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25 beautiful homes | september 2018


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25 beautiful

HOMES House to Home

Inspiring real-life transformations


RestoRation DRaMa

A house fire prompted a fresh start

By the sea

A stylish coastal retreat in Cornwall

Design advice for every room

pAttern And Colour ConFIdenCe CLeVer tIps For WALLs, FLoors AND FurNIture

September 2018

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o u t o f t h e a s h e s Having been

badly damaged by fire, a Nottinghamshire farmhouse has now been lovingly restored P o i n t s o f v i e w The interior of this French villa reflects its stunning surroundings c h i c & u n i Q u e Vintage finds and sophisticated shades fill this Bedford home P i c t u r e P e r f e c t A Cornish riverside property provides an idyllic retreat b l a c k b e a u t y Industrial styling and colourful furnishings make a winning combination in a much-loved home in Kent i n s i G h t Creating a naturalistic home

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a f a m i ly a f f a i r How one couple

modernised their Oxfordshire farmhouse, which has come down through the generations G a l l i c c a l m The hillside views, sunny climate and spacious living areas were enough to persuade these homeowners to move to France permanently i n s i G h t Buying a home overseas b e s t- l a i d P l a n s The trials and tribulations of a major renovation project were well worth it in the end for this couple o l d & n e w Why securing a period family house in Surrey was a race against time

How a relaxed, country-inspired interior was created with colour and style in a Victorian semi in London (page 110).

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m a d e w i t h l o v e By tackling much of the work themselves, this couple were able to revamp their once-outdated house in Whitley Bay d r a m at i c f i n n i s h Modern Scandinavian design has been used to stunning effect in an apartment in Finland s t y l e & s u b s ta n c e Memories of France influenced the bold interior style of this London home G r e e n P e a c e Despite its city location, this Victorian family house has a serene, country feel a s t u d y i n d e s i G n A versatile sitting room allowed the owner of this London home to have the lifestyle he craved i n t h e P i n k Bold pops of colour enhance the stylish period details of this flat in the capital

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t h e i ta l i a n j o b Constructing this Umbrian


b a c k t o h e r r o o t s Returning to her childhood

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farmhouse was the start of a new life for this couple

Somerset village to build her own family home was a dream come true for this owner

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a n e w P at t e r n With so many design ideas, this couple couldn’t wait to do up their family home in the capital i n s i G h t How to be bold with pattern and colour a s e a c h a n G e A passion for sailing led to a new life in New Zealand – and an exciting building project m i x i t u P Modern industrial styling brings a charming twist to this former chapel in Brighton

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s h i P s h a P e Having become disillusioned with the look


s P a c e m i s s i o n Successfully reworking the space in


this narrow Richmond house proved to be quite a challenge b r i G h t f u t u r e It’s hard to believe this spacious, light-filled London haven was once a dark basement flat

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of his Hampshire home, this owner called for help

n e v e r - e n d i n G s t o r y Every room in this Regency

apartment in Cheltenham is full of unexpected finds

i n t o t h e b l u e Decorating with the brightest shades

has created the illusion of space in this London apartment

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n e w s This month’s hot shopping trends t h e s o u r c e Follow our tips and bring the ideas

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t r av e l o f f e r Take an exciting 10-day tour of India w h e r e t o b u y Find stockists listed in this issue here r o o m e n v y A coastal scheme with a modern twist

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Welcome This month’s issue is filled with homes of all shapes, sizes and looks. Some of us like living in houses that are new builds, while others love the sense of history that comes with an older property. Then there are the unusual homes created from buildings that were once churches, water towers or even public loos! This variety is what has made 25 Beautiful Homes the magazine it is today, and can be traced right back to its beginnings, 20 years ago. It’s also what’s made my time editing the magazine really fun and interesting. Each time I’ve sat with my commissioning editor to select houses for the next month, there would always be one that particularly surprised and inspired me. Now, sadly, it’s time for me to pass that exciting task on to someone else as this will be my final issue as Editor. I would like to say thank you to everyone who has worked on the title, and particularly to you the readers for all your support along the way. You’ve helped us keep 25 Beautiful Homes true to its roots of 20 years, and hopefully always fun, surprising and inspiring. Here’s wishing you the very best. Deborah barker, eDiTor-in-Chief

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From grape and amethyst to heather and boysenberry, these pretty shades are key to giving your home an air of softness this season 1 side show Dell’Anna sideboard, £2,880, oficina Inglesa 2 all hung up Abigail Ahern pendant, £350, Debenhams 3 little luxury Percy footstool in Sloe Matt

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Claudia chose benches over chairs so as to accommodate many more people around the farmhouse-style kitchen table. Bespoke handmade bunting, price on application, from Seed Home Designs. Benches, £400 each; table, £1,250 all Dove & Grey. Dresser, £2,410, deVol


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THE PROPERTY 19th-century farmhouse L O C AT I O N Nottinghamshire R O O M S Hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen-diner/family room, snug, games room, study, utility, cloakroom, gym, seven bedrooms (all en suite), surgery P U R C H A S E D 2004 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘We lived in a new build in north Nottinghamshire,’ says Claudia.

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When a fire destroyed half of their house, Claudia and Amar Alwitry kept their cool and simply used the opportunity to create an amazing family home fEATURE ANNA TOBIN | PHOTOgRAPHY RACHAEL SMITH

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Incorporating a casual seating area into this large open-plan area helps make it a versatile entertaining space. Stocksund sofa, £499, Ikea. For a similar pendant, try the Aged metal Gyroscope five-light orb, £565, Cowshed Interiors


The exposed brick around the front door is one of Claudia’s favourite features. Beaufort rug, £325, Cox & Cox. Round mirror, £296, Decorative Mirrors Online

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This room is large enough to accommodate an oversized island with a breakfast bar that the whole family can sit at together. Deben pendant lights, £114 each, Jim Lawrence. Stars from £20, The Cox & Cox weathered oak bar stool, £180, is a good match


laudia Alwitry, a GP and aesthetic practitioner, was on her way to visit a patient when she spotted a For Sale sign in front of a former farmhouse. She made an appointment to view it with her husband, Amar, an eye surgeon, and they were sold on it even before they had a chance to have a proper look around. ‘It was a lovely sunny day and the owners were sitting in the garden, drinking Pimms,’ recalls Claudia. ‘It looked so idyllic, I knew there and then it was for us.’ Although the interior of the house had altered dramatically since the days when it

was a farmhouse in the middle of a dairy farm, it wasn’t to the couple’s taste. ‘There were net curtains on every window, which meant that you couldn’t see the wonderful view. It was very Eighties,’ explains Claudia. Money was tight when they first moved in as Amar was still a junior doctor and Claudia had not been a practising GP for long. To keep within budget, they took on some of the work. ‘Amar even retiled the whole ground floor himself,’ says Claudia. Their eldest child, Max, now 12, was born a year after they moved in, followed by Toby, 10, Oscar, eight, and Safia, six. There

is also Woodie and Winnie the cockapoos and cats Bertie, Boots and Wilbur. To accommodate their growing brood, Claudia and Amar extended the house in 2009 to create five bedrooms, but in 2011, disaster struck. An electrical fault in a fridge in the internal garage caused a devastating fire. ‘We had a car with a full tank in the garage and it exploded,’ says Claudia. ‘Thankfully, no one was hurt, but the whole of the left side of the house was burnt out and the rest of the house had smoke damage.’ The family were happy with their home before the fire, but as the entire house had

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The parquet-style pattern of bricks in the fireplace matches that around the front door in the adjoining hall, creating a flow between the two areas. Dark grey Bagsie sofa, £2,645, Loaf. Pom-pom throw, £69, Marks & Spencer. Walls painted in Skimming Stone estate emulsion £45 per 2.5L, Farrow & Ball

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The feature wall helps mark out the sleeping area from the play zone in this pretty room. bed, £190, wayfair. bed canopy frame, £90, etsy. round patchwork rug, £89.99, Zara home. Sanderson Fairy Castle wallpaper, £35.70 a roll, Jane Clayton & Company

to be restored, it was an opportunity to change a few things for the better. ‘I didn’t want the car to be in the house any more, so we turned the garage into a games room and added a separate garage,’ explains Claudia. Then, in 2016, the couple extended the house again and turned what had previously been a conservatory into the main sitting room and pushed the kitchen out into the garden. They also added a boot room and utility room downstairs and two en-suite bedrooms upstairs. ‘I drew the plans up myself, as I knew exactly what I wanted,’ says Claudia, ‘and

to finalise the drawings we employed the same architect who had put the house back together after we had the fire.’ When it came to the interior design, Claudia continued the theme that she had begun previously. ‘I didn’t want the house to be a designer home that couldn’t be used,’ she says. ‘I wanted it to feel comfortable and welcoming, and for the interior not to date. For example, I avoided a glossy handleless kitchen, that might have showed every finger print. With all our children and pets it had to be hard-wearing, practical, but also inviting. I had always envisioned a big

country-style kitchen here and I often drove past the deVol showroom and knew that I wanted one of their designs. It was nice to be able to pop by and see it being made.’ Even though the house is just as she wants it now, Claudia specifically opted for a backdrop of neutral walls so that the decor can be added to and tweaked. ‘I know I can easily change curtains, cushions and accessories when they get tired,’ she says. ‘There’s nothing we would alter about the overall look and feel of our home, though. It’s beautiful, but liveable, too. We feel we have created a home for life.’

DESIGN TIP ‘Collect together cuttings of all the designs, colours and fabrics you like in a folder that you can constantly draw upon when you need inspiration’

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Claudia’s penchant for floral fabrics is seen here. ‘I met Naomi Sisson of Seed Home Designs and I love her cushions,’ says Claudia. hydrangea Flora cushion, from £45, Seed home Designs. blind made in Cabbages & roses tulips and roses, £65m, Curtains Made Simple

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The bright lemon cushions add a pop of colour to the boutique-hotel-style design. Velour yellow cushion, £6, Dunelm, is a good match. wall panel, £160, Nordic house


A shower has been neatly fitted at the end of the oval bath. the bath Co winchester full pedestal basin, £71.99, Victoria Plum, is comparable

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Points of view

Inside and out play equally significant roles in the design of Catherine and Alasdair Macfadyen’s home FEATURE Maggie Colvin | PHOTOGRAPHY Mark lusCoMbe-Whyte

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THE PROPERTY Detached villa L O C AT I O N south of France R O O M S hall, formal sitting room, sitting room/kitchen-diner, larder, utility room, five bedrooms (two en suite), bathroom LAND PURCHASED 2010 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘We lived in a 200-year-old house nearby,’ says Catherine.


Having a separate larder room helps this space remain clutter-free. For bespoke island units, try handcrafted kitchens


‘Even during the winter months we relax out here,’ says Catherine. riviera wicker armchair, £165, sustainable Furniture, is a match

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French doors open onto the terrace, linking this space to an alfresco dining area. California sofa, £1,512, sweetpea & Willow, would work here. Walls painted in Welcome Pale absolute matt emulsion, £43.50 for 2.5l, little greene

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Catherine and Alasdair sit down to a meal and the mountain views. bespoke table and dining chairs, ham interiors. try the damask digital print cotton tablecloth, £39.99, Zara home

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Positioning sofas opposite each other creates a convivial spot for socialising. wistow coffee table, £1,225, oka, is a good alternative option. Camber bath stone fireplace, £1,320, Curtis Fireplaces, would work here. Ikat silk cushions, £78 each, rosanna Lonsdale


The winding, hand-carved staircase is a showstopper. Forcella console, £825, oka, is similar. For modern hurricane lanterns, from £12, try Amara

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itting on the terrace of her home in the South of France, Catherine Macfadyen extols the virtues of a breathtaking view and remembers the day she first set eyes on the one before her. ‘Alasdair and I were looking for a site on which to build a new house. We decided that this view across a valley filled with pines and olives surrounded by mountains was hard to beat,’ Catherine explains. ‘It was also within walking distance of the village of Valbonne, which meant we would not need to drive home after a good night out. A building site near a village in the South of France is like gold dust. So we snapped it up.’ Alasdair is a long-haul pilot, so although both he and Catherine were born in the UK, they have travelled extensively and share an international mindset. ‘When our boys, Alex, now 18, and Mackenzie, 16, were toddlers, we lived in Morzine in the French Alps,’ says Catherine. ‘After a few years, we decided the South of France offered a better quality of life and a wider choice of schools, so we bought an old house to restore near Nice.’ While builders worked on her home, Catherine began to help friends with similar restoration projects and it was not too long before she longed for a new project for her own family. ‘I was working with an imaginative architect called Sabine Bell and a team of great builders, who gave me the confidence that it would be possible to create a new house,’ she recalls. ‘So we bought the plot and put our heads together to draw up a design for a home on this amazing site.’ They opted for a long, thin plan of dual-aspect rooms, which overlook the view on one side and access light on the other. ‘Facing into the sun to look at the view is hard on your eyes, but with the sun behind you, the view opposite is bathed in sunshine.’ The couple took the unusual step of building guest rooms with

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Neutral tones with splashes of blue result in a tranquil scheme. For a near-identical look, try billow headboard, £625; tray Day bedside tables, £145 each, both Loaf

en suite bathrooms on the ground floor, to create night-time privacy for visitors. These quarters are separated from the busier part of the house by a large, elegant drawing room and an imposing hall. ‘I am grateful to a Belgian friend for the design of the hall and its staircase,’ says Catherine. ‘She sent me a cutting taken from a magazine of a curved wooden staircase design that she felt I would like. I thought it was stunning; so we copied it.’ Catherine has a penchant for what she calls ‘classic’ furniture, with clean and simple lines. ‘I find it easier on the eye to opt for less fussy styles,’ she says. ‘The façade of the house is quite traditional and I think our furniture is, too.’ Catherine still views the house as a work in progress. ‘There are lots of things I would still like to do to the house, some of which were restricted by the budget,’ she explains. ‘For example, ideally I wanted a fireplace in the kitchen, but it would have been a very expensive job. Our builders were amazing and their typical response was “c’est possible”, but in this instance, the wall was not thick enough to house a flue.’ Spreading the cost of the work over two years ensured that funds did not run out, but it also meant that for a year, the driveway was a dirt track. ‘After a flash rainfall one night, we were left wading through mud. I could not count how often I found myself cleaning the footprints off our new floors!’ Taming the unruly garden was Alasdair’s project. He planned out the terraces and planted over three hundred agapanthus, plus other exotic lilies and winter lavender. Now that the plants have matured, the drive is finished and some annoying teething problems with the swimming pool have been sorted, the hard work is over. ‘My boys love to cook, and I am their official taster,’ says Catherine. ‘Eating and enjoying the view is what our home is all about.’ fo r sto c k i sts g o to w her e to b u y


Placing the bath at an angle is clever design in a narrow room. Clearwater bath, £1,359, Victorian Plumbing. Carrara marble-effect tiles, £67.95sq m, walls and Floors, are a match


The palette chosen for this design echoes the colours seen through the French windows. Chatsworth sleigh bed, £4,400, Simon horn. walls painted in Strong white estate emulsion, £45.50 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball

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Catherine and Matthew Williams took a period property and put their own spin on it with vintage finds and clever design tricks FEATURE SARAH WARD | PHOTOgRAPHY JAMES FRENCH

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A mix of panelling, rustic wooden furniture and reclaimed pieces, creates a laid-back country look. Refreshment sign, £120; blue pendant lights, £20 each; rewired using Urban Cottage Industries fittings, both Sunbury Antiques Market. For a similar farmhouse-style dining table, try the Dorchester, £275, The Cotswold Company


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THE PROPERTY Semi-detached Victorian villa L O C AT I O N Bedford R O O M S Hall, formal sitting room, sitting room, kitchen-diner, dining room, pantry, TV room, study, utility room, cloakroom, six bedrooms, dressing room, three bathrooms P U R C H A S E D 2013 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘We moved here from a Victorian semi in London,’ says Catherine.

