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n at u r e ’ s b o u n t y Simple tones and rustic touches reflect the idyllic rural setting of this Lincolnshire farmer’s cottage b a r o Q u e o F a G e s Treasured antiques and salvaged finds are displayed with flair in a Northumberland house a G r a n D P L a n An aspiring interior designer renovated a neglected London semi, transforming it into a spacious urban retreat C L a s s I C C o M b I n at I o n A mix of traditional and contemporary styles lends a fresh look to this period home in Huddersfield r a I s I n G t H e b a r A former public

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house in Liverpool has been given a new lease of life as a fabulous family home t o ta L Ly t r o P I C a L Time spent travelling inspired these homeowners to give their London property an exotic twist HoMe Is WHere tHe art Is

Colour and creativity reigns supreme in this artist’s detached house in Dublin b L a n K C a n V a s This London terrace celebrates the best of British craftsmanship s a F e H aV e n Improving the light and flow was top priority when turning a London townhouse into a sanctuary-style space

A mixture of pieces from around the world creates a one-of-a-kind style in this contemporary apartment (page 35).

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N E V E R - E N D I N G S T O R Y Filling their Galway home with interesting vintage items and custom-made pieces is an ongoing project for these retro enthusiasts c O U N T R Y c H A R A c T E R A deft use of colour and pattern has given this West Sussex cottage eclectic charm

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L U c K Y D I P How a stroke of good fortune gave one couple the chance to make an elegant Essex villa their own O P E N m I N D E D These owners used ideas from their previous loft-style apartment to bring a contemporary look to a traditional semi-detached property in London D R E A m T E A m Working with a good architect and builder was key to the success of this London home m O N O m A G I c A striking palette of black, white and grey lends sophistication to a Dublin townhouse G O W I T H T H E F L O W This reconfigured London home is now a harmonious, light-filled residence c O A S T & c O U N T R Y A desire for a rural home with easy access to the sea, led this pair to a former forge in Devon

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owners of this compact cottage in Dublin used clever design ideas to make the most of the available space A c c E N T O N c O L O U R Vibrant hues and eclectic finds give this London terrace its unique character A D I F F E R E N T A N G L E An inventive approach has resulted in a brave new look for this London house

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E A S T m E E T S W E S T A fusion of global influences


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W O R T H T H E WA I T Building their Rutland house


has given this Cairo apartment an exquisite new look

young family to grow inside this Cambridgeshire detached

meant taking on a huge project for one couple, but they are now reaping the rewards of all their efforts S U N N Y D E L I G H T These owners used fresh tones to bring a bright and breezy feel to their Leeds semi

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Practical and problem-solving doesn’t have to mean ugly and unstylish and these charmingly simple buys prove just that 1 FOCaL POINT Large Utility light in Cameo Blue, £69.95, Dotcomgiftshop 2 NaTURaL SELECTION Wooden scoops, £4.50 for set of three, National Trust Shop

3 ULTIMaTE ShELFIE Round Dorm shelving, £129, The Modern Nursery 4 PUT a LID ON IT Large storage pot in Chalkhill Blue, £27.95, Mini Moderns

5 TaKE a SEaT Skagerak Hven oak armchair, £499, Cloudberry Living 6 PLUMP IT UP Kadence woven cushion, £9, B&Q 7 SMaRT STORaGE Utility pot with leather handle in Milk White,

£34, LSA International 8 RIGhT STRIPE Revival recycled cotton throw, £60, Helen Moore at Black by Design 9 ChOP ChOP Round wooden board, £8, Matalan

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the hard stuff Add a touch of glamour to your home with smart marble accessories in chic shades of grey or with a hint of copper or brass 1 CUT ABOVE Marble chopping board, £9.99, homeSense 2 HANGING OUT Magnus pendant light, £84, Dar Lighting group

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3 UNDER COVER Marble print duvet set, £10, george home 4 CENTRE PIECE Copper and marble candle holder, £45, Amara 5 ON THE SURFACE Low Jinks coffee table, £345, Loaf

6 SWITCHED ON Marble and gold lamp, £45, J By Jasper Conran range, Debenhams 7 SlICE OF lIFE Just Slate marble cheeseboard with copper cheese knife, £54.99, Lakeland

8 SOFT TOUCH Marble-effect cushion, £10, JD williams 9 TREASURE TROVE Marble print trinket box, £25, Marks & Spencer 1 0 TABlE TAlk Marble coasters, £12 for 4, Sainsbury’s home

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ThE PROPERTY Villa, built in 1900 L O C AT I O N Essex R O O M S Hall, kitchen-diner, sitting room, dining room, study, conservatory, five bedrooms (two en suite), bathroom P U R C h A S E D 2008 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘Before moving here, we lived in a 17th-century listed cottage nearby, which we renovated ourselves,’ says Lottie.

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v i c to r i a n v i ll a | 25bh After twice missing out on the home of their dreams, Lottie and Simon Waugh eventually had the good fortune to secure the sale and make it their own FEATURE SARAH WARD | PhOTOgRAPhY JAMES FRENCH


A table and banquette seating area at the end of the island slots together when not in use. Simone faux-leather bar chairs, £179 each, John Lewis. For similar floor tiles, try Cashmere fossil limestone mini modular white brushed tiles, £79.59sq m, Topps Tiles

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t was a case of third time lucky when Lottie and Simon Waugh found their dream home in Essex. ‘We were living in an old, higgledy piggledy cottage,’ says Lottie, ‘but we desperately needed more space. When this house came onto the market we fell in love with it – the ceilings were high and the layout felt fluid. It needed lots of work but there was plenty of potential, plus it was near my parents and sister.’ The couple quickly put in an offer on the property, but were outbid. ‘When the first sale fell through, we were still keen to buy but we lost the house a second time,’ recalls Lottie. ‘We were so disappointed. Finally, though, the owner called us directly. He told us he was being mucked around by the buyers and asked if we’d like to proceed with the purchase. We were delighted!’ Once

they had moved in, Lottie and Simon began the first phase of the renovations. The house had been extended by previous owners but was in need of a complete internal facelift. ‘We started with our en-suite bathroom,’ says Lottie. ‘All the taps had seized up because no one had lived in the house for a long time, and I was desperate to install a separate shower – in our old cottage we’d had a shower over the bath to save space.’ They also ripped out the dated flooring – there was black-andwhite chequered vinyl in the hall and salmon pink carpet everywhere else – and put in wooden boards downstairs, and sleek limestone flooring in the kitchen. ‘The next step was to get the kitchen done,’ says Lottie. ‘The existing space was a narrow, galley shape, far too small for the

f a v o u r i t e f e a t u r e ‘The kitchen – it’s where we spend most of our time. It took a while to get the design right, but it was worth it as we love being in here’


The Shaker-style units look fresh and contemporary thanks to the cool colour scheme and modern quartz worktop. Cabinetry, price on request, Davonport. Island unit painted in Stiffkey Blue estate eggshell, £60 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball

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Soft shades of silver and lilac and a sofa in rich fabric make this a relaxing space for entertaining. Out There Interiors sells mirrored tables, from £250. Try the Plymouth ottoman in Tan stone leather, £339, Swoon Editions

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Shelves have been installed under the stairs to provide extra storage. Pagoda pendant, ÂŁ827, The Limehouse Lamp Company. Roger Oates sells striped stair runners, from ÂŁ889 for 7m

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d e s i g n i n s p i r a t i o n ‘We’ve stayed in some great hotels and I’ve got fantastic ideas from them. If I love the way a room feels, I’ll ask for details of the colours used, or where they sourced the furniture’ size of the house, and I was keen to create a large kitchen and open-plan living area where we could hang out with our son, Charlie, now 7.’ But their ideas for the new room soon hit a snag. ‘Halfway through the building work, we discovered a fireplace in the area we’d earmarked as the utility room, and realised it would have been perfect for a log burner in the open-plan family area – but it was too late to change our plans.’ Two years ago, however, the couple finally completed their vision by repositioning the utility room in the hall and installing their longed-for log burner. Lottie’s contemporary-meets-classic approach to decorating is evident throughout this elegant, light-filled home. Downstairs, an impressive entrance hall leads to the kitchen-diner and through to a striking sitting room and dining room, which the

couple use mainly for entertaining. Upstairs, the bedrooms have a modern, luxurious feel, and the same design philosophy extends to the conservatory and pool. ‘That part of the house was full of dark wood,’ says Lottie. ‘It was really oppressive and felt like a ship’s cabin. We decided to paint it white and put down porcelain floor tiles.’ The space doubles as a playroom for Charlie, and leads out to the pool area, which has been completely refurbished to create a cool, calm and streamlined feel. ‘Throughout the whole house, we wanted to create something gorgeous, that could also function as a comfortable family home,’ says Lottie. ‘That was our goal, and I’m so happy with the result. I’ve learnt that there’s no need to rush to make decisions – we’ve taken our time and I think it’s paid off.’


Toys are stowed away in large, built-in cabinets. Stars throw, £20, John Lewis. walls painted in French grey Pale absolute matt emulsion, £42 per 2.5 litres, Little greene

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Large windows bring in plenty of light and create a feeling of space. Antoinette king-size bed, £1,145, Loaf. the Southwold leather wing chair, £1,300, Laura Ashley, is a good alternative


The pretty yellow blind adds a shot of colour. bathstore sells classic roll-top baths, from £639. Mirror painted in Down Pipe estate eggshell, £60 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & ball


A French-style bed and delicate floral touches set the tone in this grey-and-white scheme. try Provence rattan white wooden bed frame, £699, time4Sleep. the white Company’s Provence table lamp, £95, would suit this setting

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a m e r i c a n n e w b u i ld | 25bh EXTERIOR TERRACE This large outdoor space is perfect for entertaining. idyll home’s evora teak chair, £615, has a contemporary look

California DREAMING Chrissy and Dave Butler created a chic new-build home that’s filled with light and colour FeatuRe Jane bowles | PhotogRaPhy Karen Millet/chilli Media

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Classic grey fittings and vibrant accents give this eclectic space a sophisticated, grown-up feel. try Lakeland Furniture’s bergen Yellow plastic dining chair, £59.99. Painting cabinets in Farrow & ball’s Down Pipe estate eggshell, £60 per 2.5 litres, would give a similar effect


Shades of sea and sand evoke a cool coastal vibe. the Hadley tan bar stool, £149, Dwell, could also work with this scheme. try the Hicks & Hicks Dynamic kitchen pendant light in light blue, £83


Chrissy used elaborate Moroccan-style tiles to create a vibrant splashback. Aziz wall tiles, £57sq m, Walls and Floors, are a good alternative


A display of books and flowers adds character. cox & cox’s large two-tone blush vase, £30, would suit this space. the Mineral Warehouse sells polished agate geodes, from £11 each


Decorative cushions make this window seat an inviting place to sit. For colourful cushions, try the selection at oka, from £44 each. the 6005 Zeus occasional table, £427, Nest, is equally as striking


ack in 2011, a work move caused Chrissy and Dave Butler and their four teenage children to relocate from Manhattan Beach in South Bay, Los Angeles. Having sold their house in California, they soon began to realise how much they missed having a home near the ocean. ‘Two years later, I was browsing online with the vague idea of finding another beach house for summers and holidays when a listing sparked my interest,’ says Chrissy. ‘I could hardly believe my eyes – a three-storey house with an extra-wide frontage on one of the highly sought-after “walkstreets”, just one block away from our previous home and a stone’s throw from the ocean. The house was also for sale at a reasonable price, because the housing bubble had burst the previous year.’ Chrissy showed the listing to Dave and they both agreed it was too good an opportunity to let slip away. ‘Our offer was accepted within a few hours, and we signed the papers the following morning,’ says Chrissy. Although the couple liked the location and dimensions of the house, the internal layout didn’t suit their lifestyle. ‘We looked at whether we could salvage anything, and decided it would just be easier to tear it all down and start from scratch,’ says Chrissy. She and Dave knew that


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The PRoPeRTy Detached new-build home L o c aT i o n Manhattan beach, Los Angeles R o o m s Hall, kitchen-diner/ sitting room, family room, cloakroom, seven bedrooms (four en suite), bathroom P u R c h a s e d 2011 PRevious PRoPeRTy ‘We used to have a beach house just around the corner from here,’ says chrissy.

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Chrissy chose a scheme of coastalinspired coral and teal. Loaf’s Jonesy corner sofa in Adriatic washed cotton linen, £2,705, has the look of this one. Katrina coffee table, £329, Swoon editions, would also work with this scheme. blocks pink rug, £165, the rugs Warehouse, is another geometric pastel rug


A bold side table is an eye-catching feature. For an alternative lamp, try the Heart of House Woodley ombre ceramic Grey table lamp, £39.99, Argos

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assembling the right team was essential to the success of the project. ‘We were lucky enough to work with the amazingly talented Grant Fitzpatrick of KAA Design and Matt Wachtfogel, a well known builder here in South Bay,’ says Chrissy. ‘Their attention to detail was quite extraordinary – it was a great collaboration, and they came in right on schedule and on budget, which was amazing.’ A key feature of the remodel was the open-plan kitchen, dining and living spaces, which give the house a sense of flow. ‘The sitting room windows open out onto an interior courtyard, which gives the whole house a wonderful indoor-outdoor feel,’ explains Chrissy. Once the structural work was complete, Chrissy turned her attention to the decorating scheme. She enlisted the services of Parrish Chilcoat of Cameron Design and Joe Lucas of Lucas Studio. ‘At the time the two designers were working together from Joe Lucas’s LA store, Harbinger, so I was familiar with their style already,’ explains Chrissy. ‘Right from the start, they totally understood my thoughts about the house and the Pinterest boards I shared. I adore colour and I wanted to use it tastefully. I also wanted a coastal look, since we live so close to the ocean, but with plenty of grown-up, sophisticated touches. Rather than seashells


Patterned curtains enliven this otherwise neutral space. Kirkby Puzzle fabric, £28.50m, Anna & beau, is a bold choice


‘This nook is our children’s favourite place to read,’ says Chrissy. Maisons du Monde sells yellow cushion covers, from £11.99 each. the cotswold company’s seagrass storage basket, £25, is identical


A smart grey and brown scheme strikes a grown-up note in this teenager’s space. chic Shack’s Hampton bunk bed, £998, would look similar painted in Farrow & ball’s Mahogany estate eggshell, £60 per 2.5 litres. Little Greene’s French Grey Dark intelligent eggshell, £59 per 2.5 litres, is a match for the ceiling colour


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everywhere, I was aiming for more of a Cape Cod beach house style, with lots of vibrant colour.’ Structural elements such as tongue-andgroove panelled ceilings, barn doors and classic cabinetry laid the foundation for the coastal scheme, which was then enhanced by a palette of teal, aquamarine and grey, complemented by a rainbow of accents including gold, rose pink, green and coral. Bespoke contemporary furniture was commissioned by Parrish Chilcoat, adding unique, eclectic touches to the scheme, softened with natural textiles including tweed and leather. ‘Parrish occasionally presented me with bold choices that really pushed me out of my comfort zone, getting me to say yes to certain fabrics and quirky pieces of furniture which I would normally have said no to,’ admits Chrissy. ‘Looking back now, I’m so glad I agreed, because they’ve become my favourite pieces.’ Now that the house is complete, it’s the ideal space for Chrissy and Dave’s busy social and family life. ‘Entertaining in this house is a breeze,’ says Chrissy. ‘We have the public walkstreet patio for times when we’re feeling sociable and want to enjoy an early evening glass of wine with our neighbours. Then there’s the inner courtyard for when we just want to be with family and friends. This really is the perfect house for us.’ 24 | 2 5 b h o c to b er 2017

MASTER BEDROOM Soft pastel tones make this a restful space. Loaf’s berlin armchair in chalky Pink Vintage velvet, £895, could also work here. the white company’s Ardleigh double duvet cover, £100, is an elegant alternative


Mirrored furniture lends a sophisticated air. For a chest of drawers like this, try the large three-drawer Venetian chest, £767, out there Interiors. Very’s gallery triangle geo cushion, £24.99, is a similar design

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t h e P R o P e R t y Red brick cottage, built in 1887 L o c at i o n lincoln R o o m s hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, three bedrooms, bathroom P u R c h a s e d 2007 PRevious PRoPeRty ‘Before buying this place, we lived in a semi-detached new build in the same area,’ says Clara.


