decorating, Annie was conscious of reflecting not only the

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‘This space (left) is my blue-and-white room, which looks traditionally French. The walls are mud and straw, and probably cow dung as well. Bits needed replacing but we left out the dung, which means it’s slightly cracked but that’s part of its charm,’ says Annie. ‘The cot (right) was already in the house and my son Felix put it back together. It’s very useful when the grandchildren visit.’ A freestanding bath (below) is concealed by a screen. ‘I wanted an actual copper bath

surroundings but also the property’s history. ‘I looked at what my neighbours had in their homes and researched traditional country houses. I’ve mainly chosen a classic French look throughout. However, I based my book, Colour Recipes for Painted Furniture, on the work carried out on the house, so I made sure I included lots of techniques and styles. The rooms have changed over the

but decided it was safer to buy a lighter one and cover it in sheets of copper leaf, underpainting it with Florence Chalk Paint and rubbing back the metal in places to allow the green to peek through.’ try Citronelle bedside table, £150, by one Allium way at wayfair; and La rochelle Antique French-style wardrobe, £1,166, homes Direct 365. Duke double-ended roll-top bath, £540, Victorian Plumbing, is comparable. Florence Chalk Paint, £50 for 2.5L, copper leaf, £3.95 for 20 pages 5x5in, both Annie Sloan Interiors

years, but I’ve tried to keep the look sensitive to the period in which the house was built.’ Small windows meant compensating for a lack of natural light. ‘I didn’t paint the house too brightly, and ensured I retained what natural light there was. Blue seemed to work well, so that was used in various places.’ Despite having owned the farmhouse for nearly three decades, Annie admits it is

still a work in progress. ‘When I’m here, I want to enjoy being with friends and family rather than decorating, so it has been an extremely slow process,’ she says. ‘Now the family has grown, with girlfriends, partners and two grandchildren, so it’s even more about relaxing and enjoying ourselves. To be honest, it could be some time before I can finally say we’ve finished!’

favo u r i t e f e at u r e ‘I love the freestanding bath in the bedroom. It’s a great feeling to lie back and admire the view down the farm track’

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All in the detail After several years of decorating, Katerina and Richard Simmons have created a welcoming family home rich in personality, colour and style FeaTure Maxine Brady | phoTography david WooLey


home truths The properTy Semi-detached ex-council house, built in the Forties L o c aT i o n West London r o o m s Hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, utility room, three bedrooms, bathroom p u r c h a s e d 2013 previous properTy ‘Before moving here, we lived in a rented two-bedroom garden flat nearby,’ says Katerina.

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‘As most of our family time is spent in here, we wanted comfortable furniture, so we invested in a large sofa and a love seat,’ says Katerina. For similar sofas, try the isla, from £995, Sofa.com. Walls painted in Polished Pebble matt emulsion, £16 for 2.5L, dulux. Mosslanda picture ledge, £8.95, ikea. Grey pebble wool rug, £89, dunelm

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Natural wood finishes are teamed with contemporary lighting for a classic Scandi-style look. ikea’s Kejsarkrona dining table, £25o, is similar. Large gold honeycomb vase, £28, oliver Bonas. Painting, price on request, Lola donoghue


Bright cookware stands out against the pale units and walls. Le Creuset’s casseroles in teal, from £130 for a 22cm pot, are similar

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he past five years have been a whirlwind for Katerina Simmons and her husband, Richard, as they have been decorating their first home, while at the same time starting a family. The couple had been renting in west London and were saving up to buy their first place together. ‘We love the location, as we can hop on the underground to London but the area is also peaceful,’ says Katerina. ‘We wanted to find a house, as we had outgrown our flat.’ The couple looked at over 15 properties until they found this one, which ticked all the boxes. ‘We thought we wanted a period property but after looking, we knew we wouldn’t have time for the upkeep,’ says Katerina. ‘And we were not keen on new builds as they felt too small. We found this house, which dates from the Forties, and the rooms were perfectly proportioned.’ Decorated in several shades of beige, the house also had laminate flooring downstairs and upstairs featured tatty, worn carpet. After years of living in rented properties painted in magnolia, the couple were keen to make their mark. Within weeks of moving in, Katerina found out she was expecting her first child. This gave the pair a tight time frame in which to complete the work. During the first six months, they replaced all the windows, installed a new boiler and put down oak-effect flooring throughout. By the time their daughter, Anna, now three, was born, the bathroom renovation

was well underway. ‘Before we started work, it was a separate toilet and bathroom,’ says Katerina. ‘We knocked through to make room for a large bath with a shower.’ The couple moved in with very little furniture. ‘I started shopping for bargains on the high street, and then spent money on little details like the light fittings and accessories.’ Last year, the family decided to call in a decorator to help them strip off wallpaper. ‘As soon as we moved in, we painted the sitting room green because I was desperate to banish the beige but I quickly regretted it,’ says Katerina. ‘We wanted to change the scheme to fresher shades, so we added subtle colour to the dining room with a soft blush tone.’ The sitting room, with its pale walls and sleek styling, is now the family’s favourite space. Over time, Katerina has moved pieces around her home, adding art, changing light fittings and buying country-style furniture to create a pulled-together look. ‘I like to celebrate the seasons by making things,’ she says. ‘So I design wreaths for our door and decorate with fresh flowers.’ Throughout, she has documented her home’s changes on her Instagram account, @brightandairly. ‘I find lots of inspiration and ideas for my home on there, too.’ The family, which now includes Henry, one, couldn’t be more pleased with the results of their work. ‘We feel so lucky to live in the perfect spot, I can’t see us moving any time soon,’ says Katerina. ‘We plan to stay put and ring the changes.’


Strong pattern and mid-century-style furniture add a quirky touch. Iconic Designs white rAr-style rocker chair, £69, Cult Furniture. Fanions Fille duvet cover, £17 for a single, La redoute. Colours Melito white feather ball light, £30, b&Q


Katerina bought the handmade animal-print quilt from a local craft fair. Amy hamilton art prints, from £15 each (unframed), Society 6. try the St honoré cot, £312, Maisons du Monde. For a similar swan mobile, see etsy


Linen bedding and a buttoned headboard give this space boutique hotel style. washed linen double bedding set, £109; Java pendant shade, £59, both Made.com. try the harrogate headboard, £349, Dreams


The couple chose a P-shaped bath and added green tiles for subtle colour. greenwich smooth gloss green wall tiles, £19.95sq m, walls and Floors

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MODERN TA K E A hands-on restoration of a tired Thirties house has given Lucy Alston and David Sutton a fresh, contemporary home with cherished period touches FEATurE KATE JACOBS | PhoTogrAPhy RACHAEL SMITH

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KITCHEN-dINEr The rear of the house was knocked through and extended to create a generous open-plan family area that is filled with natural light. Bespoke sliding doors, price on request, Schueco. Flos IC S1 pendant lights, £287 each, John Lewis. Normann Copenhagen Form bar stools, from £230 each, Nest. Diamond Crag wool rug, from £349, West Elm


home truths ThE ProPErTy Detached Thirties house L o c AT i o n Southeast London r o o m Sitting room, kitchen-diner/family room, study, utility, shower room, three bedrooms, bathroom P u r c h A s E d 2013 PrEvious ProPErTy ‘Before moving here, we lived in an Edwardian flat in south London,’ says Lucy.

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SITTING ROOM Muted, neutral shades allow the original curved bow window to take centre stage. Tilt fold-down sofa bed, £799, Heal’s. Hendricks three-seater velvet sofa, from £1,600, Habitat. Content by Conran Accents side table, £309 for three; the Darwin is a similar rug, £440, both John Lewis

i n s p i r at i o n ‘My love of fashion spills into interiors. I like to look at the way that designers – from Valentino to Roksanda Ilincic – use and combine colours’

SITTING ROOM Pale blue walls and a simple fireplace niche bring a calm, contemporary update to this period space. Walls painted in Bone China Blue Pale absolute matt emulsion, £43.50 for 2.5L, Little Greene. Brunel shelves, £299, Heal’s

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or someone brimming with creative vision, Lucy Alston hit a stumbling block when she first viewed this southeast London house with her partner, David Sutton. While David could immediately see the potential of this detached Thirties home, for Lucy, a fashion stylist and lifestyle blogger (Instagram @thestylesponge_), its charms were less obvious. ‘I’ve always thought of Thirties houses as granny-ish,’ she says. ‘That wasn’t helped by the decor, with its fussy floral wallpapers, curtains and carpets.’ But David was sure that the light-filled, well-proportioned rooms would be right for the couple and their then one-year-old daughter, Clemence. So in 2013, the pair moved in and work started straight away, with the family living on site. ‘I wouldn’t do that again; it’s not healthy being around all that dust,’ says Lucy. They began at the front of the house and worked backwards, going down to the foundations, replumbing, rewiring, replastering and laying a parquet floor throughout. David played a huge role in the renovations, from sourcing materials and bringing trusted builders from his home town in the West Midlands, to doing much of the labouring himself. ‘David has worked so hard, even though he nearly lost a finger fitting the floor!’ says Lucy. And the couple make a great team. ‘I’m the creative one but David is practical, so it’s thanks to him we have a layout that’s both functional and stylish,’ says Lucy. Despite Lucy’s initial reservations about Thirties houses, the couple have tried to stay true to the spirit of the building,

t h i r t i e s d e tac h e d | 25bh CLEMENCE’S BEDROOM A wall of pink flamingos adds colour and a cheery sense of playfulness. Cole & Son Flamingos wallpaper, £72 a roll, Designer Wallpapers. Adil bed, £269, La Redoute. Blyth table, £110, Habitat

GUEST BEDROOM The exposed brick fireplace and rustic textiles create a cosy, country mood. Compass side table, £95, Unto This Last. Try the Originals Chairmakers chair, £860, Heal’s. The Knot Garden throw, £149, The Wool Company, has a similar look

B AT H R O O M An oversized mirror is practical and makes an eye-catching feature. Metal frame oversized round mirror, £499, West Elm. Vicenza natural stone basin, from £2765.30, Clearwater Baths. Slant wall unit, £969, Bathstore

STUDY Mid-century-style wooden furniture gives the study a sleek, stylish edge. Walls painted in Hicks’ Blue absolute matt emulsion, £43.50 for 2.5L, Little Greene. Eames DSW side chair, from £364, Aram. Try the Gerton/Lerberg desk, £85, Ikea

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25bh | t h i r t i e s d e tac h e d Main BEDROOM Pops of sunny yellow contrast with a palette of elegant greys in this wonderfully light space. Senzo dressing table, £379, Swoon. Stockholm swivel easy chair, £250, Ikea. Normann Copenhagen Norm69 pendant light, £75, trouva

while giving it a fresh, contemporary feel. The hall, sitting room and main bedroom all feature original doors, fireplaces and stair spindles. At the rear, the couple have incorporated a modern ‘glass box’ extension onto what was a kitchen, dining room and pantry. This has given them a generous kitchendining-living space, as well as a utility room and a downstairs shower room. They did the work without an architect, creating the plans with their builder. ‘It seemed the best option for our budget, but David had all the stress of measuring and checking – it nearly killed him!’ says Lucy. In the kitchen, Lucy wanted a look that was both modern and warm, ‘with a seamless, unfussy feel’, so she combined realistic ‘faux’ wood with matt white quartz worktops and splashbacks. ‘We wanted marble, but everyone warned us off it because staining is such an issue,’ she says. A lifelong colour obsessive, Lucy swears by the transformative power of paint. ‘When you’re spending a lot on a sofa, you have to play it safe, but paint is one area where you can experiment,’ she says. Lucy also likes to layer colour and texture, using cushions and throws. ‘I’m influenced by modern Scandinavian style but I also enjoy glamorous Italian maximalism,’ she says. ‘It inspired all our round mirrors. In a square room, I find that curves bring softness to the space.’ The couple are delighted with the transformation they have made to their home. ‘It’s been wonderful to see the results of the changes we’ve made,’ reflects Lucy. ‘Our mood is lifted as soon as we walk through the front door.’ 72 | 2 5 b h Au g uS t 2018

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Town & counTry Lawrie and Nicola Watts upped sticks and moved their extended family from the fast-paced city to an idyllic farm, and have never looked back Feature Penny Botting | PhotograPhy RoB SandeRSon


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The slate flooring and wooden table add a touch of rusticity to this chic, eclectic scheme. For flooring like this, try Flagstones direct, price on request. table, from £1,000, youll’s antiques. Fluent dining chairs, £35 each, John Lewis

the ProPerty 18th-century farmhouse L o C at I o N Hampshire r o o M S Hall, formal sitting room, sitting room, kitchen-diner, study, playroom, cloakroom, six bedrooms (one en suite), two bathrooms P u r C h a S e D 2004 PreVIouS ProPerty ‘Before, we had a Victorian house in south London,’ says nicola.

