Posts By Andreia Shelley

Step inside this detached Bath home filled with global glamour

Objects and furnishings from far-flung places come together in this characterful country home near Bath

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Sitting on an acre of land, the owners’ home enjoys uninterrupted views across the Box Valley in Wiltshire, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The house, which is built of mellow Bath stone, was extensively altered 25 years ago. ‘You could tell the owner had done it with passion,’ say the couple. ‘We loved the scale of the rooms, as well as the stone mullion windows and flagstone floors.’

Exterior 25BH July 17 p25 Rendall Bath home

By the time the current owners moved in, the property was in need of updating. The house was decorated in rather oppressive shades of mustard, cold blue and dark pink, while the garden was a tangle of brambled and ground elder. For the couple, it was a case of adapting the rooms to suit their sensibilities. ‘Our work means that life is often busy, so we’re gradually making our way through the rooms,’ they explain. ‘There’s no great rush.’

Kitchen

Kitchen-diner 25BH July 17 p25 Rendall Bath home

The pair started with the kitchen, as it was ‘particularly miserable’, with its striped pine cupboards, chipped tile worktops and dingy yellow walls. The room has been transformed with units in a pale palette of soft grey topped with luxurious Carrara marble that maximises the light. The owners have a love of collecting pieces from all over the world, and the striking Marco Zanini fruit bowl, which belonged to the late David Bowie, is one of their more recent auction acquisitions.

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Buy now: Laura Ashley Artisan wall tiles in French Grey, £59.95 per sq m, Walls and Floors
Buy now: Rajasthan pillars, Indigo Asian Antiques & Interiors

Dining room

Dining room 25BH July 17 p25 Rendall Bath home

With its chequered grey-and-white painted floorboards and Swedish-style furniture, the elegant dining room has a Gustavian aesthetic. What really stands out though is the tin tile ceiling, which lends a modern edge to the space and creates a stunning feature.

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Interior design: Claire Rendall
Buy now: Brooklyn Tin Tiles wallpaper, £219 per roll, Rockett St George

Dining room corner

Dining room corner 2 25BH July 17 p25 Rendall Bath home

A favourite addition to this space are the tiles in the dining room fireplace, which the owners had painted in Delft style. Closer inspection reveals that each one has a picture that is meaningful to the couple. ‘We’re enjoying adding our own personal touches,’ they say.

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Buy now: similar dining chairs, Sweetpea & Willow

Living room

Living room 2 25BH July 17 p25 Rendall Bath home

In the living room, the mood is different, with fine walnut antiques and classic, buttoned sofas rubbing shoulders with Australian Aboriginal art and Indian statuary. ‘We love so many different styles that we didn’t feel that we had to stick to just one,’ explain the owners. ‘We wanted the rooms to be individual and distinctive from each other.’

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Buy now: Real Charmer sofa, from £2,045, Sofa Workshop
Buy now: Madison coffee table, £1,450, Tom Faulkner

Fireplace

Fireplace 25BH July 17 p25 Rendall Bath home

What comes across throughout the house is the couple’s passion for collecting art and intriguing objects. In the living room, the fireplace provides a perfect frame for displaying treasured pieces.

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Buy now: similar rug, Trend Carpet

Cloakroom

Cloakroom 25BH July 17 p25 Rendall Bath home

A moody wallpaper injects a sense of drama into this compact space, taking it from functional to ‘wow.’ Colourful artworks and antique lights on the walls add to the character of the scheme.

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Buy now: Nuvolette wallpaper from the Fornasetti II collection, £255 per roll, Cole & Son at Wallpaper Direct

Main bedroom

Main bedroom 25BH July 17 p25 Rendall Bath home

Whitewashed furnishings keep this attic area bright and welcoming. Chests of drawers double as bedside tables to ensure there’s adequate storage, despite the sloped ceilings. ‘Each room has its own unique look,’ say the owners. ‘That way we never get bored of the interiors.’

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Buy now: similar table lamps, £74 each, Oka
Buy now: similar bed, Wayfair

En suite

Vanity unit 25BH July 17 p25 Rendall Bath home

A monochrome palette perfectly complements the black and white Ettore Sottsass vase. Classic modern sanitaryware has been eschewed for a more luxurious vanity unit that is a great match for the beautifully veined marble backdrop.

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Buy now: Georgica Pond marble wall tiles, £89.75 per sq m, Fired Earth

Attic bedroom

Attic bedroom 25BH July 17 p25 Rendall Bath home

Wooden beams add to the character of the space, creating a cosy atmosphere in this attic bedroom. A predominantly white scheme helps to make the most of modest room proportions. Modern cushion prints ensure the room feels modern, while adding a hit of colour.