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The footstool was an antiques fair find. ‘I love hunting down old pieces,’ says Clara. ‘I sell brocante home accessories at my Etsy store, Hygge and Home.’ Rabbit cushions, £12 each, both habitat. deer head, £60; wool blanket, £80, both hygge and home

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‘A U-shaped layout keeps the work area enclosed and everything close to hand,’ says Clara. Units painted in Pavilion Gray estate eggshell, £60 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball. Tap, £422, Perrin & Rowe. Try the Villeroy & Boch Farmhouse 60 sink, £227, Wayfair


hen Clara Trussler spotted this Lincolnshire farmer’s cottage for sale, her heart skipped a beat. ‘I hadn’t even been inside before I told my husband Mark that this was where I wanted us to live,’ she says. ‘It was my dream cottage with lots of character – a place to start a family.’ In July 2007, the couple had been looking to sell their new-build and move closer to Lincoln and the cottage fitted the bill. ‘The place had been owned by an elderly couple and had escaped modern updates,’ says Clara. The compact layout featured a tiny sitting room and a kitchen with a few basic units. Along the back was a lean-to 1970s sun room. There was a shower room in the hall, and the dining room was bright pink with matching carpets and an ancient gas fireplace. Upstairs, the 2 5 b h O C TO B ER 2017 | 27

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The beautiful parquet flooring originally came from a school in Doncaster and Clara had it fitted by a local joiner. walls painted in Lamp Room gray estate emulsion, £43.50 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball. Dining chairs painted in Antique white, £10 per 750ml, Rust-Oleum. For a similar table, try Loaf, £695

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bedrooms were fitted with dated wardrobes, and the bathroom had an avocado-coloured suite. ‘The house was so damp that wallpaper was hanging off,’ adds Clara. With no renovation experience, the couple got stuck in. ‘We wanted to create a larger kitchen, an extra bedroom and a generous living space. We came up with the layout ourselves, and had plans drawn up.’ On a tight budget, the pair took on most of the work themselves. They stripped away outdated fixtures and fittings, and knocked plaster off the walls to get at the source of the damp. In the front bedroom, they discovered the remains of a fireplace that had been hidden for years behind the ugly fitted wardrobes. Once the walls were hacked back, they were injected with dampproofing solution, then plastered. ‘Our friends helped us out which kept us on budget,’ says Clara. ‘One friend did some plastering while another fitted the bathroom tiles in return for home cooked meals.’ As Clara and Mark worked through the house, they discovered more period features hidden away. ‘We found a fireplace archway in the dining room which we left exposed,’ says Clara. ‘Mark hired a digger and started on the foundations for the kitchen and side extension – he even built and tiled the roof himself with the help of our neighbours.’ The kitchen itself was built by a local joiner. ‘We couldn’t afford the whole kitchen at once so we got items made as and when we could afford them,’ adds Clara. ‘We’ve all become close over the years, and our children, Eliza and Isaac, are now friends with his children.’ When it came to the finishing touches, Clara turned to nature for inspiration, furnishing her home with antique finds, wooden pieces and rustic shapes, with walls painted in soft, neutral tones. ‘Living in the countryside, I take inspiration from nature,’ she says. ‘We picked objects made from natural materials like wood, clay and wool that add depth, texture and warmth. I love our home and how it evolves as our tastes and style develop. One thing we’ll never tire of is looking out of the window, taking in the views over the fields.’

d e c o r a t i n g t i p ‘Use a similar palette throughout so there’s a flow from room to room – especially in a smaller property’ BAThrOOM

This compact space has been given a chic country aesthetic with cool slate flooring and wooden accessories. ‘It was just a basic suite but I picked a heritage style sink to suit the age of the house,’ explains Clara. For similar mosaic wall tiles try Slate square tiles in quartzite, £7.25 per sheet, walls and Floors. wall paint, All white estate emulsion, £43.50 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball. Coat hooks, £24, Nkuku


A painted chest of drawers from a local antiques shop fits snuggly into an alcove creating a useful dressing area. Find a comparable chest of drawers at Scumble goosie, from £317. Lamp, £34, Dunelm. Cath Kidston Antique Rose Bouquet bedding has this look, from £65 for a double


A modern woodland theme has been achieved in here with a striking wall mural and animal-themed accessories. The Oliver children’s single bed in bronze is a match, £475, Feather & Black. Fiona walker wolf wall-mounted animal head, £69.95, Bijou

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Fionnuala and Matt Oomen threw out the rule book by adding elements of their loft-living past to their Victorian home FeATURe Jo leeverS | PhOTOGRAPhY racHael SMitH

Dining area Stylish seating enhances a simple wooden table. cH24 Wishbone chair, £647; cH20 elbow chair, £709, both Hans J Wegner at the conran Shop. rangoli rug, £1,611, Nanimarquina

pe r i o d s e m i | 25bh Sitting room mid-century design classics work inside the Victorian architectural frame. Matador chair, £1,195; footstool, £415, both content by terence conran. Noguchi coffee table, £1,890, the conran Shop


home truths The PROPeRTY victorian double-fronted semi L O c AT i O n South london R O O m s Hall, sitting room, kitchen-diner, utility room, cloakroom, playroom, five bedrooms, bathroom P U R c h A s e d 2012 PReviOUs PROPeRTY ‘We lived in a converted printing factory in london,’ says Fionnuala.


hen Fionnuala and Matt Oomen left their central London factory apartment for a more family-friendly home, they took their sense of style with them. ‘We moved here from a big,open-plan loft-like space that was interrupted only by pillars,’ says Fionnuala. However, once their first child, Lorcan, came along, rooms without borders became more of an issue. ‘We needed a different kind of home for life with a toddler – and we longed for a garden, too.’ Now, with Lorcan, 6, and second son Elis, 3, the couple live in a five-bedroom Victorian house in south London, which has given them ‘space to breathe’. The couple loved its classic double-fronted proportions, wide hall and period features. But Fionnuala and Matt were not ready to ditch their love of contemporary art and

furniture for a traditional look. ‘A Victorian house doesn’t mean you have to emulate period style,’ says Fionnuala. ‘We liked the idea of something creative – adding a slightly more contemporary character to this lovely frame.’ Their plans started at the top, with an innovative but sympathetic loft extension, which includes three rear-facing dormer windows as part of a conversion that changed the roof structure from hip to gable. ‘We didn’t want a standard addition,’ says Fionnuala. The couple are well versed in inspiring architecture and the Vitra Design Museum is Matt’s favourite building. ‘This design by A Small Studio is an example of creative architecture on a more domestic scale,’ says Fionnuala. ‘It’s both beautiful to view from outside and brilliant to live in.’ The conversion makes the most of the space, with a master bedroom, dressing area 2 5 b h o c to b er 2017 | 31

Kitchen the couple gave the existing units new character by painting them deep blue. Units painted in Stiffkey blue estate eggshell, £60 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & ball. Similar storage jars, from £10, House of Fraser

and en suite which all flow, as a gentle reminder of the open-plan living that the couple already loved. ‘Lots of bespoke furniture were a must, too,’ continues Fionnuala. ‘I love having efficient storage – it means your home looks calmer because clutter doesn’t accumulate so easily.’ The living spaces already had a similarly open-plan feel, with the double sitting room leading into the dining area and the kitchen around the corner. On the ground floor, a playroom, cloakroom and utility room are the only spaces behind closed doors. ‘Moving from a warehouse, we didn’t want to go into a house that had a series of small boxy rooms,’ says Fionnuala. ‘So for us, this was a great compromise.’ The couple did have to trade in some of the larger pieces of furniture from their loft-living past, but refreshed their look with designs that hail from the mid32 | 2 5 b h o c to b er 2017

century or show its influence. So a Terence Conran wing chair is more recent, but slips easily into place next to classics by Hans J Wegner and Charles Eames. ‘We chose shapes that have endured and convey a sense of poise,’ says Fionnuala. Lighting is suitably minimal in the hall and the loft extension, while the sitting room has a more decorative chandelier. The couple have also brought home special finds from their travels that include a mask from South Africa and ceramics from Canada and Nepal. ‘After all, a pot or picture means more if you remember where you bought it,’ smiles Fionnuala. The loft extension is now the couple’s favourite space, loved by both of them for its sense of calm and simplicity. ‘It’s been a wonderful project,’ reflects Fionnuala, ‘and just shows how you can breathe new life into a period home.’


S ta i r S the freestanding solid-oak staircase was built off-site and slotted together in situ, introducing a contemporary mood in the top floor. Similar clock, £89, Heal’s


bedroom a Velux skylight increases the fresh an airy feel. extension by A Small Studio, built by Produk. octo pendant light, from £660, Secto at twentytwentyone


maSter bedroom a bare-brick wall hints at loft living. recreate this look

with Albany Wallpapers brick in 31045 red, £11.50 per roll, Wallpaper Direct


dreSSing area Seamless bespoke carpentry makes the most of every inch of space. the painting is by Kate Felton, similar works, from £550


maSter b at h r o o m a turquoise tub make this a refreshing scheme. the Astoria blue 1710 bath, £480, Victorian Plumbing, is similar. try brixton tiles, £67.56sq m, topps tiles


hall the property’s handsome entrance benefits from a lighting update. Plane short chandelier, £990, tom Dixon. Adnet mirror, £559, the conran Shop


bedroom Velvet curtains lend drama to a top-floor reading nook. eames Vitra Ltr side table, £186; eames rAr rocker, £465; IcF2 floor lamp by Michael Anastassiades for Flos, £735, all the conran Shop


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maSter en Suite a black-framed windows in the loft extension is a highlight of this bathing space. Lagoon bath, £2,099, bathstore. try Urban Anthracite floor tiles, £17.24sq m, topps tiles

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maSter bedroom ample storage and handcrafted furniture keep the mood simple. bespoke furniture by tekton carpentry. Muji’s walnut bed, £450, is similar

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east meets west Fusing Egyptian, Dutch and Scandi influences, Souraya and Mahmoud Hassan’s apartment sums up their cross-cultural heritage FeatuRe Serena FokSchaner | PhotogRaPhy Souraya haSSan

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The pRopeRTy A modern apartment L o c aT i o n cairo, egypt R o o m s Sitting room/ kitchen-diner, office, three bedrooms, two bathrooms p u R c h a s e d 2016 pRevious pRopeRTy ‘this is our first home,’ says Souraya. ‘I grew up in Holland; my husband lived in a cairo suburb.’

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Sitting rOOM Souraya’s artistic flair has pulled together pieces from around the world. Zuiver gold table, £109, cuckooland. Puik Art rafe glass carafe, £30, trouva, is similar. Graham and Green sells a selection of Moroccan leather pouffes, £130 each

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Kitchen-diner Warm-toned traditional egyptian tiles blend with cool blues and whites. For similar tiles, try Kasbah, £23sq m, tons of tiles. Grange dining table, £1,499, Heal’s has the same look. tygo pendant light, £88, Karwei, is comparable

Office A glass wall was added to separate Souraya and Mahmoud’s working area. Zuiver oMG chairs, £ 140 each, Lefliving. Dutchbone cubo pendant light, £72, Houseology


ausing on a whistle-stop tour of her Cairo apartment, Souraya Hassan points out some of her favourite pieces. There is the burnished gold table from Holland, a glass carafe, hand-blown in Egypt, and a slender candlestick from Sweden. It is a cross-cultural trio that sums up the style of this home; a fluent East-West combination, where cool Scandi tones and streamlined shapes chime with the warmer, hand-crafted textures that come from Middle Eastern design. The Nordic brightness of the apartment is immediately striking. ‘Traditional Egyptian interiors are quite dark,’ says Souraya, a photographer and designer, who lives here with her actor-filmmaker husband, Mahmoud. ‘This place was a mix of purple and red with brown doors. So the first thing I did was to

paint everything white.’ Underfoot, sombre tiles were swapped for milk-pale wood flooring. The fluttering linen curtains also depart from convention. ‘Most Cairanese cover their windows in heavy drapery to keep out the heat, but I wanted to capitalise on the light,’ says Souraya, ‘so thank goodness for the air conditioning!’ The layout of the capacious living area is also unconventional. ‘Egyptian homes are designed for large family gatherings with lots of sofas,’ says Souraya, ‘but as we both work from home, Mahmoud had the idea of dividing the space with glass walls to create our home office.’ The kitchen was also given a northern twist: dark units are painted white with rustic open shelves for crockery and glassware. The apartment’s well-travelled style mirrors Souraya’s own outlook. Born in the Netherlands to an Egyptian father and Dutch 2 5 b h o c to b er 2017 | 37

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mother, she spent childhood holidays in Cairo. ‘I was so inspired by my trips that I painted my room purple, gold and pink,’ she laughs. Souraya met her Cairo-born husband two years ago. ‘Things moved pretty quickly,’ she says. ‘I’m lucky he’s a fan of the all-white Scandi look; it’s such a contrast to what he grew up with.’ The couple now divide their time between the Netherlands and Egypt, where Souraya is developing artisanal products inspired by traditional ‘olla’ carafes, as part of her brand, Binti Home. ‘I’m part of a new generation of designers who are mixing European designs with traditional Egyptian craftsmanship,’ she explains. ‘Since moving here I’ve learnt to adapt my working day to the climate, so meetings are either early or at night,’ she continues. One

of her favourite haunts is the Nile island of Zamalek where the narrow tangle of streets reminds her of old Amsterdam. Or the Khan el-Khalili souk, where she unearthed the brass pendant lamps. The kitchen tiles were another local find; the rustic ochre bowls come from Fayoum, Egypt’s centre of pottery production. The traditional bentwood Ahwa café chairs were given a pale blue makeover, while the sofa is from the recently opened local Ikea. In the bedroom, Souraya made a tall ‘headboard’ from woodeffect wallpaper to emphasise the high ceiling, while a circular mirror with inlaid mother-of-pearl, seals the glamorous feel. ‘This home says everything about our tastes,’ reflects Souraya. ‘We’ve created a harmonious blend of many different styles.’

b at h r o o m the once red-and-purple scheme was updated with soft, pale tones. rågrund towel rack chair, £35, Ikea

maStEr bEdroom Feature wallpaper creates a striking bedhead, which highlights the scale of the room. Floyd throw, £87; Lola circle cushion, £31, both Fest Amsterdam

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s e e t h e r e s t o f s o u r aya a n d m a h m o u d ’ s h o m e SIttING room Earth tones and pastels work beautifully against the mint-green wall. the butterfly chair in brown leather, £510, out there Interiors, has a similar look

b at h r o o m traditional encaustic tiles bring colour and pattern to the light-filled rooms. For similar tiles, try reflections porcelain encaustic tiles, ÂŁ52sq m, Alhambra home

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Baroque of ages Di Overton used her creative skills to turn a dark and dated cottage into a stylish home filled with vintage finds FEATURE HAZEL DOLAN | PhOTOgRAPhY BRENT DARBY


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ThE PROPERTY 17th/18th-century stone cottage L O C AT I O N Northumberland R O O M S Hall, sitting room, kitchen-diner, laundry room, two bedrooms, bathroom P U R C h A S E D 1997 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘Our last home was a townhouse in Newcastle, with elaborate ceilings and a library,’ says Di.

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Pale stone-coloured walls create a cool and restful backdrop for unusual finds, including gilt letters salvaged from a pub sign and an antique French Empire-style sofa. Wall paint, Chalky Downs mixing flat matt, £25.72 per 2.5 litres, Dulux. Take a look at the Giovanna sofa, £1,425, Barker & Stonehouse


White chairs make a dramatic contrast with dark walls, while a birch trunk (far right) forms part of the breakfast bar. Baroque candle holders, £49 each, Shabby Store, are a match. For terracotta pots, try small thumb pots, £2.50 each, Mabel & Rose


Di and Harvey built the leather-topped bench. Chalkboard, made to order, Ghost Furniture


A beautiful desk and filing cupboard keeps paperwork stowed away neatly. Chesterfields Direct sells captain’s chairs, from £379

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The freestanding bath has internal lighting to give a relaxing glow. Ltt Light tub bath, price on application, wet


A cast-iron staircase leads to the bedrooms. try barber and osgerby olio black teapot, £55, royal Doulton

MASTER BEDROOM An antique French cot makes a cosy day bed. Zara home sells floral cushions, from £19.99


Pretty vintage lace bought in the South of France adorns the bed. holly willoughby henrietta white bedspread, £80, Dunelm, would work well in here


hen Di Overton first came across this Northumberland cottage, she was living in a townhouse in Newcastle, and although having a weekend retreat was her partner Harvey Roll’s dream rather than her own, Di was still keen to see the property. ‘As we pulled up outside,’ she recalls, ‘I said, “This is tiny! Shall we even bother looking?” But the owner was standing, waiting. So we went in, saw the views, looked at each other and both said, “Yes!”.’ Reinvention is what Di does best. As the designer-owner of Ghost Furniture, she takes vintage pieces and creates something new. The couple’s cottage, too, has been reworked for each stage of their ownership, from its early days as a weekend bolthole to its most recent – Harvey sadly died three years ago – as Di’s full-time home. When they bought it, the cottage had been a holiday let and needed to be modernised. ‘The fireplace had an electric fire in it and the bathroom was avocado and only had a shower,’ says Di. Over time, they improved the interior with a new kitchen and bathroom. It was only in 2006, when they decided to sell their townhouse and move to Northumberland, that the couple thought of extending. With the help of a planner friend, they drew up a design to almost double the original footprint, creating a large open-plan

kitchen and living area, and above it, moving the bathroom from the back of the original cottage, to the side, and adding a large master bedroom. With the luxury of space, they were free to section off a generous kitchen-dining area, leaving plenty of room for a sitting room and study space for each of them. Aged and worn items work well with the cottage’s relaxed interior style. ‘I looked for reclaimed flooring,’ says Di, ‘but it was a ludicrous price for boards so thick that they would reduce the head height here, so we just put normal floorboards in and bashed them with chains. When the builders were working here, I was saying, “Scrape things over them…”. They couldn’t believe it.’ Vintage fabrics, offbeat finds from French brocantes and favourite antiques all come into the decorating mix. Di’s wit and flair is evident in quirky details, such as the piece of silver birch tree trunk that supports the breakfast bar in the kitchen. Now she is planning a six-month sabbatical, dividing her time between visiting her daughter in France and son in Barcelona. Elegant as the interior is, it is the surrounding countryside Di loves best and will miss the most. ‘I look out of the two windows at the front and every day the view is different,’ she says. ‘It’s like having two ever-changing oil paintings on your wall.’

DECORATING TIP ‘A mix of old and new, shabby and pristine or large and small, creates an eclectic and interesting home. Be brave and experiment – it will be well worth it’

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the pRopeRty cottage, built in the late 1800s L o c At I o N Dublin R o o m S Sitting room, kitchen, study, bedroom, shower room p U R c h A S e d 2016 pReVIoUS pRopeRty ‘this is our first home together,’ says Julie.