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Colour abounds in this room, where tall grey shelving displays Nicola’s pretty crockery. ‘The pistachio-green Fifties Aga came with the house and still works perfectly,’ says Nicola. ‘It’s a colour I have yet to see anywhere else.’

For a similar sink, try the Rangemaster double Bowl, £230, Victorian Plumbing. Set of three powder-coated steel tea, Coffee and Sugar canisters, £30, garden trading, is a match Walls painted in Polar Blue matt emulsion, £43.50 for 2.5L, Little greene. Lamp, £80, Peake design

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Set on a corner of the house, this light-filled room offers spectacular countryside views. Footstool by Peake design, covered in orillo in Pink, £170m, andrew Martin. gloucester Fireplace in Bath Stone, from £870, Curtis Fireplaces

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25bh | pe r i o d fa r m h o us e Moving to a 550-acre farm with outbuildings in a beautiful part of the Southeast would be a fantasy for most people but, for Nicola Watts and her family, the dream came true. ‘We were living in a London semi with three young children (Tom, now 22, Hannah, 20, and Kitty, 17) but my husband Lawrie and I started to look for somewhere bigger,’ recalls Nicola. ‘We wanted a place within half an hour of a mainline station to London, with a friendly village community – and horse-riding opportunities.’ They thought that was an impossibility but, remarkably, there was a way to achieve it. ‘This plot was being sold with the main farmhouse and multiple other properties so it was much too big just for us. But, as it turned out, my parents were able to invest in the farmland, my sister and her family bought one of the farm properties, while friends from London also purchased a house as a weekend retreat.’ There was another stroke of luck. ‘The lady who was selling the farm wanted to remain in her family home as she had grown up here. We liked the idea of her still being part of the farm, plus she also ran the Pony Club on her land – something that was on our wish list for the children, all of whom joined and thoroughly enjoyed it,’ says Nicola. The house itself, despite having tenants for a short time, was pretty unchanged since the Fifties. ‘We were drawn to its

decor ating tip ‘Never be put off HALL

‘This beautiful antique oak table came from my grandparents,’ says Nicola. the picture above the table and the horse sculpture are by Josie eastwood Fine Art. the rug was bought on a trip to Istanbul

by the state of an old sofa or armchair – as long as the item has a solid frame a good upholsterer can work wonders’ layout and flow; it is a perfect family home,’ says Nicola, ‘so we didn’t change the original footprint much, but updated the plumbing and wiring, moved bedrooms and bathrooms, and rebuilt a new utility and study out of the coal shed.’ Family also played a part when it came to decorating. ‘My mother ran a successful interior design practice until she recently retired and my father runs a property development business,’ says Nicola. In addition to this, Nicola now runs Peake Design with her sister Alison. ‘We established it here at the farm and converted the adjacent brick and flint outbuilding into a studio from which we work.’ Nicola knew what she wanted when decorating her own home. ‘The interior needed to be practical – especially with two dogs and a cat – and sympathetic to the property’s age, but with a contemporary feel. To achieve this, we used muted colours for walls and floors, then added bright pops of colour with accessories, which help lift the overall feel. ‘As time went on, we veered towards darker paint shades. I’ve found that the bolder you are, the more enjoyable the end result, as these shades add warmth and depth, especially at night and in winter,’ says Nicola. ‘I like to think how the room will look from outside when the lights are on. I love walking back from the stables and seeing the kitchen lit up.’ So are there any further changes afoot? ‘We’re planning to knock down a wall between the kitchen and dining room to make the latter a more usable space,’ says Nicola. ‘But ultimately, we just feel very lucky to be able to live here.’ fo r sto c k i sts g o to w her e to b u y


‘The chest of drawers was from Fifi Leuchars, which has a twice-yearly sale selling beautiful French furniture and accessories,’ says Nicola. tartan footstool, price on request, Peake Design. For a similar rug, try the selection at Afghan rugs


An assorted collection of hats and bags, plus shells and pine cones, adds personality. the blanket chest was inherited from Lawrie’s parents. tripod lamp, £220, Peake Design. Kilim royal red rug has this look, from £89, Modern rugs


Nicola found the Victorian chair and footstool at an auction and reupholstered them. Chair and stool in ocean Drive tango Velvet, £80m, Linwood Fabrics. bookcase painted in Vardo modern emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball

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Shades of taupe and mink, with warmer accents, create a relaxed and elegant feel. Upholstered bed, price on request, Peake Design, in Linara fabric, £38.50m, Romo. Cushions in Fontana, £104m, by Jane Churchill at Peake Design

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Complementary tones of green and pink have a welcoming ambience. Cloud Garden wallpaper in Vert de Gris, £22m, Rapture & Wright. Nellie lamp base in Emerald Glaze, £100; pink shade, £55, both Pooky


Deep blue is teamed with aqua and chrome for a contemporary twist on a classic theme. Trellis Infinity floor tiles, £25sq m, Fired Earth. Walls painted in Blue Pearl pure flat emulsion, £48.50 for 2.5L, Paint and Paper Library

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Insight Decorating with wallpaper Inspired by the whimsical designs in Nicola’s home? Follow our tips to recreate the look


old wallcoverings, from large-scale patterned papers to textured designs, are a great way to add personality to a scheme. A considered palette and an eye for scale are all it takes to get the look.

Depth and drama Vivid, zesty tones and pops of vibrant colour are evident in an array of exciting new designs. House of Hackney’s Palmeral wallpaper in Midnight/Green, £185 a roll, inspired by Thirties Palm Springs, works perfectly with midcentury furniture, and its Peoneden paper in Ochre, £185 a roll, will satisfy classicists, while adding a modern note with a zingy colourway. Meanwhile, Cole & Son has reworked its original designs to produce the Icons Fabric collection, which includes the delicate but fresh-looking Hummingbirds silks, perfect for cushions and curtains. ‘Using lots of different patterns can have a great effect,’ advises wallpaper designer Molly Mahon. ‘For example, I have a pretty

leafy wallpaper in my bedroom, but a stripe on the headboard and a subtle motif on the curtains. It prevents the scheme feeling too blowsy.’

Perfect pairing Whichever wallpaper you choose, make sure that it works with the other elements in the room. This might mean picking out a colour or motif in the paper that’s reflected in some of the accessories, furniture or textiles. Contrast can work well, but try to avoid too many competing elements. Aim to mix organic, naturalistic prints with stripes and graphics, playing with the scale of each. Using the same palette to tie in the look will create a subtle reference to draw the eye. But be brave enough to add a dash of the unexpected here and there, too – sometimes the successful use of print relies on more, not less. For example, papering all four walls of an attic bedroom in classic toile de Jouy is often much more impactful than having a single feature wall.

professional advice ‘Wallpaper can be a fantastic way to animate walls and bring a scheme together with a subtle pattern or texture, while bolder designs can act as pieces of art in themselves. If papering throughout seems like too much of a commitment, then start with a small space like a cloakroom, and go bold. Large patterns can make compact rooms feel bigger and papering the ceiling, too, can achieve a lovely other-worldly effect. Consider how you use a room and the mood you want to create. A quiet nook doesn’t have to be pale and airy, it can be deep, dark and cave-like with velvety, earthy or jewel colours. Wallpaper is great for bringing otherwise forgotten spaces to life. A mural can bring drama to a corridor, while heavier papers can hide less-than-perfect wall surfaces. Artist-designed papers can create really adventurous surfaces, from delicate sketches transferred by silk screen, to dramatic paintings on a giant scale. For the brave, there are even 3D sculptural papers that appear to move. Make sure a paper isn’t jarring to the eye by tying in its colours or pattern with the existing elements in the room.’ loRRAinE AARon, FounDEr, CuriouS EGG

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Make a statement with an abstract Curious Egg design

Bold Sian Zeng prints make fabulous feature walls

Molly Mahon’s Coral adds a sense of fun to bathrooms

e x p e r t e y e ‘If you have colourful furnishings, choose a paper with only one or two hues in it so it works as a backdrop, rather than taking over the room. In small areas, a simple patterned paper can also give a room depth’ Molly MAhon, MollyMAhon.CoM

■ Curious Egg, 01738 621111, curiousegg.com For statement wallpapers and murals ■ Molly Mahon, 01342 825700, mollymahon.com Sells a range of colourful hand-blocked prints ■ Abigail Edwards, 07946 455277, abigailedwards.com Shop an array of delicate patterns ■ House of Hackney, 020 7739 3273, houseofhackney.com Find bold, retro-inspired designs 2 5 b h Au G uS t 2018 | 79

the source Erica Miller shows you how you can achieve the style secrets in this issue’s homes

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To create a style statement in their outdoor space, Ben Stokes and Sophie Charlesworth opted for a fence made from heavyduty galvanised corrugated Pages steel. Secure, high enough 100-101 for privacy and offering an alternative to traditional designs, this simple update has transformed their garden. Steel is a material that is robust, aesthetically appealing and ideal for creating a modern, industrial look. Easier to maintain than wood, this cost-effective option can be installed vertically or horizontally. Rugged materials, such as corrugated steel, are a great way to introduce texture and provide the perfect backdrop for gravel, salvaged wood, metal furniture and terracotta tableware.

A handsome antique French bed has been painted a vibrant emerald green, with carved details picked out in gold, to create a striking centrepiece Pages against the neutral tones 60-63 of Annie Sloan and David Manuel’s bedroom. Painted furniture is an essential element in a country-style interior – a technique used for centuries to transform less-than-perfect pieces. The bed has been given an easily achievable antique effect, which mimics an aged patina. On surfaces that have not previously been painted, always apply a primer before the main colour to ensure a good finish. On a plain piece of furniture, consider adding some stencilling or freehand embellishments as attractive highlights.

The Kynochs have created an ingenious handcrafted floating bar suspended from the ceiling by steel chains and secured with inconspicuous brackets. Pages A plank of rough-hewn 38-42 wood cut to size creates the perfect surface. This clever idea can be used for many types of shelf and a good carpenter should be able to recreate this design for you, perhaps adding your own twist with gold or brass chains or a heavy-duty steel cable. The shelf looks particularly effective hung against a dramatic petrol blue panelled wall, while the neon sign injects a pop of colour and personality. Authentic wall-mounted optics and a pair of industrial metal bar stools complete the look.

