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Inspiring homes filled with character Historic French barn | Colourful cottage | Glamorous 1920s house

real-life rooms 25 striking kitchens 39 elegant living rooms 47 stylish bedrooms

design advice creative conversions Planning a utility room compact bathrooms

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p i t c h p e r f e c t Modern shades and

treasured heirlooms coexist harmoniously in this Georgian barn in West Sussex p r e t t y i n p a s t e l s Feminine hues define an elegant 1820s Norfolk cottage n at u r e ’ s f i n e s t A riverside setting inspired the interior of this Essex terrace e a s y l i v i n g A former sea captain’s house in Cornwall has been made shipshape again thanks to a palette of marine shades c o u n t r y c a s u a l This dated home in Wiltshire was given a trendy transformation c a l m r e s t o r e d Peace prevails in a

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former fortified farmhouse in Northumberland

i n s i g h t Creating a stylish utility room b a c k o n t r a c k How one owner was

lured home to her native Newcastle by a turnof-the-century terrace beside the Metro line a r t f u l b l e n d This 1900s Kent townhouse is filled with inherited treasures, bright artwork and original features s p at i a l awa r e n e s s A sizeable home was created from a tired house in Hampshire s m a r t m o v e In search of space, these owners cleverly traded a two-up, two-down for a Fifties detached property in North Wales

How a long-held dream of a perfect family home came to fruition in this Edwardian detached in Sussex (page 51).

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s l e e p i n g b e a u t y How the care and attention of one buyer saved this Provençal barn from wrack and ruin i n n e r s p a c e Thanks to its architect owner, the interior of this Twenties London home is a masterclass in modern style g o i n g d u t c h Lovingly curated second-hand finds fill this 18th-century property in the Netherlands m o d e r n r u s t i c Bringing a former barn in Surrey into the 21st century was a challenge one couple eagerly accepted

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d o u b l i n g u p Extending out and up has created


p a s t m a s t e r s This duo drew inspiration from history

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an enviable family space in an Edwardian villa in London

to return their period semi to its handsome heyday b r i g h t f a n ta s t i c A redesigned layout and lightmaximising alterations brought this London terrace up to date i n s i g h t Planning a compact bathroom c l a s s i c r e i n v e n t i o n Untouched for 50 years, this terrace in the capital is now sleek, smart and stylish o l d m e e t s n e w An unexpectedly modern interior lies behind the front door of this Cotswold stone house i n s i g h t Ideas for imaginative conversions b o l d & b e a u t i f u l See how one Parisian pair filled a neglected southwest London terrace with joie de vivre c r e at i v e c o l l a b o r at i o n The interior of this London villa is a fusion of British and Scandinavian designs



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c o l o u r b a l a n c e The period features of this Surrey cottage have been beautifully blended with vibrant accents b u i l d i n g a d r e a m Having long envisioned their ideal home, this couple found fulfilment in a Sussex period house s c a n d i n av i a n s e r e n i t y Colourful textiles against a cool, calm backdrop make this Twenties house on a Stockholm island a peaceful place to live p a i n t e r ly m i x Statement wallpaper and vivid fabrics have turned this Georgian detached in Bristol into a work of art

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I often talk about how houses can be reconfigured to create more space or how colour can be used to make an impact, but the pieces you choose to furnish your home with are just as important, from the sofa you relax on to the bed you sleep in. Deciding on the type of furniture you need before researching what’s available is crucial to making a scheme work so, in this month’s issue, we have plenty to inspire. Whether you’re after statement living room seating or a stylish bath in which to enjoy a soothing soak, our 25 homes offer a wealth of ideas. In my experience, storage is also high on many people’s wish lists, including my own, so when I recently had my kitchen redesigned I included open shelving as I love to display collected treasures. I think dual-purpose rooms also benefit from well-considered storage. For example, my home office doubles as a guest bedroom, but I have yet to resolve how to keep all my work paraphernalia (and knitting wools) hidden from view. I’m sure that leafing through this issue Deborah barker, eDiTor-in-Chief will fire my imagination. misseD a Copy?

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A vaulted extension and other characterful additions have turned Sarah Reed’s run-down Georgian cottage into a welcoming family space Feature ALI HEATH | PhotograPhy ALEXANDER JAMES

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c o u n t ry c o t tag e | 25bh KITCHEN-dINEr An ombre-painted wall cleverly unites the light and dark hues of this relaxed cooking, eating and seating area. Suffolk units painted in Charcoal, price on request, Neptune. Handles, from £34 a pair, Buster+Punch. Camargue chairs, £189 each, Oka. Baltic Fir porcelain flooring, £54sq m, Mandarin Stone. Walls painted in Off Black estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball

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The properTy Detached Georgian cottage L o c aT i o n West Sussex r o o m s Hall, sitting room/ kitchen-diner, dining room, snug, study, laundry room, cloakroom, four bedrooms, three bathrooms p u r c h a s e d 2014 previous properTy ‘We rented locally for three years, while house hunting,’ says Sarah.


arah Reed’s signature style is to create a house full of personality and character. Many of the pieces she owns have been with her for years and the home that she shares with her two daughters, Araminta, 17, and Tatiana, 15, is full of items with a story to tell. Situated on the outskirts of the vast Goodwood estate, the property comprises two cottages that were knocked into one in the Seventies. ‘I had previously renovated three large country homes,’ says Sarah, ‘but when I got divorced in 2011, I rented for a while and took my time to find a new home. This was the only house I loved – run down, but with beautiful period architecture and potential to develop.’ The cottages, surrounded by a walled garden, were built in 1790 by French prisoners of war based at Goodwood House. It marked the western boundary of the estate, and the cottages have the same sense of grandeur. ‘Around all the arched external windows and doors, the flint

SITTING ROOM Opulent hues lend a sense of history to this original part of the house. Sofa upholstered in Mohair velvet, £196m, George Smith. Find similar armchairs and chest

of drawers, price on request, Lots Road Auctions. Tin tiles, £630 for six, The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair. Fire surround painted in Down Pipe estate eggshell, £60 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball

DINING ROOM The table was designed by Sarah and is one of her favourite pieces. Hooked brass wall lights, from ÂŁ253 each; Hooked 6.0 pendant light, from ÂŁ761, both Buster+Punch. Paintings, price on request, Owen Waters at Tudor Galleries

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OffICE Here sarah has managed to make of-the-peg shelving look bespoke by tailoring it to the space. New hampshire desk and shelving system, from £500, the Dormy house. Curtains in Mulberry home Shetland Plaid in russet, £120m, gP&J baker. hanson wall light in antique brass, from £101.50, Jim Lawrence. Plie desk lamp, £155, oka

has been knapped,’ says Sarah. ‘It is a hugely skilled job and a work of art.’ Renovation plans were drawn up and planning applications approved. ‘I wanted to extend the footprint at the rear, to create a large open-plan kitchen and sitting area,’ says Sarah. ‘The main cottage is quite dark, so we linked the old space to the new via a glass entrance and walkway. We removed doors to create an open, circular flow, installed new bathrooms upstairs, and decorated the bedrooms.’ Sarah, who works as an interior consultant, says her clients are drawn to her bold, characterful style. ‘For me, interiors need to be unique, personal and create impact,’ she says. ‘In my first job, working as a rural land agent, I looked after 136 houses and cut my teeth on refurbishments.’ The projects triggered a love of structural design, renovation and interiors. Twenty years on, Sarah now runs her own interior and project management business, Ministry of the Interior, turning high-end houses around, with the help of expert tradespeople, to create bespoke homes. Throughout, Sarah’s eye for detail and respect for the architecture is evident. Rich tones in the sitting room and dining room complement the darker ambience, while the extension has a more party feel with ombre-painted walls, dark units and dramatic chandeliers. ‘For me it is all about creating layers,’ reflects Sarah. Smart and eclectic the house may be, but there is also a nod towards a lived-in, relaxed aesthetic. ‘I like each space to have something old and to be a little imperfect. For me, that makes a house feel welcoming,’ says Sarah. ‘This space reflects the story of our lives, and I love watching the new chapters unfold.’

HAll A former cloakroom was knocked through to create flow. Find a similar table, from £700, Lots road Auctions. Artwork, from £3,500, ben Lowe ClOAKROOM A pictorial wallpaper adds a note of fun, which

is accentuated by brass accessories. Library wallpaper, from £53 a roll, wallpaper Direct. undermount basin, from £59.95, rAK. Antiqued gold pendant mirror, from £148, graham and green. Arc mid-century sconce wall lights, £69 each, west elm

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MAIN BEDROOM ‘I fell in love with this tree wallpaper, then tried 17 diferent green paints to find a matching hue,’ says sarah. trees one wall mural, £85sq m, Angel & boho. walls painted in Albany Metro green vinyl matt emulsion, £42.67 for 2.5L, brewers. blind made in emma linen, £55m, Neptune home

B AT H R O O M The cottage’s striking mono theme continues into this chic space. Chelsea marble-topped vanity and sink, from £1,128, Mandarin Stone. bateau bath £1,349, bC Designs, painted in railings exterior eggshell, £67 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball. raydon wall lights, from £132 each, Jim Lawrence. Patsy mirror, £195, habitat

A R A M I N TA’ s BEDROOM A space-saving panelled cabin bed incorporates ample storage. bespoke bed, Ministry of the Interior. Astor bedding in Denim, from £25 for a pillowcase, Designers guild. bed painted in black blue estate eggshell, £60 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball

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the ProPerty Edwardian semi-detached house l o c at i o n London r o o m s Hall, sitting room, kitchen-diner/family room, utility room, cloakroom, six bedrooms (one en suite), three bathrooms P u r c h a s e D 2011 Previous ProPerty ‘We lived in a house nearby but needed more space,’ says Fiona.

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Fiona and Will Marsh wanted a larger home for their young family in the corner of southwest London they had come to love. So when they spotted a four-bedroom house for sale less than a mile away from their home, they moved quickly and snapped it up. ‘Despite the fact that the house was dark and awkwardly arranged, and the garden overgrown, we could see it had potential to become a spacious family home,’ recalls Fiona. But before they started refurbishing work, Fiona, a solicitor, and Will, a commercial property developer, agreed they would spend a few years living in the house to develop their ideas. ‘We wanted to take our time to work out how we would use the space and understand the problems with the layout before making any changes,’ she says. ‘For example, I don’t think I would have realised how dreary it is to have a kitchen sink with a view of nothing but our neighbour’s side wall otherwise – living with it helped me decide to move the room completely.’ Following up a recommendation from a friend, Fiona and Will asked architect Silvia Alcantara of

l e s s o n l e a r n t ‘Be wary of rushing into decisions – make sure you take time Alcantara Evans to reconfigure the layout of the house, converting the loft to make a third floor. Their goal was to create a more open-plan layout on the ground floor, designed for relaxed entertaining and family life with their children, George, now 13, Henry, 12, and Alice, six, plus more bedrooms and bathrooms upstairs for guests. ‘We love the way Silvia introduced much more natural light into the house and created a sense of easy flow from one space to another, while also respecting the original bones of the Edwardian architecture,’ says Fiona. The family lived in the house throughout the eight months of building work, apart from six weeks when they were able to ‘borrow’ their neighbour’s

HALL The old carpet was removed and replaced with traditional black-and-white tiles. Ennerdale 100 floor tiles, £79sq m, Original Features, is similar. Forcella console table, £825, Oka is similar office AreA This kitchen workspace is where fiona does all her family admin. Similar bar stool, Xavier II, £189 each, John Lewis

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KiTcHeN Adding a glazed roof has ensured the kitchen extension is flooded with natural light. Bespoke kitchen by Martin Moore. Units painted in Lead III; island painted in Tallanstown Grey; walls painted in Lead V, all £46.50 for 2.5L pure flat emulsion, Paint & Paper Library. Macon range cooker, £4,420, Lacanche. Cosmo pendant lights, £255 each, Original BTC

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f A m i Ly r o o m furniture has been used to zone this spacious area. Bespoke sofa, HJ Cooper. Harrogate 12-seater dining table, £1,685; Calveston dining chairs, from £240 each, Neptune

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sIttING ROOM Fiona chose a palette with a spring-like feel. Fireplace, price on request, billington Partnership. Curtains in Shangri-La Lino fabric in Peony, ÂŁ61m, Designers guild

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house while they were away. ‘It would have been too expensive to move out for all those months, so we decided to grin and bear it and spend the money on a beautiful kitchen instead,’ says Fiona. ‘It wasn’t easy – in fact, I don’t think I realised the extent of the building grime we were living in until I took our toaster next door and saw how thickly covered in dust it was – but it was so worth it in the end, because the kitchen is now the hub of our home.’ The new light-infused kitchen is located in a single-storey rear extension, complete with an elegant roof lantern and views of the garden. It leads on to well-proportioned dining and sitting areas, ideal for informal entertaining, while the original front room has been enlarged to include the former kitchen space, and is now a stylish and generously sized sitting room. Oversized doors, many with glazed panels, encourage light to flow through the entire ground-floor living space, while several features, such as original fireplaces and cornicing, have been carefully preserved. Upstairs, Fiona and Will were faced with a main bedroom with a shower room ‘cut out’ of its

beautiful furniture collections and stylish, yet practical, lighting solutions’ space, and an entire wall devoted to heavy built-in wardrobes. ‘There was hardly any space left for the bed and the whole room felt constrained,’ says Fiona. By removing both the shower room and the wardrobes, and converting an adjacent bedroom, the main bedroom now forms part of a spacious suite with dressing area and en-suite bathroom. ‘Will’s decorating taste is traditional, whereas mine is more contemporary, but we both like quite understated design and a serene feel, so that’s where our ideas meet,’ says Fiona. ‘With three children at different schools, lots of activities and friends coming and going, life is busy – but the house always feels spacious, light and reassuringly calm.’

MAIN BEDROOM A soft, blue-grey palette enhances the serene atmosphere of this scheme, while space saving sliding doors, which link the bedroom with the dressing room and en suite bathroom, help preserve the room’s streamlined feel. Curtains in Feather & egg fabric, in Sky blue, £49.50m, Vanessa Arbuthnott. burlington lamps, from £195 each, Neptune

MAIN EN suItE A frameless glass shower enclosure gives the illusion of more space, while the marble floor tiles help to make a focal point of the luxurious bath. bespoke shower enclosure, Sw glass. Vanity, price on request, uK Associates. Custom-made countertop, Marble City. Kallista For Loft bath, £11,852, west one bathrooms

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Pieces collected from around Provence and further afield blend beautifully in this space; the wall hanging is Egyptian. The Provençal fireplace, from £2,795, Natural Stone Fireplaces, is similar. Try the large Figeac chandelier, £3,708, Vaughan Designs. Tapestries Direct has a wide range of traditional wall hangings

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home truths T H E P R O P E R T Y Stone barn built in the 18th century L O C AT I O N Near Cotignac, Provence R O O M S Sitting room, dining room, kitchen, two bedrooms (both en suite), self-contained studio apartment P U R C H A S E D 2012 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘Before coming to France many years ago, I lived in East Sussex,’ says Patricia.

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very day, Patricia Newman passed a dilapidated property en route to and from her house in Provence. ‘I saw the barn, but never as a potential home,’ she says. ‘It was very primitive and the roof was falling in. It looked so sad and forlorn, like a sleeping beauty that needed to be woken.’ A botanical artist who first came to this area of France in 2005, Patricia settled in a farmhouse on the outskirts of Cotignac, a village with an international population and a lively cultural life. But the lure of the 18th-century barn proved irresistible

and six years ago she bought the property. ‘It was built from “stones of the field” and lime mortar in the traditional manner, and included an olive grove and vineyard,’ she says. ‘I could see myself living there and also renting it out for holidays, anniversaries and botanical art workshops.’ But first there was the small question of renovations. Originally built for grain storage and cattle, it had more recently been lived in and had electricity, but no drainage or running water. ‘My first job was to put in a borehole to drill for water, then I had to apply for planning permission for a

pastiche, I have tried to achieve a look that feels as if it has gently evolved over time’

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Patricia turned a workbench found in the cellar into an island unit by topping it with zinc, and created a place to store fruit and veg with an old garden planter and a chopping board. Trolley base painted in Hardwick White estate eggshell, £60 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball

d e s i g n t i p ‘Don’t be afraid to mix the industrial with the opulent. Here, DInInG AreA

This corner of the studio apartment is perfect for intimate dining. Eau Claire solid wood dining chair is similar, £83.99, Wayfair

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This space, the former hay barn, has been elegantly reworked. On the ceiling are notches created by the original workmen’s adze as a key to hold the plaster in place. The French Louis XV carver chair, £725, The Swedish Chair, would suit this room. Large, gold-framed wall mirror, model EE129, £200, Exclusive Mirrors, is a good match. The Wild Willow log basket, £34.94, The Fireside Shop, would look good here

luxurious silk curtains work perfectly alongside lighting made from copper piping’

septic tank,’ she recalls. A new roof was essential and a local company was called in to replace the huge beams and tiles, and add insulation. With the barn watertight, Patricia took a breather for two years before beginning the restoration proper. An introduction to builder Alain Gonzalez proved a huge bonus. ‘He’s also an electrician, a plumber and now a friend. He understood that I wanted to preserve the original fabric of the building,’ says Patricia. ‘I couldn’t have completed the conversion without him and his son.’ Apart from new windows, which were made by

specialists, Alain turned his talents to everything from floors to plastering. One exception was the dining room ceiling. ‘The plaster had been lost,’ says Patricia, ‘but you could see the notches in the beams made by an adze. We loved the look of the bare wood so we ended up leaving it alone.’ The walls in the bedrooms were plastered but downstairs the beautiful local stone was simply tidied up and sealed to prevent dust escaping. The original staircase had fallen into disrepair so was rebuilt in limestone, like the floors, while a staircase was created to access a new bedroom in

what had been a hay loft. Finally, two en-suite shower rooms were built and lined with local travertine tiles. On the ground floor, several rooms that had once housed animals became a self-contained studio flat, with a cave-like, ‘troglodyte’ shower room carved out of the rock against which the barn had been built. ‘The cellar floor sloped so much that Alain had to chip away to make it level,’ says Patricia. ‘Then we raised a section to make a platform for a bedroom and dining area.’ The result is a spectacular piece of theatre, with a large brass bed 2 5 b h j un E 2018 | 31

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Pure white bedlinen paired with pale-oak boards and chintz curtains create a soothing retreat. For fine chintz fabrics, try Jean Monro. the Country four-poster, from £549, get Laid beds, would suit this room. Classic rib bedspread and cushion covers, from £25, the white Company, are alternative options

lifted as if onto a stage and enclosed by silk curtains to provide privacy. Wherever possible, Patricia used local materials. Doors came from a reclamation yard in nearby Brignoles, kitchen tiles from Salernes, famous for its ceramics, and several armoires and chests from Cotignac antiques shops. But perhaps the most eye-catching items in the house are the industrial-looking lights created by Alain. ‘He made the installation in the

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kitchen by converting three copper hand basins,’ says Patricia. ‘I sketched the wrought-iron support on a piece of paper and then Alain welded it all together. He also made the light above the sink in the cellar using lengths of copper pipe, and created the taps to my design.’ The ancient sleeping beauty that first attracted Patricia has well and truly woken up and, thanks to her owner’s gentle touch, has a stunning new lease of life.