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Buy now: similar bed, £1,345, The French Bedroom Company

The couple continue to travel and are always on the lookout for new objects that will enhance their interiors. ‘We love having an eclectic home,’ they say. ‘And this house lends itself so well to a wide mixture of styles, from ultra modern pieces to glamorous antiques.’

This house tour originally appeared in 25 Beautiful Homes, July 2017.

Image credits: Rachael Smith

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Downsizing can be tricky – but this striking home shows how great it can be

After retiring, the owners made the decision to downsize, and found smart ways to fit their treasures into their new home

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On retiring from their full-time jobs in education, the owners decided to challenge themselves. This involved the adventurous couple spending several months in France, finding new passions (horse racing and art) and even renting a Gothic pile.

Then a move from Hertfordshire to a cottage owned by their son in Rutland in the East Midlands made the couple come up with a new house rule. ‘We liked the area, but we didn’t know a soul,’ they recall. ‘We agreed that we would never turn down an invitation to anything, so we would make new friends and become involved in the local community.’

Their time spent in Rutland was so successful, the pair decided to find a place of their own, close to their new circle of friends. They found just what they were looking for in the form of a three-storey house, part of a former hunting lodge dating back to the 17th century. ‘We immediately liked its homely feel and, although the property isn’t huge, the rooms are generously sized,’ they say.

Exterior 25BH July 17 p80 Close downsizing

Needing help to downsize, the pair turned to an interior designer. ‘She helped us develop ways of bringing our sometimes random collections together and encouraged us to upcycle,’ they say. ‘This not only saved us money, but it also meant we avoided falling into the trap of acquiring yet more stuff.’

Living room

Living room from other side 25BH July 17 p80 Close downsizing

To create a sense of unity, walls are painted in soft neutrals throughout the house. In the living room, pale-coloured upholstery creates a calm scheme that’s balanced by a bright rug. Aside from built-in, traditional-style shutters, the windows have been left undressed to let light flood in. Cushions on the window seat add a hit colour and plenty of comfort.

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Buy now: walls painted in Old White Estate Emulsion, £43.50 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball
Buy now: sofas and cushions, made to order, Elizabeth Stanhope Interiors

Living room from other side

Living room 25BH July 17 p80 Close downsizing

While there is a strong sense of their love for all things vintage and antique in their home, the couple also enjoy contemporary design, including shelving units by Sir Terence Conran and modern ceramics in the living room.

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Buy now: Balance Alcove shelving, from £599, The Conran Shop

Kitchen-diner

Kitchen 25BH July 17 p80 Close downsizing

Mohican, a contemporary limited-edition print by US artist Ludwig Sander, adds a warm burst of yellow to the neutral kitchen.

Get the look
Buy now: walls and cabinetry painted in James White, from £43.50 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball

Kitchen corner

Kitchen corner 25BH July 17 p80 Close downsizing

An Aga lends the kitchen a strong country feel – and on cold days, the armchair is the perfect spot to sit and warm up from the heat it gives off.

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Buy now: similar cooker, Aga

Dining area

Dining area 25BH July 17 p80 Close downsizing

The kitchen is very spacious, with enough room for a large dining table and chairs – ideal for gatherings with friends, but cosy enough to enjoy meals à deux as well.

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Buy now: similar floor lamp, £189, Heal’s

Hallway

Stairwell 25BH July 17 p80 Close downsizing

The owners particularly enjoy creating stylishly grouped collections around the house. ‘Things don’t need to be of the same vintage. We just like to make an interesting arrangement,’ they say. ‘It might be a wall of artistically arranged prints and old decorative mirrors, or a group of perfume bottles on an antique tray.’

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Buy now: similar antique mirrors, Selling Antiques

Guest bedroom

Guest bedroom 25BH July 17 p80 Close downsizing

This romantic space was inspired by French vintage style. Neutral colours let the toile de Jouy curtains become a beautiful feature and focal point. Careful placement of a round mirror helps to break up a block of wall space.

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Buy now: similar toile de Jouy fabric, Just Fabrics
Buy now: similar bed, The French Bedroom Company

Dressing area

Dressing area 25BH July 17 p80 Close downsizing

An ornate dressing table adds to the luxe feel of the guest bedroom. Mirrors are very important to the couple. In fact, their old mirrors are their favourite pieces. ‘Some are beautiful as they are,’ they say. ‘Others we repainted.’

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Buy now: similar dressing table, Melody Maison

Main bedroom

Main bedroom 25BH July 17 p80 Close downsizing

Up in the eaves is the main bedroom, which is full of beautiful textures in soft off-whites and pretty pastels.