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elf-confessed ‘serial doer-upper’ Catherine Williams had been keeping an anxious eye on the property market when her husband, Matthew, suggested a trip to his home town of Bedford. ‘I’d just had our third child, and we were starting to feel very hemmed in at home,’ explains Catherine. ‘But we’d left it slightly too long to sell our house and found we were priced out of our local area of Tooting in south London. When Matthew told me about this lovely road in Bedford, which was full of Victorian houses, we went to take a look around. It was gorgeous and I could instantly see us living there.’ The couple viewed a period property on the same street that Matthew had in mind and fell in love with it, but it was over their budget. ‘We decided to stay in our London home, but I never forgot it,’ says Catherine, a property

lawyer. So when she found herself still thinking about the house two years later, she checked the land registry and realised that it had never been sold. ‘I found the owner on Twitter and sent her a direct message, asking her to get in touch if she ever thought about selling,’ says Catherine. ‘Amazingly, she emailed back to say it was on the market, but just with the local agent rather than with online agencies.’ Catherine arranged a viewing for the following day and by the evening the couple’s offer had been accepted. Two weeks later, they sold their London house and by July 2013, they had moved in. ‘We were absolutely thrilled,’ says Catherine. ‘The house was perfectly liveable; everywhere was brilliant white apart from a few purple rooms and a plum carpet on the stairs. The previous owners had done all the hard work – rewiring, replastering, adding a new roof –

f a v o u r i t e f e a t u r e ‘I’ve always liked the look of wall panelling – it adds character and it’s really practical – you can paint it in a wipeable eggshell’



1 HALL Catherine added panelling to tie in with the original cornicing and encaustic tiles. Cabinet, £200, Quirky Dovetail. Try the Pelham wall lamp, £65, Graham and Green 2 & 3 DINING ROOM A neon cocktail sign, vintage bottles and bold artworks create a unique space. Catherine painted the large black-andwhite canvas herself using leftover paint. Cocktail sign, £69.99, Violet & Thistle. Desk, £125, Quirky Dovetail. Table, £850, The English Polisher. Try the Industrial Style Vida pendant, £116.40, The Lighting Company 4 SITTING ROOM ‘I love the way the paint peels off old shutters; this one is covering a radiator we haven’t changed yet!’ says Catherine. Coca-Cola poster, £150, Sunbury Antiques Market. Chelsea nest of two tables, £329, Content by Terence Conran, is a match

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but it felt a bit sparse. There were no wall fittings or shelving, so our job was to warm it up and make it feel less like a doctor’s surgery. Big Victorian houses can sometimes seem a bit soulless.’ Catherine’s first call was to a local carpenter. ‘The staircase is extensive, so we had some MDF panelling put in to break it up. This meant we could create a two-tone effect with some colour on the panelling at a lower level, and keep it light on the walls above,’ she says. ‘I also asked the carpenter to put tongue-andgroove panelling in the children’s rooms, and to make the kitchen look a bit more fitted and stylish, with horizontal cladding, a faux cooker hood and shelving.’ The property was decorated in the same shade of off-white throughout – ‘I’ve experimented with colour before and got it so wrong,’ says Catherine – and

vintage finds were used to add character. ‘I’ve got a thing for typography and old signs, and I’ve always been an antiques hunter.’ ‘That’s why there are so many quirky bits and pieces. I don’t like things to look too glamorous – I prefer them to be a bit knocked about.’ Downstairs, the family living spaces, comprising a formal sitting room, kitchen, snug, dining room and utility area, are spacious and calm, filled with a clever mix of high-street, bespoke and antique accessories. ‘When we first moved in, everyone kept asking what we were going to put in this house as there were so many rooms to fill,’ says Catherine. ‘With so much space, you just can’t go high-end for everything. Luckily, there are some brilliant buys to be found on the high street and with a property this size, it pays to be a bargain hunter. It has certainly worked for us.’

d e s i g n t i p ‘This house has lots of walls, so if I don’t have a piece of art to fill the space, I use a shutter – you can find them cheaply at antiques fairs’



1 & 2 BATHROOM ‘The contrast of clean lines and aged brassware works well,’ says Catherine. brass tapware, from £250, bespoke taps. Stellar console table, £299, Atkin and thyme. bath, £600, Lusso Stone. Kingdom floor tiles, from £32.95sq m, walls and Floors 3 GUEST BEDROOM Wood panelling provides character, while the contrasting black pendant and picture frames anchor the look. wabi Sabi framed artwork above bed, from £51.90, Juniqe. wooden chest, £50, Sunbury Antiques Market 4 MAIn BEDROOM Catherine painted the bed frame dark grey to tie in with the lights and artwork. bed frame painted in graphite chalk paint, £19.95 for 1L, Annie Sloan. Stellar side table, £159, Atkin and thyme. try the MiniSun talisman table lamp, £33.99, wayfair

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A pair of simple armchairs brings a contemporary edge to this traditional scheme. the metal-framed upholstered chair, £594, west elm, is a good alternative. Poppy Field rug, £155, French Connection. Pink cushions, £2.50 each, Ikea





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Gloss handleless cabinet doors help keep the look sleek and unfussy. Vintage dining chairs by Hans Brattrud, price on request, Pamono. Masters bar stool by Philippe Starck for Kartell, £232, John Lewis. For a similar rug, try Urbanara, from £169

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the ProPerty Apartment in a Grade II-listed former college building L o c at i o n Cheltenham r o o m s Hall, sitting room/ kitchen-diner/family room, two bedrooms (one en suite), bathroom P u r c h a s e d 2014 Previous ProPerty ‘Before moving here, we lived in an 18th-century Cotswold cottage,’ says Di.

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The mantel is home to Art Nouveau Italian busts and German glassware. Barcelona chairs by Knoll, £5,755 each, Utility Design. Prickle wall mirror, £359, Made in Design, is similar. Walls painted in All White estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball

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‘I wanted to introduce a light touch into this large space,’ says Di. Fornasetti Procuratie wallpaper by Cole & Son, £165 a roll, wallpaper Direct


Clean lines are accentuated by the contrasting monochrome shades. bloom pendant light, £285, heal’s. Voxtorp doors, from £55, Ikea, would work here


‘The posters are Japanese adverts that I found in a vintage shop,’ says Di. For an oriental lacquered blanket trunk like this one, try Shimu, from £545

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Curved corners help soften the look. Les brothers mirror, £375, the Conran Shop, is a match. Mosaic wall tiles, £60.16sq m, topps tiles


An antique Indian bed is the main focus in this light and airy room. grey floral embroidered cushion, £24.99, tK Maxx. try Zara home’s cable-knit cotton blanket, £39.99


‘Be brave. Find pieces you love from all periods in history and simply bring them together’


hen you step into Di and Nigel Brereton’s Regency apartment in Cheltenham, there is a strong sense of confidence and style. In the sitting room, as your eyes take in the ceiling height and the light flooding in from four generous, shuttered sash windows, you begin to notice the statement pieces in the room – the chic black leather sofa, the grand marble fireplace and the numerous artworks. And these are just the tip of the iceberg – there are treasures wherever you look. But the genius of this home is that in no way is it an assault on the senses, as every piece has its place. Each element has been carefully positioned with understanding, a lightness of touch and humour, and somehow the overall feeling is one of calm. A ricH HistorY

Di and Nigel run The Di Bridges Partnership, a headhunting business centred on the fashion and design industry, and their work takes them all over the world, giving them plenty of opportunity for shopping. Earlier in her career, Di was an antiques and arts dealer, so the couple’s home, which they share with dachshund puppy Peggy, pays homage to her decades of work in art and design. Behind every item is a story. ‘We found a leather chair in a flea market in France for €100 and carted it back to the UK in a van,’ recalls Di. ‘The dining table sits on trestle legs used to support stretchers in the Second World War. I spotted the Indian side tables on Portobello Road in the Seventies. We have a painting of a Chinese baby from the Eighties where only one of his eyes is open, which references China’s one baby policy. The lamps used to be hatstands and we had them converted.’ Moving from a Cotswold village to Cheltenham four years ago, Di and Nigel were drawn to the impressive proportions of this fo r sto c k i sts g o to w her e to b u y

apartment and its central but leafy location in the town. Built in 1832, their building was a boarding house for Cheltenham Ladies’ College for a time and was converted into flats around 30 years ago. When the couple took on one of the ground-floor apartments, every wall was painted magnolia. ‘There were four awful, purple chandeliers that just had to go,’ recalls Di. ‘We painted all the walls a different shade of white so that the contents of the rooms would provide the palette and contrast, rather than a busy wallpaper or strong colour. And we chose our lighting very carefully, steering clear of what might be the expected thing for a Regency building.’ Di’s love of all things different is key to her style, and she prides herself on the fact that she is not afraid to juxtapose the most unlikely pieces. ‘We have a £90 Seventies sideboard in our drawing room, alongside Moorish, Danish, Indian and French furniture, and Art Nouveau busts,’ she says. ‘I firmly believe a beautiful thing is a beautiful thing, whether it’s a bargain or expensive, brand new or ancient. And pieces will sit with great happiness together if you just consider how you’re placing them and why.’ fUtUrE PLANs

The Breretons have had many homes and also own a bolthole in Cornwall. ‘Moving house gives new life to things we’ve had for decades,’ says Di. ‘Items are reinvented in new surroundings. Some are put away in storage and some pieces we haven’t seen for a long time come back out. The one thing I always find a place for is my dining table. We’ve had many different sets of chairs around it over the years but the table has been constant in all of our homes.’ Di’s latest piece of furniture is a striking sofa. ‘We’re looking to move back to London soon and I’ve already found the perfect spot for it. I think it’s another piece that’s going to be with us for years.’ 2 5 b H S eP te M b er 2018 | 31

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the PROPeRtY House built around 1890 L O C At I O N Cornwall R O O M S Hall, sitting room, kitchen-diner, larder/laundry room, snug, four bedrooms, three bathrooms (one en suite), boathouse, art studio P U R C h A S e D 2017 PReVIOUS PROPeRtY ‘We live in Western Australia when we’re not here in Cornwall,’ says Emma.

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Emma and Joe Barker’s elegant retreat on the Cornish coast is a relaxing place to escape to FeAtURe MAggiE Colvin | PhOtOgRAPhY RobERt SAndERSon

GARDEN The front terrace is a great place to gather for meals while taking in the river views. the Chilson table and bench set, ÂŁ1,850, garden trading, is identical

HAll Patterned floor tiles and a fretwork-panelled porch create an elegant entrance. Scintilla tiles, ÂŁ45sq m, Walls and Floors

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25bh | r i v e r s i d e d e tac h e d dining arEa Edwardian chairs, which are a family heirloom, are teamed with a new table. Conker oak table, from £845, Loaf. Large Dinard tablecloth, £195, Oka. Marilyn Beaded Paris Chandelier, £350, John Lewis

KitchEn-dinEr simple units and pale colours allow the original sash windows to remain the focus of attention. Cabinetry designed and supplied by CK Kitchens & Bathrooms, price on application

sitting room ‘the large leather sofa and velvet seating fit eight people comfortably,’ says Emma. Leather sofa, £2,100, Chesterfields of England. Sofa in Pewter Grey velvet, £799; chair (far left) in Midnight Blue velvet, £599, both Oak floor planks, £77sq m, Woodstock


s one of those fortunate couples whose careers often take them overseas, Emma and Joe Barker were looking for a UK base that they could call their own. ‘Cornwall was an obvious choice,’ says Emma. ‘My husband Joe’s love of water sports has meant that we have rarely lived far from the coast and the Cornish coastline is spectacular. When we found a period house overlooking the Truro river, close to my sister-in-law, interior designer Tabitha Barker, we felt it was the perfect spot for family holidays.’ South-facing and set up high, the property commanded a spectacular view of the salt-water tidal river, plus it had a private quay and boathouse at the water’s edge and a tiered garden at the rear. The

sash windows, pretty tile-clad façade and Georgian-style porch also attracted the couple. ‘The house had not been touched for over 30 years,’ recalls Emma. ‘To find a building of this era that was in such good structural condition was a huge plus.’ Having designed and developed a number of residential properties, Emma started to draw up plans. Previous owners had divided the property into two, a main house and a granny flat. ‘Our initial job was to take down walls in the granny flat to create a large living space,’ says Emma. ‘We knocked four small rooms into one. By popular vote, we decided the cook should enjoy the best view of the river, which is bustling with activity at high tide, as boats, kayaks and fishermen take to the water. When the tide is low, it

is a haven for buzzards, egrets, shell ducks, sparrowhawks and herons.’ That decision pushed the sitting room to the rear of the space. ‘This area lacked a feature, so we arranged seating around a woodburner and low table, which houses books and a small TV. We allocated a different room for watching films as a hang-out space for teenagers.’ The renovation and furnishing of the house took six months to complete and turned into a family affair. Tabitha, based in Cornwall, sourced local products and suppliers, and her partner Alan carried out the building work. ‘We were so lucky to work with our family on the project,’ says Emma. ‘Tabitha and I were on exactly the same page when it came to the look of the house.’ The style became one

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25bh | r i v e r s i d e d e tac h e d SnUG tabitha covered the seat cushions in mattress ticking. ‘it is sturdy, inexpensive and never crumples,’ she says. ticking fabric, from £19m, tinsmiths. For a similar gold lantern, try the obi, £39.95, Nkuku

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Main BedrooM neutral colours are a calming choice, while gold accents add glamour. Starburst table lamps, £125 each, graham and green. Chesterfield tufted linen bed, £459, Maisons du Monde. Star mirror (below), £159, Just Delights Cornwall. the house is available to rent through unique home Stays (

B at h r o o M Bronze finishes lend a period feel. try the vintage marine nautical industrial bulkhead wall light, £89.99, Vintage electrical

of relaxed, faded elegance with a rustic patina, including traditional elements, such as window shutters made by a carpenter. ‘We found a tile with a star pattern, which had a big impact on the look of the house,’ says Emma. ‘The star theme became our hallmark, and even inspired a new name for the house – now known as Stella Maris, meaning “star of the sea”.’ A gold-coloured fo r sto c k i sts g o to w her e to b u y

B at h r o o M the couple opted for a spa-like scheme, with a freestanding bath and luxurious marble. orchard elsdon D-shaped bath, £339, Victoria Plum. Serac honed tiles, from £79.85sq m, topps tiles

satin Sixties curtain found in the house also influenced the gold, grey and white palette. While the place was being fitted with a new kitchen, heating, plumbing, electrics and bathrooms, Emma and Tabitha made countless trips to vintage shops. Mixing their high-street finds with quirky antique pieces and artwork, they found frames to turn into mirrors and chairs to re-cover in

mattress ticking. ‘You’d be surprised what you can mix together if you stick to simple stripes, stars and coordinated recurring colour schemes,’ says Tabitha. ‘It creates a sense of order and tranquillity.’ Peace is the superlative feature of this relaxed riverside home. ‘When the sun shines, this place has no equal,’ reflects Emma. ‘We love spending time here.’ 2 5 b h S eP te M b er 2018 | 37

the italian job Rob Landeweerd and Jeroen Macco took on the challenge of building a traditional-style Umbrian farmhouse and the results paid off handsomely FEATURE EMMA J PAGE | PHOTOgRAPHY KRISTIAN SEPTIMIUS KROGH

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THE PROPERTY Farmhouse-style villa L O C AT I O N Italy R O O M S Hall, sitting room, kitchen, study, wine cellar, three bedrooms (one en suite), bathroom B U I LT 2007 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘We moved here from an apartment with a large garden in The Hague, Holland,’ says Rob.

Traditional terracotta tiles and wooden doors bring warmth to this room. Hay About A Chair AAC22 dining chairs, £220 each, Finnish Design Shop. Muuto Unfold pendant lights, £155 each, Heal’s

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Traditional craftsmanship is teamed effortlessly with classic design. utrecht armchair, £2,699, Cassina. Vitra Visiona stools, £313.65 each, utility. the antique coffee table is upholstered in a vintage fabric by rubelli


fter the company Rob Landeweerd worked for as a head hunter was taken over in 2006, he decided to heed the same advice he had given to others so many times. ‘I often told clients that getting fired was a good thing as it meant fresh horizons,’ he says. ‘The time had come, I realised, to try something new myself.’ For Rob, now an interior designer, and his partner, Jeroen, this meant spending more time in Italy. The couple had enjoyed visiting the region of Umbria for 20 years. ‘We fell for the village of Città della Pieve the first time we saw it,’ says Rob. ‘It’s unspoilt, with beautiful views and within striking distance of Perugia, Assisi and Siena.’ There was one particular 16th-century farmhouse on the village outskirts that both Rob 40 | 2 5 b h S eP te M b er 2018

and Jeroen had their eye on, so when it came up for sale just as Rob was looking for new opportunities, they put in an offer. This fell through, but the seller offered them the chance to buy some neighbouring land. ‘We hadn’t thought of building from scratch,’ says Rob, ‘but this plot seemed ideal.’ Rob and Jeroen’s vision was to build a farmhouse in keeping with the local vernacular. Many of the stones used to build the property came from the land on which it was built, while local timber was used for the beams. ‘We were incredibly lucky that there are so many talented craftspeople living close by who use age-old skills,’ says Rob. As well as the main farm building, the couple also built an extensive loggia running along the side of the house, to act as a sun trap. ‘We live in an

earthquake zone,’ says Rob, ‘so there are certain rules in place about how wide the openings can be, but those restrictions meant we have pretty doorways that now contribute to the authentic look of the property.’ Where decor is concerned Rob and Jeroen have eclectic taste. Family heirlooms, modern pieces and antique finds all sit side by side. ‘We love a colour pop, especially against the traditional stone,’ says Rob of the array of hues that feature throughout, from burnt orange and deep red fabrics to shots of turquoise, courtesy of Rubelli, Pierre Frey and Zoffany. ‘Once we’d built this house, it wasn’t long before we left Holland and moved to live in Italy full time,’ says Rob. ‘The build had given us a wealth of experience and prompted us to launch our own business here,

Special Umbria, sourcing and restoring properties for sale and to rent. There are so many beautiful but abandoned stone houses hidden among the vines, medieval hilltop villages and the Apennine peaks, that it seemed almost inevitable we’d end up working in restoration.’ With an office for their business close by and a garden full of olive and cypress trees, Rob and Jeroen’s lifestyle is a far cry from the corporate one they left behind. ‘It’s still hectic here, but work and leisure dovetail beautifully, especially as we are now part of the local community,’ says Rob. ‘On the day we signed the final deeds for our home, we held a lunch at the farmhouse for all the skilled artisans who had worked with us. It was a fantastic start to an exciting new chapter in our lives.’