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A classic four-poster bed and floaty voile curtains keep the look light. tuvalu king-size bed and mattress, £2,590, oka. the brittany duvet cover, £210 for a double, the white Company, is comparable


The original stone walls of this former animal shed have been restored. the Victorian brass bedstead Company sells a range of antique brass beds, price on application. take a look at the small brown sheepskin rug, £31.99, Amazon

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Frances and Spencer Maynard sought inspiration from the pages of history when renovating a former sea captain’s house FEATURE EMMA J PAGE | PHOTOGRAPHY PENNY WINCER/FEATURES & MORE


This area and the adjoining family room feature distinctive herringbone floor tiles. ‘It took a large team of tilers a long time to lay them,’ says Frances. ‘They were as happy as we were to see the results.’ Bespoke Shaker-style units, painted in Pantry Blue, deVol. U-Colour floor tiles in Neutro, £97.88sq m, Domus Tiles. Hatton porcelain pendant lights, £259 each, Original BTC


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T H E P R O P E R T Y Victorian former sea captain’s house L O C AT I O N South London R O O M S Hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen-diner/ family room, playroom, study, utility room, two cloakrooms, six bedrooms, bathroom, shower room P U R C H A S E D 2015 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘We moved from a period home in Greenwich,’ says Frances.

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This dazzling all-white space is an ideal spot for the family to enjoy informal meals together. Lomond dining table, £500, Swoon. Tobias chairs are identical, £55 each, Ikea. Hatton 5 pendant light, £559, Original BTC


Frances found this vintage bureau through her local mums’ group. Wall painted in Wevet estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball


‘As this room has a high ceiling, we took the dark colour above the picture rail,’ says Frances. Walls painted in Hague Blue estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball


fter discovering a handsome stucco-fronted house that was long past its glory days, Frances and Spencer Maynard prepared to roll up their sleeves and get to work. Located in south London, the Grade II-listed home had suffered a chequered history since it was home to a sea captain in the 1840s. The couple longed to return a sense of prestige to the building. ‘What attracted us were the generous proportions and the period features, such as marble fireplaces and elegant cornicing,’ says Frances. ‘But the property had been converted into flats – at one time it contained four separate dwellings. We were keen to turn it back into one whole elegant home.’ With Hugo, now five, in tow, and Felicity, now three, on the way, a bonus was that the family could live in one of the flats while work was underway. The aim was to reconnect the basement apartment to the rest of the house, opening the space up to incorporate a kitchen and sitting area, a playroom and a utility room. ‘While the upstairs has all the grandeur, including a formal sitting room, study and dining room, we aimed for a softly industrial look downstairs,’ says Frances. The couple transformed the damp basement into a light-filled space with an open feel, thanks to white walls, exposed brick, and Crittall doors. Smart midnight bluepainted kitchen cabinetry anchors the look, along with a 36 | 2 5 b h J un e 2018

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i n s p i r a t i o n ‘We adore period buildings and loved the challenge of renovating this one. With an old house, you know it has stood for hundreds of years and that provides a great starting point’


A painted brick wall adds interesting texture to this family space, while creating an understated industrial feel. Romo chair, price on application, Fama. Try the House Chunky Knit pouffe, £75, John Lewis, for a similar look

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A striking monochrome dragonfly wallpaper features in the cloakroom at the far end of the hallway. harlequin Palmetto Demoiselle wallpaper in Ink, £64 a roll, wallpaper Direct

The surprising combination of dusky rose and midnight blue walls (below left) lend an elegant feel to this space. walls painted in hellebore and royal Navy intelligent matt emulsion, both £47 for 2.5L, Little greene. orkney double bed in owl grey, £749,

generous, marble-topped island. ‘We decided against modern, glossy units, as they can make an open-plan area feel clinical,’ says Frances. ‘Instead, to prevent the space looking too oppressive, we chose a mix of finishes.’ The newly converted basement is where the family spends much of their time. ‘I love the way the space works now,’ says Frances. ‘I can cook and keep an eye on the children, while friends can sit at the island and enjoy a glass of wine. It’s a very sociable space.’ On the ground floor, much of the work involved allowing the original features, such as shutters, mantelpieces, cornicing and floorboards, to sing again. The dining room was painted navy blue to modernise its look, while on the first and second floors, rose pinks and strong blues feature in the bedrooms. Simplicity is key, with bare floorboards headlining in the main bedroom, and playful twists in the form of artwork and lighting featuring in Hugo and Felicity’s bedrooms. There are still a few finishing touches to be made to this historic home, but its owners are in no hurry. ‘We are taking it slowly this time,’ says Frances. ‘In the past, we had a tendency to rush projects just to get the job done. These days, we’re less naive about how long things take and, at the same time, we’re more concerned with getting the look we want rather than hurrying to the finish line. Now we just need a bit more time off work to enjoy this lovely space.’ fo r sto c k i sts g o to w her e to b u y


The curtains were left behind by the previous owners – Frances lengthened them with purple fabric and made the bunting pelmet. walls painted in Cinder rose and Peignoir estate emulsion, both £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball


Lighting suspended by colourful cords adds interesting detail. walls painted in Pitch blue estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball. Dinosaur single duvet cover set, £30.40, great Little trading Co


Frances customised these storage units with a bright fabric-covered foam top. Drona coloured storage boxes, £2.75 each, Ikea

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c o l o u r balance With vibrant art, furniture and accessories, Kelly and Ed Smithson have brought a joyful and uplifting feel to their country home Feature FELICITY HAYLES | PhotograPhy FIONA MURRAY


Bright mid-century-style chairs update the traditional aesthetic of this space. Wevet estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. The Christie pendant lights have this look, £399 each, Original BTC

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2 1 KITCHEN Kelly found the butcher’s block in her parents’ garage and scrubbed it down to use as an island. Units painted in Chemise intelligent eggshell, £59 for 2.5L, Little Greene. Poppy Field rug, from £125, French Connection Home. 2 & 3 FAMILY ROOM Dark walls create a dramatic backdrop for the pink sofa and colourful contemporary artwork. Walls painted in Hix Blue absolute matt emulsion, £42 for 2.5L, Little Greene. Jonesy sofa in Misted Rose washed cotton linen, £1,395, Loaf



he imminent arrival of their second child spurred Kelly and Ed Smithson to move from a two-bedroom house in London to a property more suitable for raising their family. ‘We were desperate to have a good-sized garden and we needed to be near the train for Ed’s commute,’ explains Kelly. ‘I grew up near Guildford and I fancied living there again. There are so many shops and restaurants and it’s surrounded by countryside.’ Fortunately, it wasn’t too long before the pair discovered the very property they were looking for. The house had been built in 1885 as part of the Loseley Park estate, and was one of a group of original farm worker’s cottages. It was July when the couple

first viewed the house and the wisteria that climbs its walls was in full bloom. ‘I fell in love with it instantly,’ says Kelly. ‘The original doors and windows were so pretty and the garden was breathtaking. We decided that it was the one, and we snapped it up.’ Their home sold quickly, enabling the couple and their children, Albert, now 15, and Poppy, 13, to move straight into their new home. ‘It was great to have the outside area, but after a few years, we needed more living space,’ says Kelly. ‘The house sits in a conservation area, but, we got permission for a boot room, dining area, utility room and a cloakroom, which made a huge difference to the ground floor.’ A fine art graduate and owner of jewellery label Cabbage White

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i n s p i r a t i o n ‘We often visit art exhibitions, which always captivate me – I love the work of Gillian Ayers, Howard Hodgkin and Ben Eine’


A gallery corner adds interest, while the dark picture frames lend a graphic edge to the pale palette. walls painted in Strong white estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball. Afaw berber-style rug, £99, La redoute. wild Card cotton-jacquard in butterscotch is similar to the footstool upholstery, £120m, house of hackney. ektorp three-seater sofa, £325, Ikea


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t H E P r o P E r t Y Semidetached cottage, built in 1885 L o c At i o N Surrey r o o M s hall, formal sitting room, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, family room, study, utility room, boot room, cloakroom, three bedrooms, bathroom P U r c H A s E D 2006 PrEVioUs ProPErtY ‘we moved here from a Victorian terrace in wimbledon,’ says Kelly.

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A sumptuous bed cover and traditional furniture create a vintage feel. Pintuck velvet and linen quilt in Sage, £275, Cox & Cox. Pink carpet cushion, £32, French Connection home. try the round ruched velvet cushion, £49, Plumo. westbrook black metal bed is a match, £2,491, Dreams

1 1 ALBERT’S BEDROOM This teenager’s bedroom has been neatly tucked into the eaves. hemnes bed, £150, Ikea. the graphic star shaggy red rug is identical, £174.95, benuta 2 BATHROOM This small space has been given a dramatic look with tropical-style wallpaper. Palmeral wallpaper, £185 a roll, house of hackney. Atlas tiles in Star Anise Sahara, £34.94 each, Neisha Crosland for Fired earth

England, Kelly has channelled her distinctive eye for colour and form into her interior style. Almost every wall in the house is adorned with striking modern art. ‘I’m completely over the beige and grey trend,’ she says. ‘I find colour so uplifting.’ Keeping the wall tone in the dining area understated ensures a perfect backdrop for the vibrant chairs and artwork. Delicate French glass shades deliver atmospheric light to the rustic table below, while the wall panelling adds character to the extension, which flows seamlessly into the original areas of this period property. The use of different shades of pink throughout the house provides a warm cohesive theme. ‘I’m so pleased with our pale

kitchen,’ says Kelly. ‘When we extended the space, we decided that, instead of replacing the units, we would just update them with a lick of paint and some new tiles.’ In the deep blue-painted family room, a pink sofa piled with zesty, ethnic cushions makes for an enticing area to sit. ‘The bonus of a room decorated in a dark hue is that the rooms leading off it appear far lighter and brighter,’ she says. Kelly now runs her business from the couple’s converted garage, which is equally as colourful and displays the same attention to detail as the main house. ‘I love living here,’ says Kelly, ‘My home’s the perfect setting to build my business from, while looking out over the garden I always wanted.’

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Bright fantastic A clever redesign maximised space and let natural light flood into Ian Race and John Evans’s period home FEATURE JO LEEVERS | PHOTOGRAPHY SIOBHAN DORAN


This newly opened-up space includes areas for cooking, socialising and dining. Space, screen and bench, all price on request, Brian O’Tuama Architects. DCM chairs, £705 each, Eames for Vitra at Twentytwentyone. Madame Lillie dining table, £3,103, E15 at Utility Design

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The rear portion of this space serves as a quieter area to relax with a book. Rubens wing chair, £399; footstool, £99, both East is Best limited edition print, £200, Dave Buonaguidi at Nelly Duff. Beat Stout pendant light, £795, Tom Dixon


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THE PROPERTY Victorian terrace L O C AT I O N East London R O O M S Hall, sitting room, kitchen-diner, two bedrooms, bathroom P U R C H A S E D 2016 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘We moved into this house from an apartment that was also in East London,’ says Ian.

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hen Ian Race and John Evans bought their east London house, they wanted to create a home that felt sociable, open and as full of natural light as possible. The property had good ceiling heights and a large window at the front, but the rear rooms were a dimly lit muddle of doors and awkward spaces, with a separate WC and a bathroom that had seen better days. Beside the long, narrow kitchen, there was an equally slim extension that barely had space for a table. ‘Part of our vision included a large kitchendiner, with a table next to sliding doors overlooking the garden,’ says Ian. To realise the property’s potential, he and John called upon Brian O’Tuama Architects, who suggested a side return extension to create a more open kitchen-diner. This would include a sociable area with a bench parallel to the working zone and would link with the double sitting room at the front. The kitchen was redesigned, with bespoke units making the most of every inch. ‘We had originally chosen handleless cabinets, but then we spotted Buster+Punch’s designs,’ says John. ‘We love the visual interest and tactile element the brass handles add to the run of dark grey units.’ Further notable design features in the new space include two screens

DESIGN TIP ‘Installing a roof lantern at the top of your staircase lets natural daylight SITTING ROOM

This impressive window features a new set of bespoke shutters that were copied from an original pair in a neighbour’s house. walls painted in Plummett estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball. utrecht armchair, £2,855, gerrit rietveld for Cassina at Chaplins. LCw chair, £2,080, Charles and ray eames for Vitra at twentytwentyone. Summer’s end engineered wooden flooring, from £155sq m, Domus. tolomeo desk lamp, £184, Artemide at utility Design. the esprit Pixel hand-tufted green/blue area rug has this look, £90.99, wayfair


The stairs have been painted white and left uncarpeted for a clean look. All white floor paint is a match, £67 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball

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made of oak spindles that subtly delineate the various areas without interrupting the space. One sits between the entertaining area and the dining zone; while another demarcates a small office area. Upstairs, the architects redrew the previously clunky jumble of doors and room heights to add a bathroom, with a laundry area hidden behind sunshine yellow doors. In the main bedroom, the walls and woodwork are painted in the same moody blue. ‘I travel a lot for work, so getting a good night’s sleep at home is something I value,’ says Ian. The calm, enveloping hue is complemented by a sophisticated Art Deco-style wallpaper on one wall. An urban setting does, however, mean that a level of noise is inevitable, so the pair came up with some vital design solutions. ‘When we moved in, the sound insulation was pretty poor,’ says John. ‘We could even hear when our neighbour sneezed.’ The architects reglazed the original front window with noise-reducing glass and added further insulation to the side walls. Now, the house can be enjoyed to its full potential. ‘The new layout has transformed how we use the space,’ says Ian. ‘We’re looking forward to getting the most out of our kitchen and entertaining area this summer but, to be honest, the house feels wonderfully bright all year round.’

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East London street art reworked as a print brightens up this space. Limited edition print, £300, Camille walala at Nelly Duff. Nomade sofa bed, from £3,075, Ligne roset


Walls and ceiling were painted a rich shade of blue for a cosseting feel, which is lifted by the furniture’s timber tones. Similar vintage ercol chair, £120; similar Danish mid-century chest, from £1,000, both Pamono


A jumble of awkward spaces were united to create a single suite, with a shower, bath, WC and a laundry area. roper rhodes does a similar wall-hung basin, £357, QS Supplies. try the Luxe matt black shower set, £495, Lusso Stone

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Insight Planning a ComPaCt Bathroom Want to make more of a small space, as Ian Race and John Evans have? Here’s our advice


aking the most of a small bathroom can be tricky, so allow plenty of time for planning. There is lots of expert advice available, so it can pay to consult a bathroom designer. First, think about your needs. Do you prefer showers or baths? Consider installing a wet room or a luxurious power shower instead of a bath. Think carefully about the door position, too. If space is really limited, consider an outward-opening or sliding door.

Finding furniture

Fitting a basin into a corner cabinet can open up valuable floor space; corner shower units can also be used. Choose small-scale furniture, such as Ideal Standard’s Compact Space range, which is practical without compromising on style. Wall-hung basins and WCs reveal more of the floor, making the room appear larger. Choosing vanity units and basins with curved edges can create the illusion of

more space, while banishing sharp edges is also user-friendly. Alternatively, for a streamlined look, go for a trough-style basin. If a bath is a must-have, consider a shower-bath with a clear glass panel. Or, if space permits, go for a freestanding slipper bath. Deep Japanese-style soaking baths, such as the Omnitub range, are another space-saving option.