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Buy now: walls in Stone 11 Pure Flat Emulsion, £46.50 for 2.5ltr, Paint & Paper Library

Bathroom

Bathroom 25BH July 17 p80 Close downsizing

A traditional slipper bath and Victorian-style taps give this room classic appeal. A wooden peg rail keeps towels close to hand, but ensures they won’t get splashed.

Get the look
Buy now: walls in Slaked Lime Intelligent Matt Emulsion, £47 for 2.5ltr, Little Greene
Buy now: similar bath, £1,075, Laura Ashley

Now that the owners have finally emptied the garage and finished downsizing, do they have any plans to move again? ‘I’m sure there are more interesting times ahead,’ they say, ‘but we will be staying put, as we feel very happy and settled here.’

This house tour originally appeared in 25 Beautiful Homes, July 2017.

Image credits: Rowland Roques-O’Neil

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Before and after: from tiny en suite to supersized shower

Enlarging their cramped and dated bathroom and ditching the tub finally gave the owners the spa-style super-luxe shower room they'd always wanted

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The owners bought their house knowing that they could make a big difference to what was already there and create the sort of home they’d dreamed of.

‘When we moved in, the house had a bathroom you really wouldn’t want to spend too much time in, and a tiny en suite,’ they say. ‘We were keen to improve the property, so we decided to extend the master bedroom and en suite. We had a good idea of what we wanted the new shower room to be like, but in order to make the most of the space, we employed an architect to help us draw up the plans.’

The pair already had a great local builder in mind to carry out the project. ‘We knew him before and had inspected his work, so we were confident it was up to scratch,’ they say. ‘He did such an amazing job.’

The new en suite is much bigger than it was and, as it’s only the couple that use it, they decided to treat themselves by recreating a hotel spa look, with plenty of natural stone and mirrors.

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‘We’ve always liked Villeroy & Boch bathrooms,’ say the owners. ‘And as we’re not planning to work on this room again for a long time, we splashed out on our sanitaryware. We also chose gorgeous tiles that are different sizes, but all made of luxurious grey stone.’

Rather than having blinds, the couple added opaque glass for privacy. For a similarly fuss-free look, the shower fittings were kept very streamlined. ‘We looked hard to find a shower with as little chrome as possible,’ they say. ‘And we chose a glass shower enclosure because we wanted it to look almost transparent when you walk in.’

Shower cubicle SAH July 17 p86 Le Mare supersized shower

The one thing the couple had kept from the previous bathroom was a radiator. ‘Now it has a lot more space around it, so it’s more effective,’ they say. ‘And because everything else is neutral, we treated ourselves to bright hammam towels to add bursts of colour.’

Towel rail SAH July 17 p86 Le Mare supersized shower

The plumbing is hidden by a false wall, so the owners built in a handy shelf for shower essentials.

Recessed shelf SAH July 17 p86 Le Mare supersized shower

To complete the scheme, the couple added two mirrors to throw light around the room. ‘It’s a fairly cheap way of making the space seem larger,’ they say. ‘And it’s easy to get pieces of mirror glass cut to size at a local merchant.’

Vanity unit SAH July 17 p86 Le Mare supersized shower

Want to see another hotel-chic bathroom makeover? READ: Before and after: from dark loft to hotel-style en suite

‘It’s a luxury to have this much storage,’ the pair say. ‘We’ve got a drawer each, with the inside of one divided into sections for toiletries and make-up.’

Vanity unit drawer SAH July 17 p86 Le Mare supersized shower

‘We love the shape of this basin mixer,’ say the owners, ‘and we’ve echoed it in the shower controls, so everything ties together.’

Mixer tap SAH July 17 p86 Le Mare supersized shower

The couple are so happy with their newly supersized shower. ‘You can’t keep us out of here now!’ they say.

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Buy now: wet room panel, £1,076; Venticello loo, £457.50; Venticello stone grey vanity unit, £953; and Venticello basin, £670, all Villeroy & Boch

Buy now: Bernina grey floor tiles (60 x 60cm), £66 per sq m; Bernina grey wall tiles (15 x 60cm), £57 per sq m; Bernina mosaic tiles (30 x 50cm), £64 per sq m; and Bianconero glossy white tiles, £53.80 per sq m, all Villeroy & Boch

Buy now: Zuchetti brass hand shower, £93; Zuchetti single lever basin mixer, £338; and Zucchetti chrome thermostat, £412, all The Sunbury Bathroom & Tile Company

Buy now: mirrors, £250 each, Knights Glass

This bathroom makeover originally appeared in Style at Home, July 2017.