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Inspired shopping Trailing floral design wallpaper

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If you love the pretty wallpaper in Hannah Munro-Browne’s bedroom, you might like to consider Nina Campbell Album 3 Orchard Blossom NCW4027-03 wallpaper, £73 a roll, Amara.

Cabinet handles Attractive brass handles add style to the Mazzottas’ kitchen cabinets. For similar attention to detail, try the Gilby drawer pull in antiqued brass, £12, Jim Lawrence.

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Textured area rug A neutral rug with a textured weave adds character and visual interest to the Simmons’ sitting room. For similar, try this chunky-knit Yarn rug, £275, Loaf.

Circular wash basin A circular basin with surface detail adds interest to Ben Stokes and Sophie Charlesworth’s bathroom. If you covet this look, the Rena basin in Limestone, £1,013, is handmade to order at Bert & May. Pages 100-101

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French dresser If you feel inspired by Signe Mörner’s Frenchstyle country kitchen, try the Chateauneuf rustic wood French armoire, £999, The French Bedroom Company.

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Classic sofa For those who admire the Thompsons’ beautiful French wood-framed sofa, this Louis XV-style Trevisan canapé three-seater design is worth a look. £3,048, Oficina Inglesa.

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Ceramic jugs

Limestone flooring

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Natural stone is great for modern and traditional floors. If you like the Edwards’ barn conversion flooring, you’ll love Dove Grey Brushed Limestone, 60x90cm, £62sq m, Floors of Stone.

Lisa Pender’s collection of jugs is displayed to striking effect in her kitchen. To get the look, start with this Heritage Fountain large jug, £38, Denby.

Cowhide armchair

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A pair of distinctive cowhide upholstered armchairs sit in the window of the Kynochs’ bedroom. Recreate this look with the Gaucho black and white cowhide armchair, £1,260, Alexander & Pearl.

Moroccanprint throw Pages 16-21

For a similar Moroccan-style throw to the one on the Dickens’ bed, try the Moroccan Clover Cotton Cloud blanket, £47, Dekoria.

Double vanity unit Pages 23-27

For a vanity unit akin to Hannah Munro-Browne’s, try the Marlborough freestanding double basin unit, 1,200mm, £2,125, excluding taps, Laura Ashley.


Antique bottle dryer Pages 84-87

The Keelings have an antique bottle dryer on the wall to hang mugs. This Vintage French bottle drying wall rack, £160, Vintage Matters, is a great alternative.

Kilim-style cushions

Colours and textures inspired by traditional Middle Eastern flat-woven rugs

Shanti Kilim cushion, £39, Myakka

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Yorkshire Fabric Shop Kilim scatter, £75, Wayfair

Talani Cusco cushion cover, £39.95, Shimu

AM PM Eppaloc cushion cover, £39, La Redoute

Poppy Field cushion, £32, French Connection

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thE PRoPERtY Semi-detached converted barn L o c at i o n Cornwall R o o m s Hall, sitting room/ kitchen-diner, three bedrooms, bathroom P u R c h a s E d 2008 PREvious PRoPERtY ‘before, we lived in a Georgian house in Totnes,’ says Holly.

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For Holly and Philip Keeling, relocating to their dream seaside destination meant taking on the revamp of a 19th-century barn that was in need of a fresh approach FEatuRE Debbie Jeffery | PhotogRaPhY Colin Poole

Sitting room the softwood floorboards were finished with white oil for a sun-bleached, seaside feel. floorboards painted in osmo Polyx-oil Tints in white, from £8.35 for 125ml, Wood finishes Direct. for a similar buttoned Chesterfield sofa, try loaf’s bagsie in belize clever velvet, from £2,295

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KItchen ‘I personalised the kitchen with vintage finds, like the parish noticeboard and antique blue shelves,’ says holly. For similar pendant lights, try the Classic enamel pendant, £98.75, tinsmiths. French mug rack, £140, holly Keeling. bespoke radiator covers, Jali


hen Holly and Philip Keeling first viewed a 150-year-old barn in a pretty Cornish coastal village a decade ago, it was a far cry from the airy space it is now. ‘It was dark and drab,’ says Holly, ‘but the location was great, and we knew we could change the interior.’ The couple and their children, Ben, 20, Louis, 17, and Charlotte, 12, had always enjoyed holidays in Cornwall, and finding this place with sea views proved too good an opportunity to let pass. ‘Most homes we had seen were tiny cottages, but the barn had a large sitting room and kitchen upstairs,’ says Holly. ‘Having bedrooms downstairs makes sense, because we spend most of our time in the sitting area, which has the best views.’ Structurally, the roof and stone walls were in good condition, but the timber windows were rotten, so they were replaced

dInIng area an artwork by rebecca Pollyblank and a collection of shells create an eye-catching display. Angel & boho’s French bistro chairs in white, £95 each, are comparable

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with uPVC ones. ‘I am not usually keen on plastic windows, but we had little choice because wooden frames would need to be repainted every year,’ says Holly. Windows aside, the property remained relatively untouched until 2012, when the couple added a new balcony leading off the kitchen. ‘The sun sets on this side of the house and we knew that a sheltered balcony would be lovely in the evenings,’ says Holly. ‘I consulted an architect, but the design he came up with would have been costly. I drew a simpler version, and asked a local company to make it in oak with glass and steel balustrades for a fraction of the price.’ Two years ago, the kitchen and bathroom were replaced and softwood floorboards were laid on the first floor. Inexpensive kitchen cabinets were teamed with oak worktops and a bespoke painted island. ‘I dislike wall cupboards, as they can make a

room feel smaller, so instead I found vintage shelving and glass-fronted units,’ says Holly. Previously, the large open-plan kitchen/ sitting room had felt bare and clinical, with painted plasterboard walls, so Holly decided to introduce pale blue timber panelling, which runs along the entire back wall of the space – creating a useful display shelf and concealing pipework and wires. She also fitted radiator covers in the same colour and chose relaxed furniture in soft shades. Holly’s career as a stylist and interior designer meant she was well placed to furnish the barn, which she did by trawling antiques markets, auctions and online shops. ‘I didn’t want the interior to look too contrived but everything needed to work together, which is where the blue and white colour scheme came in,’ she says. ‘The barn feels light and welcoming now – we’re so lucky to have found such a lovely home.’

maIn Bedroom ‘I wanted this space to feel calm and relaxing,’ says holly. oliver warm white king-size bed, £549, Feather & black

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t a k e a l o o k a t t h e r e s t o f h o l ly a n d p h i l i p ’ s h o m e hall Woodwork painted in pale tones makes this area feel bright and welcoming. Stairs painted in Light blue estate eggshell, £60 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball

guest Bedroom ‘I love using cushions and throws to create a cosy, layered look,’ says holly. oliver white single beds, £399 each, Feather & black. For similar floral cushion fabric, try Antique rose cotton, £20m, Cath Kidston

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B at h r o o m Bold tiles and a walk-in shower create a luxurious wet room-style scheme. try bathstore’s edwardian 560 basin with stand, £409. San remo Centro Imperio ceramic floor tiles, £75sq m, holly Keeling

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ROOM AT THE TOP KITCHEN-dINEr A bold wall mural suits this area’s kitsch, retro style. Forest wallpaper wall mural, £39.99, World of Wallpaper, is a close comparison. The Muuto Fluid pendant light, £155, Nest, is a similar style to this one


home truths THE PROPERTY Semi-detached Fifties house L O C AT I O N County Durham R O O M S Sitting room, kitchen-diner, utility room, three bedrooms, bathroom, cinema room P U R C H A S E D 1994 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘I was living with my parents just a few streets away,’ says Lisa.

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hen Lisa Henderson bought her first home at the age of 24, she never imagined that she would still be uncovering its potential more than two decades later. ‘A friend who lived on the same street told me that a three-bedroom semi had come up for sale,’ says Lisa. ‘It was originally a council house and the owner

had lived there since it was built in the Fifties.’ Having grown up just a few streets away, Lisa wanted to live close to her family, so despite the woodchip wallpaper and patterned carpets, she made an immediate offer on the house as property sales in that area were rare. Looking back, Lisa admits she didn’t realise what she had let herself in for. ‘Every time I stripped wallpaper, the

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After many years spent cultivating a retro look, Lisa Henderson and Dan McBean topped off their project with an attic cinema room FEATURE KAREN WILSON | PHOTOGRAPHY KATIE LEE

dININg ArEA Lisa and dan knocked through to create a roomy, light-filled and characterful cooking and eating space. Try Santini gloss white slab kitchen units, £30 for a 500mm door, B&Q. The Sorrento Swivel bar stools in Yellow, £79.96 for two, Simply Bar Stools, have a comparable look

walls would come away,’ she says. ‘Each cosmetic job ended up being a largescale project. It was a bit of a money pit.’ However, after Lisa’s partner, Dan McBean, moved in nine years later, the renovation work moved up a gear. ‘We thought about moving, but realised this house had a lot going for it,’ says Lisa. The pair decided to stay put and open up the ground floor by knocking

the kitchen and dining room together and removing the double doors into the sitting room. They also replaced all the doors and windows. A few years later, Dan drew plans to convert the loft into a cinema and music room. This allowed them to repurpose the existing first-floor cinema room as a guest bedroom. ‘It wasn’t a great idea to start the work in January as it was

SITTINg rOOM Accents of hot pink and electric blue have been lifted from the vibrant rug and used in the furnishings, resulting in a colourful, personality-filled scheme. The Colores COL02 multi rug, £109, Modern Rugs, is a good match. For a similar sofa (top), try the Aissa large right-hand chaise in Sloe cotton matt velvet, £2,860, Sofa.com. The Scan Anderson 4-5 stove, £975, The Stove Site, has a similar look to this one

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f a v o u r i t e r o o m ‘At the weekend we spend most of our time in the

CINEMA ROOM ‘The sideboard was a bargain at just £20 from a charity shop and makes a real focal point,’ says Lisa. The couple upcycled it with a smart blue paint. top of walls painted in Inchyra blue estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball

B AT H R O O M The upcycled record cabinet and wooden mirror bring a vintage feel. Neve rubinetterie Volante Voxman1r0 red tap handle, £259, gaia Interni. try the Atomic mid-century mirror, £45, etsy LANDING Framed posters add colour to the new staircase leading to the loft conversion. Crucial trading Mississippi lime red wool carpet, £39.99sq m, Designer Carpet

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freezing when the roof came off,’ says Lisa. ‘But we had the log burner in the sitting room and ended up burning the old roof beams to keep warm!’ As the couple didn’t want to shrink one of the bedrooms to accommodate the new stairway, they decided to make the bathroom slightly smaller and reconfigure its layout. This room now features an unusual vanity unit

made from a vintage record cabinet, creating a cool retro feel, plus a striking red wall tap and patterned encaustic floor tiles, which pack quite a punch. Luckily, Dan loves mid-century style just as much as Lisa, and their taste has evolved organically over the years. ‘We like to add random things from junk stores and charity shops, and we’re not necessarily bothered about it all

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cinema room, where we either listen to music or watch films on the big screen’

MAIN BEDROOM Old drawers have been turned into box shelves lined with bright wallpaper. Irvine bed, £210, Next home. eventail double duvet cover, £38, La redoute. try retro Sixties 746 telephone, £69, Notonthehighstreet.com

matching,’ says Lisa. ‘It makes for a heady mishmash of items, but reflects our individual personalities very well.’ Over the years, Dan has become more confident at DIY and has tackled tiling, made furniture and radiator covers, and created artwork for the house. He even stripped out the kitchen, reconfigured the existing carcasses, and added new doors and worktops. ‘Dan is

very good at sourcing a bargain,’ says Lisa. ‘He’s like a dog with a bone and spends hours trawling the internet.’ Next, the pair plan to fit out their third bedroom as a dressing room and there is potential for a rear extension as Lisa would love a bigger dining area. ‘You could go on forever,’ she laughs. ‘So perhaps it’s time to spend a bit of money on ourselves rather than the house.’