Walls and storage

Mirror tiling can appear to double a room size, as can a generous wall-hung mirror. Larger tiles mean fewer grout lines, creating the illusion of space. Marble tiles are a good choice as tile edges appear less visible. Covering the bath panel and walls in the same tile also helps produce a sense of flow. Storage is all-important, so go for integrated options if possible, building in cupboards behind wall-hung WCs and basins; these also help keep pipework hidden. Think vertically, too, choosing tall storage units for stashing toiletries and supplies.

professional advice ‘When planning a compact bathroom, every centimetre counts. enlist the services of a bathroom designer and use spatial planning to explore all the options. Abandon any preconceptions, and be prepared to experiment with different products and layouts to maximise the use of available space. Explore the latest wall-hung ranges by Duravit, Brass & Clay, and Geberit. Maximise wall space by designing niches in shower walls for toiletries. Recessed shelving and recessed mirrored cabinets are good storage solutions for compact bathrooms. Using the same tiles for both walls and floors will give the illusion of more space and create a luxurious wet room feel. Use oversized options, such as grespania’s Coverlam large-format range, in order to minimise grout joints. Bespoke shower panels with recessed tracking can be designed to slide into the ceiling when not in use, leaving the floor space free. Using low-iron glass (the clearest glass available) also creates the illusion of more space.’ Joe MühL, deSIgn dIreCTOr, OCeAn BAThrOOmS

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e x p e r t e y e ‘The average UK bathroom is now the same size as a king-size bed, so it’s important to determine how the space works for the needs of everyone in the home. Using a streamlined approach, you’re more likely to get it right’ Robin Levien, IdeAl STAndArd

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building a dream Sue and Nick Marino had held a vision of their forever home for more than two decades before realising their ambitions FEATURE Mandy nolan | PHOTOGRAPHY RobeRt SandeRSon


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THE PROPERTY edwardian detached home L O c AT i O n West Sussex P U R c H A s E d 1993 R O O M s Hall, sitting room, kitchen-diner/family room, study, garden room, five bedrooms (two en suite), bathroom, self-contained annexe PREviOUs PROPERTY ‘before moving here, we lived in a three-bedroom house in a nearby village,’ says Sue.

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gardEN room a conservatory kit offered sue and Nick a cost-effective way of extending their living space. Orangeries UK have a similar kit from £7,995. Exquisa Ceramic white laminate flooring, £24.99sq m, Carpetright

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‘This wasn’t the perfect house when we found it,’ says Sue Marino. ‘The decor hadn’t been updated since the Eighties, the layout didn’t flow and the space was too small, but I could see just how lovely it could be.’ At the time, Sue and her husband, Nick, were living in a nearby village. ‘We were keen to start a family and were looking for a home we could grow into,’ she says. Then, just as they were about to take the plunge, Sue’s mother died. ‘My father was rattling around in a house that was larger than he needed and, in addition, our potential sum to buy shrank because interest rates suddenly rocketed,’ says Sue. She and her father decided to sell their homes, pool their resources and buy the property. It was the perfect solution and the first priority was to

build an extension for Sue’s father. ‘We took one third of the existing house and extended it to create a self-contained two-storey annexe,’ says Sue. ‘Once we knew my dad was comfortable, we could proceed with our own part of the house.’ By then, in 1996, the couple’s daughter, Elissa, was two, and they realised they needed more living space. ‘Apart from a small sitting room, we had nowhere to sit and relax as a family,’ says Sue. ‘We were looking for a straightforward solution and hit upon the idea of a conservatory. I wanted more of a garden room, so we hunted online until we found an option that was in our price range,’ she says. ‘We were lucky to find the only Edwardian-style kit on the market, which we could adapt, incorporating wood frames to suit the Gothic style I wanted.’ Nineteen years later – with a family that includes sons

e dwa r d i a n d e tac h e d | 25bh KITCHEN-dINEr/ f a m I ly r o o m a tonal palete of greys and a variety of textures help to unite the three separate areas of this open-plan living space. Bespoke units, Freestyle Kitchens. Walls painted in Skimming Stone estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Odiham sphere pendants, £114 each, Laura Ashley. Try the Florence grey table, £649, The Cotswold Company. For similar high-back chairs, try the Harlow design, £275 for two, Next Home. The Loughborough two-seater sofa has this look, £397.99, Fairmont Park range, Wayfair sITTINg room sue chose accents of deep red to add warmth to this predominantly neutral scheme. Wentworth two-seater sofa, £629, SofaSofa. Ektorp threeseater sofa, £350, Ikea. Flueless 6010 gas fire, £885, Ekofires. French stone fireplace surround, from £850, Wells Reclamation. The Chateauneuf Acanthus mirror is comparable, £569, The French Bedroom Company

Lessons learnt ‘If we live on site again during building work, we’ll hire a container to store our things in – even though everything was triple sealed, dust got everywhere’

Marco, now 27, and Sam, 26 – Sue and Nick adapted her father’s space into a single-level home. By January 2016, they were ready to reconfigure the layout of the main house. Work included repositioning the front door to form a hall and moving walls so rooms flow into each other. Extending also created a light, spacious formal sitting room, with double doors that open onto the hall, while the original kitchen became a study. Along with new wiring, windows and central heating, the house was extended sideways, too, doubling its original size. Replacing an exterior wall with floor-toceiling glass doors transformed the feel of the new kitchendiner, resulting in a more relaxed style of living. ‘It was very exciting,’ says Sue. ‘I had always dreamt of a painted

Shaker-style scheme, so most of the budget went on bespoke solid wood cabinetry, but we shopped around for lighting, materials and appliances.’ When it came to the decor, Sue and son Marco took charge. ‘He has a great eye for colour and we share similar tastes, opting for pared-back simplicity in soft shades of grey and white,’ she says. Sue worked around pieces she had collected over the years but the kitchen-diner was a blank canvas. ‘We started afresh and it was exhilarating to buy whatever I wanted.’ Now, having created this made-to-measure family home, Sue and Nick wouldn’t change anything. ‘Everything flows the way we want it,’ says Sue. ‘What we love most about living here is the amazing light, the space and the views – we find it such an uplifting house to be in.’

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Last wor d ‘Our renovations went surprisingly smoothly, because we did our homework and prepared every night for what needed to be done the following day’ HAll An elegant black table lends impact to this otherwise pale space. try the Moulin Noir Shabby round table £1,022.67, woodpecker Interiors MAin bedrooM Continuing the wallpaper onto the ceiling and adding matching curtains creates a cocooning effect in this relaxing space. gustavian double bed, £850, tasha Interiors. Duck egg Ivory check Shetland wool throw, £85, Susie watson Designs. Delphine wallpaper in Duck egg, £32.99 a roll, Clarisse range at Clarke & Clarke en suites Crystal touches and a roll-top bath lend a touch of glamour to these sophisticated schemes. Nabis Shaker cabinets in earl grey, from £269, Plumb Centre. Mirror, price on request, homeSense. Victoria roll-top bath with ball feet, £299, Soak

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home truths THE PROPERTY cottage, built in the 1820s L O C AT i O n norfolk R O O M s sitting room, dining room, kitchen, utility room, cloakroom, conservatory, three bedrooms, bathroom P U R C H A s E D 2013 PREViOUs PROPERTY ‘Before moving here, i lived in an 1850s cottage with stables in north norfolk,’ says christa.

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Pretty in Pastels

Christa Ellis chose a soft feminine palette and floral prints to create an elegant home filled with classic country touches FEATURE MAXine BRAdy | PHOTOGRAPHY JAMes FRench


Country-chic styling is mixed with geometric prints and a faux-fur throw. Footstool, £150, swoon. Jute rug, £90, next home. dorchester dresser, £449, The cotswold company, is similar


Quirky artwork adds character to this space – the painting of the horse was a gift from Christa’s father, who bought it in South Africa. Fisticuffs Hare canvas by Louise Brown, £10.99, The Range. Wooden ladder, £39.99; Vida Oxford radiator cover by Andover Mills, from £56.99, both Wayfair. Louis XV Range square cream coffee table, £470, Melody Maison, has this look


hrista Ellis’ search for a new home was spurred on by the desire for a project to mark a new chapter in her life. ‘I was looking for a period property that I could decorate from top to bottom and put my own stamp on,’ explains Christa, ‘but I knew I didn’t want to take on any major structural work as that would be too much on my own.’ She spotted this threebedroom Norfolk cottage for sale in her dream location. ‘I wanted to live in the countryside but, at the same time, be close to a bustling town. This house provided the best of both worlds – it was the perfect project for me,’ she adds. The interior had been decorated in modern colours and clashing prints, which Christa felt jarred with the age of the property. The

dining and sitting room had contemporary floral wallpaper, while the kitchen had flat-pack units, worktops that had seen better days and laminate flooring. The rest of the cottage was painted in shades of green, orange and baby blue. ‘There were, however, lots of lovely original features that instantly appealed to me, such as the wooden doors, the large sun room and the quirky layout,’ says Christa. ‘So I knew that with a few tweaks, the decor could look bright and light.’ To start, Christa tackled the kitchen. ‘I’d set my heart on a bespoke arrangement,’ she says. ‘I found a local carpentry company that made the units by hand to my specification.’ While waiting for the cabinets to be built, she had new cream travertine flooring installed in the sun room and the kitchen. ‘I couldn’t change the 2 5 b H J Un e 2018 | 57


‘See-through chairs enhance the feeling of space in here,’ says Christa. Victoria Ghost chair, £69, Cult Furniture, is a match. Josette Carnation Damask wallpaper, £34 a roll, Laura Ashley. Mila II Chandelier, £299, Marks & Spencer

f a v o u r i t e i t e m ‘I love my latest purchase – the beaded chandelier from Marks & Spencer that hangs above the dining table’


Heart-shaped cut-out details in the bespoke cabinets are a personal touch. For similar flooring try the Travertine Filled tiles, £29.96sq m, Topps Tiles. Madison glass pendant shade, £45, John Lewis. Stenstorp island, £250, Ikea, is comparable

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Floral blinds (left) draw the eye up to the vaulted ceiling. Wardrobes painted in Old White chalk paint, £18.95 for 1L, Annie Sloan. Gatsby mirror, £275; Fen pleat shade, £11, both Laura Ashley


Pink furnishings lend a feminine touch and create a welcoming scheme. Drawers painted in Antoinette chalk paint, £18.95 for 1L, Annie Sloan. Bentley Designs Amelie bed frame in white/antique brass, £329, Oak Furniture House, has this look

layout as such, but i tweaked it to suit me, adding a run of units on one side to create double the amount of storage space.’ apart from the kitchen, the rest of the house was decorated by Christa on a budget. ‘i wanted the place to look pretty, with lots of floral prints and pastel colours but i didn’t have a huge amount of money,’ reflects Christa. So she started by stripping off all the wallpaper and then painted over the walls in soft hues that worked harmoniously in the space, creating a calm, relaxing feel. a lot of the furniture came from Christa’s former home, but much of it didn’t sit as well in this house. To stay in budget, she decided to upcycle the pieces instead of buying new ones, so she painted the dark wood furniture in pastel shades for an informal yet rustic look. fo r sto c k i sts G O TO W HeR e TO B u y


Pops of blue liven up this otherwise all-white space. Try the Wandsworth roll-top bath, £600, Victorian Plumbing. Heart mirror, £33, The Range

‘Sometimes i paint my furniture white, then green, then pink, until i’m happy with it,’ says Christa. ‘i can’t rest until it’s right.’ Christa admits that she cannot resist bargain hunting, too, picking up buys in discount stores, on local buying and selling sites, as well as at antiques markets. ‘Sometimes i’ve splashed out on a light fitting or on a piece of furniture, such as the dining chairs, but most items are hidden treasure that i’ve found for next to nothing,’ she says. ‘i like to mix and match for a unique scheme.’ Over the past five years, Christa’s style has slowly evolved. ‘This cottage has been a joy to decorate and has been a great springboard for my ideas,’ she says. ‘Who knows, maybe i’ll try a bigger project next, but i can’t imagine moving soon – this place is home to me.’ 2 5 b h J uN e 2018 | 59

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T h e p r o p e r T y Terraced house built in the Twenties L o c aT i o n West London r o o m s Hall/sitting room/ kitchen-diner, four bedrooms (one en suite), bathroom p u r c h a s e d 2012 previous properTy ‘Before we moved here, we lived in a period apartment in London,’ says Andy.

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SITTING rOOM artwork hung above a floating marble shelf provides an interesting focal point. relax sofa by Florence Knoll, from £5,748, Skandium. the house Doctor rose round mirror is comparable, £100, trouva

d e s i g n a d v i c e ‘Always let in as much natural light as possible – internal glass doors and reflective surfaces help it to flow through a space’ KITCHEN Stainless steel gives this area an industrial feel. Find used and ex-display units and appliances at the used Kitchen Company, price on request. Side-by-side fridge freezers, from £12,000, Sub-Zero & wolf

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ever judge a book by its cover’ may seem like an old-fashioned idiom, but in the case of Andy and Madeleine Martin’s London home, it is perfectly apt. Built in the Twenties, the unassuming exterior of the property belies the unexpectedly cool, open interior that architect Andy has designed beyond the threshold. But then he is used to constructing special spaces – he has created spectacular interiors for some of London’s most fashionable restaurants, and has also designed homes for hotelier Olga Polizzi and musician Noel Gallagher. When it came to the home that the Martins share with their children, Eero, 11, Panama, nine and Sonny, four, it was the south-facing aspect and generous proportions that won them over. ‘We’d lived in Victorian properties nearby, but as our family grew, we needed more space,’ says Andy. ‘The spatial arrangement was obvious to me,’ he continues. The couple wanted an open living zone, where they could relax, cook or entertain and watch the children. Andy also realised he would be able to take advantage of the slope of the land to dig down, increasing the height at the back of the property. He retained the configuration but added a rear extension, lowered the floor and removed internal walls to open up the ground level. The first storey was remodelled for Eero, Panama and Sonny’s bedrooms, while the loft was converted into a main bedroom with an en suite. Making the renovation as eco-friendly as possible was a priority, as was Andy’s aim to add interest through materials and texture. Salvaged bricks were used for flooring, and reclaimed timber – previously the building’s floorboards – became wall cladding, painted black to retain heat. A second-hand industrial steel kitchen was sourced from a commercial kitchen supplier and refurbished with doors and drawers. ‘I wanted to reuse materials as much as possible,’ says Andy. Colour is introduced through furnishings and accessories, some of which Andy designed, such as the dramatic light in the dining area. ‘I like to warm schemes up with materials, and add colour through objects,’ he says. ‘If you keep the flow of materials moving through a scheme, it feels bigger – this home feels like one large open space.’

DINING arEa The green pendant was originally designed to hang in a restaurant. Price on application, Andy Martin Architecture HaLL a generous understairs storage area has been concealed with smart Douglas Fir timber cladding, while an open shelf unit makes a subtle division

between the entrance and sitting room. the Vitsjo shelving unit would work as a room divider, £65, Ikea EN SUITE Large floor-to-ceiling glass doors create a feeling of space. Find glass doors and glazing at IQ glass, price on application. wallmounted showerheads, from £480, CP hart

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MaIN BEDrOOM Grey resin flooring ensures continuity with the en-suite bathroom. Find resin flooring options at Senso, price on request

B aT H r O O M Mirrored wall cabinets, bath panel and a glass door create an uplifting scheme. the Prismatics white satin wall tiles are similar, £28.99sq m, tile Mountain


‘This inviting space is perfect for family gatherings ,’ says Ingrid. For a similar wall colour, try stiffkey Blue estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5l, Farrow & Ball

GoinG Dutch

Having painstakingly restored her 18th-century home in the Netherlands countryside, Ingrid Huys has gradually filled it with a charming collection of secondhand finds FEATURE Alix O’Neill | PHOTOGRAPHY TON BOuwer/COCO FeATures


home truths THE PROPERTY 18th-century former mayor’s residence L O C AT i O n limburg, Netherlands R O O M S Hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, music room, five bedrooms, two bathrooms P U R C H A S E D 2008 PREViOUS PROPERTY ‘we lived in a 19th-century house in Zaltbommel,’ says ingrid.

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Vintage knobs lend a country feel to the classic cabinetry. Oban units, from £1,444, wickes, are similar. Brooklyn vintage pendant lights, £69 each, industville


A colourful space filled with recipe books and a cheerful rooster print is a favourite spot for all the family. Nordic House’s dining chairs, £160 each, have the same look. suffolk dining table in smoke, £1,560, Neptune, is similar

When it comes to property, Ingrid Huys loves character. ‘I adore historical houses – buildings with a story and original features,’ she says. ‘My favourite thing is to buy secondhand – to find beauty in an item that someone else has thrown away.’ Her skills are well honed after years of living in period properties. But nowhere really felt like home until a decade ago, when Ingrid discovered that the former mayor’s residence in the village where she

was born was for sale. Set amid the rolling hills of the Limburg region, in the southern Netherlands, the 18th-century building had lain vacant for almost two years. ‘It used to belong to a baroness,’ explains Ingrid. ‘The farmer who worked the land took care of her towards the end of her life, and was left the house when she died. The building, however, was difficult to look after and eventually fell into ruin, before it was bought by the local government in the Sixties.’ Psychologist Ingrid and her consultant husband, Edgar, were undeterred by the

substantial renovation work required and decided to relocate to the area along with their children, Jella, now 20, Hanne, 19, David, 14, and Lotte, 12, and dog, Boeuf, in tow. ‘As well as giving me a new challenge, which I always enjoy, it meant I’d be living near my parents again,’ smiles Ingrid. The couple’s first task was to remove the nondescript paint that had been carelessly applied throughout the house. They then tackled each room, one at a time. It was a painstaking process that took several years, but Ingrid says they were in no 2 5 b H j uN e 2018 | 65


‘The little things matter. A beautiful plate or an interesting flower arrangement can make all the difference to a space’


Large charcoal floor tiles bring a note of modernity to this simple room. RAK Alexandra console basin, £339.95, Victorian Plumbing, is a close match


A freestanding claw-foot tub with chrome fittings makes a striking statement next to original beams. Brookland cast-iron bath, £1,999, Soakology, would work here


Ingrid revamped the bed, which she found discarded on a street. Decorative wooden ladder, £45, Barker & Stonehouse, has a similar look

rush. ‘As long as you have your basic needs met, you should live in a house first, before deciding how it could look.’ Starting with the kitchen, ingrid opted for Shaker-style cabinetry, sourcing vintage knobs to give the units an individual feel. The bright, open space is where keen cook ingrid spends much of her time during the warmer months, preparing pâtés, along with pies and crumbles, which are made with fruit that she has plucked from the garden. To create the spacious, comfortable sitting room, where the family also gather 66 | 2 5 b h j uNe 2018

to eat on special occasions, ingrid and Edgar knocked down the walls between four smaller rooms. They then filled the new space with upcycled, antique and secondhand pieces, including a white linen sofa sourced on eBay. ‘it was so dirty when we bought it,’ says ingrid. ‘i had to wash the upholstery at least 10 times, but it was worth it – it’s a beautiful piece of furniture.’ ingrid places importance on items that have a sense of history, which is why an old piano takes centre stage in her music room. ‘The elderly man who bought our former

home said we could take his piano because he was buying a new one. However, he still missed his old one and right up until he died, he would come to our house to play it.’ The house is finished now but ingrid is still collecting old treasures. ‘Recently, i was in a secondhand store and came across a handmade Dymkovo figure, a traditional Russian folk doll that’s believed to bring luck,’ she says. ‘it cost me just two Euros. i put it on an antique chest in the sitting room and it looks wonderful. You can make almost anything work in a home if you love it.’