Image credits: Colin Poole

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Garden swings to make your summer swing along nicely

Garden swings aren't just for kids - check out our favourites if you fancy getting back into the swing of it

When was the last time you went swinging? And no, we’re not talking about anything dodgy – honestly! Chances are you haven’t swung on a garden swing for a long time.

But garden swings aren’t just for kids – there’s genuinely nothing more freeing than swinging through the air, no matter your age. So if you’re missing the carefree fun that comes from flying high, check out our pick of the best garden swings around. And incase you’re feeling a little apprehensive – don’t worry, we’ll soon have you back in full swing.

Opt for traditional garden swings

Handmade tree swings garden swings

Tree Swings started life when the owner’s wife one day suggested it would be nice to have a garden swing to hang from their oak tree. And who can blame her? If you also have a large tree from which to place a traditional swing, these beautifully handcrafted pieces could be perfect for you. Made out of sustainable wood sourced locally to the owner’s Cheshire workshop, the Ingram oak tree swing is a wonderful, eco friendly option that will look great in any garden.

Buy now: Ingram oak tree swing, £219, Tree Swings

Push the button

Didi authentic button swing Rowen and Wren-garden-swings

Some things are classics and can’t be improved, and this old-fashioned-style garden swing is precisely that kind of object. Made out of 100% reclaimed wood, it has a natural finish that blends in beautifully with its environment. The seat diameter is 29.5cm and the rope length is 6m – more than enough to get you swinging your feet up off the ground.

Buy now: Didi Authentic tree swing, £78, Rowen & Wren

Swing in style

Go Modern Armadillo Garden sofa garden swings

If the thought of actually swinging up high in the sky is a little too energetic and/or frightening for you, how about this super-stylish swinging garden sofa? A much more sedate option, the Armadillo is ideal for chilling on sunny days and reclining with a glass of fizz. Ah, that’s the life!

Buy now: Armadillo swinging garden sofa, £2,360, Go Modern

Hang out without a tree

Retiro rattan egg chair garden swings

Not got a tree from which to hang your swinging recliner? Then check out this rattan egg chair, which comes complete with its own frame. As long as you have a patch of outdoor space, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy a little bit of swinging fun.

Buy now: Ritiro rattan egg chair, £299.99, Gardens and Homes Direct

Frame it

TP Double Knightswood Swing Frame garden swings

The same can be said of traditional-style garden swings. If you don’t have a suitable tree to hang a swing from, consider a frame. This one has a lovely natural finish that doesn’t look out of place among greenery. It’s designed primarily for children, but the frame is available with a range of different seats, which can accommodate varying weights, so check this out before choosing your seat options.

Buy now: Double Knightswood swing frame, £169.99, TP

Dreaming of having a summer house? READ: Summer house style ideas to inspire you

Personalise your swing

John Lewis personalised garden swing-2

Make your garden swing feel extra special with a personalised design. Hand carved in The Oak and Rope Company’s Kent workshop, personalised swings make a great gift. And you don’t have to stick to people’s names – a positive message will do the trick, too.

Buy now: The Oak and Rope Company large personalised swing, £360, John Lewis

Create a laid-back vibe

Hammock garden swings

Image credit: Simon Scarboro

Okay, a hammock is not strictly speaking a swing, but it hangs on rope and swings about, so it’s definitely a very close relative. Hammocks are affordable garden seating options, but the trick can be finding a suitable place to hang them. If this is a problem, there are loads of hammock frames on the market. Wherever you put yours, add lots of cushions for the ultimate in comfort.

Buy now: similar hammock, £89.90, The Hammock Store

Are you ready to swing free this summer?

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This beautiful Victorian house in London was given a second chance

After a repeat viewing, the owners took on a run-down Victorian house and turned it into a light-filled oasis of calm

The owners first looked around their southwest London home on a wet winter’s day, and were really not impressed by what they saw. ‘We didn’t like it,’ they admit. ‘Our hearts were set on a Victorian house around the corner, and this one felt gloomy and cold by comparison.’ But when they were outbid on the other property, the couple returned for a second visit. ‘This time, the sun was streaming in and we could see its true potential,’ they say.

The interior designer and chartered surveyor couple are no strangers to property renovation, but this time they wanted to use their professional skills on their own house. ‘We had been living in a small flat and wanted more space, so we decided to buy what we could afford in an area we liked and restore the house to make it suit us,’ they explain. ‘It’s our first “proper” family home with our daughter, who’s two.’

Exterior 25BH July 17 p46 Hewitson Victorian house

Undeterred by the poor state of the three-storey property, the pair set to work on a major five-month renovation while living in their old flat. As well as new ceilings, sash windows, flooring and bathrooms, rewiring and repairs to the roof, the couple replanned the lighting to ensure it was bright all year round.

