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ART OF COLOUR Rich pattern in a Tudor farmhouse Seaside villa transformed by pastels Victorian terrace with bold accents CONVERTED CHAPEL Inspired reinvention of a unique space

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U R B A N C H I C Keen to remain in east

London, this pair took on the task of turning a tired period terrace into a cool, calm home P I C T U R E T H I S The London home of these art lovers is a masterpiece in its own right S P A C E C R A F T Glamorous furnishings show of the impressive proportions of this Grade II-listed townhouse in Bristol B E Y O N D T H E P A L E Soft colour and Scandinavian style give this rural home in the Netherlands a chic, rustic aesthetic I N S I G H T Enhancing an outdoor space O P E N T O I D E A S Buying an East Sussex

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cottage was a dream come true for one woman, who couldn’t wait to transform its poky interior R I S I N G F R O M T H E A S H E S Restored after a devastating fire, this historic house in Northamptonshire is fit for the modern era P R E S E R V I N G T H E P A S T Original Tudor and Georgian architecture share equal billing in a characterful Kent farmhouse C O L O U R C O N F I D E N T Rich textures and strong hues fill this London period home S O U T H E R N S T O R Y Drawing on their Stateside roots, this couple created a suitably American ambience in their London dwelling

Vibrant accent colour and elegant pieces lend a cool, classical feel to this London property (page 96).

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R U S T I C R E V I VA L How a derelict Staffordshire


N AT U R A L E V O L U T I O N The ever-changing interior


L I F E & S P I R I T Not even a resident ghost could put one

farmhouse was given a slice of Gallic grandeur of this County Durham detached tells its owner’s style story couple of buying this 18th-century house in Kent

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H O U S E O F F U N Cheerful pops of colour bring joy to this light and airy Dutch townhouse L E A P O F F A I T H A property-hunter’s prayers were answered when a former chapel in Sussex went up for sale D R E A M D E S I G N How one London couple took the risk of building their new home from the ground up

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P E R F E C T B L E N D A light sprinkling of contemporary touches has revived this 16th-century home in Berkshire I N S I G H T Creating a guest bedroom H E R E T O S TAY This Victorian terrace in south London turned into a real keeper for these first-time buyers R O O M F O R C H A N G E No corner was left untouched during the update of this spacious Hampshire home S A L E O F T H E C E N T U R Y Having been in the same family for 99 years, this city terrace was ripe for renovation S K Y ’ S T H E L I M I T The only way was up when it came to creating more space in this Surrey Victorian semi A L L T H I N G S C O N S I D E R E D Extra-special care and attention was given to the thoughtful restoration of this Edwardian terrace in west London




R O O M S W I T H A H U E A tasteful palette and pops


D U A L P U R P O S E This Victorian terrace in northwest


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I N S I G H T Making the most of a small space S E V E N T H H E AV E N Having moved half a dozen times,

of pattern were chosen for this grand Georgian villa in Kent London boasts the perfect blend of style and substance travel writer’s Georgian apartment in Notting Hill

one owner finally fell for a listed apartment in London

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T R AV E L O F F E R Journey along Europe’s waterways R E A D E R O F F E R Bring a fragrant Mediterranean feel

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to your outdoor space with a tricolour oleander plant W H E R E T O B U Y Find your favourite names here R O O M E N V Y The scheme that has inspired us this month

N E W S The hot shopping trends for July T R AV E L O F F E R Take a culinary cruise in Italy T H E S O U R C E Pick up tips and bring the ideas seen

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3 UNDER COVER DKNY Bouclé throw in blue, £75, Bedeck 4 WELL PRESSED Stoneware cafetiere in marine blue, £55, Le Creuset

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GARDEN ROOM ‘Our interior designer Fiona Parke suggested we replace the old conservatory with this room,’ says Victoria. ‘I love being in here and use it all year.’ Balmoral round dining table, from £1,630, Neptune. Painted antique chairs, £465 each; metal and wood cofee table, £1,250, all Horsch Interiors. Large lattice pendant light, £6,600, Jamb

home truths THE PROPERTY Detached 16th-century house L O C AT I O N Berkshire R O O M S Hall, sitting room, kitchen-diner, family room, dining room, garden room, study, playroom, cloakroom, boot room, loggia, utility, six bedrooms (two en suite), dressing area, two bathrooms, laundry room P U R C H A S E D 2016 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘We lived in a 17th-century Grade II-listed cottage in a nearby village,’ says Victoria.

PERFECT BLEND Victoria and John Hemmings’ remodelled period house is a masterclass in mixing historical features with modern flair FEATURE JANE CRITTENDEN | PHOTOGRAPHY JAMES FRENCH

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d e c o r a t i n g t i p ‘Classic designs in neutral colours will enhance the character of a period house without making it look too traditional or fussy’ KITCHEN Exposing the underside of the upstairs floor during the renovations introduced a striking antique timber aesthetic to this space. Toaster table, £895, Loaf. Ercol Originals Windsor dining chairs in black, £390 each, Heal’s

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d e s i g n t i p ‘Employing an interior designer at the beginning of your project will FAMILY ROOM


‘We started with the fabric on the ottoman and then played with lots of samples until we found a combination that worked,’ says Victoria. Ottoman in GP&J Baker Victoria Plaid Quartz, £98m, TM Interiors. Chairs in Quantock linen, £110m, Fermoie. Izmir rug, £2,500, Oka

Oak flooring is a warmer and quieter choice than stone tiles for a high-traic area like this. Flaxman flatweave stair runner in Quartz, from £903 for a flight of stairs with 13 steps, Roger Oates Design. For similar wood flooring, try Natura Oak Ironbark Whiteleaf, £40sq m, Flooring Supplies

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he 16th-century origins of this large country house appealed to Victoria and John Hemmings, but the historical additions had resulted in an elongated floor plan, raising questions about how they would use the space. ‘We loved the low ceilings and beams but weren’t sure about the layout,’ says Victoria. ‘The rooms ran into one another without a corridor. Our children, George, six, and Lily, three, are still young so we wanted to get the spaces right for both now and years to come.’ Hives Architects and interior designer Fiona Parke from Johnston Parke Interiors were enlisted to help with the renovation. ‘We wanted to retain the character of the house but not make it feel old-fashioned,’ says Victoria. ‘When we met Fiona, she really understood what we were trying to achieve.’ Fiona worked closely with the couple’s architect to enhance the property’s historical elements but also improve the flow and light. She suggested removing the ceilings in the children’s bedrooms to expose the rafters and gain head height, as well as putting a laundry room on the first floor. Builders worked carefully and systematically to remove anything that wasn’t in keeping with the old property such as gas fires, modern radiators and lighting. Walls were taken down to open up the family room to the breakfast room and kitchen, and the shared 16th-century chimney breast was knocked through and fitted with a new double-sided

help you to pin down costs and choose the types of finishes you want for each room’ woodburner. The dark entrance hall needed attention and was remodelled with a double-height ceiling and rooflights. Fiona worked on the decor with Victoria and John. ‘I wanted a classic look and prefer clean design, so the muted colours and soft, tactile materials work well,’ says Victoria. Tumbled limestone and whitened oak flooring with neutral walls set a contemporary tone, connecting the downstairs rooms and allowing the oak beams and brickwork to remain prominent. Antique furniture is a nod to the building’s origins, modernised with patterned fabrics in shades of blue and green, and an underlying warmth of stone and taupe. The continuity in the decor and revised layout give shape and purpose to each space. Formal furniture draws the garden room into the house, and the doors between here and the sitting room are kept open for a seamless link. The loggia – once an external walkway – is the passage to reach the garden and utility room but is also a place to relax in. ‘I love that there’s a reason to use every room and we can still appreciate the wonky walls and old beams,’ says Victoria. ‘The layout works well for us now as we don’t have any wasted space.’


‘I like the shape of the Howard armchair and the velvet upholstery is amazingly soft,’ says Victoria. Chair, £1,710, Bray Design Upholstery. Primrose & Plum’s pale gold flower wall mirror, £150, is similar. Antique glass and brass cofee table, £1,320, Norfolk Decorative Antiques


‘The vintage bedside table is covered in an aeroplane wallpaper,’ says Victoria. Bedside table, £895, Bryonie Porter. Mini Gaston lamps, £65 each, Loaf. Contrasting Stars cotton bedspreads, £79.99 each, Zara Home


An antique French bed reupholstered in pretty fabric takes centre stage here. Bed in Mini Hares Pink Icing on Ivory, £64m, Peony & Sage. Cole & Son Whimsical Stars wallpaper, £80 a roll, Houseology. Try Groundworks Bunny Hutch cushions in Pink, from £62 each, SewSusieDesigns at Etsy

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25bh | p e r i o d d e tac h e d MAIN BEDROOM A navy velvet upholstered headboard helps ground the silvery-blue colour scheme. Sienna bed, £1,199, Feather & Black. For similar headboard fabric, try Osborne & Little Abacus velvet in Blue, £79m, TM Interiors. Curtains in Small Paisley Parma Grey fabric, £38m, Volga Linen

d e c o r a t i n g t i p ‘Layer patterned fabrics successfully by sticking with a common thread of colour to tie them together’ GUEST BEDROOM Blue and white create a clean, crisp look. Hawa Mahal rug in Coin Grey with navy outline, £195, From Jaipur With Love. Artur table lamp in stone crackle glaze with straight Empire 30cm shade in green block-printed cotton, £160, Pooky

MAIN EN SUITE A bespoke vanity unit makes the most of the space. Custom vanity drawer unit and double basin, £3,375, Porter Bathroom. Walls painted in Plummett estate eggshell, £60 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. East Hampton hexagon mosaic marble tiles, £165sq m, Fired Earth

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Insight CREATING A GUEST BEDROOM Do as Victoria and John Hemmings have done and design a serene, multifunctional space


ven the most modest of spaces can serve as a comfortable guest room, and clever use of furniture allows for study and storage areas, too. Opt for a cohesive decorative scheme with hard-working furniture and you won’t look back.

Forward planning


Creating a guest bedroom that’s both appealing and practical starts with good spatial planning. This is particularly important if you are creating a room that will serve several purposes, whether as a study, informal dressing room or an additional clothes space. Once you’ve covered all the functions of the room, you can plan the furniture placement. Daybeds or truckle beds are a great option for rooms that host occasional visitors. Choose multifunctional pieces, such as a desk that can double as a dressing table, or a lidded ottoman to provide handy occasional seating as well as an invaluable place to keep linens and clothes. Window seats that conceal

storage are another good choice. If the room is used solely as a guest room, consider two single beds combined with vibrantly upholstered, generously sized headboards to add a sense of symmetry and scale, as well as allowing for flexible sleeping arrangements when visitors stay. In a small space, create cohesion with decorative accents – try finishing your headboards, curtains or rugs in identical trims for a smart look.

Add a little luxe Making a space feel luxurious is all in the detail. Anticipate the needs of visitors by incorporating touches that will turn a guest room into a welcoming home from home. If you can, include a full-length mirror, fitted on the inside of cabinetry or the back of a door where space is tight, while an ornate wall-hung option creates a decorative accent. Finally, a few personal touches will ensure a warm welcome – add reading material, a carafe of water, fresh linens, a sleep mask, earplugs and flowers.

professional advice ‘Decorating a nook in a city apartment requires a diferent approach to a guest room in a larger house, but they both share the same ethos, which is that of a warm, welcoming space combining the facilities of a hotel with the intimacy and charm of a home. Inviting schemes rely on calming, restful interiors, which are often achieved through symmetry and scale. The most satisfying layouts are usually the simplest, but pattern, colour and texture all play a part. The bed is the most important item in the room, so be sure to have a good mattress. Freshly laundered and pressed sheets are a must, as are down pillows and duvets. Use high thread count fine linens whenever possible to enhance the feeling of well-being. Finish the bed with a throw in cotton, wool or cashmere, depending on the season. Good layered lighting is crucial. If the bedside light is also the reading light, then ensure that the bottom of the shade is at shoulder height so that the light will fall onto the book. When installing switches by the bed, consider a USB port, too, which is a practical touch. If there is space, incorporate a comfortable armchair, ideally next to a window, with a small table beside it on which to place a cup, book or laptop. Make sure that there is somewhere to unpack a suitcase, too.’

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Create a relaxing space with soft colours and textures

Use complementary tones and fabrics for cohesion

e x p e r t e y e ‘A guest room can be an opportunity to go for a more unusual scheme that you wouldn’t consider in your everyday rooms. For example, if you are drawn to a dark colour, it’s the perfect space to try something different’ ALISON TEVERINI, MILWARD TEVERINI, MILWARDTEVERINI.COM


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The Big Tulip chair, re-covered in purple fabric, provides a bold focal point in the bay window. Big Tulip chair, from £2,268, Pamono. Try the Java three-seater leather sofa, from £2,399, John Lewis. DLM side table, from £135, Hay

home truths T H E P R O P E R T Y Early 20th-century townhouse L O C AT I O N The Netherlands R O O M S Hall, sitting room/ dining area, kitchen, study/sitting area, study, conservatory, four bedrooms, bathroom P U R C H A S E D 2008 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘Before moving here, we lived in a smaller terraced house nearby,’ says Bea.

HOUSE OF FUN Using white as a backdrop to splashes of bold colour, Bea Kroeze transformed a dark and dated property into a cheerful family home FEATURE EMMA LOVE | PHOTOGRAPHY LIVING4MEDIA/CAMILLA ISAKSSON

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An industrial stainless-steel scheme is brightened up with colourful appliances. Orange Smeg fridge, £1,215; red Smeg dishwasher, £979, both John Lewis. Red Francis Francis for Illy espresso cofee maker, £131, Amazon

The decorative black mirror frame offsets the simplicity of the stove surround. Ung Drill mirror, £25, Ikea. Try the Hawk 3D woodburner, £458, UK Stoves. Vitra Eames RAR rocking chair, £396, John Lewis


‘I love to relax here in the evening sun,’ says Bea. Origami Moth XL paper light, £139, Studio Snowpuppe. Never Grow Up poster, £13 unframed, Zilverblauw

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ea Kroeze and her partner, Remon, were already on the hunt for a larger home in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden, when they saw that a four-bedroom period corner terrace that Bea had fallen in love with as a child was for sale. ‘Growing up, I lived in the Old Town a block away and I used to call this property the Pippi Longstocking house because it looked like the kind of home she would live in,’ says Bea, a secondary school teacher. Once inside the house, she and Remon knew instantly that it was the one for them. ‘The kitchen and bathroom dated from the Sixties, there were four layers of wallpaper, lots of brown paint and dark carpets, but we could see past all that,’ she says. ‘All the original elements – the ornamental high ceilings, French doors, stone fireplaces, stained glass windows and carved wood banisters – were still there.’ The pair spent a year gutting the interior and stripping surfaces back before installing wooden floors and painting walls and floors white throughout. ‘I’ve always decorated our previous houses to the same formula, by using a simple white background with pops of bright colour,’ says Bea of her cheerful and lively home, made even livelier since the arrival of their two-year-old son, Silvijn. Flashes of vibrant colour can be seen throughout the interior, from the purple front door to the striking multicoloured tiles in the bathroom and the orange fridge in the industrial-looking stainless steel kitchen. As with most large-scale decorating projects, this one wasn’t without mishaps. The couple painted the woodwork and window frames on the ground-floor sitting room and dining area

d u tc h t ow n h o u s e | 25bh DINING AREA A set of six classic red chairs defines this area where the family congregates. Gispen dining chairs, £1,004 for four, Pamono. Lime Tripp Trapp high chair, from £171, Stokke. Artemide Tolomeo mega pendant, £303, Made in Design

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‘We mark the countries and cities we’ve visited on this map with flag pins,’ says Bea. For a similar map, try World Political wall map, from £17, Maps International. Vitra Panton S chair in red, £225, Heal’s. The monochrome Cowhide rug, £343.99, Wayfair, would work here


Rather than concentrate on a single colour, Bea has created a feature of multicoloured tiles. Mosa Colors tiles, from £272sq m, Tile & Ceramic Solutions. The Kent bath, £119.95, Victorian Plumbing, is similar


Bea created a stylish black-and-white montage of precious family memories and hung it above the bed. Componibili storage side table, £28, Utility Design

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with an inexpensive white paint and, after about a year, it had taken on a yellowish tint. ‘It meant we had to repaint it all,’ says Bea. ‘The lesson we learnt is that it’s always worth paying more for good materials.’ Bea also prefers to save up for key heirloom pieces of furniture that she really loves rather than buying something cheaper immediately – or she searches long and hard for treasured objects in flea markets and on Dutch eBay. ‘One of my favourite items is the Big Tulip chair by Pierre Paulin in the sitting room,’ she says. ‘I always wanted one of these, but they are quite expensive, so I searched for a second-hand one for years. When I finally tracked one down, I had it re-covered in purple.’ Bea also counts her red dining chairs, which she bought with the first royalties she earned from her other career as a writer, as a special find. ‘That was 20 years ago and they are still going strong,’ she says. For Bea and her family, the dining area is the heart of the home. ‘It’s such a nice spot, because it’s so light and it’s literally in the middle of the house. I can see Silvijn if he’s playing nearby and look straight through the house to the garden.’ This year, Bea is looking forward to the theatre, film and arts events taking place across the city, which is a European Capital of Culture 2018, but when at home, she likes nothing more than planning her next DIY project. ‘Silvijn needed a bigger bedroom, so we recently swapped his room with the study and I’m currently deciding how to decorate it,’ Bea explains. ‘I enjoy looking at inspiring images, browsing through Pinterest and making mood boards – it’s something I could happily do all day.’

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HALL A purple front door adds a burst of colour inside and out. Hang It All coat rack, £225, Vitra at Heal’s. Bekvam stool, £13, Ikea

SILVIJN’S BEDROOM A clean, white scheme makes this small space feel light and airy. Try the Half Moon basket, from £47, Ferm Living


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DINING AREA Sleek metal chairs, each softened by sheepskin, add a touch of industrial chic. Isaac Iron chairs, £120 each; sheepskin pads, £32 each, all Graham and Green. Dining table, £300, Soho Home. Try the Anya pendant, £70, Enamel Shades

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home truths THE PROPERTY Victorian terrace L O C AT I O N East London R O O M S Sitting room, kitchen-diner, three bedrooms, two bathrooms P U R C H A S E D 2012 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘We used to live in a Twenties flat in east London,’ says Annie.

