where she gained a First in textile design. In her final year, she recalls, all three of her children were also taking exams. “One Easter holiday,” she says, “we all sat down and revised together.” The small room where Louise studied during that time has now been incorporated to create a bigger, family bathroom, and she subsequently set up a studio in one of the barns. As Louise Townsend Print, she consults on colour, designs her own textiles and sells her products in the UK and across the Atlantic. She also runs screen-printing courses from her studio. By filling her house with colour, pattern and the floral fabrics that represent everything Louise loved about her grandmother’s joie de vivre, she not only rekindled her own happy childhood memories, but also created a joyful home for her own family. “Many of the textiles in the house have been with us since before the children were born,” she says. “I love the familiarity of these ‘old friends’ as do the family when they come home.” n
ABOVE The wallpaper in the light and spacious en-suite bathroom is Thibaut’s Bamboo Lattice in Aqua from its Enchantment collection. The bath is by Burlington. LEFT The outlook from one of the en-suite bathroom windows – the house is surrounded by beautiful countryside.
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