Kitchen-diner

Kitchen 25BH July 17 p46 Hewitson Victorian house

The owners tripled the size of the kitchen by adding an extension at the rear, which took in the side return. ‘It has totally transformed the house, changing it from feeling poky and closed into a spacious and airy home,’ they say. Steel-framed doors across the width of the room add character, while also helping to maximise natural light.

Get the look
Buy now: cabinetry and Carrara marble worktops and splashbacks, from £35,000, Blakes London
Buy now: similar pendant lights, Grace & Glory

Kitchen

Kitchen units 25BH July 17 p46 Hewitson Victorian house

‘We wanted the kitchen to feel calm and welcoming, especially when friends come over,’ the pair say, ‘so getting the practicalities right was important.’ Cupboard space was key so there is plenty of built-in storage, including a breakfast unit that conceals the toaster, coffee machine and cereals.

Get the look
Buy now: cabinets painted in Railings Estate Eggshell, £60 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball

Dining area

Dining area 25BH July 17 p46 Hewitson Victorian house

Compartments hidden in the dining area benches are great for stashing the couple’s daughter’s toys and keeping everything clutter-free. Bench seating set against tongue-and-groove panelling makes an inviting nook for family meals.

Get the look
Buy now: Wishbone CH24 chairs, £647 each, The Conran Shop
Buy now: cushions in Flower Cut Out linen, £156 per m, Vanderhurd

Garden

Garden 25BH July 17 p46 Hewitson Victorian house

Glass doors open directly out from the kitchen-diner onto the patio, which has space for al-fresco meals. The dining set has been chosen to echo the colour of the windows.

Get the look
Buy now: Como outdoor dining set, £600, Cox & Cox

Living room

Living room 25BH July 17 p46 Hewitson Victorian house

The owners’ love of printed textiles is evident throughout, from pretty cushions to chair covers, which complement their mix of antique and modern furniture. ‘We like to put together patterns and plains, old and new, but nothing too garish,’ they say. ‘We also don’t buy anything unless we love it – after all, we want to live with it and enjoy it for a long time.’

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Buy now:
armchairs covered in Wicker linen, £96 per m, Fermoie
Buy now: Poste coffee table, £275, Loaf

Main bedroom

Main bedroom 25BH July 17 p46 Hewitson Victorian house

‘Usually we will start a room with a piece that we love, like the antique mirrors in the bedroom, and build from there.’ The owners favour a neutral palette, often picking up on a favourite painting or print. ‘Each room looks as if it has evolved over time,’ they say. ‘That’s how you give a home character.’

Get the look
Buy now: Empire chest of drawers, £789 each, Scumble Goosie
Buy now: Heidelberg Octagonal lamp, from £432, Vaughan

Child’s room

Child's room 25BH July 17 p46 Hewitson Victorian house

The couple wanted a timeless scheme that their daughter wouldn’t grow out of. Toys and prints give it subtle interest that a child will love.

Get the look
Buy now: curtains in Diamond Chunky, £176 per m, Penny Morrison
Buy now: similar chest of drawers, Ikea

Bathroom

Bathtub 25BH July 17 p46 Hewitson Victorian house

A cast-iron tub and traditional mixer create a classic look in the bathroom. The artwork adds colour to the all-white space without being overly dominant.

Get the look
Buy now: Astonian Epoca bath, £2,312, Aston Matthews
Buy now: Crosswater Belgravia shower mixer, £374, Victorian Plumbing

Now, with a second child on the way, the owners are glad they were outbid on the first house. ‘This was a much better choice,’ they say. ‘It had the potential to become a more spacious family-sized home. We feel so fortunate that we came back here for that second look.’

This house tour originally appeared in 25 Beautiful Homes, July 2017.

Image credits: Malcolm Menzies

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Explore this newly renovated Georgian home in Winchester

What began as the owners' simple desire for an updated kitchen turned into a full-scale refurbishment, complete with a spacious new layout, for this characterful Georgian home

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You would never know that this house was originally part of a brewery. ‘From the outside, it looks like a sweet, flat-fronted Georgian doll’s house,’ say the owners of their Winchester home.

The couple originally used the house as a pied-à-terre, but in 2015, they decided to sell their home in the country and move here. This soon revealed the building’s shortcomings and, although the house was perfectly livable, it needed improving. It could be quite drafty and the sitting room, which faces north, was always particularly cold and unappealing. ‘Although it has great bones, it is not a large house, just two rooms deep, and it felt quite poky,’ say the couple.