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This warm, stylish space features an eye-catching display on an antique chest that includes Ingrid’s lucky Russian doll. Hanley lamp base, £84, Neptune, would suit this scheme


A palette of soft white and cream, teamed with flooring from the original house, sets a tone of easy elegance. For floor tiles similar to Ingrid’s, try Antique Belgian Blue, £195sq m, Martin Moore Stone

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I can spend hours sitting in this chair, sifting through my recipe books,’ says Ingrid. ‘Jamie Oliver is one of my favourite cooks – I have all his books!’ Scaramanga sells similar vintage storage chests, from £225 each

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Kitchen-diner combining a smart industrial-style table with modern chairs creates a stylish dining zone. Carson FX blue dining chairs, £285 a pair, Next Home. Grandiosa Assisi Natural flooring, £105.60sq m, Porcelain Tiles


home truths THE PROPERTY Victorian terrace L O C AT I O N South London R O O M S Sitting room, kitchendiner, study, library, utility room, cloakroom, five bedrooms (two en suite), two bathrooms P U R C H A S E D 2015 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘We had a flat in northwest London, then rented locally while renovating this place,’ says Lauren.

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Lauren and Dave Ward took a Victorian property that had been untouched for more than 50 years and transformed it into a sleek, modern home FEATURE CAROLINE FOSTER | PHOTOGRAPHY CHRIS SNOOK

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Kitchen-diner A ground floor extension forms the new cooking and entertaining space, which includes an island and breakfast bar. Cost for a similar Pronorm X-line kitchen in Stratus Grey, ÂŁ35,000, Spencer Marchand. Eglo Petto copper pendant lights, ÂŁ35 each, Illumination

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sittinG room Pops of colour and a graphic rug pull this space together. Interlock rug, from £539, The Rug Company. Stella Corner sofa, £2,700, Lulu Scoop chair in Chatelet orange, £379, Natural and clear crystals medium chandelier, £1,250, Timothy oulton


lanning a wedding and a house renovation at the same time would be a daunting prospect for most. However, when Lauren and Dave Ward decided to buy their first home together, they were unfazed. ‘We’d lived in a small flat for a while and wanted a house large enough for us to start a family,’ says Lauren. ‘We spent three months narrowing down the area we wanted and began looking for properties that needed renovation.’ After months of searching, the couple viewed a Victorian terraced house that had been virtually untouched for 50 years. ‘It had been owned by the same family for decades and although Dave was concerned at the level of work required, the potential to extend was perfect,’ says Lauren. ‘The sale went to sealed bids, which was rather nail biting, but we managed to secure it.’ Renting a temporary flat near to their new home, the Wards began a six-month planning period, consulting with Design 2 to help gain planning permission for the 70 | 2 5 b h J uN E 2018

development they had in mind. ‘Although the ceilings were over three metres tall, the downstairs was divided into a series of small rooms and the old, dark decor made the interior very oppressive,’ says Lauren. ‘We wanted a kitchen-diner that led into the garden and to modernise the two sitting rooms, while retaining the original features, such as the coving and fireplaces.’ With planning permission granted, Dave took the decision to give up work and focus entirely on the renovation. ‘He used a company called Estimators Online, which remotely provides an estimate for building jobs,’ Lauren recalls. ‘The reports are so detailed and it saved us a chunk of money.’ Lauren is enthusiastic about the technology available to renovators. ‘We also used a 3D visualisation app called HD3D Outdoor to create our kitchen-diner,’ she says. The property underwent a total redevelopment, involving a ground-floor extension to the rear and side to create the kitchen-diner. The opening from the sitting

room into the kitchen was enlarged to form a semi open-plan area at the front and centre of the house. ‘We also added a loft extension, which contains two new bedrooms and an en suite,’ says Lauren, ‘but we hadn’t realised how huge the project would be, particularly when we left to get married and came back three weeks later to water damage in all three storeys due to summer storms.’ Despite this setback, the Wards are happy with the outcome of their renovation. Using statement features, each ground floor room has its own character, from the dark and moody library, to the vibrant sitting room. ‘We took colour cues from artwork we already had,’ says Lauren. ‘The kitchen was inspired by a painting that included mustard yellow and deep greens. We’ve tried to be sympathetic to the property’s Victorian roots – and actually discovered that the first owners lived here for many years with their family. We’re due to have a baby soon, so perhaps we’ll be the next family to live here for 50 years.’

pe r i o d te r r ac e | 25bh b at h r o o m a soft-grey colour palette with veined stone-look flooring creates a restful look. Walls painted in Chic Shadow matt emulsion, £16 for 2.5L, Dulux. Roca Legend Grafito floor tiles, from £33 for seven, Tile Experience

Library Dark-blue tones and velvet sofas bring a cocooning feel to this central area. Walls painted in Azure Fusion mixing matt, £27.56 for 2.5L, Dulux. Margot two-seater sofa in Peacock Blue velvet, £499,

f a v o u r i t e i t e m ‘I love the chandeliers in the living spaces – their elegant but modern style suits the house perfectly’ Guest beDroom ‘our top ikea revamp is to add smoked glass tops to the furniture, which makes it look more expensive,’ says Lauren. Malm bedside drawers, £40; Malm chest of drawers, £100, both Ikea

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THE PROPERTY Detached barn, converted in 2000 L O C AT I O N Surrey R O O M S Hall, sitting room/ dining area, kitchen, cloakroom, playroom, five bedrooms (two en suite), dressing room, bathroom P U R C H A S E D 2015 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘Richard and I lived in a villa in Dubai before moving back to the United Kingdom,’ says Tanya.


A cool grey palette and handsome mid-century furniture have turned Tanya and Richard Johnson’s rural barn into a sleek, contemporary home FEATURE CAROLINE FOSTER | PHOTOGRAPHY DAVID MEREWETHER

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Chairs with woven seats and faceted metal pendant lights add textural elements. Mid-century style expandable dining table in walnut, from £599; John Vogel chairs, £299 each, both West Elm. For a similar look, try the Lucide Lyna ceiling light in polished brass, £46, Lighting Direct

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Elegant classic furniture is combined with bold artwork within the galleried interior. Claude seats, from £540 each, Sofa. com. Penthouse Coal tiles, from £52sq m, Topps Tiles. Garden Flowers iPad drawing, from £275, Andy Maitland. Walls painted in Pointing estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball

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A luxurious pure-wool rug and a large sofa are positioned to make an inviting seating area with a garden view. The Izzy three-seater sofa, £1,460, Sofa. com, is comparable. Souk rug, from £199, West Elm. Damien Hirst Hope butterfly wallpaper panels, £330 each, Leo Frames


elocating from Dubai to the UK, Tanya and Richard Johnson had resolved to buy a family home in central London to be close to their workplaces. ‘We wanted a period property with character and found a Victorian house in the capital,’ says Tanya. ‘But the sale fell through and we suddenly had to move quickly, particularly as I was eight months pregnant with our second child.’ When Tanya heard of a cottage to rent in Box Hill in Surrey, she went to view it and persuaded Richard that they should look outside London for somewhere to live. ‘I grew up in this area, but Richard was concerned about the commute,’ recalls Tanya. ‘However, he loved the views and we agreed that it was worth the compromise.’ Not long after the couple moved in to the rental cottage, the barn conversion opposite came

on the market and they couldn’t resist going for a viewing. ‘We were immediately struck by the amount of interior space available,’ says Tanya. ‘The biggest issue was that there was limited natural light due to the small windows, so it felt very dark, even on a sunny day.’ Seeing the potential to improve on the layout, the Johnsons purchased the property three years ago. The existing interior felt heavy with stripped pine fixtures that competed with the ancient oak beams. ‘We decided to paint the pine in a soft grey, which gave the interior the contemporary feel we prefer,’ Tanya says. ‘Our furniture is mostly mid-century and we felt that a more modern backdrop would work better with that style.’ Wanting time to settle in and enjoy their new home with their children, Jay, five, and Elle, two, the couple took a break from refurbishment for

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The neutral colour palette includes oversized grey slate tiles – a smart alternative to traditional flagstones. Penthouse Gris floor tiles, £52sq m, Topps Tiles, would achieve this effect. Ingolf bar stools in white, £45 each, Ikea

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Lustrous mosaic details provide visual interest. Accord Copper bronze mosaic tiles, £161sq m, topps tiles, are an alternative

Richard created wall art by framing botanical images from a book. baldwin task lamps in Pewter, £65 each, John Lewis. the oken table, £40, habitat, is similar

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Encaustic tiles draw the eye. ‘We reconfigured the steps to fit the tile dimensions,’ says Tanya. tangier Pattern tile, £96sq m, Ca’Pietra

Original beams lend character to this sleek modern scheme. rosalie bed, from £1,310, Luanda 1-light geometric pendant, £55, Där Lighting at wayfair

a while. However, last year they began the structural work that would transform the interior. ‘We employed contractors to alter the entire downstairs layout, which included removing a terracotta floor and replacing it with large grey stone tiles and underfloor heating,’ explains Tanya. ‘The greatest change we made was to remove several interior walls and erect glazed partitions, which allows the light into the entire downstairs space.’ The addition of skylights in the kitchen as well as floor-to-ceiling glazing in the sitting room dramatically changed the look of the place. ‘Every part of the house now feels sunny and light, even on a winter’s day,’ says Tanya. ‘It was not an easy job because in a barn conversion there are no 76 | 2 5 b h J un e 2018

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A colourful tree and butterfly mural introduces a fun note. tara cotbed, £150; Star lampshade, £20, both John Lewis, are a match

straight lines and to fit doors directly into an ancient wooden framework is tricky.’ With work completed last summer, the couple have finally achieved their ambition to own a period home with a unique interior. ‘Trying to make modern materials fit within an ancient building drove our builders a bit crazy, but there was terrific communication between us all,’ says Tanya. ‘The open-plan feel is fantastic and everyone has their own space, which all adds up to an easier lifestyle. The children have their own playroom and although both Richard and I have a longer commute to work, it’s a price we gladly pay. When we began house hunting, a barn conversion was the furthest thing from our minds, but we’ve ended up with our perfect family home.’

future plans ‘We’re going to renovate the double garage, in a separate barn, to create a mezzanine office to help cut down on commuting’

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BACK DOOR Tiles are a practical choice for this lowerground floor entrance. Stairs painted in Down Pipe modern eggshell, £67 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball

home truths THE prOpErTY Terraced home built in 1710 L O C AT i O n Essex r O O m s Hall, sitting room, kitchen, snug, three bedrooms, bathroom p U r C H A s E D 2014 prEViOUs prOpErTY ‘We moved to this house from a listed cottage near Colchester,’ says Kate.

NATURE’s fiNEsT Inspired by the picturesque River Stour and the changing seasons, Kate and Matt Williams created a serene home that pays homage to its unique setting FEATUrE EMMA J PAGE/KAY PRESTNEY | pHOTOgrApHY CATHY PYLE

KITCHEN Kate and Matt relocated this room to the front of the house on the lower-ground floor, gaining more light in the process. Muuto Nerd bar stools in grey, £395 each, Vanil. Eau de Nil wall tiles, £64sq m, Laura Ashley at British Ceramic Tile. Whale sculpture, price on request, The Mistley Kitchen

r i v e r s i d e te r r ac e | 25bh SNuG Kate used colour to accentuate what is thought to have once been a bread oven. Cupboards painted in Mortar flat oil eggshell, £61 for 2.5L, Little Greene. The Stockholm leather sofa in Seglora Natural is similar, £1,700, Ikea

SITTING ROOM The paintings on the shelves and the butterfly print on the hearth are by the couple’s friend Matt Mackman. Walls painted in Limestone intelligent matt emulsion, £47 for 2.5L; woodwork painted in Mortar flat oil eggshell, £61 for 2.5L, both Little Greene


he dramatic setting of the nearby River Stour is a perennial inspiration to Kate Williams and her family. Their historic four-storey Georgian terrace, nestled among a row of pastel-painted cottages, takes its cue from nature, with a restful palette of putties, pale pinks and greens. The front faces a bustling high street while the rear enjoys sweeping estuary views. It is a landscape that has been well documented for centuries, and inspired some of Constable’s most renowned pastoral scenes, including his iconic painting of nearby Flatford Mill. ‘The setting was such a draw for us,’ says Kate. ‘We had outgrown our previous cottage and although this place needed a lot of work, having remained untouched for 30 years, we fell for its unique position. From here, we can walk our whippets, Misty and Olive,

along the river and through fields and woods, but we are a stone’s throw from the village green.’ Nonetheless, the scope of work that the property needed initially made Kate and her husband, Matt, think twice. ‘We didn’t want to make any dramatic alterations, but we knew that living on site with two children, Daisy, now 10, and Joseph, seven, would be a juggle,’ she says. However, the pair took the plunge, rolled up their sleeves and embarked on a gentle renovation that saw the Grade II-listed building restored to its original bones via a series of sympathetic tweaks. The first task was to remove a tree in the rear walled garden that had grown taller than the house and was blocking light into the basement. The kitchen was relocated from the rear to the front of the lower-ground floor, where it now gets more than enough daylight. On the ground

SNuG These double French doors open directly on to a pretty walled garden. The Benarp armchair has this look, £225, Ikea. Map print, £20, Vanil

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jOsepH’s ROOM Framed sheets of wrapping paper create a colourful display. the edward bed would match this look, from £495 for a single, wrought Iron & brass bed Co

floor, the hall was recreated by rebuilding a wall in the previously open-plan entryway, while a cloakroom and bathroom were knocked into one large room. Once the structural changes were complete, Matt set about stripping walls, painting inside and out, and sanding the original floorboards. Inspired by their natural surroundings, the couple chose a restful palette throughout and adopted a less-is-more approach, where favourite pieces have room to breathe. ‘Our schemes are influenced by the seasons,’ says Kate, who has dotted the rooms with seeds and dried flower heads foraged on local walks in the countryside. Throughout the house, the family have retained original features including fireplaces and sash windows, and reinstated wooden shutters. They also created additional storage in

Daisy’s pretty bedroom in the eaves. In the bathroom, the couple opted for a traditional roll-top freestanding bath, offset by Moorish tiles for a contemporary look. Along with the geometric tiles leading from the back door, they add a softly modern note to the space. No doubt influenced by the creative eye of her photographer father, whose black-and-white prints hang on walls and are casually propped on shelving, Kate has a natural editing ability, with an instinct for creating informal vignettes throughout her home. ‘I take notice of the colours of nature and I think our home reflects something of that,’ she says. ‘When we took this renovation on, we tried to listen to the house and simply enhance its natural beauty. As a result, this has become a home for all seasons and one that we cherish.’

MAin BeDROOM Kate opted for a vintage look in this room – the blanket box and chest of drawers are antique finds. try the hand-woven Candyfloss Pink area rug, £64.99, wayfair; and the Ludde sheepskin, £30, Ikea. the Charlotte double is similar, from £699, wrought Iron & brass bed Co

B AT H R O O M Moorish tiles add pattern in this otherwise neutral scheme. Abbey Fountain tiles, £89.70sq m; Versailles bath, £1,975, both Fired earth. effusio over-bath shower system, £1,500, Albion bath Company. Side table, £25, happiness Store

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the source How you can achieve the style secrets seen in this issue’s homes

Design ideas

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Kitchen islands, which are freestanding pieces of cabinetry used to supplement worktop space, are becoming an evermore popular Pages feature of modern kitchen 107-109 design. Astrid and Martin Desveaux’s tall, slim island runs parallel to the work area, forming a clear visual boundary between the cooking and dining zones. Bespoke storage has been built into the back of the island to house their wine collection and this inventive design adds real visual impact. The dark wood storage modules perfectly complement the soft-grey of the kitchen cabinets, while the island can also double up as an informal breakfast bar for relaxed dining.

Emma Botines-Skogland’s well-appointed bathroom includes a discreet partition wall that hides the toilet from view. A door has been fitted to match the style of Pages the panelled walls, which 124-127 is a clever way of offering more privacy in a family bathroom. It also helps to ensure that the main area of the room is reserved for luxurious bathing. The trick to making any kind of partition or screen work is to design it so it looks as though it’s an integral part of the overall bathroom scheme. Alternative ideas for partitioning off a toilet would be to install an elaborate fretwork screen or one constructed from bamboo. A half-wall, tiled or panelled to match the rest of the decor, may also work well.