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f a v o u r i t e r o o m ‘I love the sitting room with its workstation in the corner; it’s very bright but still cosy and I like being able to see the street and who is coming to call’ Sitting room Julie and Julian’s colourful pieces pop against the crisp white backdrop. ekero orange chair, £130, Ikea; its Kivit sofa, £774, is similar to this one. tripod table, £45, april and the bear

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Shower room extra light filters through from the dining area beyond. glass window blocks, price on request, chadwicks

Kitchen Pale coloured units and walls make this compact galley area feel more spacious. Kitchen units in grey gloss, £3,400, elphin Fitted Furniture. goldfish wall clock, £35; cornflakes tray, £12, both Harvey Norman

Study A deep blue wall colour helps define this space while also adding bold character. Walls painted in Marine blue intelligent matt emulsion, £47 per 2.5 litres, Little greene

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dining AreA Julie bought this table for the outside space, but it found a home here. patio table, £175 set with two chairs (not shown), Woodie’s DIY. Jokkmokk chairs, £18 each, Ikea

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Bedroom ‘Lowering the ceiling has made this small room feel more cosy,’ says Julie. Nordli bedside tables, £60 each, Ikea. artwork, Fionnuala Nolan


piraling house prices in Dublin meant that Julie O’Brien, an artist and photographer, and her boyfriend Julian Palmer, a photographer, despaired of ever being able to afford to move out of their parents’ homes. ‘There was very little even to rent in Dublin,’ says Julie. Then her father, property scout and designer Wesley O’Brien, spotted this tiny rundown cottage as an investment project. ‘It was very small,’ she says, ‘but Dad was sure he could make something of it, and he’s really good at renovations.’ The cottage had been in the same family for generations, and had hardly been altered from the original layout. There was no bathroom, only an outside toilet, and the kitchen consisted of an ancient gas cooker and a Belfast sink in a tiny scullery. ‘The house was untouched, which was what attracted me to it,’ explains Wesley. ‘The ceilings were 3.35 metres high, and there was a reasonably sized back yard to use for an extension.’ Wesley worked on a new design while the house was gutted. ‘The main problem was that there was no place for a sofa in the sitting room,’ he explains. ‘It had an internal porch one side and an unusual diagonal wall shared with the room on the other.’ This was solved by taking out the internal porch and shifting the diagonal wall to create space for a three-seater sofa opposite the fireplace. The original plan to install radiators was changed to

underfloor heating, freeing up more wall space. The beige-tiled 1950s fireplace was removed and the surround brought back to its original shape. Julie and Julian wanted at least two separate workstations where they could work on projects, so overhead shelves and a wider desk shelf were added to the niche beside the fireplace. ‘ Another oddity was that the bedroom ceiling was also very high, so the room seemed taller than it was long,’ explains Julie. ‘Dad suggested dropping the height to add an attic for storage, which we did. There was enough space for a reasonable extension, so I wanted to have a good-quality bright kitchen,’ says Wesley. ‘We used the full height of the space, bringing the units up to the ceiling to provide valuable extra storage in such a small house.’ With the building work done, Julie set about making the house comfortable and giving it a unique identity on a miniscule budget. ‘I prefer an eclectic look anyway so we gathered old and recycled pieces from markets and internet sites and mixed them with Ikea and DIY store buys,’ she says. ‘We painted the study a deep marine blue, which seemed bold at first, but was a stroke of genius, because it becomes a totally separate space and makes the house feel larger.’ It didn’t take long for the couple to settle into their new home. ‘It’s very small but feels spacious enough for two,’ says Julie. ‘We love the location and can cycle everywhere – we’re very happy here.’

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ou may be short on square footage, but that doesn’t mean compromising on style, as Julie and Julian have proved in their two-bedroom cottage. They have created a light-filled space that is full of character by employing some clever visual tricks. First, assess what you have to work with. For a warren of small, cramped rooms, this could mean structural changes such as removing walls to open up the space and let more light in. Architects are trained to see potential that you may not otherwise spot, so consider consulting one if you need some expert help. Ask for recommendations, or search on the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) website.

Expand the space Start with the backdrop to maximise light and space. Stick to pale, neutral hues throughout. Feature walls picked out in bolder hues are an option, but need careful thought to make sure they

enhance the room’s dimensions. A long, narrow room can benefit from an end wall in a darker shade to create the illusion of a wider space. Lay the same flooring throughout, and remove doors (or swap for pocket or concertina models) to make the area feel larger.

Think twice Choose furniture with simple shapes and invest in pieces with more than one function. An ottoman can double as seating and a coffee table, and look out for sofas and beds with hidden storage. Avoid bulky items in favour of pieces on legs – the space beneath creates a feeling of lightness. Go for a fold-out table to create a dining area that can be packed away if needed. Keep on top of clutter, and be clever with storage, using stud walls to create niche shelves or slim cupboards. Consider a wall of built-in floor-to-ceiling cupboards to keep clutter hidden – frosted glass or mirrored doors will reflect the light to visually expand the space.

professional advice ‘First, utilise the space you have, without adding extra pieces of furniture. in the bedroom, make the most of under-bed storage and integrate shelf space on the top and sides of the headboard so you have no need for a pair of bedside tables. interior storage is also key. Choose furniture and accessories with a small footprint. Think narrow shoe cabinets, rails and pegs to hang in the hall. Furniture items are now designed with smaller rooms and houses in mind. if you are short on dining space, use beautifully designed extendable tables and fold-away chairs that can be brought out when you have extra guests. Think about clever hideaway storage; drawer tidies and items that fit in wardrobes have become increasingly clever. Perspex boxes are a great solution when it comes to keeping kitchens and bedrooms organised. Paint walls and trims in different shades from the same colour family to make the space feel bigger. Stripes on carpets will make an area seem larger – you don’t need to go for bright colours, neutrals work well for these items.’ PhiliPPa PRinsloo, John LewiS

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future perfect A child-friendly layout, multifunctional spaces and timeless decor have resulted in a home with plenty of room to grow for the Ballantyne family FeatuRe EMMA J PAGE | PhotogRaPhy RACHAEL SMITH

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SITTING ROOM A mix of checks, florals and a striped wallpaper demonstrates Jenny’s passion for pattern. Padstow sofas in Duck Egg, from £1,099 each, John Lewis. Eaton Stripe wallpaper in Sea Spray, £40 per roll, Laura Ashley. Interior design, Jenny Ballantyne

home truths the PRoPeRty Modern detached house L o c at i o n Cambridgeshire R o o m s Hall, sitting room, kitchen-diner, study, utility room, cloakroom, playroom, four bedrooms (one en suite), bathroom P u R c h a s e d 2014 PRevious PRoPeRty ‘We moved here from a semi in nearby Chatteris,’ says Jenny.

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here are not many house hunters who hit the jackpot straight away, but in the case of interior designer Jenny Ballantyne, the very first property she viewed had everything she was looking for. With a generous garden, large bedrooms for Harry, 9, and Molly, 4, and a location right between countryside and village, this Cambridgeshire house ticked every box. ‘We’d outgrown our previous home, which was a semi on a high street,’ says Jenny. ‘And this property, built 15 years ago, had so much potential, with a sunny aspect and a summerhouse in the garden.’ Though Jenny’s husband Iain, a quantity surveyor, was not as keen to move initially, he soon realised that this house was too good to give up. When the family moved in, they replaced a kitchen window with full-length glazed doors, transformed the garage into a playroom and made the summerhouse useable all year round. And when it came to the decor, Jenny was inspired by their regular trips to Cornwall. ‘I wanted to give our home a permanent holiday feeling,’ she explains. ‘So blue became the obvious colour, imbuing the house with an airiness and a subtle coastal theme.’ This is seen clearly in the kitchen and utility room. ‘In some ways, it was a bold choice,’ says Jenny, ‘but choosing this statement blue has added impact.’ Function is just as important as form in this house and every space has been created

KITCHEN-dINER With a dining table, sofa and island unit, this room is perfect for all the family to gather in. Shaker Kitchen units in Dainty Blue, price on request, Mereway Kitchens. Feature wall painted in Yacht Blue, £43 perr 2.5 litres, Sanderson

LANdING Jenny opted for a striped looped carpet for texture and interest. Sail Away Vintage wallpaper in Neutral, £46.40 per roll, Sanderson

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MASTER BEDROOM ‘This room felt long and narrow,’ says Jenny, ‘so we counteracted that with a statement wall.’ Nightingale wallpaper in Shadow, £50.40 per roll, Prestigious Textiles at Wallpaper Direct. Tallulah pendant light, £150, John Lewis

GUEST BEDROOM A simple scheme is lifted by the addition of colourful throws and patterned curtains. Beautiful Birds wallpaper in Duck Egg, £10 per roll, Dunelm

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with communal living in mind. The kitchen island allows Jenny to keep an eye on the children while she cooks, a reading nook in the sitting room invites relaxation while still being in the thick of things. And a blanket box in the master bedroom provides the perfect spot for the children to watch TV so that the family can relax together on weekend mornings. ‘It was important to create a multifunctional home rather than one with separate rooms for different uses,’ explains Jenny. Having two young children has not stopped Jenny indulging in her passion for fabric and pattern. The wallpapers she has chosen add a softening touch – from the boat-themed design on the landing and the bird motif in the master bedroom to Harry’s Cath Kidston car print. ‘It’s all about balancing a pleasing scheme with practicality,’ reflects Jenny. Adding character to her home has also opened new doors for Jenny, who used to work in human resources and has recently started an interior design company. ‘My career gave me a gift for connecting with people,’ she explains, ‘while decorating my home has lead to a passion for interiors. Launching the business enabled me to combine both those skills.’ And she is sure that the key to a happy home is filling it with the people and objects you love the most. ‘If I can help others to achieve that result with as much success as we have,’ Jenny says, ‘I’ll be very happy.’

EN SUITE Mosaic and metro tiles bring contrast and character to this compact space. Marblemosaics sells Natural Stone Real River Pebble Mosaic tiles, £29.99sq m

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HARRY’S BEDROOM A Union Jack chest of drawers and a classic wallpaper design add a retro feel. Try kids teepee play tent, £34, Hobbycraft

M O L LY ’ S B E D R O O M The wrought-iron bed doubles up as a sofa for Molly’s friends. Amy bed, £249, Dreams. Antique Rose Bouquet wallpaper, £25 per roll, Cath Kidston

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the pRopeRty Late-Victorian semi l o c at i o n South London R o o m s Sitting room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, two studies, two bedrooms, dressing room, bathroom, two shower rooms p u R c h a s e d 2009 p R e v i o u s h o m e ‘before moving here, Simon and i each had flats nearby,’ says Jody.

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Sleek pale units offer a cool, modern feel. units, price on application, Nick williams. walls painted in Slaked Lime emulsion, £21 per litre, Little greene

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‘We love entertaining, and in the future we’d like to install an outdoor kitchen,’ says Jody. try catania outdoor furniture, from £129 for a bench,

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Jody Shaw knew he had found an unloved gem when he saw this semi-detached south London property. ‘It was the perfect place to try out my project management and interior design skills,’ he says. ‘It was crying out for renovation.’ Jody, who is a qualified solicitor but wanted to retrain as an interior designer, had already remodelled a Victorian garden flat with his engineer sister, learning about full-scale renovation the hard way. ‘my sister taught me invaluable skills regarding load-bearing walls and which doors and windows can and can’t be moved,’ says Jody. So, when

he and his partner Simon bought this property in 2009, Jody felt ready to take on a new project. the house was in a sorry state – aluminium windows had replaced the original sash designs and lots of original period features had been stripped out. When work began, the builders removed seven skips of waste from the garden. ‘much of this was three layers of patio that had lead to years of damp building up internally, so all plasterwork, windows and floorboards had to go,’ explains Jody. the builders also removed a breeze-block structure at the end of the kitchen, which housed a shower, WC and wet room, none of which met building

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Vibrant lime and teal accessories echo the colours in the artwork and enliven the neutral scheme. Aria sofa, £2,900, Amode. bespoke ottoman, Footstools & More. Poolside Gossip by Slim Aarons, from a selection, classic Prints

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Warm taupe and cream create a restful mood. beddin Mosaic wallpaper, £72 per roll, Zoffany. try the Penny table lamp, £40, John Lewis

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Jody inherited the chic tub chair from his late grandmother. chair upholstered in Acid yellow chartreuse silk, £50m, Designers guild

d e c o r a t i n g t i p ‘Try out colours and fabrics in all lights as they can look so different. Hang samples where they will be installed’ Bathroom

regulations. meanwhile, Jody drew up plans to improve the overall flow. ‘I wanted a relaxed way of living, but didn’t want to go open plan,’ he says. ‘We retained the smaller windows at the rear and redirected the flow through the dining room. the space between the sitting and dining rooms was widened to create one nice, broad reception area.’ two years ago, when Simon wanted to create a larger master suite, Jody reassembled his team of specialists. the plans included sacrificing a guest bedroom for a large bathroom, dressing room and cloakroom. With plenty of steel and clever engineering, the loft was turned into a study and studio,

while a new floor at the rear now has a guest suite and shower room. In terms of inspiration, Jody recalls scouring magazines as a child. ‘I also learnt a lot from my mother, who ran a soft furnishing business,’ he says. Jody went for a formal look in the sitting and dining areas, a modern pop-art kitchen/breakfast room, and Little Greene’s Slaked Lime on most walls. ‘It’s sympathetic to period details,’ he adds. ‘the experience I’ve gained from working on this property has meant I’ve been able to set up my own interior design business Jody Shaw Designs,’ says Jody. ‘But, more importantly, it has resulted in our forever home.’

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Templated mirrors are a relatively inexpensive way of adding a sense of space and luxury. bette Starlet bath, £499, bathrooms At Source

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The new fireplace suits this classically proportioned room. Fireplace, £5,500, chesneys . Walls painted in cotton iv pure matt emulsion, £46.50 per 2.5 litres, Paint & Paper Library. alicia sofas, £2,059 each, tetrad


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the PRoPeRty Detached house, built in 1865 L o c at I o N Huddersfield P u R c h a S e d 2000 R o o m S Sitting room, dining room, kitchen, breakfast room, tv room, five bedrooms (two en suite), bathroom PRevIouS PRoPeRty ‘We had a 200-year-old farmhouse nearby,’ says Suzi.

It took Suzi Ellis just five minutes to seal the deal on her Victorian home – before calling her husband to tell him she had just bought a house. ‘I instinctively knew that it was right,’ she says. ‘Richard had faith in me and, fortunately, loved it, too.’ The couple had been searching for a solid period house for over a year and this one ticked all the boxes. It had original features, a rural location and a beautiful garden. It also had room for improvement inside. ‘The decor was very dated and the layout was all wrong,’ says Suzi, founder of The English Cabinet Company. ‘The dining room was as far away from the kitchen as it could be and there were more sitting areas than anyone could ever need. It all seemed very dark and disjointed.’ But the feature which sealed it for Suzi was the kitchen – the existing cabinetry was from her husband’s family furniture firm, JT Ellis. ‘It was serendipity,’ she says. They moved in while Suzi was expecting their second daughter, agreeing to live there for a year before starting to make changes. ‘I think that lasted 24 hours,’ says Suzi. ‘Richard was having a bath when he shrieked: “It’s no good, I can’t live with this.” We called the builders the very next day.’ At first they rewired, replumbed and decorated throughout. But a few years later, they realised they could do much more to improve the property. ‘We wanted to take the house back to its original layout as much as possible, while keeping it up-to-date,’ says 2 5 b h o c to b er 2017 | 59

Suzi. This included opening up the kitchen and breakfast room into a single space with the chimney breast as the focal point. They had a new kitchen and bathroom fitted and redesigned the master bedroom to include an en suite shower and dressing room. Richard is a traditionalist, whereas Suzi prefers a modern edge, so they combined the two looks to create a relaxed, informal home. But it was Suzi’s quest to find furniture for the rooms of daughters, Bella, now 21, and Tara, 16, that inspired her to launch her own furniture company. ‘I couldn’t find what I was looking for, which was sustainable, British, solid wood furniture that didn’t cost an arm and a leg,’ she says. ‘In the end I asked Richard’s company to make bespoke pieces to my design, and then decided to launch The English Cabinet Company to create the kind of furniture I wanted.’ The furniture is painted to match the colour scheme of the house. Suzi has chosen muted shades of taupe, blue and pale cream, which are brought to life with a mix of antiques, modern accessories and paintings. She loves textures and layers, and has created a comfortable, welcoming style that will withstand the demands of family life. As a result the house is personal, homely and eclectic – and that is exactly how Suzi likes it. ‘We never wanted it to look like a showhome,’ she concludes.


The couple took out two walls, leaving the chimney breast for the Aga on one side and a woodburner on the other. Star Galaxy granite, £20sq m, Jt ellis & co. Limestone floor tiles, £180sq m, Paris ceramics. Walls painted in Lime White and chimney breast in Mouse’s back estate emulsion, both £43.50 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & ball

DInIng Room The oak table was bought years ago and is one of Richard’s favourite pieces. Natural wide plank oak flooring is similar, £43sq m, Wood Floor Warehouse. Walls painted in Parma Gray estate emulsion, £43.50 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & ball

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inspiration ‘When we travel, we try to stay in boutique hotels and often see good design or decorative ideas to steal’

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Suzi chose soft, neutral colours, adding texture with furnishings. Mirror, £190, the english cabinet company. curtain and pelmet in romo black elias Impala, £71m, tM Interiors. bedspread in Steel, £40, John Lewis

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The search for a dressing table for this room inspired Suzi’s furniture business. old Manor collection dressing table, £1,100, Lloyd Loom chair, £295, both the english cabinet company


The shutters have a chic colonial look. Split shutters, £800, the Shutter company

Favourite Room ‘I love everything about our bedroom. It’s calm, peaceful, textural – there’s nothing I would change’

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ThE PROPERTY converted pub L O C AT I O N Liverpool R O O M S Sitting room/ kitchen-diner, utility, playroom, three bedrooms, bathroom P U R C h A S E D 2015 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘before moving here, we lived in a two-bedroom Grade II listed cottage nearby,’ says Gemma.