The refurbishment began with a broken dishwasher. ‘We knew we needed to fix it and while we were at it, we decided to change the kitchen a bit,’ say the owners. ‘The layout of the room was poor, which made it really difficult to cook – and we love to cook. We asked an interior designer to help and when we showed her round the house, she immediately had ideas that we liked so much, we ended up redoing everything, from top to bottom.’

Sitting room

Sitting room July 17 p90 Sunderland Georgian home

The changes the interior designer suggested were intended to open up the entire layout of the house and make it feel bigger. The couple also gave her free reign with colour. ‘Some of the shades our interior designer used in our house are quite dark, which we thought rather bold, but they create lovely, intimate spaces,’ say the couple.

Get the look
Buy now: Malmaison Damask wallpaper in Peridot, £77 per roll, Zoffany
Buy now: Ottoman in Kimono in Cayenne Blue, £118.20 per m, Lewis & Wood

Sitting room arch

Library July 17 p90 Sunderland Georgian home

The arched area was originally a narrow corridor that led to the front door. Most of the wall was taken down to open up the sitting room and improve the flow of the space.

Get the look
Interior design: Stephanie Dunning Interior Design
Buy now: willow wall lights in French Brass, £528 each, Porta Romana

Kitchen

Kitchen July 17 p90 Sunderland Georgian home

The previous, poorly laid-out scheme has been replaced with this well-considered arrangement of bespoke cabinets and central island unit. The decision to use a glamorous combination of pink, copper and gold warms and offsets the dark-grey stone worktops.

Get the look
Buy now: walls in Light Peachblossom Intelligent Matt Emulsion, £47 for 2.5ltr, Little Greene
Buy now: Brass and Glass ceiling lights, £85 each, Rockett St George

Dining area

Dining room July 17 p90 Sunderland Georgian home

The south-facing kitchen-diner is one of the owners’ favourite rooms. ‘We are both poets and we like to sit at the table and write,’ they say. ‘It is particularly lovely in the summer, as the sun warms the room all day long.’

Get the look
Buy now: Buffalo side chairs, £299 each, Heal’s

Main bedroom

Main bedroom 2

‘The blue-grey colour of our bedroom walls is beautiful,’ say the couple. ‘We set up a shared Pinterest board with our interior designer and kept pinning the same images – simultaneously in the case of the beautiful curtain fabric from Lewis & Wood.’

Get the look
Buy now: walls in Oval Room Blue Estate Emulsion, £43.50 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball
Buy now: Kingston bed, from £4,190, TurnPost

Dressing room

Dressing room July 17 p90 Sunderland Georgian home

Elegant built-in cupboards have been made specifically to fit the space and provide neat, easy-to-access storage.

Get the look
Buy now: Bespoke joinery, The English Joinery Company
Buy now: woodwork in Card Room Green Estate Eggshell, £60 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball

Main bathroom

Bathroom July 17 p90 Sunderland Georgian home

Victorian-style geometric floor tiles bring depth and interest to the scheme without compromising the modest space’s restful atmosphere.

Get the look
Buy now: Woburn ceramic floor tiles, £89.70 per sq m, Fired Earth
Buy now: Geminus Plinth roll-top bath, Albion

Main bathroom from other side

Bathroom 2 July 17 p90 Sunderland Georgian home

The bathroom enjoys a convenient position between the main bedroom and the dressing room.

Get the look
Buy now: Odyssey wallpaper, £50 per sq m, Watts of Westminster

Attic bedroom

Attic bedrooms July 17 p90 Sunderland Georgian home

‘Originally, we only had folding beds in the attic because we couldn’t get proper beds up the narrow, winding staircase,’ say the owners. ‘The solution was to make the beds in parts then assemble them in the rooftop. Now the attic rooms feel like grown-up spaces.’

Get the look
Buy now: woodwork in Hague Blue Estate Eggshell, £60 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball
Buy now: throw, Inky Velvet

Attic bedroom window

Attic bedroom 2 July 17 p90 Sunderland Georgian home

Storage trunks offer an attractive way to keep belongings tidied away, but also easily to hand.

Get the look
Buy now: Tobias Resto wall light, £60, John Lewis
Buy now: Two metal trunks, Cox & Cox

Basement shower room

Shower room HG July 17 p90 Sunderland Georgian home

This renovated basement space is a valuable addition to the house, especially when the couple’s grown-up sons are staying. The brickwork, a legacy of the property’s brewery history, has been cleaned and sealed.

Get the look
Buy now: doors in Acqua Viva Oil Gloss, £31 for 750ml, Paint & Paper Library

‘Now that the house is finished, it’s as comfortable as our old country house,’ say the owners. ‘It feels calm and luxurious, but also really joyful.’

This house originally appeared in Homes & Gardens, July 2017.