Nothing personalises a home more than an imaginative collection of art. Ingrid and Edgar Huys have come up with a simple but effective idea Pages for displaying photos 64-67 of family and friends in their dining room. Having painted a large square on one wall in a subtle shade of taupe, they then hung an eye-catching gallery of framed black and white photos on top of it. Before hanging art on your wall, it’s important to see how the pictures relate to one another, so place them on the floor and move them around to find the best arrangement. Make sure the spaces between the frames are even and balanced. Here, black picture frames and ivory mounts help unify the display.

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Faceted pendant light A trio of striking pendant lights has been suspended above the Johnsons’ dining table. Follow their example in hand-cut crystal with Ebb & Flow’s Smykke ceiling light, £398,

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The Huys have used an artificial floral wreath to create an eye-catching display. Get the look with the large faux lamb’s ear wreath, £47, Oka.

Outdoor dining table Ideal for alfresco entertaining, a large wooden dining table makes a style statement in the Marinos’ garden. Oka’s Conisbrough large dining table, £2,575, is comparable.

Bunk bed

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Emma BotinesSkogland chose a fabulously futuristic bed for her daughter. Try the Simple bunk bed in white and oak, £550, Little Folks Furniture.

Oblique basin design If you hanker after a distinctive basin like the one the Adams sourced for their bathroom, try the Cooke & Lewis Nessa countertop basin, £62, B&Q.

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Storage trunk Astrid and Martin Desveaux use vintage-style chests as bedside tables. Copy the look with the Woodbourne three-drawer storage trunk, £399, Artisanti.

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A stylish upholstered bed makes a design statement in the Johnsons’ house. the Foxtail double bed frame in Duck velvet, £745, button & Sprung, has the same wow factor.

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Black table If you admire the contemporary black table emma botines-Skogland has in her sitting room, try the hedonist side table with inlay detail, £140, the French bedroom Company.

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Christa ellis uses toile de Jouy wallpaper to line her elegant display cabinet. try C brewer & Sons toile Pevensey Cb3009 wallpaper, £29 a roll, wallpaper Direct.

Glass vase A pair of simple bottle-style vases grace the Palmers’ fireplace. the Klevering Seventies vase, £31.25, Printer & tailor, is a good alternative.

Midcentury dining chair

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A homage to mid-century style, grey dining chairs take centre stage in the Palmers’ dining room. emulate the look with the bloomingville Laura dining chair in grey, £129, Lagoon.


Dog bed the Carrs have invested in a bed for their canine companion. try the raised oval rattan dog bed with deep-filled luxury mattress, from £310, Charley Chau.

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Garden planters

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sitting room ‘this little spot overlooking the sea is everybody’s favourite place to sit.’ Custom-made curtains, Wickenden Hutley

sitting room small decorative touches throughout hint at the building’s seaside location. Isla armchair, from £740; ottoman, from £270, both

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Using a marine-inspired palette, Tricia and David Palmer revived the interior of this sea captain’s retreat on the idyllic Cornish coast FEATUrE MAGGIE COLVIN | pHOTOgrApHY ROBERT SANDERSON

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THE prOpErTY Grade II-listed, early-Victorian, sea captain’s house r O O M s Hall, sitting room, kitchen/diner, snug, utility room, larder, four bedrooms, three bathrooms L O C AT I O n Cornwall p U r C H A s E D 1989 prEVIOUs prOpErTY ‘We lived in a New England-style house in Connecticut,’ says Tricia.

Dining AreA Knocking down a wall created a welcoming kitchen-diner. Oak expanding table, £1,025, Maison Home Interiors. Hay J104 dining chairs, £175 each, Made in Design; painted in Lead, £53.50 for 2.5L estate eggshell, Farrow & Ball

Kitchen the new skylight ensures this space is flooded with light. Bespoke kitchen, Out of Wood. Westhampton marble floor, price to order, Fired Earth


he soothing sound of waves breaking over a sandy beach persuaded Tricia and David Palmer to look for a holiday home in Cornwall, overlooking the water. Although they were living in the USA, they regularly returned to England on holiday, dividing their time between parents’ and friends’ houses. But having two now-grown-up children, Arabella and Christopher, they felt the need for a retreat of their own. ‘We found this stone-built, Grade II-listed Victorian gem in Portscatho, right next to the beach and it was perfect,’ Tricia recalls. The house had an interesting past. Originally built for a sea captain

in 1840, it had later been occupied by a local vicar and latterly by the writer John Osborne. ‘We fell in love with the sea view, pretty façade and terraced garden behind the house, which soon became one of our favourite places to entertain and relax in the sun.’ When the Palmers first moved in, they did a quick paint job and then spent the next few years putting up with unsatisfactory overnight storage heaters and a rather dark kitchen in a lean-to. ‘Then we reached the point when the electrical fuses blew once too often and the freezing house started to feel unwelcoming,’ recalls Tricia. Fortunately, Steve Hooper from CAD Architects came to 2 5 b H J uN E 2018 | 87

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B AT H R O O M Tongue-andgroove panelling creates a cosy, country feel. bath, price on application, out of wood. walls in Pale Powder, £45 for 2.5L estate emulsion, Farrow & ball

i n s p i r a t i o n ‘The views from the window seats are exhilarating – we never take them for granted’ GuesT BedROOM The French bed with wicker headboard makes this room an inviting place to stay. For a similar headboard try Astrid, £825, oka. Striped bedlinen, £185, Designers guild

the rescue. Drawing up plans for a major upgrade, he took their wishes for extra light and space into consideration, before Robin Gulliford of Cathedral Builders made it a reality. ‘Steve understood the ins and outs of the restrictions on Grade II-listed properties and he was full of great ideas,’ says Tricia. ‘He suggested removing the wall between the dining room and kitchen to create an open-plan space, as well as raising the roof and installing a skylight, which really brought the whole area to life.’ Borrowing space from two bedrooms created a much-needed extra shower room. Built-in window seating was added to all sea-facing rooms and new storage areas were created for coats and boots, tennis rackets, fishing tackle and surfboards. Once the 88 | 2 5 b h j un e 2018

MAin BedROOM A soft palette creates a soothing ambience in this sea-facing room. hampton mahogany king-size bed, £459, Maisons du Monde is similar

structural changes were complete, Tricia worked with designers Melissa Hutley and Charlie Wickenden to create a relaxed look, which referenced the coastal setting without any clichés. ‘No rope mirrors, boats or seagulls,’ smiles Tricia. After nine months of building work and new central heating, the cottage is finally cosy and warm. Friends are able to make the most of the cottage now, too, even during the winter season. ‘We get a lot of enjoyment from our home and we love the village,’ Tricia muses. ‘It’s small and friendly, the beach is sandy and hardly ever crowded. The sea sparkles on a summer’s day and in winter the rolling waves have a certain fascination, especially in stormy weather. It is a wonderful haven where we can all relax.’ fo r sto c k i sts g o to w her e to b u y

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Taking space and light as their priorities, architects Rebecca Haines-Gadd and Tom Greaves have transformed their home by enhancing period detail with modern design Feature Ann BroAd | PhotograPhy Colin Poole


home truths t h e P r o P e r t y Cotswold stone house, built circa 1890 L o c at i o n oxfordshire r o o m s Sitting room, kitchen-diner/family room, laundry room, boot room, playroom, four bedrooms, three bathrooms P u r c h a s e d 2012 Previous ProPerty ‘Before moving here, we lived in a sixth-floor flat in the Barbican in london,’ says rebecca.

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v i c t o r i a n u p dat e | 25bh Kitchen-DineR Dark-painted units add drama and contrast with mid-century-style furniture. ‘We incorporated our favourite pieces from our London flat,’ says Rebecca. Cabinets painted in railings estate eggshell, £60 for 2.5l, Farrow & Ball. Aalto table, from £654; Aalto bench, from £384, both Twentytwentyone. dana rug in blue, £200, Cox & Cox

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design advice ‘It’s important to bring as much daylight into your space as possible –


he desire to live close to family and be able to commute to the capital lured architects Rebecca Haines-Gadd and her husband Tom Greaves to a house in a small Oxfordshire town. ‘We are near shops and pubs, but on the edge of the countryside, too,’ says Rebecca. ‘A direct train to work is also convenient as we are based in London, but local projects with Soho House Design mean I spend part of my week in the area.’ When Rebecca and Tom viewed the Victorian property, it had been on the market for a year. ‘The house is in a conservation area 92 | 2 5 b h J un e 2018

and was in need of considerable updating,’ says Rebecca. ‘It hadn’t been lived in for four years and no one had shown any interest in buying it. Fortunately, we could see the potential, plus it has a large garden, which is ideal as we now have four children, Isobelle, nine, Livia, eight, William, six, and Arto, two, plus our dog Conker.’ A local butcher used to live in the house, which has access through the garden to what was once the butcher’s shop. ‘At one point, horses were kept in the old stables in the garden, which we’ve yet to develop,’ says Rebecca. ‘The interior of the house was stuck in

v i c t o r i a n u p dat e | 25bh f A m i ly r o o m With its modern take on retro, this room exudes calmness and style. Solano wool rug, £155, The Flooring Centre. Handmade cushions in Sixties vintage floral fabric, £45 each, The Old Pill Factory. For a similar sofa, try Colin in Charcoal, from £1,200, Habitat

exterior Stained-black Siberian larch cladding on the rear of the property creates a stunning contrast to the front of the house. ‘We treated the original part of the building and the new extension diferently in terms of detailing,

but kept a similar palette inside for both, to tie the whole design together,’ says rebecca. Sitting room A bold choice of teal provides a vibrant backdrop for rebecca and tom’s eclectic mix

of framed artwork and colourful accessories. Walls painted in Vardo modern emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Artemide Tolomeo Parete Diffusore 18 wall light, £204, John Lewis. Cato desk in Sage Green, £150, Habitat. Artek stool 60, £180, Skandium

increasing the amount of natural light in our home has made a huge difference throughout’ a Seventies time warp. There were very few classic Victorian characteristics visible, as they were all covered in chipboard.’ The couple set about transforming the interior. ‘We loved our flat in the Barbican as it had all its original features,’ recalls Rebecca. ‘It had a mid-century vibe to the fittings and the main spaces were light, clean and modern. We wanted to bring that here, but also incorporate concepts sympathetic to a Victorian country house.’ With a bigger project in mind for the house, long term, the pair embarked on a light refurbishment as soon as they moved

in. ‘We spent a month stripping all the Seventies wallpaper of and pulling up the old carpets,’ says Rebecca. ‘Tom and I sanded back the floorboards in every room and painted all the walls white. Our one indulgence was to install a new family bathroom.’ Increasing their living space soon became a priority. ‘At the time we were living here with three children,’ explains Rebecca. ‘We realised we needed to go ahead with the bigger build, so we applied for planning permission to demolish the rear part of the property and replace the existing two single-storey extensions with a larger, 2 5 b h J un e 2018 | 93

25bh | v i c t o r i a n u p dat e main Bedroom ‘this is our favourite space, because of its wonderful quality of light,’ says rebecca. ‘it also has a lovely view over the garden.’ For a similar bed frame, try Design project No. 049, £699, John Lewis. Kartell Componibili bedside cabinet, £77, heal’s. type 77 mini wall lights, £90 each, Anglepoise

main Bedroom a plywood feature wall enhances the modern look and also screens the en suite. Verner Panton chair, £225, Vitra. tore floor lamp with copper finish, £200, Cox & Cox

B at h r o o m Blue tiles bring colour and pattern to this mainly white scheme. Soho tiles in blue, £60sq m, Johnson tiles. Duravit Vero basin, £241, CP hart. try Mode bath towels, from £22 each, Christy

two-storey new build. We also wanted to reconfigure the entrance and improve the circulation in the original part of the house.’ During this time, the couple discovered they were expecting their fourth child. ‘With planning permission in place, we could enlist a contractor,’ says Rebecca. ‘Within a few days of Arto being born, we moved out, and the builders started work. The project took five months and, in November 2016, we finally moved back in.’ Rebecca and Tom have created an imaginative home using an inspiring choice of materials while cleverly combining original 94 | 2 5 b h J uN e 2018

L i v i a’ s B e d r o o m Bright textiles add charm. Abbey elephant bedlinen, from £30, John Lewis, would also work. eames rAr rocking chair, £495, Vitra

Victorian features with contemporary design. ‘We’ve tried to adopt an honest approach to the decor, with earthy exposed finishes in the older building and warm whites and clean lines within the new extension,’ says Rebecca. With such busy lifestyles, the couple’s time spent at home is precious. ‘Monday to Friday, Tom and I see very little of each other – we’re running a relay race between work and family, and passing the baton to one another along the way, so the weekends are when we’re all together and can really enjoy being at home,’ says Rebecca. ‘Fortunately, all our hard work has paid off.’ fo r sto c k i sts g o to w her e to b u y

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Insight imaginative conversions Like Rebecca Haines-Gadd, add character with these clever architectural solutions

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reating a unique conversion like Rebecca and Tom’s, or building an extension that isn’t just a simple box on the back of the house, takes planning, forethought and usually the help of an architect who can see development opportunities that a regular homeowner would probably never dream of. ‘A lot of people don’t utilise the services of a designer or architect, so the result is often a standard solution,’ says Jude Tugman, managing director of Architect Your Home. ‘Good design doesn’t have to cost more, but it will give you a better outcome. It’s important that any extension complements the house as a whole. Work out what you want your renovation to do for you. Adding a conventional rear extension with sliding doors isn’t hard, but the result isn’t always as interesting as it could be.’ Reconfiguring the entrance, as Rebecca and Tom did with their garage, is one way to begin changing the flow of the house. A larger front door will make an entrance feel grander; a wider

corridor from the hall, particularly one that gives a seamless view to a feature at the far end, like the garden, instantly modernises a property.

Dwell on the detail

‘Using materials like cedar will always create interest,’ says Jude. ‘In one development, we used cedar cladding outside, and inside put a circular window in a timber ceiling. It wouldn’t have the same impact within a white ceiling, but timber is darker, so your eye is drawn to the shape and to the light coming in.’ Think outside the box, and try some tricks. Build roofs with interesting angles and roof lights that will cast attractive shadows. Use a coloured render, clad walls with tiles or create brickwork patterns. Turn things around – put the kitchen at the front and have the sitting room open onto the garden. Try moving the staircase to the other side of the property to achieve more space. The quality of finish is in the detail and getting those details right adds an extra level of interest.

professional advice ‘You can do a lot within permitted development, which means an extension is usually fine (see for details). But if your home is listed or in a conservation area, you will need planning permission. The challenge is where to extend. Look at the building in its entirety. Can you extend a front or back porch, or the side, create a semi-basement – or build off the first floor and have an outdoor kitchen underneath? create a seamless space between house and garden with frameless glass. Blur boundaries by having as little obstruction as possible. Don’t be afraid to build an irregular-shaped extension around a courtyard, or to add a grass or sedum roof, so it blends with the garden. You get six times the natural light from above as through a vertical window, so introduce roof lights to bring light into the centre of an extension. Add hidden LED strips to create halos of light. In a doubleheight area, add a statement chandelier. Natural materials, such as cladding, bring a randomness to the design through the wood’s irregularities. or make your finish seamless with old brick laid in a modern way. choose coloured metal doors, window frames and guttering.’ neil tomlinson, NeIl TomlINsoN archITecTs

address book a circular roof light in a timber ceiling draws the eye

Fire-resistant glass is practical and beautiful

consider both natural and artificial illumination

e x p e r t e y e ‘Glass extensions are used on listed buildings or in conservation areas, as they can be connected with little or no interference to the finish, which means they can be removed and the building remains unchanged’ Rebecca clayton, IQ Glass

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Today starts with a visit to one of Corfu’s must-see historic destinations: the Achilleion Palace and Museum, which is filled with statues and mementoes of its former royal owners, Empress Elisabeth of Austria and Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. There will also be the option to see the house where Gerald Durrell’s friend and mentor, Theo, once lived, before lunch (not included) in Corfu Town. In the afternoon you’re free to discover more of Corfu Town at your leisure, or to relax and make use of the swimming pool, spa and private beach at your hotel. This evening, while dining at the Corfu Holiday Palace, you’ll meet the famous naturalist and writer Lee Durrell, who will give a fascinating talk about the Durrell family’s love affair with Corfu and its wildlife, and tell the story of her and Gerald’s pioneering work for the Gerald Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, which he founded in 1963. D AY 3 : D I S C O V E R I N G T H E C O R F U THE DURRELLS LOVE

Today you’ll visit some of the unforgettable locations that millions of Brits have fallen in love with after reading Gerald Durrell’s books or watching The Durrells on TV. Lee will accompany you as you travel around Corfu, following in the footsteps of the Durrells, first by taking a trip to Pontikonisi (Mouse Island), where Gerald Durrell’s ashes are scattered. From here you’ll continue your trip to the Strawberry-Pink Villa, one of the houses the family once lived in, and then to the Chessboard Fields (as featured in both My Family and Other

Animals) where Lee will give a reading from the book. The venue for lunch today is another favourite haunt – the taverna in the famous White House in Kalami, the beautiful building on the north-east coast of Corfu that was once the Durrells’ family home. In the afternoon the literary adventure continues with the chance to visit some more of the picture-perfect villages in the north of the island, as well as the Lake of the Lilies (also featured in My Family and Other Animals) where Lee will treat you to a second reading. To round off the day, you’ll get to meet a local beekeeper in the abandoned but picturesque village of Perithia, before travelling back to the hotel for a delicious dinner. D AY 4 : I O N I A N C R U I S E