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Unplastered ceilings add a rustic touch throughout the house. Muuto e27 pendant light, £65, Nest. bodil chair, £499,, is near-identical

l e s s o n l e a r n t ‘Don’t be a slave to one approach – instead try mixing different styles to create a layered, curated and individual look’


A mix of vintage linens and antique pieces help set a cosy, rustic tone. Santiago cushion, £180, Amara, would work. Pleat table lamp, £15, Dunelm, is a match

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‘The intimate feel in here is especially welcoming in the winter,’ says Rob. Sofa upholstered in Zoffany, its brook Street velvet, £105m, tM Interiors, is similar


A painting by South African artist Izak Niemann adds a contemporary touch. For a wide selection of terracotta floor tiles, from £55sq m, try baked earth

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25bh | ru r a l n e w b u i ld HALL This double-height space creates an imposing, light-filled entrance. Walls painted in Dulux Pure Brilliant White matt emulsion, £20.99 for 2.5 L, Tesco


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THE PROPERTY Detached new build L O C AT I O N Kent R O O M S Hall, kitchen-diner/ family room, study, utility room/ boot room, cloakroom, three bedrooms (one en suite), bathroom B U I LT I N 2017 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘We live in Broadstairs, and this is a bolthole where we escape to the countryside,’ says Anthony.

STUDY A bespoke birch-ply desk and cupboards add Scandi chic. Similar birch furniture, £2,000, Creativ Carpentry. Ikea’s Vagsberg/Sporren chair, £45, would suit this space


Bold design, clean lines and industrial-style materials combine with tactile furnishings in Anthony and Teresa Ralph’s contemporary home FEATURE CAROLINE FOSTER | PHOTOGRAPHY CHRIS SNOOK

KITcHeN ‘The geometric patterns within the tiles and pendants are subtle, but powerful,’ says Anthony. Similar Schuller Cremona old oak-effect kitchen, from £20,000, Smallbone Interiors. The Forest & Co brass pendant light, £155,, is a good alternative. Hot mesh yellow bar stools, £199 each, Heal’s

F A M I LY r O O M Sumptuous velvet seating contrasts with the concrete floors and white walls, with vibrant cushions adding colour. Velvet Scott sofa, £999; Frame armchairs in Blush Pink, £599 each, both Mexicana cushions, £39 each; felt gypsy cushions, £30 each, all Graham and Green

Anthony and Teresa Ralph devote their time and talents to bringing other people’s property dreams to life – they are the directors of TG Designer Homes. So when they found a beautiful plot in the Kent countryside, they leapt at the chance to create a unique rural retreat for themselves and their two children, Zac, 12, and Scarlet, 11. ‘Owning a second home was something we’d considered for many years and initially we thought of buying a property in Ibiza, but felt it was too far away and we wouldn’t benefit from it,’ says Anthony. ‘We live in a coastal town, so the idea of a countryside home really appealed to us.’ The couple bought the plot in the summer of 2016 on a subject-to-planning basis, so

although there was a good chance that a new build would be approved, they had no guarantees. ‘It was a calculated risk and it was important we submitted a strong design that the planning team would pass,’ says Anthony. ‘Our initial application didn’t go through as the plot is on green belt land, so our challenge was to convince the planners that the house would sit comfortably within the existing landscape.’ Their vision was inspired by the agricultural-style buildings that are scattered around the Kent countryside, ‘A mock English barn-style dwelling wouldn’t have looked right,’ says Anthony. ‘So we came up with a contemporary take on an agricultural shed using modern materials with a blackened zinc exterior.’ The planners didn’t refuse the Ralphs’ design, but couldn’t

DINING AreA A mix of chair styles adds a fun touch here. Natural Ningbo chairs, £195 each; bistro oak chairs, £155 each, both Graham and Green. Bespoke dining table, £600, Creativ Carpentry. Lighting Direct Moino oval ceiling light, £181,

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25bh | ru r a l n e w b u i ld Hall a reinforced wall next to the staircase dispensed with the need for structural beams across the vaulted space.

EN SUITE Timber-effect flooring is a warm and practical choice for a bathroom. Moduleo oak chevron flooring, £49.99m; Zucchetti Simply beautiful wall taps, £450; Aria 300mm shower head, £215; Merlyn Showering 8mm shower wall, £394, all Smallbone Interiors

d e c o r a t i n g t i p ‘If you have white walls like we do, introducing colourful fabrics and geometric patterns will help to bring the interior alive and offer interest’ gUEST BEDROOM Placing a rug under the bed frames the sleeping area and helps makes it cosy underfoot. revive Fade rug, £180, blue Suntree. the british blanket Company’s grey and lemon throw, £59, is similar. For alternative window blind fabric, try beatrice by harlequin, £60.35m, Jane Clayton

MaIN BEDROOM Soft pink cushions add a feminine touch. h&M home sells a pink quilted bedspread, £59.99. Similar flamingo cushions, £15.60 each, red bubble

see how they could approve it either. It was suggested that the couple resubmit the application with a Heritage statement that supported the design and as a result, the family finally won approval in June 2017. Minimal materials simplify the look of the building and include zinc in a black finish and black larch to add texture. ‘Black is a bold colour, but it sits quietly within the plot, and the established surrounding trees contrast with the structure yet help soften its lines,’ Anthony says. ‘The interior was about breaking up the space to make the most of the views, so we added a double-height entrance with tall windows. We also wanted the staircase to feel like a gentle journey, so we made the treads deeper so it is more like a walk than a climb.’ Setting a challenging 17-week build time, the Ralphs’

home was completed in December 2017. ‘We wanted the rooms to act as a blank canvas and opted for concrete, oak and white paint to achieve that,’ says Anthony. ‘If you keep things simple, it doesn’t have to be clever or complicated.’ Oak furniture and fittings bring an organic element to the interior and contrast with the hard feel of the concrete floor. ‘You have to bring colour and texture into the mix to avoid a harsh, bland interior that can look draining,’ says Anthony. With their new build now complete, the Ralph family escape every weekend to enjoy their peaceful retreat. ‘To build our own home was like therapy and allowed us to do something for ourselves,’ Anthony says. ‘We always look forward to the end of the week when we can all pack our bags and head out to the countryside again.’

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Insight Creating a naturalistiC build Thinking of creating an organic building like the Ralphs did? Here are our tips…


enowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright first coined the phrase ‘organic architecture’ to describe ‘buildings that are inspired by nature, and are sustainable, healthy, conserving and diverse.’ Ideally, organic buildings will enhance the site they are on and blend into the landscape. Building in this way offers the chance to create a unique home with a strong connection to the surrounding land.

Planning your build

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First, you need to clarify your vision. How much do you want your home to blend into the landscape? How will the surrounding area influence the design? If you haven’t yet found the right plot, and are both good tools. You will then need to recruit an architect with a particular interest in sustainable builds, plus you may wish to hire a landscape architect, too. It is important to identify the plot’s unique challenges early on, as these will

have a major influence on the design. For example, sloping terrain can make coastal builds quite challenging, but on the plus side they can offer great views. An organic build’s setting should also inspire many of the materials used in its construction.

Benefits and drawbacks

By making use of sustainable building materials, organic builds tend to have a lower carbon footprint, and are more eco-friendly and energy-efficient than conventional builds. They are also more ‘breathable’ and have lower humidity levels, which make them healthier and more comfortable to live in. Using local materials keeps transportation costs down and environmental impact to a minimum. Builds like these may require higher initial investment than conventional projects, but bear in mind that energy consumption and maintenance costs are likely to be lower, so an organic build can still prove cost-effective in the long run.

professional advice ‘Assemble the right team. It’s vital to find an architect who understands your vision, and a builder you can work well with. Word of mouth can help you find the best “fit”. Consider using a planning consultant. The National Planning Policy Framework set out by the government in 2012 encourages sustainable development, so organic builds are likely to be favoured. This is especially important if your planned organic build is located within a National Park or conservation area. An experienced planning consultant will be familiar with the likely snags and pitfalls at a local level, and can help save you time and money. Opt for traditional designs and materials, seeking inspiration from local vernacular architecture. Do some research into older building styles, too, and use local, recycled materials wherever possible, as these will give your build an authentic look and help it blend in to the surrounding area. Explore current trends, such as the increasing demand for dark-stained timber houses that are almost invisible from a distance. Textured black timber that has been treated using the ancient Japanese technique of “shou sugi ban” (similar to charring) is another favoured look.’

Opt for a finish that blends into the surroundings

Go for a plot with a view you will never tire of

Be inventive with the shape and lines of the build

e x p e r t e y e ‘Design an organic interior to complement your build, using natural materials such as stone, wood, wool and cotton, to create a sense of calm and wellbeing. Complete the look with large, leafy plants’ holly KEEling, hOlly KeelInG InterIOrs

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■ Arco 2 Architecture Ltd, 01208 72100, International award-winning cornwallbased architecture practice specialising in sustainable and organic design. ■ Holly Keeling Interiors, 01803 864374, Interior design and styling service.

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25bh | t w e nti e s s e m i DINING ROOM Mid-century furniture and one-off pieces create an elegant, characterful look. Starburst chandelier, £595, Graham and Green. Mid-century dining table, from £599; the Dane dining chair, £299, is a good alternative, both West Elm


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THE PROPERTY Twenties semi-detached house L O C AT I O N North London R O O M S Hall, sitting room, family room, kitchen, dining room, snug, study, cloakroom, four bedrooms (two en suite), family bathroom P U R C H A S E D 2016 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘We moved here from a rented flat nearby,’ says Jennyfer.

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a new pattern Jennyfer Stanley and Tim Loo’s home has been redesigned and transformed with original motifs and rich, deep colour FEATURE JO LEEVERS PHOTOGRAPHY RACHAEL SMITH

KITCHEN A combination of deep blue, grey and white makes this a crisp and functional cook space. Kitchen in Pantry Blue, price on request, DeVOL. Retro Metro wall tiles, £75sq m, Fired Earth

STUDY A vintage map of Asia breaks up the expanse of blue wall and reminds the couple of places they have visited. Try the Vintage Map of Asia, from £7, Redbubble. Mid-century desk, from £499, Vinterior. Walls painted in Stiffkey Blue, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball

d e s i g n t i p ‘Look to top restaurants for cutting-edge style ideas – especially for innovative lighting, wallcoverings and tiling’

t w e nti e s s e m i | 25bh SITTING ROOM This eye-catching wallpaper, which was inspired by an Indian garden, set the colour scheme for this space. Jardin D’Osier wallpaper, price on request, Hermès. Margot accent armchair, £399; Margot sofa, £499, both Martini side table, £159; Industrial Task floor lamp, £199, both West Elm. Bud vases, from £20 each, Anthropologie

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EN SUITE Marble tiling teamed with glamorous brass fittings make for hotel-luxe style. Imperial Astoria Deco basin and stand, £1,104, The Cast Iron Bath Company


ith New York-style steel glazing, French wallpapers and a scheme that takes its colours from a Balinese painting, Jennyfer Stanley’s home reflects the places she visited before she and her husband, Tim Loo, settled in north London. ‘I love how the countries that have been part of my life are reflected in our London home,’ she says. Jennyfer used to work in finance before retraining in interior design, and the cities she has lived in include Singapore, Tokyo and New York. To add to the mix, Tim, strategy director at a digital design company, originally hails from Sydney. ‘Between us, we brought an international flavour to this project,’ says Jennyfer. The home she redesigned from scratch is a Twenties property and the couple live here with their children, Madeleine, 10, and Seb, five. ‘We deliberately looked for a fixer-upper,’ says Jennyfer. ‘I wanted to bring my own style to the space as I had a wealth of ideas ready to go.’ The house had been rented out and was in a dilapidated state, but that was fine by Jennyfer as she wanted to remove several internal walls on the ground floor and start afresh. ‘The overall aim was to open up the spaces, while preserving a feeling of intimacy in each of them,’ she says.

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MAIN BEDROOM Steel-framed Crittal-style glazing works with industrial-look furniture to add a sharp, contemporary edge. The rectangle metal glass pane wall cabinet, £215, Rockett St George, has a similar look to this one

The sophisticated sitting room at the front of the house now flows into a family room, which in turn flows into the dining area at the rear. This leads around the corner into the kitchen, creating an open-plan feel that was important to Jennyfer. ‘I spent some time working in Tokyo, where the idea of flow is integral to design and I think that seeped into my consciousness,’ she says. A dining room now occupies the space where an old conservatory once stood and was reimagined with Crittallstyle glazing by macArchitect, who carried out the house’s renovation and created new rear, side and loft extensions. As for the interiors, key pieces of furniture in the living spaces show Jennyfer’s love of mid-century design, with curvaceous shapes that subtly echo each other and make the open-plan areas feel like a unified whole. In addition to creating a sense of flow, Jennyfer was also keen to include a variety of textures and patterns. ‘I think when you walk into a room, your eye should be drawn to interesting objects, colours and fabrics,’ she says. relaxed elegance

This home was a chance to bring together mementos the couple had picked up from various countries and combine them with recent furniture purchases. ‘Some people prefer to buy everything new and matching, but I love to mix rather than match,’ says Jennyfer. She used mood boards to work out which tiles, fabrics and paint colours would work together, erring towards deep, atmospheric blues and soft, unobtrusive grey shades, then splashed out on some striking wallpapers by Hermès and Fromental. While velvets, luxurious wallcoverings and hotel-style bathrooms make this home feel special, it has a relaxed feel, too. ‘I’d never want to live somewhere that has a “handsoff” policy for children,’ says Jennyfer. ‘I’ve learnt it’s possible to combine family life with a casual elegance.’ 52 | 2 5 b h S EP TE m B ER 2018

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GUEST BEDROOM In this long space, a mural wallpaper turns the slim proportions into an advantage and creates a standout feature. Bellewood mural, £33sq m, Rebel Walls. Giant Abacus cushions, £35 each, Orla Kiely at John Lewis. Nyponrus duvet sets, £20 each, Ikea

l e s s o n l e a r n t ‘Always carry swatches of paint shades and fabrics with you when you shop for new items, so you can be sure that they’ll work within your scheme’ CLOAKROOM Even the smallest of areas are a chance to add pattern and shine. Arosa wallpaper, £61 a roll, Prestigious Textiles at John Lewis. Try the Josef mirror, £75, Sweetpea & Willow

SEB’S BEDROOM Primary colours and a fun feature wall create a playful atmosphere. Eden play table, £245, Great Little Trading Co. Pop Cars wallpaper, £52 a roll, Jane Churchill

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Insight Be confident with pattern and colour Inspired by Jennyfer and Tim’s bold use of prints and tone? Take note of these tips


hether it’s on-trend overscaled florals, exotic animals and birds, or bold stripes and geometrics, you can find just about any colourful pattern to adorn your home. Seek advice from the experts, such as an interior designer or colour consultant, or simply trust your instincts and experiment with scale and colour.

Take it slow For the inexperienced decorator, it can be intimidating to choose from the vast array of wallpapers, paints and fabrics available today. Start with a simple patterned cushion, or a rug with a neutral background, to make it easier to co-ordinate with the rest of your home. Live with the pattern for a while, then, if you like it, add more pieces in the same colour or a similar style. Build up your decor – and your confidence – gradually, and as you grow bolder, work more colour into the mix. Think outside the box: try painting door edges

bold neon or window frames black or shiny metallic, to provide a neat contrast and edge to brighter patterns.

Be adventurous Don’t follow trends too rigidly. Instead, consciously choose what appeals to you and trust your instincts. The trick is to maintain a cohesive look, so play with a palette of no more than three or four colours to create a harmonious scheme. Clever layering will give you your own signature style and stamp personality and individuality throughout your home. A professional interior designer is one way to achieve the look you are aiming for, using mood boards and samples to guide your decisions. Otherwise, browse trends on Pinterest and refer to interiors magazines. And don’t forget texture, which is a great way to add subtle individuality and unexpected sensory pleasure to your home. Weaving, tufting, sisal, velvet, Venetian plaster and bare brick will all provide depth and interest.

professional advice ‘Don’t be afraid to paper all the walls in a room and even go as far as papering the ceiling, too. Support independent artists and look out for bespoke wallpaper and fabric designs that have been created from unique hand drawings and paintings. if you prefer a more neutral colour scheme but want to work in some pattern or give a room depth, try incorporating textured wallpaper. Framed wallpaper panels make a confident statement without taking over an entire room. Use the same pattern for soft furnishings to bring the scheme together. Wallpaper patterns that replicate exposed brickwork or timber strips can add texture to homes that don’t have original features. Wall murals featuring classical architecture or city landscapes are a fabulous way to create a feature wall. Historically themed wallpapers, such as patterns from the iconic William Morris collection, can give an interior a more traditional and sophisticated feel.’ Lucy WaLker, LA VitA,

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e x p e r t e y e ‘In the right hands, flashes of bold pattern, carefully chosen and dotted around the interior of a home, can add pace and interest. The trick is to create a sense of harmony, either thematically or through colour. ’ keiTh STephenSon and Mark haMpShire, MiNi MoDERNs

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■ Juliet Travers, 020 7924 3883, Beautiful hand-drawn designs made in the UK ■ House of Hackney, 020 7739 3273, Luxury iconic prints offering a unique way to decorate your home ■ Surface View, 0118 922 1327, For an incredible selection of inspiring murals and wallpapers ■ Mini Moderns, An interiors brand specialising in applied pattern across a range of products, including wallpapers, fabrics, cushions and ceramics

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A family affair Puk and Sam Parsons lovingly renovated a farmhouse that has been passed down through the generations

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The properTy Grade II-listed farmhouse L o c aT i o n Oxfordshire r o o m s Hall, formal sitting room, sitting room, kitchen-diner, morning room, snug, utility room, cloakroom, cellar, five bedrooms, two bathrooms m o V e D i n 2010 preVious properTy ‘We used to live in a different house on the farm,’ says Puk.


