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f a d e t o g r e y A sophisticated palette gives a fresh update to a Yorkshire home a wa r m w e l c o m e Careful planning and a clever new layout have revived this quaint chocolate-box cottage in the New Forest f u l l o f c h a r m A couple has restored a 17th-century cottage in Norfolk with period features and plenty of cosy, homely touches f r e s h s ta r t It was all about creating a feeling of openness in this Yorkshire bungalow p a s t & p r e s e n t Classic furniture and plain tones provide the perfect backdrop for quirky artwork in this family home in Kent

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townies find rural bliss in a 1920s home in Peterborough that’s ideal for family living a b r e at h o f f r e s h a i r Bold textiles, beautiful oil paintings and timeless antique furnishings perfectly complement this period farmhouse in Berkshire g o o d t o b e b a c k A farm building in the Scottish countryside proved the ideal place for this couple to bring up their children t w o b e c o m e o n e Reworking the layout and updating the decor has brought this Lincolnshire cottage back to life

A mixture of pieces from around the world creates one-of-a-kind style in this contemporary apartment (page 81).

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f i n n i s h p r o d u c t This striking coastal home in Finland is full of bright colours and decorative details b l o c k p a r t y A former hat factory in Manhattan has been transformed into a fabulous place for entertaining

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o u t s i d e t h e b o x This reconfigured north London home makes the most of the space in wonderful style r e s t o r at i o n p i e c e A striking extension in this east London semi has created a light-filled kitchen-diner r o o m f o r i m p r o v e m e n t Creating large open-plan spaces to suit modern family living was the number one priority in this Berkshire property u p wa r d s a n d o u t wa r d s A well-designed modern extension, with a statement skylight, has allowed this family to grow with this house in southwest London t r u e c l a s s i c This couple weren’t afraid to take on a major renovation if it meant securing this house in Hampshire with its ideal location and beautiful proportions l e a p o f f a i t h A former stable block in Dorset has been converted into a quirky, character-filled home p i c t u r e p e r f e c t Thinking big was the starting point for this five-storey family townhouse in Bristol

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the ProPerty Victorian terrace L o c at i o n North London r o o m s Hall, double sitting room, kitchen-diner, study, cloakroom, four bedrooms (one en suite), two bathrooms P u r c h a s e d 2015 Previous ProPerty ‘We moved here from a flat in Tower Bridge,’ says Alina.


A neon light installation is a great conversation piece and looks striking above the fireplace. Neon light, price on application, Carousel Lights. Walls painted in Cornforth White estate emulsion, £43.50 for 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball


Soft hues make for a sophisticated scheme, while matt gold touches add a hint of luxury. Stellar white marble coffee table, £399; Stirling drinks trolley, £279, both Atkin and Thyme. Melrose Grand sofa, £1,999, John Lewis

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Large skylights create a bright linking corridor between here and the living area. Eiffel bar stools, £119 each, Dwell. Oriental Basalt tiles, £90sq m, J&R Marble. Island painted in Stiffkey Blue estate eggshell, £60 for 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball


hen Alina and James Triggs decided to swap their London apartment for a bigger property, they were certain that they didn’t want to take on a project. But as is so often the case, when it comes to property hunting, their search unearthed quite the opposite of what they were looking for. Instead, they came across an unloved Victorian home that had been turned into two flats. ‘We realised that if we wanted something to tick all the boxes, we might just have to take on a renovation,’ says Alina. Fortunately, this laid-back couple were undaunted by the scope of work needed to turn the building back into a vibrant family home. With the help of architects Ursula Tucker and Melanie Whittington, they cooked up a thoughtful plan that would see the kitchen extended to the side and the rear, making full use of the plot’s width, while a generous dormer loft extension would add a new floor to the property. Elsewhere, ingenious tweaks were planned to reconfigure

the upstairs space, allowing for a first-floor dressing room and luxurious master en suite in place of a former bedroom. ‘I struggled visualising the structural changes,’ says Alina, ‘but fortunately James is great at managing projects and was able to work through the property’s various challenges with no trouble. On the other hand, I had a good idea of the look and feel we were after and gathered inspiration from Pinterest, our travels and magazines to bring our vision to life. So our skills dovetailed perfectly.’ A sense of flow and plenty of light were priorities for the couple, who worked hard with their architects to create a welcoming space flexible enough to accommodate family, friends and plenty of storage. ‘The kitchen has really delivered for us,’ says Alina. ‘The architectural design means that it is filled with light, while the bifold doors make the garden feel as if it’s a natural extension of the space. The scheme was inspired by the Underwoods’ kitchen in House of Cards – although there’s definitely been more partying than

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‘We love to entertain, so we chose a large table that’s practical and stylish,’ says Alina. Kenta dining table, £2,820, Lombok. Eiffel chair with beech legs, £59 each, Dwell. Sonora opal glass pendant light by Vico Magistretti, £393, Twentytwentyone

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‘Bathrooms are great places to have fun with decor,’ says Alina. Flamboyance wallpaper in off white/Lavender, £145 per roll, house of hackney


Alina chose a bold print to make a statement. hackney empire wallpaper in Midnight Stripe, £165 per roll, house of hackney


Full-length dusky pink curtains and a deep pile grey velvet carpet add a sumptuous feel to this airy space. romo Milani fabric in thistledown, £59m, Sue whimster

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Architects Ursula Tucker and Melanie Whittington came up with a new layout to make full use of the space. Cambridge roll-top bath in white, £699, bathstore


A hint of Hollywood glamour is introduced thanks to black-and-white photography and monochrome fabrics. walls painted in Peignoir estate emulsion, £43.50 for 2.5 litres, Farrow & ball. Charlotte bedframe, £499, John Lewis, is similar

plotting going on around this dining table,’ she laughs. Taking centre stage is a generous-sized navy, marble-topped island, which is anchored by a trio of elegant pendants. A sophisticated palette of pinks, lilacs, greys and lavenders underpin the main scheme throughout the house – inspired by the colours that punctuated the couple’s wedding day. ‘I’ve always been drawn to those feminine hues, while James prefers a pared-back approach,’ explains Alina. ‘So we found a middle road that marries our respective styles.’ Elsewhere, treasured artwork and the occasional bold pop of colour add character and vibrancy. ‘It’s the small touches that have made a big difference,’ says Alina of the unexpected elements such as the House of Hackney wallpaper in the cloakroom and the neon lips installation in the rear sitting room. ‘We weren’t reticent about sourcing pieces that reflect our personalities, which meant making some bold choices, but it’s really

helped to put our own stamp on the interior. We’ve also gathered pieces over the years from our travels, so the house has become a dossier of happy memories.’ Soft Art Deco touches in the master bedroom and bathroom introduce a subtle note of glamour. ‘I wanted it to have a hint of Hollywood boudoir,’ continues Alina, ‘so we added old Vogue cover prints and stylish black-and-white photography coupled with mirrored bedside tables.’ Since the couple moved in, they have welcomed the arrival of baby Lawrence, now 9 months, and the house has adapted perfectly to their needs. ‘It seems to just naturally evolve around us,’ says Alina. ‘We still have more to do, such as perfecting the guest bedrooms and possibly converting the cellar, but the best thing about this home is that it’s a versatile space that allows us to reappraise its function as time goes by. We feel we’ve respected the bones of this building, while also giving it a new lease of life.’

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Warm, calming tones have replaced garish clashing colours in Rebekah and Nathan Horner’s renovated home FEATURE KAren WILSon | PhOTOgRAPhY KATIe Lee


home truths ThE PROPERTY A 1930s semi-detached house L O C AT I O N York R O O M S Sitting room, dining room/family room, kitchen, shower/utility room, three bedrooms, bathroom P U R C h A S E D 2013 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘We rented a two-bed terrace around the corner,’ says rebekah.


‘As this ex-display dining table had a crack in the middle, it was just £100,’ says Rebekah. ‘And as Nathan already had the chairs, I just painted them grey.’ Kimberley extending oak dining table, from £519, barker & Stonehouse, has a similar style. Try the vita Living Silvia pendant in black and gold, £30, Decorelo

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This space is ideal for both entertaining and relaxing. Sofa re-covered in elmore Check silver upholstery fabric, £25.20m, Laura Ashley. For a similar floor lamp, try Alfred tripod floor lamp, £135, Wren small lampshade in chartreuse by Gerard Hobson, £59.95, Iapetus

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Rebekah bought the vintage Ercol sofa on Gumtree and transformed it with chic grey fabric. For a similar sofa, try ercol originals Studio Couch in grey, from £1,875, Lee Longlands. ercol Shalstone nest of three tables has the same look, £399, John Lewis


t was a whirlwind romance for Rebekah and Nathan Horner who met, married and bought a house together in the space of a year. The couple now have a two-yearold daughter, Jaime, and have spent the last few years renovating a dated threebedroom semi in York. ‘When we met, I was working in Oxford and living in the Cotswolds while Nathan was renting a terraced house in York and commuting to his job in Leeds,’ says Rebekah. ‘As I had no ties to Oxford and fancied a change of scenery, I moved to York a week before we got married. Nathan fancied a project, as he’d previously renovated houses in Hull and Nottingham, so I left house-hunting to him.’ After viewing six or seven houses, they visited a

1930s home that belonged to an elderly couple. ‘The decor was hideous but I liked the quiet street with a school at the end,’ says Rebekah. ‘It was daunting as it needed more work than we intended, but it had potential and was structurally sound.’ Four days before their wedding in September 2013, their offer was accepted and they moved in two months later. ‘We stayed in a rented house for the first few weeks while we began stripping walls back to bare brick and pulling down the wooden suspended ceilings,’ says Rebekah. First to be ripped out was the 30-year-old laminate kitchen, which they replaced with a second-hand freestanding beech design. As the open-plan dining and family room was on two levels, they also had the floor levelled, which involved 2 5 b h n ov e m b er 2017 | 25

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installing new skirting boards and carpets. The couple did most of the work themselves, except plastering and floor tiling. ‘Nathan did everything that involved a power tool, while I tackled the wall tiles and most of the decorating except the hall, landing and stairs, which was done by a professional,’ says Rebekah. ‘I find YouTube videos great for DIY skills.’ Rebekah also revamped the sofa in the family room after taking an upholstery course. ‘The sofa cost £30, but having it professionally reupholstered would have cost £500,’ she explains. ‘I’ve since done two chairs and an ottoman.’ The pair are influenced by Scandi and mid-century


The couple sourced second-hand freestanding beech cabinetry, which has transformed this room on a budget. try the Sonoma kitchen, £439 for a two-door base unit, marks & Spencer. Double-sided mongolia cushion, £15, matalan. See metro grey bevel gloss tiles, £15.99sq m,

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design. ‘We love a natural look, mixing stone, wood, metal and plants with other textures,’ says Rebekah, who enjoys repurposing objects such as a log she found on holiday in Austria, and turned into a stool. ‘I usually have a vision,’ she says. ‘I’m always torn between white or dark walls, but I don’t think a dark interior would have suited this house.’ Rebekah and Nathan completed the renovation in time for baby Jaime’s arrival. ‘So Jaime can have her grandparents around, we may eventually decide to move to Bath,’ says Rebekah. ‘But right now, we love living here. The neighbours are friendly and we’re so close to the city centre – I’m so glad we picked this street.’


The use of dark colours has been limited to a feature wall in the guest bedroom. For a similar wall colour, try Smalt absolute matt emulsion, £42 per 2.5 litres, Little greene. For a Sports d’Hiver dans les Vosges poster try All Posters


A garish peach and brown colour scheme has been replaced with calming white and grey. walls painted in Cosy grey bathroom paint, £12 per 2.5 litres, wilko. For similar flooring, try Aged oak 909D designer passion wood-effect vinyl flooring, £6.99sq m, online Carpets


Rebekah covered cardboard letters with sticky coloured paper for a personalised wall display. try papier maché large letters, £1 each, the works. Iconic Designs kids’ DSw chair in light grey, £29, Cult Furniture

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‘I love the vibe in here as it feels so calm,’ says Rebekah. multi-textured stripe cushion, £20, next, has a similar look. try tatum Cement end table, £149, La redoute, as a bedside table

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Sarah Montague reworked a listed cottage to create a family bolthole filled with stylish furnishings and ideas FEATURE FaIth EckErSall | PHOTOgRAPHY colIN PoolE


home truths T H E P R O P E R T Y Grade II listed 18th-century cottage L O C AT I O n New Forest R O O M S Sitting room, kitchen-diner, snug, utility room, five bedrooms (one en suite), family bathroom P U R C H A S E D 2014 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘My son and I live in military quarters nearby when not at the cottage,’ explains Sarah.

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Kitchen-diner Savvy design skills allow this space to complement its country surroundings, while also providing ample storage. howden’s tewkesbury kitchen in blue, price on application. For a similar pendant light try the Fishing design, £70.50, Grace & Glory. Bespoke table, PSl Builders. london grey mix tumbled limestone, £30sq m, Mandarin Stone

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Dining ArEA Chunky oak treads on a steel central spine make a statement. For a similar bespoke staircase, contact PSL Builders. Wheelback chairs in dark oak, £53.88 each, Trent Furniture, are good alternatives

i n s p i r a t i o n ‘From my father’s fishing rod to the bee motifs that reflect my mother’s love of beekeeping, I’ve been inspired by family and our surroundings’

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own the road from Sarah Montague’s chocolate-box cottage lies the picturesque landscape that was made famous in the Oscar-wining movie, A Man for All Seasons. ‘The Beaulieu River was one of the things that first attracted me to this area,’ says Sarah, who loves to sail and kayak with her son, James, along the stretch made famous in the film. But when she started searching for a forever home – working as an army GP meant living in a military quarter – she hadn’t considered the New Forest at all. ‘I was looking in north Hampshire and spotted this place for sale at auction,’ says Sarah. ‘Perhaps it was because it was August and there weren’t many people bidding but I walked away realising I’d just bought the most amazing house.’ Apart from boasting a new thatched roof, the property was in need of quite a bit of love and attention. ‘The couple who owned it before had started renovating but never managed to finish it,’ explains Sarah. ‘So the interior was a warren of dark old-fashioned rooms.’ Sarah knew she would be renting out the property as a holiday home in between using it herself, so she concentrated all her efforts on ensuring it would be as accommodating as possible, which meant a major renovation. ‘Originally the kitchen opened up to expose the beams above, so I knew getting in a fifth bedroom would be tricky and quite cramped,’ says Sarah. After thinking over the problem for a few months, Sarah and her builder dreamt up an ambitious scheme, which involved lowering the kitchen ceiling and suspending it on a bespoke, steel beam, so she could have greater headspace in the room above. Downstairs, the old bathroom was converted into a bedroom overlooking the garden and a new shower room was fitted in the middle of the building. Unfortunately, during the renovations, Sarah discovered that water run-off from the adjacent field was draining into the ground beneath the cottage. ‘When we took up the floorboards, it was like a swimming pool underneath,’ says Sarah. ‘But I was

sitting room sarah opted for a woodburning stove as it’s a safer alternative to an open fire in a thatched cottage. Stovax Huntingdon 25 multi-fuel woodburning stove, £795, Stovesonline. Bead mirror in Champagne, £115, John Lewis, is a close match. Stag Toile wallpaper in Moss, £74 per roll, Little Greene. Beams painted in Mole’s Breath matt estate emulsion, £43.50 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball

snug ‘Light-coloured blinds were a slightly more practical choice in here as they don’t cover the smaller windows too much,’ says sarah. Cushions and blinds in Honey Bees fabric in Charcoal, £54m, Barneby Gates. Cambridge two-seater leather sofa, from £1,549, SofaSofa. Walls painted in Radicchio and Down Pipe estate emulsion, both £43.50 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball

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future plans ‘I’ve cleared the land and already sketched out ideas for the outdoor spaces, which include a quintessentially English garden’ extremely lucky because it took £250 and a few days’ work to re-route the drain and solve the problem.’ The kitchen was another design challenge. On the suggestion of her builder, Sarah placed bifold doors each side of the dining area, flooding it with light and transforming it into a welcoming space. To create more wall space for cupboards, she blocked up a side window and installed two new windows that look out onto the meadow. ‘However, I soon realised that the blank wall between the windows looked wrong and so I had a false housing built in over the range,’ she says. The room is also home to the striking wood and steel staircase, which leads up to another guest room. Even being posted abroad 14 weeks into the project didn’t daunt Sarah. ‘Throughout this time I was compiling a mood board with colours, ideas fabrics and sketches of how each space would look,’ she says. This enabled her to make decisions on what to buy more easily as she already knew what she needed. She decided each room would have a theme and some kind of meaning, therefore one of the downstairs bedrooms contains a small metal bed that belonged to her great aunt, and the snug room displays her late father’s fishing rod. She also took inspiration from the country house decor at the nearby Pig Hotel, choosing hardy tweeds and solid, wooden furniture alongside lighter touches. While Sarah is away, she rents out the cottage for holidays and weekends, but always enjoys returning home. ‘We’ve found that it really is a year-round house,’ she says. ‘Cosy in winter with the fires lit, beautiful in spring with the bulbs in the garden, and relaxing in the summer with its outdoor space.’