Image credits: Mel Yates

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Before and after: raising a window made room for more kitchen units

A tricky layout was no match for the owners' planning skills when they tackled their new home's kitchen

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‘We bought our flat as a project and were really excited to be able to put our stamp on it,’ say the owners. ‘The other rooms just needed new flooring and a lick of paint, but the kitchen needed a complete overhaul.’

The couple had to crack on soon after moving in, as the hob and oven weren’t working, leaving them on a diet of microwave meals. ‘Before the sale went through, we were able to take measurements of every inch of the room so we could start planning before we got in,’ they say. ‘It made things a lot easier when we got the keys.’

Before they moved in, the pair spent many a weekend in kitchen showrooms, looking at doors and cupboards. Eventually they decided on handleless matt-finish doors with a composite worktop. ‘Our kitchen crockery and accessories are fairly bright,’ they say, ‘so we were keen to keep the kitchen fairly neutral, opting for white kitchen units and a light grey worktop.’

After kitchen SAH July 17 p78 James kitchen units

Once the owners moved in, they were able to check the finer details like gas and water pipes, and start work. ‘The first thing was to change the shape of one of the windows,’ they say. ‘The one where the sink is now was originally about four inches larger, which prevented us from running a row of kitchen units along that wall. We were replacing the old wooden windows anyway, so it wasn’t much bother to simply lay a row of bricks at the bottom to bring the window up and allow the units to sit in front.’

Once the windows were in, the couple started to rip out the old kitchen units. With the room bare, they were able to replaster the textured ceiling and sand the floor. Next came the plumbing – luckily only the sink was moving position, so this was a fairly easy job, which the builders completed in a day.

Sink SAH July 17 p78 James kitchen units

‘The most exciting part of our kitchen makeover was receiving the units,’ the pair say. ‘As Howdens kitchen units are prebuilt, it was just a case of levelling them off and securing to the wall. Before we knew it, the worktops were on and the room almost complete.’

Cooker SAH July 17 p78 James kitchen units

The owners found this little table at a second-hand shop. ‘When we have guests, we simply place a large piece of board on top,’ they say. ‘Stacking stools are also great if you don’t have room for lots of chairs and we painted our seating to add a hit of colour.’

Table SAH July 17 p78 James kitchen units

‘We’ve always loved string shelves, but they were out of our budget,’ say the couple. ‘While searching online for alternative ideas, we came across an Ikea hack, simply reversing brackets and placing boards within them. We found scaffold planks at a local timber yard for just £1 per foot, cut and sanded them, and made the shelves up for under £20. We were so excited to get our china out of storage and finally have it on display.’

Shelves SAH July 17 p78 James kitchen units

A wall of prints and fun pieces lends a personal touch to the space, along with the colourful crockery and brightly painted seating.

Clock SAH July 17 p78 James kitchen units

Now that the work is complete, the couple have a kitchen that they can really enjoy. ‘Being able to cook proper meals again and have friends round for dinner or drinks is wonderful,’ they say. ‘Our kitchen may not be big, but we’ve really made the most of what was an awkward layout.’

Fruit SAH July 17 p78 James kitchen units

Get the look

Buy now: Clerkenwell kitchen units in Matt White, £1,500, Howdens

Buy now: Ice slimline worktop, £2,390, Bushboard

Buy now: Deca 100 sink, £379; Aros tap, £215, both Carron Phoenix

Buy now: SX1046S L PX built-in oven in Black, £549; and GX641FGK hob in Black, £529, both Hotpoint

Buy now: De’Longhi Argento toaster, £29.99, Argos

Buy now: Ivar chair, £15; and Frosta stool, £9, both Ikea

Buy now: terrarium, £25, Urban Outfitters

Buy now: Paloma cocktail coupes, £6 each, John Lewis

This kitchen makeover originally appeared in Style at Home, July 2017.

Image credits: Lizzie Orme

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Shower room ideas to help you plan the best space

If you're thinking about ditching the bath and going for a bigger shower, read on for all the shower room ideas you will need

A shower room is a fantastic way to save space in a small bathroom. Removing the bath and building a large shower enclosure will give you plenty of room to move around, making the area look bigger than ever.

Every bathroom, no matter how little, can be transformed into a beautiful shower room. Intelligent design will mean you can enjoy a comfortable space the whole family can use – plus, clever storage solutions will create a clutter-free haven, where everyone can move around freely.

Whether you’re converting an attic or are fed up with a tightly squeezed in bath, we have all the shower room ideas to help you plan your scheme.