A rich green wall makes a striking feature and adds depth to the all-white scheme. Wall painted in mad King George matt emulsion, £39.50 for 2.5L, Fired earth. Louis Poulsen limited-edition copper PH 3½-3 pendant, £1,051, made in design

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Streamlined units line both sides of the room in a large galley-style design. white Veddinge doors, from £12 each, Ikea. try the hand-forged hammered beaten knobs, £5.50 each, g Decor at

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Stair treads were left unpainted to add interest to this pared-back space. the oCto multi-coloured cotton runner, £60, habitat, is a good alternative

or many years, Danish-born Puk Parsons and her husband, Sam, lived in a lodge on the family farm in Oxfordshire, which they had restored and where they had their three sons, William, now 16, Thomas, 13, and Humphrey, nine. Eventually, the time came for Sam to take over the running of the farm and they swapped houses with his parents, moving into their Cotswold stone farmhouse, together with the boys, dogs Yoko and Moss, and cats Birk and Ronja. ‘It was quite an operation, with the two removal vans we’d hired squeezing past each other in the narrow lanes,’ says Puk. Once in, making their mark was a slow process. The building was packed full of several generations of belongings, including furniture, paintings and china, not to


The large eye-catching artwork makes the most of the room’s generous proportions. Pushing Man original biro drawing, price on application, Myrica Jones

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mention an attic bulging with ancestral possessions, including suitcases full of crinolines, lace and wedding attire and, most surprisingly of all, the skeleton of a beloved parrot, still in its cage. ‘It was a unique experience delving into a past that still seemed very present, and quite a challenge for a Dane who loves simple living,’ says Puk. But having trained and worked as a tailor, she was in her element, and careful to preserve the historical linen. One of the couple’s first tasks was to rip out the carpets. ‘I then made the mistake of starting too many projects at once and quickly realised I had to handle one room at a time,’ says Puk, whose first priority was to get the bedrooms into shape. Six years down the line, the couple were finally ready to make some structural

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Antique furniture and a woodburning stove give this space a cosy, timeless feel. Invicta bradford stove, £1,231, Stoves online. try the cowhide APr108 rug, £189, City Cows

changes. They employed builders to level the floors upstairs and create two new bathrooms. The main bedroom was turned into the family bathroom, complete with a roll-top bath and his-and-hers vintage German sinks. The second bathroom was created by strengthening the joists in the oldest part of the house, so that it could be tanked to create a wet room. Downstairs, the layout of the house was difficult to adapt, as it featured two disparate areas that had once been used for family and staff respectively. ‘It needed some rejigging for the two parts to connect,’ says Puk. ‘The solution was to move the kitchen from the small room at the front into the formal sitting room, putting the office and cloakroom at the back.’ After consulting an architect, the existing


Precious clothes from past generations are stored in this antique chest. For a similar chest of drawers, try the Dawson, £450, Swoon. See the Adjustoform lady valet mannequin, £185, John Lewis

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low-pitched roof was also raised to full height to make the most of the view from the kitchen to the orchard beyond. Taking inspiration from pared-back Scandinavian design, the walls are painted white throughout and teamed with bare floorboards or engineered oak flooring dotted with rugs. A block of bold colour on the morning room wall, plus patterned tiles in the bathrooms add vibrance. The drawing room has been painted in a subtle grey, so as not to distract from the stunning views of the surrounding countryside. The couple still have plenty of ideas for their home: the old kitchen is to become a reception room and the cellar a sociable space. ‘I’m so pleased with our farmhouse,’ says Puk. ‘It’s been wonderful to unearth its history and put a modern stamp on it.’


Simple furniture teamed with homely touches create a relaxed setting. the Star pendant lights, £376 each, turnbull & thomas, are similar to these


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gallic calm A love of outdoor living and the earthy colours of nature inspired the look of Katie and Oli Lyons’ relaxed and welcoming home Feature EMMA J PAGE | PhotograPhy HELEN CATHCART

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t h e P r o P e r t y Villa L o c at i o n Nice r o o m s Hall, sitting room, kitchen-diner, office, utility room, two bedrooms, bathroom, dressing room, separate apartment on the ground floor P u r c h a s e d 2014 Previous ProPerty ‘Before, we lived in a maisonette in London,’ says Katie.

KITCHEN Katie opted for simple cabinetry in here, so that the outdoor view would take centre stage. Victoria metal bar stools, £89 each, Cult Furniture, would recreate this look. Paxo pendant lights, £165 each, Holloways of Ludlow, are similar GARDEN The dining terrace also boasts a dipping pool. For similarly elegant outdoor table sets, try Lazy Susan, priced from around £500


hen Katie Lyons sets the table for lunch under the shade of an olive tree, all that can be heard is a splash of water from the pool and the call of birdsong. It is hard to believe that this oasis of pine trees and lemongrass is just 15 minutes on foot to the town centre in Nice, and a hop and a skip from the beach. It is a far cry from the hectic London life that Katie and her husband Oli left behind four years ago, when they made a temporary move to the South of France, so that Oli could complete a master’s degree. ‘By the time Oli’s course finished, we had fallen in love with the region and were used to a life that was more in tune with the outdoors,’ says Katie. They began to look at properties, and it was when they viewed a villa with a beautiful tiered garden that they knew they had found their next home. ‘It was on a hillside with stunning views of the valley and completely secluded – we both adored it.’ Katie and Oli bought the villa and set about renovating it, making the view their first priority. ‘We decided to replace the original front door with glazed, steel-framed, floor-to-ceiling doors so that even when inside we’d feel connected to the garden.’ Then they turned the ground floor into a separate apartment for visiting friends and family, while reconfiguring 2 5 b h S EP TE M B ER 2018 | 59

DINING AREA An oak dining table adds a rustic touch. ‘I love the soul that old pieces of furniture have,’ says Katie. Metal bistro chairs, £79 each, Cult Furniture, would work here. try Iota for large contemporary plant pots, from £49.99 each

i n s p i r a t i o n ‘We tend to draw on the designs we’ve seen in our favourite French and Italian hotels, adding a contemporary twist here and there’ SITTING ROOM For practicality, Katie and Oli opted for cool, clean and contemporary waxed concrete flooring. take a look at the Flick accent chair, £249, John Lewis’ brandon floor lamp, £25, is similar

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L I L A’ S B E D R O O M Soft plaster pink walls create a restful feel in this simply furnished room. Aurora Vita eos feather lampshade in white, from £69, graham and green, is near identical MAIN BEDROOM A bold palm print wallpaper enlivens this otherwise neutral scheme. Palmeral wallpaper, £185 a roll, house of hackney. Find mid-century iron wall sconces, from £127 each, at etsy. bottle vase, £35, Cox & Cox, is a match

B AT H R O O M A béton ciré (waxed concrete) wall in burnt orange is in tune with the villa’s Mediterranean setting. C P hart’s waterloo eight-inch overhead shower, £138, has this look

the first-floor space, knocking down walls to make an open-plan area that has become the social hub of the house. Once the works were complete, Katie and Oli, with their newborn daughter Lila, now two, felt they had created an ideal interior space for a family, and turned their attention to the garden, adding a terrace and an understated plunge pool. Nature’s warm and earthy tones are reflected inside the house, with a lush palm print wallpaper in the main bedroom and a burnt orange-painted wall in the bathroom. Elsewhere, chalky painted walls and lime-washed beams are the perfect backdrop for the couple’s collection of vintage finds, such as the trestle table in the hall, made from an old door, and a dining table that once belonged to a French monastery. The couple’s foray into interiors has prompted a new career and they recently bought and renovated a historic property in Saint Paul de Vence, called La Miette, which was once owned by celebrated French writer Jacques Prévert. It is now an Airbnb home-from-home for friends, family and guests. But it is their own home and garden that still holds Katie and Oli captive. ‘Hearing the birds and seeing nature at such close quarters is a great leveller,’ reflects Katie. ‘Worries melt away when you look out on a landscape like this. It’s just perfect.’ fo r sto c k i sts g o to w her e to b u y

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Insight Buying and Building aBroad Tempted to move abroad as Katie and Oli Lyons have done? Consider these points first


oving abroad or buying a second home overseas can provide an exciting lifestyle change, but there are several practical points to consider before taking the plunge.

In the right place Finding the perfect property in the right location can be daunting. Katie and Oli Lyons spent a long time in their adopted homeland before buying. ‘Firstly, you should find a good local property agent who speaks your language,’ advises property buyer Jemimah Barnett ( ‘A good agent will help you understand the full process, itemise all the costs and connect you with the professionals you’ll need.’

Practical matters It’s important to appoint an independent solicitor to handle your interests. In European countries, as well as some others, a notary (an impartial government official) will oversee the

transaction for both buyer and seller, running searches and checking that the property’s title deeds are in order, as well as arranging the payment of taxes and officially recording the sale. It’s also advisable to appoint a second Englishspeaking lawyer who can handle local land transactions effectively. Some UK banks provide mortgages for overseas properties, especially if they have a branch in the area of purchase. Alternatively, you can take out an overseas mortgage via a specialist broker, but this will not be subject to the FSA (Financial Services Authority) regulations. Do be aware of all the costs involved, including taxes, agency and legal fees, surveys and notary’s fees. ‘If you choose to build abroad, your choice of architect will be crucial, too,’ says Jemimah. ‘Their role extends well beyond sketching up your dream home. They will help negotiate the planning rules, and recommend and manage builders, so choose an architect that you communicate well with.’

professional advice ‘Search for properties via agencies and online. In rural areas, local knowledge can be helpful as well – visit cafés, bakeries or a post office in your chosen location and talk to the owners – you never know what information you may glean. In addition, in many countries, owners still sell properties or land directly without using an estate agency, so enquire about where you could find these listings. Study the buying process, especially if you need to sell a property in the UK first. The process may be more rigid than in the UK and you could incur a penalty and lose your deposit if things do not go to plan. Also speak to a mortgage specialist or a currency-exchange company, if you will require their services. Before you buy your plot or house, take time to prepare a budget and seek advice from an architect and, if needed, a local builder. Be realistic and allow for a contingency as at this stage there are many unknowns. If you want to buy a plot of land, do confirm with the local planning office that it qualifies as a building plot and not agricultural land, for example. There may even be an indication of maximum surface area that a future property can have.’ Michael Schienke, ChArTErEd ArChITECT, VOrBIld,

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tHE ProPErty Detached former mill worker’s house, built around 1912 L o c At i o n Hampshire r o o m S Hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen/family room, utility room, cloakroom, four bedrooms (three en suite), bathroom P u r c H A S E d 2015 PrEviouS ProPErty ‘Before moving here, I lived in a flat in London during the week and a terraced house in Cheshire at weekends,’ says Steve.

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When keen sailor Steve Bird sent out a distress call, help arrived to salvage his lacklustre home and transform it with a stylish, nautical twist FEAturE JANET MCMEEKIN | PHotogrAPHy ANDREAS VON EINSIEDEL

sitting area a rich, blue colour scheme with warm accents, combined with comfortable seating and a woodburning stove, make this space feel cosy and inviting. Linie Design Acacia blue rug, £459; Vitra Noguchi coffee table, £1,490; try the Richmond two-seater sofa, £1,799, all Heal’s

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aving totally remodelled a hidden gem of a property in an idyllic coastal location, instead of falling in love with his new-look home, Steve Bird began toying with the idea of putting it back on the market. ‘It was very frustrating,’ says Steve. ‘I had invested an incredible amount of effort into sensitively renovating my waterside find. However, it seemed that with every lick of pale-grey paint, the cottage became an increasingly soulless series of bland rectangles.’ Steve first stumbled upon a picturesque harbour town in Hampshire several years ago when he kept a yacht at a local boatyard. ‘I’ve spent a lot of time in this beautiful area, so when I decided to relocate, it was a natural place to start house-hunting,’

says Steve. As luck would have it, while out for a stroll along the banks of the town’s historic mill pond, Steve noticed a For Sale sign on an attractive period house he had often admired. After contacting the estate agent to set up a viewing, Steve, who is a seasoned renovator, realised that the property, with its large corner plot and captivating views of the pond, offered vast potential. ‘It is a little off the beaten track, but still easily accessible to the harbour and to a bustling town that’s full of independent shops, good restaurants and pubs,’ says Steve. ‘The house was originally built as a two-up, two-down for the mill manager and his family. Those links with the past really appealed to me and, from the moment I walked in, I knew that

HaLL ‘i wanted this space to be a proper entrance with a welcoming feel, rather than a confusing jumble of doors,’ says interior designer emma. Wall drawer unit with key drawer in cherry wood, designed by Emma Painter Interiors and made by Arundel Bespoke, price on request. PY22 leather lounge chair, £459.90, PrivateFloor

KitCHen a panel of striking geometric wallpaper was used to add depth and a touch of colour. Ligna Hive wallpaper, £39.78lin m, Arte. Walls painted in Soft Chinchilla Aura Matte, £25 for 1L, Benjamin Moore. For alternative bar stools, try the Teora, £109 each, Danetti

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I needed to take a sensitive approach to the work and ensure that any changes I made would honour the integrity of the property.’ Soon after buying the house, planning permission was granted to reconfigure the layout to create a more streamlined home with a contemporary porch and an open-plan kitchen-diner and sitting area on the ground floor. On the first floor, a jumble of five bedrooms with Jack-and-Jill bathrooms, were rejigged into three bedrooms, one bathroom and two en-suite shower rooms. With Steve’s trusted team of builders on board, the house was stripped back to brick, before a major six-month transformation

project commenced. ‘Although the builders and architect did a fantastic job, the end result was a house that felt a little sparse,’ says Steve. ‘Every room felt indistinguishable. I knew that I needed to bring it to life but was struggling to find inspiration.’ Eventually, Steve hit upon the idea of contacting an interior designer to help with the house’s decor. ‘My online research proved invaluable,’ says Steve. ‘As soon as I read Emma Painter’s mission statement, I made my SOS call.’ Having met Steve for an initial consultation, the interior designer leapt into action in a bid to save the day. ‘From our first meeting, I realised that having channelled

l e s s o n l e a r n t ‘If you have lost your way, consider asking for help from an SITTING ROOM ‘This rarely used space has come into its own since Emma suggested using open shelves to create separate zones for relaxing and reading,’ says Steve. trifid wallpaper, £76 a roll, osborne & Little. try French Connection’s parquet coffee table, £385

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so much energy into redesigning the house, Steve could no longer see the wood for the trees,’ says Emma. ‘He explained that many of the rooms felt uninviting and lacked character.’ Fired up by her brief to create a simple yet stylish contemporary home full of personality, and to make more sense of the spaces, Emma began designing mood boards. ‘The house needed to be a sanctuary where Steve could totally relax,’ Emma says. ‘I wanted to introduce light and shade. I knew that layering each space with colour, texture and pattern would work really well.’ Since Steve frequently sails in and around Corfu, Emma was keen to introduce

an evocative palette of coastal colours, inspired by the pale pinks and oranges of stunning sunsets and myriad blue hues of the crystal-clear Ionian Sea. ‘I was really impressed with the way she interpreted my passion for sailing and love of mid-century modern design,’ says Steve. ‘Nothing was ever too much trouble. In the midst of everything, I decided to buy a Vizsla puppy, but Emma took that curve ball in her stride and deftly tweaked the design to accommodate Ruby’s arrival. I couldn’t be more delighted with the finished house – it is unrecognisable from the property I bought. It’s finally somewhere I feel very proud to call home.’

experienced interior designer that you click with, and don’t be afraid to be brave’ MAIN BEDROOM Soft furnishings in blush pink and coral hues help to soften the grey tones in this scheme. Cushions in Fiamma red fabric, £136m, Marvic textiles. Silk bedspread, from £230, Soak & Sleep

LANDING Pictures hung in a gallery style make a bold feature wall. Photographs framed by harbour Framing. osborne & Little Mojito cushion in Mandarin & Ivory, £165, Indian ocean

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CLOAKROOM A quirky mirror adds a nautical feel. Melody Maison’s silver metal porthole mirror, £44.95, is similar. wall painted in Province blue Aura Matte, £25 for 1L, benjamin Moore

B AT H R O O M Wallpaper in a foliage design gives this space a sense of bringing the outside in. Deco Palm wallpaper, £85 a roll, Cole & Son. try the Kate freestanding bath, £399.99, the Cruze freestanding bath tap with shower mixer, £199.95, Victorian Plumbing, would work

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Melding beautifully with its surroundings, Vanessa and Richard Owen’s laid-back home fits perfectly with their family’s idyllic lifestyle FEATURE RACHEL LEEDHAM | PHOTOGRAPHY CAROLINE MARDON


home truths T H E P R O P E R T Y A 1913 villa, relocated to the coast L O C AT I O N Kerikeri, New Zealand R O O M S Hall, sitting room, kitchen-diner, scullery, two studies, utility, four bedrooms (one en suite), bathroom P U R C H A S E D 2005 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘Before, we lived in a plantationstyle house nearby,’ says Vanessa.