Master bedrooM Chestnut Cottage is available to book for holiday breaks via airbnb and New Forest escapes. French hardwood double mahogany-stained sleigh bed, £499, the Furniture Market, has this look b at h r o o M ‘We ordered three baths before we could find one that would fit up the stairs,’ recalls sarah. Delicato floor tiles in Volcan,

£119.70sq m, Mandarin Stone. burlington windsor bath, £562, Sanctuary bathrooms, has this look Guest bedrooM sarah based this scheme around the vintage fern prints on the walls. wild fern fabric in Citrus, from £29.50m, Clarke & Clarke at eden Fabrics. For vintage botanical fern prints like this, try oka, £295 per set of eight. Checked throw, £85, National trust

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Salvatore Di Marco and David Fitzgerald created a contemporary extension that remains true to the spirit of their period home Feature KATE JACOBS | PhotograPhy RACHAEL SMITH

KITCHEN-dINEr Judicious spending meant that high-street cupboards were coupled with luxurious detailing. Feature wall painted in Black Blue modern emulsion, £43.50 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball. Hee bar stools, £155 each, Twentytwentyone. NUD concrete pendant light, £68, SCP

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f a v o u r i t e f e a t u r e ‘The sedum roof over the extension means that our views from the sitting room are full of greenery’


home truths t h e P r o P e r t y Semidetached house, built in 1843 L o C at I o N East London r o o M S Sitting room, kitchen-diner/reading room, TV room, office, utility room, four bedrooms, three bathrooms P u r C h a S e D 2010 PreVIouS ProPerty ‘Before moving here, we lived in a four-bedroom new build around the corner,’ says Salvatore.

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Kitchen-diner Sliding doors vanish into a ‘pocket’ in the wall, giving an uninterrupted view of the couple’s beautifully landscaped garden. Thin-K extendable table, £1,811, Aria. For similar seating, try the DSW chair, £345, Skandium



reAdinG rOOM designer richard Penman made use of the original back door opening by transforming it into bespoke shelving for favourite books and family photos. Platner side table, £844, The Conran Shop The Dorchester buttoned velvet chair, £385, Alexander & Pearl, is comparable


Office the entrance to the couple’s work area is concealed neatly and discreetly behind a bespoke bookshelf door. Nic desk, £160, Habitat. The Burton gold round mirror, £40, Maisons du Mode, has this look. Arstid floor lamp, £39, Ikea. The Chifa rug, £480, Heal’s, is similar


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SittinG rOOM Wooden furniture and flooring warms up the cool blue walls. ‘We wanted to create a calm gentleman’s club atmosphere in here,’ says Salvatore. Walls painted in Stiffkey Blue estate emulsion, £43.50 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball. Theo Show wood footstool, £299, West Elm

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here are many things to love about this east London home, but the simple fact is that its owners, Salvatore Di Marco and David Fitzgerald moved here for the garden. ‘We liked the area, the street and the house itself,’ explains Salvatore, ‘but for us the beautiful, mature garden was always the star of the show. However, there was no view of it from the house and you could only access it through a maze of rooms.’ Having fought off competition to buy the house, the pair honed their ideas for a few years before starting work on the lower-ground floor. Opening up the garden was key, and they also wanted to convert the garage into a guest suite, as they often have people to stay, including their elderly parents. ‘It’s the perfect place for them as everything they need is on one floor,’ says Salvatore. Salvatore and David selected Martyn Clarke Architecture for the project because of the company’s experience on similar jobs and in dealing with the local planning authorities. Its designer Richard Penman worked with the couple to develop their ideas and draw up plans. ‘We wanted to extend the rear of the property by four metres to create an open-plan kitchen, dining area and reading room,’ explains Salvatore. ‘But we felt that a cavernous space would not sit well with this early Victorian property and wanted to keep a sense of the proportions of the original house and give each area a clear function. Steps leading up to the reading room would help define this area – plus save excavation costs.’ In the

kitchen, Carrara marble worktops and brass detailing make the basic Ikea units look ultra high-end. The guest suites on the on the upper and lower-ground floors are deliberately tucked away, while the utility room and office entrances are disguised behind a cupboard door and bookshelf respectively. This ensures that Salvatore and David can accommodate friends and family, but avoid the sense that they are rattling around a huge house when it is just them and their Victorian bulldog, Molly. ‘Ambitious as this project was, everything went incredibly smoothly,’ says Salvatore. ‘The architects and their builders, NGS Building Services, were great to work with and very understanding. We moved out for seven months while the work took place as David preferred not to see the house during all the upheaval. But I visited the site every day – watching the transformation was amazing.’ With the structural work complete, the couple could then focus on redecorating the upper floors. Deciding to go bold, they opted for a dramatic dark inky-blue shade in the double sitting room. But they are most pleased with the new extension. ‘We can finally enjoy the garden from the house,’ says Salvatore. They also love the view of the house from the lawn, where they can marvel at what has been achieved and how the builders sensitively matched the new brickwork to the old. ‘It has been wonderful to add our stamp,’ concludes Salvatore, ‘but we’ve tried to treat the house with respect and are aware that we’re just its current custodians.’

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master beDrOOm Painted white, the original Victorian fireplace takes centre stage. Walls painted in Oval Room Blue estate emulsion, £43.50 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball. Antoinette bed, £1,145, Loaf. Hex side table, £159, West Elm. Design Project No.46 lamp, £65, John Lewis. Patsy mirror, £195, Habitat



guest beDrOOm this unfussy, neutral scheme is designed to suit all overnight visitors. Try Homes Direct 365 for mirrored cube storage units, £140 each. Light elongated copper table lamp with dark grey shade, £129, Lite Craft, will suit this setting. West Elm sells a selection of decorative bottles


b at H r O O m this bright and modern scheme that was once part of an unsightly 1970s garage now accommodates overnight guests. Mike Pro monobloc tap, £199, Crosswater. sells countertop basins, from £65. Vermont carrara white worktop, from £179, Bathstore, would suit this scheme

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the ProPerty Tudor house, with extensions L o c at i o n oxfordshire r o o m s Hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, day room, piano room, office, library, utility room, five bedrooms, two bathrooms P u r c h a s e d 2015 Previous ProPerty ‘We lived in a converted barn in a nearby village,’ says Caroline.

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When Caroline and Andrew Haines bought a property dating back to 1560, they decided the renovation would in no way negate its rich past Feature Ann BroAd | PhotograPhy Colin Poole

Two years ago, Caroline and Andrew Haines were house hunting when they came across a characterful historic property. It was in a quiet street, with a south-facing garden, and they realised what a rare opportunity it posed. The trouble was that many others had the same epiphany. ‘We ended up in a bidding war,’ says Caroline. But the couple’s bid won, and it wasn’t long after they bought the place that its complex renovation needs came to light. Built in 1560, extended in 1789 and then again in 1880, it was not in a good way. ‘Parts of the ground floor were sinking, the beams needed work and the render and

Tudor framework had to be replaced,’ recalls Caroline. ‘There was no option but to get in a special conservation builder.’ The unforeseen work meant the budget was tight, so a new kitchen was off the agenda. ‘We kept the 1980s oak cabinetry and gave it a few coats of paint,’ reveals Caroline. But even without a kitchen refit, restoration took eight months, so Caroline, Andrew and their children William, 24, and Alexandra, 21, continued to live in their former house while the work took place. ‘A friend of ours worked on all the carpentry and Andrew tore out lots of old vinyl flooring and cork tiles,’ says Caroline, who called on another friend to take on the decoration. They agreed to go for an elegant


A woodland-inspired pattern on the walls is warm and welcoming. Scion wallpaper in Pebble 111106, £41 per roll, Wallpaper direct

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Vibrant yellow contrasts perfectly with cobalt blue accessories in here. long island sofa upholstered in Athena fabric, £1,699, Multiyork, is similar


The units were given a colour update. Cabinets painted in Stiffkey Blue and Stone Blue estate eggshell, £60 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball

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Fresh tones lend a sunny feel in here. Walls painted in lemon Tree estate emulsion, £47 per 2.5 litres, little Greene

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Rich tones and sumptuous fabrics echo this characterful setting. Shelby chinoiserie blue and white ceramic ginger jar, £74, Artisanti, will have a similar impact


Lined with bespoke walnut shelves, this is the perfect hideaway. Maharani lamp table with iron fittings, £150, John Lewis, is a match


‘Our broad armoire is so useful for storing linen,’ says Caroline. For furniture with paint finishes like this, try CSW Creations

yet fun feel throughout, and to pay great attention to the details, not wanting to miss a single opportunity to let this stunning building’s character shine out. ‘Andrew has a great eye for design,’ says Caroline. ‘So he made the big decisions on the decorating schemes.’ In the hall, there’s a rustic theme, with white and grey wallpaper depicting pretty woodland scenes of deer, hare and hedgehogs. Upstairs, a magnificent Tudor guest bedroom boasts an elegant four-poster bed, an antique Bavarian wardrobe and splendid wood panelling. ‘This wonderful wood actually predates the house,’ says Caroline. ‘We think it must have been brought in during one of the extensions – apparently it was


Soft grey panelling evokes a luxe feel. Royce Morgan Melrose bath with plinth, £1,125, UK Bathrooms, is a match. The Old Pill Factory sells comparable mirrors

not uncommon in centuries gone by to install such features.’ In contrast to the Tudor guest room, the master bedroom has a light theme, with unusual wallpaper and fabric featuring wisteria blooms. Both bathrooms needed replacing, and Andrew chose cool moods for them, opting for greys and whites, with plenty of mirrors, to create a sense of spaciousness amidst the low ceilings. The family has now settled into their historic home, but recently one of the unsuccessful bidders knocked on the door to ask if they would consider selling. ‘I told them to be under no illusion: we absolutely love it here,’ recalls Caroline. ‘And we won’t be moving for a very long time.’

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Soft pinks and subtle greens work together to create a serene atmosphere. Hastings Ivory king-size bed frame, £800, Laura Ashley. See Seraphina fabric, £159m; Seraphina wallpaper, £62 per roll, both Colefax and Fowler

lessons learnt ‘If you’re renovating an old house you need to enlist the help of craftspeople you can trust. Also, have a contingency fund to dip into, because there will be surprises galore along the way’

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1 970 s c o n v e r s i o n | 25bh HALL Glass balustrades keep this space and the landing light and open. Walls painted in Slipper Satin estate emulsion, £43.50 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball. Find a range of graphic rugs at Heal’s, from £400


home truths the pRopeRty Detached house L o c at i o n Berkshire R o o m s Hall, sitting room, kitchen-diner, study, utility room, cloakroom, play room, four bedrooms (two en suite), two bathrooms p u R c h a s e d 2008 pRevious pRopeRty ‘Before moving here, we lived in a house in Newbury,’ says Kate.

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Kate Cooper and husband Andy revamped their higgledypiggledy home, creating open-plan spaces and relaxing corners featuRe DILLY ORME | photogRaphy DAVID PARMITER

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KITCHEN-DINER ‘This room is positioned in the centre of the house and when I’m standing at the island unit it feels like I’m at the helm of a ship, able to keep an eye on the family in the surrounding spaces,’ says Kate. Bespoke kitchen cabinetry, from £45,000;

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Silestone Blanco Norte 12mm leather finish worktops, from £225sq m; Mercury 1200 range cooker, £3,995; cooker hood, £1,295, all Ben Heath. Natural oak parquet herringbone flooring, from £50sq m, Broadleaf Timber. Imo bar stools, £396 each, Pinch Design. Artek A330S golden bell pendant lights, £337 each, Skandium

DININg aREa Kate and andy sacrificed a formal dining room and created an open-plan space that features a table and chairs and a cosy seating area. Skovby SM 38 dining table in oak white oil/white laminate, £1,619, Taskers of Accrington. Vienna Chairs, £180 each, Benchmark Furniture

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b e s t b u y ‘The wooden breakfast bar stools are by Russell Pinch, made as a prototype for Benchmark. I bought them in its warehouse sale for a bargain’


hen Kate Cooper was on maternity leave with her newborn son, Sam, it became very apparent that the family really needed room to grow. Kate was toying with what would have been a disruptive extension in the townhouse she was living in with her husband, Andy, their two-year-old daughter, Penny, and baby Sam. Then a chance meeting with an estate agent set her on a different path. ‘Initially this house was described as being 1970s and needing a lot of work,’ says Kate. ‘But I was intrigued and popped to see it without telling Andy. When I saw the site, I realised it offered much more potential than our current house. It was an ample size, but the orientation didn’t feel right. However, there was plenty of scope for development. For example, the front, south-facing garden was not being

utilised due to a drive cutting across it.’ But taking on the challenge proved successful. ‘It was definitely the right move,’ says Kate. ‘The house has grown with us. When we moved in Penny, now 12, was a toddler, Sam, now 10, a baby and Rosie, now 6, not even born. She ended up toddling her way through what became a building project, five years after moving in.’ Kate, who is director of architectural practice Absolute Architecture, and Andy wanted the house to work as a relaxed home, where they didn’t need to be too precious and the children could use all areas. ‘Our idea was to have big, light, open and social spaces with no barriers, but also some private spaces to retreat to,’ explains Kate. ‘We did originally plan the layout so that we could install glazed screens between the hall and kitchen, but we love the openness. The house is in such a 2 5 b h N OV E M B ER 2017 | 47

d e s i g n t i p ‘Keep an overall palette fairly consistent and use accessories to highlight and contrast. You can always change or move pieces if you get bored’ private location that we didn’t need the usual formalities of a hall either. I think the openness and double-height entrance space are unique, bringing in plenty of light and allowing us to give the house an overall contemporary look. It has also worked as a great way to connect the house to the garden.’ As well as maximising space and light, Kate factored in sustainability upgrades into the overall design. ‘We insulated the house externally and it makes an amazing difference to the comfort level,’ she explains. ‘We then kept things simple with the decor. The small details became really significant – light switches and radiators are all prominent visually, so we wanted to get those right. A big success was the lighting control system in our open-plan areas. It’s brilliant to have all the lights set at the push of a button. Our huge coat cupboard was also a good idea – we have a whole wall of shoe and bag shelves. The big lesson 48 | 2 5 b h N OV E M B ER 2017

we learnt is not to compromise too much and take your time to get what you want. We’ve taken 10 years in total to finish the project but we’ve done it at a relaxed pace, as and when we can.’ Kate loves the simplicity of Scandinavian design, in particular the sense of craftsmanship. So she has stuck to a simple palette and filled the house with things she has collected over the years. ‘Some are new, some junk shop finds and some pieces passed down from my Welsh grandparents,’ she explains. ‘I like the sense of history and quirkiness that these things add. ‘I love lots of domestic 1950s architecture,’ she continues, ‘including Scandinavian and British, for its use of natural materials and intention to create houses that really work. We have added a few glamorous touches for a bit of fun but tried not to be too consciously on trend. Ultimately, we want this house to remain a timeless classic.’

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SITTING ROOM Vintage furniture and a collection of colourful ceramics give this area a retro look. FB2 double-sided woodburning stove, £2,280, Firebelly Stoves. Flos glo-ball pendant light, £321, heal’s. the Lars accent chair in Diego grey, £399,, would also suit this setting

ROSIE’S BEDROOM A bunk bed with a cupboard and drawers underneath offers invaluable storage. Similar Stompa bed, £1,049, John Lewis B AT H R O O M ‘This space is a relaxing retreat, where I can

enjoy some quiet time,’ says Kate. Moleanos beige honed limestone tiles, £47.99sq m, Mandarin Stone MASTER BEDROOM Soft greys create a serene scheme. tight Space Storage king-size bed, £970, Loaf

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Insight planning a house for the future If, like the Coopers, you’re thinking about a major overhaul, here are a few pointers

Design solutions A natural starting point for a modern home is to choose the design you want. Architectural styles range from barn style to Art Deco and organic to New England, but the most important factor is that it meets the needs of the homeowner – both inside and out. A Modernist structure is typified by geometric shapes, flat roofs and large expanses of glass, but this style might be out of step with nearby houses and the surrounding landscape. For this

reason, the construction materials you choose are vital, and traditional ones, such as clay tiles, timber shingles, stone and wood are as valid as the steel and concrete found in many modern houses, and can age more beautifully.