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hile gemma Weston was out for a stroll with her baby, henry, she spotted homes being built in a former pub car park close to her house in Liverpool and was curious to find out more. a few months later, she passed the same site and noticed that the old pub was being converted into a three-storey house. ‘i spoke to the builders and they invited me inside,’ says gemma. ‘although i hadn’t thought seriously about moving, it seemed too good an opportunity to miss, as the

sandstone exterior had so much character, but inside it was going to be very modern.’ after gemma discussed the property with her partner, daniel roper, the pair put their period cottage on the market and it sold within two weeks. ‘the work was due to be completed in two months, so we had to move fast before anyone else saw it,’ says gemma. ‘it was so unique, we knew it would sell fast.’ With three bedrooms and a bathroom on the top floor, a high-ceilinged, split-level kitchen and sitting area on the middle floor and a basement leading out to the garden,



3 1 , 2 , 3 , 5 & 6 Kitchen The split-level floor was the clincher when Gemma first saw the property being converted. the Sofia kitchen, from £3,938 for eight units, Wickes, is in this style. berkeley floor tiles, £67.56sq m, topps tiles, are comparable. the tall Princess cast-iron radiator, £190, cast Iron radiator centre, has a similar look. the brooklyn pendant light, £69, Industville, is similar to the one over the island


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‘Our living area is really cosy in the evenings,’ says Gemma. Sofia sofa, £1,998, DFS. Axan coffee table, £249; cushions, from £18 each; all barker & Stonehouse. curved arm floor lamp, £100, Next This spacious spot easily accommodates extra seating. V base dining table and bench seat, £600, Design Shack Interiors. Mimi sofa, £549, Swoon editions, is a match

4 f a v o u r i t e i t e m ‘I love our dining table from Design Shack, as it’s old-looking but with a new finish to it, which sums up the house’

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25bh | fo r m e r p u b li c h ous e the space offered a degree of flexibility. ‘the developer had suggested installing a partition wall in the basement to create both a dining space and cinema room,’ recalls Gemma. ‘however, we felt that an openplan sitting room/playroom would work much better since it has direct access to the garden, while the dining area should be upstairs, next to the kitchen.’ Fortunately, the pair were happy with the developer’s choice of kitchen and bathroom, along with the white-painted walls and light grey woodwork. ‘they’d picked the kind of fittings we would have chosen ourselves, such

as the patterned floor tiles in the kitchen,’ says Gemma. ‘We didn’t have a lot of input in case the sale fell through, but we did choose the colour of the wood flooring.’ after moving in, Gemma and daniel started personalising their new home with plantation shutters for the kitchen, carpets for the bedrooms and new furniture. as the pub was built in 1854, the couple wanted the decor to reflect its past. ‘the high ceilings and cast- iron radiators lend themselves to a more industrial feel, so we’ve added things such as factory-style pendants lights, animal skulls and prints from a brewery,’ says


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The developer chose the fittings but Gemma and Daniel added the painted antique mirror. the Duke roll-top bath, £450, Victorian Plumbing, is similar. Stamford floor tiles, £53.98sq m, topps tiles, are a match. try rust-oleum winter grey spray paint, £9 per 400ml, b&Q This simple scheme can be quickly refreshed with chic accessories. For a similar bed frame, see the Julien bowen corsica design, £120, worldStores. the Kissing Stags double duvet set, £85, Anorak, is near-identical. clarissa hulse’s boston Ivy knitted throw in yellow, £150, Debenhams, is similar Gemma created an Alpine scene with masking tape and spray paint. Alphabear print, £14, corby tinderstick at this Modern Life. children’s eames-style rAr rocking chair, £27.95, Stone butterfly

d e s i g n t i p ‘Adding quirky accessories to a neutral backdrop is a great way of being brave with your decor’ Gemma who loves finding eye-catching vintage pieces with a story behind them. For instance, she found a Racing Post newspaper from the year she was born in their previous home and had it framed. Gemma also plans to use old factory parts as door stops. two years on, and the kitchen is gradually changing, too. the couple have already swapped the developer’s wood-effect worktops for burnished, faux-metal laminate and replaced the chrome sink with a black composite design with a copper tap. next on 68 | 2 5 b h o c to b er 2017


the agenda is fitting new door fronts in dark graphite with aged copper handles and putting up scaffold-board shelving. despite daniel’s occasional itchy feet for another project, the pair plan to stay put as they love the area and have another baby on the way. ‘It’s like a village within a city with its own high street and two parks within walking distance,’ explains Gemma. ‘most houses around here are either small two-bedders or really large, so we’re lucky to have found something in-between with such character.’ fo r sto c k i sts g o to w her e to b u y

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Charcoal-stained boards create a strong backdrop for the couple’s individual style. Tivoli sofa, £1,299, Swoon Editions. Similar Souk wool rug, from £199, West Elm. Flamingo lampshade, from £57, Wolf & Badger

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colour A monochrome palette combined with vibrant splashes and an element of tropicana is at the heart of Gregory and Nick Duke-Ambridge’s stylish home FeaTuRe CAROLINE FOSTER | phoTogRaphy CHRIS SNOOK

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The pRopeRTy Victorian terrace L o c aT i o n Southwest London R o o m s Hall, reception room, kitchen-diner, study, five bedrooms (two en suite), bathroom p u R c h a s e d 2016 pRevious pRopeRTy ‘We had a two-bedroom flat, which we renovated,’ says Gregory.

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aving sold their newly renovated flat, Gregory Duke-Ambridge, a house-stager and interior designer, and his husband, Nick, who works for a soft drinks company, were encouraged to take on a much larger project in the form of a Victorian terraced house. ‘We were looking for a place with good proportions,’ explains Gregory, ‘and found this property in Brixton, an area of southwest London that we both like. Even though Nick and I felt that the existing original layout didn’t maximise the space very well, there was great scope to improve and enlarge, including building a loft

conversion. It added an extra element of cost, of course, but from an investment point of view, it was a no-brainer.’ Remodelling the new layout included incorporating a double reception on the ground floor, a master suite upstairs, two new bedrooms in the loft conversion and a generous bathroom. On the lower-ground floor, a guest bedroom was set aside at the front, and a large open-plan space created to the rear of the house for a kitchen and dining room with folding doors leading out to the garden. ‘Originally, there was a 1980s extension and a patio to the side of the building that didn’t seem to be used,’ says Gregory. ‘To create

DESIGN TIP ‘It’s your house, so have some fun and don’t take interiors too seriously. And DINING AREA

Vibrant dining chairs echo the blue paint finish of the kitchen units. Duke cocktail chairs in Cobalt velvet, £349 each, Swoon Editions, are similar

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Amber pendant lights add colour. Units in Stiffkey Blue estate eggshell, £60 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball. Dolci pendants, £37.80 each, Blue Suntree

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Bold wallpaper lends character to this cosy corner. Try Cole & Son’s Palm Jungle wallpaper, £82 per roll, Amara

the new kitchen-diner, we built into the side extension and removed two load-bearing walls, inserting massive steel support beams that required 10 men to lift and position. Not surprisingly, it was at this stage of the renovations that we moved out for six months, staying as guests in various friends’ houses.’ Once the building work was finished, it was important to both Gregory and Nick to stamp their personalities onto the interior. They decided to use an online company and design their own kitchen layout using the website’s step-by-step tools. ‘It was very easy to do, but you do have to be precise with your measurements

and triple-check everything before ordering,’ Gregory says. ‘We forgot to allow for a steel beam that interrupted the run of wall units, but our builders came to the rescue and altered the cabinet to fit.’ Replacing PVC glazing with period-style sash windows was an extra expense, but Gregory believes it was worth doing. ‘We wanted a modern interior, but to also give a nod to the house’s Victorian roots,’ he explains. ‘We kept the dividing doors between the two areas of the reception, painting them a rich teal blue and balancing this colour with charcoal-stained engineered wood flooring, which gives the space great character.’ Throughout the

try and be bold with your colour choices, too – nobody likes a bland, boring space’ RECEPTION ROOm

Large rugs and velvet seating link this elegant double-length space. Jenson chairs, £429 each, Fern and Grey. Doors painted in Vardo estate emulsion, £43.50 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball

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Blue, white and grey create a restful, organic feel in this space. For similar bed linen try Catherine Lansfield geo Triangles, from £15, Very. Bumble side table, £63, Habitat

house, Gregory has continued this monochromatic palette, to which he has added layers of colour and texture. ‘If your background is neutral then you can go a bit wild with your accent tones,’ he advises. ‘I love colour and I’m a great believer in having fun with interiors. After all, it’s your home and you’re going to live in it. To make it work visually, I would advise that one main colour should make up 70 per cent of the scheme, a secondary shade 20 per cent, finishing off with an accent highlight of 10 per cent. This is the formula that ensures a design scheme flows well and doesn’t look over-the-top.’ Upcycled furniture used throughout the house gives the interior

a stylish, individual feel, mixing different periods and looks. ‘We personalised our vintage furniture by choosing vibrant designer wallpaper to cover door fronts,’ says Gregory. ‘The black-and-white jungle wallpaper used for the media cabinet in the sitting room, for example, was one of Nick’s finds.’ With the interior and garden space complete, the couple has developed a taste for renovation. ‘But if we did it again, I think we’d go for a smaller job,’ reflects Gregory. ‘That being said, I don’t think it will be long before we try our hand again. We’re not property developers – we simply love transforming interiors.’

LESSON LEARNT ‘Preparation and planning is key in the renovation process’ FAmIly BAThroom

Decorative flooring creates character within this all-white scheme. Marrakech Black Decor floor tiles, £27.91sq m, Tons of Tiles, are similar

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A black wall enhanced by brass accessories adds drama and focus. Marais headboard in green velvet, from ÂŁ1,090, Brass cicada drawer knobs, ÂŁ5.15 each, Etsy

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The pRopeRTy Four-storey Victorian terrace L o c aT i o n London R o o m s Sitting room, kitchen-diner, play area, laundry room, cloakroom, courtyard, four bedrooms (one en suite), bathroom p u R c h a s e d 2011 pRevious pRopeRTy ‘We moved from a two-bedroom flat in Hackney,’ says Valerie.

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ringing the tropics to london was Valerie leipheimer’s mission when she and her husband, Peter allen, bought their Victorian terrace seven years ago. ‘Pete and i spent a lot of time travelling before we had our sons, logan, 8, and Jensen, 6,’ says Valerie, ‘so i wanted to reflect our exotic adventures in our new home. ‘i was born in california, and have lived and worked in new york and italy, too,’ she continues. ‘So i have a love of contemporary architecture and design that i thought would fuse well with an older property.’ the couple decided to employ architecture and design company Zachary Pulman Design Studio to take on the renovation work. ‘Pete and i have been inspired by the hotels and restaurants that we’ve visited over the years,’ explains Valerie, ‘so i liked the fact that Zach works on a lot of commercial projects as well as homes.’ the couple, both lawyers, wanted to rid the old property of its gloomy interior. ‘the house was a series of dark rooms, particularly the ground floor,’ she recalls. ‘there was a formal dining room, an isolated kitchen and the family room had no windows. We wanted to eliminate all the internal walls to create a fully open-plan space. it works really well – we can keep an eye on the boys, even if we’re at opposite ends of the space. it’s fantastic when we have friends and family over, too.’ another major part of the ground floor overhaul was linking the interior to the garden, as Valerie explains: ‘the courtyard might not be huge, but having even a little bit of outdoor space is a real bonus in london. When we bought the house, it wasn’t being utilised to full effect, so we designed a glass extension that brings the outdoors in. We’ve

1 Play area Jungle-style wallpaper provides plenty of visual stimulation. Merian Palm wallpaper, £126m, timorous beasties. try the tropical Green rug, £875, the rugs Warehouse 2 Dining area Light floods the space, even on a gloomy day. riva 1920 dining table, from £1,600; bench, £1,100, Martinel Store. Hand-blown pendants, from £424, Niche


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Lime green notes echo the lush planting in the courtyard. bespoke kitchen, £55,000, Zachary Pulman Design Studio

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The seating area is zoned by a striped rug. try oriental Weavers Vesta rug, from £89.99, Wayfair. riva 1920 Falo Stool side table, £600, Martinel Store

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d e s i g n t i p ‘Living in a space before or during renovation work definitely has some advantages – many features may look great on paper, but just don’t work in real life’


planted the garden up with some large leafy specimens, so it’s easy to forget we’re in one of the busiest areas of the city.’ Upstairs, the luxurious makeover continued. ‘Pete and I decided to take over the whole first floor. I wanted a spa-like sanctuary bathroom and, like downstairs, I wanted to connect the room with the outdoors. We swapped the windows for French doors to give us access to a little balcony that looks down onto our garden.’ to echo the colours of exotic plants, Valerie included luscious wallpapers, vibrant rugs and carpets, and eye-catching soft furnishings in every room of the house. ‘I knew the look I wanted,’ she says, ‘and Zach helped me source all the elements to finish the house off as I envisioned it. ‘this place is much bigger,’ Valerie continues. ‘We’ve had to commission some new furniture to suit the scale of the rooms. our bed, for instance, was specially designed by a talented maker that Zach knows. We love the house now. It really does feel like an extension of us and our personalities. We are really happy watching our boys grow up here, in our very own tropical corner of London.’

1 Bedroom Art Deco style blends with contemporary designs and colourful bedding to create a vibrant scheme. Colonnade blotch wallpaper in teal on Pearl, £240 per roll; bell Moth cushions, £138 each, all timorous beasties. MissPrint Foxglove duvet cover and pillowcase set in Quince, from £55, John Lewis. grahame oakey bed, £20,000, Zachary Pulman Design Studio

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2 Bathroom Designer Zachary Pulman commissioned bespoke pieces to help Valerie achieve the spa sanctuary she craved. bespoke dressing area/ sink unit, £7,500; freestanding bath, £6,500; mirrored cabinet, £3,500; dressing stool by grahame oakey, £2,000, covered in opera botanica linen, £150m, timorous beasties, all Zachary Pulman Design Studio

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A wonderful tour of northern India’s ‘Golden Triangle’ See the breathtaking Taj Mahal bathed in soft morning light Panoramic city tours of both Old and New Delhi seeing all the major sights Driving safari in Ranthambore National Park, the best place in India to spot the elusive tigers Guided tour of the 400-year-old deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri Explore the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, capital of the desert kingdom of Rajasthan with a guided city tour, seeing the City Palace, Astronomical Observatory and the Palace of the Winds Marvel at the extraordinary location and beauty of Amber Fort, home of one of India’s most powerful maharajas Stay in an original Rajasthani fort, converted into a stunning Heritage Hotel

• Your Riviera Travel tour manager will bring these sights to life • Hand-picked accommodation rated three to five stars, including all local taxes, with breakfast and seven meals included • Return flights with premium economy upgrades available at a supplement • Departures available exclusively for solo travellers


15 DAYS FROM £1,959PP

Extend your tour travelling on the famous mountain railway, visiting Shimla, the summer capital of the Raj and ‘Queen of Hill Stations’, set high in the foothills of the Himalayas and staying in the luxurious Oberoi Cecil Hotel.

Selected departures from September to November 2017 & January to November 2018

To book, or for details about our full selection of inspiring European and Worldwide escorted tours, call: 01283 7443370 or visit: TERMS & CONDITIONS: Additional entrance costs may apply. Prices are per person, based on two sharing and subject to finite availability. Images used in conjunction with Riviera Travel. Offer operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Riviera Travel Ltd, ABTA V4744, ATOL 3430 in association with 25 Beautiful Homes, published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd. Prices correct as of 27/07/17.