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The family enjoy these gorgeous views for nine months of the year and go travelling for the other three. This house, plus four cottages, are available for holiday rentals (

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An unusual bentwood pendant light draws attention upwards. Roll pendant by David Trubridge, from £675, Holloways of Ludlow. For a similar natural rug, try Jute Bouclé in Flax, from £79, West Elm

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In order to create a focal point in this room, the couple fashioned the fireplace from offcuts of wood, then plastered it over. Find similar Georgian wing chairs, price on enquiry, at Leather Chairs of Bath


Nods to the couple’s British heritage add a homely touch. The Happy Jack shopper bag is similar, £15,


ack in 1988, newlyweds Vanessa and Richard Owen set sail from their native England for New Zealand. After a few long sojourns en route, they finally arrived at their destination six years later and have lived there ever since. It was their passion for sailing that drew the couple to the Te Puna Inlet 13 years ago. ‘We used to sail past it and stop to picnic on the beach,’ recalls Vanessa. ‘Then we discovered that a stretch of land was for sale, and knew we could create our dream home here.’ But rather than build a new property on the land, the pair had a more 72 | 2 5 b h S eP Te m B eR 2018

left-field idea. ‘We had a specific notion of our New Zealand nirvana, which entailed a beautiful Georgian-style house,’ explains Vanessa. ‘Of course, there aren’t many of them along the coast, so we knew if we wanted one, we would have to bring it here.’ After a two-year search, the couple, who now have four children – Dione, 25, Poppy, 23, Milli, 19 and Reef, 11 – found a former retirement home in a nearby town and trucked it, lock, stock and barrel, to the site. They stripped the house back to its bare walls and reconfigured it to suit their lifestyle, while retaining its high ceilings,

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The table, once used for playing ping-pong, has been with the family for more than 30 years and is on its eighth top. Pendant light painted in Oval Room Blue, £60 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball; for a similar industrial design, try Skinflint, £390


By positioning the Aga in front of the window, the couple are able to enjoy the beautiful views while cooking. Four-oven range cooker, from £12,110, Aga. Traditional kettle in Almond is similar, £90, Le Creuset

timber floors and wraparound verandas. Fortunately, as property developers who had already renovated more than 20 homes, the couple were unfazed by the project. ‘We worked on one room at a time, completing each before moving on to the next,’ recalls Vanessa. ‘It was the only way we could manage it with four children and a full-time business to run at the same time – I could retreat to the completed spaces and pretend the house wasn’t a building site!’ The kitchen extension, which was added five years ago, is the true hub of the home, with its generous table and decidedly British


The painting honours Vanessa and Richard’s 30th wedding anniversary. Painting by Paula Coulthard, price on request

Aga. ‘In so many ways we are Kiwis, living for the great outdoors and catching crayfish by hand, but then we come home and make a pot of tea on the Aga, much to the mirth of our friends,’ she says. Still keen travellers, the family rents out the house for three months each year, which Vanessa took into consideration while decorating, favouring a style that she describes as ‘bombproof’. ‘The travertine flooring in the kitchen copes brilliantly with all the sand and salt, and there is absolutely nothing precious here,’ she says. The palette is inspired by the surrounding coast, with muted blues, 2 5 b h S eP Te m B eR 2018 | 73

REEF’S BEDROOM The Warhol-style print immortalises the family’s first dog, Spot. try etsy for similar custom pop art prints


His-and-her sinks bring a luxury hotel touch to the room. orchard eden countertop basin, £49.99, Victoria Plum, is a match

greys and whites running throughout the home. ‘There is a very specific light by the sea – a lot of these colours would look entirely different, often quite drab, further inland,’ explains Vanessa. After learning that the original owner of the house, a Scotsman, had attempted to replicate English oak panelling by treating Totara, an indigenous wood, Vanessa dug out his formula and painstakingly replicated the method. ‘It was incredibly complicated and involved rubbing potash into the grain,’ she recalls. Vanessa’s talent for upcycling is apparent in every room, from the lampshade in the hall, 74 | 2 5 b h S eP te M b er 2018


A monochrome theme gives this room a calm, sophisticated air. Classical rattan bed, £882, Sweetpea & willow, is similar

fashioned from a log basket given to her by a friend, to the coffee table in the sitting room, formerly a ventilation grille salvaged from a library in Auckland. ‘I have reached the point in my life where I only want to be surrounded by things I truly love, so I’m constantly re-evaluating the decor and giving pieces away,’ she says. And despite how much they have done, Vanessa says the house will never be finished. ‘It gets heavily used by us and our guests all year round so there’s always something that requires replacing or is in need of a lick of paint – it’s a labour of love.’ fo r sto c k i sts g o to w her e to b u y

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With its soothing palette and private terrace, this space provides a calming retreat from the busy family areas. Provencal rattan white chair, ÂŁ249, the French bedroom Company, is a similar style. walls painted in Light blue estate emulsion, ÂŁ45 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball

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1 Best laid plans

Builder’s dust, broken windows and living in a camper van made Kate and Jason Stanley’s renovation a challenging process Feature Caroline Foster | PhotograPhy DaviD Merewether


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the ProPerty twenties house L o c at i o n surrey r o o m s hall, sitting room, kitchen-diner, utility room, study, five bedrooms (one en suite), bathroom P u r c h a s e d 2014 Previous ProPerty ‘Before, we had a new-build brick and flint house nearby,’ says Kate.


KITCHEN-dINEr Walls were removed and bifold patio doors installed to create a large, light-filled family space. Cabinetry painted in Grey teal absolute matt emulsion, £43.50 for 2.5l, little Greene. the tolixstyle metal bar stool is a good

match for Kate’s, £55, Cult Furniture. herringbone parquet flooring, £75sq m, Fired earth


KITCHEN-dINEr Turning a spare corner into a useful home office zone utilises every spare inch of

space within the kitchen. ekenas armchair, £175, ikea. retrostyle orange lamp, £129, scoutabout interiors. the Maisons du Monde spring table, £110, is comparable. Babouche estate eggshell is similar to the rich yellow on the pantry door, £60 for 2.5l, Farrow & Ball


SITTING rOOM The new window frames are painted in anthracite grey to create a dramatic feature. Dashing Duke sofa, from £2,149, sofa workshop, covered in linen Brera rigato stripe, £75m, Designers Guild


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l e s s o n l e a r n t ‘Don’t try to defy the seasons. We started work in October, which was the wrong time of year to be without a functioning home’

MAIN BEDROOM A mixture of pink hues and orange accents lends a feminine but fun feel in here. bumble side table, £65, habitat. the truman table lamp, £35, Made. com, is a good match


ate and Jason Stanley had to work fast to secure the home of their dreams. ‘We had been considering selling our old property, and when we visited an estate agent to discuss it, he mentioned a house in Surrey that had been in the same family for 40 years was about to go up for sale,’ says Kate. ‘We viewed it immediately and fell in love with the handsome exterior and the fact that it had so much potential.’ With little time to waste, the couple managed to sell their home, buy the new property and move in with their children in July 2014. ‘Although the interior had been well looked after, it was freezing cold, due to the ancient heating system and single-glazed windows,’ says Kate. ‘The house was large, so we didn’t need to extend, but there were lots of small rooms and the layout felt jumbled. We were keen to get on with remodelling to make it more spacious and modern.’ Building work began in October and, as walls were removed to create a more open-plan layout, the resulting dust forced the family to move into a camper van on their driveway, and use the garage as a dressing room. ‘It was a ridiculous idea and we were utterly miserable,’ says Kate. ‘Friends eventually rescued us, letting us stay with them for a few weeks while the major structural work was done.’ The couple had estimated that the renovation would cost £100,000, but they admit to going over the initial budget. ‘It was


STUDY A blend of furniture styles creates a laid-back look in this garden-facing office. Funk multi-colour rug, from £205, the rug retailer. Alhambra Patchwork pouffe has a similar feel, £565, homes Direct 365. Sofa, £260, homeSense


HALL The wood and painted stairs echo the blue-edged runner perfectly. Stair runners in coir, from £22m, Alternative Flooring


CHILD’S BEDROOM ‘The bedside cabinets are second-

modernising the bones of the building that tipped us over,’ says Kate. ‘For example, I loved the original, but draughty, metal-framed windows, so they were replaced with similar energy efficient glazing.’ The build wasn’t without setbacks. ‘The windows were an issue as they were continually broken on site or had the wrong gaskets so they couldn’t be fitted,’ Kate says. ‘It meant the job took far longer than planned.’ Thankfully, all the building issues were finally resolved and the Stanleys’ home was completed in February 2015. Kate has decorated all the rooms in a fresh, contemporary style. To create a sense of harmony, she chose to paint all the walls white. ‘It allows an interior to reveal itself and you can add colour later,’ she says. ‘I built on the neutral backdrop using natural materials, such as the herringbone wood flooring, and vibrant colours.’ The new kitchen-diner illustrates Kate’s approach, with classic cabinetry in elegant grey and Corian worktops for a contemporary touch, lifted by sunny yellow accents. Colourful and quirky accessories can be seen throughout the house. ‘I’m not big on matching things – I like to mix up elements that feel comfortable together,’ says Kate. With the build and interior decoration complete, Kate reflects on her renovation journey: ‘It’s been wonderful to be able to create an interior that suits the way we live,’ she says. ‘We hope to be the next family to live here for more than 40 years.’

hand – I painted them in Steel Symphony by Dulux,’ says Kate. Similar slat bed, £195, Mattress Man


CHILD’S BEDROOM A hand-built Austin J40 pedal car takes pride of place here. try ebay for Austin J40 pedal cars,

from £3,500. Candy stripe blind, from £24.75, blinds2go, is a match


B AT H R O O M ‘Geometric floor tiles make the room look wider,’ says Kate. Neisha Crosland luxury vinyl tiled flooring, £45sq m, harvey Maria

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‘On warmer days, the doors are wide open and we spill out into the garden,’ says Marie. Morland four-seater sofa, £1,299, DFS. Lewes Grape rug, from £120, Laura Ashley. Debbie table lamp, £59.50, Biggie Best. Stag and Pheasant cushions, £32.95 each, Nest Homely Interiors

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the ProPerty Detached new build L o c at i o n Somerset r o o m s Sitting room/kitchendiner, utility room/cloakroom, study, three bedrooms (one en suite), bathroom B u i Lt 2013 Previous ProPerty ‘We rented a flat while this place was being built,’ says Marie.

Back to her roots Marie Lynham had always dreamt of returning to her childhood village but never imagined she would end up on her parents’ lawn Feature & PhotograPhy JO SHELDRAKE

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KITCHeN-DINeR The central island is well positioned for easy food preparation and socialising with friends. Chichester units, from £18,000, Neptune. bar stools, £120 each, homeSense. wall painted in eau De Nil matt emulsion, £35 for 2.5L, Laura Ashley

Decor ating Advice ‘A feature wall can be used to create a more defined space

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hen Marie Lynham decided to return to her old village in Somerset, she thought outside the box. The opportunity had arisen for Marie and her husband Chris to build their own home in the garden of Marie’s parents’ house, and they knew it would prove to be the ideal new chapter. ‘I wanted a country cottage in the village where I grew up,’ explains Marie, owner of homeware business Nest Homely Interiors. ‘It meant we could be close to friends and family and our children, Max, eight, and Amber, four, could attend the same school I went to.’ G e t t i n G s ta r t e d

The couple had a clear vision for the design and enlisted Stanley C Baker & Sons and Collier Reading Architects to help. ‘In September 2012, we applied for planning permission and then began building in January of 2013,’ says Marie. Deciding on the right position of an L-shaped property was important to the pair. ‘We wanted to incorporate some open-plan living to create a spacious feel and ensure that we could not be overlooked, as well as benefit from a south-facing garden,’ she adds. Using local Blue Lias stone from the Polden Hills, the

build took just eight months to complete, thanks to Marie’s keen organisational skills. It is the kitchen-diner that is the heart of this home and a magnet for the whole family. Marie and Chris had to compromise on the size of the utility room downstairs to get the layout just right. Including an island means Marie can prepare meals while watching the children play. It is also a great place to entertain family and friends. The sitting room is an elegant mix of classic, modern and character features. Fabrics and wallpaper blend together to create an informal, stylish zone. ‘My parents knocked down their old cottage to build a new house and we used a beam from that cottage as part of our fireplace, which is a lovely touch,’ says Marie. ‘I based the neutral sitting room tones on our fireplace, but added some colour with feature walls.’ connectinG spaces

Bifold doors in the kitchen-diner and sitting room are welcome additions to the house as they fold back completely and have integral blinds. ‘We love them because they keep the walls free of excess curtain fabric and the area feels clean and fresh,’ says Marie. ‘I was keen to ensure the space flowed and wanted the terrace and garden to be

on the same level and we used a similar flooring finish to the kitchen, for a cohesive look.’ Creating light and airy bedrooms was also important. There are built-in wardrobes in two of the bedrooms, to maximise storage. In the bathroom, the couple chose a full-size shower with a sunken tray and practical wall holes, as well as a freestanding bath and large sink with a useful storage drawer. personal touches

‘Building this home has taught us so much,’ reflects Marie. ‘When the work finished and I thanked the builder, he responded by saying: “I’ve built the house and now it’s over to you to make it a home.” And that’s exactly what we’ve done. I’ve discovered a passion for upcycling and repainting furniture, which has fed into my interiors business. Chris and I also wanted to embrace the Nordic hygge trend and create a feeling of warmth.’ This new build has proved a triumph for the Lynhams. ‘It’s the best of both worlds,’ says Marie. ‘It’s classic in style, but with a simple feel and it fulfils our family’s needs. And what’s more, we’ve returned to my childhood village and I’m pleased to say it’s everything we hoped it would be.’

in an open-plan area, while also making an interesting and eye-catching focal point’ MAIN BeDRooM

The neutral decor has a boutique hotel feel, with its serene colour scheme. the bed is an ebay find that was sanded and painted in house white modern eggshell, £67 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball

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Using matching floor and wall tiles makes for a seamless, elegant look. ravello bath, £2,404, Mayflower bathrooms. travertine tiles, from £13.99sq m, travertine Store. roman blind, from £244, Laura Ashley

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T H E U LT I M AT E TOUR OF INDIA This magical 10-day tour of India includes the Taj Mahal, the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, Udaipur, the ‘Venice of the East’, and a night in the real Best Exotic Marigold hotel


fter reading or watching The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and its endearing cast of characters made famous by Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith, it is impossible not to find yourself thinking ‘I really must go to India and experience it for myself.’ Well, here is your chance. Experience the sights and sounds of this mesmerising country on this 10-day itinerary. As well as visiting some of the country’s most spectacular and unmissable sights – including the Taj Mahal at sunset – it follows in the footsteps of the characters from The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Not only does this exclusive 10-day tour

See the spectacular Palace of Winds in Jaipur

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Relax in the lush gardens of The Claridges in Delhi

take in some unmissable sights – including the Taj Mahal, the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, and Udaipur, the ‘Venice of the East’ – but you will also meet author and screenwriter Deborah Moggach, who will give an exclusive talk about how she wrote the book that inspired the hit film. Plus you will stay in wonderful heritage hotels along the route, including The Claridges in Delhi, the Narain Niwas Palace in Jaipur, 16th-century Castle Bijaipur set in the Vindhyachal Hills and of course the Ravla Khempur in Rajasthan which has all the eccentricity and charm you would expect from the non-speaking star of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

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Before you depart for India from Heathrow you’ll get to meet writer Deborah Moggach, author of 19 novels, including These foolish Things, which was adapted into the much-loved film, for a pre-tour talk.

Enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola in Udaipur

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PleaSe noTe: international flights are noT included although Wild frontiers are happy to book these on your behalf.

THe PriCe from £1,925pp* including all accommodation; most meals, with the majority being taken in selected local restaurants; drinking water provided; all transport – you will be using minicoaches which are comfortable, have large windows and are fully air-conditioned; pre-tour talk and Q&a with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel author Deborah moggach; all excursions and fees as detailed in the itinerary; full services of a Wild frontiers Tour leader, working alongside local guides and drivers HoW To BooK Call 020 8185 7500 Quote ref TSinDia 25beautifulhomes.tripsmiths. com/marigoldtour25BH *Single supplement £475. if you are travelling alone and would prefer not to pay the single supplement, Wild frontiers will pair you a member of the same sex for you to share a room with during the trip. Hotel accommodation is subject to availability; if hotels do change they will be of equivalent standards of quality and comfort. You may be joined by readers of other Ti media titles, including Woman & Home. for full T&Cs visit 25beautifulhomes.tripsmiths. com/marigoldtour25BH

YoUr magiCal iTiner arY D AY 1 : W e l c o m e t o D e l h i

Take an afternoon tour of Delhi’s iconic sights before checking into The Claridges.

D AY 7 : B i J A i p u r t o K h e m p u r

Visit Chittorgarh and its colossal fort. Then check into the real Best Exotic Marigold hotel in Khempur. In the evening, enjoy a private cart ride in the countryside and watch The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel after dinner.

D AY 2 : D e l h i t o A g r A

Drive to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. Explore the mighty Agra Fort and witness the beauty of the Taj Mahal at sunset. Stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton.

D AY 8 : K h e m p u r t o u D A i p u r

We’ll take the short journey to Udaipur, which overlooks a pair of stunning lakes. In the evening, you’ll enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola. Accommodation: Karohi Haveli.

D AY 3 : A g r A t o J A i p u r

We journey to the place where most of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was filmed. On the way, you’ll visit the magnificent ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri, just outside Jaipur. You’ll also take high tea at Castle Kanota – the venue for the Viceroy Club in the film. Stay at the Narain Niwas Palace Hotel.

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This morning explore the lakes, gardens and palaces of Udaipur. Enjoy a farewell dinner at Ambrai, a garden restaurant with views of the Lake Palace. Stay at Karohi Haveli. D AY 1 0 : A f o n D fA r e W e l l

Breakfast in Udaipur before you fly home.

D AY 4 : J A i p u r

Discover this lovely city by exploring the Amber Fort, City Palace and Palace of the Winds. You’ll then enjoy lunch at the Khatu Haveli, as seen in BBC2’s The Real Marigold Hotel. Sleep overnight at the Narain Niwas Palace Hotel. D AY 5 : J A i p u r t o B i J A i p u r

Relax and sleep at the charming Castle Bijaipur, run by the local ruling family. D AY 6 : B i J A i p u r

Enjoy free time to relax or explore at your own pace. Optional activities include yoga, a dawn walk to spot local birds, bike or horse rides. In the evening, we’ll go for a Jeep drive to local villages and enjoy a sundowner. Stay again at Castle Bijaipur.