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GUEST BEDROOM Dark walls teamed with wood furniture and a bright print create a cosy, earthy mood, while shots of bold pink lift the whole scheme. ‘Dan made the bedside cabinet from old pallets,’ says Lisa. walls painted in Down Pipe estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball. the Studio double bed in Charcoal, £299, Next home, is similar. the Floresta double duvet cover and pillowcase set, £32, Dunelm, would work here

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FORMAL SITTING ROOM The couple designed the fireplace themselves; this one incorporates a Regency fire grate from Sara’s grandparents’ home. Similar rococo-style sofa, price on request, thompson Clarke Interiors

Family fortunes

Creating a home to suit three generations is no mean feat, but Sara and Scott Thompson have carried it off with elegance and charm in their modern farmhouse FEaTUrE SaraH farley | PhoTograPhy Mark BoltoN


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REAR HALL ‘This is a good place to leave boots when we come in from a walk,’ says Sara. try la Maison Chic’s amaury console, £504

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ThE ProPErTy Detached farmhouse L o c aT I o N Near Belfast r o o m s Halls, formal sitting room, sitting room/kitchendiner, pantry, study, playroom, cloakroom, five bedrooms (two en suite), two bathrooms, annexe B U I LT 2013 PrEvIoUs ProPErTy ‘We lived in a modern, detached house two miles away,’ says Sara.

PA N T RY Open shelving keeps items close to hand. large glass cake stand, £39.50, Marks & Spencer, is similar

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KITCHEN A local cabinetmaker helped Sara and Scott with the design. ‘I bought an extra supply of the mirrored tiles used behind the range in case they cracked with the heat, but so far they’ve been fine,’ says Sara. Bespoke kitchen, ryan thompson at function Design furniture. Quad pendants, £479 each, original BtC

HALL This graceful entrance space was designed to be large enough to accommodate a round table. The chandelier is a Fifties Murano original. Monkey table lamp, £1,950 a pair, tyson london. Ikat lampshade, £120, Pooky lighting. tracery rug, £1,090sq m, kelly Wearstler for the rug Company

MAIN BEDROOM ‘I adore the little French sofa – it’s the perfect size for the end of the bed,’ says Sara. Sofa in torridon velvet, £95m, Mulberry home at gP&J baker. Doves wallpaper, £65.52m, Lewis & wood

d e s i g n a d v i c e ‘When it comes to choosing lighting, think big and, if in doubt, scale up a size. It will make your rooms feel larger and more luxurious’

GUEST BEDROOM Bright, clashing prints and animal ornaments create a relaxed, eclectic look. Astor Natural bedlinen, from £130 for a double duvet cover, Designers guild

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B AT H R O O M ‘We intended to change the colour of the bath, but somehow it works,’ says Sara. For a similar paint shade, try Festival orange eggshell, £55 for 2.5L, Fired earth

B AT H R O O M A pretty archive bird print wallpaper brings vintage glamour to this space. hummingbirds wallpaper, £99 a roll, Cole & Son. try oka’s Azay curved wall mirror, £260

d e tac h e d fa r m h o u s e | 25bh OLIVIA AND CHARLOTTE’S BEDROOM ‘I wanted the girls to share a bedroom so they could enjoy being sisters,’ says Sara. All Star wallpaper, £87 a roll, barneby gates


he story of this new build began about 40 years ago, when Scott Thompson’s parents bought an old farm cottage just outside Belfast. Over the decades, as their family grew, they added various extensions, as well as lambing sheds and other agricultural buildings. By 2010, Scott’s two siblings were living abroad and he and his wife, Sara, had two children of their own, Harry, now 10, and Olivia, nine. When the couple started to think about expanding their home, Scott’s parents were, at the same time, considering downsizing. The families were already living within a short distance of each other and the benefits of the spot chosen by the senior Thompsons all those years ago were clear to everyone – space and serenity within 10 minutes of the city. ‘When we all discussed it seriously, it made sense to rebuild the property as two connected houses where we could live together,’ says interior designer Sara. ‘Scott wanted our children to have the same idyllic childhood he had enjoyed, and his parents did not want to leave the place they loved, so it was the perfect solution.’ The plan was to demolish the old house and build a new design on the same footprint, which would incorporate two homes with separate drives and entrances. ‘Scott and I were central to the project,’ says Sara. ‘We were living only five minutes away, so we stopped by every day of the build. Scott’s parents lived on site to supervise their new home and would occasionally call to let us know what was going on.’ Planning began in 2010, with work starting 18 months later. The build took another year and a half and, while Sara admits there are still parts that need finishing, it is clear that the Thompson family has a beautiful new home. The delightful interior is down in no small part to Sara’s passion for art and antiques. ‘I love working with contemporary artists and, about eight years ago, I met Lindy Clarke at an exhibition,’ she says. ‘Lindy had been running a successful interior design business for 20 years and we collaborated on projects. In 2012, we decided to form our consultancy, Thompson Clarke Interiors.’ Sara’s new home serves as an impressive showpiece: ‘It’s lovely to be able to invite clients here so they can see how our ideas work in practice. ‘Making a home for three generations is something that a lot of people have thought about, and we are lucky to have been able to accomplish it,’ continues Sara. ‘It’s easy for the children, who now include Charlotte, 7, to spend time with their grandparents, and offers of babysitting are always gratefully received. At some point, however, many years from now, my parents-in-law may become less independent than they are at present, and we’ll be close by to help them. We believe that rebuilding the house has created both a lovely new home and a more comfortable future for all of us.’ fo r sto c k i sts g o to w her e to b u y

GARDEN The lake was created 20 years ago by excavating the area around a natural spring and allowing it to fill with water. A summer house and raised deck make a lovely place to sit on balmy evenings.

HARRY’S BEDROOM A built-in recessed shelf provides a place to display favourite toys. the white Company’s Sailboat quilt, £165 for a single, is a good alternative

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Signe Mörner artfully transformed this former holiday retreat in a Stockholm suburb into a permanent family home Feature NICKY ADAMS | PhotograPhy ANNe NYblAeuS / A DeSIgN FeAtureS


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t h e P r o P e r t y red-brick suburban home, built in 1949 L o c at i o n Stockholm r o o m s two sitting rooms, kitchen-diner, laundry room, two cloakrooms, four bedrooms, three bathrooms, sauna P u r c h a s e d 2015 Previous ProPerty ‘We lived in an apartment in central Stockholm,’ says Signe.

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SiTTiNG ROOM ‘i wanted each item to have a story – the sofa was my friend’s, the chairs came from Denmark and other pieces were inherited,’ says Signe. 2139 coffee table, £4,763, Svenskt tenn. Sacramento pouffe, £215, Jotex. Cushions, from a selection from £16 each, Scandinavian Design Center

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GARDEN The huge terrace offers a superb view out over the Baltic Sea. Classic teak folding chairs, £82 for two, Sustainable Furniture, are a good match

kiTchEN-DiNER Signe has furnished this room solely with antiques, including pieces from her grandmother. Find antique dining furniture and dressers like these at the Swedish room, prices on request. the floor is the original Fifties parquet; Havwoods sells similar styles


ntil recently, Stockholm dwellers knew the suburb of Stocksund only as a weekend retreat – somewhere to kick back and relax until Monday morning. But now many city slickers, including Signe Mörner, are realising that this tranquil spot, just a 30-minute bike ride from the city centre, makes the perfect permanent country home, too. ‘Once there were only summerhouses here,’ explains Signe, ‘typical red-brick Fifties homes that were left empty during the week, and some for most of the year. But it’s a truly beautiful location, just eight kilometres from the city with incredible views of the Baltic Sea. I thought to myself, “Why wouldn’t you want to live here all year round?”’ Fortunately, Signe’s husband, Fredrik, agreed, and the pair quickly snapped up a property that was in need of some long-term love and attention. They renovated the entire place in just 10 months. ‘We ripped out the kitchen and bathrooms, and moved two of the walls,’ says Signe. ‘We also created an enormous window, which has given us spectacular views of the city lights in the distance, completely changing the feel of the entire house.’ When it came to decorating, Signe looked to her father and stepmother’s country house for inspiration. ‘It’s not a manor,’ she explains, ‘but it’s absolutely beautiful. Every item has its own

SiTTiNG ROOM Mainly used for watching TV, this second-floor living space is a mix of vintage and modern pieces. box sofa, £3,275, Stalands. Coffee table, £1,430, Posh living. Spire stool, £159, Style Our Home, is comparable

KiTCHEn-dinER This deep blue and sunny yellow kitchen is a nod to classic Swedish design and style. Custom-made units painted in hague blue estate eggshell, £67 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball. Ikat gold, £35m, Just Fabrics, is a similar curtain fabric. Non-slip safety flooring, from £18.84sq m, Forbo. Lilla Aland chairs, £217 each, Svenssons

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GUEST bEdROOM There is a sense of fun in the guest bedroom, which doubles as a playroom. Martinsen Verona chair, £172, Jolly room. try the Lycksele Murbo chair bed, £180, Ikea

story. They have managed to mix the glamour of the old days with modern designs and styles, and there aren’t any white walls!’ Signe chose vibrant paint colours for her own walls, too. ‘I was tempted by some wonderful bright wallpapers I found,’ she says, but the couple’s two daughters, Hedda, now five, and Anna, two, put paid to those plans. ‘The girls have a tendency to colour the walls themselves, so we decided paint would be more practical.’ Furnishing the home also gave Signe the opportunity to indulge her love of auction houses. ‘I’ve really enjoyed picking up pieces from the property’s era,’ she says. ‘Several of the items were already in my possession, though, having been passed down through my family. The kitchen table and chairs, for example, were originally my father’s, so I’m thrilled to use them every day in my own place.’ It is the clever juxtaposition of the old and the new that gives Signe’s house a very established family feel, even though they have lived there for just a few years. ‘I treasure items that have a tale to tell – they are a starting point for talking about our family history.’ Having surrounded herself with the things that mean so much to her, Signe has no immediate plans to move. ‘We felt very comfortable and settled here straightaway,’ she says. ‘I hope my daughters will enjoy growing up in this house for the next 10 years or so – although my husband would say the next 25!’ fo r sto c k i sts g o to w her e to b u y

MAin bEdROOM demographic maps of Manhattan, bought in new York by Signe’s grandfather, set the colour scheme. ravello upholstered headboard, £129, the headboard Store. Serene Laurent bedspread, £37.95, Linens Limited

GARDEN Pebbles make for a low-maintenance outdoor space. Cushions, £25 each; glazed terracotta plates, £31 each; glazed terracotta bowls, £32 each, all Kagu, @kaguinteriorhome

cleverly c r a f t e d Ben Stokes and Sophie Charlesworth knew that making this modest apartment work was all about reinterpreting the layout and adding plenty of character feature Celia rufey | PhotograPhy Jody Stewart