Environmental impact A building project gives you the perfect opportunity to consider the energy efficiency of your home. And one of the main advantages of creating a state-of-the-art dwelling is that it will be well insulated and ventilated. Fitting large windows and using energy-efficient glazing will reduce heat loss and cut down costs, while installing solar panels and groundand air-source heat pumps will also reduce your energy bills over time. ‘A well-designed home will cost virtually nothing to run, saving you thousands of pounds in the long term,’ says Tom Greford of Architect Your Home. ‘It will also be much quieter, more comfortable and healthier.’

professional advice ‘if you’re about to revamp your property, write a detailed brief of how you want to live in your house. use this to advise an architect who can help you realise your dream by turning those words into spaces. Style is the result of good design, not something pre-conceived. Modern design does not necessarily mean that everything has to be sharp and shiny – contemporary style is often at its most beautiful when executed using soft, traditional materials. if you’re starting from scratch, consider offsite construction. Whether it’s completely or partially built offsite, it can help with costs, sustainability and speed. Good ideas for a modern style can come from anywhere – what about that art gallery you visited in the summer with the great staircase? You can take an idea you liked and use it in your home. Being eco-conscious is not all about being clever – it’s about doing sensible things well. For instance, when building a new wall or roof, why not put in an extra 20-50mm of insulation? it will not cost the earth but will save on heating. it’s better to do things once and do them well. Build things to last.’ JUdE TUgmAn, mAnAging direCtOr, ArChiteCt YOur hOme

Weatherboarding is well suited to coastal properties

Contemporary homes can incorporate lots of glass

this new-build draws on classic tudor style

e x p e r t e y e ‘A home should be designed for life. If the design of the house is well thought out, it will have the ability to adapt to meet your current dreams as well as your lifetime needs – the key word is flexibility’ ChARliE lUxTon, ArChiteCturAl deSigner And tV BrOAdCASter

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■ Charlie Luxton Design, 01608 730086, For architecture with the environment and sustainability in mind ■ Architect Your Home, 0800 051 5304, Flexible architectural and design service ■ London Open House, 020 3006 7008, Annual free tour of the capital’s finest buildings over one weekend

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eplanning or even building your own home is the biggest investment you’re ever likely to make, not just financially, but in terms of time and commitment too. Making sure it’s a property that will last for many decades to come involves even more consideration. For this reason, there are a number of important factors you’ll need to bear in mind when planning your contemporary home.


Katherine Roberts and Lars Boerner extended their home to suit their growing family, filling the rooms with light and texture FEATURE MaggiE COlViN | PhOTOGRAPhY NiChOlas YaRslEY

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ThE PROPERTY Detached house built in 1904 L O C AT I O n southwest london R O O M S hall, kitchen-diner, two sitting rooms, utility room, cloakroom, five bedrooms (one en suite and with dressing room), bathroom P U R C h A S E D 2015 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘Before moving here, we lived in a flat in Balham,’ says Katherine.

Kitchen-diner ceiling beams and Shaker-style units give the new extension a traditional look. similar pendant lights, £78 each, Unique Co at Notonthehighstreet. com. Welles stools, £129 each, swoon Editions. Feature wall painted in stone Blue estate emulsion, £43.50 for 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball

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hen Katherine Roberts was pregnant with her fourth child, she and her partner Lars Boerner realised the time had come to move. ‘Size rather than location became our priority,’ says Katherine. ‘We were over the moon to find this Edwardian house in a leafy southwest London street. It had everything, even a large garden and a great location.’ Other houses in the same street had already been extended, so the couple knew 54 | 2 5 b h N OV E M B ER 2017

planning permission would probably not be an issue. A friendly neighbour invited Katherine to inspect what they had already done. ‘They had built an extension with spilt-level sloping roofs separated by a long thin vertical window, which let in a shaft of light between the levels. This was a completely new concept to me, increasing light and making an interesting feature of the roof,’ explains Katherine. ‘We realised we could use this idea in our new kitchen to give it an original twist. We found

a great architect to draw up the plans and he suggested incorporating ceiling beams to add character. He also recommended installing traditional skylights.’ A few months later, Katherine heard of a local interior designer, Sarah Finney, who had a similarly original approach. ‘Sarah came to my rescue at just the right time,’ says Katherine. ‘She is also an artist, and therefore able to draw her designs for each room with 3D precision. I soon realised we shared the same vision for the house. We

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design tip ‘My best decision was to take on a hands-on interior designer. She suggested ideas that we would otherwise never have thought of’

both love mixing natural, traditional textures with sleek, modern elements.’ Every space was carefully tailored to suit family life. Sarah posed lots of questions; Where would the children wipe their feet and where would the buggy go? How could they hide away toys within easy reach and keep the sitting room looking tidy? What was the best place for the TV? The family cracked each problem one by one. In the sitting room, large drawers on wheels full of toys are inconspicuously tucked into an

alcove. ‘Each child owns one of these,’ says Katherine. ‘It makes them feel grown-up.’ As Lars does the cooking, the design of the kitchen was his. ‘He worked closely with Thomas Davies Kitchens and chose all the equipment,’ says Katherine. ‘I decided to leave the external brick walls in the kitchen untreated. It satisfies my love of texture and goes well with the reclaimed flooring sourced by Lars.’ Katherine and Sarah chose the artwork together. ‘I’m blessed with having a brother,

KITCHEN Reclaimed floorboards add warmth. Lassco sells a range of salvaged wood flooring, from £40sq m SITTINg Room This cosy space is full of soft textures. Fireplace painted in Silt absolute matt emulsion, £42 for 2.5 litres, Little Greene. Pudding sofa, from £1,295, Loaf FoRmal SITTINg Room Taupe and green create a calm feel. The Wilson mango wood coffee table, £459, Maisons du Monde, is identical

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maStEr bEdroom Katherine chose the paint colour to complement the tones of the trees. walls painted in Pea green absolute matt emulsion, £42 for 2.5 litres, Little greene. Croft Collection Anya cushions, £40 each, John Lewis

Andrew Roberts, who is a well-established, professional artist. We bought some of his paintings and he kindly gave me some as a present. They make the house sing.’ Each room has one feature wall painted in a strong colour, several in blue. ‘Repeating colour tones throughout creates a restful continuity between the rooms,’ says Katherine, ‘and I happen to love blue.’ It’s 56 | 2 5 b h N oV e M b er 2017

not hard to see why every member of the family is enjoying this home. The children, Milo and Otto, twins aged 6, Maxwell, 4, and Zoe, 2, love the garden and Katherine and Lars like nothing better than stargazing through the skylights and watching seasons change from their top-floor bedroom. ‘This house is everything we wanted and more,’ says Katherine. ‘It’s our forever home.’

b at h r o o m Geometric tiles and a rustic wood unit were chosen for an eclectic feel. Ikea’s Silveran/hamnviken wash-basin cabinet, £155, would suit this scheme. towels, from £12 each, John Lewis ZoE’S room a tree mural lends a sense of fun. sells wall stickers, from around £35

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t h e p r o p e r t y Cottage dating back to the 1600s L o c at i o n Norfolk p u r c h a s e d 2004 r o o m s hall, drawing room, kitchen-diner, cloakroom, study, larder, laundry, four bedrooms, bathroom previous property ‘before this place, we lived in an edwardian beach house on the Norfolk coast,’ says Sarah.

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Twenty years ago, when Sarah Emmett grew tired of being a restaurateur in Richmond and husband Nigel had enough of being a fashion retailer in Windsor, they decided to move into their weekend house on the Norfolk coast full time. The couple settled in, with daughter Mimi, and ‘a bucket and spade mentality’ – until the chance of a shop in a prime location arose. ‘Nigel loves restoring furniture, so we took a six-week lease,’ explains Sarah. ‘We’re still there now.’ In 2004, the couple moved into their current home, positioned on the edge of a village a few miles from the sea. It also had a detached barn, ideal for Nigel’s stock. The cottage had been added to back in the 1900s, then divided in two between the wars. Latterly, the previous owner had tried to turn it back into one house. ‘Frankly, the layout was a bit of a muddle,’ says Nigel. An alteration that the family approve of, though, was the knocking through of two living areas. ‘It’s now one glorious drawing room with windows on three sides,’ says Sarah. Beams were sandblasted and doors stripped back to natural oak. ‘Many of the period features had been hidden under paint or removed, so we reinstated cast-iron radiators and stone windowsills,’ says Sarah. Owning a furniture shop made the decorating stage simple. ‘It was just a case of finding pieces that were the right size,’ says Sarah. Mimi added the final touches with her own cushions and accessories range. The property’s cosy proportions meant the couple never felt as if they were rattling about when Mimi left home. ‘It has such a warm atmosphere, whether we have friends over or it’s just the two of us here,’ Sarah smiles.

1 Dining AreA Paintings and china inject colour. billingsgate Newgate clock, £295; shelf unit, £695, both the house and garden Shop 2 D r Aw i n g room A favourite family area for cosying up. three-seater sofa, from £1,500, the house and garden Shop. walls painted in Sand pure flat emulsion, £46.50 per 2.5 litres, Paint & Paper Library


3 Kitchen the L-shaped space has a classic feel. Cabinetry, from North Norfolk bespoke Joinery. worktops from granite London, prices on request 4 BeDroom cushions by the couple’s daughter mimi complement the colour of the panelled headboard. bee cushions, £55 each, Mimi emmett england. bedside lamp, £69, the house & garden Shop

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A new layout and a revamp has transformed this rundown property into Rebecca and Patrick Thornton’s dream home Feature AnnAbelle Grundy | PhotograPhy Colin Poole

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Walnut flooring adds warmth and richness to this sophisticated grey scheme. Addison chair, from £1,025; curtains in Coco Pewter fabric, £35m; walls painted in dove Grey matt emulsion, £35 per 2.5 litres, all laura Ashley

home truths the ProPerty detached Victorian house l o C at I o n Hampshire r o o M S Hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen/family room, office, garden room, cloakroom, five bedrooms (two en suite), bathroom P u r C h a S e d 2007 PreVIouS ProPerty ‘We lived in a flat in north london before this place,’ says rebecca.


A palette of cool greys and crisp lime highlights helps bring the outside in. Devonshire sofa, £1,650; Gloucester Snuggler chair, £1,200, both Laura Ashley. Bespoke footstool by Chris Whelan; in Black Kew Jonquil, £77m, Romo Fabrics

KITcHEn/fAmILy ROOm Woven cane stools bring a classic touch to this modern scheme and balance the gloss finishes with texture and softness. Teak and Rattan bar stools, £225 each, Cox & Cox. Glendevon Gloss Ivory cabinets, price on request, Howdens. For a similar sofa, try the Aurora leather corner design in cream, from £1,925, Dfs


By painting the picture rail and the wall above it a fresh white, Rebecca has helped increased the sense of height in here. Walls painted in Pale Duck Egg matt emulsion, £35 per 2.5 litres, Laura Ashley. Rutherford dining table, £599; Winchester dining chairs, £399 per pair, both Next

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ebecca and Patrick Thornton had outgrown their London flat and wanted a family home that was close to relatives and had good transport links. After investigating several options, a large Hampshire property that was about to go to auction caught their attention, but the place needed a lot of work, so they knew it would be a big challenge. ‘We had absolutely no renovation experience at all – I could see it had a lot of potential though,’ recalls Rebecca. ‘The house was in a great location and had the proportions we wanted, as well as scope to build an extension. Inside, however, it was quite old-fashioned and in a pretty poor state, but we soon realised that was an advantage, as we didn’t feel obliged to retain

anything and we could make it completely our own.’ Rather than risk the uncertainty of an auction, the couple decided to make an ofer straightaway and were thrilled when it was accepted. Since then, alongside raising their two boys, Oliver, 7, and Henry, 3, they have renovated and revitalised the property, transforming it into the welcoming and practical family home they always wanted. ‘When we first moved in, the rear of the house was a complete muddle, with a tired, small kitchen,’ explains Rebecca. ‘Upstairs, the layout didn’t flow well either and the bathroom was tiny – which wasn’t ideal for a family of four. We realised from the outset that we could streamline the layout and extend the property – we ended up making some major changes quite early on.’ With

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Favourite room ‘The garden room is great for entertaining and there’s space for the boys to play and us to relax – it’s perfect for everyone’

input from Patrick and some other family members, Rebecca successfully designed a two-floor extension, despite never having tackled anything similar before. The back of the property was also remodelled and an open-plan kitchen was added. Upstairs, a master bedroom and bathroom were fitted. Rebecca also masterminded a complete redecoration of the interior. ‘Even though it was all brand new to me, I’ve always enjoyed expressing my creative side,’ says Rebecca. ‘I’m a big fan of mixing old and new and I absolutely love bright colours and prints, especially florals. I like each room to have its own character, but at the same time, I wanted to make sure that the whole house flowed smoothly from one space to the next.’ Rebecca has taken her cue for the

decor from the building’s elegant period proportions, creating a timeless scheme overlaid with contemporary touches and individual buys. ‘I shop in all sorts of places, from the high street to independent boutiques and local antiques markets,’ she explains. ‘I love browsing and putting a look together from diferent sources.’ Subtle grey, buf and white tones on the walls maximise light and space throughout the house and provide a clean backdrop for bold patterns, vivid highlights, interesting accessories and eye-catching upholstered pieces. With longevity in mind, Rebecca opted for neutral pieces when it came to investment purchases, such as the simple kitchen units and chic white-and-wood bathroom furniture. ‘Although the kitchen

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‘The idea to add a wall to separate the en suite and dressing area came from a hotel we stayed at,’ says Rebecca. Loren wing back chair, £360, Fairmont Park at wayfair, has this look

Favourite shop ‘I love The Walnut Tree in Hampshire – I’ve been a regular there for years. It’s brilliant for gifts, homewares and interesting accessories’ and bathroom were updated some time ago, every now and again, I revamp the scheme with new fabrics and accessories, so they still feel fresh,’ she explains. ‘We gave the sitting room a new look a couple of years ago, and I’m still happy with it. I’ve been a fan of subtle grey hues for a while now, because they’re stylish and easy to live with.’ The large, light-filled garden room is a recent addition to the house and, as the boys grow up, it is proving an ever more useful multifunctional, family space. ‘I came up with the idea after we went for lunch at a nearby hotel – it had a glass-roofed dining 64 | 2 5 b h N oV e m b er 2017

room and I wanted to recreate a similar feel,’ says Rebecca. ‘The whole family spend a lot of time in here now as it’s so relaxing, and we use the formal, front sitting room for special occasions instead.’ Over the years, Rebecca and Patrick’s home has grown and changed to fit with their lifestyle. Rebecca always has a few low-key updates in mind, but there are no more big alterations to come. ‘We just enjoy being here, spending time with the boys and entertaining friends and family,’ she says. ‘We have created a space that we love to be in and were glad we took on a challenge.’


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The wooden furniture in here has a fun, retro feel. bed, £499; three-drawer chest, £449; desk, £325; chair, £199, all the Archie range at Feather & black. Antoinetta throw, £15; ormhassel throw, £15, both Ikea

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SITTING ROOM ‘I wanted to create a cosy space where we could all relax,’ explains Alison. Natural Urn table lamp, £235, Candle and Blue, would suit this setting. Walls painted in Elephant’s Breath estate emulsion, £43.50 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball

the ProPerty 1960s semi-detached bungalow L o c at i o n West Yorkshire r o o m s Hall, sitting room, kitchen-diner, snug, three bedrooms, two bathrooms P u r c h a s e d 2013 Previous ProPerty ‘Before moving here, we lived in a converted mill that had bags of character,’ says Alison.