For Karine and Ossi Valtanen, collaboration was a vital factor in the success of their renovation project FeaTuRe Seán o’conneLL | phoTogRaphy Veronica rodriguez

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pe r i o d te r r ac e | 25bh SITTING ROOM A combination of blues and greys creates a cool and calming ambience. Harry sofas, £1,325 each, Sofa Workshop. blue bespoke armchairs, andre upholstery. Walls painted in blackened estate emulsion, £43.50 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & ball


home truths The pRopeRTy Victorian terrace L o c aT i o n Southwest London R o o m s Hall, sitting room, kitchen-diner, study, five bedrooms (one en suite), two bathrooms p u R c h a s e d 2011 pRevious pRopeRTy ‘We rented a Victorian house in London,’ says Karine.


arine Valtanen has her husband Ossi to thank for spotting the potential in an unattractive southwest London terrace. ‘He had viewed it without me and reported that it had plenty of space to create a family home,’ she says. ‘It was cheaper than neighbouring properties, too, because it needed work and most of the original features had been stripped out.’ After making an offer that was accepted, the Valtanens moved in and quickly reinstated the Victorian coving and skirting boards, and also laid new wood flooring. ‘We invested a lot in getting the fabric of the place back up to scratch, but then we had to stop, to concentrate on our jobs and get the cash flowing again,’ says Karine. When the refurbishment resumed four years later, Karine and Ossi, who are French and Finnish respectively, were determined to create the home they had dreamt of. ‘After our architect, Anaïs Bléhaut of DAAB Design, helped us redesign the interior, we asked her to recommend a builder to manage the project,’ says Karine. ‘That company was Orchestrate and they were a pleasure to work with. It was so important for those involved to work well together.’ As well as wanting to create a space to suit the family, which now includes Scarlett, 6, and Emma, 5, Karine and Ossi were determined to make the downstairs a sociable area. With that 2 5 b h o c to b er 2017 | 81

favo u r i t e f e at u r e ‘Opening up the ground floor has drawn in so much light that it also feels like a bigger space’ KiTCHen Walnut-coloured units and copper lights provide a rich warmth. Mercury row Jove 1 mini pendants, £65 each, wayfair. Alnostar Plan units, price on application, Alno. Kahrs engineered-wood flooring, £26m sq, Flooring Supplies

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idea in mind, they removed the wall between what is now the dining area – formerly the study – and the kitchen to create a light, open feel. The intention was to reconfigure the interior to a high-spec design. ‘We opted for pocket doors to link the hall with the dining area,’ says Karine. ‘They look fantastic and are real space-savers.’ Solid-wood tri-fold doors leading out to the garden were another big investment. The couple’s approach was very hands on. ‘Ossi and I had a very clear idea of what we wanted – even down to the paint finish,’ says Karine. The whole house was redecorated, with each zone given a distinct identity. ‘In the sitting room, for example, we opted for a light yet sophisticated look as we entertain a lot.’ Far from adding new touches, much of the work upstairs involved removing features to maximise space, so all the bedroom fireplaces were taken out. ‘The builders also suggested we lose the chimney breast to create an alcove, which was a master stroke as it proved the perfect place for a set of drawers,’ says Karine. ‘And the space above it was tailor-made for a large framed photo of our daughters.’ The Valtanens say the house has turned out better than they ever hoped. ‘Everything went to plan,’ says Karine, ‘and it’s all down to good teamwork.’

pe r i o d te r r ac e | 25bh Dining area ‘This room and the kitchen create the perfect partnership,’ says Karine. Valencay extendable dining table, £1,420, Maisons du Monde; its elizabeth chair, £157.50, is similar to Karine’s HaLL Patchwork-style blackand-white flooring makes a striking first impression. Marca corona Pavimento floor tiles, price on application, tiles uK. Seba console table, £495; two-seater piano stool, £335, both Lombok. Astro San Marino wall lights, £45 each, Arrow electrical b aT H r o o m Contrasting floor and wall tiles inject interest. Liquid glass tiles, £2.10 each, Fired earth. Kudos Pinnacle shower enclosure, £595, uK bathrooms

masTer beDroom Touches of soft gold create a subtle glamorous feel. For a similar bed, try the bolsover, £664, wayfair. ulee gold pendant by Viso, £595, Naken Interiors

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Mono Magic

Brilliant white and shades of grey have created a sophisticated, serene home for Emma and Al Byrnes featuRe Melanie Whitehouse | PhotogRaPhy Mark scott / GaP interiors


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the PRoPeRty edwardian house L o C at I o N Dublin R o o M S hall, sitting room/ dining room, kitchen, study, two bedrooms, bathroom b u I Lt 2006 PReVIouS PRoPeRty ‘this is our first home together,’ says emma.

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DINING AREA ‘I was given this tea set when Al and I got married,’ says Emma who has used its deep green hue as an accent shade. Jasper conran chinoiserie Green teacup, £27.50, Wedgwood. bjursta extendable table, £190, ikea. Maisons du Monde’s lubéron double pendant has this look, £154

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Cool greys, white walls and pops of pattern create a chic living space. three-seater chesterfield covered in charcoal velvet,

£2,600, helen turkington. bespoke rug from the rug company. Platner coffee table is a match, £2,875 twentytwentyone


A stainless steel splashback is the ideal place to hang cooking utensils. For a similar steel splashback with rail, try Deals4u, £177. smeg a4-8 opera dual-fuel range cooker, £2,499, appliance city. units painted in Mid lead colour intelligent eggshell, £59 per 2.5 litres, little Greene. Penguin poster, £15, king & McGaw

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mma and Al Byrnes found that two into one goes perfectly after buying a pair of run-down flats in an edwardian house in Dublin. ‘I didn’t love the house at first but knew it had potential,’ says emma. ‘Although it’s not very pretty from the outside, we both loved the high ceilings and bay windows, which create an airy feel in such a small property.’ However, some major challenges had to be addressed before they could move in. the two flats had to be turned back into one house, which meant removing flimsy partition walls, reconfiguring the flow of rooms on the ground floor, restoring blocked-up fireplaces and landscaping the overgrown back garden. It took a year before

emma and Al actually moved in, staying nearby in a friend’s house while their dream home was re-shaped. ‘I like renovating a house because you can put your own stamp on it,’ says emma. ‘the house was gutted, rewired and re-plumbed. We put on a new roof, extended the kitchen and converted the attic into a study. then the sitting roomcum-dining room was opened up into one large space. We also made a bigger bathroom by requisitioning part of one of the bedrooms. Al project managed the building side of things and I designed the interior.’ emma’s decorating style is relaxed, with plain walls and flooring providing the ideal backdrop for precious objects she likes to showcase, such as pictures and rugs. As the

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The inlaid chest of drawers provides the wow factor. grey mother-of-pearl chest of drawers, £1,395; velvet cushions in raspberry, £35, are similar, both graham and green. Similar dressing table mirror, £25, wilko, is comparable cole & Son’s wood grain Foundation wallpaper has this taffeta look, £70 per roll, Jane clayton. try the Shoreditch grey quilt, £200 for a double, the white company

BAtHrOOM Discreet white window shutters

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house is small and north-facing, she has used white throughout to create an airy space. ‘I like a sharp, brilliant white – I’m not a fan of off-whites,’ she explains. ‘I used grey in the soft furnishings, as it goes well with other colours and makes a good backdrop. If you have a plain background you can be more creative with fabric, which is a great way to introduce colour and easy to change.’ the couple’s next project is to update the kitchen. ‘We have been here for ten years and the kitchen has had a lot of use,’ says emma. ‘I’ll probably go for something more streamlined and I’d also love a larder.’ But one thing the pair have no plans to change is where they live. ‘We love this area and for us, that’s the most important thing.’

keep this scheme simple and the lines clean. For window shutters like these one, try Shutters Direct, from £54 for a minimum size of 50sq cm. Statuario marble tiles, £177.32sq m, topps tiles, are similar

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Mirrored wardrobe doors make this room appear bigger. Sliding wardrobe door with four panels in soft white has this look, from £64.99; use coo-var white floor paint to achieve the same finish, £34.99 per 5 litres, both wickes

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CANADA’S ROCKY MOUNTAINEER & ALASKA CRUISE* 9 days from only £2,559pp *16 days from only £3,569pp • Experience the drama of the magnificent Rocky Mountains in unrivalled luxury on the Rocky Mountaineer train, the ultimate way to travel across this breath-taking terrain • Enjoy impeccable SilverLeaf service on board the Rocky Mountaineer, plus two breakfasts and two lunches. Upgrade available at a supplement • Guided visits to Lake Louise, Peyto Lake and the Athabasca Glacier plus and ride on the Snocoach and a tour of Vancouver • Return direct scheduled flights with premium economy flight upgrades available at a supplement • Services of our experienced tour manager throughout • Stay in hand-picked three-star accommodation


*Extend your nine-day holiday with a seven-night, full board Alaskan cruise through the ‘Inside Passage’ with Holland America Line, visiting the awe-inspiring Glacier Bay National Park, a World Heritage Site home to actively calving glaciers and humpback whales.

Selected departures up to September 2017 & May to September 2018




13 days from only £2,539pp

13 days from only £1,729pp

16 days from only £2,099pp

• Discover the unique eco-system along Costa Rica’s Caribbean coastline in Tortuguero National Park • Explore the area around the perfect cone of the still-active Arenal Volcano • Travel to the remote Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, renowned for its incredible birdlife • See the extraordinary Monteverde Cloud Forest from above on superb hanging bridges • Enjoy a fascinating tour of a coffee estate • Option to try out an exhilarating ‘zip-line’ tour through the rainforest • Stay for three nights at a five-star resort overlooking the Pacific Ocean • Stay in hand-picked accommodation rated three to five stars, with daily breakfast and ten meals • Daily breakfast and ten meals included • Services of our experienced tour manager • Return direct scheduled flights from London Gatwick • Premium economy flight upgrades available at a supplement

• Visit the Buddhist monastery of Dambulla and its incredible UNESCO-listed cave temples • Guided tour of the 5th-century Royal Palace and Citadel at Sigiriya Rock plus a guided climb of the rock • Visit Kandy and see the Temple of the Tooth • Guided tour of the local tea-growing areas in Nuwara Eliya with a Ceylon tea tasting • Visit the Elephant Transit Home at Udawalawe National Park, where elephant orphans are cared for before being reintroduced to the wild • Enjoy a 4x4 safari in Yala National Park • Visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Galle with its Dutch colonial influences • Relax with two days on one of Sri Lanka’s idyllic tropical beaches • Departures exclusively for solo travellers also available • Services of our experienced tour manager • Return flights from the UK • Hand-picked three and four-star accommodation, including all local taxes, with breakfast and eleven dinners included

Departures from January to October 2018

Departures up to November 2017 & January to November 2018

• Tour the legendary Zulu War battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift with a specialist guide • Full-day guided safari in the Kruger National Park • Stay in the heart of the gorgeous Western Cape’s Winelands, enjoying a cellar tour and tasting at a 300-year-old wine estate • Stay three nights in cosmopolitan Cape Town • Explore legendary Cape of Good Hope and Cape Town’s Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens • Visit Johannesburg’s Apartheid Museum • Gaze at the awe-inspiring Blyde River canyon • Visit Hermanus for the world’s finest on-shore whale watching, dependent on season • Take an internal flight to the Garden Route • Return scheduled flights from the UK • Stay in hand-picked four-star and three-star hotels with daily breakfast, two lunches and three dinners • The services of our experienced and insightful tour manager throughout • Departures available exclusively for solo travellers Departures from January to November 2018

To book, or for details about our full selection of inspiring European and Worldwide escorted tours, call: 01283 7443370 or visit: TERMS & CONDITIONS: Additional entrance costs may apply. Prices are per person, based on two sharing and subject to finite availability. Images used in conjunction with Riviera Travel. Offer operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Riviera Travel Ltd, ABTA V4744, ATOL 3430 in association with 25 Beautiful Homes, published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd. Prices correct as of 03/08/17.


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The pRopeRTy Terraced house, built in 1910 L o c aT i o n Southwest London R o o m S Sitting room, kitchen-diner, utility room, cloakroom, five bedrooms (one en suite), two bathrooms p u R c h a S e d 2003 pReviouS pRopeRTy ‘Before we bought this house, I lived in Earlsfield and Andrew lived in Dulwich,’ says Lucy.

KITCHEN-dINEr Thanks to a wall of glass, this sociable area connects seamlessly with the garden. ‘I was thrilled when we got planning permission for the run of windows,’ says Lucy. BTL Property windows; River woodwork units, both price on application, Granit Architects. Gubi Beetle stools, £958 each, The Conran Shop. Flower arrangements by Amanda Austin Flowers

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THE FLOW By reconfiguring their period home, Lucy and Andrew Smith have created a harmonious layout filled with colour, character and natual light


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25bh | e dwa r di a n te r r ac e dINING AREA A collection of original framed drawings creates an eye-catching display and is a great talking point at gatherings. Pictures hung by The White Wall Company, price on application. Bespoke cedar table, Andwoodcraft. Gubi Beetle chairs, from ÂŁ798 each, The Conran Shop

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SITTING ROOM Lucy stripped back a 1980s Conran coffee table that had ‘oranged’ with age to create a lighter look. Table stripped at Andwoodcraft, price on application. Walls painted in Hardwick White estate emulsion, £43.50 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball. Try the Hampton rug in Petrol Blue, £200, Heal’s


ucy and Andrew Smith had lived in their London home for 12 years before undertaking a comprehensive renovation, which began after the youngest of their five boys went to university. With busy jobs as television producers, the couple worked closely with interior designer Melanie Paskin, who oversaw the whole project, and engaged refurbishment specialists BTL Property. Lucy’s priorities were to maximise light, create through views and add colour, and she was inspired by visiting the home of the project’s architect Robert Wilson of Granit Architects. ‘Robert’s house had extraordinary windows and lots of light,’ she says. In the large kitchen-diner, a wall of Crittall windows offers views over the garden created by Sam Butler Garden Design, seamlessly connecting inside with out. ‘I’d seen the windows while working in Denmark and I loved them,’ says Lucy. And, to keep the look light, she chose pale window frames instead of the classic black. ‘Coffers in the kitchen-diner ceiling echo the separate zones of the spaces below,’ explains architect Robert. The island is one of those spaces, as is the refectory table beneath a roof lantern that illuminates the cedar wood and casts a sheen over velvet chairs. Lucy and Andrew wanted an island where they could sit while working on laptops as well

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25bh | e dwa r di a n te r r ac e MASTER BEDROOM A calm New England feel suffuses this space. ‘The picture brings back memories of summers in Maine,’ says Lucy. headboard in Flanders Linen 1112-11 Sage, £105m, Marvic textiles. Jet Stream escutcheon lights in Clear Anodised with off white Leather, £399 each, original btC

as for prepping meals. ‘Andrew didn’t want a sink here,’ says Lucy, ‘and I’m glad, because it gives us so much more space.’ Like neighbouring houses, the Smiths’ had a central staircase. Robert ‘turned’ the stairs off the master bedroom to lose a dark landing and tiny laundry room, making way for a two-storey window that ushers in light. On the wall outside the master bedroom is a gallery of pictures, many of them family favourties. They were hung professionally, but one day Lucy came home to a surprise. ‘Next to a fur-clad snow queen rescued from Andrew’s nursery was a childhood portrait of me from my parents. It was wonderful to see.’ Childhood mementoes add interest throughout. Lucy’s mother, a doctor, was a consummate needleworker. Vibrant examples of her work appear in many rooms and also inspired the jewel colours used for accessories. When it came to paint, Lucy was lucky enough to have them made for her by colour consultant Joa Studholme of Farrow & Ball. The Claydon Blue on the kitchen island, visible as you step into the house, echoes the colour of the front door and gate. The master bedroom is in a bleached duck-egg, Pale Powder, with feminine Pink Ground in Lucy’s dressing room. ‘Having lived with five boys, I was determined to introduce the occasional pink,’ she says. Colours change from room to room but they all work together to create a sense of harmony. This skilful approach to decorating seems to sum up the whole transformation: seamless, considered and refreshing. ‘We’re glad we decided to go ahead with the renovation,’ says Lucy. ‘We love the new look, but keeping our old pieces has made it feel like a real home, not a show home, which is what we wanted.’ 92 | 2 5 b h o C to b er 2017

MASTER EN SUITE A freestanding bath makes a striking centrepiece. Picasso bath, £2,695, Lusso Stone. richmond shutters, price on application, hillarys

DRESSING ROOM ‘I love the splashes of pink,’ says Lucy. Plain Linen Colonel chair fabric, £96m, Fermoie

GUEST ROOM Bespoke cubbyholes provide bedside solutions in this space. Sophie table lamp with 30cm eau de Nil Ikat shade, £110, Pooky

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Insight Planning a Perfect kitchen layout Looking to update? Follow Lucy and Andrew Smith’s lead and plan a practical scheme


esigning your dream kitchen from scratch is an exciting yet daunting prospect. Careful planning is the key to success, backed up with plenty of expert advice to ensure the end result is a practical space the whole family will want to spend time in.

Ask the experts If the kitchen you have isn’t as spacious as you would like, consider the potential of increasing the room’s square footage by reconfiguring the space. If you do decide to steal space from a hallway, utility room or garage, consult an architect. Lucy and Andrew visited their architect’s home to get an idea of his style before instructing him. Unless you are buying direct from the manufacturer, it’s hard to beat a dedicated kitchen designer for in-depth knowledge on the latest appliances and materials. Book a consultation with at least three companies to make sure they understand your needs before

committing. Ask family, friends and even your builder if they can make any personal recommendations.

Practical decisions Begin by taking into account immovable features like windows and doors, then work out how your cabinetry can be configured. Aim to create a working triangle, with the sink, cooker and fridge in close proximity. Also think about the use of each area; Lucy and Andrew chose an island to define separate zones in their open-plan room. It’s the finer details, such as worksurfaces, flooring and appliances that can make a kitchen work. Before you meet with a designer, decide on your priorities to avoid going over budget. Don’t get blinded by high-tech kit; decide precisely which gadgets you can or can’t live without. If you prefer to go solo to save money, companies such as Ikea offer free 3D planning tools. Take in your measurements and a kitchen consultant will help with plans.

professional advice ‘the first thing to determine is how much money you have to spend. once you have a set figure, it’s not too difficult to look at what you have and work out where to go from there. You need to consider how long you plan on staying in your home – don’t spend all your savings on a kitchen you only plan on using for the next five years. In order for a kitchen designer to start looking at options, it’s really useful for them to have measurements and a good idea of what they are working with. If you’re asking for a fully kitted-out kitchen with an island and tall larder cabinets in a small cottage, this may not be feasible. the first rule of budgeting is to pick a price and stick to it. next, look at what you want to achieve; will it require a complete revamp with building work? these are factors that need to be determined right at the start, as any work to your home will cost time and money. Generally, planning permission isn’t required when installing a kitchen unless it’s part of an extension or a listed property. For advice on these matters, it’s best to speak to your kitchen designer or consultant who will have a good knowledge of what would qualify.’ John SimS-hiLditch, neptune

an island is a versatile choice for prep and storage

combine hidden storage with open shelving

e x p e r t e y e ‘Planning your dream kitchen should always start with inspiration. Do some research and find aspects of kitchens that you want to incorporate into your home. A mood board can be a great way of getting your ideas in one place to see what works best’ Lauren White, Ikea kItchens expert

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address book ■ Neptune, 01793 427300, Quality kitchens in four classic styles, made bespoke to suit your space and lifestyle ■ Ikea, 020 3645 0015, a diverse range of affordable cabinets and worktops with in-store experts ■ DeVOL, 01509 261000, bespoke kitchens, bathrooms, flooring and accessories in classic and contemporary styles with a free design service

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Di scove R south AfRicA & the cApe Our exclusive tour of this beautiful region includes stunning Table Mountain, the rolling Winelands and beautiful Cape Peninsula, PLUS extend your holiday to relax on the beach, visit Victoria Falls or go on safari


Book by 30 September for a free helicopter trip above Cape Town


outh Africa’s Cape is one of the most beautiful places on Earth and our exclusive 10-day tour takes in many highlights – the spectacular Table Mountain, Cape Town, the fabulous Winelands of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, the Cape of Good Hope, and incredible wildlife from the penguins of Boulders Beach to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and the Fernkloof Nature Reserve. Plus, we’ve arranged three fabulous options to extend your stay (see below), as we’re sure you’ll fall in love with one of the world’s favourite travel destinations.