Corfu and the Ionian coast are famous for their dazzling cobalt-blue seas, and today you’ll take a cruise from Corfu to Parga. You’ll have time to explore this pretty coastal port and have lunch at a local restaurant before sailing on to the tiny, unspoilt island of Paxos. You’ll then sail back to Corfu in time for a lovely farewell dinner at the hotel. D AY 5 : R E T U R N I N G H O M E

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Colourful textiles inject warmth into the pale backdrop of Anna Egedius’s home on an island suburb of Stockholm FEATURE Nicky AdAm | PHOTOGRAPHY ANNe NyblAeus/

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dining area anna’s bespoke rugs are featured in this chic monochrome space and throughout the house. rugs by Anna egedius, from £250sq m, glowb. eero saarinen tulip table, £6,948; tulip chairs, from £1,380 each, all the conran shop. charles and ray eames lounge chair and ottoman (left), from £5,720, Vitra


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THE PROPERTY detached twenties house L O c AT i O n lidingö, stockholm R O O M s Hall, sitting room, kitchen-diner, tV room, study area, cloakroom, three bedrooms, bathroom P U R c H A s E d 2011 PREviOUs PROPERTY ‘We lived in a smaller house just around the corner,’ says Anna.

tv room Bright accents punctuate the grey scheme. take a look at the lexington one deep buttoned rectangular table stool, £599, footstools & more

terrace this area has been transformed into an inviting outdoor room. the curtains of the pergola shield it from the sun’s glare by day and create an intimate feel at night. Aura Polar outdoor curtain fabric is similar, £47.40m, the cushion Warehouse. the tuscany rattan outdoor corner sofa is a match, £1,395, Alexander francis

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dining area the shades of the graphic rug echo those of the table and chairs. Lilla Åland chairs, £310 each, Malmsten. rust-oleum Furniture Paint in winter grey, £14.99 for 750ml, Designer Paint Store, is a similar shade to the table


hen Anna Egedius realised her house was no longer large enough for her growing family, she was reluctant to move away from Lidingö, the island suburb of Stockholm where she had lived for the past nine years. ‘It’s peaceful and only 15 minutes from the city centre, where I run my rug design company,’ she says. ‘Why would I look anywhere else?’ Anna wanted a place that was beautiful, yet understated, and she didn’t have to travel far to find it. Just around the corner from her existing home, she came across a classic Swedish cottage with a pitched roof and dormer windows. ‘It is quite modest, but it exudes serenity,’ she says. ‘The living areas flow from one into the other and

kitchen ‘i love the spacious feel in here and the island is ideal for guests to gather around,’ says anna. bodbyn cabinets, from £38; eneryda brasscoloured cup handles, £9 for two, all Ikea

outside there is a very private garden. I knew this would be the ideal place.’ At first, Anna had planned to extend the property to create more space for herself, her businessman husband, two teenage sons and the family dog, Milo. ‘But once we started living here, we realised that we found the layout far too comfortable to change,’ she says. Instead, Anna created an illusion of spaciousness by decorating throughout in muted Scandinavian tones. ‘We repainted every surface – the purpose-built bookcases, benches, radiator covers and wardrobes – in calming hues that lifted the rooms.’ However, Anna was keen that the house should still feel intimate. Drawing on her design skills, she incorporated cosy nooks

hall a dramatic mirror and a classic Swedish stick-backed chair are arranged to create an attractive still life. For a comparable mirror, try the Adnet, from £599, twentytwentyone

and zones within rooms, using contrasting colours and furniture to define small, purposeful areas within the larger spaces. ‘We partitioned the living room with black double doors to make a snug spot to watch TV in, and turned another corner into a haven for reading and relaxing,’ she says. ‘Everyone can have their own space, but we are never too far away from each other.’ Being a rug designer, the choice of floor coverings was crucial to Anna. ‘Rugs add character,’ she says. ‘I particularly enjoyed designing the silk one in the TV room, which gives a vibrant, informal feel.’ As for furnishings, vintage pieces sit alongside new purchases and quirky items. ‘This personalises the house,’ says Anna. ‘It’s important that a home has soul.’

main bedroom moody blues make this a tranquil retreat, while the terracotta tones add warmth. orsjo Puck 30930 wall lights in matt brass, £484.62 each, eames Lighting

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Emily and Spencer Green have fused bright hues with artistic flair for a striking new look FEATuRE JENNy TuCkEr | PHOTOgRAPHY JAMES MErrELL


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THE PROPERTY Detached Georgian house L O C AT i O N Bristol R O O m S Hall, formal sitting room, dining room, kitchen, snug, study, workshop, five bedrooms (one en suite), two bathrooms P u R C H A S E d 2015 PREViOuS PROPERTY ‘We used to live in a Victorian townhouse nearby,’ says Emily.

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he moment Emily and Spencer Green walked into this 1800s home in Bristol, they fell for its historic charm. ‘This house is full of character,’ says Emily. ‘It has airy rooms, oversized windows, and a classic Greek-revival style with beautiful columns and ornate details, which was a popular look in that period.’ And it’s not just the architecture that reveals the property’s colourful past. ‘This place has many stories to tell,’ explains Emily. ‘In the Fifties it was used as a base for nurses working the night shift, and then in the Seventies it was a renowned party house that was known to attract famous guests – there are even rumours that

Jimi Hendrix has been here.’ For Emily and Spencer, the property’s intriguing history added to its appeal and they knew it would make a great family home for them and their two children, Fin, now 15, and Maya, 11. But it was a while before the couple could put their stamp on the house. Renovations were restricted and subject to detailed planning permission, as the property is Grade II-listed. ‘Eventually, we gained the go-ahead to convert the lower ground floor from a self-contained flat into a workshop where I can design my jewellery,’ says Emily, a fashion and textiles student. The couple also have plans to renovate a separate rundown stable block. ‘We are

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formal SITTING room a mismatch of patterns and colours works well here, thanks to the neutral backdrop, which prevents the scheme from becoming too busy. Hayward sofas in Leighton Natural fabric, from £1,875 each; Festival Club chairs in Leighton Linen fabric, from £1,195 each; with Martineau Berry fabric, £218m; Caprifoglio wallpaper in Ecru, £273 a roll; plain curtains in Saraille fabric in Peony and Lemongrass, £195m each, all Designers Guild Hall a vibrant, eye-catching wallpaper, used around the front door, sets the colourful tone for the rest of the house. Summer Palace wallpaper in Grass, £225 a roll; walls painted in Lime Tree perfect matt emulsion, £44 for 2.5L, both Designers Guild. Sika Design Fox chair, £622, Tanini Home. Sika Design Ottoman pouffe, £507, Made in Design DINING room Sumptuously upholstered chairs paired with an oval table are an ideal choice for relaxed entertaining. Dakota table, £3,300, Julian Chichester at The Longest Stay. Stitch Alto chairs upholstered in Pugin Slate and Turquoise, from £675 each; Curtains in Zephirine Crocus fabric, £112m, all Designers Guild KITCHEN ‘When we moved in, there was only the aga left in here,’ says Emily. ‘So we started from scratch with bespoke units made by a local carpenter and these incredible lights.’ Penta Beads pendant in Copper, £1,130, Holloways of Ludlow. Stitch Alto chairs with arms in Amlapura Damson fabric, from £675 each, Designers Guild. John Derian plates, from £45 each, Liberty

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MAIN BEDROOM A sea of turquoise greens and bright blues gives this grand space a boutique hotel feel. Jade temple wallpaper in Cornflower, £273 per 3m mural; button sofa, from £2,750, both Designer’s guild. Provencal Sassy white French bed, from £1,345, the French bedroom Company B AT H R O O M Floor-to-ceiling tiles encase the spacious shower area for a streamlined look. westhampton Marble diamond sawn edge tiles, £114.96sq m, Fired earth, are comparable. Carlton one-hole round front basin in white, £297, Aston Matthews S TA I R WAY Emily designed this landing to be a light-filled space for quiet meditation. See more of her work on Instagram @mrsmagpiefinds. Versailles gold bedroom sofa, £1,180; Provencal Marie Antoinette white console table, £435, both the French bedroom Company M AYA’ S B E D R O O M The cloud wallpaper creates a soothing feel for a restful sleeping space, with bright fabrics and soft furnishings adding a touch of fun. Cielo wallpaper in Sky, £225 a roll; wave bed, from £995; upholstered in brera Fino turquoise fabric, £75m, all Designer’s guild. Polar bear side table, £135, the French bedroom Company EN SUITE A roll-top bath takes prime position in front of the full-height windows, which are dressed with sheer curtains for privacy. Millbrook double-ended cast-iron bath, £1,110, the Cast Iron bath Company, is similar. Chaise longue reupholstered in Porcelain rose wedgwood fabric, £218m; and Manzoni fabric in Dusky rose, £39m, both Designer’s guild

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Favourite room ‘I love the main bedroom, as it’s so true to the decor style I adore – vibrant, colourful, full of pattern and full of life’

hoping to convert it into a cinema room and entertaining space,’ says Emily. When it comes to decor, Emily favours bright, colourful schemes. ‘When we moved in, every room was painted in beige, white or cream,’ she says. ‘I couldn’t wait to add some colour!’ The Greens contacted Kevin Davies from the interiors team at Designer’s Guild for guidance. ‘As we’d worked with Kevin on a previous project, he was aware that I prefer bold colours and textures,’ says Emily. Together, Kevin and Emily created an interior that is a spectacular explosion of fo r sto c k i sts g o to w her e to b u y

colour and pattern. ‘It does tend to favour a more floral, feminine look,’ smiles Emily, ‘but Spencer gives me free rein with the interiors, although the photographs of The Rolling Stones in the formal sitting room were chosen by him.’ Emily does admit that without Kevin, she may not have been so adventurous with her schemes. ‘It took courage to combine so many patterns and bright shades, but using similar purple and lilac hues throughout helped create a flow and sense of unity,’ she says. ‘It’s also tricky when the house has

lived through so many different periods. For instance, the dining room was such a dark, old-fashioned space that it took a while to come together. We needed to add a great deal of colour, but now it’s cosy and homely.’ As with any house that was built in the 1800s, there’s likely to be hidden depths to its nooks and crannies. ‘It’s a fascinating place to live,’ says Emily. ‘I’ve even noticed hinges in the oak panelling, which could be hiding secret doors. Who knows what other stories we may find out one day – I’m sure these walls have many more tales to tell.’ 2 5 b h J un e 2018 | 105



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Kitchen-diner A mix of materials combine with pops of colour and quirky pattern for a unique look. Bespoke units, Howdens. Franklite Vetross three-light pendant, ÂŁ219, ocean Lighting, is similar. nicolle chair in red, ÂŁ285, dyke & dean



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Drawing inspiration from their Parisian background and European travels, Astrid and Martin Desveaux revamped an unloved London terrace feature Penny Botting | PhotograPhy RoBeRt SandeRSon

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or Astrid and Martin Desveaux, the journey to their south London home was an exciting one. ‘We bought our first property together when we lived in Paris,’ says Astrid. ‘It was a loft in an old printing warehouse and was the start of a long story. From there, we moved to an Art Deco house in Bucharest, before moving to London.’ Here, the couple and their sons Bertrand, now 11, and Melchior, seven, rented for a while. ‘It was a cosy house, but as tenants, we couldn’t change anything,’ says Astrid. With this and a growing family in mind – they now also have a daughter called Eugénie, three – the pair knew it was time to buy. After viewing a few places, they found an Edwardian terrace. ‘It was in the catchment area for a great school, but it also had charm. Within an hour, our offer was accepted.’ a n e w l ay o u t

The house was the same size as their previous home, but it needed work. ‘The interior was dated and it was hard to imagine living there,’ recalls Astrid. ‘The layout was confusing and the rooms were so dark it always felt like winter.’ To start, the pair replanned the layout. The aim was to create four bedrooms, a study and a large sitting room, where they could share the space as a family. ‘We had so many ideas, but in the end we opted to keep the kitchen where it was and extend into the side return to create a dining area,’ says Astrid. ‘We also undertook a double loft conversion. ‘Originally, we’d only considered a single extension in the roof, but we realised it would be much cheaper and less disruptive to do it all in one go. We have a lovely en-suite bedroom and an office now.’ interior style

Much of the inspiration for the decor came from French magazines and the couple’s travels, which has resulted in an eclectic style. ‘We chose an industrial look, mixed with traditional and modern ideas,’ says Astrid. They opted for materials such as wood, concrete, metal and glass with splashes of bold pattern and colour. There is one hue that pops up frequently. ‘I love red – it works well with grey, which we’ve used a lot, too.’ At the same time as renovating, Astrid returned to college to study commercial interior design, which helped with her ideas. One of the main elements the pair wanted to incorporate were treasures that meant something to them. ‘In the sitting room, we made a shelf that’s the perfect size for our Bourgies lamp, which was a gift from my family,’ says Astrid. ‘This mix is what makes our house eclectic, it’s our signature look.’ Now the house is complete, will it be the family’s last move? ‘We would love to design a home as original as this one again,’ says Astrid, ‘but for now, we’re very happy where we are.’ 108 | 2 5 b H J uN e 2018

sittinG rooM statement pieces add character. walls painted in French grey intelligent matt emulsion, £47 for 2.5L, Little greene


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tHe ProPerty edwardian terrace l o c at i o n Southwest London r o o M s hall, sitting room, kitchen-diner, study, four bedrooms (one en suite), bathroom P u r c H a s e D 2012 PreVious ProPerty ‘before moving here we rented a small house nearby,’ says Astrid.

sittinG rooM original stained glass windows complement the family’s colourful artwork and accessories. Monterey coffee table, £267; Papillon pendant, £293, both Made in Design, have this look. Scott leather sofa in vintage brown leather, £1,299,

pe r i o d te r r ac e | 25bh boys’ bedrooM bright furniture adds a touch of fun. guinguette chair in black, £52 a pair; Loft metal bedside table, £90, both Maisons du Monde, are a match

b at h r o o M bold floor tiles enliven this chic white scheme. brixton tiles, £67.95sq m, topps tiles, are similar

Main bedrooM Generous skylights flood this welcoming loft space with natural light. Malm bed frame, from £209, Ikea. Personalised orange cushions, £45 each, Petiotes

euGénie’s rooM a british-themed wallpaper sets a striking note in here. brighton wallpaper, £38 a roll, b&Q. walls painted in Leather matt emulsion, £47 for 2.5L, Little greene. Star rug, £169, I Love retro

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COUNTRY CasUal Suzy Jones bought a run-of-the-mill house in a picturesque setting and turned it into a family retreat full of rustic charm FEATURE KATHY HURST | PHOTOGRAPHY BRETT CHARLES


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THE PROPERTY Detached Seventies house L O C AT i O n Wiltshire R O O M s Hall, sitting room, kitchen-diner, snug, study, conservatory, four bedrooms (one en suite), bathroom P U R C H A s E D 2015 PREViOUs PROPERTY ‘Before buying this house, I rented a smaller place nearby,’ says Suzy.


hen Suzy Jones first viewed her home, in a pretty village on the fringes of the Cotswolds, she was smitten. ‘The decor wasn’t to my taste – with apple-green walls in the hall and dated wallpaper in the bedrooms – but I could see the potential,’ she says. ‘There was lots of light and a sense of space, plus a lovely enclosed garden for my daughter Summer, who was a toddler at the time.’ With a growing family – Summer is now three, and Joby, two – Suzy was also drawn to the fact that the property had

already been extended, leaving her with only cosmetic work to carry out, including replacing laminate flooring with new oak boards, stripping wallpaper, fitting a putty-coloured Shaker kitchen with timber worktops, and painting the house from top to bottom. ‘I wanted a pared-back feel, with natural materials and a calmer palette of chalky off-whites and greys,’ she says. One of the biggest investments was the bespoke joinery in the sitting room and snug. ‘I knew I’d need somewhere to store the children’s paraphernalia and spent hours scouring Pinterest for ideas,’ Suzy


2 1 KITCHEN-DINER Solid-oak flooring complements the dining table and chairs, commissioned by Suzy’s parents in the Seventies. For similar floorboards, try Oak Bella brushed engineered wood flooring, £47.95sq m, Oak Flooring Direct. Herringbone weave dove grey

rug, 150x240cm, £99.95, eBay. Walls painted in Clunch estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball 2 SITTING ROOM Bespoke units and a restrained palette create a restful feel. ‘I tend to opt for a neutral backdrop and inject colour with textiles and

accessories,’ says Suzy. Ektorp two-seater sofa in Blekinge White, £249, Ikea. Ornate antique-style fire screen, £119, Dibor at 3 CONSERVATORY A pretty painted dresser decked with vintage china makes an

attractive focal point in this light-filled room. ‘The dining table and chairs were an eBay find that I upcycled,’ says Suzy. Dresser painted in Old White estate eggshell, £60 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Black copper brush triple LED lanterns, £24.99 each, The Range, are similar to these ones