URBAN CHIC Keen to stay in their neighbourhood, Annie Tidyman and Rich Robinson upsized from a garden flat to a period terrace nearby, imbuing it with a softly contemporary feel FEATURE STEPHANIE SMITH | PHOTOGRAPHY DAVID GILES

KITCHEN-DINER ‘We inherited the units, but created a new scheme around them to reflect our own style,’ says Annie. Bespoke units, £25,000, Tim Moss Kitchens; painted in Lamp Room Gray estate eggshell, £60 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball

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SITTING ROOM Metallic highlights lift this calming grey and white scheme. Bluebell sofa in Dove Grey, £2,260, Barley Twist jute rug, £300, West Elm. To find out about using Annie’s house as a location for photo shoots, contact her at

i n s p i r a t i o n ‘I always try to add some original antique or vintage pieces to every space, as I find combining old with new works really well’


ot wanting to leave London’s East End, but needing more space and a larger garden for their dog, Annie Tidyman and her husband Rich Robinson started looking for a place they could put their mark on. ‘That was six years ago and properties were selling quickly,’ says Annie. ‘We’d chosen this part of Hackney as the place we wanted to live, as it has a real community feel, with great shops, cafés and green spaces. We were also thinking about starting a family.’ Having lost out on several properties, Annie, a creative director and artist, knew this Victorian terrace was a winner as soon as she walked in. ‘The family who had lived here before had built a basic extension and installed a nice grey kitchen, but other than that, everything was very run down,’ she says. ‘That suited us, as we wanted to create our own look but not pay out to extend – it just needed a total makeover.’ But it was a race against time to secure the property. ‘Someone else put in an ofer on the house, and we had just an hour to 30 | 2 5 B H J U LY 2018

come up with our best ofer. Luckily, it turned out to be enough,’ says Annie. Once they had moved in, the couple started with the basics, painting the whole house in light, neutral colours to bring out the best in the high-ceilinged rooms, before deciding on the furniture they needed to invest in and what second-hand or restored items they could use. ‘I’m a bit of a collector,’ says Annie, ‘and our old flat was overflowing with pieces that I’d bought at antiques fairs and junk shops. We’ve brought our favourite items with us, and it’s lovely to be able to distribute them around the house to create the mix of old and new that I love.’ Annie is a huge fan of buying furniture at auction and then bringing it back to life with new fabric or paint. ‘Usually, the fabric costs more than the furniture, but I really like the idea of things being reused and recycled,’ she says. Focusing on one room at a time, the couple have methodically worked their way through the house. When it comes to designing a room, Annie usually starts with her favourite

grey and white, then adds texture and colour, particularly greens, golds and pinks, with original artwork and accessories. She is happy to add contemporary items, such as sofas and beds, from high street stores, as long as they are blended seamlessly with vintage buys. ‘I like to keep a scheme simple,’ she says. ‘I’m not one for clutter, although I do like collecting things. I group pieces together and display them on a wall or shelving. If I can’t bear to get rid of something, we have a large basement, which helps me to keep clutter under control.’ After son Cooper came along in November 2016, one of the three bedrooms was turned into a nursery. And by tackling one large project each year, including the bathroom, Annie and Rich have now completed the whole house and garden. ‘We adore it here, and the room at the back of the house is where we spend most of our time,’ says Annie. ‘It’s a great space, with a table for eating, a sofa area for relaxing and the island for socialising. Best of all, we’ve stayed in the area that we love so much.’

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MAIN BEDROOM A white backdrop makes the bed stand out. ‘I spotted these cushions while on holiday in Marrakech,’ says Annie. Charlotte headboard, £315, Crown French Furniture, is a match. Grey king-size bedlinen set, £250, West Elm GUEST BEDROOM Pale shades keep this space at the rear of the house neutral and relaxing. Alvine Kvist duvet cover set, £35, Ikea. Grey throw, £140, Soak & Sleep B AT H R O O M A collection of picture frames above the bath creates an eye-catching feature. Grey and white checked vinyl flooring, £25sq m, Abbott’s COOPER’S BEDROOM ‘For a vintage touch, I put up some signs I found at antiques fairs,’ says Annie. Tara cotbed, £150, John Lewis, has this look. Mosslanda ledges, £9 each, Ikea


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1 PICTURE THIS Fabrice Lachant and Tony Hilliard lovingly restored this Victorian house to provide a perfect space for their unique art collection FEATURE MANDY NOLAN | PHOTOGRAPHY ROBERT SANDERSON


home truths THE PROPERTY Victorian terrace L O C AT I O N Southwest London R O O M S Sitting room, kitchendiner, snug, three bedrooms (all en suite), dressing room P U R C H A S E D 2013 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘Before moving here, we lived in a modern townhouse in Clapham,’ says Fabrice.

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oon after Fabrice Lachant and Tony Hilliard found their new home, plans were afoot to transform it. Fabrice, a painter and fashion photographer, had devoted considerable time to researching a look for the new interior. ‘We were trying to find a house we could turn into a place that reflected our style and taste,’ he says. ‘At first I was doubtful, as the kitchen was dark and the garden was overgrown. I was brought up in Switzerland and I lived in Los Angeles, so I struggled to visualise this place with a bright, light interior. It was Tony who convinced me that we could make it work.’




Once the couple decided to buy, Fabrice began collecting a scrapbook of ideas. ‘We were keen to make the most of the space so, as well as knocking down walls, we decided to extend outwards and upwards to create an extra bedroom, bathroom and study,’ says Fabrice. ‘Our plans for the top floor meant we had to bring in quite a few steel beams to underpin the structure, but we felt it was worth the expense,’ he continues. ‘We also had to excavate the ground floor to increase the ceiling height at the rear.’ Once the roof had been raised and the top floor completed, Fabrice and Tony moved in, living largely in the new attic. They then worked on the rooms from the top down, doing them up as the work progressed. The layout of the first floor was rejigged to allow for a spacious main bedroom, en suite and connecting


SITTING ROOM ‘We were lucky to find a house with lots of the original features still in perfect condition,’ says Fabrice. For a similar sofa, try the Oslo, from £799, Swoon. Gallotti & Radice Connection glass table, £1,056, Purves & Purves. Oak Yellowstone flooring, £69.50sq m, Boen


TERRACE The outdoor space was transformed into a sociable spot. Catania outdoor dining table, £299;

and bench, £159, both


KITCHEN A sleek island defines the cooking zone. Kitchen cabinetry by Cesar Arredamenti, price on request, Houselab


DINING AREA Chairs in aqua add vitality to this modern scheme. Eames DAR upholstered dining chairs, £635 each; Flos Arco floor lamp, £1,600, all Heal’s. Eros dining table, £2,724, Purves & Purves


1 lessons learnt ‘We realised that being flexible allows you to evolve your design as you go – what looks good on paper might not work as well as you expect’

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dressing room. Swapping the original fireplace to the other side of the main bedroom meant the couple could build a panelled wall concealing storage behind the bedhead, while extending the guest bedroom over the kitchen provided space for an en-suite bathroom. C R E AT I V E A P P R O A C H

On the ground floor, the sitting room oozes elegance thanks to clean, white paintwork and a profusion of original features. Meanwhile, the new extension houses a modern Italian kitchen, its sleek lines providing a neat contrast to the property’s original elements. ‘When decorating the house I started with the artwork, creating canvases of varying styles for an eclectic look, and adding framed photographs for a change of pace,’ explains Fabrice. ‘The furniture here comprises a mix of contemporary items and other special pieces that I inherited from my French grandmother. I spent hours searching online, too, and in doing so, realised that perhaps I could make some of the pieces that we wanted, so I ended up creating the chandeliers and some of the lampshades.’ Renovating this characterful house took almost two years and entailed commitment and a lot of hard work, but the pair feel that the results have paid of. ‘Knowing how much we did ourselves makes it all the more rewarding,’ says Fabrice. ‘Whether we’re relaxing at home or entertaining friends, we’re surrounded by things that are full of meaning – and that’s just how a home should be.’


SNUG Lustrous textural wallpaper in a rich tone helps to create a sumptuous feel. Elitis Anguille Big Croco Galuchat wallpaper, £289.80 a roll, Abbott & Boyd. Lazytime sofa, £1,928, Camerich. Geometrikos Black 2 painting by Fabrice Lachant, lachant


MAIN BEDROOM The wall behind the bedhead conceals a useful storage area. Era Plus bed, £1,932, Camerich. Serax pendant lights, £114 each, Amara


S TA I R W E L L Fabrice’s framed fashion shots adorn the walls to striking effect. Black and white photographs by Fabrice Lachant


MAIN EN SUITE Simplicity is the order of the day in this sleek scheme. Duravit Starck 1 walnut vanity basin, £2,800, CP Hart


GUEST BEDROOM A flowered wall adds elegance. Elitis Narco Flowers wallpaper, £313.80 a roll, Abbot & Boyd



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ROOMS WITH A HUE Nicki Conn and Christopher Peabody wanted a small cottage by the sea but fell in love with a grand Georgian villa ripe for a colourful makeover FEATURE SARAH WARD | PHOTOGRAPHY JAMES FRENCH


The woodwork is painted the same colour as the walls for a cohesive, calming effect. Walls painted in Vert de Terre estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Faux deer head, £31.52, White Faux Taxidermy at Etsy. Three Angels sells similar ornate French mirrors, from £495 each


icki Conn and her husband Christopher Peabody had their hearts set on a small seaside escape when they began looking for properties. ‘I’d had my eye on the East Kent coast for a while,’ says Nicki. ‘Our children were going back to school and I wanted another project. We’d visited various coastal towns, none of which felt right, but then in February 2017 we decided to

view some houses in the small town of Deal. As soon as we arrived, the town just clicked with us.’ After seeing some two-up, two-down cottages, the couple happened upon a grand Georgian property set back from the sea. ‘It wasn’t what we were looking for, and it was twice our budget, but I fell in love with it,’ says Nicki. ‘It just felt like our home and we could instantly imagine ourselves living 2 5 B H J U LY 2018 | 37

there. Best of all, the owners had already carried out the renovations, so we just had to tidy it up and decorate it.’ The sale went through in 12 weeks and, on the May bank holiday, Nicki and Christopher arrived at the property with their sons, Gabriel, 10, and Raphael, seven, and a lorry-load of furniture. ‘That weekend, we started putting the house together,’ says Nicki. ‘When I see things I love, I buy them and keep them until I can use them, so I had a lot in storage. We


Nicki added colour and texture with velvet sofas, rugs and an eclectic collection of art. Floral woven rug, from £119; tall side table with golden frame, £159.99, both Zara Home

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also took some items from our London home, plus other pieces bought from brocantes in France, which we visit a lot.’ Nicki’s eclectic taste has given the house a luxe, bohemian edge. Original art, plush sofas, metallic accessories and ornate mirrors ofset the softly coloured walls, and piles of cushions and rugs give the rooms a relaxed, cosy feel. ‘Texture and colour bring a space to life,’ Nicki says. ‘I particularly love the mix of floral cushions and patterned bedspread in the pink

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d e s i g n i n s p i r a t i o n ‘Walmer Castle is an English Heritage property, with the walls and woodwork painted the same colour, which works so well in older buildings’


home truths THE PROPERTY Georgian end-of-terrace, built in 1768 L O C AT I O N Kent R O O M S Hall, sitting room, kitchen-diner, cloakroom, four bedrooms, bathroom P U R C H A S E D 2017 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘We also have a Victorian house in east London,’ says Nicki.

KITCHEN Wooden worktops and cream walls give a rustic, farmhouse feel to this space. Walls painted in Dorset Cream estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Natural slate Sheera multicolour tiles, £41.96sq m, Topps Tiles, are similar. Kitchen chairs found on eBay

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Earthy green paint on the walls, woodwork and fireplace has a calming effect in here. Walls painted in Vert De Terre estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. The Lola mango wood bedside table, £199, Swoon, has this look


‘I paired pale pink with black in here, as I didn’t want this room to be too feminine or twee,’ says Nicki. Walls painted in Setting Plaster estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball

bedroom. I tend to put patterns together. Prints are nothing to be afraid of and are an easy way to change the feel of a space.’ The kitchen and dining area are located in the basement. Farmhouse-style cabinetry and flagstone flooring make the space feel welcoming and friendly, while a bespoke dining table ensures plenty of room for eating meals together. ‘The previous owners had this amazing table built to fit the space,’ says Nicki. However, the fact that the family are not living in the house full time did present challenges. ‘It took me a 40 | 2 5 B H J U LY 2018


The floorboards have been treated with yacht varnish for a fully waterproof finish. Walls painted in Oval Room estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Framed bird prints, £50 each, Timorous Beasties

while to understand how the house was used,’ Nicki says. ‘For instance, we didn’t have a cofee table and after a few visits from friends, we realised that if you have eight people in the house, they need somewhere to put their cofee cups!’ But it is the overall character of the property that has won Nicki’s heart. ‘This place has a story,’ she says. ‘I don’t believe in spirits, but I think homes have a personality you can sense. I feel like there have been some good times in this home. People have laughed and lived here, and now it’s our turn.’ FO R STO C K I STS G O TO W HER E TO B U Y

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SPACE craft Sumptuous furnishings have been artfully combined with pops of colour to highlight the classic proportions of Sarah Bailey’s home FEATURE & PHOTOGRAPHY JO SHELDRAKE

KITCHEN On-trend greys and fresh whites are teamed with stainless steel finishes for a contemporary look. Units painted in Dry Barley eggshell, £66 for 5L, Paint by Conran. Try the Terano adjustable bar stool, £169, CH Furniture at Oak Furniture House

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home truths T H E P R O P E R T Y Grade II-listed Georgian townhouse L O C AT I O N Bristol R O O M S Hall, formal sitting room/dining area, sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, five bedrooms (one en suite), bathroom, terrace P U R C H A S E D 2015 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘Before this, we had a self-build just outside Bristol,’ says Sarah.


inding the right house in a prime location is about timing, as Sarah Bailey discovered in 2015, when a local agent found her the perfect property in the heart of Bristol. This historic building, formerly used as oices and in a neglected state, was in the process of being renovated. Fortunately, Sarah could see past the building site and her interest was sparked. ‘I fell in love with it immediately,’ she says, ‘particularly the long sweeping entrance hall leading to a beautiful staircase with a winding handrail. All of the rooms were spacious and well proportioned with original features, too. I knew I could turn this place into

a family home for me and my daughters, Morgan, now 19, and Freya, 16.’ Sarah has an interior design business, SJP Interior Design, in Bristol, and her creative flair and passion for beautiful furniture is evident throughout her home. Although financial constraints have been her biggest frustration right from the start, with patience and creativity, she has managed to transform pieces within her budget. ‘I’m a perfectionist and wanted to create the ideal interior,’ says Sarah. ‘But as this is a large four-storey house, it needed a lot of furniture to make it feel complete, so it took a while.’ The formal sitting room has two zones – a relaxing area with a fireplace


A well-configured seating arrangement is ideal for socialising and relaxing. Anna French Verey wallpaper in Citron, £66 a roll, Jane Clayton & Company. Bespoke sofas by Andrew Martin; for similar, try the Winston three-seater sofa in Granite, £1,999, Swoon


This chic eating spot exudes elegance. Anna French Verey wallpaper in Grey, £52 a roll, Jane Clayton & Company. Searchlight Marie Therese 12-light chandelier, £204.62, Ocean Lighting, is a match. Elm parquet top round dining table, £1,418, Shabby Store, is a good alternative

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DECOR ATING TIP ‘Although grey has become ubiquitous in modern-day historic interiors, I’d say don’t be afraid of using strong and vibrant colours – the grand proportions of period properties can handle them’

and a dining space. Sarah reupholstered her château-style dining chairs using brightly coloured damask material, which adds striking pops of colour and complements the floral wallpaper. ‘We got through a lot of wallpaper,’ recalls Sarah, ‘but I wanted to paper the whole space rather than just a feature wall and I found that a subtle print works well.’ In the kitchen, Sarah updated the old cabinets by replacing dark handles with silver ones, and a white stone surface was fitted for a contemporary feel. She then created a breakfast bar by replacing the original island worktop with an overhanging design. The unit now accommodates seating for six

people, and industrial-style stools introduce a touch of urban chic. The floorboards were repainted in a bright white to suit the light, airy space. Choosing the right lighting helped to enhance the overall look and feel of the property’s generous rooms, and Sarah’s love of grand chandeliers has resulted in an opulent finish. Statement mirrors have been hung wherever possible, too, to channel more light into a space. ‘The general tone is all about light, colour and texture,’ explains Sarah. ‘This house was quite an aspirational buy for me,’ she continues, ‘and I feel very fortunate to be able to live in such a grand and beautiful historic home.’


Sarah has created a sophisticated scheme by combining colour, pattern and French furnishings to great effect. Try the Amaury extending dining table, £1,932, La Maison Chic. The Sophia classic French-style carver armchair, £245, Crown French Furniture, has this look


The floorboards and fireplace have been painted in a deep hue to contrast with the pale grey walls for a dramatic look. For a similar floor paint, try Studio Green modern eggshell, £67 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Super king-size Button bed, £959, SJP Interior Design. Mimi bedside table in solid weathered oak, £225, Loaf, is a match

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EN-SUITE BATHROOM A freestanding roll-top is perfectly positioned next to the sash window to make the most of the views. Landmark Bath in Gun Metal Grey, £2,499, Bathstore. Walls painted in Purbeck Stone estate eggshell, £60 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball


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SITTING ROOM The armchair in the window provided the inspiration for the colour scheme in this stylish space. Armchair upholstered in Carnival linen, £119m, Christopher Farr Cloth. Triomphe side tables, £525 each, Oka. Samson table lamps, £250 each, Pooky

HERE TO STAY Alex and Will Keith thought their first real home together would be strictly short term – it proved to be anything but FEATURE SALLY SMITH | PHOTOGRAPHY RACHAEL SMITH


home truths THE PROPERTY 19th-century Victorian terrace L O C AT I O N South London R O O M S Sitting room, kitchendiner, cloakroom, five bedrooms, two bathrooms P U R C H A S E D 2004 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘We lived in my two-bedroom flat in Fulham for a few months before we moved in,’ says Alex.