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25bh | r e va m pe d b ung a l ow SITTING ROOM A large shaggy rug and foliage make the space feel warm and inviting. Colours Avalyon rug, £115, b&Q. Foscarini tress wall light, £400, i-lite.


fter downsizing, Alison Wilkinson made it her mission to transform her new dormer bungalow into an eclectic space filled with character and a hint of nostalgia. ‘Initially, there was nothing appealing about it,’ Alison recalls of the West Yorkshire property. ‘But I knew once renovations were made, along with the addition of my own designs and personal touches, it would be the perfect home for me and my children, James, 23, and Eleanor, 18.’ Alison rented out the property for two years before moving in, and as soon as she sold her previous home, the building project swung into action. ‘I employed a trustworthy builder who singlehandedly carried out the majority of the work, with the exception of a joiner to hang the doors.’ The first project to tackle was extending the rear of the property as Alison wanted to form a kitchendiner and sitting area. ‘I needed it to be as open-plan as possible, to bring the outside in, as well as to create space for family time and visiting friends,’ she says. This feeling of openness was carried through into the rest of the ground floor. The double doors separating the sitting room and dining room were removed to form one large space and a snug was introduced between the sitting room and kitchen

KITCHEN-DINER Dark blue tones add drama and tie the living spaces together. the steel table with ash wood by Ines Cole, £1,495, has the same feel. Foscarini tress Stilo pendants, £319 each, i-lite. Leather twist stools, £175 each, Cox & Cox

ELEANOR’S BEDROOM ‘I persuaded Eleanor to use bold colours in her room, which she loves,’ says Alison. Flamingo cushion, £14.99; pink throw, £19.99, both homeSense

B AT H R O O M Alison mixed patterns and texture to create impact. Savoy full pedestal, £70, bathstore. Metro Carrara gloss wall tiles, £36sq m, Al-Murad

area. ‘Curling up with a book and a hot drink here is just perfect during the winter months,’ says Alison. In the first-floor eaves, space was at a premium. ‘My bedroom was tiny and had to be extended,’ says Alison. An extension over the kitchen to house the newly positioned upstairs bathroom was the last of the major building works, and after this was completed, Alison could start on the interior design. ‘Over the past 10 years, I’ve developed my skill and love for interior design and this has led me to start up a company, BAsE Interior Design, with my friend simone,’ explains Alison. For her own home, Alison had a clear vision, favouring a contemporary, bohemian style. Unique artwork and interesting objects are displayed against deep, rich colours to add to their beauty and give each room a cosy feel. ‘I’m not afraid to put colours and textures together,’ says Alison. ‘I wanted every room to tell a story, and I like to keep memories dotted around.’ Two pieces of furniture in particular hold a great deal of sentiment for Alison, as they were made by her late partner, Mark. ‘sadly, Mark passed away suddenly in 2011,’ she says. ‘He loved to make and fix things and had a real talent for it.’ The dining table and coffee table are his own work and remain precious reminders of his creative abilities and flair. After two years, the house was finally finished. ‘It was a testing time for the three of us but we’re very happy with the result,’ reflects Alison. ‘I’m proud of us pulling together to create a home we all love.’ fo r sto c k i sts g o to w her e to b u y

MASTER BEDROOM Pastel hues, soft linens and velvets are combined for a sumptuous finish. hamilton double bed frame, £499, Dreams, is similar. rivington bedside tables, £75 each, rockett St george

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home truths P r O P e r T Y Terraced house, built in the 1930s L O C AT I O n West london P U r C H A S e d 2012 r O O M S Hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, utility room, cloakroom, cinema room, three bedrooms, two bathrooms PrevIOUS PrOPerTY ‘Before moving here, we lived in a flat nearby,’ says David.


Rich textures, shimmering metallics and sumptuous furnishings are the hallmarks of David and Sally Green’s chic townhouse FeATUre Maggie Colvin | PHOTOGrAPHY Tony TiMMingTon

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sitting room ‘this is where we like to entertain,’ says sally. ‘our guests spill over into the hall on party nights when the double doors are opened.’ osborne & little Trifid wallpaper, £73 per roll, Select Wallpaper. Sofa and armchairs to order from Bespoke Sofa london. Blue geo cushion, £80, The Rug Company. iron lantern, £260, india Jane

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hen it comes to design inspiration, David Green has a great team at his fingertips. After 12 years in the property business, building up his company of architects and builders, he has developed a taste for taking on houses in less than desirable conditions. ‘This property backs on to a cul-de-sac, so it is a quiet location for central London,’ he says of the 1930s home he and his wife Sally stumbled across five years ago. ‘The exterior has a cottage-like feel with an interesting brick façade and parapet balconies in the roof. But the interiors were neglected, dark and divided into small rooms, with an old rickety staircase in one corner of the sitting room.’ Fortunately, the couple were able to see beyond its shortcomings and decided to undertake a comprehensive renovation. ‘We stripped it back to a shell, taking out floors and walls until only the rear and front elevations were left,’ says David. ‘It was the


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only way to use every centimetre of space to its maximum efficiency and create a seamless style. We also included space-saving assets like pocket doors, which slide into the walls to open.’ David’s plan included scooping out the basement for a cinema room and cellar; creating a balcony in the roof at the back of the house and repositioning the staircase. ‘Personally, I favour square rooms,’ he says. ‘So on the ground floor we linked the sitting room to the hall through double pocket doors. Also, by cutting away the floor directly below the bay window, we created a light well to allow daylight into the dining area below. The glass balustrade is a safety feature, and visually helps square off the shape of the room.’ Lighting is one of David’s specialities. ‘Few people consider the importance of different light sources,’ he says. ‘Light washes hidden behind floating ceilings, and below furniture at floor level provide a good start. I also like to add statement pendants, table lamps and


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d e c o r at i n g t i p ‘Adding pops of colour against a neutral background is always a safe way to go’

concealed LED strips to frame open bookcases.’ Much of the furniture is bespoke as it enabled the couple to commission pieces for awkward shapes and corners. ‘That worked brilliantly for us when it came to the banquette in the kitchen-diner,’ says David. Relying on Sally’s input to add colourful feminine touches here and there, David says he is essentially a monochrome man, with the exception of bold modern art, which he collects with Sally. ‘I like an occasional blast of intense colour, but for the most part, I prefer textures that stand out best in a more simple scheme,’ he reflects. ‘I have a devotion to plain styles because I think they promote visual tranquillity throughout the house.’ With building works complete, the couple can finally enjoy this tranquil space in the bustling metropolis. ‘It’s fantastic to come home here after a busy day,’ says David. ‘It’s a comfortable space, filled with favourite pieces. I can’t see us moving on any time soon.’



DINING AREA Antique mirrors create a glamorous feeling of space. banquette and dining chairs, bespoke Sofa London. try Arbori Cross extending dining table, £2,395; Core pendants, £249 each, both heal’s


KITCHEN Granite worktops and a marble splashback create a sleek finish. try Parma range by benchmarx Kitchens, price on request. wall paint, Slate 4 flat emulsion, £46.50 per 2.5 litres, Paper & Paint Library


B AT H R O O M The curved tub contrasts with

6 the strong lines of the units. Cielo bath, £7,740, CP hart. try Shake the Sky for bespoke storage


GUEST BEDROOM Sally’s favourite spare room boasts a view from the balcony. Fuchsia pink throw, £80, homeSense. Similar stool, price on request, bespoke Sofa London


MASTER BEDROOM An abstract painting provided inspiration for the choice of the lime-green soft furnishings. Sofa, price on application, bespoke Sofa London. Similar headboard, price on request, the headboard workshop


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The walls are decorated with a collection of marine-themed plates, which reference the nearby ocean, and a display of portraits, most of which are by Candace’s mother, Jean Pilk. Richard Bramble sells a selection of fish and shellfish plates, from £9.95 each. Try globe rope pendant lights, £85 each, Unique’s Co at

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Collaborating with her daughter on the renovation of this 19th-century farmhouse took Candace Karu out of her comfort zone – and she is delighted with the result FeatuRe RACHEL LEEDHAM | PhotogRaPhy JAMES SALOMON

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Antique beams salvaged from a remote barn juxtapose strikingly with an industrial steel support. For a similar kitchen, try the Classic English Kitchen, price on request, deVol. Cherner stools in walnut, £865 each, The Conran Shop


home truths ThE PROPERTY Farmhouse, built in 1850 L O C AT I O N Cape Elizabeth, Maine R O O M S Kitchen-diner, sitting room, dining room, office, utility room, dog room, boot room, cloakroom, three bedrooms (one en suite), bathroom P U R C h A S E D 2014 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘Before I bought this farmhouse, I lived in a six-bedroom property by the ocean,’ says Candace.

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hen Candace Karu asked her interior designer daughter, Tyler, for help renovating a farmhouse near the ocean in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, she admits to being a little nervous about a mother-daughter collaboration. ‘Throughout Tyler’s childhood, her father and I developed residential properties, so she grew up on our sites, but this was our first project together,’ she explains. ‘My style

is eccentric and quirky whereas hers is spare and clean. I did wonder if we might clash!’ Candace need not have worried. The quirky touches still abound but Tyler also coaxed her mother out of her comfort zone – and Candace is delighted with the result. ‘There are things in this house that I never would have chosen, and yet they are now some of my favourite features,’ she says. The decision to move to the farmhouse was prompted by a need to downscale: the

FAVOURITE ROOM ‘My kitchen is the heart and soul of this house. The island serves as my office, prep space and dining area’ SITTING ROOM

A fireplace surround made with stones collected from the beach in front of Candace’s former home forms an arresting feature. Wallography sells vintage wall charts, from £65 each. For a similar chair, try the Flump, from £745, Loaf

large home in which Tyler and her brother grew up had become too big for Candace and she wanted a property that required less maintenance. What sold her on the farmhouse was its location: ‘It is in a beautiful spot, across the road from a large working farm,’ she says. The house had endured what Candace describes as ‘generations of bad restorations and additions’, and so it required a brave approach. ‘I worked with architect Caleb Johnson and he took the building back to the 2 5 b h N OV E M B ER 2017 | 77

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A striking metal bed flanked by a pair of brass pendants sets the tone in this eclectic space. Sama lights, from £90 each, Moroccan bazaar, have the look of these


Warm metals and patterned wallpaper add a luxurious touch. Double-walled copper basin, £450, Copperfield baths, is comparable


An old Victorian dresser proves a quirky vanity unit. For similar hexagonal tiles, try glass Source in grappa, £90sq m, Solus Ceramics

stud walls to return to the original layout, albeit with some modern updates.’ One of these changes is the kitchen, formerly three small rooms that have been knocked together. As a food writer, Candace often creates cookery videos, and so the vast island is an essential feature. ‘We used quartz and timber worktops to designate the preparation and eating areas,’ she says. The much grander proportions of Candace’s former house meant that most of 78 | 2 5 b h N oV e M b er 2017

her furniture wouldn’t suit the farmhouse, and she hosted a barn sale in order to pare back her possessions. ‘I kept a lot of decorative pieces,’ she says. Some of her most treasured artworks are in the dining room, many of which are by her mother, Jean Pilk, a renowned portrait artist. There are several new items of furniture that have been inspired by the origins of the house, such as the distressed cupboard doors of the island unit and the steel-topped table,

a modern take on a farm-style trestle design. There are also many nods to the nearby ocean: plates decorated with fish and pendant lights made from glass and rope. This is a home that weaves together treasured pieces, contemporary designs and traditional ideas with a twist, and Candace has only praise for her daughter’s input. ‘I credit Tyler with knowing me well enough to recognise what would work for me – I think that’s the mark of a good designer.’ fo r sto c k i sts g o to w her e to b u y

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THE PROPERTY Detached house, built in the early 1950s L O C AT I O N Hanko, Finland P U R C H A S E D 2013 R O O M S Hall, sitting room, kitchen-diner, TV room, cloakroom, four bedrooms (one en suite), bathroom PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘We also have another home in Helsinki,’ says Anna.

DINING AREA The artwork reflects Anna’s vibrant style and exotic taste. Artwork by Vincent Bakkum, price on application, saint Justine. Dolomite leather chairs are similar, £225 each, no44. For a table lke this, try la Maison Chic, £700

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hen interior designer Anna Berner found the ideal family holiday home in the seaside town of Hanko, Finland, it wasn’t the nearby beach that excited her most – it was the chance to decorate using bright, vibrant colours. ‘I love colour,’ enthuses Anna, owner of Textura Interior Design Company. ‘Many

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of my clients mostly prefer the typical Scandinavian palette of whites, greys and blacks. I come across so many vibrant fabrics, wallpapers and paints and until now I haven’t had the opportunity to use them.’ After buying the house four years ago Anna has completely redesigned the interior, which previously housed the bedrooms on the ground floor and the living areas on the

first floor. ‘The location attracted us, but the layout wasn’t logical,’ says Anna. ‘The upstairs was the living area, the sitting room was where our master bedroom is now, while the bathroom was once the dining room, and the downstairs, which is now our kitchen-diner, used to be a garage.’ With her wealth of experience, Anna set about creating a comfortable, easy to live in

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SITTING ROOM Burnt orange hues add warmth and depth. Exotic Garden chair fabric by GP & J Baker, £195m, Fabrics and Papers. Orange rug, from £50, Overstock. Oak wooden floor, £35.99 per sq m, Luxury Flooring

HALL A cool colour palette allows the rich textures of the colourful furnishings to stand out. Black and white carrara floor tiles, £19.99 per sq m, Tile Choice. For a similar old trunk, from £200, try Scaramanga

TV ROOM This striking wallpaper reflects Anna’s love of both nature and colour. Sanderson Picture Gallery wallpaper, £55.20 per roll, House Décor Interiors. African lampshade fabric, from £20 per sq m, Jansen Holland

TV ROOM Plush fabrics and vibrant colours create a comfortable room for the family to relax in. elitis Santal wallpaper, £154.80 per roll, Jane Clayton. try the Stella sofa in Amazon pure cotton matt velvet, £1,836,

landing Furnishings and pretty objects in eye-catching shades of blue create a harmonious scheme. blue rug, from £20, overstock. Voyage wallpaper by Christian Lacroix, £68 per roll, Designers guild

En SUiTE anna’s love of colour is evident in her choice of Moroccan blue tiles. For floor tiles like these, try habibi Interiors, price on request. the Capiz orb ceiling lights are similar, from £159 each, west elm

MaSTER BEdROOM Blues and greens create a sumptuous look. harold Carl wallpaper by Sandberg, £68.50 per roll, green rug, £430, Modern rugs, is a match. Navy Shimmer blue bedspread, £80, John Lewis, is similar

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d e s i g n t i p ‘Don’t be afraid of colour, but make the effect calming, not chaotic’ home for herself, her husband Ricardo and children, Maximilian, 10, and Benjamin, 7, using colourful paint, patterned wallpaper, bright fabrics and pretty Moroccan tiles. ‘When people ask me about my style, I find it’s such a difficult question to answer,’ she says. ‘I think I’ve created a surprise combination that’s not obvious. I take my inspiration from hotel interiors when I’m travelling, as attention to detail will always

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make a difference. Extra wide floorboards, soft tiles under your feet and a pretty, patterned vanity sink are just some of the personal touches I love in our home.’ Anna’s team of builders completed the work in ten months, keenly project managed by Ricardo. ‘The build went very smoothly and afterwards I was so happy when it was time to bring together the lovely colourful fabrics and paints I had dreamt about,’

recalls Anna. ‘If you chose a safe colour scheme, it won’t give you any feelings of inspiration. I enjoy the challenge of pairing expensive pieces with more affordable objects and being daring with unusual colour combinations. I think the biggest success of this whole project is that after three years I don’t regret any of my choices and I still absolutely love every single colour scheme in the house.’

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t h e P r o P e r t y terraced cottage, built in the 1890s L o c at i o n dublin r o o m s sitting room/ kitchen-diner, mezzanine, bedroom, bathroom P u r c h a s e d 2016 Previous ProPerty ‘My main residence is in a mews lane in the ballsbridge area of dublin,’ says declan.