EXTEND YOUR HOLIDAY If you’d like to pick one of these three fantastic additional itineraries, see right for prices then call our travel partner Africa Travel on 020 8115 7286 to find out more:

take in spectacular Victoria Falls

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1 – Go on Safari

During your three-night stay in Amakhala Game reserve to the east of Port elizabeth, you’ll enjoy twice-daily safari activities, including game drives, bush walks and river-boat cruises, as you go in search of the big Five – lions, leopards, buffalo, elephants and rhinos. 2 – ViSit Victoria fallS

See one of the world’s most breathtaking natural wonders, the 100m-high Victoria Falls, plus elephants, hippos and more during your three-night stay. 3 – luxury beach and Spa

If you’d like to unwind at the end of your trip, then head east to Durban to enjoy three nights at the luxurious five-star oyster box Hotel, which overlooks the golden sands in one of South Africa’s premier seaside destinations.

Spot wild animals on safari

relax at oyster box Hotel, Durban

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YOUR ITINERARY d ay 1 – f ly t o S o u t h a f r i c a

You will leave London Heathrow on a direct overnight flight to Johannesburg.

the trip includes a visit to the cape Winelands region

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When you arrive in Cape Town after your connecting flight, you will be met and transferred to the four-star Cape Milner Hotel, where you’ll be staying for four nights, to celebrate with a welcome dinner. d ay 3 – ta b l e M o u n ta i n

In the morning you will explore stunning Cape Town with a guided city tour, before visiting iconic Table Mountain, including a cable car ride to the 1,089m summit. d ay 4 – c a p e o f G o o d h o p e



14-24 April 2018, or longer if you choose one of our three extensions.

PRICE £2,425pp* *Based on two sharing. Single supplement: £745. Our travel partner is ABTOT-bonded and a member of IATA and this trip is ATOL-protected. For full terms & conditions, visit: 25beautifulhomes.tripsmiths. com/southafricatour25 SAFARI EXTENSION £1,095pp, based on two sharing. Single supplement: £345 VICTORIA FALLS EXTENSION £1,095pp, based on two sharing. Single supplement: £495 BEACH HOLIDAY EXTENSION £595pp, based on two sharing. Single supplement: £375

Today’s exploration of the Cape Peninsula will include a drive along the breathtaking coastal route, Chapman’s Peak Drive, a visit to the magnificent Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, a stop-off to see the African penguin colony at Boulders Beach, a trip on the Flying Dutchman Funicular railway, and the chance to explore historic Simon’s Town, where you will enjoy lunch at Bertha’s Restaurant, before visiting the famous Cape of Good Hope. d ay 5 – e x p l o r e c a p e t o w n

tasting at the Franschhoek Cellar Wines estate of wines and handmade chocolates. d ay 8 – h e r M a n u S

You will travel through Sir Lowry’s Pass to the fishing village of Hermanus for lunch with a visit to the fascinating Whale House Museum. You will then go for dinner at your rural home for two nights, the four-star Blue Gum Country Estate. d ay 9 – d y e r i S l a n d

In the morning you will board the ferry for a short sea crossing to Robben Island, home to the infamous prison where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years in captivity, where you will be led on a fascinating guided tour by one of its former inmates. The afternoon is free for you to discover more of beautiful Cape Town.

In the morning you will travel along the coastline to the fishing village of Gansbaai to take a boat trip to Dyer Island, one of the most richly populated islands for sea birds and seals. After lunch you will enjoy a guided walk in Fernkloof Nature Reserve, before a farewell dinner at your hotel.

d ay 6 – c a p e w i n e l a n d S a n d StellenboSch

You will be transferred to Cape Town airport ready to depart on an afternoon flight to Johannesburg. There you will connect with the direct overnight flight to London to arrive the next morning.

Today you will discover the Cape’s world-famous wine region. Your first stop will be a cheese-and-wine tasting at Fairview Wine Estate. Then you will visit the beautiful town of Stellenbosch, before a visit to Boschendal Wine Estate with a picnic lunch. You will then travel to the four-star Devon Valley Hotel for a two-night stay. d ay 7 – f r a n S c h h o e k

The charming French Huguenot village of Franschhoek is a must for any visit to the Winelands. While here, you will enjoy a

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what’S included

■ return flights, transfers and taxes ■ Accommodation throughout ■ All breakfasts, two lunches, three dinners, wine and chocolate tasting. Please note: drinks at lunches/dinners are not included. ■ entrance fees and tickets for all activities and excursions listed in the itinerary ■ An expert Africa travel tour guide

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Home is where the art is

Thanks to an enviable collection of artwork, colour and creativity fills every room of artist Elaine Grainger’s house FeatuRe MeLANIe WHIteHoUSe PhotogRaPhy MArK Scott/GAP INterIorS


home truths the PRoPeRty Detached house L o C at I o N Dublin R o o M S Sitting room, kitchen-diner, utility room, study, cloakroom, three bedrooms, bathroom P u R C h a S e D 2006 PReVIouS PRoPeRty ‘We had a house in the same area, but it was too small for a growing family,’ says elaine.

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The pale-blue walls reflect light around the double reception room, making it feel airy. walls painted in Light blue estate emulsion, £43.50 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & ball. the Atlanta Silver 6 Light, £240, Laura Ashley, is similar

Turning three cramped and tatty bedsits back into a house did not daunt artist Elaine Grainger and her publican husband Alan. ‘It was close to Dublin city centre, with a good-sized garden and original features,’ says Elaine. ‘I liked the ceiling height and the double reception rooms. We knew we could turn it back into the house it had once been.’ The couple were first to bid on the property but had to let it go when Elaine’s mother became ill and later passed away. However, later that year they saw the house was still on the market. ‘We decided it was meant to be, so we actively pursued it again,’ she says. ‘It was around the time of the property boom in Ireland and bidding was going up by the day – but the owner said we were the first to bid and agreed it was ours.’ The house had been chopped up into bedsits, with three tiny bathrooms, no central heating or modern wiring, and there was rising damp downstairs. ‘We had a good team of builders who’d worked on period houses and the property was structurally sound, so we weren’t put off,’ says Elaine. ‘The house had all its original fireplaces


The feature wall is painted in deep grey. ‘I liked the idea of making it into a cosy corner,’ says Elaine. try Down Pipe estate emulsion, £43.50 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & ball. Similar tablecloths at Zara home, from £11.99

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A stainless steel splashback with a rail is ideal to hang utensils. A similar splashback is SbK100r, £177, Deals4u. Somerton cream Shaker units, £503 for a 600mm base unit, Magnet. Franklin bar stools, £25 each, Ikea

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Original stained floorboards are striking in this bright room, and stacked paintings and piles of books add colour to the white walls. get the look with Diamond hard matt wood wax in walnut, £16.92 per 0.75 litres, ronseal. walls painted in wevet estate emulsion, £43.50 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & ball

and ceiling roses, so we decided we wanted to bring the space back to how it had originally looked. It was too much upheaval to live there during the renovations, so we rented a place nearby for three months.’ After two years they planned the kitchen extension. ‘I sketched out what I wanted – a large island, bifold doors, underfloor heating and a light, airy feel – then we called in an architect,’ says Elaine. ‘It took five months to finish, while we lived in the house – a very demanding time.’ But the end result was worth it: ‘I love our kitchen, because everything happens in here, from me working at the central island to the children, Conor, Tate and Isabelle, doing their homework.’ Elaine describes her decorating style as ‘eclectic’. She favours natural fabrics, off-white shades and the odd dark wall or floor to create drama. ‘I wish I was more adventurous with colour and pattern, but this works well for us,’ she says. The Graingers’ house is, however, still a work in progress. ‘We want to convert the large attic next,’ says Elaine. ‘I’d also like to change the skirting boards, and repaint the kitchen cupboards. After all, the devil is in the detail.’

GIRlS’ BEDROOM An old rocking horse, bought at auction, and a doll’s house sit well with the original cupboards and fireplace. Find a hand-carved horse, from £500, at the rocking horse Shop. try exmouth Doll’s house’s wooden toyshop, £144

d e c o r at i n g t i p ‘Use shades of the same colour on walls and paintwork to keep the same tone throughout – and don’t be afraid of dark colours’


This room has been ‘aged’ by adding wooden panelling. get the panelled look with cole and Son’s Library Frieze wallpaper, £110 per roll, Designer wallpapers. Dulux’s Mineral Mist, £14 per 2.5 litres, is a good match for the wall colour

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Louise wanted a sleek, streamlined look with no cupboard handles, so these soft- close doors are an ideal choice. Soho kitchen units, price on application, benchmarx. oslo pendants, £40 each, next

WORTH THE WAIT Embarking on a major development project had its frustrations for Louise and Alistair Crowle, but all their efforts finally paid off FEATURE AmAnder meAde | PhoTogRAPhy rAchAel Smith


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ThE PRoPERTy new-build house L o C AT I o N rutland R o o M S hall, sitting room, kitchen-diner, study, utility room, cloakroom, five bedrooms (all en suite) P U R C h A S E D 2014 PREVIoUS PRoPERTy ‘We lived in a detached house in northamptonshire,’ says louise.

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FAVOURITE ROOM ‘We designed the sitting room with windows on three sides and we love the way the light fills the space from different directions throughout the day’


The high ceiling creates a feeling of space and allows the woodburning stove to become a focal point. Woodburning stove, price on request, morsø. lucca sofas, £399 each, Sofa Sofa. lille armchair, £399, Swoon editions

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Mismatched chairs create a relaxed, laid-back feel in this bright and airy spot. the Madsen extending table, £499, Next, is similar


A magnetised rabbit wallpaper panel adds a light-hearted touch to this family space. try the rabbit print magnetic wallpaper by Sisters guild, £64.50,

hen Louise Crowle and her husband Alistair wanted to move house, they were intrigued by a dated 1970s bungalow in Rutland with a large plot. So, with builder Richard Barnes, they viewed the site. ‘Richard tested the foundations and they were sufficient to build a two-storey house,’ says Louise. ‘Having a free hand to redevelop the property was key to our decision to buy.’ Working with an architect, the couple began a wish list. ‘We have three children, Tilly, 14, Poppy, 12, and Finlay, 9, so we wanted each to have their own decent-sized bedroom with an en suite,’ says Louise. A large kitchen-diner was also a priority. The bungalow was demolished to make way for a new family home and the Crowles moved in with Louise’s parents as work began. The building work was due to take

final word ‘Building our own house means that this is the first home where Alistair, who’s tall, doesn’t have to duck to avoid light fittings’

nine months, but brown long-eared bats were found nesting in the roof and all work had to cease while the couple acquired a bat licence. ‘We also had to make the loft space bigger for the bats,’ says Louise. ‘It ended up taking 18 months. We wanted to do the right thing for the bats, but it was frustrating.’ Despite this, the couple say planning the property from scratch had huge advantages. It meant Louise could include plenty of storage. ‘We created recessed cupboards on both floors and matched their doors to the others in the house for continuity,’ she says. Louise describes her interior style as contemporary, with a nod to Scandi chic. Tones of grey are used as a base palette, with colour added through accessories. In a home filled with children, Louise planned in some practical measures, too. ‘We painted the walls white, which are simple to touch up should scuffs occur,’ she says. ‘We also laid vinyl tile flooring with a limed oak effect on the ground floor, which is easy to keep clean.’ ‘We’d recommend the self-build process despite the challenges,’ reflects Louise. ‘It’s empowering to control how your house is laid out and we love its individuality.’

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Gold accents and colourful cushions perk up this pared-back palette. the Juniper bed, from £1,595, And So to bed, is a good match for this one. Scenario charcoal quilted bedspread, £76, La redoute


Louise matched the grey of her bedspread to the units for a cohesive finish. cabinets, from a selection, Victoria Plumb. Metro tiles, £11.50sq m, tons of tiles

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Bold bedlinen strikes a vibrant note. Alang floor lamp, £49, Ikea. cushions, £18 each, tK Maxx

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b L A N K CANVAS Katharine Le Hardy and Guy Phillips transformed a dated house into a modern home filled with favourite artwork FeAtuRe Alix BATEmAn | PhotogRAPhy RAChAEl SmiTh

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the PRoPeRty 1930s terraced house L o c At i o N South london R o o m s hall, drawing room, sitting room, kitchen-diner, cloakroom, four bedrooms (one en suite), bathroom P u R c h A s e d 2012 PRevious PRoPeRty ‘We lived in a flat just a few streets away,’ says Katharine.

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In a small flat and planning a family, Katharine Le Hardy, a contemporary landscape artist, and Guy Phillips, a financier, began to look in their local south London neighbourhood for a home in 2012. They were concerned that if they didn’t upsize soon, they’d be priced out of the area. A 1930s house with generous proportions and a good-sized garden caught their eye. To

Katharine’s mind, the home was a blank canvas and she could see it had the potential to extend. ‘We were going to undertake a kitchen extension first, but, rather than have all the upheaval twice, we decided to do the loft at the same time,’ she says. With the arrival of their first child Theo, now two, and baby Alice on the way, the work went ahead and involved extending the kitchen, installing a master bedroom and en suite in the loft, and knocking through a

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KITCHEN Identical floor tiles inside and out create a sense of cohesion and natural flow. Cabinetry and worktops, from £22,000, Blakes london. hee bar stools, £123 each, Clippings

dININg arEa Vintage chairs have been brought up-to-date with colourful upholstery. Painting, from £900, Katharine le hardy

SITTINg rOOM dark walls provide a dramatic backdrop for a focal point painting. ‘The wonderful dog picture by Nick Bodimeade is the only artwork we’ve actually bought – all the

rest were traded,’ says Katharine. The hollywood mirror, £550, Abigail Ahern. Catarina ikat drum shade, £145, A Rum Fellow. The Asiatic logan rug, from £99, Rugs Direct, is similar

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shower room and separate cloakroom to form one large family bathroom. The kitchen extension was a huge success – introducing more natural light into the home and creating a space where the children can play while their parents cook. ‘It is really a fully functioning room for all of us,’ says Katharine. With the bare bones of her home in place, Katharine’s passion for supporting British designer-makers came to the fore, along with her uncanny knack for making a deal. As an artist with a strong following, she negotiated discounts with tradesmen in exchange for her paintings. And her network of artist friends was crucial in decorating the house; Katharine traded her work with other artists, lining the walls to create a gallery

aesthetic. Her own large and colourful canvases, depicting tropical scenes, add drama in the kitchen and tie in with the palm-print wallpaper in the loft bedroom. Trips to antiques markets and forays on eBay unearthed mid-century pieces to decorate the house. In the children’s bedrooms, Katharine has paired modern design with vintage to great effect by reupholstering a chair belonging to her grandmother, upcycling old chests of drawers and adding decals to the walls. ‘It’s important to me that the objects in my home are beautifully made,’ says Katharine. With each piece carefully chosen, the couple have created a home that is awash with style, celebrates British craftsmanship and is a showcase for art.

Favourite item ‘The vintage-style wallpaper in the bedroom was a bold design choice’

MASTER BEDROOM Simple mid-century modern pieces team with vibrant botanical wallpaper (above). Northerly blanket, £365, Eleanor Pritchard. Walls painted in Dimpse estate emulsion, £43.50 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball

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EN SUITE The muted tones act as a foil to the colourful palms on the bedroom walls. Casa floor tiles in Milk/ Dove, £138sq m, Marrakech Design. The Wenko Polaris Jet ceramic soap dispenser, £9.95, Victorian Plumbing, has a similar look

ALICE’S BEDROOM Upcycled furniture and a mountain-inspired wall sticker add personality. For a range of ready-made and bespoke bunting from £14, try Bunting Boutique. The Fabelab Travel Mountain organic cotton cushion, £25, is a match

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THEO’S BEDROOM Katharine designed the scheme for this room around the original pale yellow tiled fire surround. Monochrome Arrow Teepee play-tent, £105, LittleMe Teepee at Curtains in Menagerie,

£16m, Donna Wilson. Penguin print and Panda linocut, from £80, Millie McCallum. For unpainted wooden letters, around £2.80 each, try The Wooden Letters Company. The Kids Rainbow Half Moon rug, £39, The Rugs Collection, is similar

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

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Karine and Ossi Valtanen’s dining room not only offers a formal space for dining, but a smart window seat provides an inviting nook Pages P 80-83 to snuggle into. The seat base is built into the bay window, and is painted in the same, muted blue-grey to tie in with the walls and cabinetry in the rest of the room. The elegant framed drawers underneath are great for storage, and have been given a classic look with timeless brass knobs. Warm yellow is the perfect partner for mid-grey, and the plump seat pad and a row of scatter cushions in graphic, Scandi-style prints in the same palette ensure the nook is comfortable enough to sit down with a coffee and a good read.

When Souraya Hassan chose statement geometric wall tiles for her kitchen, she did not limit them to a splashback area, and instead boldly used the Pages P 35-39 tiles to decorate two walls from floor to ceiling. The traditional Egyptian design, featuring a mix of intricate patterns in warm brown tones, successfully define the kitchen zone, and bring colour and pattern to the whitepainted open-plan sitting and dining space. Wooden worktops and open shelves tie in with the natural palette and add rustic texture, ensuring the scheme doesn’t feel stark or clinical. Souraya has tempered the busy pattern of the tiles with simple white units and pale flooring, so that the room retains a spacious, airy feel.