When furniture maker Ben Stokes and his partner, Sophie Charlesworth, realised how much work they had done on their rented cottage, they decided it was time to buy their own place. Their cottage was on Tenterden’s High Street and they loved the location, so when an apartment above a nearby shop came up for sale, they were quick to view it. However, the property was small and far from inviting. ‘A builder had fitted the laminate floor badly, so it was comically bowed,’ says Ben. ‘The bathroom had a dividing wall down the middle and a leaking water tank in one half. And in the sitting room, a straw hat was tied to a naked bulb as a lampshade.’ Nevertheless, this did not put the pair off buying the place. Ben made a sketch of the changes he wanted to make to the interior and sent it to 100 | 2 5 b h au g uS t 2018

the property’s freeholder. ‘Then a friend did a scale drawing to submit to the planning authorities as I wanted to take down the wall that divided the bathroom,’ he says. With permissions granted, Ben worked alongside a builder. ‘I took up all the flooring, renovated the sub-floor and laid new oak in the dining area, kitchen and bathroom,’ he says. ‘I wanted a characterful floor so I only laid boards that had knots.’ Ben also took out the doors and architraves between the rooms along the back of the apartment to give a greater sense of space. ‘Even taking a few centimetres from each opening makes a difference,’ he says. The construction of a metal-framed glass balustrade that separates the stairs from the dining area was a testing moment. Neither the builder nor the glazier thought it was achievable. But Ben devised a method of securing the panels into the sub-floor and

worked with a welder on the metal framework to contain the glass, so it went together perfectly. The result is a bright and light-filled stairwell and dining area. Two themes run side by side in the furnishing and decoration of the apartment. Ben chose upholstery in greys and creams for an elegant look and, as a bold counterpoint, made the dining table, console and coffee table in his signature blend of modern rustic with industrial style, skilfully creating harmony between the two. This same look has brought success to Ben’s interiors shop, Kagu (meaning ‘furniture’ in Japanese), which he opened in Tenterden last year. Ben’s design decisions are both practical – from the handy prep area near the kitchen hob to the shelf above the bed that utilises wasted wall space – and undoubtedly stylish. ‘We’ve turned an unattractive property into a home with personality,’ he says.

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DINING AREA The glazed balustrade enlarges the space around the rustic dining table, which Ben made from a reclaimed stable door. Cowhide rug, £225; 60-bottle wine rack (through doorway), £450, both Kagu

i n s p i r a t i o n ‘My favourite pieces, such as the dining table, are made from materials I’ve found and restored, adding an industrial twist’ insPiring

KITCHEN Pale grey cabinets with handleless doors create a neat and sleek finish, while the white quartz worktop keeps the look clean and bright. Sofia Cashmere cabinets, £191 for a 600mm base unit; quartz worktop (3m x 600mm), £794, all wickes

home truths the ProPerty first-floor apartment above a shop in a grade ii-listed building L o c at i o n Kent r o o m s Sitting room, dining area, kitchen, two bedrooms, bathroom P u r c h a s e d 2016 Previous ProPerty ‘before, we rented a Victorian cottage down the road,’ says ben.

B AT H R O O M Ben made the oak console and teamed it with an antique mirror for a unique look. wall painted in hague blue estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5l, farrow & ball

MAIN BEDROOM This handy wall shelf displays the couple’s favourite treasures. bedhead wall painted in Setting Plaster estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5l, farrow & ball. Corrugated pendant, £65; concrete side tables, £125 each, both Kagu

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thE ProPErty 350-year-old townhouse r o o m s Hall, sitting room, kitchen, two bedrooms (both en suite), open-plan apartment on the second floor L o c at i o N South dordogne, France P u r c h a s E d 2015 PrEvious homE ‘We lived in a townhouse in Hampshire,’ says nicholas.


BEGINNINGS Nicholas and Flossie Pike embarked on an adventure when they left city life in England for rural France FEaturE Penny Botting | PhotograPhy RoB SandeRSon

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1 1 gArdEN ‘Because of the protected status of the village, we are only allowed to use certain colours for the exterior,’ says Nicholas. garden trading sells similar bistro chairs, £50 for two. the Plum folding dining table, £179.99, Wayfair, is a good alternative. the reclaimed teak repro antique bench, £550, Sustainable Furniture, is a match

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Two sets of double doors open onto a courtyard garden. Find a fireplace like this one at atlas antiques. For a similar mirror, try the antique French Mirror, £650, Cleall antiques. the Stocksund three-seater sofa, £499, ikea, is comparable


elf-confessed Francophiles Nicholas and Flossie Pike swapped their Winchester townhouse for a home in rural France, wanting to make a fresh start and enjoy a slower pace of life. ‘Although we looked at many larger country houses, we realised we needed the community and services that a vibrant village can offer,’ says Nicholas. ‘We rented this house while our agent showed us houses nearby, all of which fell short of what we were looking for. None of them had the ceiling height, outdoor space or room to entertain we had in England. So when this place was put up for sale, we made an offer within minutes.’ After their quick decision to buy, the purchase proved effortless. ‘Our village notaire speaks perfect English, follows

2 KitchEN This space is a blend of old and new in a soothing blue palette. Bodbyn cabinet doors, from £18 each; Jutis glass cabinet doors, from £17 each, both ikea. take a look at Skyros delft blue wall and floor tiles, £16.40sq m, total tiles. For a copper pan set, try the Linea Cucina copper cookware range, from £16, House of Fraser


1 1 STAIrWAy A floor-to-ceiling silk curtain adds a sense of drama to this lofty area. Curtain fabric, price on request, All things bespoke. Double tassel tieback, £20, John Lewis, is similar. Find John Singer Sargent prints, from £15 unframed, King & Mcgaw 2 LANDINg At the far end, a mirror reflects light back into the space.

Crown & Colony sells antique French mirrors, price on request. For a rug like this one, try the Fairuzi runner, £675, the oriental rug gallery. the roscoe floor lamp is comparable, £40, Iconic Lights 3 bATHrOOm A surface-mounted washbasin creates a contemporary look. the riviera countertop basin is a match, £49.95, Victoria Plumbing


2 English cricket and has since become a friend. The sale of our Hampshire house, however, was a nightmare, encompassing all the standard gripes about agents and purchasers,’ says Nicholas. The majority of the work the new property needed was cosmetic, although there was a lot of it. ‘The layout suited us and the renovations that had been carried out before we bought the place were great, as far as plumbing and electricity were concerned, so the only thing we changed was the decor,’ says Nicholas. ‘We replaced the flooring, laid new tiles and painted throughout.’ Although the work seemed simple in theory, the couple did encounter a few issues. ‘Unlike most of the village houses, ours has three-metre high ceilings, metre-wide stone walls and is split over three floors. So our biggest problem is also the property’s greatest asset – the walls are so solid and the oak beams so dense that you can snap drill bits hanging a picture.’ says Nicholas. Once these teething problems were resolved, Flossie, who is a designer, started to plan the room schemes, juxtaposing contemporary and traditional French furnishings and colours. Nowhere is this more evident than in the sitting room, where modern purchases blend seamlessly with antiques and bargain finds. Unsurprisingly, this is Flossie’s favourite room. ‘She loves the woodburner that keeps the room cosy in the winter, while in the summer the place is filled with light,’ says Nicholas. And here, they also keep one of their most valued possessions. ‘We have had the glass-shelved cabinet for as long as we’ve been together. It’s full of tiny things we love that are very special to us.’ The staircase is another favourite feature. ‘We had seen so many properties where the original staircase had been ripped out, so to find one intact was a real joy,’ says Nicholas. ‘We love the way the oak and elm curve their way to the top of the house.’ Despite moving here to embrace a quieter lifestyle, the couple have immersed themselves in local life and have even become accidental retailers. Nicholas now sells brocante and antiques, and Flossie sells printed items at a nearby shop, Le magasin @ Studio Pike. ‘There have been challenges to the move,’ says Nicholas, ‘but we have found that getting involved in the community and speaking our best French has made our new life very fulfilling.’ fo r sto c k i sts g o to w her e to b u y

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Classic furniture and gilt accents give a traditional feel. the Mull bed, from £799, the headboard workshop, is similar. For a comparable chandelier, try the Antique French empire chandelier, £450, Selling Antiques


Indian sari fabric hung above the bed makes an ornate focal point. Silk sari fabric, £22.50m, the Silk route. the framed scarf is a limited edition oliver Messel; find similar at bonhams. walls painted in Middleton Pink estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball

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the ProPerty Detached house, built in 1996 L o c at i o n North Yorkshire r o o m s Hall, sitting room/ kitchen, snug, study, conservatory, four bedrooms (one en suite), bathroom P u r c h a s e d 2004 Previous ProPerty ‘We left a small detached nearby to move here,’ says Angela.

Design for life After their daughters moved out, Angela and David Moore decided to give their home a complete new makeover – with only themselves in mind Feature HAZEL DOLAN | PhotograPhy BRENT DARBY

Kitchen high-gloss cabinets and a peninsula with a curved edge help to create a sleek look. Cabinetry, price on application, Concept Kitchens. Pocket Watch wall clock, £150, Just So Interiors

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c o n s e r vat o r y the glazed roof lantern is angela’s favourite feature in here. ‘it allows in an amazing amount of light,’ she says. Conservatory, price on application, Orion Windows. Dorset dining table, £1,000, Laura Ashley. Grey oak laminate flooring, £21.99sq m, Quick-Step. Chairs painted in Cotton eggshell, £16.95 for 500ml, Autentico

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25bh | m o d e r n d e tac h e d STUDY The former dining room became a smart home office for David. Shelving, price on application, Neptune. Sorrento pendant light, £175, Laura Ashley

GUEST BEDROOM The white bed stands out beautifully against a dark feature wall. wall in Como blue elite emulsion, £57 for 2.5L, Zoffany. Jaipur paisley cushion and lampshade fabric, £83m, Voyage

GUEST BEDROOM Soft grey and crisp white create a tranquil sleeping space. walls painted in Silver elite emulsion, £57 for 2.5L, Zoffany. Painted armoire, £1,600, Just So Interiors

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MAIn BEDROOM Subtle pattern and soft textures give this neutral room depth and focus. Cow Parsley wallpaper, £85 a roll, Cole & Son. renwick reversible cotton bedspread, £95, habitat, is similar


uch of Angela Moore’s working life is spent analysing and talking about design, so it’s hardly surprising that she has a clear idea of how she wants her own home to look. Angela, who owns Just So Interiors in Harrogate, says, ‘I’ve always been drawn to neutrals, such as taupe and warm greys, combined with white for a sharp, crisp effect, and small pops of colour.’ The Moores’ detached house is in the grounds of a former hospital near a North Yorkshire market town. Attracted by its spaciousness and peaceful setting, Angela and her husband David, plus daughters Rebecca and Hayley, moved here 14 years ago, after outgrowing their smaller home. Once the girls had grown up and moved out, the couple decided to rework the space to fit in with the next stage of their lives, so the past few years have been spent steadily transforming their home. ‘It has been a major task,’ says Angela, ‘and one that has led to a full kitchen redesign, loft conversion and extension, as well as a total redecoration.’ The number one job was to turn the existing kitchen and breakfast room into a large open-plan space, and this was achieved by removing an arch separating the two areas. Next came the kitchen cabinetry, but Angela admits she did not entirely get her own way and that the contemporary high-gloss cabinets were

a departure for her. ‘I was overruled,’ she says. ‘I’d have gone for Shaker style, but I do love the mocha colour and the way it can look either brown or grey, depending on the time of day.’ The second phase was to add a new conservatory leading from the old utility area into the garden, which has given the Moores an airy sitting and dining space, creating a new hub for their home. ‘A lot of planning went into deciding where the door should go and what size the windows should be,’ says Angela, ‘but it was worth it as we love being in here and enjoying the sunsets.’ The last stage saw the pair do what many of the neighbours had already done and convert their attic into a guest bedroom. When it came to the decorating, comfort and calm were among the main considerations. ‘Tiled and wooden floors have their place,’ says Angela, ‘but I’d always rather have carpet in areas where you all want to gather and sit down – it’s quieter and feels more cosy.’ Naturally, Angela used her favourite subtle taupes and greys throughout, but she also added the odd dramatic note, such as deep blue walls in the top-floor guest bedroom. Angela insists the key to success in a scheme is using plenty of texture. ‘I like wool, linen and aged printed velvets, wicker and Lloyd Loom furniture, as well as the warm tones of wood,’ she says. ‘An eclectic mix is the key to an interesting home.’