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SITTING AREA The double-height ceiling and a large expanse of glass ensure this simply furnished space is lovely and bright. Grasshopper-style floor lamps, £227, Ca design. lugo coffee table, £363, boConcept. Miko designs hamilton Mosaic silver rug, £139, Modern rugs


eing near the Grand Canal Dock in Dublin was one of Declan Moylan’s primary considerations when it came to purchasing this small terraced house. ‘It was the location of the cottage that drew me to it,’ he says. ‘Over recent years, the dock has undergone a huge amount of development, and is now headquarters to a number of hi-tech businesses, such as Google and Facebook. I was very keen to buy somewhere that was a home – but could sometimes be rented out to friends and colleagues.’ The property was, however, in quite bad condition. Its roof had suffered damage in a recent fire and the layout was unimaginatively planned with two

small bedrooms and a dark pokey living room to the front of the house, and a single storey extension that housed a kitchen and bathroom to the rear. Architect David Leyden of LHA Architecture was commissioned to come up with a design to make the most of the available space. ‘I had been involved in the fit out of The Cross Gallery in Dublin,’ he explains. ‘As an art collector, Declan had regular dealings with the gallery and really liked my design of the space, so he asked me to work with him.’ Declan knew that David would have already have a good understanding of his needs. ‘Creating a comfortable and sophisticated modern home facilitating the display of art was paramount,’ he

KITCHEN The airy space has large glass doors that open onto a sunny courtyard. units, supplied by healy Mangan Kitchens, price on application

BEDROOM Brightly coloured bedlinen lifts the simple, neutral scheme in this room. Jacobsen-style desk lamp, £227; universo Positivo Monolit side table, from £214, both CA Design. rectangular cushion in Paikka 132428, £29.76 per m, Pepino collection from Scion

HALL The white walls and simple table create an elegant feel. Skagerak georg console table, £499, Amara

B AT H R O O M The microcement finish is a practical choice here. Slimline vanity unit, from £160; mirror, from £73, both Sonas bathrooms

MEZZANINE Some clever replanning makes good use of the compact loft space. homescapes’ knitted cotton pouffe, £59.99 is a match. ofelia cream throw, £20, Ikea, would work well here

says, ‘and I trusted that David would design something quite special.’ Working closely with Declan, David came up with an innovative plan that would maximise space and light. The old extension was demolished and an open-plan double-height living space was built around an external courtyard. The new scheme also incorporated a more spacious double bedroom and bathroom to the front of the house. ‘Declan also wanted to make use of the small loft space, so we opened this up, creating a mezzanine fitted with Velux windows allowing extra light to flow through,’ says David. ‘The double-height ceiling also created a large

expanse of wall space perfect for displaying his collection of artwork.’ For the decor, David suggested neutral whitewashed walls, with dark microcement floors and modern furnishings. The design of the kitchen was also kept simple and streamlined. ‘It was important that the interior and furnishings played second fiddle to the artwork,’ explains Declan. ‘The stripped back monochrome palette really helps to make the artwork pop.’ Ten months on, Declan is delighted that this once-neglected property has become a stylish city pad. ‘It just shows that with a bit of clever planning you can completely transform a space.’

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Insight ReconfiguRing a small space

Just like Declan Moylan’s house, there are ways to enhance the space in a compact home


longside the rise of property prices, people are increasingly resorting to reconfiguring their homes to maximise living space, as it is now considered less expensive to modify your interiors than to extend. If you choose this route, you must make a Building Application and, usually, consult a structural engineer to advise on load-bearing walls.

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Changing rooms

‘With the help of an architect, rooms that aren’t the right size or shape for everyday use can be transformed imaginatively,’ says Ben Paul of Neu Architects. ‘It’s about altering the way you use the space, or changing the spaces to suit how you want to live.’ Perhaps the most popular single modification, and the one that has the most effect, is the removal of one wall to turn two rooms into one. As well as creating an open-plan space this also has the effect of increasing the flow of

light from one area to another. ‘A small space flooded with light feels brighter and bigger and provides a link with the outdoors,’ says Ben. This link can be accentuated with the addition of glass doors leading to a garden.

Out of the box

To increase actual space within an existing shell, we are making the most of the space above and below us: adding height by exposing vaulted ceilings, and excavating to create sunken rooms. In additon to structural changes, there are many ways to incorporate space-saving features, such as sliding pocket doors that are concealed in internal walls. A spiral staircase is more compact than a traditional one, as is a wall-mounted ladder, which is perfect for accessing a mezzanine level. But as well as creating actual physical space, the perception of roominess is all-important so even the act of decoration, using pale colours with a simple arrangement of wall art, will increase the feeling of spaciousness.

professional advice ‘It’s important to use an architect whose design style is compatible with your own. researching similar projects they have completed is a good way of finding this out. It is vital for homeowners to be aware of orientation so that they know which living spaces receive optimum natural light. In a compact home, the colour of the walls makes a huge difference. Painting walls and ceilings brilliant white has an enlarging effect by making the surfaces reflective and bright. Install large, glass doors or windows to help connect with the outside area, particularly where it affords you a view of the sky. In a big space you might use several different floor materials to zone areas, but in a smaller interior, consider choosing a single floor finish throughout. this will help you achieve the feeling of homogeneity – being in a unified space rather than lots of smaller zones. When reconfiguring rooms, try to create through-views. Opening the front door to reveal a vista straight through the house to the rear makes a home seem bigger and lighter than it might otherwise feel.’ DaviD LeyDen, lHa arcHItecture

address book a large area of glass creates light and spaciousness

exposing a room’s rafters leads to an expansive feel

a spiral staircase is ideal for a small space

e x p e r t e y e ‘A wall space devoted to art and pictures is important in a compact home as this can increase the feeling of openness. Arranging them formally, in lines or rectangular blocks, will help create a clean and less fussy look’ GeorGina Burnett, SmartStyle InterIorS

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entire record of life on Earth is buried deep within the polar ice cap. What’s more, if gazing up at the heavens and seeing the miraculous Northern Lights puts you in a mystical frame of mind, you won’t want to miss popular astrologer Penny Thornton’s exclusive talk to readers during the trip. For an additional supplement**, you can also choose from an exciting range of optional activities, including guided nature walks and husky-sledding trips to taking part in a traditional Viking feast and sipping cocktails at the world-famous Snowhotel. So, come and join Dallas, Penny and Tamsin on this exclusive Arctic adventure – it promises to be the ultimate way to enjoy the beauty of the Norwegian fjords and the unforgettable magic of the Northern Lights.

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here is no better way to experience one of the most dazzling natural wonders of the world than on our amazing new Northern Lights adventure, in the company of special guests Dallas Campbell, the presenter of popular BBC science shows Stargazing Live, Horizon and The Treasure Hunters, plus renowned astrologer Penny Thornton. On this holiday, 25 Beautiful Homes readers will join Dallas for an exclusive talk and questionand-answer session about his globetrotting TV adventures, the science of stargazing and his new book about space travel. You will also take a guided trip with Dallas to visit beautiful Nordkapp, the northernmost place in Europe, plus hear a fantastic award-winning talk by scientist Dr Tamsin Edwards about how the

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Cross the Arctic Circle again, and see the Seven Sisters mountain range.

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Spend time in the pretty Bakklandet district.

After a direct flight from the UK, board MS Finnmarken. T R Av E L I N F o R m AT I o N


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DAY 10: ArCtIC CIrCle, BoDø to rørVIK

DAY 1: Bergen

Explore this charming town. Optional activities** include a scenic drive to Mount Aksla. eXClusIVe Join astrologer Penny Thornton for a private talk and Q&A about the stars. DAY 3: tronDheIm

Former Viking trading post, and Norway’s first capital. Optional activities include a Viking-themed walking tour of the city. DAY 4: ArCtIC CIrCle/lofoten IslAnDs

Cross the Arctic Circle for the first time, with views of the stunning Lofoten Islands. DAY 5: tromsø

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Admire Hammerfest’s colourful buildings. Optional activities include a midnight concert in Tromsø’s Arctic Cathedral. DAY 9: lofoten IslAnDs

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pa s t & present

Elizabeth Allen took on a tired Arts & Crafts semi and turned it into a welcoming home with an emphasis on heritage FEatURE MAGGiE COLvin | pHOtOGRapHY ROBERT SAnDERSOn

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tHE pROpERtY Arts & Crafts house L O C at I O n Kent R O O M s Hall, sitting room, kitchen-diner, utility room, study, conservatory, cloakroom, four bedrooms, three bathrooms p U R C H a s E D 2015 pREVIOUs pROpERtY ‘We lived in a thatched cottage in Gloucestershire,’ says Elizabeth.


hen Elizabeth Allen’s eldest son Theo moved to a new school in Kent, she was under pressure to find a house nearby. ‘I had a thatched cottage in the Cotswolds and when it was sold, I decided to focus my search on Sevenoaks, which is only 30 minutes from central London where my other children, Hope, now 19, and Thomas, 9, were at school,’ explains Elizabeth. She fell for this 1910 semi at first glance. It was a 10-minute walk from the station and had the right number of rooms, a good layout and many well-preserved Arts & Crafts characteristics. ‘I’m quite a fan of the style,’ says Elizabeth. ‘It’s quirky, which suits my character – my friends say I’m a bit outside the box.’ Swapping the thatched roof and low, beamed ceilings of her previous home for light and airy rooms proved a welcome change. ‘There’s a lovely conservatory linking the dining area to the garden,’ says Elizabeth, ‘and a great kitchen, too.’ However, there were several essential tweaks to be made. ‘I had to repoint the façade, retile the roof and install new electrics, radiators, a boiler and window sills,’ says Elizabeth. ‘Getting the open fires to work was another problem, which was eventually sorted out by a blacksmith. Only after nine months could I start the fun bit. That was when a friend gave me a consoling cushion, inscribed with the words: “Home wasn’t built in a day”.’ Keen to pay tribute to the past, Elizabeth chose vintage-style fabrics and paired them with modern touches. ‘I like


Vibrant furniture and accessories, plus a roaring fire, sing out against crisp plain white walls. Sofas in Ollaberry & Roxburgh’s Bressay Check, £3,400 each, Sofa Workshop. The extra-large cowhide footstool/coffee table/ottoman with storage, £400, Glam Bespoke Design at Etsy, has this look


A mix of colourful chairs enhances the sunny feel of this inviting space. Malmo Oval white solid oak veneer dining table, £349, Fads, is nearidentical. See Linea ‘Home wasn’t built in a day’ cushion, £7.50, Polyvore. Decorative plates, from a selection, Designers Guild. Andrew Muir is a good source for original Clarice Cliff crockery

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Green accent walls bring fresh appeal to this classic country scheme. walls painted in Vert de terre estate emulsion, ÂŁ43.50 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & ball. Mason Cash rise & Shine hen nest egg storage, ÂŁ15, Dove Mill, is a good alternative to this one

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d e c o r at i n g t i p ‘Collected pieces from your travels add character and are a reminder of happy trips’ Art Nouveau wallpapers, but they were rather busy, so I chose to combine a period look with plain tones and selected simple neutrals, such as soft greens and off-whites for the walls, which act as a calm background to artwork,’ explains Elizabeth. ‘Rather than pitting the walls with holes, I hung paintings using inconspicuous nylon string attached to hooks clipped over the picture rails. It makes it much easy to swap pieces around from time to time.’ Throughout, the interiors also pay homage to the design aesthetic of William Morris. ‘He was such a remarkable, talented designer and so prolific,’ reflects Elizabeth. ‘Searching through fabric samples, I kept changing my mind. The more I appreciated his vast repertoire, the harder my final choices became.’ Downstairs, floors were sanded and stained, and furniture was kept clean and classic. The contemporary dining chairs and table make an interesting contrast to the cosy tweed and suede sofas Elizabeth brought from her previous home. ‘Looking at the final result, I’m especially pleased with how comfortable the house is and that it has been returned to its former self,’ says Elizabeth. And the latest addition, a cute cockerpoo called Juno, completes the picture. ‘We feel we’ve really put down roots here.’ fo r sto c k i sts g o to w her e to b u y


Reversing the trend for neutral floors, Elizabeth chose a deep green carpet. william Morris Larkspur blind fabric, £86.40m, house Decor Interiors. wall paint, tunsgate green estate emulsion, £43.50 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & ball


Colourful wallpaper introduces a note of fun to Elizabeth’s work space. Cockatoos wallpaper, £46 per roll, osborne & Little. sells vintage leather bins like this one, £14


‘It’s lovely stepping into such a warm entrance in winter,’ says Elizabeth. Multicoloured wool ‘Funk triangles’ rug, £300, Debenhams, will suit this space


A reclaimed roll-top bath was painted to complement the panelling. heritage Quirinius heated towel rail, £263, Victorian Plumbing, is a match

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the PRoPeRty Modern farmhouse L o c at i o n Somerset R o o m s Hall, sitting room, kitchen-diner, snug, office, utility room, cloakroom/shower room, three bedrooms, two bathrooms b u i Lt 2011 PRevious PRoPeRty ‘i had a flat in london; Oliver had one in Somerset,’ says laetitia.

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A garland of hops softens the rugged fireplace. Curtains in Colefax & Fowler fabric, £115m, laetitia Chapman interiors. Wall paint, Hardwick White estate emulsion, £43.50 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball

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A mix of floral and graphic patterns gives this traditional scheme a quirky twist. Bespoke footstool by laetitia Chapman interiors. Kelim rug, £350, Market Cross antiques


hen Oliver chapman took over the management of his grandfather’s farm, there was no house on the land, but it came with planning permission to build one overlooking the breathtaking views of somerset’s carey valley. Working as a farm agent, Oliver had seen enough properties to know exactly what kind of home he wanted to create. ‘i told the architect i’d like the house to be long, so that as many rooms as possible would

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‘This is our favourite place to entertain as it’s conveniently situated next to the kitchen and overlooks the pretty valley,’ says Laetitia. take a look at the rustic oversized iron skeleton clock, £135, the Farthing. Nailsea large wine glasses are a match,

look out on the valley,’ Oliver explains. he also asked for the front porch to resemble a lychgate (a typical West country feature), and requested that the walls should be thick, with splayed or chamfered window reveals to coax in as much light as possible. however, Oliver drew a blank when faced with decisions on furnishing the interiors. ‘i knew i wanted underfloor heating, traditional riven slate floors and a chunky stone farmhouse fireplace in the sitting room,’ he says, ‘but choosing baths, taps, tiles and colours isn’t my bag.’ it was

£26 for set of 4, Oka. try Beyond France for vintage tablecloths/napkins, £12 each

£49, both ikea. the Charlton storage trunk, £266, Somerset Willow, is similar



A comfy chair by the window makes an ideal reading spot. Ektorp in Blekinge white, £173, is a near-identical armchair; Ranarp floor reading lamp,

White Shaker-style units lend a fresh country feel. Kitchen, price on application, Howdens. Range cooker, from around £999, Belling

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decorating tip

‘ Collecting bits and pieces

gradually will allow your house to evolve. I never believe in doing things in a rush’

at this exact point in his life that he met an interior designer called Laetitia at a dinner party in London, given by mutual friends. She remembers it well. ‘Oliver said he needed help coming up with a scheme that would complement the pared-back elegance of the farmhouse,’ says Laetitia. Her first instinct was to suggest some feminine touches, which she is now glad he agreed to, as she and Oliver ended up getting married and sharing the house. Later, Laetitia offered up more ways of softening the look, such as installing panelling in the snug to imbue character and getting Oliver to agree to some of his darker pieces of furniture being given a lick of chalk paint, for a lighter finish. So when the couple finally married and moved in together, Laetitia was delighted that her favourite palette of grey and coral was already in place in the house. ‘I also like an eclectic juxtaposition of textures and stripes, with an occasional vintage floral,’ she adds. And these are

MASTER BEDROOM Pairing bright splashes of fuchsia pink with soothing shades of grey creates a more grown-up effect. Colefax & Fowler’s Casimir is a similar blind fabric, £78m,

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details that Laetitia has added to the farmhouse over the ensuing years. Her interest in interior design began in her teens. ‘I always kept a Chester Jones book beside my bed,’ says Laetitia who went on to work for noted designers, including Veere Grenney and Sibyle Colefax and John Fowler, before launching her own company Laetitia Chapman Interiors. ‘This house has worked out far better than I’d hoped,’ reflects Laetitia. ‘I’ve grown to appreciate the contrast between Oliver’s rugged farmhouse style and my feminine touches. This is most evident in the huge stone fireplace, which I softened with an arrangement of hops.’ Now the couple have a baby, Wilfred, aged one, and King Charles spaniel, Dash, life is busier than ever. ‘We hope to eventually add an extra floor to the house, and a conservatory, too,’ says Laetitia. ‘But for now, we’re happy with our home as it is. Creating it together and starting a family here has been wonderful.’

Lines of Pinner. Azolla Cherry lampshade, price on request, Irving & morrison, would work well in here. existing mahogany chest painted in Paris grey chalk paint, £18.95 per 1 litre, Annie Sloane


Corner wall cupboards are a clever use of space in this compact room. home wooden corner bathroom cabinet, £30, Argos. tipperary mirror, £285, oka

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F A M I LY R O O M This relaxed, comfortable space is where the family gather and watch TV. The children do their homework at the table here, too, under Anna’s watchful eye. the dining table, chairs and rug are family heirlooms. Astro G-Plan coffee table, from £589, Pamono. Walls painted in light Blue estate emulsion, £43.50 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball


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the ProPerty detached house, built in 1929 L o c at i o n Peterborough r o o m s hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, family room, snug, office/music room, utility room, cloakroom, five bedrooms (two en suite), shower room P u r c h a s e d 2007 Previous ProPerty ‘We lived in a two-bedroom flat in southwest london,’ says Anna.