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SITTING ROOM A practical oice space has been incorporated at the back of the room. Walls painted in Stikey Blue estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball

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TA N A’ S BEDROOM Alex designed the wardrobes with a fun zigzag front. Bespoke wardrobe, from £1,344, Otta Design. Alex/Linnmon table, £70, Ikea, is similar

LANDING ‘I wanted to incorporate family heirlooms here – these watercolours were painted by my greatgreat-uncle,’ says Alex. Walls painted in Skimming Stone; handrails painted in Railings, both estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball


hen Alex and Will Keith moved into their first home together after three months of marriage, they did not think they would be staying long. ‘I knew I wanted to live in this part of southwest London, I just wasn’t sure about this particular house,’ says Alex. ‘I was hoping to find more of a renovation project, but there weren’t many properties on the market at the time.’ Will, a banker, was keen to buy the home as it was convenient for his daily commute to work, and his enthusiasm convinced Alex that this was indeed the right property for them. ‘It’s a great area,’ she says. ‘We had friends and good schools nearby, and there were plenty of green spaces where we could walk our dog, Tikka. We were also ready to start a family.’ A year later, Alex had the couple’s first daughter, Isla, now 12, soon followed by Tana, 11, and Clover, eight. Now a family of five, the Keiths wanted more space

downstairs, so they built a side-return extension to create a kitchen-diner. ‘We also knocked through to the sitting room,’ says Alex. ‘As a result, the sun comes streaming right through the house now.’ Alex had a clear vision of how to make the most of the space, having set up an interior design business, Otta Design, with friend Alison Johnson. ‘I knew that I wanted to paint the sitting room a strong blue colour and keep some of the original Victorian features,’ she says. She decided to retain the fireplace in the formal part of the sitting room, but remove the chimney breast at the back, to give her more design options for a practical oice space. The plan worked so well downstairs that it made sense to take out the original chimney breasts in Isla and Tana’s bedrooms upstairs, opening up some much-needed floor space. ‘It’s amazing what a diference it made to how I could lay out the rooms,’ says Alex. ‘It was also important to me that the decor in the

girls’ rooms reflected their individual personalities, so I played around with mixing bright colours, fabrics and textures.’ The final piece of the jigsaw was to make space for an additional bedroom. ‘In 2007, we built the loft as our bedroom, but planning regulations prohibited us from building an extra room at the back of the house,’ says Alex. However, last year, the couple finally gained permission to add the fifth bedroom they had planned. ‘It’s worked out perfectly,’ she says. ‘We’ve made the double bedroom at the front of the property a stylish playroom for the girls, so they can hang out with their friends.’ This meticulous preparation and design talent has paid of, as Alex has created a family home that will last the Keiths a lifetime. ‘I’m surprised we’re still here, but it’s been worth all the expense and mess,’ she says. ‘Having built our ideal home, we’re not moving for a long time. I want to relax and watch my daughters grow up while enjoying the results of our hard work.’

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v i c to r i a n te r r ac e | 25bh B AT H R O O M Geometric tiles on the wall, bath panel and floor give this compact room its wow factor. Artic-21-hex concrete tiles, £58.87sq m, Best Tile. Try the grey seagrass basket, from £24, Bloomingville at Amara

MAIN BEDROOM Simple, fuss-free decor gives this space an effortlessly stylish appeal. Beauvais bedside table in Dove Grey, £295, Oka. Try the Bistro oak dining chair, £155, Graham and Green

I S L A’ S B E D R O O M The bespoke velvet headboard injects a vibrant splash of colour. For similar fabric try Naples velvet in Jafa Orange, £17.95m, The-millshoponline. Brunswick wallpaper, £37.50m, Tektura Wallcoverings. For metal stars like these, from £13 each, try eBay

B AT H R O O M The rich tone and grain of the vanity lend depth and warmth. Bespoke American black walnut vanity, around £1,140, Otta Design. Worktop in White Minerva marble, £649, Minerva. Mosaic stick tiles, £3.90 a sheet, Mosafil



Jade and Jon Severs’ period property was in need of a complete overhaul to turn it into the spacious forever home they envisioned FEATURE CASSIE PRYCE | PHOTOGRAPHY DAVID GILES

SITTING ROOM Period features and a soft pastel palette combine to create a classic space with a fresh feel. Walls painted in Ammonite estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Logan rug, £99, Modern Rugs. Burlington sofas, £999 each, Marks & Spencer. Arod lamp, £50; Spilltid tray, £5, both Ikea. Waves seafoam cushion, £9, Dunelm


home truths THE PROPERTY Edwardian semi-detached L O C AT I O N Hampshire R O O M S Hall, sitting room, kitchen-diner, playroom, utility room, cloakroom, four bedrooms, bathroom P U R C H A S E D 2016 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘Before moving here, we lived in a three-bedroom Sixties house in Havant,’ says Jade.

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e dwa r d i a n s e m i | 25bh KITCHEN Pale cabinets allow the architectural features of this space to stand out. Bespoke Madison units painted in ash light grey, Kitchen Collection. Quick-Step impressive ultra laminate flooring in soft oak natural, £32.49sq m, Flooring Supplies


een to remain faithful to their roots, Jade Severs and husband Jon set out to find somewhere close to the coast when looking for a family home. ‘We had bought a small Sixties house in the centre of Havant a few years previously, but were rapidly outgrowing the space,’ says Jade. ‘We wanted to stay nearby, as both Jon and I grew up on the coast and wanted our children to have the same upbringing as we did, with many happy weekends spent at the beach.’ Luckily, they found an attractive place close by. Having never owned a period property before, Jade was hesitant when it came to viewing this Edwardian house, but was soon won over by its generous space and the potential it ofered. ‘The downstairs layout needed completely changing, as it was a rabbit warren of rooms and the dining area had barely any light, but we loved it,’ she says. Within just a week of moving in, the couple found out they were expecting their third and fourth children – twin girls. With the added rush of getting as much of the project finished as possible before their arrival, Jade and Jon engaged an architect and surveyors to help reconfigure the layout. ‘We decided to open up the rear ground floor to create a kitchen-diner with a playroom so I could keep an eye on the children,’ says Jade. ‘Upstairs, the bathroom was moved from the back bedroom to the middle of the house and the old bathroom was converted into a bedroom.’ As the couple didn’t have to obtain planning permission, the work took around three months, but it wasn’t all plain sailing. ‘While laying new

DINING AREA A boarded-up fireplace was uncovered and Jade came across the surround at a local reclamation yard. Find more of Jade’s decorative touches on her Instagram handle, Eames DSW chairs, £365 each, Vitra. Try the Florence grey extending table, £649, The Cotswold Company. Find similar

artwork, price on application, Rise Art STUDY AREA This compact work space is nestled in the corner of the sitting room with a shelf above for additional storage. Norrasen laptop table, £70; Tejn rug, £10, both Ikea. For a similar chair, try the Aston Bramble spindle back chair, £75 for a pair, The Cotswold Company

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25bh | e dwa r d i a n s e m i B AT H R O O M Soft grey walls and simple metro tiles keep the scheme light and unfussy. Walls painted in Dulux Travels Pearl Grey matt emulsion, £22 for 2.5L, B&Q. Tekno bone floor tiles, £40sq m, Topps Tiles. Hemnes cabinet, £95, Ikea. FreeForm two-piece WC, £529; Pool bath, £229, both Bathstore

HALL The wooden bench was a charity shop bargain. For a similar bench, try the Portobello, £100, The Cotswold Company. For similar seat pad fabric, try Antique Rose cotton, £20m, Cath Kidston E VA A N D M A E ’ S BEDROOM The simple pink accents in here can be changed easily as the girls grow. Sniglar cot, £39, Ikea. Try

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the Findlay pink rug, from £35, Laura Ashley. Pink bunting, £11 for 5m, The Cotton Bunting Company BOYS’ BEDROOM ‘My mum made the boys this teepee,’ says Jade. The Grey Star teepee, £89, Great Little Trading Co, is similar. Hemnes chest of drawers, £100, Ikea. Try the dinosaur kids’ wall stickers, £49.95 for six, Mirrorin at

pipework, the builders discovered that the ground floor joists were rotten and had to be replaced,’ recalls Jade. ‘Despite their best eforts, the house was not ready for the twins’ arrival, so I found myself juggling tile orders and sorting fixtures and fittings days after they were born. Not an experience I would repeat again in a hurry!’ Jade envisaged the kitchen-diner being the heart of the new family home so lots of time and research went into planning this part of the house. Grey Shaker-style units complement the period of the property and the couple chose a hard-wearing laminate flooring that can cope with the wear and tear of their four young children, Finley, five, Eliot, three, and Eva and Mae, two. ‘A main requisite in the kitchen was storage space and the generous central island has given us additional drawers to keep the surfaces clutter free,’ says Jade. Once the structural work was complete, Jade moved on to designing the interior. Her aim was to create a light and bright space that flowed from room to room, and she has stuck to a muted palette with pastel accents. ‘I was keen to keep the property’s original period details, so we restored the cornicing and ceiling roses,’ she says. ‘Several of the fireplaces had been covered up by the previous owners, so we exposed them again as they are such beautiful features.’ Fast forward two and a half years and the trials and tribulations of the renovation have long been forgotten and the family are finally enjoying their new space. ‘The reconfigured layout has completely changed the feel of the house,’ says Jade. ‘Now it fits our everyday lifestyle perfectly.’

d e c o r a t i n g t i p ‘Upcycling pieces from second-hand shops helps keep costs down and it’s easy to give them a new lease of life with a sanding and a lick of paint’

MAIN BEDROOM Painting the area over the picture rail white creates a two-tone backdrop while emphasising the height of this space. Moore pine wooden bed, from £399, Dreams. Nyponrose bedding, from £35, Ikea. The Indra marble-and-copper table lamp, £39, Cult Furniture, has this look. Try the Otley wardrobe, £189, JD Williams

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LEAP OF FAITH Rachael Hathaway has cleverly transformed a cavernous former chapel into an inviting family home full of charm and personality FEATURE ANNA TOBIN | PHOTOGRAPHY RACHAEL SMITH

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The corner sofa helps to zone this sitting area from the rest of the open-plan space. Yellow blanket, £59.99, Dobbies. LC2 Maison La Roche by Cassina armchair, £3,680, Chaplins

home truths THE PROPERTY Converted 1840s chapel L O C AT I O N Sussex R O O M S Hall, kitchen-diner/ family room, study and games room, pantry, utility room, snug, four bedrooms (all en suite) P U R C H A S E D 2010 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘Before moving here, we lived a few miles away in a Twenties house near Chichester harbour,’ says Rachael.


achael Hathaway has always been drawn to quirky buildings, and when she was ready to begin house hunting, she happened to wonder out loud, to a friend, whether there was a church for sale near her Sussex home. ‘Soon after, he came back with an advert for this extraordinary building,’ says Rachael. ‘The chapel was sited on Ministry of Defence land that was being sold of. It has had various functions over the years, but was most recently used as a community space by soldiers in the barracks. When I first saw the building, it was just one big open space. But somehow, I knew it was for me.’ The property came with certain constraints, however. The new owner had to use it as a single dwelling and was not permitted to alter the external structure. Rachael realised that this might easily put a lot of people of but she was undeterred, and when it came to putting in her bid she came up with a cunning plan. ‘There was no guide price,’ she explains. ‘So on the day that the bids had to be in, I turned up at the MOD hut with two completed tender forms. I sat outside and waited to see if anyone else went in. No one did, and just before the 4pm deadline, I checked with the lady who had been manning the desk all day, and realised that no other tenders had been submitted. So I handed in my envelope with the lower bid.’ In 2010, the keys were handed over, though Rachael and her two daughters, Phoebe, now 21, and Tara, 19, continued to live in their old house while she worked out what to do with the chapel. Gradually, she began to get a feel for the building, but finding the right architect proved 2 5 B H J U LY 2018 | 55

KITCHEN-DINER The dining table has been positioned at an angle to mirror the black walnut island unit, and this arrow formation draws the eye to the magnificent windows. Units by Eco German Kitchens, from £14,000. For a selection of similar vintage advertising signs, from about £80, try



Newly created bedrooms and bathrooms lead off the entrance hall, clustered around the pulpit-like staircase that Rachael designed. Illuminati 24 Light Swan Neck chandelier, £2,075, Moonlight Design

The staircase is like a striking piece of sculpture and also works as an effective room divider. The wooden horse made from railway sleepers was bought at Ardingly Antiques Fair

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tricky. ‘Some came with great ideas, but they ended up being too fancy or not characterful enough,’ she says. ‘Eventually, I found someone who was really enthusiastic about the space and able to help me put my concept into practice.’ To visualise her ideas, Rachael built prototypes of walls and windows to work out what would look best and where things should be placed. Two years after the purchase, she finally submitted a successful planning application and soon after, builders began to reconfigure the space just as she had envisaged it. A mezzanine floor with two en-suite bedrooms was added, and two further en-suite bedrooms were created on the ground floor. ‘To break up the space between the two floors, I designed a staircase that has the look of a pulpit,’ explains Rachael. As the kitchen was part of the larger openplan area, Rachael wanted it to sit unobtrusively within the space. A row of floating units sits along the back wall and she also had a large island unit designed to look like a contemporary sideboard set at a slant to appear more informal. Throughout the property, Rachael has used angles, a mix of sight lines and subtle changes of wall colour to create pockets of more intimate space within the body of the chapel. A mixture of bright earthy coloured furniture and textured cushions and throws, plus her eclectic art collection, means that there is a talking point at every turn. And it is this clever attention to detail that ensures that the chapel has retained its quirky, peaceful character in its new incarnation as a family home.


The low partition wall creates a separate sleeping space without obscuring the feature roof. Chelsom reading lights, £221 each, Houseology, would suit this scheme

DECORATING TIP ‘In a large open-plan space, using subtly different paint finishes and tones is a very simple way to help accentuate distinct areas’ HALL

Rachael has complemented the distinctive architecture of the chapel with her quirky artwork and individual pieces. Frank Gehry Wiggle side chair, £725, Vitra



The feature wall in muted shades of blue adds interest to this compact space. Kashgar wallpaper, £65 a roll, Designers Guild. Kendal throw, £140, The Fine Cotton Company


A large bath and spacious walk-in shower create a luxurious feel. Luxury Hotel white towels, from £2 each, Tielle Love Luxury

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home truths THE PROPERTY Detached new build L O C AT I O N North London R O O M S Hall, formal sitting room, sitting room, dining room, kitchen-diner, study, utility room, cloakroom, playroom, six bedrooms (five en suite), dressing room B U I LT I N 2015 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘Before, we lived nearby in a Victorian cottage,’ says Anya.

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m o d e r n d e tac h e d | 25bh FORMAL SITTING ROOM A symmetrical layout gives this space a sense of occasion and is the perfect environment for entertaining family and friends. Tom Foolery three-seater sofa, from £2,389, Sofa Workshop. Westwood cofee tables, £995 each, Fishpools. Chelsom Silver Sculpture wall lights, £380 each; Eichholtz Matrix Lantern pendant, £1,125, both Houseology

Anya and Robin Nuttall took the brave decision to knock down their tired family home and start again from scratch

HALL Chic furnishings create a stylish first impression. Madison console table, £399, Atkin and Thyme, is similar


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KITCHEN-DINER A raised section on the island helps to separate the dining and cooking zones. Beckermann Magro units, price on request, Kuchen Kraft. Normann Copenhagen Ikono pendants, £155 each, Houseology. Kartell Masters chairs, £168 each, Amara

DINING ROOM Black wood is teamed with a muted colour palette in this sophisticated scheme. Cattelan Italia Eliot wood table, £3,697, Lime Modern Living. Royal dining chairs in Baroque mink, £199 each, Fishpools. Amethyst and Silver Gilt wall art, price on request, Emily Swift-Jones

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fter eight years of living in their Sixties pebbledash bungalow, Anya and Robin Nuttall felt it was time for a change. With a growing family that includes four children, Mark, now 13, Elliot, nine, Daniel, three, and Alexander, one, they craved space. The couple were reluctant to move as the location of their house was ideal, being close to work and the boys’ schools, but it needed a lot of work. Their initial plan to extend was discarded when their neighbour, an architect, suggested the idea of a new build. ‘He explained that our plot would provide scope to create a spacious house with a more logical layout,’ says Anya. ‘The thought of demolishing our family home was quite terrifying, but it’s always been a dream of mine to build a house from scratch.’

Fine planning Based on a recommendation, the couple hired Facit Homes, a company that specialises in designing bespoke homes. ‘We were impressed with their ethos and fresh approach to design,’ says Anya. She began by sketching a layout to help the architect envisage their needs. ‘I’m keen on symmetry, so I started with a central hall from which the rooms would flow,’ she says. ‘We then wanted each bedroom to have an en suite, and a dressing room next to the main bedroom, as Robin is often first up. ‘Robin was enthusiastic about the project, but his only must-have was a place to store his wine,’ continues Anya, who was much more hands-on. She wanted to ensure the open-plan spaces could be segregated when required, so discreet pocket doors have been fitted between the dining and sitting room, and an oak-framed frosted glass sliding door allows for privacy between the sitting room and kitchen.


Oak furniture and a large wool rug create a natural, rustic feel in here. Bevel solid oak single bed, £396; Seychelles solid oak bookcases, £529 each, both Oak Furniture Land. Rakti rug, £178, Lombok


The combination of different wood grains adds texture to this space. Duravit Luv washbowl, £542, CP Hart. Try the Bauhaus Elite 70 graphite wood unit, £683, Sanctuary Bathrooms

decor ating tip ‘Team different materials for a chic look – wood and chrome work especially well’

All in the detail ‘The process of furnishing the house was my focus while the build was underway,’ says Anya. ‘I spent hours looking for accessories and furniture, so once the house was finished, it was simply a case of bringing everything in.’ Her use of materials in the formal sitting room delivers a sense of urban elegance. The chrome and wood alongside the abstract art creates an interesting mix of lines and angles. ‘We needed large artwork in here as anything smaller would be lost,’ says Anya. ‘These are from Etsy and were shipped over from China. Their hints of blue and yellow prompted the accent tones for the rest of this space.’ Anya’s attention to detail is reflected throughout the house. ‘We’ve been fortunate to have been involved in creating it,’ she says, ‘and we’ve managed to come up with a unique layout that caters for the whole family.’ FO R STO C K I STS G O TO W HER E TO B U Y


Grand furniture and exotic-inspired accessories lend a high-end look. Keraton four-poster bed, £2,195; Keraton bedside tables, £475 each, both Lombok, have this look. Heathfield & Co Medina smoked glass pendant, £475, Houseology

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home truths THE PROPERTY Thirties house L O C AT I O N Southern Netherlands P U R C H A S E D 2004 R O O M S Hall, sitting room, dining area, kitchen, three bedrooms, bathroom PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘Before Toon and I moved here, we both lived at home with our parents,’ says Eva.