Meet The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel author Deborah Moggach

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v i c t o r i a n c o t tag e | 25bh KITCHEN Shaker-style units in a neutral ivory finish provide ample storage and food preparation zones. Radianz Quartz worktop in Shasta Brown, price on application, Northpoint

DINING AREA A wine-goblet chandelier creates a quirky feature above the table. Similar wine glass chandelier, £249, Dwell

Space miSSion Sally Ross made the most of every inch of her narrow home by creating a Parisian-inspired interior complete with smart storage solutions Feature CAROLINE FOSTER | PhotograPhy NICK HUGGINS

C O U R T YA R D Sally painted an old table orange to give the garden a pop of colour. Table finished in Charlotte’s Locks exterior eggshell, £67 per 2.5L, Farrow & Ball

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SITTING ROOM In this narrow area, a wall-mounted fire is a space-saving solution. Limestone flueless X-fire, £2,599, Acquisitions. reupholster a similar velvet footstool, from £250, Sally ross richmond

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the property Victorian cottage L o c at i o n richmond-upon-thames r o o m s Sitting room, kitchendiner, two bedrooms (one en suite), attic room, bathroom, roof terrace p u r c h a s e d 2006 previous property ‘I lived in a one-bedroom flat in hertfordshire,’ says Sally.


ally Ross had always dreamt of owning a house in the leafy borough of Richmond as she passed through on her way to work. ‘I never thought I could afford to live there, but I came across an old worker’s cottage for sale at a price that was within my reach,’ recalls Sally. ‘The compromise was that it was just 10 feet in width at its widest point.’ However, Sally, who is an upholsterer, grabbed the chance to buy a house in this area of southwest London. Although she embarked on a redecoration programme, Sally held off from any major refurbishment until she had the funds in place to

proceed. ‘I eventually applied for planning permission for a second storey extension, but was turned down, which was a set back.’ After 12 years, Sally decided to maximise the existing space which involved resiting the original downstairs bathroom. ‘I used the old bathroom space to create a new kitchen-diner,’ she explains. ‘I didn’t want to sacrifice my second bedroom for an upstairs bathroom, so I fitted it in between the sitting room and kitchen.’ During the three months of structural work, Sally rented her next-door neighbour’s house, so she was on hand to make decisions

ROOF TERRACE Sally has used a row of planters to soften this outdoor area and add privacy. tall column white planters, £54.21 each,, are similar. Slatted panels, from £26, the garden trellis Company

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v i c t o r i a n c o t tag e | 25bh MAIN BEDROOM Luxurious bedlinen combined with striking black accents and glittering crystals create a luxurious scheme. black Night crystal chandelier, £242, Sweetpea & willow

as the works progressed. ‘I had set myself a strict budget, but rotten joists and the need for a complete electrical rewiring pushed it over the limit,’ she says. ‘I then decided to install underfloor heating throughout, which nudged the budget up further still, but I have no regrets as it transformed the interior from chilly to cosy.’ Furnishing such a narrow footprint also proved to be a challenge. ‘The secret is to seek out dead space and to create storage solutions in otherwise unused areas,’ says Sally. ‘My roof is stepped rather than sloping, and I had cupboards built into the

GUEST BEDROOM French country-house flair has been injected into this cosy space. honfleur chest, £462, Sweetpea & willow, would suit this scheme

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cavities, which are accessed from the guest bedroom.’ With furniture inspired from her time spent living in Paris, Sally has created an informal and relaxed French country-style interior that includes both existing and new pieces. Having completely refurbished her home and chosen a muted and neutral colour scheme, Sally reflects on all that she has achieved. ‘I love the Parisian-inspired interior, especially how it makes everyone feel at ease,’ she says. ‘My home might be considered small in terms of space, but I like to think it’s big on style.’

B AT H R O O M Iridescent mosaic tiles create a glamorous surface and contrast with faux-leather flooring. Shell Mother of Pearl round mosaics, £317 sq m, Domus tiles

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the source Erica Miller shows you how you can achieve the style secrets in this issue’s homes

Design ideas

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Jennyfer Stanley has added a dramatic feature to her bedroom with a striking tree mural. Inspired by the natural world, this tasteful arboreal wallcovering Pages creates a serene, restful feel. 48-53 This idea suits a large room that is simply furnished and benefits from high ceilings and plenty of natural light. A great way to add character to your home, murals are an opportunity to let your imagination run wild and to add a sense of theatre and depth, so think about the mood you want to create and how you plan to use the room. A wealth of modern and traditional digitally printed wall murals are available to buy online. Many designs can be bought off-the-peg, or have your own design printed onto wallpaper.

Nothing personalises a home more than an art collection. In their bedroom, Catherine and Matthew Williams have displayed a set of framed Pages black-and-white photos 22-27 on simple retro-style shelves. To turn your wall into a focal point, group together art with a similar theme. Try a theme that reflects your location – for example, if you live in a city, images of skylines may draw your attention. If you live by the coast, boats or sea birds may work. Floating shelves with no visible brackets suit this kind of display, and here the white shelves are set against a white wall, allowing the artwork to stand out. To finish, add in a few decorative items that fit in with the look.

Steve Bird has used a tall freestanding shelf unit to create a stylish room divider in his sitting room. An effective way to demarcate one part of a Pages room from another, this is 66-69 also a great way to retain a sense of airiness and openness throughout. This idea is much neater and cleaner than a solid wall, which would not allow the light to flow through the area. To recreate this idea successfully, be sure not to over-clutter the shelves. The trick for any kind of screen or room divider is to make it look as though it is an integral part of the room. To create a movable partition wall, consider putting bookshelves on castors so they are easier to move around if you decide to change the layout of the room.

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Inspired shopping Candle platform As a means of creating a relaxing ambience, the Hickses opted to hang a stylish candle platform above their kitchen island. For similar, try the Eichholtz Commodore chandelier, £1,535, Houseology.

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Woodframed mirror A pair of rustic, wood-framed mirrors look neat above the vanity unit in the Owens’ bathroom. Try the Cora octagonal mirror, £89, Furniture Village.

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A contemporary white pendant shade adds a finishing touch in the Toukonens’ bedroom. For similar, consider the Alva pendant shade designed by Lorenzo Radaelli for Vita Copenhagen, £55, Black By Design.

Peacock feather wallpaper

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The Toukonens have opted for a bold and impressive peacock feather design wallpaper in their sitting room. Recreate the look with Peacock W6541-01 wallpaper, £118 a roll, by Matthew Williamson at Osborne & Little.

Elegant console table If you admire Lolita Colenso’s hall table, you may like this Marie French console in cherry wood, £2,136, Oficina Inglesa. Pages 122-124

Marble bust If you covet the classical marble busts on Di and Nigel Brereton’s mantelpiece, you will love this Grecian-style figure. Diana bust in marble composite, £125, The French Bedroom Company.

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25bh | g e t th e l o o k Painted wooden bed An attractive chunky painted bed works beautifully in Marie Lynham’s bedroom. Follow her example with the Fairmont wooden bed frame in soft white, £649, bensons for beds.

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Blue bed throw An eye-catching cotton bed throw makes a statement in Jennyfer Stanley’s bedroom. For an alternative design in blue, try the Designers guild Saraille throw in Indigo, £195, bedeck.

Typographic print

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If you admire the striking framed typographic print above the sofa in Cara Mills’ sitting room then try this large framed personalised initial print, £42, oakdene Designs.

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Yellow lamp A pair of yellow lamps with turned wood bases look striking in Jennyfer Stanley’s home. try the Canary lamp, £90, with empire shade, £40, Pooky.

Slatted-back dining chair

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Modern dining chairs with slattedback design make a statement in the breretons’ kitchendiner. For a similar look try the Cult Design wooden windsor chair in Natural, £89, Cult Furniture.


Contemporary vanity unit A sleek, modern vanity unit adds an air of distinction to Catherine and Matthew williams’ bathroom. For something akin to this, try the bellmax double vanity in Antique brass, £5,634, Porter bathroom.

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Contemporary touches work alongside period features in Cara Mills’ renovated family home FeaTure CaSSie PryCe | phoTography DaViD GiLeS


hen Cara Mills and her husband, Alex, found out they were expecting twins, the clock started ticking to find the characterful home they wanted. ‘We had our hearts set on Surbiton,’ says Cara. ‘Alex grew up here and it has a fast commuter train into London, yet plenty of green space for family living. We’d already renovated a maisonette so were keen to take on a project.’ Having not been updated in more than 18 years, a project was certainly what this house presented. Everything needed gutting and the couple had to make several structural changes. ‘We did the work in three stages over four-and-a-half years, saving up in between,’ says Cara. ‘We bought the house just two weeks before the twins were due, so we frantically called in decorators.’ Three months later, phase two of the project began, which involved removing a chimney stack that was positioned through

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home truths The properTy Villa, dating from 1910 L o c aT i o n Surrey r o o m s Hall, sitting room, kitchen-diner, cloakroom, five bedrooms, two bathrooms p u r c h a s e d 2013 previous properTy ‘Before moving here, we lived in a two-bedroom maisonette in southwest London,’ says Cara.

SITTING ROOM Cara, who has her own Instagram handle @ginandinteriors, has kept this space cosy by using plush fabrics for the sofa and footstool. Maximus modern slouchy sofa in stain resistant atlantis velvet, £1,993, Love your Home. Cabo side table set, £329, Swoon

KITCHEN The Shaker-style design was inspired by a butcher’s block left by the previous owners. The eddingtons Lambourn twodrawer trolley, £699, John Lewis, is a good match. Cara has painted hers in ammonite estate eggshell, £60 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball

DINING AREA Double doors leading to the garden bring in natural daylight and Cara has chosen rustic furniture to complement the adjoining kitchen’s style. Tradition solid poplar extending dining table, £659; Tradition rattan and white bistro chair, £94.49, both

Maisons du Monde. Walls painted in Shirting absolute matt emulsion, £43.50 for 2.5L, Little Greene. Chimney breast painted in Down Pipe estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. For a pendant comparable to this one, try the rusted large balloon light bulb cage, £56.70, Urban Cottage industries

MAIN BEDROOM Muted tones of grey, white and dusky pink create a soft and serene scene. Coco king-size bed frame, from £995, Loaf. the Versailles white mango bedside tables, £209 each; Snow lamp, £20.39, both Maisons du Monde, are a match. walls painted in Farrow & ball’s Strong white estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L

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the middle of the house, opening up the now kitchen-diner into one large room and adding a cloakroom under the staircase. Fast-forward three years and Cara and Alex were ready to tackle the final part of the renovation. Extending into the loft created two more good-sized bedrooms, as well as a bathroom, utility room and attic storage space. ‘The plan is that the loft will eventually become bedrooms for our girls, Bella and Mya, now four, when they’re older,’ says Cara. ‘But for now, we’re using the space as a guest bedroom and a cosy snug.’ The couple have also restored plenty of period features to preserve the character of the building. Fireplaces, coving and picture rails have been worked into the decor and ceiling roses have been reinstated. ‘Alex and I sanded and varnished the wooden floors throughout, and painted the upstairs floors white,’ says Cara. ‘It was back-breaking work but there’s a lot of satisfaction to be had from taking on parts of a project yourself.’ When it came to designing the interiors, Cara, an art director and graphic designer, had a clear vision. ‘I like to mix old and new pieces but curate them to work together,’ she explains. ‘I’ve found that hunting in antiques shops is a great way to pick up unusual finds at bargain prices.’ Cara used mood boards for each room to ensure that she and Alex were on the same page. ‘I took inspiration from all kinds of places, including interiors magazines and Instagram.’ With the renovation behind them, and the family settled in their new home, Cara is finally able to reflect on their hard work. ‘It’s amazing to think how far we’ve come,’ she says. ‘The house we now call home is certainly a far cry from the neglected and dated shell we took on five years ago.’ 96 | 2 5 b h S ep te M b er 2018

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B AT H R O O M Cara chose a daring deep blue for the family bathroom (below left), with vintage-inspired floor tiles. walls painted in hague blue estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball. york floor tiles, £67.56sq m, topps tiles. Leccia white gloss ceramic wall tiles, £4.80sq m, b&Q

TWINS’ BEDROOM Keeping the girls’ scheme mainly white means the decor can easily evolve with them as they grow up, simply by changing accessories. For a similar bed, try the American white finish solid pine wooden bunk bed, from £360, happy beds. the pink polka dot wool rug, from £65,

Laura Ashley, would also work well here. For a laundry basket that’s a good match for this one, try the large storage basket, £28, Minene STUDY As well as being an organised workspace, the home office also doubles up as a guest bedroom,

with a practical daybed worked into the layout of the room. hemnes daybed frame with three drawers, £239; billy/oxberg bookcases, £208 per unit, both Ikea. the grid geometric rug, £245, habitat, is comparable. walls painted in Cornforth white estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball

GUEST BEDROOM In this light-filled loft space, the dressing table is placed in front of the window to make the most of the view. Chesterfield tufted linen bed, from £425.50; Aliette fir wood console, £115, both Maisons du Monde. Kartell Victoria ghost chair, £190, Amara. the tikamoon bamboo linen rack, £39, is similar

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made with love A tight budget meant Jen and Greg Lambert had to get creative while renovating their first home Feature KAREN WILSON | PhotograPhy KATIE LEE

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the ProPerty Semi-detached Fifties house L o c at i o n Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear rooms Sitting room, kitchen-diner, three bedrooms, bathroom P u r c h a s e d 2015 Previous ProPerty ‘Before, we were renting a three-bed semi nearby,’ says Jen.



he impetus for Jen and Greg Lambert’s property search began when their landlord decided to sell up. ‘We were tired of renting and ready to get our own place,’ says Jen. ‘We wanted something near our children’s schools that needed some work. This house was a bit further out than we had hoped, but we were able to get a lot more for our money here.’ With a tight budget and another baby on the way to join siblings Joel, now 10, and Brody, six, the couple knew this house had the potential to be a springboard to bigger and better things. ‘It hadn’t been touched in years but I negotiated a really good price so it made financial sense,’ says Jen. The couple were able to save money by tackling lots of the work themselves, too, including laying flooring and tiling. Their carpenter friend, who runs Ely Rustic Furniture, also helped out, making the shelving and a new mantelpiece for the faux logburner. ‘I was six months pregnant and stripping wallpaper,’ says Jen, who completed a degree in interior design after Lake, now two, was born. ‘A lower budget can work if you’re prepared to put in the hours yourself.’ Once the essentials were in place, such as new electrics and central heating, Jen painted all the rooms in neutral shades to freshen up the space. Opening up the kitchen has had the biggest impact of all. ‘There was


KITCHEN-DINER Painting the units blue and the stools white has transformed this room. Kitchen cabinets painted in Blue Shale eggshell, £21.98 for 2.5L, Valspar. Feature wall painted in Pigeon estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Simple Value solid wood kitchen stools, £29.99 for two, Argos. Asiatic Onix zig zag mono rug is a match, from £69, Rugs Direct


DINING AREA A monochrome scheme with touches of greenery and natural wood is a fail-safe combination. ‘The dining chairs were inherited from my grandma so I can’t bear to part with them,’ says Jen. Oakham dining table, from £859, Barker & Stonehouse, is comparable. Safavieh indoor/outdoor rug, £47.99m, Wayfair, is a close match. Skogsta bench (repainted by Jen), £40, Ikea. All is Pretty print, from £5 unframed, Chelsea Prints

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f a v o u r i t e r o o m ‘The sitting room has such a nice, chilled feeling with different zones: a space for the children to play and a space for the adults to work’

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a tiny entrance hall, which led to an awkward L-shaped kitchen so we removed the dividing wall,’ says Jen. ‘We then repainted the units, added new worktops and tiles, replaced the sink and tap, and swapped some of the wall cupboards for shelves.’ Jen is particularly proud of the kitchen island created from the base of a Welsh dresser and finished with an oak worktop and castors. ‘We use it as a giant butcher’s block,’ she says. Revamping rather than replacing is a mantra that served the pair well in the bathroom, too. ‘It looked horrible before, but we just changed the bath panel, fitted new taps and flooring and added a cabinet below the basin,’ says Jen. ‘Grout pens were lifesavers!’ With a penchant for raw materials and botanicals, Jen describes her style as a blend of boho, beach and Scandi. However, since starting work at Cathy Dean Interior Design, she has been lured over to the dark side, which is evident throughout the property. ‘It began with the kitchen,’ she explains. ‘I had originally painted the units duck egg blue but the room seemed too washed out. Now the dark blue makes a statement and gives the room a real element of drama.’ As Jen’s style keeps evolving, so does the interior of the Lambert home. ‘We’ve been changing the decor as we go but now I’m much more adventurous,’ she says. ‘And our house can only benefit from that.’


SITTING ROOM Using a mix of paint and wallpaper helps zone the multipurpose space. walls painted in black heron emulsion, £21.98 for 2.5L, Valspar. herringbone wallpaper, £63.90 a roll, Cloudberry Living


LAKE’S BEDROOM Patterned textiles bring personality to the neutrally decorated room. Forest camp duvet cover, £17.40; tissar wall hanging, £9.60, both La redoute


MAIN BEDROOM Personal touches add character. blackout curtains, from £50, Next home. Cushion, £13.99, Ideal home range at Very

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jOEL & BRODy ’S BEDROOM This sophisticated scheme suits all ages. Catherine Lansfield skulls double duvet cover, £19; curtains £32, both Very


B AT H R O O M A wooden vanity warms the space. westbay under-basin unit, £99.99, Very

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Dramatic Finnish

It may be small, but striking retro furniture and plenty of colour make Jonna and Matias Toukonen’s Finland apartment big on standout style Feature MELANIE WHITEHOUSE PhotograPhy KATjA LöSöNEN / LIvINg4MEdIA


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t h e P r o P e r t y Former Army apartment built in 1967 L o c at i o n vaasa, Finland r o o m s Sitting room, kitchen-diner, study, cloakroom, one bedroom, bathroom P u r c h a s e d 2010 Previous ProPerty ‘We rented a student apartment while studying until we could afford to buy,’ says jonna.