Back to our roots Leaving the capital gave Anna and Ed Stone the chance to create a classic family dwelling Feature AmAnder meAde | PhotograPhy rAchAel Smith

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SITTING ROOM The square lines of the sofa, which was re-covered by a company that makes custom Ikea covers, work well with the retro-style furniture. ‘I’m so pleased with how it turned out,’ says Anna. Bankeryd sofa, from £475; Stockholm coffee table, £195, both Ikea, would suit. Blue velvet sofa cover, price on application, Bemz. Find a similar rug, from £178, Hide Rugs

f a v o u r i t e r o o m ‘I think the balance in the sitting


he birth of daughter Halle prompted Anna and Ed Stone to look for a property with more room and outside space. Originally from East Anglia, the couple had intended to remain in London, where Ed’s work is based, but trips to family near Peterborough planted an idea in their minds. ‘When we saw what our budget could buy here we were staggered,’ explains Anna, ‘and finding that the rail commute to London is under an hour made up our minds.’ An online search began, during which an intriguing three-storey family

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house cropped up time after time. ‘It clearly needed lots of work and Ed initially felt it was too big, but I couldn’t resist coming to view it,’ recalls Anna, who runs her own interior design company. ‘I could see how the house would work for a growing family and luckily Ed trusted my judgement.’ The couple knew the project would take several years to complete and so opted to paint over the garish 1980s wallpaper as a temporary measure, and spent their initial budget on making the gardens safe for Halle. ‘The house was like an icebox so we replaced all the

1 9 2 0 s d e tac h e d | 25bh KITCHEN A freestanding central island fitted with a new oak top is perfect for casual dining. Solid smoked oak Bumble stools, £320 per pair, Loaf. Oxford units, price on application, Benchmarx Kitchens. Merle copper pendant lamp, from £147, The Libra Company

room is right: just formal enough but still feels cosy’ windows and the old, inefficient Aga to try and stabilise energy bills,’ says Anna. Gradually, more functional jobs followed, such as moving water tanks and replacing radiators and light fittings, until eventually Anna could begin the creative process she loves. Walls and ceilings were stripped, and period features such as picture rails restored. Log burners were installed in the two original fireplaces in the sitting room and snug, and an oiled oak floor was laid in the refitted kitchen. Halle, now 10, and her brother Ottó, 8, have a large bedroom each and the master suite

at the top of the house is a luxury Anna and Ed fully appreciate. ‘This floor was originally two bedrooms so we were able to create a dressing room, which freed up the area in the bedroom usually occupied by wardrobes,’ explains Anna. ‘I love how the rooms are now utilised and there is no dead space. Having two guest rooms on the first floor means that visitors are always comfortable, too.’ Anna’s mother is Icelandic and this heritage has influenced her approach to decoration. ‘I prefer a pale colour palette with plenty of artwork to add interest,’ she says. ‘I love mixing metals, too –

25bh | 1 9 2 0 s d e tac h e d MASTER bEdROOM The metallic and leather bedside chests lend a boutique hotel feel to this top-floor retreat. Chicago bedside trunks, £775 each, Feather & black. try Cox & Cox for velvet cushions, from £30 each. Mustard print cushions, £55, Madder Cutch & Co

HALLE’S bEdROOM bold, pretty bedding and lots of accessories add colour and fun. Dunelm sells quilted bedspreads like this one, from £60. the Leirvik bed frame, £89, Ikea, is similar

MASTER EN SUITE Anna added a basin to a vintage washstand to create a bespoke vanity. taranto basin, £90, Victorian Plumbing. try batik tiles, £49.99sq m, topps tiles

d e s i g n a d v i c e ‘Think about creating a natural flow in your home. When you achieve that element, the house just feels right’ particularly for lighting, where I use aged brass and antique copper to warm up the cool colours on the walls.’ The couple’s move to a larger property dovetailed with Anna’s parents’ decision to downsize, so they have inherited plenty of furnishings. ‘Luckily, much of my parents’ furniture is classic mid-century, which is so on trend, and strikes just the right chord in this house,’ says Anna. ‘I’m a big fan of teak and its rich colour, which creates warmth in an 102 | 2 5 b h n oV e M b er 2017

understated way, preventing pale colours from feeling too clinical.’ A decade on, the project is complete and Anna has no regrets about leaving London. ‘Ed’s commute is easy and we have all the room we need,’ she says. ‘We also love having family close by and a garden we could never have dreamt of in the city. I have really enjoyed the process of renovating a home for my family. I’m so glad we made the move and took the time to make this house a real home.’ fo r sto c k i sts g o to w her e to b u y

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SITTING AREA Punchy colours bring personality into this otherwise chic, neutral setting. Mags modular sofa by Hay, from £2,300, Utility Design. Stockholm cushions, £12 each; for a similar shelving unit (above) try Kallax, from £30, both Ikea

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THE PROPERTY Modern detached L O C AT I O N Near Biarritz R O O M S Sitting room/ kitchen-diner, two bedrooms, two bathrooms B U I LT 2011 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘We both lived with our parents before – this house was our new beginning,’ says Camila.

DINING AREA A cluster of lights above the table anchors its position in the centre of the open-plan space. For similar, try the Epsom oiled oak table, £199, Cotswold Country Interiors. Eames DSW chairs, £345 each, The Conran Shop. Raffia lights, from £200 each, Made in Mimbre

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KITCHEN The hard surfaces and modern finishes of this design are softened by fluffy throws. Kallarp hi-gloss grey cabinet doors, £31 each; Ludde sheepskin rug is a match, £30, both Ikea. bertoia bar stools, £1,162 each, the Conran Shop

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fr e nc h n e w b u i ld | 25bh B AT H R O O M This custom-made wooden vanity unit echoes the sleek, clean lines of the modern, rectangular sink. the Kyoto rectangular basin, £59.95, Victorian Plumbing, is comparable

BEDROOM ‘My aunt, artist Bruna Truffa, painted the pretty oil on canvas above the bed,’ says Camila. Anna bed by Christian werner, from £2,037, Ligne roset. elmetto table lamps, £148 each, Made in Design. For wooden storage cubes, try Indigo Furniture


hen newlyweds Camila Gimeno and Nicolas Dazet were looking to set up home together on the southwest coast of France, they knew they wanted to live in the surfer village of Hossegor. ‘It’s a popular place for holidaying and Nicolas’s parents had a summer house here but many of the properties aren’t suited to the winter,’ explains Camila, who is originally from Santiago but moved to France after meeting Nicolas 10 years ago. Their solution was to design and build their own with the help of architect friend, Boris Letexier. ‘We found a beautiful 1,000sq m patch right next to the forest, between a lake and the beach.’ They bought the land in 2011 and after eight months of work, moved into their detached, two-bedroom wood-slatted home with their son Diego, now 11 months. ‘The first week we lived here, the fence wasn’t finished, so deer would come into the garden every night and eat our dog Faina’s food,’ recalls Camila. As well as plenty of natural light, the couple also wanted an open-plan ground floor sitting room and kitchen-diner. ‘We love cooking and knew we would spend a lot of time entertaining and chilling in the kitchen.’ As an industrial designer with her own woodwork business (, Camila found the interior of the house was the perfect testing ground for her creative ideas. First, she built the

pine table that takes centre stage in the open-plan space; then she set about designing a custom shelving system for Nicolas’s extensive vinyl collection. ‘It was designed to fit around a small window, so it was made specifically for one corner of the main room,’ she says. ‘When it arrived, it weighed 450kg and was in one piece. Nine of our friends had to lift it up to the largest sitting room window to fit it through. Then, as I had designed it to match the height of the window, it was really tricky to get it inside. Rookie mistake!’ Equally as striking as Camila’s furniture is her use of colour, from the sunshine yellow feature wall to the royal blue modular sofa. ‘I love how bold hues can add so much contrast to a room,’ she says. ‘For me, the key is to know how to play around with colour and balance that out with natural textures,’ she says, citing the concrete floor and the steel kitchen counter stools with sheepskin throws as examples. On the walls, the artwork is a mix of Bauhaus posters, photos by Nicolas, and paintings by Bruna Truffa, Camila’s aunt. Other Chilean connections include the cluster of lamps that hangs over the dining table and the name of the house itself, which pays homage to the country. ‘The house is called Vitacura, which is the neighbourhood I grew up in,’ says Camila. ‘As this is my second home, I felt that the reminder would honour my childhood and be a statement that France is now my home as well.’

f u t u r e p l a n s ‘The idea was to build a house that will evolve as our family grows, so we’re planning to double its size and add extra rooms’ fo r sto c k i sts g o to w her e to b u y

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Insight USING BLOCK COLOURS Like Camila Gimenos and her husband Nicolas, choose bold hues for dramatic effect


big trend that started in the world of fashion, and is now an established style in home decor, colour blocking is the practice of combining several hues to create a statement look. The technique is suited to any area of the house but is most commonly used in showcase rooms, such as reception rooms, master bedrooms and even halls.

feel, but a degree of colour is still vital: ‘People are scared of making a mistake with colour, so they tend to stick to neutrals,’ says interior designer Jill Scholes. ‘But the danger is ending up with a bland scheme without any identity. What colour does is instantly define a room – you can walk into a space and feel it has personality.’

Versatile style

But colour blocking isn’t just about painting surfaces. ‘You can bring shots of colour into the room as furniture, accessories or even plants,’ says Crown’s colour consultant Judy Smith. ‘Use bright sofas or a collection of samecoloured bowls – then complement these with different tones on the walls.’ Another way of creating a room that reflects your personality is to use block colours in the form of pattern – from stripes to geometrics. Bear in mind that whatever scheme you choose will always look better with an abundance of light – and the more natural the better.

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For those who want an attentiongrabbing scheme, colour blocking is perfect if contrasting primary hues are employed. The received wisdom is that the most striking combinations are achieved when using shades that are opposite on the colour wheel, such as yellow and blue, or red and green, known as complementary colours. Bear in mind, these schemes can often work best when there is an element of white to help break up the scheme. In contrast, a current trend is for the use of calming tones to create a relaxing

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professional advice ‘as well as the obvious choice of colours that are opposites on the colour wheel, schemes that work around tones can look equally powerful. Colours that work well together can be anything from acid yellow or orange with the deepest navy and areas of white, or mustard and deep sea green with taupe and black. People associate colour blocking with bright shades, but tones of grey work particularly well with chalky pinks and lavender, and combining different depths of tone is also effective – like bright coral or deep terracotta with a soft and pale blue. think outside the box – there are ways of using colour other than on one feature wall. think about carrying the area of contrasting colour around corners and onto the ceiling, or try creating zones in an open-plan living area. Avoid having strong hues on all surfaces – when you use a bold colour on a wall, keep flooring neutral. Wooden floorboards or carpet in a natural shade are a good foil as they provide a calming influence. work out the atmosphere and style you want to create, and be aware of how much natural light you get – you can compensate by incorporating a warm hue in a room without much natural light and vice versa.’ Judy Smith, Crown paIntS

Bright colours are perfect for a child’s room

multicoloured geometrics add a touch of fun

Subtle shades can help create a moody vibe

e x p e r t e y e ‘In a sitting room or bedroom, go for a ‘wow’ wall colour, with the sofa or bed covered in another block colour, and finish with a few accessories in a third hue. This style isn’t for the faint-hearted, which is what makes it so much fun’ Phoebe oldrey, SmartStyle InterIorS

address book ■ Conran on Colour, by Terence Conran, £25, essential colour tips to create a vibrant home ■ Crown Paints, 0330 024 0281, offers a paint talk advice line for information about decorating your home ■ Smartstyle Interiors, 01892 524036, For creative, personal and colourful interior design solutions 2 5 b h n ov e mB er 2017 | 109

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

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To dress their bed, Caroline Latham and her husband have opted for a cosy throw, which has been trimmed with large cotton pom poms. Both Pages P tactile and textural, pom 123-126 poms and tassels are everywhere this season. Large or small they are an excellent and easy way of customising and adding character to plain soft furnishings. Whether you use them in a subtle or a bold way, trimmings can add a sense of fun or another layer of luxury to a room scheme. A smaller pom pom trim, bought by the metre, is a great idea for customising cushions, curtains, blinds and pelmets. Have a look online and pick up lots of creative ideas for incorporating this humble adornment.

The Horners have created a unique way of storing some of their favourite cushions by displaying them casually on a vintage luggage rack hung on the Pages P wall of their sitting room. 23-27 Plump and inviting, cushions can pull together all the elements of a room and bring harmony to a scheme. Another ingenious way of showing off your cushions is to display them between the rungs of a simple bamboo or wood ladder. Rope hanging shelves work equally well for this. Alternatively, for a rustic touch, invest in a large wicker basket into which you can throw extra cushions and throws. Or, choose a few cushions related by colour and stack them vertically on a small armchair or corner chair.

A charming collection of pretty plates have been hung on the wall of the von Stockhausens’ elegant dining room. This simple yet imaginative idea really Pages P helps personalise the space. 132-135 To create an impact, the plates, in harmonious shades of green, have been grouped together to the left of a statement mirror. An understated patterned wallpaper adds further visual interest. A pair of large ceramic vases and plenty of fresh seasonal foliage help complete the look. Creating a display with mismatched china can make for an equally interesting look. To get the look just right, trace each plate onto some paper and cut them out. Then, use your paper cut outs to work out the arrangement you like best.

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Inspired shopping Picture wallpaper A beautiful wallpaper depicting framed pictures brings life to a wall in Anna Berner’s sitting room. Recreate this look with the Sanderson Picture Gallery wallpaper, £69 per roll.

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Arabesque mirror A charming gold framed mirror takes pride of place against the Pages P understated 96-98 neutral tones in Oliver Chapman’s bathroom scheme. For a similar look, consider this Moroccan mirror, £219, Decorativemirrorsonline.

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Elegant armchairs A pair of graceful subtle pink armchairs create a sociable seating area in Caroline Latham’s sitting room. For something akin to this, try the Lille armchair in Dusty Pink, £449, Swoon Editions.

Perspex table A Perspex coffee table looks perfectly at home in the Goodes’ stylish sitting room. Its transparent design lends an air of Pages P 136-138 spaciousness to the room. For a comparable design, take a look at the Kartell Invisible coffee table, £569, Chaplins.

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A chunky wooden table and benches add character to Caroline Latham’s kitchen. To emulate this look, try the Little Tree Furniture Hyatt Canning table with benches, £1,525, Barker & Stonehouse.

Blue tableware Informal blue tableware strikes just the right note in the Clarkins’ farmhouse Pages 114-116 kitchen-diner. Take a cue from them with this Heritage Pavilion four-piece dinner set, £50, Denby.

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An oval shower curtain rail is suspended from the ceiling over Anna and ed Stones’ freestanding bath. For a comparable model, try this large oval curtain rail with ceiling fixing in chrome, £251, Amazon.

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the emmetts have arranged a group of framed pictures with a large clock at the centre of the display. For something equally imposing, try the theatre wall clock, £85, Newgate Clocks.

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Anna berner has used black hi-gloss tiles to create a stylish splashback with wow factor in her contemporary kitchen. For a similar style, take a look at Domino black gloss mosaic tile sheet, £124.93sq m, Fired earth.

Countertop basin If you admire the oval countertop basin in Salvatore Di Marco and David Fitzgerald’s bathroom, have a look at the Curone 66cm oval vessel basin, £3,502, seen here with Ciane tall basin mixer, £322, Sottini.

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If you like the French-inspired chest of drawers in the Clarkins’ nursery, you’re sure to love the Courcillon chest of drawers in cherrywood with antique grey finish, £1,740, oficina Inglesa.


Glass pendant lights

Illuminate your home in timeless style with glass pendants. Take a look at these classic pieces…

ornate glass pendant in grey, £49, Idyll home

old School opal glass large pendant, £145, Amara

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Connie pendant light, £130, Pooky

heart of house ribbed pendant, £49.99, Argos

grand Paris pendant light, £75, garden trading

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the ProPerty 16th-century farmhouse L o c at i o n Berkshire r o o m s Hall, sitting room, kitchen, family room, study, utility room, playroom, two cloakrooms, pool room, five bedrooms (two en suite), bathroom P u r c h a s e d 2008 Previous ProPerty ‘We lived in a Victorian terrace in Battersea,’ says sophie.