BEYOND THE PALE An abundance of natural light and a palette of subtle shades have turned Eva van den Honert’s rundown house into a well-loved family home FEATURE KAREN JENSEN-JONES | PHOTOGRAPHY STAN KOOLEN/COCO FEATURES

KITCHEN Despite the sleek stainless steel appliances, this space has a homely, rustic feel thanks to the bespoke units, farmhouse-style sink and natural wood accessories. For similar units, try Classic Kitchens Direct, price on application. Shaws of Darwen’s Belfast sink, £199, is a good match

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DINING AREA This open-plan layout provides plenty of room for the whole family to gather. Chateau Chassigny dining table, around £1,665; Keith II dining chairs, around £420 each, all Riviera Maison. For a similar light, try the Firstlight pendant, £72, Ocean Lighting

GARDEN This sheltered spot beneath the rafters is a great place to entertain guests. Try a vintage table, from £500, The Hoarde. Abbey Lane’s vintage chair, around £150, is similar. The souk-inspired lights, from £45 each, Moroccan Bazaar, are comparable

SITTING ROOM A neutral palette enhances this airy, light-filled space. Walls painted in Etna Ashes chalk paint, £56 for 2.5L, Mia Colore. The Sistine cofee table, £257, Houzz, has this look

HALL An elegant archway highlights the simple staircase and turns it into a striking feature. Walls painted in Greystone chalk paint, £56 for 2.5L, Mia Colore. Flat weave sisal carpet, £20sq m, Flooring Superstore


hen Eva van den Honert was a student, she used to cycle past a rundown prewar house to visit her boyfriend, Toon, but she never imagined that one day she would find herself living there. ‘Toon’s parents lived opposite the house,’ recalls Eva. ‘Eventually, it went on the market. The price was lowered three times because it needed so much work, but we fell for the place once we saw inside. It had such a lovely atmosphere and we liked how spacious it felt. It also has a large garden and is situated right in the heart of the village, which is a wonderful location. Although we’re very central, it’s really quiet, too, so we have the best of both worlds. My mother was initially worried that we were taking on such a big project, but now she loves what we’ve achieved.’ During the six-month renovation, which included rewiring the whole property, adding new ceilings and floors, replastering, redecorating and updating the kitchen, the couple also planned for future works, which would include creating a dormer bedroom in the attic and redesigning the garden to include two verandas. ‘Every evening we would set to work in the house with the help of family and friends,’ says Eva. ‘We plastered the walls and laid the wooden floor ourselves. We removed an old carpet in the hall and discovered beautiful period tiles beneath. We didn’t have enough money to install a new kitchen, so we updated the old one on a low budget. We set the sink in an old wooden sideboard and painted

d u t c h r e n ovat i o n | 25bh MAIN BEDROOM The gold pendant light adds a definite wow factor to this otherwise pared-back design. Filisky hanging pendant light, £287, Zenza. Padded bench, £252, PTMD. Lazy bedlinen, from £40 for a pillowcase, Loaf, is a good alternative

LÖIS’S BEDROOM ‘Never be afraid of colour – you can always change it if you don’t like it,’ says Eva. Walls painted in Teresa’s Green estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Pink wooden desk, around £78, Timzowood. Try the child’s rattan chair, £67, Maisons du Monde

it with chalk paint to give it a lovely matt finish, and then we custom-made a stone slab for the countertop.’ Eva’s touch is evident throughout the house and garden, reflecting her love of rural Scandinavian style and soft colour. ‘I’ve always enjoyed interior design and opening my shop, Abbey Lane, across the street from where I live, is a dream come true. Many of the pieces in my home come from there and also from flea markets and our travels. I enjoy creating something unusual, like the cofee table, which was an old Indian daybed, and the chandelier in the garden, which I made from separate lights bought in Turkey. I’m a huge fan of chalk paint as it’s very natural and gives a lovely powdery appearance. I use it on walls and on furniture and also outside on the children’s playhouse, as it’s so versatile.’ Eva likes experimenting with subtle colour, especially in the bedrooms of her two daughters, Julie, seven, and Loïs, four. ‘Their rooms have a Scandinavian atmosphere, full of pastel shades that are very calming,’ she says. ‘It’s better to use colour on the walls as it’s diicult to create a mood with just white. Before I had my girls, I changed the bedroom colour schemes at least three times and at one point everything was lime green. I’m not afraid to experiment, as I love colour, but I definitely prefer soft pastels now.’ Eva’s home is constantly undergoing change to keep it fresh as she can’t resist creating new schemes. ‘There’s always something I’m ready to update or change,’ she says. ‘I’d like to add some small Moroccan tiles to the bathroom, but who knows? I may change my mind again tomorrow.’ FO R STO C K I STS G O TO W HER E TO B U Y

JULIE’S BEDROOM Eva’s love of a vintage look is reflected in this cute scheme. Heart bed, around £522, Timzowood. Porcelain Pearl hanging light, around £105, Colorique. Try the Burton painted rocking chair, £299, The Cotswold Company

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Insight ENHANCING AN OUTDOOR SPACE Create garden zones for relaxing, dining and entertaining, as Eva van den Honert has done


ow that summer’s here, make sure your garden is primed to look its best. From chic furniture to modern firepits, there are plenty of simple ways to ring the changes.

Back to basics Continuity will help make the garden feel part of your home, so try using similar paint colours and materials inside and out, or choose plants with hues that complement your interior. Consider the orientation of your garden before planning planting and placement of furniture, and pick a sunny spot for seating, but include shade for dining. Length will draw the eye, so try to site a standout plant, sculpture or small water feature towards the end of your space. Incorporate fixed seating, such as a banquette running along an external wall, to instantly increase the useable space. Lighting focal points in the garden will create interest and provide a backdrop to the house all year round, even at times when you are not in the garden. Add a fresh twist with seating – for bijou terraces, courtyards and balconies, try a modern colour pop,

such as a metal dining set in a striking citrus shade. Once you are happy with the layout of your space, have fun with lighting, accessories and furnishings. For a whimsical yet practical flourish, take a look at the flamboyant garden umbrellas from East London Parasol Company,, featuring wonderful patterned canopies finished with tassels and fringes.

Turn up the heat If the British weather doesn’t play ball, you could generate your own warmth by investing in a Raw Steel Firepit, £375, from Cox & Cox,, which ages naturally over time to create an attractive weathered patina and includes a steel grill shelf for outdoor dining. Avoid overcrowding a small space with too many pots of varying shapes and sizes – aim instead for one or two statement pieces, such as a pair of bay trees or a sumptuous window box of favourite blooms. For the ultimate in elegant tableware, linens and garden tools, head to Petersham Nurseries, And for a fun twist, try serving drinks in’s witty plastic Jam Jars with Straws, £3.95 each.

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professional advice ‘Gardens, courtyards, terraces and balconies can be turned into entertaining spaces that range from the simple to the sophisticated. Whether you’re relaxing in the sun, or getting cosy as the sun goes down, comfortable garden furniture is key. Add cushions in the latest seasonal colours to bring your existing furniture up to date or invest in a statement piece to add a focal point. As well as being permanent year-round features, firepits and firebowls provide heat on cooler days and chilly evenings and are great to relax around, as well as to cook on. Explore the wealth of other outdoor cooking options available, too, including gas and charcoal barbecues and pizza ovens, all of which aid outdoor living. Sheltered outdoor areas such as pergolas and gazebos are a fantastic way of providing protection from both hot sun and cooler breezes, as well as adding privacy. Traditional parasols and contemporary sail shades can add a splash of colour to your setting while also creating instant shade. Candles and lanterns are a must-have for evenings, replacing the warm glow of the daytime sun. Do also consider investing in outdoor lighting. Positioned carefully, lights can turn trees and shrubs into sculptural focal points.’ MARK OSBORNE, LEISURE AND OUTDOOR FURNITURE ASSOCIATION, LOFASSURED.CO.UK

Porto Bistro outdoor table and chairs set in Palm, £229, House by John Lewis

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Pink and Grey Peacock cushion, £35, East London Parasol Company

Wire lounge chair in Dusty Rose, £185, Out There Interiors

■ Garden Living, Find a wide selection of garden furniture, lighting, parasols and outdoor heating from a range of specialists here ■ Society of Garden Designers, 01159 683188, The professional association for garden designers in the UK


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Open to I D E A S Jenny Rufy has carefully remodelled an 18th-century cottage into a bright and spacious home, which provides the perfect backdrop for her collection of eclectic finds FEATURE RACHEL LEEDHAM | PHOTOGRAPHY DAVID GILES


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FAMILY AREA Jenny has created a chic living space by deftly mixing high-street buys with vintage pieces, including a white leather sofa and armchair by Robin Day. Try the Dali sofa in Chambray Blue, £2,429, Sofa Workshop. The mid-century teak sideboard with chrome legs, £649, Pamono, is similar. Ikea’s Peersisk Kelim Gashgai rug, £150, is a good alternative

THE PROPERTY Semi-detached workman’s cottage, built in the 18th century L O C AT I O N East Sussex R O O M S Kitchen-diner/ family room, snug, utility room, cloakroom, three bedrooms (one en suite), bathroom P U R C H A S E D 2011 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘We divide our time between here and a Victorian townhouse in London,’ says Jenny.

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ong before she bought it, Jenny Rufy used to admire this 18th-century cottage in East Sussex as she rode past it on her horse. ‘It caught my eye,’ she recalls. ‘It’s one of a pair of workman’s cottages and I kept thinking how beautiful they were.’ For many years, Jenny and her husband, David, had lived in southeast London, where they raised their now grown-up daughter, Charlotte. Today, they divide their time between the two properties, spending the lion’s share at the cottage. ‘I’ve been coming to this part of East Sussex since I was 16, when I first kept horses here,’ explains Jenny. ‘Then, seven years ago, I bought another horse as I was keen to come down here more often, having made friends in the area over the years. The next step was to find a base.’ What particularly appealed to Jenny and David about the house was its village location. ‘We have a fantastic pub, a shop, a bakery and even an art gallery, and we can walk to everything,’ says Jenny, who

bought the cottage at a property auction. ‘It was nerve-racking to say the least,’ she recalls. ‘I took my twin sister and a good friend along for moral support. I had to go slightly over the price I’d planned to pay, but it proved well worth it.’ The place was in desperate need of renovation, with Jenny describing it as having been ‘messed about with’. It had been extended with a poorly insulated structure and the only bathroom was downstairs. A close friend provided the vision for the new extension and layout. ‘He’s a singer, and though he doesn’t have any architectural training, his ideas were amazing,’ says Jenny. ‘The house now miraculously opens up, like a Tardis.’ These changes were extensive and entailed creating a larger rear extension with bifold doors, which lets the light flood in and opens the main living space up to the garden. A side return enabled the addition of a cloakroom and utility room, while upstairs the couple gained a small third bedroom, as well as a family

f a v o u r i t e i t e m ‘I treasure the artwork above the fireplace in the snug, which belonged to my parents. It feels as if it was always meant to be here’


Jenny added wooden legs to an antique suitcase to make a quirky side table. Try a Decorative Collective suitcase, from £45

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KITCHEN A central island doubles as a display space for Jenny’s collection of colourful bowls. The unusual splashback is an old metal advertising sign for The People newspaper, from an antiques shop. Cabinets and worktops, price on request, Mark Tomlinson. The vintage prismatic pendant light with red flex, £75, Artifact Lighting, is comparable

DINING AREA Tireless searches on eBay have resulted in a variety of vintage treasures, including a set of Scandinavian rush-seated chairs. Niels Moller chairs, £860 for four, Danish Homestore, is similar

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bathroom and en suite. The work, which was undertaken by a local builder, took just under nine months to complete. During this time, Jenny amassed pieces bought on trips to her favourite antiques haunts in Hastings and London’s Crystal Palace, as well as items found on eBay. ‘The decorating process was a bit organic – I bought a few pieces and was given others by friends,’ says Jenny. ‘I like an eclectic feel, with a mix of old and new.’ David was happy to let Jenny make the key design decisions. ‘He trusts me and likes what I do,’ says Jenny. ‘I don’t enjoy being on computers whereas he’s Mr Internet, so he was fantastic at sourcing pieces, as well as contacting eBay sellers. We played to each other’s strengths.’ At the heart of the open-plan living space is the kitchen, which was made by a local joiner to Jenny’s design and is fitted

with iroko worktops salvaged from an old school science lab. ‘I love the fact that the names of pupils are carved into the surfaces,’ says Jenny, whose background as a caterer means that this area gets a great deal of use. ‘I like to cook and I can put all the food out on the central island. This space works really well for parties.’ With the exception of the guest room, where a botanical print on a feature wall adds an unexpected burst of exuberant pattern, the walls throughout the interior are pale, ranging from soft white shades downstairs to pale light blues in the main bedroom. ‘I think that the neutral palette brightens the house and is easy to live with. It also allows me to show of the various pieces I’ve found,’ says Jenny. ‘It’s a wonderfully light, calm home that’s an absolute joy to come back to. Every time I walk in, it still takes my breath away.’

d e s i g n t i p ‘Only buy things you really like and want to keep – that way, you will ensure every bit of your home is loved and used’


A fresh botanical theme was created using fabrics with a fern print. The Timolin bed frame, from £399 for a double, Dreams, has this look. For similar curtain fabric, try Woodland Walk, £49.50m, Vanessa Arbuthnott

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Pale beige tiles and white fittings make the space feel clean and bright. Tile Shack Direct’s Metro Ambience Biscuit tile, £15.60sq m, is a good match


Soft white-blue walls teamed with a French-style bed lend a feminine feel. Sienna bed, from £1,199 for a double, Feather & Black. Walls painted in Bone China Blue intelligent matt emulsion, £48.50 for 2.5L, Little Greene


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DUAL PURPOSE Filled with stylish designer pieces, Irina Hemmers and Darren Quigg’s home still caters to the practical demands of everyday domestic life FEATURE JENNY TUCKER | PHOTOGRAPHY JAMES MERRELL

SITTING ROOM ‘I love that this room is so unique,’ says Irina. ‘It’s got our stamp on it and contains all the things that are special and have meaning for us.’ Moroso Gentry corner sofa, from £6,800, Progarr. Bell cofee table by Sebastian Herkner for ClassiCon, £4,077, Einrichten Design. Där Lighting Ursa 10-light geometric pendant, £169.99, Wayfair, is similar

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home truths THE PROPERTY Late-Victorian terrace L O C AT I O N Northwest London R O O M S Hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen-diner, family room, playroom, cloakroom, four bedrooms (two en suite), bathroom, roof terrace P U R C H A S E D 2013 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘Before moving here, we lived in a small late-Georgian terraced house in Islington,’ says Irina.

‘The marble and walnut table and chairs are our favourite pieces,’ says Irina. Bespoke table, Slices London. Medea chairs by Vittorio Nobili, £10,600 for eight, Vinterior. MCL-R1 pendant lamp in a Serge Mouille style, £183.90, Private Floor, has this look

FAMILY ROOM This chic, multifunctional nook is used by the children for reading and playing. Saba Italia New York armchairs, from £1,160 each, Go Modern. Workstead black wall lamp, £965, Another Country

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rina Hemmers and Darren Quigg were looking to upsize when they came across a striking terrace in northwest London. ‘With two children, Lukas, nine, and Mila, six, and plans for another, we’d outgrown our house,’ says Irina. ‘This place seemed too good an opportunity to turn down.’ What they didn’t bargain for was a complete refurbishment with the arrival of twins Valentina and Mathilda, now three, thrown into the mix. Undeterred, the couple bought the property and, after 18 months in their new home and once the twins had turned six months old, they decided to get to work. ‘Structurally, the building was sound, as the previous owner was an interior designer and had taken on most of the major changes,’ says Darren, ‘but we wanted to redecorate and put our own stamp on the place.’ At first, they decided to do the work themselves, but soon realised the house was too big. ‘While looking for ideas, we came across interior design projects by Graz Darken of Slices London and, when we met her at her home, we knew that she was the right person to help us,’ says Irina. Graz began by asking the pair what they like and how they live. From this, she prepared mood boards and sourced and designed one-of pieces, including the statement marble-topped table in the dining room. ‘Graz encouraged us to

consider things we’d never even thought about,’ says Irina. ‘The 20th-century lights in the sitting room are an example of this – we’d probably have opted for the more obvious choice of a chandelier. Graz has given this house individuality. She is also really practical and, appreciating the needs of a family, she has created lots more clever storage, which is discreetly hidden.’ Graz’s approach has resulted in an interior that is clearly unconventional yet liveable. From the cabinet in the family room that houses vintage soda siphons and trinkets to the broad range of modern and antique furniture, there is plenty to catch the eye. ‘Our aim was to create a family home that can be used and enjoyed, but that didn’t mean we had to stick to the obvious,’ says Irina. The lowerground level is where all the family congregate to cook, eat and play. The sitting room is where Darren and I relax at the end of the day, after the children have gone to bed, and where we host friends.’ Looking back, would they ever repeat such an endeavour with four young children in tow? ‘There was a fair bit of dust,’ says Darren. ‘If we did this again, we’d move out while the work was being done.’ But the pair have no regrets about the result, which makes them smile every time they walk through the front door. ‘We’re always lifted because the house finally feels like it belongs to us,’ says Irina.


This space has been given a retro-industrial look with a combination of stainless-steel cabinetry and mid-century style furniture. Metallic units, from £31 for a door, Ikea. Home table by Barber & Osgerby, £2,825, Twentytwentyone. Innermost Circus pendant by Corinna Warm, £449, Beut

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MILA AND LUKAS’ BEDROOM Blackboard paint covering one wall allows the children to express their creative sides. Matt Black chalkboard paint, £9.99 for 750ml, Wickes. Favourite Things pendant by Chen Karlsson, £266, Made in Design, is a good alternative

MAIN BEDROOM A soothing colour palette and floral prints combine to create a relaxing ambience. Bespoke bed and headboard designed by Slices London; upholstered in Birdbranch Velvet fabric in Honey, £284 per panel, Timorous Beasties. DLM side table by Hay, £185, Amara



The large window fills this room with light and offers good views from the freestanding bath. Chatsworth double-ended slipper bath, £499.99, Victorian Plumbing, is similar. Bespoke vanity unit, Slices London. Hay strap mirror, from £139, Twentytwentyone

Boldly patterned wallpaper makes a statement in this compact space. Union wallpaper, £228 a roll, Timorous Beasties. Woodwork painted in Studio Green estate eggshell, £60 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball


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RISING FROM THE ASHES This ancient manor house had been renovated following a fire, but it was Sarah and Charles Jarman’s finishing touches that turned it back into a family home FEATURE ANNA TOBIN | PHOTOGRAPHY RACHAEL SMITH

home truths T H E P R O P E R T Y Manor house, built in the 16th century L O C AT I O N Northants R O O M S Hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, snug, utility room, study, five bedrooms (two en suite), bathroom P U R C H A S E D 2016 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘We lived in a period property in Buckinghamshire,’ says Sarah.