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kitChen-diner stylish wall shelving is combined with wow-factor lighting and a dramatic, retro-style wallpaper. Hoppmosse wallpaper in Black, £59 a roll, Wallpaper direct, is similar. galley pendant lamp in Ochre, £10, dunelm, is comparable. Cuboid shelves, £14.99 for three, groupon


fter years of renting student accommodation with a mishmash of old furniture, Jonna and Matias Toukonen decided the time had come to buy a home of their own. ‘We wanted more freedom to renovate and do things our way, but we didn’t have time for a big renovation project,’ says Jonna. ‘We needed to live near the city centre for our jobs, but it also had to be affordable.’ The property they chose in Vaasa, Finland, was built in 1967 for Army staff and their families and ticked all the right boxes. ‘We loved the open-plan feel of it, and the huge windows that bring in lots of light,’ says Jonna. When it came to decorating, Jonna’s whimsical style had a chance to shine. ‘I love colours and unexpected details, Fifties and Sixties furniture and modern Scandinavian design, so our apartment is a combination of all those elements,’ she says. Inspiration comes mainly from Instagram and Australian homes in particular. ‘They are so effortlessly beautiful, with just the right amount of colour,’ says Jonna. Her use of vibrant shade combinations is instantly noticeable in the fantastical kitchen wallpaper and the feather-patterned design in the study. ‘I love colours like red wine, aubergine, dark blue-green and yellow, which all look great with grey,’ she adds. Unfortunately, however, decorating was not all plain sailing. ‘Shiny white furniture surfaces might have looked good eight years ago in a store, but pair them with

sitting room Clever storage is key in a small home, so the coffee table hides clutter. Jonna made the floor and seat cushions from fabric scraps. Chiva coffee table with storage, from £629, BoConcept. For a similar rug, try Onix Triangles in Teal, from £59, Modern Rugs. Pom-pom fairy light garland, £29.95,

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25bh | s i x ti e s a pa r tm e nt bedroom The white walls and teal bedcover make for a chic sleeping space. hay Mega Dot bedcover, £169, Finnish Design Shop. Minus tio City Sunday magazine rack, £117, Funktionalley

STudy originally yellow, this workspace now sports a calm, patterned wallpaper. Viola Feather, £10.99 a roll, world of wallpaper, is a match. rune armchair in rouge, £449, Swoon

d e c o r a t i n g t i p ‘Choosing decor should be fun and it’s easy to change wallpaper if you grow bored of it’ brightly coloured wallpapers and you get a disaster. Everything is reflected ten-fold, which is why I only buy matt white furniture now,’ says Jonna. All told, the couple are happy. ‘It feels like home,’ says Jonna, ‘and although my husband and I don’t always see eye to eye on the decor, we make all the big decisions together. He prefers a more modern look, while I lean towards retro stuff, and the combination works well.’ Matias adds, ‘A home has to be both pragmatic and easy on the eye, which this is. I’ll veto any outrageous plans regarding colour palette or exorbitant purchases, but that doesn’t happen very often.’ At just 76.5sq m, the apartment has limited space, but Jonna finds it hard to curb her collecting habit. ‘I get inspired by second-hand stores and antiques markets and I always try to find cute little design stores and bring something home from our travels,’ she says. While ideal for now, this one-bedroom flat won’t be a forever home for the couple. ‘The era in which a property is built can define how it is decorated,’ says Jonna, ‘so I’m curious about living in a house from a different age, to see what we would do with it.’ 104 | 2 5 b h S ep te M b er 2018

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Nicola and Andy Hicks spotted the potential of a grand period house and imbued it with a contemporary feel FeaTure IfEoLuWa adEdEjI | phoTography CoLIN PooLE

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The properTy Semi-detached Victorian house L o c aT i o n South London r o o m s Hall, three sitting rooms, kitchen-diner, study, utility room, five bedrooms (one en suite), two bathrooms p u r c h a s e d 2006 previous properTy ‘We lived in an Edwardian house nearby,’ says Nicola.

Kitchen nicola wanted to create a spacious feel in here, with lots of character. Cabinetry, £30,000, Spraysmith. Kevin Reilly altar LEd glass candle hanging light, £1,495.99, jas Boutique. adjustable industrial bar stools, £150 each, West Elm. Concrete worktop, £3,200, Paul davies design. Crittall glazing, £16,000, Lightfoot Windows

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25bh | v i c to r i a n s e m i sIttINg room splashes of yellow tones enliven this neutral setting. Marylebone coffee table, £1,125, oka, creates a similar effect. For characterful rugs, from £795, try Andrew Martin. walls painted in Down Pipe estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball

Nicola and Andy Hicks were not overly impressed when they first viewed the Victorian semi they now live in. ‘The interior was very outdated,’ says Nicola, ‘plus it’s on a hill, so to get out to the garden you had to go down to the basement. I think that must have put a lot of people off.’ But the house had four floors, and Nicola could see that despite the potential

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problems, the property would afford ample space for her to live with Andy and their children, Hebe, now 24, Darcie, 22, and Oscar, 20 – and there would be room for her to have an office. There was a lot to do on the house, but Nicola, who is an interior designer, loved the period features. This, she felt, was a house worth taking trouble over. The couple decided to buy the property, intending to stay there while the renovation work was carried out. When this proved

impractical, they found somewhere to stay in the local area. ‘I wanted to be able to keep an eye on the work,’ says Nicola. The first job was to move the kitchen to basement level and position it at the rear, so that there would be direct access to the garden. A recently added conservatory that Nicola did not like at all had been built on to the basement at the back of the house – it was dark and uninspiring and Nicola didn’t hesitate to get rid of it. She was keen to

stUDY a bold wall treatment helps inspire Nicola’s creativity as an interior designer. ophelia mural, £360, Sidney Paul & Co. Chest of drawers, £800, Justin van breda

hall holiday finds and family photos bring colour and personality to this space. Picture frames, from £15, Aubergine Art. For similar stair runners try Ascot Carpet Co

maIN BEDroom an artwork by Nicola’s daughter, hebe, creates a focal point above the bed. Silki blue Steel curtain fabric, £67m, tM Interiors. walls painted in Inchyra blue estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball. For unusual table lamps, from around £10, try tK Maxx

install Crittall glazing in her new kitchen, as it reminded her of time spent in Paris with her French mother, whose home had a similarly broad and beautiful expanse of window area. Many of the details in the kitchen echo French bistro style – the metal bar stools, the open shelving and the large format floor tiles. ‘I sourced those from Capital Designer Studio,’ says Nicola. She designed the kitchen herself, opting for concrete worksurfaces with bespoke

DarCIE ’s BEDroom Pretty touches soften the grey hues. Florence metal bedstead, from £179, Dunelm, would work here. wall painted in French grey absolute matt emulsion, £77 for 5L, Little greene

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cabinetry. Made out of distressed oak, the units were whitewashed to give them an industrial look. ‘I also wanted to introduce a warm metallic element, so the doors on the island unit have been sprayed in a copper colour,’ she explains. A contemporary, eye-catching chandelier in here brings the scheme together. ‘The candles aren’t real,’ says Nicola, ‘but they’re convincing.’ With the house completed, it is the Victorian features that won Nicola over

in the first instance, that she now feels give the house gravitas. The original doors, sash windows, cornicing and fireplaces all sit perfectly amidst her modern updates. However, in her study Nicola chose decor that was more nostalgic than that of the rest of the house, with a whimsical mural. ‘I wanted this room to inspire me,’ she explains. ‘It’s my favourite spot, but I love every room here. I’m so happy that we gave this house a chance to shine again.’

B at h r o o m Wooden touches add texture. Casino floor tiles, from £39.90sq m, Fired earth. water hyacinth storage baskets, £45 for three, John Lewis, are similar

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‘This space is eclectic and informal, with chic vintage pieces like this G-Plan table,’ says Maggie. Cushions, from a selection at Maggie G England and Tinsmiths. The Manor Cambridge copper coal bucket, £70, Philip Morris & Son, is a close match


Cosy cushions and mismatched furniture make a relaxed outdoor seating area. The Mastholmen outdoor sofa, £145, Ikea, is similar. Try the County Fayre Vegetable PVC tablecloth, from £2.50, Dunelm

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Maggie inherited some of the rustic-style furniture, which inspired a country look. For a similar antique blue Swedish cupboard, try Home & Colonial. Gluggle jug, £25, Maggie G England. The Catalina mirror, £112.50, Habitat, is comparable


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THE PROPERTy Victorian semi-detached house L O C AT I O N North London R O O M S Hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, cloakroom, conservatory, four bedrooms, bathroom P U R C H A S E D 2008 PREVIOUS PROPERTy ‘Before, we lived in a Victorian terrace nearby,’ says Maggie.

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‘Our slate-effect floor tiles look just as good as the real thing but were much more affordable,’ says Maggie. try slate-effect vinyl tiles, £10.20 per pack, b&Q. Ingolf stools, £65 each, Ikea


hen Maggie Greening and her husband, Richard Green, decided they needed a larger house, Maggie knew just where she wanted to live. ‘With two children and my need for a home office, more space was crucial,’ she says. ‘This street isn’t far from our previous house. It’s the road that time forgot – quiet and pretty while enjoying easy access to the shops and transport. I stood in the middle of the street, looked at this place and thought “that’s the one I want”.’ There was one drawback: it wasn’t on the market and houses in that road rarely come up for sale. The couple’s dreams were answered when a year later, the property finally went on sale. When they viewed it, they instantly saw through its dated Seventies decor. Their offer was accepted and in September 2008, Maggie, Richard and daughter Gabriella, now 18, and son Lowell, 14, plus Cleo the cat moved in. ‘The house needed updating, it had a tiny bathroom and threadbare carpet,’ says Maggie. The first priorities were a new boiler, fuse box and extra sockets, but luckily, the central heating didn’t need replacing. Maggie craved a country look for the interior. ‘My family live in Dorset and

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Maggie mixed new and old pieces and fabrics to create a relaxed, shabby vintage feel. the winchester chest of drawers, £599, Marks & Spencer, is similar. red and white Ikat cushion, £120, the rug Company

Somerset, and I’m always inspired by the countryside,’ she says. ‘Richard has a more conservative taste than me so I kept the walls neutral and added colour with accessories.’ When the couple pulled the old carpet up, the floorboards were broken, so they replaced them with engineered oak flooring in the hall and dining room. They carpeted the sitting room and bedrooms for a softer feel and chose tongue-and-groove panelling for the kitchen and bathroom to create a rustic look. They also updated the kitchen’s handmade cabinetry with a lick of paint and replaced the gas fire in the sitting room with an elegant open fireplace in limestone and black granite. Upstairs, a wall was shifted in the bathroom to create more space. ‘We took 18 inches from the guest bedroom to increase the size of the bathroom and it’s made all the difference,’ says Maggie, who aimed to create a practical family home. ‘I didn’t want the interior to be too precious – a home doesn’t need to be perfect, just welcoming.’ Maggie and Richard are enjoying their piece of the country close to the city. ‘When we moved in, we threw a party to get to know the neighbours,’ says Maggie. ‘Now we love this little oasis and its sense of community.’ fo r sto c k i sts g o to w her e to b u y

DESIGN TIP ‘Always buy what you love whether it’s fashionable or not. It will be timeless simply because you like it and you’ll always manage to make it work within your scheme’


Pops of vibrant pattern and a zingy throw help to lift this neutral scheme. Painted wood bed, £700, Laura Ashley. blind in theodora linen, £155m, Susan Deliss. Sheepskin rug, £35, John Lewis


Wood panelling and natural textures evoke a pretty country-cottage feel. the regent pillowed-edge limestone floor tiles, £60sq m, beswick Stone, have this look. Kilim rug, £1,500, Susan Deliss

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SiTTing Room a mix of high-street and high-end furnishings reflect andrew’s trained approach to decorating. Umber coffee table is similar, £399; Stone Tile rug has this look, £399, both West Elm. Stockholm mirror, £75, Ikea


INTO THE home truths the ProPerty Flat in a 19th-century semi-detached house L o c at i o n North London r o o m s Hall, sitting room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom P u r c h a s e d 2016 Previous ProPerty ‘We moved here from a two-bedroom rented flat in south London,’ says Andrew.

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Andrew Grifths mixed shades of blue with hints of yellow and pink to conjure a feeling of space and contrast in his one-bedroom flat Feature SERENA FOKSCHANER | PhotograPhy ROBERT SANDERSON

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eaf-green tiles bask in the blaze of a cadmium yellow wall. Lagoon-blue shelves are offset by cool, oyster pale tones. Andrew Griffiths’ London flat may be compact, but thanks to his eye for contrast and colour, his home feels like a series of paintings designed to give an illusion of space. It was the traditional layout of a narrow hall flanked by the sitting room, bathroom and bedroom, that appealed to Andrew and his partner Luke Mackay. ‘Most places we saw were open-plan,’ he says. ‘Counter-intuitively, that can make a flat feel claustrophobic, as from the kitchen you’re looking directly into the sitting room

or bedroom. Here, Luke can be in the kitchen while I relax in the sitting room.’ His first impressions of the flat, in a converted terrace, are concise. ‘Orangey wood floors, clunky storage and countrystyle kitchen tiles – that was the interior in a nutshell,’ he recalls. ‘It took a year to overhaul, because we lived here during the work, shifting our possessions from room to room.’ Andrew runs his own interiors business, Andrew Jonathan Design, so he was pragmatic about the project: ‘A budget means you focus on what you want from a home and then look at what you need.’ Stepping into the hall, the eye is drawn to a blaze of yellow paintwork. The 2 5 b h S Ep TE m B ER 2018 | 115

Kitchen White walls were swapped for a warm, powder pink shade. walls painted in Setting Plaster estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & ball

decor ating tip ‘In a narrow hall, use a mix of matt paint and water-based gloss – it’ll be easier to clean off scuff marks’

hAll the yellow of the walls is echoed in the dipped-paint effect stool. walls painted in Mister David intelligent matt emulsion, £48.50 for 2.5L, Little greene

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B At h r o o m Floating fittings create a spacious feel. try the Duravit Vero sink, £176.40, CP hart. Metro flat wall tiles in grey are a match, £25.95sq m, Victorian Plumbing

same colour is echoed in a pair of bright resprayed garden chairs on the terrace. ‘The chairs act as a focal point to guide your eye through the kitchen and link the terrace with the inside,’ explains Andrew. Again, in the kitchen it is colour that has reinvented the space. Powder pink walls coax warmth from the existing celadon green tiles. ‘The tiles weren’t to my taste but I had to work with them,’ says Andrew. Underfoot, dove-grey vinyl flooring merges with the terrace floor. Next door, the bedroom is equally considered. ‘It needed to be a sanctuary but it’s also the place with the most room for storage so we added a floor-to-ceiling wardrobe,’ says Andrew. The high ceiling posed its own design conundrum, but was scaled down with the clever use of a low

pendant light. Slender-legged mid-century pieces provide further space-saving style. In the previously insipid sitting room, Andrew used a mix of neutrals, offset by the striking blue that binds the fireplace and deep bespoke shelving lined with colourful books. ‘We tried lots of different blues. I love how this one changes in the light; from a navy on a grey day to a teal in the evening.’ The leather armchair was an early buy and mini bottles of Campari, aesthetically ranked on the mantelpiece, are souvenirs from Rome. Sink into a chair, and you are drawn into the masculine warmth of the blue walls and fireplace. From the sofa, the view takes in pale walls and arched windows, another of the contrasts that define the appeal of this compact but confident home.

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DESIgN Segun Faboyegun gave his designers top marks for the improvements they made to his converted college home FEATURE JennIfer GouLdInG PHOTOgRAPHY PauL raeSIde


hings have turned out just as Segun Faboyegun hoped they would when he and his family moved home a couple of years ago. Looking around his house, it is not hard to see why. Segun, his wife, Bola, and their grown-up children, Ayomide and Oluwaseun, live in an enviable spot in Chelsea, in a Grade II-listed college that was sensitively converted into apartments and houses during the early Noughties. Some years ago, Segun was seeking a new home for his family, as they had outgrown their flat in Marble Arch. ‘I wanted something larger, with green space for the children,’ he says of the search that led him to the Chelsea development. ‘At first I thought it was too far from the city centre,’ he says, but he was won over by the show apartment designed by the late Helen Green – so much so that he bought it. In recent years, Segun exchanged the show apartment for a house in the same development. ‘I wanted a private outside space where we could enjoy the sunshine that we occasionally get in this country,’


Shimmering metallic hues give this space a sense of glamour, while rich, patterned textiles offer a grounding counterpoint. Interior design by Helen Green design. Bespoke silk and wool rug, price on application, Sinclair Till

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THE PROPERTY House in a converted Grade-II listed college L O C AT I O N Southwest London R O O M S Hall, formal sitting room, dining room, kitchen, study, utility room, four bedrooms (two en suite), dressing room, bathroom P U R C H A S E D 2016 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘Before this, we lived in a flat in central London,’ says Segun.