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says. ‘I managed to track down a carpenter who was able to build cabinets based on some images I’d found – now I’m able to maintain some semblance of order.’ Open shelving also serves a decorative purpose and Suzy admits to tinkering continually with her displays: lanterns and glassware rub shoulders with family portraits; there are pine cones collected on country walks, while thrift-shop buys, such as a leather-bound box and paint-spattered watering can, lend a laid-back look. The house is also filled with pieces that have sentimental value: an inherited coffee table, upcycled with paint; silver teapots and cutlery from the farmhouse where Suzy’s mother grew up and her grandmother’s glass demijohns, once used to make elderflower wine and now serving as vases. The table and chairs in the kitchen, which her parents had made shortly after they were married,

have a special place in Suzy’s heart. ‘The table was in our kitchen throughout my childhood and we spent many happy mealtimes around it,’ she says. ‘It’s lovely to share it with my own children now.’ Suzy is also adept at finding bargains: the dresser in the conservatory, once a dark mahogany, and French-style bed in the main bedroom were both bargain buys and updated with a couple of coats of eggshell. ‘I enjoy giving old furniture a new lease of life,’ she says. ‘It’s amazing how easily you can transform something by painting it.’ The result is a relaxed and comfortable space for Suzy and her children. ‘Summer and Joby will be colouring at the table while I cook and, on sunnier days, we’ll throw open the garden doors and they’ll run about outside,’ she says. ‘I’m delighted with what I’ve achieved here – I’ve definitely been bitten by the renovation bug!’

deSIGN tip ‘Neutral walls and natural floor coverings, such as solid-wood boards and wool carpets, are a great backdrop. You can then layer the look with textural accessories and accents’



4 1 HALL A fun paper banner makes a welcoming first impression. oMM Design DIy letter banner, £10, this Modern Life 2 SUMMER’S BEDROOM ‘The green velvet chair was in my childhood bedroom,’ says Suzy.

the boris toddler bed, £75, John Lewis, is comparable. Paper rose bedding, £48 for a single set, Cath Kidston, would also suit this space 3 JOBY’S BEDROOM Colourful picture books are displayed facing front on a rack. try great Little trading Co’s


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greenaway gallery bookcase, £85. walls painted in Parma gray estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball 4 MAIN BEDROOM A quilt from a French antiques market influenced the decor here. wooden square urn table lamps, £21.99 each, the range

5 STUDY Vintage pieces lend character. the 746 retro telephone in english mustard, £45, wild & wolf, is similar 6 BATHROOM Timber touches add rustic charm. Panels painted in Ammonite estate eggshell, £60 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball


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Unadorned windows allow light to flow into this narrow walkway. Wall panelling painted in French Gray estate eggshell, £60 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball

Shoe storage has been constructed from salvaged materials, including old bricks and a railway sleeper. The Mattaban pet bed, £395, Oka, is comparable. For a similar retro washing powder storage tin, try Dibor

Calm Restored Despite its turbulent past, Nichola and Andrew Carr’s fortified farmhouse is now a relaxed family home FEATURE HAZEL DOLAN PHOTOGRAPHY BRENT DARBY


The rustic panelling complements the rough stone walls and floors. Barker & Stonehouse has a selection of wall clocks like this one. Stag’s head (left), £99, Chic Rustique

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THE PROPERTY 17th-century bastle (fortified farmhouse) L O C AT I O N Northumberland R O O M S Hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, pantry, study, cloakroom, boot room, gallery, four bedrooms (two en suite), family bathroom P U R C H A S E D 2008 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘Before moving here, we lived in a stone and slate house in a nearby village,’ says Nichola.


A splash of deep red gives this classic black and white scheme a cosy feel. Walls painted in Slipper Satin estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Cabinetry painted in Honed Slate eggshell, £54 for 2.5L, Neptune. Tractor seat bar stools, £125 each, Chic Rustique

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FAVOURITE SHOP ‘I love Sorella in Hexham for the quirkiness of its gorgeous hand-picked gifts and home accessories’


Bright berry accent colours lift the neutral backdrop, while layers of tweed and velvet and a sheepskin rug bring comfort and texture. harris tweed bowmore sofa, from £1,825; footstool, from £685, both barker & Stonehouse. Cushions covered in Zaragoza in Cassis, £44m, Designers guild


The bureau is one of Nichola’s vintage finds. Curtains in Dalarna, £92m, Sanderson. walls painted in elephant’s breath estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball

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A vast roof light gives the couple an enviable view of the night sky. try the Louie dark wooden sleigh bed, from £539, time4Sleep. hydrangea Plum duvet cover, from £28; boudoir cushions, £10 each, both Dunelm


Curved walls cleverly screen the en-suite shower and dressing area. walls painted in Joa’s white estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball


ith its peaceful setting and blend of traditional and contemporary features, it’s hard to imagine that Nichola Carr’s relaxed Northumberland home once lay at the heart of cross-border skirmishes. It dates back to the 1700s and was originally part of a bastle – one of a network of fortified farmhouses across the county – its stout walls designed to deter raiders from the North. Nichola and her husband Andrew, a property developer, already had a series of renovations under their belts when their half of the farmhouse came on the market. ‘We loved the location, with its beautiful views, and could see the potential in the building,’ says Nichola. ‘It was dilapidated but the stonework was just fabulous.’ Their past projects were completed in short, intense bursts. ‘They were before our son Will, now seven, was born,’ says Nichola, ‘but priorities change when you have children.’ This time, making their vision a reality has been a 10-year labour of love. The first phase was


A glass-sided staircase adds a contemporary note. bespoke staircase by theresa Spinks. glass panels, price on application, Donwood glass

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a quick makeover, fitting a new bathroom and temporary kitchen, as their more ambitious ideas required planning permission. The farmhouse is now a series of light-filled, interlinked spaces and, wherever possible, the couple have retained and restored original features. Exposed beams and rough stone exist alongside a glass-sided staircase. Over time, they have built a hall, opened up the ground floor to create a large living area and extended into the former piggery to make a vaulted kitchen space, which is a family favourite with its panelled walls, limestone flooring, country-style furniture and glazed doors leading to the garden. Upstairs, the hayloft is now an elegant bedroom suite with countryside views. Nichola’s talent for combining vintage and modern is at the heart of Chic Rustique, her home accessories business. Many of her finds, including the log baskets and tractor seat stools, have found their way into her home. ‘I love living here and putting our personal touches into it,’ she says. ‘This is the most at home I have ever felt.’

Travertine tiles and mocha-coloured walls provide dramatic touches. wall ladder, £50, Chic rustique


This generous bunk bed has plenty of space for sleepovers. try the Cosmos bunk bed, £429, Sleepland beds. Cool Patchwork duvet set, from £12, Dunelm

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Insight Creating a stylish utility room Do as the Carrs have done and dedicate space to the more functional needs of the household


well-planned utility room will make all the difference to your home. Places to store brushes, ironing boards and other paraphernalia will help keep your kitchen free for cooking. If you’re lucky to have a dedicated room, or are starting from scratch with a new kitchen, you can decide whether to rehouse washing machines and tumble dryers away from your cooking space. Dishwashers, however, are best kept in the kitchen for ease of loading and unloading. Sam Hart, design consultant for Roundhouse Design ( says: ‘A utility room allows for practical items to be hidden away and can be used for extra fridge freezer space, too.’ Even in a small home there’s often space for a utility area. ‘Go under the stairs or convert a wardrobe or cabinet,’ suggests Sam. Once the essentials are organised, plan your storage carefully. An area for laundry is useful with a deep sink and pull-out hose. Stainless steel is the most

durable but a ceramic butler sink lends a country feel. ‘Allow for worktop space to put down a basket and fold clothes,’ says Sam, ‘and include a cabinet for tall items such as an ironing board, plus a place to store linen that needs ironing.’

The little details Add deep wooden shelves above the sink and hang peg bags on hooks. Keep everything in its place in dedicated utility buckets – try Garden Trading ( Site welly racks or under-bench shoe stores by the back door. If space is tight, add a ceiling-hung airer or fit an extending clothes dryer to the wall – Cox & Cox ( uk) sells one for £180. No room for cupboards? Then hang the dustpan, brooms and mops on an over-door rack. Composite stone is a good option for worksurfaces, but wood or laminate work, too. If your budget is tight, buy affordable carcases and add café-style curtains, but use the same worktops as the kitchen for continuity.

professional advice ‘Site the utility room as near as possible to the back door of the house. Build in space for a washing machine and/ or tumble dryer next to each other and add a generous sink – I love a deep Belfast sink. Opt for under-counter cupboards with deep-wall shelving above so key items are visible. Don’t forget to leave a tall gap at the end of the units for an ironing board. Spend the bulk of your budget on the kitchen, and create a utility room using more affordable units and a lower spec worksurface if no food prep or hot saucepans are being used. no room for a separate utility? a deep cupboard or space under the stairs can be converted into a mini laundry area with washing machine and shelving or wall dryers above. Small storage items, such as sets of baskets or crates for gloves or hats, keep clutter at bay, while a ceiling dryer frees up wall space. Laundry baskets are key (ideally one for dark and one for light-coloured clothing), but it may be best to keep them upstairs on a landing where they’re more likely to be filled. Store wellies on a rack by the back door, or under a bench that doubles as a handy seat. Pop pet beds beneath a long row of coat pegs – you always need more space than you think for coats.’ Sarah MoriSon, garden TradIng

Opt for a foldaway design like the Plumsa bag, £9, Ikea

This shoe box doubles as a bench, £350, Cox & Cox

e x p e r t e y e ‘A utility area is often the smallest room in the house, so incorporate space-saving designs and effective storage solutions. To dry clothes quickly and neatly, try a wall-mounted system and a foldable drying rack’ Stella Monteiro, Ikea

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address book ■ Cox & Cox, 0330 333 2123, Practical, industrial-style storage solutions ■ Garden Trading, 01993 845559, a huge range of storage products for utility and laundry rooms ■ Ikea, 020 3645 0015, a wide selection of budget storage options ■ Roundhouse Design, 020 7297 6220, award-winning company that creates chic, functional kitchens

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Fit the space-saving Chilton dryer, £85, garden Trading



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home truths THE prOpErTY Terraced house built in 1905 L O C AT i O n Newcastle r O O M s Hall, sitting/dining room, kitchen, five bedrooms, two bathrooms p U r C H A s E D 2013 prEViOUs prOpErTY ‘Before moving here, I lived in a Victorian terraced house in Whitley Bay,’ says Dawn.

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Vibrant Newcastle lured Dawn Dunn away from the coast to a home near the city’s Metro line



fter many years of living by the sea, and with several successful property renovations under her belt, dawn dunn was drawn back to city life following her divorce. ‘i grew up in newcastle and wanted to be closer to friends and within easy walking distance of restaurants, theatres and cinemas,’ says dawn, 55, a marketing manager, who has two sons, Hugh, 25, and Fergus, 23. ‘as

i knew which road i wanted to live on, i put letters through all the doors. i then i got a reply from a couple who needed a quick sale on their Victorian property as their buyer had pulled out just as they were due to move.’ things happened fast and, as soon as the sale went through, dawn was on the case bringing in builders to knock through the kitchen and breakfast room, as well as the sitting room and dining room. she

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DESIGN TIP ‘I kept the original floorboards in the sitting room and had them copied throughout the ground floor to create a cohesive look’

sitting area The impressive reclaimed Victorian fireplaces, a lucky eBay find by Dawn, are a perfect fit. Antique chaise in purple velvet fabric – Alderley Mulberry Plain is similar, £21m, Loome. The Victoria Overmantel mirror would work well here, £129, Select Mirrors

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The three framed drawings by Dawn’s father, Tom Dack, and local artist Hilary

Feeney, add a layer of interest to the chic monochrome room scheme. The Keeler office desk, £685, Barker & Stonehouse, has a similar look. Primrose upholstered buttonback chair in cream, £300 a pair, the Cotswold Company is comparable. Antique dining table legs painted in Railings estate eggshell, £60 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Line chairs, £123.54 each, Super Studio, are a match

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FAVOURITE ROOM ‘My bedroom gets lots of sun and I love sitting at the desk in there. Watching the trains go by and the people passing in the street below, I feel so connected’


Pale granite worktops are a good contrast to the grey cabinets and wall, while a large mirror helps open up the space. ‘This is a good spot to sit and read – it’s not just all about food prep in here,’ says Dawn. Kashmir white granite, £422.57sq m, Mayfair Granite, is similar. Grey handleless kitchen units, £6,000,

Howdens. Try Smeg Imola chrome tap, £236.97, Appliances Direct. For similar wall colours, try Lamp Room Gray estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball and Weather Vane emulsion, £23 for 2.5L, Valspar. Tibbon white pendant ceiling lights, £40 each, B&Q. Try Jute boucle runner, £75, John Lewis

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also extended into the loft, creating two bedrooms and a further bathroom. After starting work during November, Dawn and her sons spent Christmas with half a staircase to the loft, a gaping hole up to the roof void and missing floorboards. ‘In a previous house we draped fairy lights around a cement mixer, so we’re pretty used to living on a building site,’ she says. The renovation was hard work, but Dawn felt it would be more cost effective to do the job in one fell swoop. It was all hands on deck, with her parents rallying round to help, too. ‘The wallpaper had been painted over in a very strong red so it looked like a massacre as we steamed it off,’ she says. When she was ready to decorate, Dawn stuck to tried-and-tested colour schemes. ‘I first experimented with a long, dark wall about 12 years ago, before they were popular,’ she says, referring to the grey wall that runs along one side of the kitchen, matching the hue of the cabinets. ‘And I

wanted a simple look, with handleless drawers and without wall-hung cupboards.’ Dawn’s only bugbear is the size of the main bathroom. ‘As Victorian houses weren’t originally built with bathrooms they usually have one converted from a bedroom, but mine looks like it used to be an airing cupboard,’ she says. Despite this, she has no regrets. The central location means she can cycle to work and catch the nearby Metro to reach the city centre in 10 minutes. Plus the guest bedrooms are ideal for letting out to visiting actors performing at the city’s theatres. ‘They’re always so interesting,’ she says. ‘I’ll usually share a bottle of wine with them on the first night.’ Originally, she considered renovating and selling on but, four years later, the story has changed. ‘There’s a wonderful sense of community here,’ she says. ‘I can’t imagine finding another home that suits me as well as this – I plan to stay for some time.’

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The two loft rooms are symmetrical but styled diferently. Grandeco Ideco Library Books wallpaper (far left), £23.99 a roll, I Want Wallpaper. Hancock zinc table, £679, Barker & Stonehouse, is similar to the desk (right)

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A sleigh bed adds a note of luxury. Try the Grosvenor bed frame, £1,035, Barker & Stonehouse


White creates an airy feel in a small space. Try the personalised monogram towel set, £29.95, Letteroom

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KITCHEN-dINEr Bespoke cabinets and retro flooring are complemented by Scandinavian seating and lighting. Nerd stools, by Muuto, £395 each; Grasshopper pendant lights by Gubi, £239 each, both Twentytwentyone


c o L L a b o r aT i o n Combining Scandi style with funky British touches has resulted in a distinctive home for Swedish-born Emma Botines-Skogland and her family FeaTure BEVERLEY BYRNE | phoToGraphy COLIN POOLE

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KITCHEN-dINEr This striking table, which is neither oval nor circular, was crafted to exacting standards by danish design company Fritz Hansen. Analog table, £1,506; Drop chairs, £308 each, Skandium. PH 5 pendant light, £625, Twentytwentyone UTILITY room When the basement was added during the architectural redesign, a discreet, fully-equipped utility area, complete with drying rail, was carved out under the stairs. For a similar drying rail, try the Classic clothes airer, from £49.99, PulleyMaid dININg arEa Taking inspiration from the window frames, black accents are dotted throughout the open-plan ground floor. Vitrine cabinet, £905; Due La Pera print, £218, both Twentytwentyone. Dagg glass vase, €300, Svenskt Tenn. For bespoke wine racks, try Wineware, while John Lewis has a good selection of ready-made options, from £12 repLanned

home truths T h e p r o p e r T y Garden flat in a Victorian villa L o c aT i o n London r o o m s Hall, sitting room, kitchen-diner/utility room, three bedrooms (two en suite), shower room p u r c h a s e d 2016 previous properTy ‘Before moving here we had a flat in north London,' says Emma.

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SITTInG AReA ‘Our house would probably be far too colourful for most Swedes,’ says emma. Prints, £35 each, unframed, hus & hem. Shelves painted in oval room blue estate eggshell, £60 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball. turning coffee table by Menu, £350, Skandium

f a v o u r i t e s h o p ‘Thanks to interior designer Sam Watkins McRae, I’m now a big fan of Buster + Punch. I love its inventive industrial style’


hree days before Emma and David Botines were due to put down the deposit on a suburban cottage, fate intervened. As Stockholm-born Emma explains, ‘My Swedish friend was also house hunting and she called to say she had seen a beautifully designed flat which she thought perfect for our growing family, including Elton, seven, and Astrid, three. I went to see it, and minutes later I was calling David to tell him this was the home for us. I sent him photos and, without going to see it, he agreed we should put in an offer.’

New beginnings So why the change of plan? ‘The flat was near a good school in an area of London we really liked and the interior reminded me of my childhood in Stockholm,’ says Emma. ‘Pale herringbone-patterned flooring gave the open-plan ground floor a Scandinavian feel, while floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the garden meant the space felt bright and airy. In contrast, the bedrooms and bathroom had a Victorian 126 | 2 5 b h J uN e 2018

feel, and the basement was a masterpiece of clever design, housing both another bedroom and a neat utility room.’ It turned out that architects Rohan and Gemma Sherlock had restructured the interior to create a clever family home that utilised every nook and cranny.