SITTING ROOM A woodburning stove and sumptuous seating create a cosy spot. ‘I love the pink sofas – they get better with age,’ says Sarah. Pink velvet sofas, from £1,540 each; table lamp, £65, all Secret Messages Interiors. For a similar footstool, try the Claverdon, £449, John Lewis

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The imposing carved sandstone fireplace surround and old wooden beams are testament to the property’s great age. Presto dining table, £595, Loaf, is similar. Wayfair’s Safavieh Olivier upholstered dining chairs, £330.99 for a pair, are a good alternative


hen Sarah and Charles Jarman began hunting for a house three years ago, they told their estate agent they wanted a period home with a large kitchen and a lot less land than their existing property. ‘We had a very big garden plus outbuildings at our old house, and with four young children we found we just didn’t have the time to manage it all,’ explains Sarah. This 16th-century house ticked all their boxes bar one: the kitchen was quite compact. ‘I fell in love with it nonetheless,’ says Sarah. ‘It’s even older than our previous home, with parts dating back to the 12th century, but because of a terrible fire that took place here, much of it is brand new.’ The elderly lady who lived here had to be rescued by firefighters when the flames took hold in 2011. Although

the stone work survived, the wooden frame, fixtures and fittings were completely destroyed. The owner, who escaped unharmed, never returned to the property and it was left to her son to put it back together again. This took nearly five years and once completed, it was put on the market. Sarah, Charles and their children, Charlie, now 20, Ella, 18, Gretel, 11, and Harry, seven, moved into what was virtually a new home, albeit inside an ancient shell. ‘It had been totally rebuilt,’ says Sarah. ‘All the beams, staircases, woodwork, kitchen and bathrooms were new and the stone walls and floors had been restored.’ All the family needed to do was add the personal touches that would transform it from a house to a home. As Sarah works as a buyer for local homes store Secret Messages Interiors, she found it easy to source furniture


Old and new accessories create an intriguing display in this entranceway. Console (by the stairs), £375; low table, £79.99, both Secret Messages Interiors


This tall rustic table doubles as an island, providing extra eating and prep space. Cabinetry, price on request, Unfitted. Rcc Furniture’s Poseur bar table, £250, is similar

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INSPIR ATION ‘We get design ideas from everywhere – our travels, my father, who was an architect, Secret Messages Interiors and my buying trips at trade shows’

Sarah gave the tired old bed a new lease of life by painting it in a soft grey shade. Paris Grey chalk paint, £20 for 1L, Annie Sloan. Gingham duvet cover set, £82 for double, The White Company


Exposed timbers make a handy shelf, while a chest sits neatly in the fireplace. Chest of drawers, £185, Secret Messages Interiors. Retro car, £53, Athlete Shop


Simple decor allows beautiful period features, such as the vaulted ceiling, window seat, mullioned windows and exposed beams, to stand out. Westcott double bed, from £725, Next Home. Pebble quilt in Rose, £195, Graham and Green

and accessories. ‘My father was an architect by profession and he instilled in me a passion for making every part of a property look good,’ she says. ‘I never wanted a precious house, though; I wanted it to feel homely, but still in keeping with its period. So we kept the palette quite soft with splashes of bright colour, and then opted for classic-style beds, chairs and sofas, which I’ve dressed with cushions and throws to help each room feel cosy.’ The couple have installed a narrow table in the kitchen, which they use to prep and serve when hosting guests or feeding the younger children. As the house is Grade II listed, Charles and Sarah could not change its internal structure to expand the kitchen, but they have grown to love the room as it is. ‘We wanted a larger kitchen, but this one serves us really well,’ says 80 | 2 5 B H J U LY 2018

Sarah. ‘I love working in here and looking out on to the village green.’ Having lived in very old properties for the past decade, Sarah feels she’s not only looking after the house for her family, but also for all those who might own it in the future, so she has learnt to work with its limitations. ‘You have to accept that historic houses are not built to today’s specifications,’ she says. ‘Aged properties often don’t have large kitchens, but that’s the beauty of them – you have to adapt to them, rather than the house adapting to you.’ Thanks to Sarah’s careful decor choices, the whole family has made this house their own and Sarah is now busy returning the pretty cottage garden to its former glory. ‘Then the restoration process will be complete,’ she says. ‘We’re so pleased to have helped to shepherd our home into a new era.’


With its mix of wooden features, this space has a relaxing rustic feel. For similar mosaic wall tiles, try Malacassa tiles, £135sq m, Fired Earth



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C ENTURY Ben and Fiona Edwards bought a house that had been in the same family for almost 100 years and guided it into a new era FEATURE ANNA TOBIN | PHOTOGRAPHY RACHAEL SMITH


home truths THE PROPERTY Victorian terrace L O C AT I O N Southwest London R O O M S Hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, utility room, study, cloakroom, three bedrooms (two en suite), dressing room, bathroom P U R C H A S E D 2013 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘Before moving here, we lived in a Victorian cottage three streets away,’ says Ben.

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how homes are often regarded as a modern phenomenon, but they were popular even in Victorian times, as this terrace in southwest London proves. It was built as a model home for an estate in Richmond in the late 19th century. ‘The houses on this side of the street, which were all show homes, have lots of additional features, such as higher ceilings and greater detailing on the façades, making them look extra special,’ explains Ben Edwards, who bought the historic property with his wife Fiona in 2013. The previous owners had inherited the property from their relatives, and lived in the house for 99 years, so the couple are only the second family to inhabit the house. They were not put of by the fact that it hadn’t been modernised since the Sixties. ‘It was draughty and damp,’ says Fiona, ‘It had a tiny galley kitchen, the downstairs cloakroom was in a lean-to and the whole place had a fusty smell. Nevertheless, Ben and I loved the high ceilings and that it was full of light, and instantly saw its potential. We realised we could extend into the side return and convert the loft. It was a true diamond in the rough.’ Despite the property being in a state of disrepair, Ben and Fiona moved in with their Norfolk terrier Axel while plans were prepared for the renovation work. They did, however, make some simple changes to ensure the house was habitable. ‘We ripped out the carpet, chiselled open the stuck windows and painted everything white, which provided us with a much-needed blank canvas,’ says Fiona. Ben knew an architect through his rugby club, and one of his friends, who owns Master Build and Design in nearby Teddington, was brought in to help, too. ‘Mike, our builder, was great,’ says Ben. ‘He knew how to get the most out of this house because he’s worked on so many around here. For example, he encouraged us to remodel the front bedroom wall so that the light from the windows reached the hall and also accentuated the architecture of the sitting

KITCHEN The tiny galley space was transformed by extending at the back and into the side return. Handmade in-frame units, from £499 for a 600mm base cabinet, Handmade Kitchens of Christchurch. Verdi bar stools with backrest, £130 each; Oliver stools, £55 each, both Atlantic Shopping. Elstead Lighting Provence single light rise-and-fall pendants with polished nickel finish, £158 each, Castlegate Lights

DINING ROOM ‘We thought about knocking through to the sitting room, but keeping the two spaces separate makes each one feel cosier,’ Fiona says. Early 19th-century rosewood balloon-back chairs, £1,000 for four; 19th-century mahogany table on a carved base, £1,800, all Richmond Hill Antiques. Artwork by Hannah Ludnow from Columbia Road Gallery. Try the Bubble chandelier, £120, Dowsing & Reynolds

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25bh | p e r i o d te r r ac e SITTING ROOM Luxurious fabrics and glass furnishings add subtle glamour. Gin Shu Parisienne oval gold metal cofee table, £304, Dusx. Pavilion Chaise sofa, from £1,895, Loaf, is similar. Chrome rug in Taupe, £350, John Lewis

room downstairs with its curved wall.’ Upstairs, the main bathroom was also enlarged by knocking through to the separate cloakroom, and an en-suite bedroom and dressing room was incorporated into the loft. Downstairs, Ben and Fiona went ahead with their plan to extend into the garden and the side return to create a spacious kitchen-diner. While the restructuring was in progress, the couple moved from room to room with their mini fridge and microwave in tow, living on ready meals while the kitchen was remodelled. Despite a few setbacks, sometimes having no water, they persevered and unearthed some interesting finds along the way. ‘We found the original gaslights and a tin bath in the loft, but a less pleasant surprise was the discovery of a cracked sewer pipe,’ says Fiona. It was during all the repair and building work that Fiona planned the decor. ‘I used Pinterest and interiors magazines for inspiration, and I painted swatches all over the house to get a feel for which colours would work where,’ she says. Heritage hues were used throughout and while most are neutral, the study was decorated in a striking china blue. When it came to the new kitchen, the pair chose classic cabinetry that would blend well with the property’s architecture, and based the colour scheme on a kitchen that Fiona had spotted in a magazine. The three bathrooms were left for Ben to redesign. ‘We went into a shop on the last day of its sale with 15 minutes left before closing. I was wowed by all the things I saw, so I bought everything for our bathrooms in one fell swoop,’ he laughs. Naturally, Fiona was concerned that her husband may have made rash decisions, but she is delighted with how the bathrooms have turned out. ‘In fact, I’m thrilled with the whole house,’ she says. ‘We have maintained its period character while creating a modern home that feels comfortable yet luxurious.’

GUEST BEDROOM Fiona chose sophisticated shades of grey to create a boutique hotel feel. Walls painted in Cornforth White estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Throw, £14.99, TK Maxx. MW Handels GmbH Wilmott pendant light, £415, Joss & Main STUDY An antique chest of drawers adds richness to this cool blue scheme. Try the Tropez desk, £279, John Lewis. Walls painted in Stikey Blue estate

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emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. The Pagazzi Lighting Sereno 1-light LED Sputnik pendant, £216, Wayfair, is similar MASTER EN SUITE To achieve a sleek and elegant finish, marble tiles were used on the walls and floor. Porcelanosa Gamadecor Ciclo vanity unit in Roble Petroleo, £3,306; Porcelanosa Marmol Carrara Blanco wall and floor tiles, price on application, all SB Concepts

MAIN BEDROOM The loft was converted, creating space for a bedroom, en suite and dressing room. Juliette bedstead with ebony feet, £1,225, Feather & Black. Riviera side table, £250, John Lewis. The Brompton quilt, from £240, The White Company, is similar to this one

d e s i g n t i p ‘Employ a builder and architect who have a good grasp of the local housing – they will know the possibilities your home holds’


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U LT I M AT E I TA LY C R U I S E WITH ALDO ZILLI Join our wonderful eight-day Mediterranean voyage on this magnificent tall ship where you’ll be joined by Aldo Zilli for a unique learn-to-cook experience on board

Enjoy Rome’s history and architecture


here’s no better way to experience the wonders of Italy than on this new eight-day Ultimate Italy cruise, sailing from Rome down the coast to Sicily, in spring next year. Plus, who better to enjoy it with than the wonderful chef and restaurateur Aldo Zilli, best known for his successful restaurants, including Signor Zilli and Zilli Fish. Born in the Abruzzo region of Italy, Aldo will be passing on his knowledge and insights during this exclusive trip. 25 Beautiful Homes has partnered with tall-ship cruise specialist Star Clippers, who you will be sailing with on the spectacular 439-foot

Learn Aldo Zilli’s tricks of the trade

Royal Clipper the pride of the fleet. It is the largest full-rigged sailing ship in the world with modern facilities, three swimming pools, luxury cabins, a three-tiered dining room, plus a library, health club and spa plenty to keep you occupied between destinations. As well as meeting Aldo, and hearing about his fascinating life and career in an exclusive talk, you will enjoy two cooking demonstrations on board and join him for a special delicious lunch** in Amalfi. ‘I’m over the moon to be travelling to some of my favourite parts of Italy,’ says Aldo. ‘I’ll be teaching you about the different foods that this amazing region has to offer.’

Explore the Amalfi coastline

Unwind in luxury on board

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You’ll fly direct from London to Rome (where you could opt for a two-night pre-stay), home of St Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel; the Spanish Steps, leading up from the Piazza di Spagna; plus two architectural marvels – the Pantheon and the Colosseum. You’ll then board your luxury home for the next seven nights, the Royal Clipper – which, with 42 sails, is the largest full-rigged sailing ship in the world.

Climb aboard the majestic Royal Clipper

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Included in the trip: Direct return flights; seven nights luxury accommodation on board the Royal Clipper; all meals on board; an exclusive talk and Q&A, two private cooking demonstrations, lunch in Amalfi and an alfresco cocktail party with Aldo Zilli; all activities and excursions as listed in the itinerary; and the services of an expert tour guide T H E D AT E S

11-18 May 2019 THE PRICE


From £2,249pp* *Based on two sharing, subject to availability. Flights are based on a London departure. Regional flights are available at a supplement. Single supplement: £1,000. **Timings of Aldo’s events are subject to change. ***Charges apply. This trip is ATOL protected. For full Ts&Cs, visit italycruise25 HOW TO BOOK

Call 020 3811 3587 Quote code TS ULTIMATE ITALY Visit 25beautifulhomes.

Today you will disembark in the delightful, unspoilt town of Ponza, one of the beautiful Pontine Islands of the Italian coast. Behind its busy harbour – home to sleek yachts and old-fashioned fishing boats – lie rows of pretty, pastel-coloured houses, and you will explore its charming streets. Our next stop, the impressive and largely uninhabited island of Palmarola, boasts a rocky coast with natural grottos, bays, clifs and crags. Its pink coral beaches and emerald coves are perfect for swimming and snorkelling. Exclusive experience: Aldo Zilli will give an informal private talk and Q&A on board the Royal Clipper, where you will discover more about his extraordinary life and career**. D AY 3 : S O R R E N T O

This coastal town, whose city walls rise straight out of the Mediterranean Sea, is one of several unmissable destinations you will visit on the Amalfi Coast. With sweeping views across the bay of Naples, Sorrento is home to elegant piazzas, atmospheric medieval streets and baroque churches. Exclusive experience: Today you will join Aldo Zilli for an alfresco cocktail party before, in the late afternoon, he gives a pre-dinner cooking demonstration on board the Royal Clipper**. D AY 4 : A M A L F I

This picturesque town ofers great views and historical highlights at every turn and we have arranged for you to join a guided walk around the cobbled streets. Exclusive experience: After the walk, Aldo will prepare local specialities in a cookery demonstration at the Sensi restaurant, which has breathtaking sea views from its pretty terrace. Then it’s time to enjoy a delicious two-course luncheon with a menu based on the dishes Aldo has just prepared, before you return to the ship**.

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This morning the Royal Clipper will travel at full sail through the Strait of Messina towards Taormina, the stunning town that clings to the side of Mount Etna. In the afternoon, there’s an optional excursion*** to the country estate of the aristocratic di Villagrande family, where you will be welcomed by the Baroness. She will take you on a tour of the cellar and the winery, before heading back to the stable, where you will enjoy a Sicilian meal prepared with local produce, and there will be a chance to sample the wines produced on the estate. D AY 6 : L I P A R I

Rising out of the turquoise seas of the northern coast of Sicily is an idyllic cluster of UNESCO-protected volcanic islands, known as the Aeolian Islands. Today you will visit the largest, Lipari, where you will walk the narrow streets to the medieval castello and unwind by the sea at a secluded beach. Look out for fiery eruptions from the nearby island of Stromboli as you sail past. D AY 7 : AT S E A

Today you will experience the full splendour of travelling across the Mediterranean on board the Royal Clipper, as she sets sail from the Aeolian Islands north towards Rome. D AY 8 : R E T U R N T O R O M E

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home truths THE PROPERTY Tudor farmhouse featuring Georgian additions L O C AT I O N Kent R O O M S Sitting room, dining room, kitchen, breakfast room, study, music room, utility room/ cloakroom, five bedrooms (two en suite), bathroom, plus a one-bedroom coach house with studio and garage P U R C H A S E D 2011 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘Before this, we lived in a new build in Surrey,’ says Julia.

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PRESERVING THE PAST Using colour and craft, designer Julia Brendel-Lee has expertly fused the Tudor and Georgian elements of her unique farmhouse, allowing each era to shine FEATURE PENNY BOTTING | PHOTOGRAPHY ROB SANDERSON

SITTING ROOM Classic-style furniture teamed with a neutral colour scheme gives the space an elegant, timeless feel. Armchair upholstered in Arabica in Charcoal, £40m, Julia Brendel. Vittsjo cofee table, £35, Ikea

DINING ROOM ‘These antique chairs have a rope-twist rail to commemorate Nelson’s victory in the Battle of the Nile in 1798,’ says Julia. For similar dining chairs, try the Regency rope back, £595, Bruton

BREAKFAST ROOM The oak table was made from a 17th-century French stable door. Traditional spindle chairs, £210 a pair, Heartland Interiors, have this look

KITCHEN Pale mint-green units freshen the room and add a retro touch. The Fusion blue kitchen, price on request, Magnet, is comparable

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‘I made the patchwork curtains from fabric offcuts and the bedcover is a rug I brought back from a holiday in Morocco,’ says Julia. Walls painted in Down Pipe estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Flame silk cushion, £250, Julia Brendel. The Majestic peacock chair, £169, World of Wicker, is a good match

ouse hunting was not easy for Julia BrendelLee and Gerry Lee when they decided to move from Surrey to Kent seven years ago. ‘Having young children, Alex, now 13, and Mia, 12, we were on a strict timetable of completing the school drop-of in Surrey, driving down to Kent where we could view a maximum of three properties, then racing back to Surrey in time to collect them,’ recalls Julia. But the couple’s eforts eventually proved fruitful. ‘It was a coincidence that we came to visit this house,’ says Julia. ‘One of our other viewings was cancelled and we thought we would use the time to see another property, not really thinking much of it. But the second we saw this place, we just knew it was our future home. We couldn’t believe that for the price, which in Surrey would hardly buy us a proper house with an annexe, we could aford all these beautiful buildings with an acre of land, an orchard, a play area for the children, a vegetable garden and outbuildings.’ This house could not be more diferent from the family’s previous home. ‘Our last place was a new build – it was spacious and modern but simply lacked character,’ recalls Julia. ‘It didn’t matter how much we tried to pour some individuality into it, the house never felt quite right. But this one has soul and a big personality, and is packed full of original features. Through the beautiful woodwork, exposed beams and brickwork, you can tell that the property has been skilfully crafted. It feels solid and unbreakable, yet charming and homely at the same time.’ Although part of the house is Georgian, its origins are Tudor, and it has a wonderful feature that shows where one era starts and the other ends. ‘The glass window between the hallway and the dining room acts as


A glass window set within the wooden beams adds a quirky touch and lets in light, while hats picked up in China make a pretty wall display. The Regency mahogany console table, £1,585, Nimbus Antiques, is a good alternative. Try the Gustavian wooden sofa, from £689, Scumble Goosie

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decor ating tip ‘Experiment, have fun, and show your life, interests and passions’ a historical divide and is one of my favourite features in the house,’ says Julia. ‘It also allows more light into the building and makes the adjoining kitchen feel more spacious.’ With the property in such a good state of repair, the only alterations Julia and Gerry needed to make were cosmetic. ‘The previous owners had used the house as an escape from London and spent 10 years renovating it,’ explains Julia. ‘They had used the best materials and didn’t take any shortcuts, so when we moved in, all we had to do was redecorate.’ Their first task was to paint the walls. ‘The existing furniture can sometimes dictate a colour scheme, so I went for strong contrasts in some rooms and a more subtle palette in others,’ says Julia. ‘The sitting room is naturally light and bright, so I wanted to keep that airy atmosphere with lots of neutral colours, of-whites and shades of grey, and bring in accents of colour through cushions and books. And as we didn’t need much light in the bedrooms, I was happy to use darker wall colours. They work as the perfect background for the artwork we have and other bold and vibrant accessories, such as the gold cushions.’ Julia has always had a passion for interiors and furniture. ‘I like my house to reflect who we are as a family – we love diferent cultures, for example, and always bring home souvenirs from our trips abroad,’ she says. ‘I also love drama and theatre, strong contrasts and playing with textures and colour, which is reflected in my work as a textile designer. Overall, though, I think creating a mood is very important in an interior – I like to feel relaxed and intrigued by my space.’ The couple have come up with a one-of-a-kind home that combines diferent eras. ‘We love it here and wouldn’t swap it for the world,’ says Julia. ‘There are always improvements to be made, but that’s the beauty of this place; it’s so inspiring to live in.’ FO R STO C K I STS G O TO W HER E TO B U Y


Julia used the colours in the striking artwork as inspiration for her scheme. Walls painted in Railings estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball


Old exposed beams bring warmth and character to this bright white space. Try the Burlington Windsor double-ended bath, £552, Victorian Plumbing


‘I bought the antique French bed for £60 and had it reupholstered,’ says Julia. For a similar style of bed, try the GB 52-4 double size French, £599, Grosvenor Beds

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THE SOURCE How you can achieve the style secrets in this issue’s homes

Design ideas

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A brick splashback adds character to the Mannells’ modern kitchen. Rather than use the full depth of the brick, each slab has been cut in half to Pages create a subtle stepped 104-107 efect. The natural tones contrast beautifully with the black feature wall, the stark white cabinets and the pale wood flooring. It is also a great way of introducing warmth and texture in a contemporary space. Here, the inherent coarseness of the brick is juxtaposed perfectly with the lacquered surface of the units, creating the ideal balance between rough and smooth. Be sure to seal the bricks, as they are naturally porous and a source of dust. Applying a sealant will also protect them from splatters and decay.