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favo u r i t e ro o m ‘We enjoy the flexibility of the sitting room, whether we are entertaining or relaxing’ he says. The place had not been decorated since the original conversion, so it was ripe to be refreshed – and Helen Green Design was the obvious choice. ‘I like how their designs are contemporary but not ultra-modern,’ says Segun. Laure Chaudanson was part of the team responsible for this transformation. ‘Segun and Bola love to entertain, so we needed to create a comfortable family home that was stylish enough for receiving visitors at cocktail hour,’ she says. ‘There’s no basement and as it’s a listed building, we weren’t in a position to create one, which meant that the formal sitting room also had to work as a relaxed family area.’ Thanks to the building’s provenance as a college, the room is impressively large, which gave the team scope to create a scheme that strikes the perfect balance. It includes clever design trickery, such as tub chairs set on swivel bases that allow the family to face into the room or towards the TV, concealed in a cabinet that one expects to contain drinks. Throughout, high ceilings and small, high-level windows are a reminder that the building was not originally meant to be lived in. It made choosing furniture with the right proportions challenging, therefore almost everything was made bespoke. These perfectly conceived pieces are offset by carefully sourced accessories. Beautiful though these objects may be, Segun says that the strong point of the house is the lifestyle it affords him, be it a formal business dinner party or a family barbecue on the outdoor terrace – when the weather co-operates, of course.

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1 KITCHEN Glass-fronted cabinets with mirrored backs bounce light around to compensate for the lack of windows in this space. Medium goodman hanging lamp in bronze, $840, 2 DINING ROOM ‘This is my favourite room,’ says Segun. ‘As soon as I looked at the proposed scheme, I said “Go for it.”’ Plain grey silk wallcovering in elephant, £114sq m, Fromental

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3 & 8 GUEST BEDROOM When there are no visitors, this room can double as a chic home office. Studio lamp with Matt black shade, £116, Jim Lawrence 4 STAIRCASE Fabric-lined walls and a richly textured carpet adds warmth to the old school halls. bespoke wilton carpet, Sinclair till

5 BEDROOM As the girls are grown up, their rooms are decorated in a style that is cohesive with the rest of the house. Looks Like grass wallcovering in Driftwood, £53m, Donghia 6 & 7 BATHROOM Clean lines together with a wall-mounted vanity unit and large mirror make this space feel light. MeM wall-mounted basin mixer with individual rosettes, £773; MeM bath spout, £1,661, both Dornbracht 9 DRESSING ROOM The contents of each shelf are evenly illuminated. bespoke shelving by helen green Design 1 0 MAIN BEDROOM Padded wall panels lend a softening texture. bespoke panels in Marqueterie de Paille, £294m, hermès at Dedar




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A rich sense of history is created by keeping the patina of the original chimney breast and juxtaposing this with a reclaimed stone fireplace and antique dresser. For similar salvaged fireplaces, from around £250, try Dorton. Léontine china cabinet, £804, Maisons du Monde, would work here. Large vintage lassi cup used as vase, £32.50, Scaramanga


Lolita Colenso confidently combined modern industrial touches with reclaimed pieces to bring loft-style character to an Edwardian property



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close to London. Brighton was perfect, but they soon outgrew the Victorian villa which was their first home. With two children, Louis, now 13, and Lara, 10, the couple began looking for somewhere new to live. ‘We were searching for a quirky home, and

those aren’t easy to find,’ says Lolita. ‘But it was as if the chapel was waiting for us.’ The place was far from perfect, with a poky kitchen and small bedrooms. Yet Lolita, an interior designer, felt that with clever planning and styling she could


The textures and colours of reclaimed bricks sit well with leather, ethnic textiles and vintage items. Leather club chair, £580, Closet & Botts, is similar. Ottoman, £250, I Gigi General Store. Milking stool, £45, Pedlars


home truths THE PROPERTY Detached edwardian chapel L O C AT I O N Brighton R O O M S Hall, sitting room, kitchen-diner, drawing room, library, study, cloakroom, four bedrooms (two en suite), bathroom P U R C H A S E D 2011 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘We lived in a Victorian villa also in Brighton,’ says Lolita.

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25bh | fo r m e r c h a p e l GUEST BEDROOM The carved headboard and layered textures make for a cosy feel. gentong teak headboard, £549, tikamoon, is similar. For an Indian cotton quilt, try the Delphine, £225, India Jane. Lotus lamp with silk shade, £155, Shimu


Sloping walls and draped textiles turn this space into a heavenly sanctuary. Jayne bed frame, £299, John Lewis, is a match. blanket, £68, Closet & botts. Flokati rug, £450, habitat, is similar. baskets, £69.95 each, Nkuku


A freestanding roll-top bath and star-design tiles set a pretty vintage tone. Cast-iron bath, from £876, Nationwide bathrooms. hammam towels, £22.50 each, Closet & botts


A modern glass panel with an antique shower head creates an eclectic look. basco tiles, £5.88 each, bert & May, would match this scheme. Antique bronze shower set, £260.99, house of enki, is near-identical. Shells, £8 each, Quince

sympathetically transform the unique building into a welcoming family home. Delighted when the sale went through, Lolita decided the first job was to add a kitchen-diner and sitting room extension that would overlook the garden. To create a loft warehouse feel, the exterior back wall, now an inside wall, was left in its original bare-brick state. And she designed industrial-style French doors, with a bronze finish. Her eye for detail is evident throughout. ‘I research a lot online,’ she 124 | 2 5 b h S ep te M b er 2018

explains. ‘It takes ages to find some vintage items but it’s always worth the wait.’ With this first extension done, Lolita and Peter turned the old kitchen upstairs into an en-suite guest bedroom and a study. One wall in the study is made out of glazed salvaged school doors, which allow light to flow through the top floor. ‘I’m a big recycling fan,’ says Lolita. ‘It’s so satisfying to repurpose materials in a creative way.’ The couple’s extensive travels also informed the look of their new home. In the

main bedroom, touches of Asian influence appear in the form of carved wood, pretty linens and an array of woven baskets. ‘This space is tucked away from the rest of the house,’ says Lolita. ‘There is a guest room, too, with an en suite, so even when friends visit, there’s room for us all.’ But Lolita’s work is far from over. She’s now planning a roof garden over the kitchen extension. ‘Our home seems to love modern touches,’ she says. ‘I hope I’ll be thinking up new ideas here for years to come.’ fo r sto c k i sts g o to w her e to b u y

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IN THE PINK Fuchsia pops punctuate the chic monochromatic palette of Kerry Hussain’s stylish period apartment FeaTure ALISON NICHOLLS | phoTography RACHAEL SMITH


home truths The properTy Ground-floor flat in a house built in 1901 L o c aT i o n Southeast London r o o m s Hall, kitchendiner/family room, two bedrooms, bathroom p u r c h a s e d 2016 previous properTy ‘I lived in a two-bedroom flat in north London,’ says Kerry.

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FAVOURITE FEATUR E ‘I love the parquet floor; it was one of the reasons I bought the flat. It was stained a dark brown but I sanded it back to the original pitch pine and it looks great’


erry Hussain decided to migrate from bustling north london to the leafy south when she fell for this spacious Edwardian flat near Greenwich. ‘When i viewed it, i loved its potential,’ says Kerry, who is an interiors stylist. ‘it had beautiful windows, high ceilings and original parquet floors. although it was arranged as a one-bedroom property, it was actually bigger than the two-bedroom flat i had just sold, but it needed work because it had been a rental.’ Having renovated two previous properties, Kerry relished the challenge of taking on a new project. Her ambitious plans included moving the kitchen into the capacious sitting room to create a multipurpose open-plan living space and making a second bedroom of the former kitchen. To ensure her plans were achievable, Kerry enlisted builder Tony Twomey of Trojan Construction to come and view the flat before she decided to buy it. ‘once i had Tony’s approval, my offer was accepted straightaway, and as i was a cash buyer, i secured the flat for a comparative steal,’ recalls Kerry. ‘i still needed a mortgage to be able to do the work, which i had to wait six months for, so i spent that time meticulously planning everything.’ Kerry and her two cats, Colin and Boots, lived in the property while the renovation was carried out, which took around six months. ‘i was shifting from room to room depending on where the builders needed to be,’ she says. ‘it wasn’t much fun but at least i was there to oversee the works and make sure everything went as smoothly as possible.’ Thanks to Kerry’s careful planning, the building work proceeded with only one or two hitches along the way. a steel beam was needed above the french doors in the second bedroom, requiring a structural engineer’s report that held things up for a few weeks. also, Kerry struggled to get a plumber to return to work on the bathroom

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A bay window is just one of the property’s many period features. Kerry replaced the cornicing with a design that was close to the original. For a similar sideboard try the Clarence, £899.50, Maisons du Monde. B&Q’s Alexa Curl base pink table lamp, £12, is like this one. Nyborg Berber-style rug, £235, La Redoute


Using open shelving instead of wall units helps this space feel part of the wider living area. Onepre Vintage industrial swing-arm wall lights, £47.98 each, Amazon.

Shelves, from £5.04 each, DIY Kitchens. Leather straps, £20 each, eBay. Oak block worktop, £200, Selco Builders Warehouse. Milano black tap, £55.99, Best Heating, is a match


This multifunctional space has a sofa bed and study area. Soft textiles and gentle rose tones make it a tranquil spot to be in. Lycksele Lovas sofa bed, £175; Tejn faux-sheepskin rug, £10 both Ikea. Viola pink rug, £130, Rug Vista. Walls painted in Valspar Blend V500 Walls & Ceilings in Rose Crystal, £23 for 2.5L, B&Q

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after the first fix was completed. ‘It’s one of the only areas in the flat that didn’t turn out quite as I had hoped,’ she admits. ‘I ended up trying three different plumbers and it took five months to get the room finished. In fact, I joined a local gym just so that I could have a shower every day!’ Kerry had wanted a fully tiled wet room, but when it came to the final fitting, it emerged that the floor sloped in the wrong direction as the property is on a hill, so she had to compromise with a shower tray. Despite this, some inspired design ideas, such as the black brassware and textured brick-effect tiles, have transformed the formerly tired and dated bathroom into a beautiful, stylish sanctuary. Throughout her home, Kerry has used her keen eye for design plus some savvy online purchasing to achieve a high-end look on a budget, documenting her progress on her website, ‘I had a strong idea of what I wanted, so it was just a case of finding it for a price I could afford,’ she explains. Having been captivated by some Crittall internal metal-framed doors she had seen in an interiors magazine, Kerry thought outside the box and used a simple set of glazed wooden doors painted black to achieve a similar look for a fraction of the price. The striking black-painted kitchen was one area of the flat where Kerry was prepared to stretch her budget, as it was to be an integral part of the wider living area. She sourced a company who could supply the units in her chosen Farrow & Ball Off Black shade, then added a design touch with smart tan leather handles. The simple black-and-white theme is enlivened by shots of hot pink in the sitting area and soft pink elsewhere. ‘I had a vision that I wanted a pared-back Scandi-style interior that was neutral and calm, but when it came down to it I realised I just couldn’t resist adding a bit of colour,’ she says. ‘It reflects my personality better. I feel I’ve truly added my own personal stamp here.’


Kerry made a feature of this under-stairs area with graphic floor tiles and fitted cupboards. harley Street floor tiles, £44.95sq m, walls and Floors. tingsryd cabinet doors, from £7, Ikea


Brick-effect tiles bring texture to this scheme. Manhattan rustic wall tiles, £19.95sq m, total tiles. black oil-rubbed brass wall-mounted rainfall shower Crs047, £179.99; premium antique black brass wall-mounted basin mixer tap, £92.99, both ebay. Stone resin shower tray, £188, hugo oliver


A pale palette of soothing white, soft grey and natural shades was chosen for a serene feel. washed linen duvet set, £79.99; grey velvet cushion covers, £6.99 each, all h&M home. Lampholders with braided flex, £16.99 each, Lampspares. For a chest of drawers like this, try the Castillon, £230.50, Maisons du Monde


Kerry had a wall of glazed doors installed to transform this area from a dark enclosed corridor into a light-filled gallery. hektar dark grey pendant lamp, £20, Ikea

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Design entrepreneur Sophie Garnier and her husband Ralph turned their dark basement flat into a light, peaceful sanctuary FeaTure SERENA FOKSCHANER | phoTography ROBERT SANDERSON

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home truths The properTy Apartment in a 19th-century terraced house L o c aT i o n North London r o o m s Hall, kitchen-diner, utility room, cloakroom, bedroom (en-suite), dressing room p u r c h a s e d 2014 previous properTy ‘Before moving here, we lived in a house share in west London,’ says Sophie.

sitting Room A former bedroom at the rear was removed to create this bright new living space. the cushion covers were designed by sophie and handwoven by artisans in myanmar using traditional techniques. Cushions, from £60 each, Kalinko. The Camford antiqued buffalo leather armchair, £999, John Lewis, would also look good in this space

HAll Vintage skiing posters add bright colour and personality to this generous space, which feels more like the entrance to a house than a flat. Walls painted in Mole’s Breath estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. The Petworth lantern, price on request, Vaughan Designs, is similar. For an umbrella stand like this, try the Ginger Rose leather stick stand, £125,

KitcHen-dineR Hidden behind the smart navy-blue doors is a useful larder with marble-topped shelves. A long table designed by sophie using reclaimed scaffolding planks takes centre stage here and adds a rustic contrast. For alternative pendant lights, try the Moderne large cream tapered shade and nickel fitment, £149.95, Culinary Concepts

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or most of the year, home for Sophie Garnier is a rooftop apartment in hectic, colourful Yangon in Myanmar, where she collaborates with local artisans on designs for her homewares brand, Kalinko. But every few months she jumps on a plane and heads back to London to her apartment in the basement of a stucco-clad townhouse. r e l a x e d at m o s p h e r e

‘As I slide the key in the door I breathe deeply, because after Myanmar, London feels so peaceful,’ says Sophie. From the pigeon-grey hall with its cheerful prints, the light-filled corridor draws your eye to the greenery of the garden, which, at 60 feet long, was the reason why Sophie and her husband Ralph (who also works in Myanmar) bought the place. The garden aside, there were few redeeming features. ‘The ceilings were too low and the layout was impractical, with a small sitting room at the front and two poky bedrooms,’ says Sophie. ‘The kitchen was a dark galley and the conservatory leaked. And yet, despite all that, it had a good, calm feeling to it.’ Starting from a shell, the couple transformed the setting from a huddle of rooms into a home that feels as light and tranquil as a country house. ‘One of the

main things we did was to raise the ceiling heights throughout,’ says Sophie who enlisted A&A architects to redesign the space. Installing taller doors, some with glazed panels, was another device: ‘They’re a clever way of making you feel you’re on the ground floor rather than the basement,’ says Sophie. A utility room is hidden behind doors in the hall where another door leads to a cloakroom, and everywhere, mirrors bring light to even the smallest rooms. i m p r o v i n g t h e l ay o u t

The floor plan was reoriented so that instead of two bedrooms, there is one large bedroom at the front where space was stolen to create a walk-in wardrobe and generous bathroom. At the back of the flat, walls were jettisoned to create the flowing, open-plan living and eating area. Sophie designed the navy-blue kitchen where a marble-shelved larder sits behind doors. Instead of an island, the focus is on the sociably long table, made from scaffolding planks. Pale floors and cohesive paint colours – from moon-grey to warmer sand in the bedroom – are the backdrop for heirlooms and furnishings gathered during the pair’s backpacking travels. ‘I’m drawn to one-off, handmade things,’ says Sophie, pointing out the Uzbekistani Suzani above the bed,

which enhances the scale of the room, or a Chinese silk painting in the bathroom. inspiring designs

The red paisley-clad sofa in the sitting room, donated by Sophie’s mother-in-law, sits well with her Myanmar pieces like the cushions, made from intricately handwoven fabrics. ‘Every region has its own pattern – as you arrive in a village you often hear the ker-chink of a shuttle moving across a loom.’ Sophie decided to start her online business after friends began asking where they could buy the pieces she had found on trips to remote regions. Now she works with glass-blowers, rattan-weavers, jade-carvers and woodworkers, fine-tuning pieces for a wider market. The collection includes 250 designs and the business is solidly ethical: ‘There are no middle men so all our makers are paid a fair wage,’ says Sophie. ‘Our target is to help 500 families achieve a monthly wage that’s enough for them to afford healthcare and education for their children.’ Spending time in a developing country, where clean running water or electricity are still luxuries, has made Sophie appreciate her urban haven even more. ‘As soon as I arrive I’ll run a bath, drink a glass of tap water.’ Small things which, she says, make this a ‘true home from home’.

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Garden This peaceful outdoor space was the reason why Sophie and ralph bought the flat. en SUITe Painted panelling and striped wallpaper give this space traditional elegance. Marquee Stripes glastonbury Stripe wallpaper, £65 a roll, Cole & Son

cloakroom The hall was narrowed to create this room. Neisha Crosland Aladdin wallpaper, £94 a roll, turnell & gigon. Narrow box wall light, from £381.65, holloways of Ludlow, is similar Bedroom an old wooden dressing table and rattan furniture bring warmth and texture to this

scheme. Sophie hung antique embroidered Suzani textiles on the walls to add colour and emphasise the height of the ceilings. For a similar headboard, try the Model 118, price on request, Cotswold Caners. Samarkand Design’s red, cream and ochre Kantha quilt, £120, is a good alternative. For a similar bedside table, try the rattan butler’s tray, £120, Kalinko. Pooky Lighting’s Lolita lamp base, £110, would also work

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