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fresh Air Sophie and Nick Clarkin swapped bustling city life for a centuries-old country farmhouse – and have never looked back Feature Felicity Hayles | PhotograPhy Fiona Murray


With an Aga at its centre, this cosy country scheme is a great place for Nick, a keen chef, to entertain friends. Four-oven aga,from £11,645, aga rayburn. try the limestone flooring at stone circle, from £54sq m. Quercus rustic solid oak dining table, £600, oak Furnitureland, is a good option


A symmetrical sofa arrangement and a roaring fire (next to Winston Churchill’s boots) make this a sociable space. the Duresta chelsea Village sofa, from £3,408, Furniture Village, is similar. Bespoke cushions made with fabrics from l interiors. Walls painted in creamware matt emulsion, £35 per 2.5 litres, laura ashley, and lichen estate emulsion, £43.50 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball


he sight of this beautiful Tudor farmhouse, nestled in peaceful Berkshire countryside, conjures up romantic notions of the perfect rural life. And for Sophie and Nick Clarkin, that vision is not far from reality. After seven years living in their Victorian terraced house in Battersea, the couple decided to swap their busy London lifestyle for a more bucolic existence, where they could raise a family, which now includes Freddie, 6, and Constance, 3, and be near Nick’s children from his previous

marriage. Nick, the owner of a recruitment company, and Sophie, an entrepreneur and owner of scented candle company The Bird Box, have ample room here to also run their businesses from home. ‘We knew nothing about the area and had seen a few properties, but as I walked over the threshold of this house I was hit by this strange feeling that I knew it was where we were going to live,’ recalls Sophie. Although the Clarkins could see that there was a great deal to be done, they snapped up the property in 2008, and work

began. Over the next 12 months the house was rewired and replastered, and false ceilings were ripped out to reveal the vaulted originals. ‘We felt that with so many beams, the house needed lightening up,’ says Sophie. So the couple stripped off the bold 1960s wallpaper and painted the walls in Laura Ashley’s Creamware and muted Farrow & Ball paint tones for a fresher feel. After a year spent travelling, in 2010, Sophie and Nick finally moved in. It was then that they could add their own special personal touches to the house and begin to 2 5 b h n oV e M B er 2017 | 115

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‘I adore bold colours, especially darker tones as they can create a really dramatic look,’ says Sophie. Walls painted in Hague Blue estate emulsion, £43.50 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball. For a bath like this one, try the Spey with claw feet, £2,975, Drummonds

settle into family life. Freddie was born that year, and Constance three years later. Sophie knew that her love of textiles would provide the necessary injection of colour, while Nick’s collections of antique oil paintings would add personality. Both the sitting room and family room have large traditional sofas. Each is laden with feather cushions covered in neutral linens and subtle silks, punctuated with the occasional vibrant botanical print to echo


To save space, Freddie’s bed nestles neatly under a staircase leading up to a mezzanine floor.


The headboard, covered in one of Sophie’s vintage fabric finds, adds warmth and depth to the room. Oban mirror, £235, Oka. Walls painted in Lichen estate emulsion, £43.50 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball

the sprawling woodland and meadows bordering the nature reserve lake outside. Some of the fabrics were bought on a trip to Thailand, where Sophie discovered Jim Thompson’s collections of authentic Thai silks. She couldn’t resist bringing some home with her. ‘I got many of the cushions made by hand, as finding my own fabrics is a real pleasure,’ she explains. Much of the furniture was sourced by the couple from Lots Road Auctions in

Chelsea. Nick admits that he has a penchant for auction houses, pointing to a pair of Winston Churchill’s riding boots standing by the open fire, which he acquired at one. It is these unusual touches that have turned this historic house into a unique and colourful sanctuary. ‘We like to think that we’ve imbued it with our individual style and surrounded ourselves with pieces we love,’ reflects Sophie. ‘After all, that’s the only way to turn a house into a real home.’


Bright splashes of pink and pretty furnishings complement this rustic setting. Try Dragons of Walton Street for children’s chests of drawers. Anna Dropside cot, £130, John Lewis


Cupboards made from reclaimed oak panels create a seamless look. Cromwell chandelier, £337, The Lighting Company

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block party An open-plan loft space in a former factory in the Big Apple provided the perfect property for Mike Zandman and his love for entertaining FEATURE RACHEL LEEDHAM | PHOTOGRAPHY MATTHEW WILLIAMS

home truths T H E P R O P E R T Y Loft apartment in a former hat factory L O C AT I O N New York’s NoHo district, Manhattan R O O M S Hall, kitchen-diner/ sitting room, bedroom (one en suite), guest room/snug, dressing room, bathroom P U R C H A S E D 2013 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘Before this, I was renting an apartment in Murray Hill, midtown Manhattan,’ says Mike.

KITCHEN-dINEr The back wall is clad in antiqued mirror, which bounces the light back and helps enhance the lofty proportions. For bespoke mirror splashbacks, try Rough Old Glass. Roger bar stool, £95, French Connection, has a similar look

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or Mike Zandman, this loft apartment in Manhattan, New York is the perfect place for entertaining: ‘I love having friends over,’ he says. ‘And my home is purposefully designed so that people can relax.’ The flat occupies an entire floor of a former hat factory, and what makes it particularly good for hosting is the vast living space with soaring three-metre-high ceilings. But according to Mike, it is also the choice of materials that puts his guests – and himself – at ease. ‘Everything is rugged and rough,’ says Mike. ‘The flooring is reclaimed herringbone parquet and if someone scrapes their shoe across it, it won’t show.’ The same goes for the dining table, which doubles as a bar when he has a gathering. ‘It is made out of steel and so it gets ring marks from the glasses; but for me, that just adds to the character of the piece.’ Owing to Mike’s busy work schedule, which involves a lot of travelling, he knew he wasn’t going to be able to renovate the loft alone when he bought it in 2013. ‘Initially, I persuaded a friend’s wife to help,’ he says. ‘She agreed, explaining it would be in her style and the first thing she planned to do was cover up the brick walls. Everything was set up and ready to go, but then I went to a party in a place where the walls were exposed, and I knew I’d made the wrong decision.’ Mike called his contractor to halt the process the next day, and they suggested he get in touch

with interior designer Jenny Wolf. ‘She completely understood my style,’ says Mike. The look, which Jenny coins ‘modern industrial’, celebrates the building’s history with features such as exposed steel supports and bookshelves fashioned from reclaimed wood and steel. By swapping the small windows at the rear of the apartment for large steel-framed ones, Jenny was able to entirely reconfigure the space, relocating the kitchen and living area to the back of the building, where it is now flooded with light. Alongside the more masculine features are softer, tactile touches, including velvet, wool and mohair in a muted palette of charcoal greys, taupes and mossy greens. The only white piece of furniture is the pony hair bench. ‘By some good fortune, no one has spilled anything on it yet,’ says Mike. What excites Mike the most about the interior is the gadgetry. ‘I have a 75-inch TV and a 135-inch projector screen for movies,’ he says. ‘When I touch down at JFK, I can turn on the heating and lights via my phone and I can even send friends up in the lift and into my flat remotely.’ The kitchen, too, is packed with some impressive appliances, so it comes perhaps as a surprise to learn that Mike cannot cook. ‘But I’m good at inviting people over who can,’ he laughs. ‘When I’m in town, I’ll have a dinner party every few weeks. My guests sort the food and I look after the rest – it’s the perfect arrangement as it’s a great place to entertain.’

sitting room A robust and practical herringbone floor brings character to this open space, while soft materials make it feel warm and homely. PK22 chair, from £2,809, Twentytwentyone, is a good alternative. Farmhouse ceiling light in Pewter, £89, Industville, is comparable. Jielde Signal zigzag lamp, £295, Made In Design, would work well here. For a Cowhide rug like this one, try City Cows, £299

French oak chevron and herringbone pattern, from £234sq m, The New & Reclaimed Flooring Co. Horsehair sconce, from £4,350 each, Apparatus Studio, are like these ones. For a vase like this one, try the copper design, £40, Habitat

hAll As visitors exit the lift, they are greeted by a rustic bench seat where they can remove shoes. For similar flooring, try the Handmade

BEDroom this space is the height of ultimate luxury, with its seagrass walls and velvet-upholstered bed. Cushions made from Katana in Ivory/ Ebony, £117m, Kelly Wearstler for Lee Jofa. For a luxurious buttoned bed, try the Rouen low foot-end, from £1,448 for a double, Sofas & Stuff. Industrial style four-shelf bookcase, £120, Natural Living, has this look

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25bh | l o f t a pa r tm e nt ta k e a l o o k a r o u n d t h e r e s t o f m i k e ’ s h o m e b at h R O O M this scheme has been given a dramatic look. Crocodilo wallpaper, £121 per roll, osborne & Little

eN SUite these tiles were painstakingly matched to create a striated effect. Palladium silver travertine tiles, £530sq m, Ann Sacks

SNUG Statement furnishings add impact in here. genuine Fake bookshelf wallpaper, £185 per roll, Deborah bowness

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Renovating Caroline Latham’s seaside townhouse wasn’t all plain sailing, but she now enjoys spectacular views and a cosy yet luxurious interior Feature Rachel ogden | PhotograPhy nicholas yaRsley


home truths t h e P r o P e r t y grade ii listed four-storey townhouse, dating from the 18th century l o C at i o n devon r o o m s hall, kitchen-diner/ sitting room, four bedrooms (one en suite), dressing room, two bathrooms P u r C h a s e d 2016 Previous ProPerty ‘We currently live in a Victorian house in essex,’ says caroline.


ost people come home from a holiday with a few souvenirs but Caroline Latham and fiancé James Hodgson returned with something more substantial – a second home. ‘We found the townhouse by chance when we were staying in a property opposite,’ recalls Caroline. ‘It was just a case of seeing the For Sale sign and both of us wondering how much houses go for in this area. That led to us booking a viewing that afternoon. The minute we walked in, we loved it – the views of the River Dart and out to sea were spectacular.’ The couple, along with Caroline’s sister Samantha, an interior stylist, and their father Anthony, a retired solicitor, immediately made plans to buy it. While the house was in good condition, it had not been lived in for some time, and all the walls were painted white. As well as being stark, it lacked the decor the family knew it deserved. ‘The house was built in 1792, so we wanted to ensure the design was appropriate,’ explains Caroline. ‘Samantha and I are passionate about creating beautiful spaces that people enjoy living in. Being sisters, we’re pretty in tune with 2 5 b h n oV e m b eR 2017 | 123

25bh | li s te d tow n h ous e Kitchen An old ship’s bell has been hung on the wall. ‘We ring it when dinner’s ready,’ says caroline. Fairford units, £8,500, Howdens. Pink encaustic splashback tiles, £60sq m, Milagros

DininG AReA the refectory table sits in front of sash windows that look out to sea. Refectory table and seating, £1,750, Commerce. Dresser painted in Strong White estate eggshell, £60 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball

Kitchen the scalloped pendant lights were another vintage find, which have been restored by Samantha with a new green flex. Skogsta stools, £15 each, Ikea; painted in Off-Black estate eggshell, £60 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball. Glass pendants, £30 each, Sunbury Antiques Market

d e c o r at i n g t i p ‘Don’t get caught up with colour schemes and matching things. The important thing is that your home is filled with items you love’

hAll One of the sisters’ best buys is a Way Out sign that Samantha found at an antiques fair – it dates back to the 1900s. Vintage sign, £120, Ardingly Antiques & Collectors Fair. Floor tiles, £44.95sq m, Walls and Floors

each other, and we try to evoke the cosiness of our childhood in the rooms that we design.’ The purchase of the house went through just before last Christmas, allowing the family to spend New Year there and work out what needed to be changed. ‘We debated whether to have a separate kitchen and living area, or join them and have an additional bedroom,’ says Samantha. ‘In the end, we chose the extra bedroom and one large kitchen-living space. We situated it on the second floor because there were sash windows overlooking the river. It made the perfect entertaining space – it’s lovely to sit there with friends and watch the boats bobbing around on the water.’ They also partitioned off a section of the kitchen to create a third bathroom and redesigned the ground-floor en suite and dressing room to make it more accessible. With the layout decided, they then stripped the flooring back to its original state and created mood boards for each room. ‘We spent a lot of time sourcing 2 5 b h n OV e M B eR 2017 | 125

25bh | li s te d tow n h ous e BEDROOM A more tonal approach was taken in here, ensuring everything is in harmony. bedstead, £80, Scott’s Furniture Mart. walls painted in French grey estate emulsion, £43.50 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & ball. Cushion covers, £8.99 each, h&M home

B At H R O O M ‘it was a struggle to find tiles for this room and the cloakroom as the shifting floorboards could have cracked ceramic tiles,’ says Samantha. ‘We solved the problem by opting for vinyl flooring.’ hudson reed taps, £85, Victorian Plumbing. Vinyl flooring, £7.99sq m, Carpets & Floors online. walls painted in oval room blue estate emulsion, £43.50 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & ball. Mirror, £15, Ardingly Antiques & Collectors Fair

d e c o r at i n g a dv i c e ‘Interior design is like fashion; tastes change, so I spend more on pieces that won’t date and less on items that follow the latest trend’ pieces with a history,’ says Samantha. ‘You don’t have to spend a fortune, you just have to be creative.’ However, this seaside renovation wasn’t all plain sailing, as works took longer than anticipated to complete. ‘In the end we helped our builder out by undertaking various tasks such as sealing the worktops and building cupboards,’ reveals Caroline. ‘I don’t know what we’d have done without James there. We also had problems with a vintage armoire that had been shipped from France. When it arrived I was surprised at how big it was – we spent a good hour trying to get it upstairs to the first-floor bedroom. Eventually, we gave up. Luckily, it fitted in the ground-floor dressing room.’ Eight months after the pair spotted their dream holiday property, the house finally fits their vision of a cosy, happy retreat. ‘Renovating an entire house can be stressful but it’s been worthwhile,’ says Caroline. ‘We love to invite friends to stay whenever we can. One or two of us will be cooking, we’ll share a bottle of wine and there’s always lots of laughter and fun.’ 126 | 2 5 b h n oV e M b er 2017

At t i c B E D R O O M Small stacks of books add colour and character. walls painted in whisper Intelligent matt emulsion, £23 per litre, Little greene

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When Natasha Amos returned to her rural roots, it didn’t take long for her and husband David to find a quaint family hideaway with lots of space Feature ALISON GIBB | PhotograPhy DOUGLAS GIBB


atasha and David Amos met while they were living in London, but Natasha always knew she would go back to her roots. ‘Having been brought up in the East Lothian countryside, I warned David long before we married that, one day, I wanted to return to Scotland,’ she says. ‘Our first home together was a flat in Edinburgh city centre. But when our sons, Fred, now 6, and Felix, 5, were born, I realised I wanted a similar country childhood for them.’ The couple tentatively started looking for a family home and soon came across the 128 | 2 5 b h N OV E M B ER 2017

renovated farm cottage where they now live. ‘It was only the second property we saw and we instantly knew it was the one,’ recalls Natasha. Originally a row of tumbledown farm buildings, they had been transformed into three cottages in the late 1970s. Then, 15 years ago, a developer acquired all three, adding an upper level to one for himself, before knocking the other two together. ‘We’d never expected to buy a family home on one level,’ says Natasha, ‘but it works and flows beautifully.’ The sleeping zone is at one end, with the living area at the other, and as they were originally two properties,

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t h e P r o P e r t y Two farm buildings knocked together L o C at I o N East Lothian r o o M S Sitting room, dining room, kitchen, utility room, conservatory, four bedrooms, two bathrooms P u r C h a S e D 2014 PreVIouS ProPerty ‘We used to live in an apartment in Edinburgh,’ says Natasha.