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Insight PLANNING A CONSERVATORY Follow our tips for creating an additional light and airy living area, just like Angela Moore’s


ngela Moore’s conservatory brings a wonderful sense of openness to her home and is a room that the whole family gravitates towards. Advances in glazing and heating systems mean structures such as these can now provide versatile living spaces and be used all year round.

Conservatory or orangery? An orangery usually has a partially solid roof and walls, making it a more substantial build than a conservatory. Less glazing means it is easier to control the temperature, blinds can be recessed into the structure itself for a neat finish, and downlights can be installed around the edge to ‘frame’ the room. The ‘lighter’ construction of a conservatory, on the other hand, may provide just the visual effect that you are looking for. Whichever option you choose, consider the design carefully making sure it’s sympathetic to the period of your home, both in terms of its size and architectural detailing.

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While conservatories and orangeries are known for their traditional styles, modern touches have enhanced them for contemporary living. Bifold doors, for example, provide a larger opening to the garden, offering a seamless link between inside and out, while underfloor or trench heating options are efficient as well as space saving. Be sure to choose flooring that is compatible, though; for instance, if you want a timber floor, opt for engineered boards.

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When it comes to decorating, if you’re planning to put the focus on the view, neutral tones, such as those favoured by Angela, will encourage the eye to travel beyond the room to the garden. A neutral palette is less at risk of fading, too. That said, colours can look fabulous. Green accessories, for example, will echo the tones in the garden, but seek advice about fading before picking a fabric, or consider light-resistant outdoor textiles.

professional advice ‘Always seek guidance from a reputable company that will have current knowledge on planning regulations. If your property is listed, you will need permission to extend and the design should adhere to certain criteria. Some companies will liaise with conservation and planning officers on your behalf. With the kitchen well established as the hub of the home, the most popular requests are for conservatories leading off this room. Maintaining the correct visual balance is key: a grand and spacious glazed room may not be suitable for a modest house, while a larger property will require a more substantial structure. If it isn’t obvious where to put a conservatory, consider placing it to create a feature on an otherwise unattractive part of the house, perhaps embellishing a plain wall or replacing unsightly outbuildings. A conservatory can be positioned on any elevation, as long as it is designed correctly. It will need to incorporate adequate ventilation via opening side windows and roof vents to expel hot air. Low-E glass that reflects long-wave infrared energy and tinted glass will also help moderate the heat, but beware of some tinted glass, which can dull the light even in winter.’ JANE HINDMARCH, VALE GARDEN HOUSES


Make the design sympathetic to the existing building

Keep furnishings simple for timeless elegance

Two sets of doors create the illusion of two rooms in one

e x p e r t e y e ‘Porcelain tiles that mimic natural stone and concrete are the flooring of choice at the moment. They work perfectly with underfloor heating, require minimal maintenance and create a seamless indoor-outdoor look’ LOUISA MORGAN, MANDARIN STONE

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■ Mandarin Stone, 01600 715444, mandarinstone.com Offers natural stone options and porcelain tiles that can be used inside and out. ■ Planning Portal, planningportal.co.uk Provides up-to-date advice on planning permission for conservatories. ■ Vale Garden Houses, 01476 564433, valegardenhouses.co.uk Designer and manufacturer of bespoke conservatories, orangeries and rooflights. 2 5 b H AU G US T 2018 | 109

SITTING ROOM Period details, such as tall windows and ornate cornicing, define this space. Reclaimed Carrara marble fireplace, £1,100, Hearth & Home. Large Happy sofa in blue velvet, £2,145; Eclipse round side table, £175; bobble rug in Putty, £295; Little Yellow Birds print by Ben Lowe, £375, all Loaf

AGE OF ELEGANCE Cathy Copson’s inspired transformation of a once derelict Victorian home offers a fresh, contemporary perspective on classic style FEATURE BEVERLEY BROWN | PHOTOgRAPHY DOUGLAS GIBB


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THE PROPERTY Sandstone semi-detached townhouse, built in 1890 L O C AT I O N Scottish Borders R O O M S Hall, sitting room, kitchen-diner, playroom, three bedrooms, bathroom, shower room P U R C H A S E D 2017 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘We moved here from a terraced house in southeast London,’ says Cathy.

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Cathy Copson’s decision to move from London to Kelso in the Scottish Borders, where her parents live, was a no-brainer, especially as she is a single mum to four-year-old Jude. It also meant that she could continue to run her recruitment business from north of the border. ‘My parents had a holiday house in Kelso long before they moved there permanently, so it’s an area I know well,’ says Cathy. ‘After Jude was born, I looked at what was important for us in terms of lifestyle – access to the countryside and being close to family – and naturally Kelso won. But I’m eternally grateful for my 20 years in London, which allowed me the financial freedom to move up here and buy this house.’ After the decision was made, everything happened very quickly. ‘Our house in London sold in a day to the first people who saw it. I went up to Kelso the same week to view a few properties, then saw this sandstone townhouse, which was newly on the market,’ says Cathy. ‘It

had been uninhabited for a while and was deteriorating – it was essentially a shell that needed everything doing, but it still had its original features and I knew in an instant it was the house for me. I truly believe the stars were aligned for it all to fall into place so perfectly.’ Fortunately, Cathy and Jude were able to stay in her parents’ holiday flat while the house was being renovated, which called for a new roof, new windows, new wiring, plumbing, kitchen, bathrooms, under-floor heating and more. ‘As my parents had previously renovated a property in the area, they had good trade contacts, so that saved time and made it easier but it still took six months to complete,’ says Cathy, whose passion for interiors is matched by a keen design eye and past experience. Her style is classic but relaxed and while she likes to invest in quality, she is also adroit at mixing beautiful, timeless furniture and accessories with inexpensive items. The upstairs bedrooms are all carpeted, but the original floorboards in the hall and three

s a n d s to n e tow n h o us e | 25bh dINING aRea This pleasing open-plan space is ideal for family meals and entertaining. Megan dining table is similar, £2,111, Raft Furniture. Kartell Masters chairs in green, £159 each, John Lewis. Tala Oak Knuckle pendant lights, £100 each, Gala

KITCHeN Blue Moroccan-style splashback tiles enliven this pared-back scheme. Tangier Blue Decor tiles, £5 each, Tile Enterprise. White units, from £12,000, The Pentland Kitchen Company. Flat rattan bar stools, £225 each, Cox & Cox

b e s t b u y ‘My favourite piece is the Foscarini Caboche pendant light in the sitting room, which is a modern chandelier and was a present to myself’ SITTING aRea The lower ground floor features this informal space for watching TV. Try the Exclusif sofa range by Ligne Roset, from £4,106. Find a similar coffee table, £379; and sideboard, £249, both Swoon

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25bh | s a n d s to n e tow n h o us e P L AY R O O M This space accommodates a sofa bed for sleepovers. grey Collette sofa bed, £599, Furniture Village. walls painted in Mizzle estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball

HALL Grey walls complement the original decorative staircase and archway. walls painted in Lamp room gray estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball. Mirror, £295, Nordic house

f a v o u r i t e r o o m ‘The monochrome palette in Jude’s bedroom works so well and, now he’s outgrown the nursery stage, the superhero theme is spot on’ MAin BEDROOM Cathy’s bedroom is an oasis of calm featuring soft, muted shades. King-size orkney bed in owl grey, £949, Made. com. randall bedside tables, £169 each, Swoon. Malm five-drawer chest is similar, £80, Ikea

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ground floor rooms were in good enough condition to be stripped and whitewashed. Cathy opted for grey concrete-effect porcelain floor tiles for the lower ground floor living space, which is where she and Jude spend most of their time together. Cathy did her sourcing mainly online, as she had a fairly clear vision of the look she wanted to achieve, which incorporated existing items of furniture, such as the grey Ligne Roset modular sofas in the family room, ‘which are about 15 years old and still look great’. The kitchen cabinets, granite worktops, reclaimed marble fireplace and woodburner were all purchased from local firms. Living in the Scottish Borders has only intensified Cathy’s appreciation of the surrounding area. ‘It has so much to offer in every respect,’ she says. ‘Being a foodie, I love shopping for fresh local produce at farmers’ markets and having access to so many wonderful restaurants. And while still involved in my recruitment business, I am now also indulging my passion for property and interiors by working two days a week as a relocation specialist. All things considered, we are very lucky to be living the dream.’

SHOWER ROOM Patterned floor tiles add interest and prevent this cool scheme from feeling stark. Quintessenza Alch elisir floor tiles, £4 each; marble Altissimo lux wall tiles, £26 each, both Capitol Designer Studio

JUDE’S BEDROOM Removable stickers and decals can be replaced when Jude is ready for a new look. Spiderman decal, £7.95, Amazon. Kura bed, £130; Solgul wardrobe, £79; PS 2014 pendant, £39, all Ikea. Stripe teepee, £135, wildfire teepees

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guest sitting ROOM Modern furniture contrasts with period features for an individual look. Mistral four-seater sofas, from £2,099 each, heal’s. Matthew hilton Flipper coffee table, £895, SCP. Bruno rainaldi Ptolomeo bookcase, £1,150, the Conran Shop


hen a flair for colour and impeccable taste in vintage furniture combine in a home, the result is always impressive. And Philippa McKnight and David Hoyes’ house is all the more remarkable given that this chic space in Penzance was once a disused garage with no redeeming qualities other than its proximity to a beautiful Victorian terrace. It was in 2010 when, after working as solicitors in London for 20 years, the couple 114 | 2 5 b h AuG uS t 2018

T h e p r o p e r T y Victorian guest house with separate private home, converted from the garage L o c aT i o n Cornwall r o o m s Guest house: sitting room, kitchen-diner, dining room, five bedrooms (all en suite). Annexe: sitting room, kitchen, three bedrooms, bathroom p u r c h a s e d 2010 previous properTy ‘We used to live in a Victorian terrace in London,’ says Philippa.