The reading corner in Clara and Mark Trussler’s characterful farmer’s cottage features a comfy armchair to curl up on, beside some handy box Pages P 26-29 shelves filled with books and ornaments. The distressed-finish shelves are made from vintage wooden crates that have been fixed to the wall. This is a great way to transform shelving from a purely practical consideration into an eye-catching design feature. The worn-wood finish also brings a rustic touch that works perfectly in a country-style space. Keep a look out for old apple crates at vintage fairs, or buy them online. You could even use old drawers from an unwanted bedside table or chest of drawers to create a similar storage solution.

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Inspired shopping Botanical rug tropical style has transformed Valerie Leipheimer’s home. Follow her example with a calvin Klein wool rug inspired by Mayan artefacts, from £369, Houseology.

Velvet chair Lucy Smith has added plush texture to her dining area. re-create the look with the Mauricette velvet chairs, £94.49 each, Maisons du Monde.

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Beaded pendant

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can’t resist Souraya Hassan’s fusion style? Get your hands on this Abigail Ahern beaded pendant ceiling light, £150, Debenhams.

Origami bowl

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If, like Katharine Le Hardy, you love a clean and contemporary look, pot up fragrant kitchen herbs in this white folded Menu vase, £79.95, trouva.

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Alive with bright colour and busy pattern, Valerie Leipheimer’s bed is adorned with the bell Moth cushions, £138 each, timorous beasties.

Distressed console

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the butlers’ LA beach house has a sophisticated coastal look. to achieve the style, choose worn-wood pieces like the Imperial two-drawer console, £1,460, Sweetpea & Willow.

Traditional tiles Souraya and Mahmoud Hassan’s bathroom is decorated with locally sourced egyptian tiles in blue and white. Mix and match from the Acapulco range, £3.95 each, Fired earth.

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Mother of pearl chest

emma and Al byrnes chose a statement drawer unit. try this beautiful dark blue version, £1,200, Iris Furnishing.

Classic sofa get clara and Mark trussler’s cosy country look with the Kentwell large sofa in Mull wolf, £1,905, Sofas & Stuff, featuring curvy bandaged arms and elegant turned wooden legs.

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Retro clock

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If the calming blues of Sammy patterson’s kitchen inspire you, start with this newgate Ice cream factory wall clock, £52, red candy.

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Woven blanket


this washed-wood square urn table lamp, £45, the French bedroom company, features a natural linen shade, similar to the design on the waughs’ sitting room side table.

Statement pendants

As the days get shorter, brighten up your space with one of these lovely lights

ceres wire sphere pendant light, £39.99, Argos

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black feather pendant, £852, curious egg

Kartell Fly ceiling light in Sage, £187, Decorelo

Skipper pendant in walnut, £195, tom raffield

Zellie pendant light, £35, habitat

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Urn lamp

Amelia heggie’s west Sussex cottage is brimming with country charm. Snuggle up under this apple green cobweave throw, £59, the british blanket company.

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t h E P r o P E r t y Victorian townhouse L o c At i o n north london r o o m S Sitting room, kitchen-diner, study, cloakroom, four bedrooms (one en suite), dressing room, bathroom P u r c h A S E d 2014 PrEviouS ProPErty ‘John and i were born in Gibraltar and have a house in Spain, now used for holidays,’ says Yvonne.

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haven Deft structural changes and a cohesive palette have turned John and Yvonne Bassadone’s townhouse into an urban sanctuary FEAturE Serena FokSchaner PhotogrAPhy rachael Smith

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This pale, restful scheme contrasts with the deep blue of the study. Souk rug, from £199, West elm. miD140 cupboard, £1,436, chelsea textiles. bespoke henley sofa, the Sofa & chair company. Versailles large mirror, £465, oka. ariel shell chair, £695, Graham and Green. Peggy floor lamp, £665, Gong


A Crittall window has replaced a door to the kitchen/dining area and helps to link the two spaces. Snowdrop sofa, from £1,190, Pink alhambra geometric cushion, from £215, hunt & hope. For a similar desk, try Ginsberg, £279, Swoon editions. Flat rattan chair, £210, cox and cox

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here are homes with a cocooning, composed ambience, which invite you to sink into a deep sofa, kick off your shoes, inhale deeply and bask in the serenity. This is the atmosphere inside John and Yvonne Bassadone’s townhouse. Pale-walled and clutter-free, here is a home that balances elegance with a family-friendly feel. ‘As parents with young children you can sometimes feel a bit overwhelmed by plastic toys and chaos,’ says Yvonne. ‘So it was important that our home felt comfortable, but also a bit Zen.’ The couple’s background shaped their

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aesthetic too. ‘We both grew up in Gibraltar and spend a lot of time in Spain, so we wanted this house to contrast with the fiery colours and bright whites of typical Mediterranean interiors.’ Although light and unusually wide for an early-Victorian townhouse, the property was not without flaws. ‘There were elements of the floorplan which didn’t flow,’ says Yvonne who enlisted interior designer and university friend Talia Cobbold to re-model the house. At the rear, an awkward set of steps, which led to a once-dark partitioned office, were hurled into the skip. In their place, a deep-blue Crittall window offers a view of

the new kitchen-diner, while also creating a divide between the more formal study and this relaxed family space. Here, a narrow window above the sink was enlarged to flood the space with light, and a redundant corridor turned into a utility area. The bespoke, unadorned kitchen and rustic dining table also reflect Yvonne’s leanings: ‘I gravitate towards natural materials and beautiful fabrics, avoiding anything too new or shiny.’ But Talia did manage to coax her friend out of her comfort zone. ‘I would probably have played it safe and painted everything white,’ admits Yvonne. Elsewhere the cohesive ‘flow’ of the

d e s i g n t i p ‘Keep a close eye on the detail. I’m most proud of the design elements that usually go unnoticed but add enormously to the overall effect’


Reflecting Yvonne’s leaning towards understated design, the simple hand-painted units echo the rustic feel of the dining table. bespoke kitchen, Devol. Pendant lights, made to order at Hector Finch.


A wall was removed to create this family eating and kitchen area and bring more light in to the space, while new doors open out onto the garden, designed by Will Allerton. Painting over fireplace, Walking from cerne by Harriet Hoult. bespoke table, the French House. bar stools, £200 each, cox & cox

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1 GuEsT bEdrOOm The ceiling height was raised and joinery was used to add floor-to-ceiling wardrobes with built-in bedside niches. Zig Zag alpaca throw in camel, £295; Peter Pop square-pattern cushion in Light blue, £188, all Jonathan Adler 2 mAsTEr bEdrOOm Neutral tones punctuated by slate blues create a tranquil feel. wicker bedside chest of drawers in Midnight, from £976, chelsea textiles. you’ll find a similar lamp at Pooky. blue and white cushion, from £35, warris Vianni


3 GIrLs’ bEdrOOm In here, a controlled palette of soft, pale paint tones contrasts with bright and cheerful accessories. Pink and red throws, £295, Jonathan Adler. ernest pouffe in Field Day, £282, ScP


1 interior was achieved by using three shades of the same neutral paint colour. Overhead, elaborate cornicing was swapped for a more streamlined shape and the ornate fireplaces replaced with simpler, sandstone designs. A restored handrail twirls up to the first floor, where the ungainly layout was also reshuffled to create a more logical space and align with Yvonne’s belief in the principles of feng shui. Instead of three bedrooms, a suite of rooms leads from the master bedroom through to the dressing room. From here you step in to the bathroom. ‘This was a bit of a challenge; as John wanted a shower and Yvonne a bath, and the room is not big,’ says Talia. The result is an L-shaped configuration with a panel of silvered mirror glass


between bath and shower to draw your eye upwards, emphasising the scale of the room. An eye for scale was also employed on the top floor where the ceiling height was raised; a device that makes the guest room here feel deceptively large. Working with friends can prove tricky but in this case the partnership has paid off. ‘Talia has known me long enough to appreciate my style,’ says Yvonne. The result is a deft mix of high-end and high street, a combination that has fed into the furnishings. ‘Everything has character and reflects the thought that has gone into the rest of the house,’ reflects Yvonne. ‘Every time we come back from a trip we open the door, drop our bags and draw a big breath.For an urban home, there’s such a sense of peace here. We’re very lucky.’


4 drEssInG rOOm A sliding ladder allows easy access to the top-tier of storage. handles, from £163 for 8cm at ochre. blinds made from Mirandela Pebble at Prêt à Vivre, from £39.90m. Luna pendant in oyster, £295, copper & Silk 5 mAsTEr En-suITE Contrasting tiles and a vertical mirror help draw attention away from the compact size of the room. Arabesque wall tiles, 95p each, Fired earth. Vintage Decor hexagon in white/grey floor tiles, from £15sqm, Mandarin Stone

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Insight Designing a Dressing room Think practically and you can create a stylish space for clothes, just like the Bassadones’


lthough it might mean substituting a guest bedroom or office, installing a dressing room can offer the much-needed space and storage missing from master bedrooms, creating a private sanctuary away from family areas. As with John and Yvonne Bassadone’s scheme, this may require reconfiguring an awkward floor plan and installing new doors, yet the results will be worth the effort.


Stow it away Bespoke furniture is the best option for adding essential storage. Consider the proportions of your property; rooms with high ceilings perfectly cater to walls of tall, fitted wardrobes and a sliding ladder can be included in the design to reach overhead areas. Inside, modular shelving with rails will best utilise the space, while cedar-lined joinery is worth considering to protect delicate fabrics from moths. For more compact spaces, opt for freestanding chests of drawers

and combine with pieces that have a dual purpose; a comfy ottoman with storage space inside, for example, is practical for both putting on shoes and storing them away. If there isn’t the space or budget for a dedicated dressing room, fitted wardrobes within the bedroom can act as an attractive feature wall.

Be bold Often only accessible via the bedroom and thus hidden away from view, interiors schemes can be more daring in a dressing room. Bring personality and warmth to a wall of wardrobes by covering them with a pretty wallpaper or choose a rich, opulent colour palette that will add to the feeling of luxury. If you have lost considerable floor space to fitted wardrobes, install wide, floor-length mirrors to enhance the light and maximise the feeling of space. Lighting is also key; dimmer switches offer a softer, more forgiving mood while displaying shoes on back-lit shelves is both practical and impactful.

professional advice storage should be the first thing that is installed. Organisation is essential as a dressing room is likely to be home to a range of clothes and accessories. Take note of everything that will be kept in the room before ordering new furniture or storage items. Bespoke furniture can be designed to suit your needs, so if you’re a shoe fanatic, for example, you can have a rack made to your specifications. While some don’t like the idea of open rails, these are budget-friendly and are ideal for those who tend to forget about clothes hidden away in the wardrobe. if working with a bespoke furniture specialist, you can create a dressing table in any style; some might like the idea of a chic, modern glass table, while others may prefer a French-style design with ornate carvings. Invest in full-length mirrors, which have the added benefit of making the room seem bigger. In terms of lighting, many people favour a Hollywood-style mirror, with lights all around the frame. Make sure lighting for the rest of the space is soft and preferably installed with a dimmer. WilliaM GaRvey, WilliAM GARvEy

address book Doors with glass panels are a practical yet stylish choice

A curtain is a simple way to separate two rooms

Built-in joinery makes the most of every inch of space

e x p e r t e y e ‘Framing mirrors with LED strips creates a flattering effect. Buy bulbs with the correct colour rendering index (CRI) to ensure colours look true. Also consider surfaces – if opting for high-gloss, for instance, you’ll need handles to prevent finger marks. MaRk Goldstein, GOlDsTEin WEEn ARChiTECTs

■ William Garvey, 01404 841430, Bespoke furniture designers and makers. ■ Neville Johnson, 0161 873 8333, Fitted furniture in a wide selection of materials, colours and finishes from one of the uK’s top designers. ■ Ikea, 020 3645 0000, Offers a range of freestanding and flat-pack wardrobes and bedroom furniture. ■ Goldstein Ween Architects, 020 7498 2111, Architectural practice based in london. 2 5 b h O C TO B ER 2017 | 119

siTTing rOOm russell made the shelves using a combination of furniture ply and mdF. try Fjord four vintage multicoloured wooden wall shelves, £115, Maisons du Monde

KiTchen an island unit custom made from stainless steel gives this space an industrial edge. Xavier Pauchard tolix-style stool with natural wood seat, £69, Cult Furniture, would work

NEVER-ENDING STORY Russell Hart and Emer Fitzpatrick’s constantly evolving home is perfectly suited to the fast-pace of family life feature JuLIet beNNINg | PhotograPhy gAP INterIorS/MArK SCott


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the ProPerty 1950s semi-detached townhouse L o c at i o n galway, Ireland r o o m s hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, den, four bedrooms, bathroom P u r c h a s e d 2006 Previous ProPerty ‘before moving here, we lived in a little two-up, two-down in Dublin,’ says emer.

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hen Russell Hart and Emer Fitzpatrick moved into their Galway home they brought with them a whirlwind of activity. Along with their sons, Eoghan, 11, Alban, 9, and Fionn, 6, Holly the cat and Obi, a rescue puppy, complete the family picture. The house was verging on derelict when the couple viewed it, but they were beguiled by its charm and loved the big windows and generous proportions. They decided to buy, and soon after set to work on their vision, moving walls and opening up the lower floor so that the dining room, sitting room and kitchen are all now connected as part of a free-flowing space. Impressively handy, Russell was kept busy with the endless removal of woodchip wallpaper and the deconstruction of steel and concrete outhouses. The renovation took nearly four months to complete with the couple adding an extension to become a den for the boys. During

this upheaval the family were able to live at the B&B they run a five-minute walk away. When it comes to decorating, Russell and Emer favour a slow evolution, layering their home with art posters, antique buys and pieces commissioned from local artisans. ‘Don’t try to do everything at the beginning,’ says Russell. ‘Get walls and doors right, then add to it over the years.’ Rather than rushing to create a space which could go out of fashion rapidly, the couple chose mainly white walls and the occasional feature wall that can be easily altered. Never ones to rest for long, the couple plan to extend the hall and turn the garage into a utility room where the boys can store sports gear. It seems that the house, constantly responding to its owners’ needs, is as much a living, breathing entity as the family that live there. ‘Our home will never be truly finished because it’s always evolving,’ says Russell, ‘but that’s part of the joy of living here.’ fo r sto c k i sts g o to w her e to b u y

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hall The 1950s coat hooks were found in the basement when the family moved in. The bright yellow door contrasts with warm mid-grey walls. walls painted in elephant’s breath estate emulsion, £43.50 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & ball. try's ryker rug, £119


BOYs’ BedrOOm hard-wearing wooden furniture is beautiful and practical. Mydal bunk bed frame, £125; Poäng children’s armchair, £24, both Ikea


masTer BedrOOm an antique wooden headboard and ink-blue wall create a cosy feel. Drawing room blue estate emulsion, £43.50 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & ball. trål work lamp, £20, Ikea


dining rOOm emer’s father built the corner seat, while russell made the shelves. Krossing shelving unit, £400, the Conran Shop, would suit this space. old school electric spun steel pendant light, £125, Made to Last, is similar

3 design advice ‘We’re big believers in being open-minded – trust your instincts and don’t set any rules’

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Pops of red, plaid fabric and cable-knit cushions bring a cosy feel to the scheme. Kingston sofa, £1,650, Laura Ashley. the opium coffee table, £1,135, Lombok, has a similar look

home truths the PRoPeRty Grade II-listed Victorian forge L o C at i o n Devon R o o m s Sitting room, kitchen-diner/family room, study, three bedrooms (one en suite), bathroom P u R C h a s e d 2010 PRevious PRoPeRty ‘Jim was based in Devon and I lived in London,’ says Philippa. ‘this is our first home together.’

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y fiancé Jim wanted to be by the sea, and I wanted to live in the countryside, in a house that was old and had character,’ says Philippa Hartley. She lived in London at the time but Jim was based in Devon, so it made sense to look for a house there after they got married. And they found one that ticked all the boxes: a former forge with bags of character that was close to the coast but had been on the market for 18 months. ‘It had been in one family for 50 years and hadn’t been touched since the 1970s,’ says Philippa. ‘It was a huge project, which is why no one else had snapped it up.’ The couple loved the aspect of the courtyard with stunning views across the garden to the countryside. ‘The garden was beautiful as the previous owners were keen gardeners. My mother-in-law’s jaw dropped when she saw it,’ says Philippa. The sale went through in October 2010 but the new owners didn’t move in until 10 months later, living with Jim’s mum while the renovations took place. ‘We took the house apart ourselves and completely gutted it,’ says Philippa, ‘then we rewired, replumbed, insulated and replastered throughout. We also installed underfloor heating and fitted radiators upstairs.’ New ceilings and floors were added, too, as well as beautiful period-style windows. To make the house work for them, the couple changed the internal layout. ‘What is now the open-plan kitchen/ living/dining area was garages and workshops, so we needed to get planning


Cream painted units keep the room light, while wooden worktops lend warmth. Similar cabinets, price on request, Harvey Jones. butcher’s block painted in Pigeon estate eggshell, £60 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & ball


Blue and white lends a coastal feel. the oscar sofa in brittany blue French stripe is similar, £2,445, Loaf. try the chichester 5ft open rack grand dresser, £2,690, Neptune

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The wow factor is achieved with a vaulted ceiling and an antique freestanding bath. try the clearwater Lonio bath, £2,020, Soakology. the Kilima wool rug, £286.50, Maisons du Monde, is similar


Vintage sporting equipment such as snowshoes and ski poles turns an unused corner into a focal point.