In Camilla Falconer’s home, a small bedroom has been transformed into a stylish retreat. A raised bed has been built with underbed drawers, while a cupboard, Pages bookshelves and window 96-99 seat have been incorporated into the scheme. The result is that the bed feels like a secluded spot that has been tucked away. The bespoke cabinetry, walls and part of the ceiling have been painted in the same dark hue, too. This unifies the space and contributes to the cosy ambience. The woodwork has been finished with a subtle sheen, which helps to bounce light around the room. This clever design is a lesson in how to maximise space to its full potential. Minimal clutter and bright soft furnishings complete the look.

Windows do not need to be confined to external walls – they can be used internally to open up a dark, windowless room. This has been done in Pages Julia Brendel-Lee’s home, 88-91 where it has proved a very clever way of visually expanding the space. An old wooden frame has been used to create an archway that has been fitted with a clear pane of glass, so you can see through to the adjoining dining room. This is a great trick for drawing light into the heart of the home, while still delineating two separate spaces. It also helps create a sense of connection between the two rooms, and means that you don’t need to go completely open plan in order for a space to feel airy and bright.

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Inspired shopping Wire storage

Metal signs This Vintage Bicycle sign, £5.95, Rex London, is a good starting point for an eye-catching collection, like the one on the wall of Rachael Hathaway’s dining room.

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If you admire the industrial-look wire storage in the Mannells’ stylish bathroom, the distressed wire basket three-tier storage rack, £75, The Farthing, is a good alternative.

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Bamboo and rattan table

African baskets

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A display of woven baskets makes a statement on the Keiths’ dining room wall. Recreate the look with these Lavumiso baskets, from top: Mono, £22; Sand Dunes, £36; Tropical, £59, all The Basket Room.

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The relaxed style of the rattan/bamboo table in Trisha Andres’s sitting room is echoed in this Frida rattan side table, £134, Broste Copenhagen at Amara.

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The DePoel-Woods have opted for a traditional bed in their son’s room. Emulate the look with the Julia cast-iron bed in satin black, £249 for a king-size, The Original Bedstead Company.

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Bea Kroeze’s bold bathroom has been decorated with multicoloured wall tiles. For an equally striking design, try the Metro Tiles in Aldgate Yellow, Pimlico Purple, Limehouse Green, Knightsbridge Blue and Waterloo Orange, from £19.95sq m, Walls and Floors.

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25bh | g e t th e l o o k Bathroom vanity unit A simple contemporary wall-hung vanity unit makes a Pages statement in 82-85 the Edwards’ bathroom. With clean lines, an integrated handle and under-unit LED lighting, try the Halo washbasin unit in a Cityscape concrete-efect finish, £695, Utopia Furniture.

Freestanding kitchen island If you covet a standalone island like the one in the Rufy household, you might like the Carter kitchen island in steel and oak, £2,795, Neptune.

Metal grid noticeboard

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The Shaws chose a metal grid noticeboard to display memorabilia in their kitchen-diner. To keep things tidy in yours, try this copper memory frame, £80, Red Candy. Pages 100-103

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Floor lamp Circular mirror

A classic floor lamp sheds light in Annie Tidyman’s guest room. For a comparable style, try the Oxford floor lamp, £120, Next Home.

A round mirror with a gilded frame creates a focal point in the Hemmings’ sitting room. The Grace mirror, £135, Pooky, will create the same efect.

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Traditional dolly tub Victorian-style dolly tubs have been used to neatly store firewood in the Jarmans’ cosy sitting room. For something akin to this, try the Bathford planter in fibre clay, £50, Garden Trading. Pages 78-80


Pure linen bedding

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Bellvis linen in White, £139 for a king-size duvet cover, Urbanara

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home truths THE PROPERTY Victorian double-fronted L O C AT I O N South London R O O M S Hall, formal sitting room, sitting room, kitchendiner, utility room, cloakroom, five bedrooms (two en suite), bathroom P U R C H A S E D 2017 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘Before moving here, we lived in a house in Clapham,’ says Camilla.

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COLOUR CONFIDENT A passion for pattern and bold highlights are the hallmarks of Camilla Falconer’s elegant city home FEATURE FELICITY HAYLES | PHOTOGRAPHY FIONA MURRAY

v i c to r i a n te r r ac e | 25bh FORMAL SITTING ROOM The floorboards are softened with Camilla’s favourite rug, which ties together the mélange of pink hues found in the soft furnishings and artwork. Walls painted in Cotton lll pure flat emulsion, £48.50 for 2.5L, Paint & Paper Library. Bluebell three-seater sofa in silver Dexter’s linen, £2,340, Cushions, from £65 each, Molly Mahon. Samba rug, £1,495, Graham and Green

DINING AREA Plenty of comfortable seating makes this the perfect space for entertaining. Woodcroft Colonial grey oak table, £2,595; St James padded natural chairs, £220 each, all One World. Metal-framed window mirrors, £702 each, WBR Interiors


ooking at this property’s elegantly decorated interiors, it is hard to believe that it has been home to the Falconer family for just a year. In fact, it is the latest project for Camilla Falconer, owner of London Throw Company and director of Interior Facelift. ‘I love a house to look lived in and that’s very much my ethos with the homes I create for clients,’ explains Camilla, who shares this place with her husband Ian, their children, Oscar, 16, and Coco, 14, and Olive the dog. After many years teaching, Camilla decided it was time to turn a passion for interior design into her vocation, taking various courses at Chelsea Harbour to hone her skills. She was first inspired while living in Rome for several years. ‘We took the children to live there and experience a diferent culture,’ she explains. ‘Being

surrounded by the sheer beauty of the city, I developed an interest in interior design, along with an appreciation of classical sculpture. If I could, I’d fill the whole house with it.’ Although born and bred in Sufolk, Camilla confesses to being more of a city lover. ‘However, I grew up in an old beamed house, full of period features, so I’m always drawn to buildings with history. The layout of this house immediately sold it to me and the sense of lateral living was very appealing after the previous terraced homes we’d lived in,’ she says. ‘I liked the slightly quirky layout, too.’ Camilla’s eye for creating inviting spaces involves an instinctive marriage of rustic French style with a modern edge. Despite its generous size, her home is made cosy with a blend of rich materials and textiles. ‘I really appreciate Kit Kemp’s eye for layering colour 2 5 B H J U LY 2018 | 97

KITCHEN ‘I had a breakfast bar (right) installed, so I could sit in both the dining area and kitchen,’ says Camilla. Units in Basalt intelligent eggshell, £59 for 2.5L, Little Greene. Try Franklite Zany 4 Light pendant, £280, Castlegate Lights

B AT H R O O M A pair of large mirrors over the bath reflect the natural light, while creating the illusion of a wider space. Try the large Janus mirror, £115, Oka. Casino Floor Baccarat tiles, £49.80sq m, Fired Earth. Cristo pendants, £55 each, Swoon

d e s i g n t i p ‘Even if you have a relatively small room, don’t be afraid to use a bold palette – you can create a cosy and interesting space with a darker tone’ SITTING ROOM Dark walls and a classic sofa and footstool bring sophistication and character to this space. Walls painted in Railings modern emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. For a pin-tuck sofa, try Vincent, £1,499; for a similar footstool, try Celine, £329, both Swoon. Navy herringbone rug, £105, Weaver Green. Cushions made from fabrics by Nankeen Design, price on request, Etsy

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and pattern; it’s very inspiring,’ she says. ‘I’m not keen on the show home look, where everything matches.’ Beading and panelling on the walls help to break up large areas and provide subtle frames for lights and artwork. Soft greys and bold blue-blacks have been used on walls throughout the house, creating an efective contrast. Camilla’s talent for making social spaces is evident in the formal sitting room, where traditional sofas and chairs with pink cushions and wool throws form a welcoming scheme in front of the fireplace. In the dining area, an overscaled oak table and upholstered seating, with a backdrop of window frame mirrors, provides an enticing place to spend time with friends and family. ‘Social spaces are so

important – it’s a design element that I really consider when putting a home together,’ says Camilla. ‘Friends have always said that every house we live in has the same feel.’ Each area of the house has been cleverly thought through in terms of the use of space, particularly Coco’s long attic bedroom. ‘Coco said she wanted a climb-in bed, so we created a bespoke design at one end,’ says Camilla. The other end of the room is where she hangs out with her friends, reads or watches TV. There is one more job on Camilla’s list of improvements. ‘We’d like to revamp the terrace next,’ she says. ‘Once that’s done, I’m sure I’ll be itching for a new project, as I can never stay still for long.’

COCO’S BEDROOM The bespoke bed with built-in storage is a practical design and an elegant alternative to a bunk bed. Futon mattress, £115, Maisons du Monde. Large round grey window wall mirror (right), £300, Primrose & Plum. Fiesta embroidered cushion (right), £49.95, Bombay Duck

COCO’S EN SUITE ‘We inherited this scheme from the previous owners,’ says Camilla. ‘My daughter loved it – the gold tiles are quirky and appropriate for a teenager.’ Walls and Floors sells gold mosaic tiles, £9.95 for a 30x30cm sheet


GUEST BEDROOM ‘This bed was the first piece my husband and I bought together,’ says Camilla. ‘It works well here.’ The Felicity bed, £659, Endurance Beds, is comparable. Mimi bedside table in scufed grey, £215, Loaf, would suit this space. Walls painted in Inox intelligent matt emulsion, £48.50 for 2.5L, Little Greene

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SOUTHERN STORY Elizabeth and Morgan Shaw drew inspiration from their American roots to bring a touch of Stateside to a classic period home FEATURE ANDRÉE FRIEZE | PHOTOGRAPHY MARK BOLTON


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KITCHEN-DINER A window behind the sink allows Elizabeth to keep an eye on the children in the family room. Window, £1,470, designed by Summer Williams Design; fabricated by Fabco Sanctuary. Harper ceiling lights, £700 each, Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam

THE PROPERTY Victorian terrace L O C AT I O N Southwest London R O O M S Hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen-diner, family room, playroom, six bedrooms (three en suite), four bathrooms P U R C H A S E D 2013 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘Our last place was a mansion block in Chelsea,’ says Elizabeth.


lizabeth and Morgan Shaw may have been slightly daunted by the prospect of a blank canvas, but they were excited about the challenge, too. ‘We were looking for a home that was large enough for us and our three children, Annabel, now six, John, four, and Owen, three,’ explains Elizabeth. ‘That’s when we came across a repossessed property in southwest London. And although it certainly needed a lot of work, we could see there was scope to extend upwards, backwards, sideways, and even below.’ Straight away, the couple knew the renovations would require an expert, so they hired Mark Sylvester from Icon Architects. Mark and his team dug out the cellar, extended at the front and back, and filled in the kitchen side return to create enough space for everything the family needed to live, work and entertain. Once all the building work was complete, Elizabeth could not wait to start on the interior decor. Elizabeth asked a close friend, interior designer Summer Williams, for help. ‘Summer is from Morgan’s home town in Georgia and they even went to kindergarten together,’ says Elizabeth. ‘Initially, we just bounced ideas of her but she gradually became more and more involved until it naturally evolved into the two of us taking on the project together.’ The aim was to create a family home that was both stylish and practical. ‘Aesthetically, Elizabeth and Morgan wanted a fairly traditional look but they weren’t afraid of some modern touches that melded American with English elements,’ says Summer. ‘It was quite a rare scenario in that we all have


‘The exposed brick wall is a great feature,’ says Elizabeth. ‘It was Morgan’s idea.’ Sullivan cofee table in Charcoal, £329, Swoon, is a match. Curtains in Arizona, £36.10m (top); and Seattle, £40m (bottom), both Casamance; made by Highland Contract Interiors


‘The armchairs were shipped over from Atlanta – they have such an American south look,’ says Elizabeth. Victorian Planters Barley Twist chair, £695, Vinterior, is similar. Houston end-ofbed trunk, £899, Feather & Black. Butterfly giclée art print, from £32, Etsy

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Architect Mark Sylvester located the stairs in the middle of the house, in order to use up as little floor space as possible. Recycled oak flooring, £160-£180sq m, including installation, Walking on Wood. Having a Ball by Lars Tunebo, £550 (unframed), Liberty Gallery. Pintoy wooden bear chair, £28, Amazon. Hoxton swingarm wall light, £165, Blue Suntree, has this look


‘Owen loves the bright, bold colours here,’ says Elizabeth. Anna Spiro Rosey Posey Trellis Wallpaper in Ginger Jar Blue, AUS$229 a roll, Porter’s Paints

FUTUR E PLANS ‘I would like to have my two boys share a room on the top floor so I can turn the nursery into a little office for me’ American roots, but we’ve also lived in London for a significant period of time.’ Summer points out that in her work she tries to be mindful of the historical sense of a building, while telling the owners’ story through their surroundings, ofering subtle reminders of their life. With this in mind, Summer focused on photographs from Elizabeth and Morgan’s South Carolina wedding for ideas. One image of a Spanish moss tree was the main theme for the scheme in the family room, and an enlarged version now hangs in prime position in here. Other rooms also enjoy very personal associations with the past. ‘Our bathroom scheme was inspired by that of the Palmetto Bluf hotel, where we got married,’ says Elizabeth. ‘In true American fashion, we opted for a luxurious shower with seating, instead of a bath.’ It is thoughtful touches such as this that allow their home to tell a story. This once-rundown house has now been turned into a stunning family home that lets the Shaw family’s interests shine through. An industrial theme reflects Morgan’s tastes, while Elizabeth’s preference for blue, orange and geometric patterns can be seen in accent pieces throughout. All of which beautifully combine to create the best of two worlds in this vibrant family home with a southern feel. FO R STO C K I STS G O TO W HER E TO B U Y

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MAIN BEDROOM Dark wood furniture is in striking contrast to the subtle cream scheme. For bespoke cane beds, price on request, try Cotswold Caners. Limed Oak Bureau by Heal & Son, £2,220, Holly Johnson Antiques

BATHROOM Opulence is the order of the day here. Bridgehampton Marble Basketweave Mosaic floor tiles, £149.88sq m; Bridgehampton Marble Diamond Sawn Edge wall tiles, £114.95sq m, both Fired Earth



A tall wall mirror brings light and the illusion of depth to this space. Gold-edged vintage mirror, £145, The Forest & Co, is similar. Washstand including marble top and basins, £2,500, Darma

For a suitably boyish feel, Elizabeth opted for dark grey walls in this cosy space. Walls painted in Down Pipe modern emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. East Coast Clara dresser, £83.95, Everything4You Babies, has this look

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KITCHEN Wooden worktops and a brick splashback add natural warmth to the sleek white cabinets. White handleless units, around £3,000, Howdens. Knightsbridge Multi brick slips, £35.90sq m, Brick Slips


LIMIT With scope to extend upwards and open up the ground floor, Kat and Dominic Mannell’s period home had bags of potential FEATURE KAREN WILSON PHOTOGRAPHY FIONA WALKER-ARNOTT


home truths THE PROPERTY Victorian semi-detached house L O C AT I O N Surrey R O O M S Sitting room, kitchen-diner, three bedrooms (one en suite), bathroom P U R C H A S E D 2012 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘After selling our maisonette, we rented a house nearby,’ says Kat.