decided to give up their jobs and move to Cornwall, in search of a less frenetic lifestyle and a more rural setting to raise their children, Isobel, now 13, and James, 11. They were viewing properties in which to open a bed and breakfast and nearly missed this period house – despite its central location, large garden and gorgeous original features – because it didn’t seem big enough. ‘Then the agent showed us the enormous garage, which was apparently once used to store racing cars, and we had

a light-bulb moment,’ says Philippa. ‘David and I realised that we could convert the garage into our home and use the main house nearby for guests.’ First, the couple carefully restored the Victorian villa, adding en-suites to each of its five bedrooms, but otherwise ensuring that it remained, essentially, a large family home. Then, with advice from a local architect, they developed the garage, transforming it into a two-storey annexe with a light-filled sitting room and three

f a M i ly s i t t i n g R O O M the dark floor sets off the jewel-like colours of the antique and vintage furnishings. Floor painted in railings modern eggshell, £67 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Black and white jungle- print cushions, £24 each, rockett St George

bedrooms. ‘It was a case of virtually taking it down to the ground and rebuilding it,’ says David. ‘The foundations had to withstand having another storey built on top and we also put in central heating, new windows and a bathroom. We did it in two stages, a couple of years apart, to avoid disruption to our neighbours, and each stage took about three months to complete.’ Now floor-to-ceiling glass doors open on to decking and a glorious subtropical garden, which David – a keen gardener

f a M i ly sitting ROOM Bright furnishings pop against the pale walls. hendricks sofa, £1,700, habitat. Find an eduardo Chillida print, from £39.99 unframed, at Art.co.uk

guest dININg AreA A palette of greys, off-whites and natural wood gives this space a timeless feel. Lisboa side chairs in white, £57 each, Contract Furniture Store. For a similar glass pendant light, try the u glass pendant, £55, graham and green

guest kItCHeN-dINer simple white shaker-style units provide a touch of rustic charm. bespoke kitchen, price on request, george robinson. Nero riven slate floor tiles, £18sq m, Mandarin Stone

d e c o r a t i n g t i p ‘Don’t be afraid to use quite dark colours. They look incredible – designed to be viewed from inside, and has planted with tree ferns, hostas, grasses, Japanese anemones and foxgloves. The couple use the L-shaped kitchendiner in the main house for preparing their own meals, as well as cooking for guests. When the bed and breakfast is closed, they also use its elegant drawing room for entertaining, while friends and family occasionally stay in the guest bedrooms. ‘The annexe is our home, but the adjacent villa’s kitchen-diner is very much part of it,’ says Philippa. ‘It’s actually rather 116 | 2 5 b h Au g uS t 2018

nice walking through the garden to it, and it only takes a few seconds. We love to use the rooms in the main house – some of the furniture came from our London home and we chose the rest with great care.’ With high ceilings, beautiful sash windows and ornate original fireplaces, the period property perfectly complements the selection of dramatic Farrow & Ball paint shades that Philippa and David have chosen for it, counterpointed by an interesting range of antique and modern designer pieces. In their own living space,

the pair have stuck to white walls, which provide a gallery-like backdrop to a fabulous collection of 20th-century ceramics and glassware, including colourful mid-century Scandinavian vases and contemporary Cornish artworks. ‘We love collecting art from this area and we follow a few artists who we like,’ says David. In the annexe sitting room and main bedroom, vibrant colours pop out against the pale walls and dark floor. The eclectic theme continues, with furnishings the couple have picked up over the years, fo r sto c k i sts g o to w her e to b u y

d ou b le c o n v e r s i o n | 25bh guest BedrOOM the quirky wooden pendant and teal and orange accents lift this neutral scheme. orange/grey Ikat cushion cover, £52.84, PillowMe. Daisy lampshade in cherry veneer, £110, blink. hector dome wall lights, from £115 each, original btC

when applied in the right place’ including an antique Chinese desk and chair, a Turkish rug and a vintage sideboard. While the main house is grand and spacious, the annexe is compact and Philippa and David are delighted with how it has turned out. ‘I always thought that I wanted a big house,’ says Philippa, ‘but when we lived in London, we hardly ever used some of the rooms and we had so many pieces. Now our home is uncluttered and efficient, and has forced us to focus on having just those few items of furniture and artwork that we really love and can’t live without.’

MAIN BedrOOM this fresh, clutter-free space makes a calm retreat. Angled desk lamp, £65, the Forest & Co. the yellow velvet cushion, £19.50, Marks & Spencer, is similar

g u e s t B At H r O O M deep-blue walls add drama and make the white sanitaryware stand out. walls painted in Stiffkey blue estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball. Metal star, £39, rockett St george

LEARN TO COOK IN TUSCANY WITH THE CALDESIS Join our fabulous short cookery break this autumn in a private Tuscan villa with Italian food experts Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi


here’s no better place to learn – or improve – your Italian cooking than in Tuscany. So 25 Beautiful Homes has joined forces with the brilliant husband and wife team Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi to offer the ultimate Tuscan cooking experience with Flavours Holidays. On our new four-day break this autumn you’ll be staying at the heart of the Tuscan countryside in a beautiful villa. ‘It makes such a difference learning how to cook classic dishes in the place they’re from,’ says Katie. ‘The produce here is fresh and tastes more authentic and you’ll get to take your time over

food. Tuscany holds so many special memories for us both – it’s where Giancarlo was born and the place we got married.’ You’ll also get hands-on cooking lessons from Flavours local chefs in the villa’s kitchen and be taught how to make pasta from scratch. You can wash it down with a good Chianti, the famous wine of the region, and also visit a local winery for a private tasting. Giancarlo and Katie, who own two restaurants in the UK as well as London’s brilliant Italian cookery school La Cucina Caldesi, will give an exclusive talk and Q&A and demonstrate how to make one of their favourite Tuscan dishes. We can’t wait to see you there!

Join Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi

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Make new friends in the Flavours villa


Explore the beautiful Tuscan countryside

t r av e l o f f e r | 25bh Visit Florence’s historic Duomo and Bell Tower

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THE DATES 7 - 10 October 2018 THE PRICE £999pp* including return British airways fights from London Heathrow to Pisa; three nights en-suite accommodation at a flavours Holidays Tuscan villa; all meals listed in the itinerary, plus local wines; talk and Q&A with Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi; cooking demonstration and book signing; two hands-on cookery lessons with flavours local chefs; wine tasting at a local winery; visit to florence to see a food market with lunch at a trattoria; local transport in a private minibus; accompanied by a flavours Holidays’ host throughout. HOW TO BOOK Call 0131 341 1884 Quote ref TS-CALDESITUSCANY 25beautifulhomes.tripsmiths. com/caldesicookingtuscany25BH *No single supplement. for full itinerary details and terms and conditions, visit 25beautifulhomes.tripsmiths.com/ caldesicookingtuscany25BH


After arriving in Italy at Pisa Airport, you’ll be transferred to your villa on Flavours Holidays’ private Tuscan estate just 30 minutes’ drive away. Once there, you’ll enjoy welcome drinks before your first cookery lesson with a local chef, in which you’ll prepare and enjoy a wonderful evening meal.

will be sent to you before your departure. Then relax and enjoy your final dinner with the group. D AY 4 : C I A O !

After breakfast, you’ll be collected from your villa and transferred back to Pisa Airport for your return BA flight, ready to try out your new Italian cookery skills on friends and family back home. PLUS FREE bOOk!

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Following breakfast, you’ll have your second hands-on Italian cookery lesson, followed by lunch. In the afternoon you’ll visit a local winery for a private tasting session before returning to your villa for a dinner prepared by the chef. You’ll also join Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi for drinks and a special culinary Q&A session in which they’ll both share their love of Tuscan cuisine, plus answer all your foodie questions.

Guests will receive a hardback copy of Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi’s latest book Tuscany: Simple meals & fabulous feasts from Italy (£26, Hardie Grant)

Enjoy relaxing by the pool

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After breakfast, you’ll spend the morning exploring the beautiful city of Florence, including its amazing world-famous food market. You’ll then enjoy lunch at a superb slow food trattoria that champions the use of traditional ingredients and the time-honoured local methods of producing them, before returning to the villa. Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi will then demonstrate how to make one of their favourite Tuscan dishes and you’ll have the opportunity to ask them to sign your free copy of their latest book, which 2 5 b H aU G US T 2018 | 119

TALL ORDER Artist-upholsterer Hannah Stanton’s townhouse, full of modern art and vintage finds, is an inspiring space to live and work Feature HAZEL DOLAN PhotograPhy KASIA FISZER


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the ProPerty Victorian terraced house L o c at i o n East London r o o m s Hall, sitting room, kitchen-diner, dining room, study, bedroom, bathroom, basement office/guest space with kitchenette and living area P u r c h a s e d 2005 Previous ProPerty ‘I used to rent a Shoreditch warehouse,’ says Hannah.

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DINING ROOM Time-worn leather and rich woods bring comfort and character. Victorian display cabinet, G-Plan dining chairs and chandelier, all eBay. Victorian dining table, Arch 389. Curtains in Boho Velvet in Catkin, £53m, Sanderson

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ometimes it pays to think big. Artist and upholsterer Hannah Stanton and her husband, film-maker Matthias Hoene, were house-hunting for a modest flat in London’s East End when they spotted a large house with plenty of potential. Their four-storey Victorian house is now a combination of home and gallery. Filled with their favourite artworks, vintage finds and contemporary furniture, it perfectly reflects their lifestyle, with a workroom each and plenty of space to entertain their friends. ‘We did blow the budget,’ says Hannah, ‘so we were left with not an awful lot of money to do the place up. I was amazed by the scale of it. It was so imposing and lovely, even though the last owners were obsessed with blue, so everything was in that hue.’ Schooled in upholstery, Hannah knows a thing or two about the transformative power of stripping something back to rework it. She and Matthias ripped up carpets to reveal original floors and whitewashed the blue walls, giving themselves a clearer idea of the space to be artfully repurposed. An architect friend drew up sketches to incorporate the basement flat into their living space and extend into the garden to make an open-plan study for Matthias. Above it, they opened the kitchen and dining area onto an east-facing balcony with steps down into the garden; divided the first floor into their sitting room and Hannah’s study, and put a bedroom and bathroom on the top floor. From there, it was down to Hannah. Colour is always her starting point, from warm white to brighten the top-floor bedroom, where ceilings are lower, to the more earthy greys of the sitting room, and the robust blue of Hannah’s study. ‘The room is very bright so it

SITTING ROOM The Thirties cupboard came from Somerset County Council and used to be part of the furnishings for the Lord Lieutenant’s ofce. Orange screenprint, Inca Starzinsky. Victorian armchair, eBay. Walls painted in Lamp Room Gray estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball KITCHEN Favourite vintage finds keep the look characterful rather than clinical, while bold pink artwork by Lorenzo Vitturi from the Dalston Anatomy exhibition at Fishbar Gallery adds a dash of colour to the monochrome scheme. French opaline fluted lampshades, eBay. Glass decanters, antiques shops and eBay. Sink, splashback and worktop, prices on application, My Dream Kitchen

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i n s p i r at i o n ‘I find texture really useful; it makes a different kind of light, so I always try to mix up textiles and textures’

M AT T H I A S ’ S T u d y Film memorabilia makes a dramatic display. Smala sofa-bed, from £3,855, by Pascal Mourgue at Ligne roset. thirties plan chest, Castle gibson HAnnAH’S STudy Blue walls are a bold backdrop for chair frames. walls painted in hague blue estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball BEdROOM ‘The ceilings are lower here, so it feels cosy,’ says Hannah. the ember natural cushion, £12, Dunelm, is similar B AT H R O O M Hannah’s first upholstery project contrasts with modern fittings. regency armchair, price on request, Mr All Sorts

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still works but also feels a little moody and holds everything together,’ she says. A key feature is the balance of traditional and modern elements. Period details and vintage furniture coexist with sleek, linear storage and kitchen units, contemporary art and statement lighting. The result is fresh and uplifting. ‘I really like modern pieces but I wanted it to feel like an older house, too,’ Hannah explains, ‘so even in the kitchen area there are decanters and a chandelier. There are a lot of older objects – I like to mix it up.’ Upscaling plays a part in the scheme. The sitting room window had to be taken out to manhandle the big Thirties cabinet into place and the pair had a nail-biting moment wondering if their Victorian cabinet would squeeze into the dining room. ‘It’s huge,’ says Hannah, ‘but our ceilings are so high it’s nice to have something to draw your eye upwards.’ Sculpture, prints and paintings – many by artist friends – bring a particular energy, and naturally Hannah’s passion for fabrics shows in every space, with tweeds, velvets and a painterly Manuel Canovas oriental print. Stretching their finances has paid off; the couple love their home and its vibrant surroundings. ‘We have essentially turned a four-bedroom house into a one-bed,’ she says. ‘It sounds like such a luxury, but we bought at the right time. We were very lucky.’ fo r sto c k i sts g o to w her e to b u y

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1 Outside inf luence Susan and Dan Edwards turned a rundown barn into a light and bright home with an interior inspired by the great outdoors FEATURE ViVienne Ayres | PhoTogRAPhy Polly eltes


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ThE PRoPERTy Converted Victorian barn L o C AT I o N north yorkshire R o o M S Hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen-diner/family room, snug, games room, cinema room, gym, five bedrooms (three en suite), three bathrooms P U R C h A S E D 2013 PREVIoUS PRoPERTy ‘Before moving here, we lived in a 15-year-old detached cottage at the opposite end of the field to this property,’ says susan.