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A wrought-iron bed and patchwork quilt create a period feel. For a similar look, try the highgrove bed, from £549, Feather & black

permission to make this lovely family space, which overlooks the garden,’ says Philippa. Reintroducing period features was also important. ‘We tried to bring personality and by replicating what would have been there before so, for instance, we added beams downstairs.’ The kitchen was upstairs, but that space was turned into an office and living room, with a dividing wall incorporating a woodburner. ‘We hacked away and found some lovely slate, so that became the hearth. Wood from an old pier found in a reclamation yard became a lintel above the fireplace.’ When it came to decorating, Philippa was keen on a coastal-meetscountry look. All the walls were painted white and in many of the rooms the colour palette is blue and white. ‘It’s one of my favourite schemes; everyone jokes if it’s not blue and white, it can’t belong to a Hartley,’ she says. ‘However, the upstairs living room is more colourful.’ The decorating process was organic and involved buying pieces that had history. ‘We collected things slowly as we wanted to buy what we liked rather than needed,’ says Philippa. ‘When I saw some antique chairs that Jim had found for the living room I thought he was mad, but we sent them to an upholsterer to be re-covered and now I think they are beautiful.’ Since their move, the couple have welcomed the arrival of children Ned and Clemmie, and the house has proved to be an idyllic family home. ‘The children have a great garden to play in and we have coast and country on our doorstep,’ says Phillippa. ‘It’s the best of both worlds.’ fo r sto c k i sts g o to w her e to b u y


Soft blue accents are in keeping with this whitewashed space’s serene feel. get the look with the toile-de-Jouy cushion, £19.95, Scotts of Stow. Lacquer butler’s tray, £95, the white company. the eleanor table lamp base, from £50, Pooky, is similar

Final word ‘We adore the property’s higgledy piggledy nature and the fact that we gutted it and made every decision on how to change this house to suit our needs’

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Country character Using vivid colours and mismatched patterns, Amelia Heggie has created a family home full of personality and rural charm FEATURE VIVIENNE AYERS | PhOTOgRAPhY POLLY ELTES

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Against a neutral backdrop, Amelia has added in golden tones with a dramatic sofa fabric, mellow cushions and a vibrant rug. Antique Chesterfield from Nimmo & Spooner covered in Flying Ducks Velvet by Mulberry Home, £149m, Jane Clayton. Jonesy sofa, from £1,195, Loaf

ThE PROPERTY Grade II listed cottage, built in the 1800s L O C AT I O N West Sussex R O O M S Hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen-diner, pantry, four bedrooms, two bathrooms P U R C h A S E D 2013 PREVIOUS PROPERTY 'Before moving here, we lived in a house in London,' says Amelia.

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Vintage chairs, a flamboyant lampshade and a patterned floor create a truly individual look. bauhaus stackable chair, £59, Cult Furniture. Vintage light, £440, rothschild & bickers


Country-style fabric has been used as a blind and to hide under-the-sink shelves. Fabric, rabbit and Cabbage linen, £95 per m, thornback & Peel


Patchwork floor tiles add a modern touch to the classic cabinets. The Aga is built into an alcove and teams beautifully with the floor. Stamford tiles, £54sq m, topps tiles. Door painted in oval room blue estate eggshell, £60 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & ball. the retro lemonade bottle crate, £26, Dibor, is comparable

inspiration ‘When creating this home, Ian and I have been ruled by our hearts, not our heads – this house reflects our life story, memories and the future’


e both grew up in the countryside – me in Kent and my husband Iain in Surrey, so we wanted our children to have a similar rural upbringing,’ says Amelia Heggie, owner of interior design company Denim Interiors. ‘We felt we needed space for the children to roam and be free. We also wanted a lifestyle change.’ At the time, she and Iain were living in London. ‘We worked on a pop-up pub at Goodwood and fell in love with the area,’ says Amelia. ‘By coincidence, my granny and 128 | 2 5 b h o C to b er 2017

my aunt came from nearby. As we wanted to be within easy reach of London and be surrounded by pretty countryside, West Sussex ticked all the boxes.’ The hunt was then on for a suitable property. ‘We were looking for village life with a community so didn’t want to be in a really rural location.’ A chocolate box cottage came up for sale that seemed perfect. ‘It was luck and timing,’ says Amelia. ‘We hadn’t sold our house in London and this was the first house we looked at. I drove like a maniac to view it before it went on the market and loved it. I saw it on a perfect sunny day when

the owner was making marmalade, so it seemed idyllic.’ It was instant. Amelia put in an offer within seconds of leaving the house, before Iain had even seen it. The cottage was relatively compact and had a small garden, so it wasn’t the most obvious choice for a family with three children, but that didn’t deter Amelia. The cottage also appealed as it was in a good state of repair. ‘I knew I wouldn’t have to spend crazy money and it wasn’t going to be a massive job putting our stamp on it,’ she says. As the interior was dark, Amelia painted throughout in an off-white shade

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A quirky look is achieved with mismatched patterns, retro-style bed and painted wooden furniture – perfect for a delightful country feel. Perroquet wallpaper, £70 per roll, Nina Campbell. For a similar bed try the oliver bed, £399, Feather & black. the Fire rug, from £335, woven is a good match. Chest of drawers, painted in Arsenic estate eggshell, £60 for 2.5 litres, Farrow & ball

MASTER BEDROOM A vintage eiderdown and wrought-iron bed is given a modern update with bold splashes of colour. Alpha bed, £70, John Lewis, is similar. Jali rug, from £355, the rug Company


A roll-top bath and tongueand-groove panelling combine to create a classic cottage look. The simple black and white photographic print and propped mirror complement the vintage style. For a similar bath try the Spey cast-iron bath tub with ball and claw feet, from £3,570, Drummonds. walls painted in Portland Stone Dark matt emulsion, £42 per 2.5 litres, Little greene

to maximise the natural light. ‘I fitted lots of pendants, too,’ she says. new flooring was also laid to showstopping effect in the kitchen. The existing cabinets were plain wood and Amelia wanted to make a statement with the flooring and introduce some pattern, so she chose patchwork ceramic tiles that are practical as well as eye-catching. Vibrant rugs add colour and pattern in other rooms. ‘I wanted the interior to be an urban country cottage with a modern twist,’ explains Amelia. ‘I was keen to add pops of colour with accessories and lights, and fo r sto c k i sts g o to w her e to b u y

to introduce some vintage and slightly industrial elements.’ It was also a great excuse to buy some new furniture. ‘We downsized from our house in London and had to rethink the sofas and the dining room table and chairs because they didn’t fit. We bought some antique sofas that we re-covered,’ she adds. pattern and colour play their part with feature walls in striking wallpapers and accessories and furniture in vibrant shades. Amelia’s signature style is mixing and matching colours and patterns for an eclectic effect and it gives her schemes

a contemporary edge. ‘If I love something, it makes me happy and helps create a homely atmosphere. The decorating is organic and is ongoing,’ she says. It took about a year before the house felt like home, but country life has been a huge success for the family. ‘We’re much happier here than in London,’ says Amelia. ‘Life is slower and there’s more of a community; we know the neighbours and the postman. The children love it here, too, as there’s loads for them to do, they have freedom and the chance to explore. It’s the quintessential English country life.’ 2 5 b h o C to b er 2017 | 129

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home truths ThE PROPERTY Double-fronted victorian house l O C AT i O n southwest London R O O M S Hall, sitting room, kitchen-diner, playroom, family room, utility room, study, four bedrooms (two en suite), bathroom P U R C h A S E d 2011 PREViOUS PROPERTY ‘We moved from a period property in Fulham,’ says cheryl.


Slender gaps in the wood risers let more light in through the glass staircase. bespoke kitchen, smallbone of Devizes; painted in Light blue estate eggshell, £6 per 2.5 litres, Farrow & ball. Ligne roset Pam stools, £369 each, Heal’s. beat fat light, £325, tom Dixon. try the Iris dining table, £530, Wayfair

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This space is a tropical paradise. try the sunnylife flamingos, £20 for two, John Lewis

Dining area

Cheryl wanted a chandelier for this space, but Andy’s choice of top hat lights won the day. Jeeves & Wooster bowler hat pendants, £197 each, trouva

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Bold colours add energy and life to the neutral backdrop. Gardiner footstool, £385, arlo & Jacob. For a similar rug try the sellarsbrook blue by suzanne sharp, from £830 per sq m, the rug company

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d lesson learnt ‘We wanted every space to have a bit of light-hearted humour – even the smallest ones, and we worked with the esoteric shapes of the rooms, rather than trying to disguise them’

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iscovering a new angle sums up cheryl and andy’s approach to their london home, where they have looked beneath its formal Victorian style to reveal something sharper and altogether more intriguing. their masterstroke was slicing decisively through the house’s traditional core, inserting sections of glass and crisp lines, so that the once buttoned-up 19th-century space now flows with renewed energy. cheryl and andy have succeeded in solving an architectural puzzle that has lain at the heart of this Fulham home since it was built. it’s not obvious at first, but the floor plan of this handsome double-fronted house is more trapezium than rectangle – probably the result of bickering Victorian builders when the land was divided up. it means that the house’s two exterior side walls gently angle inwards, meeting in a point at the end of a wedge-shaped garden. Given his work as a property developer, andy was unfazed by this. ‘i’m used to finding solutions to unusual problems,’ he says. cheryl was less blasé. ‘the irregular angles were a bit scary and complicated, and had put off several other buyers,’ she says. but neither andy nor cheryl are in the habit of shirking a challenge. and andy’s philosophy – to work with the problem rather than trying to disguise it – has paid off. ‘in the end, the wall angles were the driving force behind the house’s redesign and architecture,’ he says. the tapered, triangular floor spaces seemed to be crying

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Bright colour pops create a sophisticated but fun space. yellow chevron bone inlay bedside table, £475, graham & green, has this look. Ananas pineapple lamp, £475; Palmeral Daley shade, £130, both house of hackney

out for a new central staircase. this, in turn, divided the lower-ground floor into two zones – kitchen-diner and family room, where the couple’s sons like to play. the angle-oriented design is echoed in the details. the marble island in the centre of the kitchen area was made so that each long side is parallel with its exterior wall, making a subtler mini trapezium. ‘if we’d gone for a standard rectangle, it would have drawn more attention to the disparity,’ says andy. instead, the lines of the island and the walls recede into a point in the garden. andy’s boldest move was removing two walls and a ceiling to create the impressive kitchen-diner. the glass balcony and balustrades over the double-height atrium mean it’s now a ‘dramatic dining space, where light fills every corner’, says cheryl. the family-friendly interior’s sense of fun is augmented by pops of neon and flocks of pink flamingos. Upstairs, colour is also worked into geometric fabrics, rugs and throws that reference the sharp lines and angles that are part of the house’s dNa. in the family room, there is a set of framed photos that show ‘before’ and ‘after’ images of the house. the previous lower-ground floor is unrecognisable. ‘it was dark and dank, with tiny windows,’ says cheryl. ‘the only things that glittered there were layers of tin foil stuck on the walls, which was rather intriguing!’ but these days, there’s no doubt that andy and cheryl’s gleaming, glass-enhanced update is a winning transformation. fo r sto c k i sts g o to w her e to b u y


Tiles with a part-modern, part-Victorian feel were laid in this widened area. tiles by London Mosaic, price on request

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Mismatched colours and patterns create a lively fun feel. Samba Spectrum rug is like this, from £50, the rugs warehouse


The curved bath and twin basins help soften the room’s sharp angles. barcelona tub, price on request, Victoria + Albert

sunny delight Sammy and Matthew Patterson have personalised their home with a colour palette reminiscent of their time spent abroad FeaTuRe karen WiLSon | phoTogRaphy katy Lee

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The pRopeRTy Semi-detached townhouse L o c aT i o n Leeds R o o m s Hall, sitting room, kitchen-diner, snug, study, two bedrooms (both en suite), dressing room, bathroom p u R c h a s e d 2013 pRevious pRopeRTy ‘We were renting a two-bedroom maisonette in Leeds city centre before we bought this house,’ says Sammy.


uying a new-build townhouse has proved to be a convenient and stress-free way for Sammy Patterson and her husband Matthew to get onto the property ladder. The couple met in Santorini, Greece, seven years ago, where Sammy, 30, worked as a wedding planner and Matthew, 31, was enjoying a summer of fun as a barman. On their return to home soil, Matthew was offered a marketing job in Leeds and it wasn’t long before Sammy found a job there too as a pension income manager. However, after renting a maisonette for few years, the couple were desperate for more space. ‘Matthew was using our spare room as an office, so it wasn’t KITCHEN ‘When it came to the colour scheme I think we were subconsciously influenced by our time in Santorini,’ says Sammy. Home of colour Marina blue silk emulsion, £10 for 2.5 litres, Homebase, is a similar. Montpellier cheesemaker wall clock, £54.96, tick tock clocks, has the same look dININg arEa The couple bought this substantial

wooden table with matching benches to create a sociable space for friends. Dining table and benches, £550, nina’s country kitchen gardEN a large gazebo with comfy seating has transformed the outdoor space. yardistry cedar gazebo, £999.99, costco. azores sofa and corner lounge set, £1,199, christopher Pratts, would work here

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25bh | mo d e r n tow n h o us e ideal for guests, plus we really wanted a garden so we could have a dog,’ explains Sammy. Soon after, a work colleague told Sammy about a new Strata Homes development that was just a few minutes from their office and 15 minutes from Leeds city centre. ‘Matthew grew up in Chesterfield living in new-builds but I was concerned the rooms would be too small and was keen to find an older property,’ says Sammy, originally from Cardiff. ‘However, when I saw the spacious hall and kitchen of the show home, I had to think again.’ The pair reserved a slightly larger house type off-plan, which had an extra room over the garage to give them a decent-sized guest bedroom. Since their previous rental home had been fully furnished, they had to buy everything new. ‘It was really exciting when the beds arrived on day one and sofas on day two,’ recalls Sammy. ‘Although it was a bit stressful when the delivery men suggested taking out the staircase to get the sofa into the sitting room. Luckily, my mother-in-law persuaded them to just try a bit harder!’ Sammy had more reason than most to be happy to move into the new house. Earlier that year she had been diagnosed with a rare form of bowel cancer. ‘I’m now in remission so this was a happy ending to a difficult year,’ she says. Six months after moving in, the couple started decorating and replaced the solid internal doors with SNUG This was originally set up as a dining room in the show home but the couple decided to use it as a warm and cosy place to relax in the evenings. Posters 2 cherish sells personalised film posters from £24.99 for A4 size. trafalgar Grand tour sofa in clay (with London station cushions), £1,299, DFS. beta cushion in black £40, barker & Stonehouse. Logan white drinks cabinet, £80, Next.

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Antic gold glass vase, around £17, Maisons du Monde, has this look SiTTiNG room ‘my favourite piece in here is the coffee table with its sliding sections as it’s so unusual,’ says Sammy. rotate coffee table, £199, Dwell, is a match. Wall paint, crown breatheasy duck egg blue silk emulsion, £14 per 2.5 litres, Homebase. For similar frames, £35 each, try the White company

i n s p i r at i o n ‘Social media is amazing for finding ideas, but I use pictures as a starting point and put my own spin on things rather than purely imitating’

future plans ‘We’re going to divide the large dressing room to make two smaller rooms with more fitted storage’

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glass designs, as well as adding wood laminate flooring in the hallway and snug. ‘We were so nervous when we put the first lick of paint on the walls,’ admits Sammy. ‘But since then, we’ve become more confident and have probably spent a month’s salary on tester pots!’ Waiting to see how they used the space was undoubtedly their best decision. ‘The show home was laid out with a dining room at the front, but we decided to use it as a snug,’ says Sammy. ‘We bought a big table for the kitchen instead because that had become our most sociable room.’ Luckily, the pair have similar tastes when it comes to interiors. ‘I like the sleek, modern look, but it’s important things don’t start to feel too clinical, which is why I fell for some of the features like the exposed brick walls and metal beams in the kitchen,’ says Sammy. ‘Although I’m a big fan of accessories, I dislike clutter so I try to only shop for things I need, rather than buying things I like and finding a place for them to live. I’m always on the lookout and take inspiration from everything from shop displays to hotels.’ The last job was to revamp the garden, adding a deck with gazebo, creating a terrace area for the barbecue and adding electric sockets for outdoor lighting. ‘We bought lots of artificial plants and trees as real flowers don’t last now that we have our husky pup Kali,’ says Sammy. ‘Buying a new build was the perfect choice for us – we use every room but still feel we have space to grow.’ GUEST BEDROOM ‘We wanted an American-style cabin feel in here,’ says Sammy. Fine Decor Distinctive Parquet wood reclaim wallpaper in cream, £12.99 per roll, I Love wallpaper DRESSING ROOM Sammy was able to create a stylish showroom feel in this generoussized space. tobias chair, £55, Ikea. Love LeD

feature light, £50, Next MASTER BEDROOM Shimmering gold shades create a luxurious look. Laura Ashley’s baker mirror, £310, has the same look B AT H R O O M A quirky, rustic wine rack adds a fun touch. reclaimed wine rack, £30, rustic retro Furniture at etsy. Find bulb festoon lights, £45, cox & cox

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25bh | i d e a s to s h a r e A moody palette of deep blues and berry reds creates the perfect backdrop for tactile rustic accessories

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ith the days growing shorter and nights drawing in, the change in the season is sure to make you want to retreat indoors into a warm, cosy space. Striking the perfect balance between pared-back rustic style and a contemporary use of strong, rich hues, this room emanates an irresistable cloistering air, encouraging you to snuggle up here throughout autumn and the depths of winter. Rough-hewn boarded walls set the tone for this cabin-like den but this potentially heavy feel is lightened when contrasted with the modern country-style chest of drawers, with its pale grey finish and blond wood top. The scrubbed farmhouse table, chunky seat and 150 | 2 5 b h O C TO B ER 2017

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