Making an impact

Emma was delighted when their offer was accepted, not least because the place was ready to move into straightaway. But even though the flat was in a near-perfect condition, she set about personalising it. ‘We wanted to use colour to link the contrasting areas and make it more cosy,’ she explains. ‘I thought of painting the expansive oak bookcase in the sitting area, but wasn’t sure what shade to choose. Fortunately my friend, Sam Watkins McRae, is an interior designer and she suggested a distinctive chameleon blue, which set the theme for the whole flat.’ Sam also introduced Emma and David to some impressive British designers, including Buster + Punch, a London-based

team, creating striking homewares, lighting and accessories. ‘We replaced the lighting throughout the flat, choosing eye-catching, contemporary styles. As Sam says, you don’t have to do a lot to a room to create a welcoming atmosphere. A splash of colour, statement lighting and well-designed furniture is often all it needs.’ Having discarded most of their old furniture, Emma took time choosing new bespoke pieces, much of which were imported from Scandinavia. ‘When Swedish friends and family visit, they often say how comfortably English our home is, while English friends comment on the Scandi influences,’ says Emma. ‘I like that. Rather than slavishly following one set of interior design rules, we have created a home that reflects us as a family.’ Looking back, Emma and David have no regrets about choosing their flat over the cottage. ‘David says we would never have been as happy in the cottage as we are here,’ reflects Emma. ‘And he’s right. This turned out to be the perfect home for us, and I can see us living here for years to come.’

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S TA I R WAY An illuminated recessed handrail and a glass balustrade flank the stairs to the basement. Secto 4200 pendant lamp, £430, John Lewis ASTRID’S beDROOM A geometric-patterned wallpaper in cool shades is a charming touch. For a fun geometric wallpaper, try March hare by Jane Churchill in Aqua, £52 a roll, John Lewis MAIn beDROOM emma’s tactile finds add depth to this calm space, which is kept light and bright in true Scandinavian style. rosalie bed, £990, try the esme bedside table, £129, Junction table lamps, £129 each, heal’s en SuITe An impressive fireplace is a fitting match for a roll-top bath and elegant washstand. La Chapelle basin by Lefroy brooks, £851, bathroom Discount Centre, would work here. Content side table, £309 for three, John Lewis

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formal SITTING room mid century-style furniture and bright pop art sit well in this chic period setting. Artwork, from a selection, Hidden Moves. Branagh three-seater Chesterfield, £1,099; Hooper coffee table, £179, both Leola armchair, £449, Swoon

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Bold artwork and colourful furnishings stand out against a crisp, white backdrop in Kate Adams and husband James’s spacious home FeaTure Liz PoTTer | phoTography CoLin PooLe


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The properTy Townhouse, built around 1900 L o c aT i o n Kent r o o m s Hall, formal sitting room, sitting room, dining room, kitchen-diner, study, cloakroom, two bedrooms, bathroom p u r c h a s e d 2016 previous properTy ‘Before moving here, we lived in a semi in Beckenham,’ says Kate.

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KITCHeN-dINer a combination of units in oak and pine plus stainless steel elements give this room a relaxed, informal feel. For a similar freestanding unit, try the Cotswold Co, from £699. Concrete-top table, £452, Woodpecker interiors. Victory dining chairs, £99 each, Cult Furniture. Karla armchair, £649, Swoon

S I T T I N G r o o m d e Ta I l Carefully curated collectables bring charm and character to a multitude of surfaces, including windowsills and shelves. Kitsch Kitchen Señor ceramic face vase, £39.99, Trouva. The vintage metal surveying rod, £31, Life Project at etsy, is comparable. Sansevieria plant, £16.95,

STUdY The shelf unit was made by a local joiner using reclaimed wood crates for a one-of look. Crates from £18 each, Baileys. The Goodall desk in mango wood, £299, Swoon, is a match. Masters chair, £127, Philippe Starck for Kartell at John Lewis. Walls painted in Manor House Gray estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball

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ictorian properties are often associated with draughty fireplaces, creaky floorboards and crumbling plasterwork, but that is definitely not the case with the home of Kate Adams and her husband James. Their bright, welcoming townhouse in Tunbridge Wells is filled with sunlight, quirky art and artefacts, and pops of colour that give it an unmistakably modern edge. ‘I’ve always loved period houses,’ says Kate. ‘The classic sash windows, fireplaces and high ceilings are appealing, but ours is a bit different from the norm with its layout of three floors and two front doors. It could be a five-bedroom house, but as it’s just the two of us, it makes sense to have more reception rooms instead.’ The couple share a love of eye-catching, unusual items. ‘Ours is an eclectic style,’ explains Kate. ‘We like to mix things up so that each room looks as though it’s taken time to evolve, rather than been created all in one go. We tend to avoid objects that match.’ Hand-me-down furniture, imbued with history, helps set the scene –

Dining room a fun neon sign lightens the mood in this dark, dramatic scheme. We Should Hang Something Cool Here LED neon sign, £499, Love Inc. Walls painted in Down Pipe estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball

including James’s grandmother’s dressing table and a Fifties part-glazed kitchen cabinet that Kate has painted to match their freestanding Ikea units. ‘My mother-in-law downsized at the same time as we moved, so we inherited quite a few pieces,’ says Kate. ‘We also have James’s grandmother’s old china cabinet in the dining room – it fits nicely in the alcove.’ Kate and James have made canny use of eBay, too, finding four of their fireplaces on the site. ‘It’s best not to buy without measuring the opening of the fireplace first, though,’ advises Kate. ‘I made that mistake twice, but I’ve learned my lesson now.’ More characterful purchases include a pommel horse, serving as a coffee table in the sitting room, and a pair of old cinema seats. Other pieces – a set of Russian dolls, a lucky cat and a red silk cushion in the main bedroom – have been collected as souvenirs on travels to Russia and Hong Kong. ‘There’s a wide range of UK shops that we love to visit regularly, too,’ says Kate. ‘We tend to look for modern, mid-century items. Our favourite stores are England at

Home, InSpitalfields, Love Inc, and Swoon. We always keep an eye out for accessories with a sense of humour.’ Since the pair moved in, the townhouse has been transformed. ‘I had just been made redundant so I had time to project-manage the renovation,’ says Kate. ‘I spent the whole eight months painting walls, doors, furniture and window frames. ‘At some point the property had been converted into two flats, which the previous owners had changed into a photographic studio,’ she continues. ‘Everything had been emulsioned white but we’re gradually introducing colour – especially downstairs, where we’ve embraced the cosy nature of the basement room by painting the walls in dark moody hues. Upstairs not only the walls but the floors are white. ‘We worried they would show every mark, but they’re remarkably resilient.’ Now, the sitting room sparkles on a sunny day, thanks to its double aspect and pale scheme. ‘It’s the perfect backdrop for our artwork and bright furniture,’ says Kate. ‘It’s like having our own modern gallery.’

sitting room ‘When James and i bought the desk, we wanted something colourful to pop out against it and the orange chair was ideal,’ says Kate. Edison desk, £369, Maisons du Monde. Jerry dining chair, £85, Habitat. Try the Red deer antler on skull, £380, Starkey light, £149, Walls painted in Hague Blue estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball

main BEDroom accessories and artwork complement each other, creating a warm scheme that’s full of personality. Radius oak double bed, £750, Habitat. Reproduction Anglepoise table lamps, from £95, John Lewis. Abstract painting, £120, Habitat. For cat cushions like these, have a look at Redbubble’s selection, from £14.99

LanDing a mirrored cupboard at the top of the stairs provides practical storage and reflects light onto the stairwell. Tom Raffield Skipper pendant light, £235, Heal’s. Sheepskin rug, £35, John Lewis. Timmy the Sheep metal garden sculpture, £24.50, QVC. For a similar floor paint, try Diamond Hard White floor paint, £21.32 for 1L, Ronseal at Homebase

B at H r o o m a double vanity unit provides ample storage space for Kate and James. Duravit Starck One washbowls, £510 each, CP Hart. Duravit has comparable vanity units. Roll-top bath painted in Down Pipe full gloss, £25 for 750ml, Farrow & Ball

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Nicola and Andrew Wright extended a tired period property to create a family home that is generous in size and spirit FEATURE ViVienne Ayers | PHOTOGRAPHY PoLLy eLTes


home truths THE PROPERTY edwardian village house L O C AT i O N Hampshire R O O M S Hall, sitting room, kitchen-diner, family room, study, conservatory/dining area, cloakroom, four bedrooms (one en suite), bathroom, summerhouse P U R C H A S E D 1999 PREViOUS PROPERTY ‘Before this, we lived in a small Victorian cottage in Berkshire,’ says nicola.


To get her dream country look, Nicola chose Shaker-style cupboards and rustic furniture. For a similar table and chairs, from £230, try Pine Farmhouse Table. Walls painted in Blue Gray estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Wipe-clean tablecloth, from £25, John Lewis

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Nicola repainted and distressed a pair of chairs for a laid-back feel. The plain seat pad in Duck egg, £6, John Lewis, has this look. For a wide range of eclectic cushions, try Morgan Wright


This L-shaped space includes an intimate dining area. Havana Lloyd Loom chairs, around £283 each, neptune.


The family love eating on the terrace by the summerhouse, which has a woodburner for chillier days.

design tip ‘Keep your background neutral so you can switch your accessories. I change ours with the seasons – light textures and bright colours for spring and summer, and then warmer tones once autumn comes round’


aving outgrown their small terraced cottage in Berkshire, Nicola and Andrew Wright knew that they needed to find a new place to call home. Extra space for their two children, Megan, then four, and Florence, two, had become a priority, but they had been living in a Victorian cottage and were keen to find somewhere just as characterful to move to. ‘We wanted more bedrooms, a big kitchen where we could eat and socialise, and a larger garden,’ explains Nicola. ‘We were also looking for off-road parking.’ When they were sent details of an Edwardian house in Hampshire, the layout caught their eye and they thought they should take a look. ‘It wasn’t love at first sight – the exterior was quite unattractive, with aluminium windows in the front bay,’ says Nicola, ‘but we could see it had potential and I liked the

feel of it. The garden was a good size for a family, it had the right number of bedrooms and separate living areas, plus it had planning permission for a conservatory. I said if we could change the windows to period-style ones, then it was a yes from me.’ As soon as they moved in, the couple began work on the renovations. ‘We tackled the front bedroom first, which we wanted as a guest bedroom,’ explains Nicola. ‘It was awful, with mirrored panels that concealed a fireplace and walls painted in bright lime green and midnight blue. We had family coming to stay for Christmas, so we were in a hurry, and we finished decorating with just days to spare.’ Next on the list were the windows that had almost put them off buying the house. ‘We went for a design that was more in keeping with the style and age of the property,’ says Nicola. ‘The house next door has the original curved sash windows, so we 2 5 b H J un e 2018 | 133

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A group of vintage mirrors that were junk-shop finds become a focal point. Damask wallpaper in Josette white/ Dove grey, £34 a roll, Laura Ashley


Frosted glass cabinet doors hide clutter. walls painted in hardwick white estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball

decided to use those as a model– it has made such a difference to the building.’ The Wrights took a short break from renovation after that, but eventually plunged into the job of adding the conservatory that was to give them so much more room. ‘It was difficult to live with the building work,’ recalls Nicola, ‘but it was worth it as we gained an extra dining area.’ In the kitchen, the couple kept the Aga and had

the rest of the room gutted. ‘I’d always been keen to have a classic country-style kitchen,’ says Nicola. ‘So we replaced all the cupboards with Shaker-style ones and bought a farmhouse table that we can all gather around.’ Throughout the following months, they tackled the decor of the house, opting for fresh hues and French-inspired buys, which bring the traditional features of the

property to life. There was work to be done in the garden too, where they prettied up the summerhouse. ‘We dine there all summer long,’ says Nicola, ‘and there’s a woodburner so we use it in winter as well. ‘The house is both informal and smart. We all love it,’ says Nicola. ‘It’s the perfect home, with the space we needed, and has become a beautiful backdrop for our ever-changing lives.’


Tongue-and-groove panelling in a warm cream creates a casual country vibe. the hamilton black metal bed frame, from £449, Dreams, is a match. Lynton Natural curtains, from £130, Laura Ashley, are similar

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KITCHEN Handleless dark grey units create the clean-lined look Sadie and Ross wanted. Ultima Bibury Couture units in Silk Anthracite, £7,500, Kitchens & Worktops. House Additions bar stool, £46.99, Wayfair, is a close match. Jute storage basket, £8.99, H&M Home, is similar

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f i f t i e s d e tac h e d | 25bh F A M I LY R O O M The coffee table and cushions help break up the abundance of grey in this open-plan area. Visby side table with removable tray, £65, La Redoute. Orla Kiely Linear Stem cushion, £35, Glamorous Bedding Direct. Patchwork cushion, £20, Next Home. Try the Big Softie corner sofa, £3,734, Sofas & Stuff


HALL In front of the classic radiator is a favourite spot for Mags the Jack Russell. Acova twocolumn radiator, £228, B&Q, has the same look

DINING AREA Picture ledges allow for an evolving display. Mosslanda picture ledges, £4.95 each, Ikea. Pug print by Ros Shiers, £24,, is a good alternative. Try the LED lightbox, £10, Matalan, for a letter display like this one.

fter 10 years living in a two-up twodown cottage with a steep staircase and downstairs bathroom, Sadie and Ross Tutton craved a larger home with a garden, where they could start a family. The couple were keen to stay in the North Wales village of Hope and luckily they spotted a three-bedroom detached property less than a mile away that fitted the bill, plus it also satisfied their desire for a challenging project. ‘It was stuck in the Seventies and had a small brown kitchen with an awful little window looking into the garage, but it was structurally sound,’ says Sadie, who grew up in a neighbouring village. The couple quickly listed their cottage with an estate agent and accepted a slightly lower offer in order to buy the new house – but the buyer pulled out. ‘It worked in our favour in the end, as we eventually got the full asking price and bought the new place for quite a bit less than our original offer,’ explains Sadie. Since then, the house has been replastered and redecorated, with a new kitchen and bathroom, flooring, radiators, internal doors and logburners in the two reception rooms. However, the biggest change was knocking through the kitchen and dining room to create a kitchen-diner/family space with large bifold doors overlooking the rear garden. At the same time, the couple extended behind the 2 5 b h J UN E 2018 | 137


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The properTy Fifties detached house L o c aT i o n North Wales r o o m s Hall, sitting room, kitchen-diner/family room, office, utility room, three bedrooms, bathroom, shower room p u r c h a s e d 2013 previous properTy ‘Before moving here, we lived in a two-bedroom cottage nearby in Hope, Flintshire,’ says Sadie.

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DINING AREA The couple’s existing oak table comes to life in this neutral setting, with factory-style lighting above adding an industrial edge. The Kendall extending dining table, £499, Next Home, would work here. Hampton pendant lights, £115 each, John Lewis

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garage to add a utility room and a shower room. ‘Originally, we planned a two-storey extension with a glass roof, but realised we didn’t need that much space and scaled back our plans,’ says Sadie. ‘Later, it was really handy having the downstairs shower room when we ripped out the old pink bathroom suite upstairs, knocked the bathroom and toilet into one and took back some space from the landing to create a walk-in shower.’ The kitchen in their previous home had a slightly rustic look, but this time Sadie opted for modern dark matt units with a Corian worktop and a hob on the central island for Ross, who does most of the cooking. ‘I got a pricey quote from a local showroom, so I found an online dealer, Kitchens & Worktops, which supplied a similar design for less than half the price,’ says Sadie. ‘Luckily, my dad has some experience fitting kitchens, so he helped get the configuration right. My parents also own a shop in Chester called Rossett Tiles and sourced some lovely concrete-effect ceramic floor tiles.’ After several months of having to cook in a makeshift kitchen in the ground-floor office, Sadie feels the new space has transformed the way they live. The garden, with its neat artificial lawn and raised vegetable beds, now feels like an extension of the living space, since the same floor tiles were laid inside

SITTING ROOM Mid-century Ercol and G Plan designs complement the age of the house. G Plan Vintage Sixty Three large sofa in Bobble Charcoal, £1,563, Taskers of Accrington. Ercol Originals coffee table, £464, Furniture Village. Try the Koldby cowhide rug, £180, and PS 2017 candleholder in Cerise, £10, both Ikea

25bh | f i f t i e s d e tac h e d MAIn BEDROOM Monochrome with splashes of yellow is a smart design combination. the Scribble Stem double duvet, £75, orla Kiely, is similar. the 3Corazana grey triangle knitted throw, £20, b&Q, is comparable. Scion Mr Fox cushion in yellow/Steel, £40, John Lewis

B AT H R O O M Sadie balanced patterned floors with plain grey wall tiles. thornbury floor tiles, £68sq m, topps tiles, would suit this scheme

EDIE’S BEDROOM The fun fox theme is carried through to the contrasting feature wallpaper. Scion Little Fox wallpaper, £35.70 a roll, Jane Clayton & Company. Minnen bed frame with slatted base, £85, Ikea

and out. Ross has even had an opportunity to put his joinery skills to good use, building a dream playhouse for the couple’s three-year-old daughter Edie. Although the rear of the house is quite modern, Sadie wanted the sitting room at the front to be more in keeping with the age of the property. The original beech parquet flooring in the sitting room, hall and office was restored and relaid by a local company called Living Floors, using blocks from the former dining room to replace damaged areas. ‘When we first pulled back the hall carpet, we couldn’t believe how gorgeous the floor was,’ says Sadie. ‘We ran from room to room lifting the carpets.’ The sitting room’s former blue carpet and walls are now a distant memory, replaced with pure white walls and a simple clean-lined inset fire to ensure the beautiful flooring remains the star of the show. ‘Although we spend more time in the back room,’ says Sadie, ‘I love coming in here to read, as there are no TVs or toys. It’s really peaceful.’ With the work on their home finally complete, Sadie and Ross can enjoy the fruits of their labours. ‘The dog and I only have to walk 15 minutes to get to the countryside and Chester is just a 20-minute drive away. All we need now are some chickens for Ross to keep,’ says Sadie. ‘It’s perfect, and we plan to stay put for the foreseeable future’ 140 | 2 5 b h J un e 2018

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