SiTTing room A bold-coloured chimney breast wall is a brilliant way to separate the seating area and the dining room. Chimney breast painted in Pelt estate emulsion; opening painted in Mole’s Breath estate emulsion, both £43.50 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball. Bent willow

hanging heart, £35, Bonnie Vintage. Bespoke ottoman, £500, Reborn in a Barn. Grey Kivik three-seater sofa, £425, Ikea. Brown velvet sofa, from £1,000, Sofa Workshop. Armchair, £280; footstool, £60, both Lombardo tray wall mirror, £114, The Chandelier & Mirror Company, has a similar look

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Dining room ‘The table was made bespoke to my design – the company still receives lots of orders for it, and they’ve even called it the Amos table,’ smiles natasha. Amos dining table, £550, Reborn in a Barn. Sorrento four-light chandelier with natural shades, £150, Laura Ashley. Grey console table, £85, Cotterell & Co. Cowhide rug, £300, City Cows KiTCHEn ‘This is the most sociable room in

the house,’ says natasha. ‘We extended the breakfast bar and we’re often all in here together. it’s a space where we can sit and chat while we cook.’ Bar stools, £70 each, Atlantic Shopping. Cabinets painted in Basalt flat oil eggshell, £61 per 2.5 litres, Little Greene; and Strong White estate eggshell, £55 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball. Gold ‘home’ letters, £15 each, Posh Graffiti. Polyflor limestoneeffect vinyl, £30sq m, KD Flooring

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d e c o r at i n g t i p ‘Mix calm, muted colours with bolder moments – this has surprisingly dramatic results’

MASTER BEDROOM Cushions and a throw introduce tactile texture. Ladderstitch double duvet set, £95, Laura thomas Linens. bed, £517, Maisons du Monde B AT H R O O M Pale greys create a calm ambience. walls painted in Ammonite estate emulsion, £43.50 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & ball. white metro wall tiles, £19.50sq m, topps tiles

FRED’S BEDROOM This scheme is fun and lively to reflect his personality. bed, £300, Noa & Nani. blue star rug, £60; storage baskets, from £30, both the great Little trading Company guEST BEDROOM Metallic finishes add glamour. Metal bed frame, £800, Feather & black. Padded blanket box, £200,

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the garden is twice the size you would expect. The kitchen and conservatory are at the back, so Natasha can keep an eye on her sons in the garden, while cooking or relaxing. ‘The house was in good condition when we bought it, I just wanted to put my own stamp on the decor,’ says Natasha. ‘I chose a muted palette of blues and greys with a few pink and purple splashes. These hues work well in the countryside because it reflects the gentle scenery we are surrounded by.’ Natasha updated the kitchen, adding a built-in American-style fridge and larder. Loathe to replace the perfectly serviceable existing units, she painted them. ‘I couldn’t decide on one colour and wanted the room to be a little more modern, so I chose two – a deep blue and pale grey,’ she says. ‘My

friend Susanne, who works for design studio Ampersand Interiors, told me about the two-colour rule – tall and top should be a lighter shade, and wide and low darker.’ ‘I also get a lot of satisfaction from being inventive,’ she continues. ‘I often come across something in a designer shop or a magazine and I set about creating it by an alternative route for a fraction of the price.’ The family have slotted into country living easily and enjoy being part of the local community. ‘I’m always out walking our dog, Tula, plus we keep our pony, Merlin, in the adjoining field,’ says Natasha. ‘The boys love the space and freedom. Everything has fallen into place perfectly, and it has been a great move for the whole family – we love our outdoor, muddy boots lifestyle.’ fo r sto c k i sts g o to w her e to b u y

LEAP OF FA I T H Interior designer Henriette von Stockhausen gave her imagination free rein when it came to decorating her home, with gloriously colourful results FEATURE REBECCA DAVIES | PHOTOGRAPHY AlExAnDER JAmES & mARk Bolton





enriette von Stockhausen makes no secret of her passion for collecting. ‘I’m a bit of a magpie,’ she says. So it’s no surprise to discover that the converted stables in Dorset where the interior designer lives with her husband, Mark, and three children is a colourful treasure trove. The rooms are filled with an eclectic mix of art, family heirlooms and souvenirs from all over the world. When Henriette initially went to view the property, first impressions were far from favourable. The house hadn’t been lived in for several years and was in a sadly neglected state. It was even infested with rodents, so a head-to-toe renovation was required. Henriette knew that, above all, the renovation needed to provide a practical living space that would suit the needs of her growing family. A key feature was the streamlined, contemporary kitchen, which she designed herself. ‘I wanted something simple and easy to clean,’ she says. Henriette opted for sleek white cabinets and also produced the concrete worksurfaces, using homemade crate frames lined with black bin bags. Another stand-out feature is the unusually positioned staircase, which leads straight down from the first-floor landing to the dining room. ‘It reminds me of my childhood, when I’d sit at the top of the stairs and watch my parents’

1 & 2 SITTIng RooM ‘I fell in love with the elaborate wallpaper the second I saw it,’ says Henriette. Verdure lead Blue wallpaper, £112 per roll, Zoffany at Chapel Interiors. Séraphin metal pendant lamp, £220, maisons du monde. Farrow & Ball’s Charleston Gray estate emulsion, £43.50 per 2.5 litres, is a good match 3 HAll Vibrant teal walls create an instant impact. For similar paint, try little Greene’s Canton absolute matt emulsion, £42 per 2.5 litres. Homes Direct 365’s mahogany French-style bench, £450, is an elegant alternative

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THE PROPERTY Converted stables, built in the 1700s l O c AT I O n Dorset R O O m s Hall, kitchen-diner, sitting room, dining room, boot room, six bedrooms, four bathrooms P U R c H A s E d 2013 PREvIOUs PROPERTY ‘We used to live in a smaller 17th-century cottage nearby,’ says Henriette.

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Richly upholstered chairs and an ornate chandelier add opulence and grandeur. marlowe Floral Sterling wallpaper, £154 per roll, Ralph lauren Home at John lewis. laura Ashley’s extra large glass and brass hurricane lamp, £58, would suit this setting

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Streamlined white cabinets are a practical choice for this spacious family home. Kitchen units, price on application, Purely collection at Magnet. Antique copper stool, £60, Atlantic Shopping, is a good option


A mix of contemporary and traditional elements lends an eclectic feel. Arthur dining table, £1,334; Victoria studded wing armchair, £620, both Sweetpea & willow, would also work here

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dinner parties,’ says Henriette. ‘I love the idea that my children can do the same.’ With the structural works complete, Henriette turned her attention to the interior design. As the co-founder of VSP Interiors, decorating her own home offered a great opportunity to indulge her personal sense of style and give her imagination free rein. ‘I was ready to let loose and just wanted to have fun with it,’ she says. Henriette’s new conversion is the perfect home for all the treasures she’s collected over the years. ‘In my job I see so many wonderful things,’ she says. ‘So I stashed them away and waited for the right time to use them.’ Despite its spacious dimensions, the house is cosy and welcoming and reflects Henriette’s love of travelling. The sitting room is a mix of Moroccan and Argentinian gaucho style, while the vibrant colours of the master bedroom have a distinctly Mexican feel. Henriette is also a keen horse rider, which explains the equestrian-themed artworks. ‘I treated myself to those pictures to remind me of happy times,’ she says. Henriette has also incorporated design elements that give a nod to her European heritage. ‘I grew up in Austria and Germany, where there are antlers everywhere,’ she says. In her own home decorative antlers serve as ornaments and also as quirky coat hooks. Now that the project is complete, Henriette and Mark are delighted with the results. ‘I love every single part of our house – I’m so pleased with how it’s turned out,’ says Henriette. ‘And the best thing of all is that every room I walk into has something that makes me smile.’


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‘Travelling to interesting places is one of the things I enjoy most in life and I pick up lots of ideas on every trip’


1 KITcHEN-DINER Henriette commissioned the portrait of her husband’s Harris hawk, Minty. Colourful Mexican pattern cushion, from £22, redbubble, is a bright design. try Scumble goosie’s Nordic wooden sofa, from £999 2 bATHRooM Travertine wall tiles and an antique chandelier give this space a luxurious look. Corinth honed filled travertine wall tiles, from £27sq m, Mandarin Stone, are similar. oban mirror, £235, oka, would also work well here 3 MASTER bEDRooM A patterned rug and striped throw inject vibrant colour into this classic scheme. John Lewis sells kilim rugs, from £120 each. bombay knitted lambswool throw, £195, gabrielle Vary, is an alternative design

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Two become one

Ingrid and Dave Goode found a way to make the old and newer parts of their 18th-century stone cottage flow seamlessly together Feature Karen Wilson | PhotograPhy Fiona WalKer-arnott


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t h e P r o P e r t y stone cottage, built around 1750 L o c at i o n lincolnshire r o o m s sitting room, kitchendiner, utility room, cloakroom, four bedrooms, bathroom P u r c h a s e d 2005 Previous ProPerty ‘Before moving to this place, we lived just two doors away in a two-bedroom Victorian house,’ says ingrid.

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SITTING ROOM Painted lime plaster on the lower part of the wall breaks up the expanse of stone in the oldest part of the cottage. try Puro glass coffee table set, £599, Dwell. the Cambridge rug, from £116, safavieh at Wayfair, has this look

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KITCHEN-dINER The shelves, found outside a potter’s shop, were the starting point for the design of this rustic scheme. try Chic Craquele grey wall tiles, £52.44sq m, topps tiles. Bespoke artwork, from £600, ingrid Designs


fter five years living in a two-bedroom Victorian terraced house next to the village pub in Castle Bytham, Lincolnshire, Ingrid and Dave Goode’s second bedroom was bursting at the seams. ‘I’m a freelance textile designer, so it doubled up as a studio and a guest bedroom, which wasn’t ideal,’ says Ingrid. Although the couple weren’t looking to move, Ingrid had noticed a For Sale board outside their neighbour’s four-bedroom cottage for some time. ‘On the spur of the moment I knocked on

the door,’ she admits. ‘There was a 1980s kitchen, blood-red walls in the sitting room and poor lighting, but I could see its potential.’ The small garden was putting families off, but the couple knew they didn’t need acres of space. ‘It was just within our price range and under the stamp duty threshold so we put in an offer that weekend,’ says Ingrid. ‘Luckily, the sale went smoothly as the owner was moving abroad and we sold our house to first-time buyers.’ Built in 1750, the cottage had a two-storey 1970s extension that doubled the ground-floor space and provided two extra bedrooms

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25bh | s t o n e c o t tag e MASTER BEDROOM ‘I thought painting both the walls and ceiling in Canton by Little Greene might be too much but it was one of our best decisions,’ says Ingrid. grove garden w5603-02 wallpaper by osborne & Little, £67 per roll, Paint & Paper

upstairs. Ingrid and Dave wanted to improve the flow of the ground floor, but their plans were thrown into disarray when a leak caused the bathroom floor to collapse. ‘Getting married the same year annihilated our budget,’ says Ingrid, ‘so we ended up spending eight years with concrete flooring and wiring on show.’ Once they’d saved up, the couple moved the entrance door from the kitchen to the dining room and knocked the two spaces together, replacing windows at the side with garden doors. And the sitting room in the oldest part of the house also needed considerable

GUEST BEDROOM Ingrid’s favourite piece of furniture is the bureau (right), which used to belong to her dad. For a similar wallpaper, try Superfresco easy Nature trail white Mica, £15.99 per roll, homebase

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work. ‘The stone walls felt oppressive so we added lime plaster over the bottom part and painted it dark blue.’ Ingrid, who has a degree in surface pattern design, describes her style as, ‘eclectic modern country. I like to mix vintage pieces with contemporary design. I find that otherwise, it’s got no soul if it’s all new.’ The final job was transforming the ‘mud bath’ of a garden. ‘I need to buy new furniture to finish it off,’ says Ingrid. ‘Having said that, I’m always getting itchy feet to re-decorate. Nothing stays the same – we’re often moving things around.’

B AT H R O O M Black paint was used to transform the ex-display bath tub. honed black slate floor tiles, £35.95sq m, walls and Floors, would work here

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PICTURE PERFECT Emma Osborne and Andrew DeHaes-White introduced a touch of modern style to this historic house, enhancing its natural beauty Feature & PhotograPhy Jo Sheldrake


home truths the ProPerty 19th-century townhouse L o C at I o N Bristol r o o M S hall, sitting room, drawing room, kitchen-diner, study, utility room, five bedrooms (two en suite), bathroom P u r C h a S e D 2016 PreVIouS ProPerty ‘I used to live in a modern chalet-style property in north Somerset,’ says emma.

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or Emma Osborne and her new partner Andrew DeHaes-White, a large family called for a spacious home. ‘We have seven children between us,’ says Emma, ‘and with friends and other family members thrown into the mix, we obviously needed to think big.’ So when it came to looking for their first place together, a spacious 19th-century, five-storey former merchant’s house seemed like the perfect solution. Situated in central Bristol, the Georgian property still boasted its majestic charm and character, ticking all the boxes when it came to location, space and potential. Although in need of refurbishing, it offered the couple a chance to create a home that worked for them. ‘I made an offer in the sitting room during our first viewing,’ says Emma. ‘Although the decor was tired and not to our taste, structurally the building was sound and all the original period features were still in perfect condition, allowing us to concentrate on modernising the interior.’ The house is Grade II-listed, which meant that planning consent had to be applied for and, as soon as it was approved,


This elegant space blends classic and modern styles. Regents marble-top side tables, £199 each, Atkin & Thyme


A lime-green sofa livens up the otherwise muted scheme. Try Loaf’s Young Bean sofa in Bumblebee Clever velvet, £2,025


Cabinets in a gentle off-white shade have been teamed with pale quartz worktops to give a relaxed and timeless impression. Cabinets painted in Cornforth White estate eggshell, £60 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball. Embankment chrome wall clock, £350, Newgate Clocks

the renovation work could commence. ‘Choosing colours and materials in keeping with the age of the property was essential,’ says Emma. ‘So, for example, we painted our front door in Brassica, a rich grey tone by Farrow & Ball, and fitted it with traditional door furniture.’ The couple’s first aim was to devise a logical schedule of works with minimal disruption, as they were living in the property with two of their children and two dogs. ‘We had to be organised, because bespoke items needed to be planned ahead to make allowances for availability and fitting requirements,’ says Andrew. ‘Every day was like a school day, with lessons learnt along the way.’ Creating light and airy bedrooms for the children on the top floor was a good starting point. The rooms were redecorated, carpeted and fitted with made-to-measure wardrobes to maximise space. ‘We then had to juggle the order in which we refurbished the bathrooms to ensure we had one functioning shower,’ says Emma. Next, undaunted by the task of redecorating the spacious


Emma created a striking centrepiece for the table using artificial flowers and a large ceramic urn. Faux flowers, from £6 per stem, Neptune. Table, £1,800; chairs, £250 each, all SJP Interior Design. Doreen pewter ceiling light with string shades, £558, David Hunt Lighting


This impressive area has many original period features, including a stunning staircase and stained-glass fanlight. For a similar stair runner, try the Flaxman Lichen flatweave, from £889 for 7m, Roger Oates Design. Old English Doors makes bespoke stained-glass fanlights, prices on request

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The couple chose practical features, such as ventilated louvred doors, to hide the appliances and boiler and a Belfast sink with a hose tap. walls painted in Light blue estate emulsion, £43.50 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & ball. blind made in Masson in Fuchsia, £62m, Designers guild


A floor-to-ceiling wallpapered panel makes a striking feature behind the bedhead. rose Mist rattan double bed, £1,099, John Lewis. For a similar wallpaper, try Anna French wild Flora in bouquet, £33 per roll, wallpaper Direct.

drawing room, the couple set to work, painting over the wallpaper. ‘As an alternative to stripping, we applied a base coat of a specialist primer, Zinsser, before applying a pure and natural white to give a warm, soft appearance.’ The neutral colour scheme creates a clean, welcoming and calm interior, allowing the room to come alive. Emma and Andrew also successfully enhanced the existing period architecture and features, ‘We projectmanaged the works with the help of a fantastic team of locally sourced tradesmen and artisans,’ says Emma. ‘We had the original wood spindle staircase stripped and French polished, and the carpentry and sash windows were repaired and new weights were installed.’ Meanwhile, Andrew gave the existing Shaker-style kitchen units a facelift to save money. ‘He repainted the

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DESIGN TIP ‘Personalise the space by mixing classic and contemporary influences for an eclectic and unique look’

cabinets in Farrow & Ball’s cornforth White and updated the doorknobs with elegant chrome cup handles for a more contemporary feel,’ says Emma. ‘We also replaced the marble worktop with a lighter, engineered quartz design.’ Finally, to maximise available space, the disused basement coal bunker was reconfigured to create an extra living area for the family. ‘It is now a serene spot to sit and relax in,’ says Emma, ‘and makes a great break-out place in the evenings.’ When it came to choosing the finishing touches, Emma’s favourite task was sourcing fabrics, art and soft furnishings, such as the handmade curtain pelmets. ‘I spent a lot of time looking for the braiding for the pelmets, too,’ she says. ‘I love reupholstering ottomans and old stools, such as the ones in the kitchen, to give them a fresh new look using interesting fabrics. We’ve put so much energy into refurbishing this beautiful house. All we have left to do now is enjoy it.’


Floral fabrics and artworks in fresh, vibrant tones lend a feminine feel to this scheme. walls painted in Slaked Lime Mid absolute matt emulsion, £42 per 2.5 litres, Little greene. Curtain in Capisoli in Peony, £93m; blind in Caprifoglio in ecru, £79m, both Designers guild and made by Julie Ireland Interiors


A large painting of a female nude in soft blue tones complements the wall colour. walls painted in bone China blue Mid intelligent eggshell, £59 per 2.5 litres, Little greene. For a similar bath, try the Duke 1695 double-ended roll-top bath with chrome legs, £390,

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