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ot many people can say that they spent six years looking across a field at their forever home, but that is what happened to Susan and Dan Edwards. They were living in a new-build cottage in a pretty North Yorkshire village but, with two young daughters, Anna, now 14, and Poppy, 12, they realised they needed a larger house. ‘Every day, I looked over the field at this property,’ says Susan. ‘When we started looking for a new home, it had already been on the market for 18 months. It needed some work doing to it, but that appealed to us because after our newly built cottage we wanted something with more character.’ The house had personality in spades. Originally a cowshed, tractor shed and stable, it had been converted by a previous owner. ‘When we viewed it, we realised every room needed work, but I couldn’t stop thinking about the place,’ says Susan. ‘I loved the fact that the walls weren’t straight and it had old beams and, because there was so much glass, it was a very light house. It had a wonderful feel, and I knew we could make it something special.’ However, once Susan and Dan had bought the property, second thoughts set in. ‘We did wonder what we had taken on,’ says Susan. ‘Nothing had been done to the outbuildings. We also realised that we had no view onto the garden and we knew we would have to open up the kitchen.’ Undaunted, the family moved in in 2013. ‘We embarked on a minor renovation with the help of local builder Tim Wilkinson, but soon realised that we would need to make more major changes to create a home that suited us as a family,’ says Susan. ‘Tim was still with us 10 months later, having renovated the whole property.’ ‘We tackled the main house first and made it liveable,’ explains Susan. Downstairs,


sitting area Floor-to-ceiling windows offer great views of the garden. timber-framed extension, price on request, yorkshire oak Frames. For similar floor tiles, try rustic copper riven slate, from £16.35sq m, nustone. F360 Advance woodburner, price on request, Jøtul. laura Ashley’s Alberton leather armchair, from £1,300, is a good alternative

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kitchen etched frosted glass signposts the pantry. Cabinetry, price on request, the Main Company. Painted in Mid lead Colour flat oil eggshell, £62 for 2.5l, little Greene


haLL Wallpaper with an insect design adds a playful touch. Bumble Bee BP584 wallpaper, £89 a roll, Farrow & Ball. similar stag’s head coat hooks, £32.99 each, Wayfair

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a wall was removed between the dining room and hall to open the space up. ‘We wanted the house to flow,’ says Susan. Upstairs, the bedrooms were reconfigured. One was very large, so it was converted into two bedrooms with a bathroom for Anna and Poppy. Another bedroom and bathroom were knocked together to create a dressing room for Susan and Dan’s bedroom. Outside, a derelict barn was converted into guest accommodation and joined to the rest of the house via a glass corridor. The barn was one big space with a ladder leading upstairs, so the Edwards enlisted architect Andrew Paley of Bean Designed to create a space with two bedrooms and a bathroom. In pursuit of their coveted garden view, the couple built an oak-framed kitchen at the rear, doubling the size of the existing room and offering better views of the outside. When it came to the kitchen design, Susan wanted something traditional with a modern twist and worked with The Main Company to create a stunning scheme. ‘I chose granite worktops and a large island,’ she says. ‘It is everything I wanted it to be – a social, family space.’ Susan particularly enjoyed working on the decor. ‘I have a passion for interiors, especially wallcoverings and fabrics,’ she says. ‘I picked a cow-design wallpaper for the cloakroom, to reference the building’s former life as a cowshed.’ The dining room reveals Susan’s Scottish roots and love of themes, incorporating tartan fabric and purple wallpaper with a stag’s head design. ‘I am so thrilled with the house now,’ says Susan. ‘The girls are enjoying an old-fashioned childhood here with lots of freedom – we have six acres of land so there’s plenty of space to play and keep animals. We’ve got the best of both worlds – we’re part of a village, but set back so we’re not overlooked. This is a special place.’


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DINING ROOM Animal print wallpaper in bright purple creates a bold feature wall. graduate Collection Stag Print wallpaper in Plum by Lisa bliss, £125 a roll, Lime Lace. Versaille pedestal dining table, from £1,059; block wood table lamps, £89 each, barker and Stonehouse


HALL Slate flooring and painted wood give

this space a rustic, country-style feel. banister painted in French gray estate eggshell, £60 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball. Indian slate flooring, price on request, Direct tile Importers


EN SUITE A contemporary freestanding tub is a luxurious addition. Aveo bath and basin, price on request, Villeroy & boch. Lynn antiqued pine stool, £129, Swoon

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MAIN BEDROOM A vaulted ceiling provides wow factor. walls painted in Joa’s white estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball. try the hadley bed in Indulgence Pearl fabric, from £1,059 for a double, barker and Stonehouse. the Plymouth ottoman, £299, Swoon, is similar



GUEST BEDROOM Duck egg blue has a calming effect. try Dunelm’s toulouse bedstead, £379 for a double. the Lewes bedspread, £250, Laura Ashley, is comparable



GARDEN A comfy seating area makes spending time outside more appealing. Maze rattan brown pear daybed, £2,378, oak Furniture house

f a v o u r i t e f e a t u r e ‘I love the property’s mix of traditional and modern features – it gives our home a sense of personality and makes it totally unique’



Ramon and Brenda Valvona reworked a treasured childhood home to create a bright and open space, perfectly suited to modern living FEATURE ALISON GIBB | PHOTOgRAPHY DOUGLAS GIBB

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THE PROPERTY Detached villa, built in 1875 L O C AT I O N Edinburgh R O O M S Formal sitting room, kitchen-diner/family room, utility room, office, four bedrooms (three en suite), family bathroom P U R C H A S E D 2016 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘We lived in a flat in the centre of Edinburgh,’ says Brenda.

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Individual wall cabinets add a graphic quality to this modern design, while the glazed corner-opening doors provide a striking entrance to the garden. Kitchen cabinets, price on application, Development Direct. Sliding doors and window, around £25,000, Uni Windows. Walls painted in Ammonite estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball

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Sliding glass doors help to blur the boundary between indoors and out. Lansdowne dining table, £518, Modish Living. Eames-inspired chairs, £59 each, Cult Furniture

Favourite item ‘The yellow chairs in the formal sitting room add punchy colour to our otherwise subtle palette’


An island unit makes a great centrepiece and offers space for food prep and socialising with friends. The industrial-style stools were inspired by those found in sewing machine factories. Seamstress stools, £115 each, Vincent and Barn. Peronda grey porcelain floor tiles from the Dylan range, £55sq m, Development Direct

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1 1 & 3 formal sitting room Extra-tall windows maximise the light, while a pair of bespoke citrus velvet chairs add a bold splash of colour. Interior design by Hen & Crask. Iggy sofa, £1,125 for a two seater, Sofa.com, has this look. Christian Lacroix cushions, £110 each, Pad Lifestyle. Pendant light, £300, SM Electrical Supplies

2 family room A cosy spot with sheepskin rugs brings a sense of hygge to this open-plan area. Bowl wooden coffee table, £299, Heal’s. Sheepskin rugs, £35 each, John Lewis

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4 Dining room Ramon and Brenda created a large opening between the dining room,

sitting room and new kitchen to give their home a spacious and airy feel. The dining table, which is made from a vintage door, was the couple’s first major furniture purchase about 15 years ago. Halo dining table, £588, Stocktons, is a good alternative. Alec dining chairs upholstered in Teal, £199 a pair, Made.com. Joule 4 pendant light, £369, Heal’s


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The bath was the starting point for this Zen-like sanctuary. Ava slimline freestanding bath is comparable, £499, Soak.com. walls painted in Peignoir estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball


A velvet headboard, with built-in shelves for bedside tables, adds a touch of luxury. walls painted in Dove tale estate emulsion, £39.50 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball. teal velvet cushions, £24 each, tK Maxx. Linen duvet cover, from £39, Marks & Spencer


The soft, dusky pink of this pretty room will work well into teenage years. walls painted in Calamine estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball. bed, £450, great Little trading Co

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amon Valvona lived in this characterful Edinburgh villa as a child. ‘My parents bought the house more than 35 years ago, renovating and flamboyantly decorating it in true Eighties style,’ he says. ‘There were paisley patterned fabrics, swags and pelmets.’ The house was quite dark, though. ‘There were doors and curtains everywhere, which obscured the true amount of space and light,’ says Ramon. Years on, with the property too large for his father, Ramon, his wife Brenda and their daughter Olivia had the opportunity to develop it into their own family home. ‘We knew that we wanted to open up the house,’ explains Ramon. ‘I love the fact that from the front door you can now see right through to the kitchen, and from the sitting room you can see through to the back garden.’ An experienced property developer, Ramon was able to undertake the project, which involved adding a large extension and updating and renovating the whole house, relatively painlessly and in record time. ‘We started in December 2016 and, seven months later, the work was complete. I pushed to get it finished – some days, there were 30 people in and out of the house,’ says Ramon. Knowing this was their forever home, Ramon and Brenda called in their friend and interior designer, Rachel Richmond, from Edinburgh-based firm Hen & Crask. ‘Rachel was able to develop a scheme which injected our personal style into the house,’ explains Brenda. ‘She gave us several options. I wanted a neutral backdrop but we came up with some really punchy additions, adding pops of bold spring colours, plus industrial touches with the lighting. I was unsure about it at first, but now I’m delighted with the slight edge and zing that Rachel has brought to the soothing palette.’ The result is a scheme that is undoubtedly luxurious – a thoroughly modern overhaul but still respectful of the property’s history, both in terms of the family’s past and the beautiful period features that the couple have expertly preserved. Cornicing, fireplaces, skirting boards and mouldings now sit alongside state-of-the-art heating and lighting systems. Adding an extension to a period property can be visually challenging, but thanks to considerable thought and planning by their architect, Johnston Harris, Brenda and Ramon have unified their home successfully. ‘The large porcelain grey tiles that we’ve laid in the extension run up to the front door, helping the house flow perfectly from front to back,’ says Ramon. ‘We feel we’ve opened up a new chapter for this precious home and the whole family is delighted.’ fo r sto c k i sts g o to w her e to b u y

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