DINING AREA Knocking three rooms together has transformed the ground-floor space. Chiltern 150cm dining table, £339, Oak Furniture Superstore, is similar

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DINING AREA Elements of blush and a few personal touches soften the monochrome scheme. Walls painted in Setting Plaster estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Penn oak chest of drawers, £499, is similar; Hue pendant shade in White Clay and Copper, £29; Rita table lamp in Copper and Marble, £79, all ENTRANCE As there is no hallway, Kat has dedicated a corner to taking off shoes and coats. Morton console table, £297, Blue Suntree, is similar. Norraker bench, £40, Ikea. Bhurma cushion cover, £23, Holly’s House SITTING ROOM This room was decorated several times before Kat settled on a muted palette. Walls painted in Railings estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Zinc two-seater sofa, £929, DFS. Vilma stool, £76, Maisons du Monde. Jessie leaning bookcase, £110, Habitat


fter renovating a two-bedroom maisonette at the age of 23, illustrator Kat Mannell had plenty of design nous under her belt when the time came to move again. ‘We made ofers on three properties, but this one had the biggest garden, original fireplaces and scope to extend, so it was our first choice,’ says Kat, who lives in this house with her husband, Dominic, their children, Ruby, seven, and Molly, five, plus Cockapoo Harry. Although the decor was not to Kat’s taste – Ruby’s bedroom had a purple pearlescent fireplace and orange carpets, while the sitting room featured a red chimney breast and dark stained floorboards – she was not daunted by the work ahead. Plans were quickly drawn up to convert the loft into a main bedroom with en-suite shower room. This meant knocking out the chimney breast to accommodate a new staircase. ‘We had to lose the original fireplace in Molly’s bedroom, unfortunately, but we were able to keep the other three,’ says Kat. However, the project was not without its challenges. ‘The builders forgot to put a roof light in the stairwell, which meant they had to cut through the new roof,’ explains Kat. ‘They also ordered the wrong window for the en suite and miscalculated the size of the bespoke staircase, so the job took five months instead of three.’ Luckily, Dominic had taken some courses in DIY so was able to tackle the plumbing, tiling and electrics for the new en suite himself, which saved time and helped keep costs down. Although the couple love the finished conversion, they chose a diferent builder, Martin Williams of Williams Design and Build, for the second tranche of work 2 5 B H J U LY 2018 | 105

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RUBY’S BEDROOM This space doubles as a guest room when visitors stay over. The original fireplace was stripped and painted white to blend with the decor. Gjora double bed frame, £199; Koppang chest of drawers, £65, both Ikea. Gold Green Palm Leaf wallpaper, £16 a roll, B&Q. Willows Dreams large dreamcatcher, £40, Miakoda Dreams RUBY’S DESK Kat created this dedicated spot for Ruby to do her homework. For more interiors ideas, visit her blog, Lisabo desk, £125, Ikea. Wire wall grid, £40, Urban Outfitters. Home Collection multicoloured world map wall art, £36, Debenhams B AT H R O O M The blind unites the colour scheme. Attingham Earth sun tiles, £53.83sq m, Topps Tiles. Scion Mr Fox sunflower roller blind, from £27, Blinds 2 Go. Low wire storage unit, £145, Loaf MAIN BEDROOM An upholstered bench seat provides storage. Jacobs upholstered bench seat, £250, Habitat. Sloane rectangular pillow, £21, Society 6. Cubist large black shelf, £40, Umbra

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M O L LY ’ S B E D R O O M Although this room was partitioned to allow for a staircase to the loft conversion, there’s still ample space for Molly to play. The blue-green walls are the perfect backdrop for vintage-style furniture. Walls painted in Oval Room Blue estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Large flag bunting, £4 a letter, Rosie Meringue. Rainbow print, £15, Eleanor Bowmer. Happy Hopscotch rug, £72, Maisons du Monde OFFICE AREA The space under the eaves at the front of the main bedroom has been used as a desk area where Kat can work on her bespoke, hand-drawn creations for her Etsy shop, Art House Illustrations. Black pom-pom garland, £32, Bohemia Design, is similar. Try Palm Leaves poster, £7, Desenio. Neo metal table lamp in Copper, £39, Cult Furniture, is similar. Moppe mini chest of drawers, from £15, Ikea

design tip ‘Mix practicality with aesthetics when you have children. I think I’d avoid white tiles next time!’ downstairs. Because the tiny kitchen was sandwiched between the dining room and a bathroom, it desperately needed opening up. ‘Dominic loves to cook, so such a small kitchen just wasn’t practical,’ says Kat. ‘The green tiles and walls didn’t work for us, and it felt dark and draughty with a stable door and just one single-glazed window.’ The solution was to knock through to create a large kitchen-diner. ‘I’m so glad we went with Martin’s idea to add a picture window and skylight,’ says Kat. ‘They both let in so much light and the large window is great for keeping an eye on the children when they’re playing in the garden.’ As she previously worked in an interior design store, Kat had lots of ideas about how she wanted her home to look. ‘I stuck to a monochrome colour palette, combined with elements of green, blush and mustard,’ she says. ‘So each room has its own look, yet also ties in with the rest of the house.’ Rather than planning every tiny detail, Kat prefers to source one item she loves as a starting point for each room. ‘In the bathroom it was the yellow tiles, which I found by chance,’ she says. ‘I’ve kept the rest of the scheme simple so they stand out.’ As an interiors blogger, Kat is always finding inspiration for small updates she can do. ‘I’m itching for another project,’ she says, ‘but I’m really happy with the finished result – we all love this home.’ FO R STO C K I STS G O TO W HER E TO B U Y

MAIN BEDROOM ‘As the room faces north, I wanted a light, bright feel here,’ says Kat. Cosmo Ava king-size duvet set, £45, Debenhams. Boho monochrome cushion, £28, Bramley & White

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home truths THE PROPERTY Apartment within a Grade II-listed Georgian house L O C AT I O N West London R O O M S Hall/sitting room, kitchen-diner, study, bedroom, bathroom P U R C H A S E D 2015 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘Before moving here, I rented a one-bedroom flat in east London,’ says Trisha.

SITTING ROOM Lush plants bring a taste of the tropics, while the sofa oozes Art Deco glamour. Sofa upholstered in Casaleone Mohair, £390m, Beaumont & Fletcher. The Eichholtz Provocateur sofa, £3,385, Sweetpea & Willow, is an alternative. Walls painted in Strong White estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball

KITCHEN Inexpensive cabinetry is transformed from budget to beautiful with a marble worktop and an elegant tap. Voxtorp cabinetry, from £55 for a door; Nyvattnet mixer tap, £90, both Ikea. Arabescato marble, from £372sq m, Lapicida

DINING AREA This space-saving original Hans Olsen table and chairs set was a great eBay find. Find similar, from £1,250, Pure Imagination

GLOBAL VIEW Design classics, clever storage and tropical tones all add up to a stylish retreat for travel journalist Trisha Andres FEATURE JACKY PARKER | PHOTOGRAPHY BILL KINGSTON


iving among the hustle and bustle of the capital’s fashionable yet gritty East End was fun, but when it came to buying her first home, Trisha Andres was drawn to the leafy open spaces that west London had to ofer. ‘I had lived in Notting Hill before and I liked the idea of moving back there,’ she says. ‘It’s central but more relaxed and less crowded. I like the village feel and also being near Holland Park and Hyde Park.’ After a fruitless nine-month property search, viewing mainly gloomy basement flats, an estate agent told Trisha about a two-bedroom first-floor apartment in one of the area’s popular stucco-fronted Georgian houses that needed some work. ‘It was petite, but in a great location, had high ceilings and

huge windows, and was within my budget,’ says Trisha. ‘It ticked a lot of boxes but it was intuitive, too – I felt I could live here.’ Built in 1829, the elegant Grade II-listed building had been carved into flats in the Sixties, but retained some of its original architectural charms. Keen to make better use of the space, but limited by the property’s size and listed status, Trisha asked for the help of interior designer Beata Heuman. ‘I loved her style and Beata was so enthusiastic about the interior space and what she could do with it,’ she reflects. As part of the brief, the first thing Trisha did was to decide what rooms she wanted, so Beata could reconfigure the layout. Trisha wanted the main bedroom to stay where it was at the back of the property, but craved out 2 5 B H J U LY 2018 | 109

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B AT H R O O M Mirrored doors on the cabinets make the room feel larger. Original BTC’s Pillar LED wall light, £489, has this Art Deco look

MAIN BEDROOM The headboard was designed to accommodate the bronze wall lights. Headboard upholstered in Le Manach Les Ecailles fabric, £283m, Pierre Frey. Charlton wall lamps in antique brass, £650 each, Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam

f a v o u r i t e f e a t u r e ‘I love the original floor-to-ceiling windows – the sun streams in and it feels so calm and peaceful’ a larger bathroom. She also wanted a study that could double as a guest bedroom, plus lots of useful storage and somewhere to display her large collection of books, art and mementos picked up on her travels. With the new layout in place, Beata was able to bring Trisha’s design brief to life. ‘I found it useful to have adjectives to describe the look I was after,’ says Trisha. ‘Mine were urban jungle, elegant, eclectic, timeless and well-travelled.’ Frequent trips overseas are a large part of Trisha’s life, so her priority was for her home to be a relaxing place she could retreat to at the end of a long day or after a spell abroad. Natural materials and a lack of noise were also high on the agenda. ‘My favourite colour is green because it’s so restful, so that became the starting point for the scheme,’ says Trisha. ‘And I love houseplants, as they help make a place feel alive and add character.’ Beata 110 | 2 5 B H J U LY 2018

responded with a vibrant green backdrop in the study. The emerald tones were then carried through the apartment, against an otherwise pale palette, in the form of accents of bold fabrics and graphic tiles. ‘Beata explained that all the rooms should feel connected by a colour or theme,’ says Trisha. ‘I like symmetry, but she showed me that it doesn’t mean everything has to match – you can mix colour and pattern, and still create a calm home.’ The rooms have been given a sophisticated boost by the designer’s use of rich materials and luxurious fabrics, while classic 20th-century designs and modern pieces create a timeless feel. Together with Trisha’s artworks, books and ephemera, the interior has the elegant, traveller ambience that she desired. ‘The best part is that it’s a reflection of me,’ says Trisha. ‘I can come back and relax, read, or work if I need to, and it feels like home.’

GUEST BEDROOM The green wall colour sets a relaxed yet vibrant tone. Walls painted in Calke Green estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball


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Insight MAKING THE MOST OF A SMALL SPACE By reworking the layout, a compact living space can be as chic as Trisha Andres’ home


etting the most out of a limited space can be a challenge, but there are lots of ways to make your home feel more spacious. Allison Chatten, interiors specialist and designer at Bazaar Group, says, ‘One room can have many diferent uses throughout the day. You may start of working from home, then have to reconfigure your space and its mood for entertaining, but it also has to be a calming space.’


Get organised Start with a clear-out, because reducing clutter is key. Then – if you have the luxury of planning from scratch – look for multifunctional furniture. The number of companies ofering foldaway chairs, compact tables, lightweight, moveable furniture, clever storage and smart beds grows all the time, and includes ranges such as Ikea’s PS, Marks & Spencer’s Loft, Next’s Studio and Bazaar Group’s Icon. Use the vertical with tall, open-backed shelving or install

floating shelves. Opt for wall-mounted lighting rather than floor lamps.

Opening up the space ‘Cramming in too much furniture is always a no-no,’ says Allison. ‘If you need more places to sit, stools can be ideal but also look at lightweight seating, which can be easily moved into other areas.’ Allison advises painting walls white to make the most of any natural light. ‘White can be clinical, so add interesting textures in tactile fabrics and layer with cushions and throws,’ she says. When it comes to making compact kitchens feel larger, Richard Delane, creative director at The Wood Works, says: ‘Choose sleek, contemporary designs that open up the space. Light, reflective materials and minimalist designs are your friends in small kitchens, so consider white cabinets or even mirrored finishes to bounce the light around. Fit a boiling-water tap to remove the need for a kettle and buy smaller appliances, such as slimline dishwashers.’

professional advice ‘The main aim when it comes to small spaces is functionality, and making the room feel as spacious as possible. So why not push the boundaries? Big cities save space by building high-rise buildings. The same logic can be applied to a small apartment. A large floor-to-ceiling ratio allows you to split levels, creating visual and functional separation. This means you can build a mezzanine floor and stack up your bed, creating two separate spaces out of one. Moveable partition walls change the look, feel and use of a small space. In a studio apartment, a bed next to the kitchen can often put buyers or renters of. However, having a combined bed/wall is a fantastic solution – so, when the moveable wall is pulled out, the attached bed flips down and you have a separate bedroom. Then, when the bed folds up, the wall is pushed back, meaning the space reverts to being a kitchen and dining room only. A moveable wall with two faces is another interesting feature. On one side you may have a small workstation with a foldable desk, and on the other side a TV and shelves for storage or display. Finally, include adaptable furniture – the list of what’s available is always growing, from foldaway chairs, tables and stools to pull-out drawers and cupboards.’

Use reflective surfaces to make the most of the light

Foldaway furniture is a good space-saving solution

Consider a pegboard wall with moveable shelving


address book e x p e r t e y e ‘Actual size is less important than how a space feels. A few simple rules apply: avoid clutter, allow space between a small number of specific objects, use proportional furniture and choose light colours’ JONATHAN MANSER, THE MANSER PRACTICE

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Matthew’s vintage furniture complements the history and proportions of the apartment. For a reproduction of this original Kubus sofa designed by Josef Hofmann, try Iconic Interiors, from £1,424

home truths T H E P R O P E R T Y An apartment in a Grade II-listed Peabody Trust building L O C AT I O N East London R O O M S Hall, sitting room/ dining area, kitchen, study, one bedroom (en suite), bathroom, roof terrace P U R C H A S E D 2012 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘I moved here after living in South Africa,’ says Matthew.

SEVENTH H E AV E N Having moved house six times, Matthew White never imagined that this characterful but downtrodden apartment would be his ideal home FEATURE CHANTAL HINTZE/EMMA J PAGE | PHOTOGRAPHY PENNY WINCER/FEATURES & MORE

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he first thought Matthew White had when he walked into the apartment he had just bought was, ‘What have I done?’ Following a four-year stint in South Africa, where he ran an art gallery, the digital consultant returned to the UK in 2011. After a year spent searching for the right place, he finally got lucky when an apartment in his desired neighbourhood came onto the market. ‘I first bought a loft in Shoreditch in 1998 and, Cape Town aside, I’ve considered this part of London my home ever since,’ says Matthew. As well as the location, the apartment ticked several other boxes. Situated in one of Spitalfields’ landmark buildings, commissioned by the Peabody Trust in the early 1850s to

provide afordable housing, the flat had ample character. However, it was in need of an update and, when the keys were finally in Matthew’s hands, the thrill of new home ownership quickly disappeared. ‘Without any furniture, the sorry state of the apartment was suddenly much more apparent,’ he says. ‘There were waterlogged carpets, and the windows were held in place with electrical tape.’ Luckily, he did not remain fazed by the task ahead for long. As this was his seventh renovation project, Matthew had established a good working relationship with a team of skilled builders in the past, as well as with architect David Bellis, of Bellis Architects. ‘David is very pragmatic, and he knew the best plan was to remove the entire interior,


‘The units are simple, but they work beautifully within the confines of the space, which has very few straight walls,’ says Matthew. Cabinets, price on application, Howdens. Find a similar two-door wine cabinet, from £509, CDA



The double-height design

makes the interior feel light, airy and spacious. Cult Living’s Chiswick walnut chair, £99, would work here



Well-stocked open shelving adds to the informal feel. Oiled beech Wishbone chairs, £670 each, The Conran Shop. Tripode G5 floor lamp, from £516, Twentytwentyone, is a close match


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A second bedroom on the top floor doubles as a handy light-filled work space. Darcey desk in walnut and oak, £399,, recreates this look



Tucked away up in the building’s eaves, this is a serene space, punctuated by pops of colour from


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FAVOURITE ITEM ‘The first serious piece of art I ever bought was the Bedlington in Red lithograph by Craigie Aitchison. Whenever I move, it’s the first thing that goes up on the wall’

bold textiles and artwork. King & McGaw sells vintage movie posters, from £70



The avocado-coloured suite that Matthew inherited has been updated, so the room now has a sophisticated look with sleek marble tiles. Pietra Grey marble tiles, £24.97sq m, Topps Tiles, have a similar look

2 including the internal walls and ceiling, and start from scratch,’ Matthew explains. Yet, despite the strip-out, Matthew was keen to retain as many original features as possible while also giving the compact space some of its historical identity back. ‘I just couldn’t see the point of living in a building that’s almost 200 years old and having a supermodern interior,’ he says. While he has not shied away from kitting out the twofloor apartment with mod-cons, including an integrated sound system, the look Matthew chose is decidedly old school, thanks, in part, to the vintage parquet flooring he has installed. ‘Funnily enough, it appears to have come from a church in South Africa,’ he says. ‘The Kubus sofa is also a Twenties

original, which I fished out of a skip and had refurbished. It’s now as good as new.’ Matthew elected to keep the interior neutral, allowing his books and artwork from the likes of Leon Morrocco and Craigie Aitchison to lift the schemes. ‘A home needs to make you happy, whether it’s a forever place or not,’ he says. ‘Every time I walk into a room, I want to be able to enjoy the space and atmosphere.’ Initially, Matthew had considered this place to be the latest in a series of renovation projects and planned to stay for only a year or two. But the building has since won his heart and tamed his wanderlust. ‘That “What have I done?” moment has long since passed,’ he airms. ‘This place feels like a real home to me now.’




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Country-style chairs and an oak-topped table were painted to match the cabinetry and reconditioned Aga. Upcycled furniture by JoJo’s Interiors. The Farmhouse Table Company sells similar tables, from £595. Try Made in the Cellar at Etsy for chairs like these, from £89 each. Wall painted in Natural Hessian matt emulsion, £26 for 5L, Dulux


Rustic revival Jo and Graham Stokes crafted an inviting country home from a 400-year-old near-derelict farmhouse, which had been uninhabited for 40 years

home truths THE PROPERTY Grade II-listed farmhouse L O C AT I O N Stafordshire R O O M S Hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, family room, office, utility room, cloakroom, six bedrooms (three en suite), bathroom, shower room P U R C H A S E D 2002 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘Before moving here, we lived in a converted barn in a nearby village,’ says Jo.

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Sixteen years ago, when Jo Stokes and her husband, Graham, had outgrown the converted barn they were living in with their now grown-up children, Charlotte and Harriette, they decided to look for somewhere larger with more land. ‘We had viewed quite a few houses and I had set my heart on one place, but we lost it,’ explains Jo. ‘Then a friend told me about a farmhouse that was up for sale at auction.’ The Grade II-listed property

was derelict and most of the house had not been lived in for 40 years, as its former owner had only inhabited the dining room. ‘Everything was unloved and the garden was so overgrown that we didn’t realise how much land there was,’ says Jo. ‘Nevertheless, we could see its potential and decided to take on the challenge.’ For two years, Graham, who is a builder, worked full time, and carried out the renovations in the evenings and at weekends, while the family lived in a caravan on site. ‘The house

l i s t e d fa r m h o u s e | 25bh UTILITY ROOM Rustic flooring echoes the age of the property. Autonno Blend floor tiles, £58.50sq m, Topps Tiles, would work well here. Try the Premier rectangular small countertop basin, £59.95, Victorian Plumbing

DINING ROOM Generous curtains, which pool elegantly on the floor, add a luxurious touch to this simple scheme. Regent Oak Wood Panelling wallpaper, £79.90 a roll, Rockett St George, is similar. Try Coba curtain fabric in Lavender, £19.99m, Terrys Fabrics

inspir ation ‘We wanted a lived-in French look, so I decided on a light palette with soft accent colours that evolved as I got a feel for our home’ SITTING ROOM Pale wallpaper and cream painted furniture help to brighten this low-ceilinged, heavily beamed space. For a similar wallpaper, try Josette White/Dove Grey Damask, £34 a roll, Laura Ashley. The Burr secretary desk, £205.99, Wayfair, would suit this scheme

HALL The original staircase had collapsed, so the couple had a new one built to the same specifications. Turnbull & Thomas sells a similar Versailles two-seater settee, £1,415. The Impex Georgian wall light, £96.12, Lighting Majestic, is a comparable style

favourite room ‘I love the entire house – it’s full of people all the time and that makes it a very warm, sociable place’

CHARLOTTE’S BEDROOM The beamed ceiling frames the classic wroughtiron bed, bringing a sense of drama to the space. Clarina glossy ivory metal bed frame, from £399 for a double, Dreams, is a good alternative

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BATHROOM Positioning the freestanding bath on a raised platform makes it even more of a feature. Try the Duke 1695 rolltop bath, £349.95, Victorian Plumbing. The Heritage Victorian single console basin, £550, UK Bathroom Warehouse, is similar


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had to be gutted,’ recalls Jo, but as the property is listed, the couple had to adhere to certain criteria. ‘Everything that was removed had to be put back using the same materials, so we pulled things out and, where possible, cleaned them up to use again,’ says Jo. Anything that couldn’t be reused was upcycled, including beams that were made into furniture. Graham replaced the roof, the house was rewired, and new heating and plumbing were installed. The bathrooms were also updated. ‘Graham’s father made windows for us, too,’ says Jo. After two years, the family moved in while work continued. ‘We still had to rebuild the kitchen and relied on a temporary one situated in the sitting room for a while.’ Next up were the outbuildings, which the couple wanted to knock down and replace with an extension to house an indoor pool. However, as the property is located near Staford Castle, an archaeological dig had to be undertaken

before any work could begin. ‘It took five days, and they didn’t find anything important, which was a relief,’ says Jo, who was keen to get started on the decorating, with a clear theme in mind. ‘France is one of my favourite places,’ she says, ‘so I wanted the style of the interior to have a Gallic feel. I also favour a neutral colour palette as it allows the rooms to flow from one to the next.’ Many pieces of furniture came from France, as well as charity shops and car-boot sales. Jo brought the second-hand finds back to life with a coat of chalk paint. ‘It’s ideal, as you don’t need to do any preparation first,’ she explains. Painting furniture inspired Jo to set up JoJo’s Interiors ( ‘I enjoy painting, so opening a shop felt like quite a natural step.’ She also runs courses teaching people how to paint. When Jo isn’t busy working, she finds the time to enjoy the fruits of her labour. ‘It’s lovely here,’ she says. ‘It’s so nice to see sheep and cattle and hear birds singing. This place is idyllic.’


An antique French bed and soft golden hues combine to create an inviting look. The Provencal Louis XV white luxury French bed, £977 for a double, The French Bedroom Company, would work well here. For a feature wallpaper like this, try Josette Gold, £34 a roll, Laura Ashley

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N AT U R A L E VO LUTI O N Claire Ramshaw has redecorated her home several times as her style and tastes have changed FEATURE KAREN WILSON | PHOTOGRAPHY KATIE LEE


home truths THE PROPERTY Modern detached L O C AT I O N County Durham R O O M S Sitting room, kitchen-diner, garden room, four bedrooms, two bathrooms P U R C H A S E D 2005 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘Before this, I lived in a Victorian terrace nearby and Keith owned a new build,’ says Claire.

GARDEN ROOM ‘The new extension has totally transformed the rear of the house and given us much more space,’ says Claire. Try Ashingdon large sofa in Bronco dark brown leather, £2,299, Marks & Spencer. Geometric black/white area rug, £236.99, Plantation Rug at Wayfair

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GARDEN ROOM AND DINING AREA Brick-style tiles and a black woodburning stove create a cosy corner in this flowing space. Black Slate calibrated tiles, £31.94sq m, Topps Tiles, would work well here. Grey & Buf rattan round basket, £50, The Basket Company, is similar


fter selling their respective homes to buy a property together, Claire Ramshaw and her husband Keith faced the age-old quandary of location versus space. While Claire had lived in a Victorian house outside County Durham and Keith had owned a new build by the coast, they both wanted to be closer to the city for work. Claire was working for Persimmon Homes at the time, so the pair decided to take advantage of her staf discount and bought a four-bedroom detached house on the outskirts of Durham. ‘We got more for our money and were able to upgrade worktops, spotlights, tiles and appliances,’ says Claire. Straight away, the couple applied for planning permission to build a garden room extension at the rear. This meant installing a steel beam where double doors once led to the garden and digging foundations in winter. ‘Keith’s quite handy so he took on the work himself, with help from a bricklayer friend and an electrician,’ explains

f a v o u r i t e r o o m ‘I love the pops of colour against the dark blue walls in the dining area, particularly the orange table legs’ DINING AREA The colours used here contrast beautifully. Walls in Stikey Blue estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Table in Orange Aurora oil gloss, £65 for 2.5L, Little Greene

KITCHEN Granite worktops and mosaic tiles bring a touch of luxe to simple Shaker-style units. Copper-efect mosaic wall tiles, £95.89sq m, Grand Taps, have this look. Try the Waterside/ Transition granite worktop, from £189, Bathstore

SITTING ROOM Lush green indoor plants create a fresh, outdoor feel in this light-filled area. French Connection Zinc leather sofa, £1,795, DFS, has this look. Try the Savannah grey rug, £180, The Rugs Warehouse. Noguchi cofee table, £219.18, A Modern World, is a match

GUEST BEDROOM Yellow and white tones brighten up this compact but welcoming space. Radiance Grey and Ochre wallpaper, £23 a roll, Graham & Brown, is a good alternative. Try the Florence bed frame, £189.99, World Stores

Claire. ‘We wanted to maximise the light but also retain a bit of privacy, so only two of the three walls have windows, and we fitted shutters and a glazed door at the side. We tend to use the front sitting room more in spring and summer, and the garden room in autumn and winter as it’s cosy with the woodburning stove.’ When it came to the decor, Keith was hands-on while Claire had the ideas. ‘I’m quite a creative person, which was enhanced when I was studying theatre costume at university,’ explains Claire. Many of the illustrations she did during this time have been framed as artwork around the house. ‘After my studies, I rented lots of diferent places in London but I always redecorated as I need to feel happy at home,’ she adds. Over the years, the pair have replaced the carpets upstairs and fitted a mixture of laminate and tiled flooring downstairs, which is more practical since they had their daughter, Ava, now nine. Claire admits her interiors style has changed considerably since buying

last word ‘I think it’s really important to be bold, experiment and show your personality’

AV A’ S B E D R O O M Colourful artwork combines with cute furnishings for a child-friendly scheme. Scion Mr Fox double duvet cover, £65, John Lewis. Try the Star wall light, £149, I Love Retro

B AT H R O O M Claire shares many of her creative ideas on her lifestyle blog Walls painted in Oxford Stone estate eggshell, £60 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball

the house, and she has redecorated some of the rooms several times. ‘My style used to be quite ornate with bold colours and wallpapers,’ she says. ‘But now I have more artwork on display, use diferent textures and have embraced the trend for dark walls.’ More recently, Claire’s approach to decorating has been to spend more on investment pieces, such as sofas and furniture from stores including Barker & Stonehouse, Graham and Green and Cox & Cox. Then when it comes to accessories and furnishings, she mixes up the look with high-street finds. Her next project is revamping the kitchen by painting the doors grey and adding copper handles. She’s also considering replacing the bath with a walk-in shower and laying Moroccanstyle floor tiles in the hall. ‘I’m lucky that Keith and I have a fantastic creative partnership,’ says Claire. ‘This has enabled us to create a home that we both feel equally proud of.’ FO R STO C K I STS G O TO W HER E TO B U Y

m o d e r n d e tac h e d | 25bh MAIN BEDROOM An eclectic mix of vintage frames, oversized lampshades and floral prints gives this scheme a one-off look. Walls painted in Drawing Room estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Ivory French-inspired rattan headboard, £244, Crown French Furniture, would work well here. Provencal Perfect bedside table, £199, The French Bedroom Company

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Before they had set foot inside, Alan and Tracey DePoel-Wood sensed something special about their home-to-be FEATURE SEÁN O’CONNELL | PHOTOGRAPHY RYAN WICKS


lan and Tracey DePoel-Wood’s search for a new house did not start well – after setting out from their south London home to explore the Kent countryside, the couple had a disagreement over directions, and returned home. ‘I was in such a mood that I decided to cool of by driving down to the south coast on my own,’ says Alan. ‘On the way back, I drove through a pretty


village outside Tunbridge Wells and called in at an estate agents. That evening, on my return, I said to Tracey: “I think I’ve found our new home.”’ His enthusiasm was fired by its French country house-style exterior, but the best was still to come. ‘When I first stepped through the door, I felt a real energy, and I knew this was the place for us,’ says Tracey. ‘We were particularly charmed by how

home truths THE PROPERTY Detached 18th-century house L O C AT I O N Kent R O O M S Hall, sitting room, kitchen-diner, study, cloakroom, three bedrooms, bathroom P U R C H A S E D 1994 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘We sold a Thirties semi-detached in southeast London to move here,’ says Tracey.

c o u n t ry h o u s e | 25bh 1 KITCHEN This curio-filled space combines tradition with functionality. Metod/Bodbyn kitchen units, from £18 for a wall cabinet, Ikea. Saulieu Classic range cooker, £6,400, Lacanche. Butcher’s table, price on application, Peppermill Interiors. Try Metro flat wall tiles, £25.95sq m, Victorian Plumbing 2 HALL ‘There’s no taking your shoes off at the door here,’ says Alan of the couple’s informal, comfortable home. Walls painted in

Wevet estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Princess radiator, £785, The Old Radiator Company. For antique pews, try English Salvage, price on request


Deep blue walls add a contemporary feel to this space. Walls painted in Railings estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Radiators, price on request, The Old Radiator Company. For similar industrialstyle lighting, try Trainspotters, price on request


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1 FAVOURITE FEATUR E ‘We love how the rooms are all well proportioned with lots of original features – we used old restored radiators to reintroduce more character’ well-proportioned the rooms were and the fact that they retained many original features.’ But there was a fly – or a bee – in the ointment, in the shape of a beehive that was taking up a third of one side of the house. ‘In hindsight, it probably wouldn’t have bothered us or our sons, Sam, now 25, and Matthijs, 24,’ says Alan. ‘But, being townies, we felt we had to remove it, which was an enormous job.’ Undeterred, though, the couple bought the property. Alan describes the interior he and Tracey inherited as classy, albeit with a Seventies colour scheme. ‘When we had our housewarming, our friends were afraid to comment on the paintwork, because they weren’t sure if we had done it ourselves.’ The couple were in no hurry to put their mark on the property, but they wanted to restore some of the character. Over 126 | 2 5 B H J U LY 2018

a period of several years, the house gradually developed its own distinctive look. ‘Instead of just painting the kitchen area, we thought the back wall would suit being covered in metro tiles, which creates a very diferent look,’ says Alan. ‘Then we removed the plaster from one of the side walls, exposing the brickwork, which provides texture, and gives the room an earthy, edgy feel.’ But it is perhaps the pieces that adorn the walls and surfaces of this home that are most intriguing. ‘We like to buy items that are beautiful yet, where possible, functional, too,’ says Tracey, pointing to the magnificent Fifties weighing scales that grace the kitchen sideboard. ‘Many of our purchases have been bought on a whim while away on our travels.’ As well as collecting historical objets, the DePoel-Woods have personalised

their space with an array of artworks that is as eclectic as the rest of their decor. ‘We love the art on our walls and we can spend whole evenings rearranging paintings until they look just right,’ says Alan. The cheeky irreverence of some of the artworks reflects the sense of fun that Tracey and Alan have imbued this home with. ‘This is a real party house – for both ourselves and the boys,’ says Alan. But Tracey, Alan and their sons may not be the only occupants of this happy home. At the end of the day, when silence falls, the couple have described hearing unexplained noises or even the odd ghostly sighting. ‘A lot of strange things have happened here and guests have often told us about seeing apparitions in various rooms,’ says Tracey. ‘But it isn’t scary, it’s a peaceful presence – and it gives the place real spirit!’

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‘It took a few attempts to get the colour scheme right in here,’ says Tracey of this rich red space. Gentry Globe pendant, £85, Clippings, is similar. Firedogs, from £280 a pair, Ripley Forge. Archtop wall mirror, £1,370, Overmantels. Thakat cofee table, £149, Myakka 2 MAIN BEDROOM A pretty string of multicoloured fairy lights helps to enliven this pale scheme with a whimsical touch. Fairy light set, from £29, Cable & Cotton. Try the Hemnes white chest of drawers, £200, Ikea.

3 BATHROOM Muted paintwork creates a calming backdrop to an eclectic mix of artwork and photos. Panelling painted in Taupe eggshell, £16 for 1L, B&Q. La Provence bath, £4,800, Catchpole & Rye. Facecloths, £5 for four, Next Home

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The pair’s grownup son chose a sporting theme. Try the Atlas bed, £110, Bedroom World. Walls painted in Rebel matt emulsion, £13.50 for 1.25L, Crown. The Jack Wills Ransworth bedding is discontinued, but can be found on eBay, from £65 for a double set


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home truths THE PROPERTY Edwardian terraced house L O C AT I O N West London R O O M S Hall, sitting room, kitchen-diner, two studies, cloakroom, five bedrooms (three en suite), bathroom P U R C H A S E D 2014 PREVIOUS PROPERT Y ‘We moved here from a semi nearby,’ says Vivienne.

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All things CONSIDERED Downsizers Vivienne and Hamish Pringle seized the chance to turn a once dowdy Edwardian property into a modern home full of thought and detail FEATURE SERENA FOKSCHANER | PHOTOGRAPHY KASIA FISZER

p e r i o d te r r ac e | 25bh SITTING ROOM The Pringles replaced the traditional fireplace with a modern design that includes a floating mantelpiece. Framed hole-in-the-wall fire, £1,950, Real Flame. For a similar-style rug, try the Azilal, £684, Larusi. Curtains made in Epoca, £50m, Caravane. Innervision internal screen, price on request, Crittall

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Tiering the plants creates a wall of greenery here. Como plant stand, £95, Cox & Cox, is similar


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‘This scheme has the perfect combination of individuality and functionality,’ says Hamish. Bespoke cabinetry, Kailash Joinery. Oak beam floating shelves, £39 each, Oak Store

l e s s o n l e a r n t ‘Designing our own kitchen and employing a professional


oon after slipping of your shoes by Vivienne and Hamish Pringle’s front door, an air of calm descends. Ahead, white walls stretch towards the garden where flowers cascade from vintage plant stands. In another direction, through a Crittall screen, you can glimpse rangy white sofas piled with handwoven cushions. A trio of specially adapted pendant lights hovers over the rustic dining table, one of the many details that cement the modern but soulful feel of this London townhouse. Downsizing from a rambling family home, the Pringles, who met in the ad agency where they both began their careers, were drawn by the Edwardian property’s previously untouched feel. ‘Our four children had grown up and moved out, so we felt it was 130 | 2 5 B H J U LY 2018

finally time to do something for ourselves,’ smiles Vivienne. ‘This place had had the same owner for over 40 years, so it was ripe for renovation and gave us the chance to put into practice the lessons we’d learnt over years of renovating properties.’ To realise their scheme, the Pringles turned to architect Peter Thomas de Cruz. ‘We chose him because we like the way he introduces light into older properties,’ says Hamish, who is now an artist. However, this was no carte blanche project for the architect – every detail was considered. ‘We wanted to modernise the interior but not turn it into a featureless white box,’ says Hamish. The couple rented during both the design and planning application period and the nine-month building process. ‘Planning in great

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Personally designed lights create an eye-catching feature. Baskets, from £17 each, The Basket Room. Metal light fitting, price on request, Owen Thomas Design


A full-length slot window enhances the light and feeling of space. For a similar basin, try the Duravit Scola, £312, CP Hart. Acanthus Moss wallpaper, £65 a roll, Designers Guild


A classic filing cabinet adds an industrial touch. For vintage filing cabinets, price on request, try Jensen & Ballantine. Lilltrask worktop, £30, Ikea

joinery company to build it produced a unique result and also saved us money’ detail made all the diference and giving the builders free rein was the most eicient way of working,’ says Vivienne. The transformation was startling, creating a ground floor with a series of light, open spaces out of what was previously a huddle of dark rooms linked by skimpy pine doors. A new wide opening from the hallway ofers a sight line to a profusion of greenery in the garden. Here, instead of bifolds, a square bay window, its black frame echoed in the fish pond beneath, projects into the garden, which is bordered by pastel-hued vertical fencing designed by the Pringles to ‘create the feel of an outdoor room’. Inside, the varying ceiling heights are deliberate. ‘They make the space feel much less uniform,’ says Vivienne. The same train

of thought was carried through to the kitchen, where the island surface is stepped. After a dispiriting trawl of kitchen showrooms, finding suitable of-the-shelf cabinetry proved elusive, so the Pringles decided to have their all-black units custom-made. One of the aspects the pair loved most about the property was its potential for extending. Having a steeply pitched roof provided scope for a top-floor loft conversion with generous ceiling heights and windows – the perfect space for when the children visit. On the floor below, the space was reshuffled to create a main bedroom, bathroom and walk-through dressing room with a sliding pocket door – an ingenious way of muffling the noise of an early riser. This is clearly a house designed for a couple 2 5 B H J U LY 2018 | 131

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Vivienne created the bedhead from metal tiles. For tin tiles, £19 each, try Rockett St George. Beton round ceiling lamps, from £114 each, Amara


The sleek limestone surface complements the white basins. Jura polished limestone, from £29.99sq m, Stone Deals. Try Patsy wall mirror, £195, Habitat


A pale colour scheme creates a suitably calming feel. For a similar wall paint, try Slipper Satin estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball

i n s p i r a t i o n ‘Using an architect with vision helped create the wow factor’ relishing the luxurious indulgence of having empty rooms, so the other two bedrooms on this floor are currently used as studies. Vivienne, who co-founded the maternity clothing brand Blooming Marvellous, has put her own stamp on the house with resourceful details that draw on years of styling for her former business. The striking set of pendant lights, which cascade from top to ground floor, have a designer look, but are made from high-street light fittings, fixed to woven flex from a local electrical shop. In one bedroom, the headboard is made from porcelain tiles to echo the bathroom floor; in another, embossed tin tiles have been used. Another perk of starting from scratch, according to Hamish, has been commissioning pieces from individual makers. The basket 132 | 2 5 B H J U LY 2018

lampshades over the dining table were woven in Africa for a British Fair Trade design company. ‘We’d seen their wastepaper baskets in a magazine and thought, let’s invert them to make lights,’ he says. ‘After several months they produced this design.’ They are hung from a metal rod, its shape mirrored in the picture ledge used for an ever-rotating display of art by friends, family and Hamish, who is poised to go to art school for the first time this autumn. One of Hamish’s pieces hangs in the main bathroom. Designed to echo the circular mirrors, it is made from shards of sea-flattened Solent clay, gathered over months of Sussex beachcombing. Apparently simple, but based on time and thought, it is a piece that symbolises the spirit of this contemporary, well-considered home. FO R STO C K I STS G O TO W HER E TO B U Y

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