Prefer a wet room? READ: Wet rooms – the essential guide to creating the perfect space

Spread out in style

Large en suite shower room shower rooms Colin Poole

Image credit: Colin Poole

This room has more than enough space for a bathtub. But if you have a bath elsewhere in the house, sometimes you just want a shower room that’s stylish, practical and pretty. And this one definitely ticks all of those boxes. Using the full width of the room means there’s plenty of space to walk into the shower without the need to move any doors or screens.

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Buy now: similar rainwater shower, £99, Bathstore

Don’t let an attic constrict you

Attic shower room shower rooms William Goddard

Image credit: William Goddard

Attic bathrooms can be notoriously tricky to fit a shower into because of sloping ceilings and head heights. But there are ways to make it work. Just check out this stunning shower room with wood-effect tiling. The shower has been mounted as high as possible, and the beam is a feature rather than a hindrance. A sleek screen keeps the space feeling as open as possible.

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Buy now: tiles, Porcelanosa
Buy now: shower valve, The Tile Barn

Add a little bling to your shower room

Gold shower fittings shower room shower rooms David Parmiter

Image credit: David Parmiter

Turn an all-white shower room in to something special with glamorous gold tiles and shower fittings. White is great in a compact room as it makes everything light and spacious, while gold adds an instant warming effect.

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Buy now: similar gold metro tiles, £7.95 per tile, Walls and Floors

Be elegant with marble

Luxury stone shower room shower rooms Rachael Smith

Image credit: Rachael Smith

The natural veining of marble makes for a stunning backdrop to a walk-in shower. Go for a large-scale tile for the best effect and choose varying colours to create a beautiful patchwork. Using the same tiles from floor to ceiling makes the shower look almost seamless. Here, a small step has been added to accommodate practical drainage, but in fact it only adds to the luxurious feel.

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Buy now: similar marble tiles, Mandarin Stone

Pick a cool pattern

Compact shower room mixed tiling shower rooms Colin Poole

Image credit: Colin Poole

This room shows just how significant an impact your flooring can have. The pattern adds loads of character to this space and helps to define the shower area, with its plain white shower tray. Marble wall tiles pick out the grey tones of the flooring, too, and add a luxury feel to the scheme. A full-length mirror at one end is great for reflecting light and making the room feel larger than it is.

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Buy now:
Patisserie Sucre 2 floor tiles, £74.70 per sq m, Fired Earth
Buy now: similar ladder storage, £115, Maisons du Monde

Do it the country way

Country shower room shower rooms David Giles

Image credit: David Giles

Shower rooms are often seen as more modern than country. But this beautiful scheme manages to achieve a country-chic look without compromising on contemporary comforts. Limestone tiling, plus plenty of wood finishes bring elements of the outdoors inside and create a relaxing space that has nature at its heart.

Get the look
Buy now: similar limestone tiles, Topps Tiles
Buy now: similar basin, £69.95, Victorian Plumbing

Style with graffiti

Graffitti shower room shower rooms Alison Hammond

Image credit: Alison Hammond

This sleek shower has been given a cool update with Banksy-inspired tiles. Sure to be a talking point, these tiles are anything but dull and add loads of colour to a neutral space. Grey floor tiles offer an easy-to-keep-clean option that doesn’t interfere with the arty wall.

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Buy now: tiles, £16.38 per tile, Tons of Tiles

Think outside the box

Grey brick tile shower room shower rooms Jamie Mason

Image credit: Jamie Mason

We all know how popular white metro tiles are, but for those of you who want something a little warmer, grey could be the colour for you. Grey looks great with wood and also lends itself well to colourful accents, such as the yellow here. In terms of the shower, the key to its success is its position. It’s a relatively narrow enclosure, but clever planning means there’s a roomy feel to the shower area and therefore also the entire room.

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Buy now: similar tiles, £15.99 per sq m, Tile Mountain

Use every bit of space

Wood panel shower room shower rooms compact Colin Poole

Image credit: Colin Poole

Want a cloakroom shower? Consider a wet room design that takes advantage of even the tiniest of spaces. Without any need for a shower screen or shower tray, you will easily be able to squeeze in a shower. Other clever tricks include a space-saving basin and a recessed shelf that keeps all the potions you need easily to hand. Walnut-effect boarding also makes an interesting departure from ever-popular tiling.

Get the look
Buy now: walnut-effect boarding in MDF, Richard Russell
Buy now: 3D handrinse basin, QS Supplies

Indulge your senses

Mark-Bolton-shower-room-seat

Image credit: Mark Bolton

If you like a sauna, you’ll love this gorgeous shower room. The marble bench offers the perfect spot to sit and enjoy the benefits of all the steam accumulated after a long wash. A combination of a rainwater head and handheld fittings mean you have all the showering options you need, plus it makes it easy to keep a large enclosure like this clean.

Get the look
Buy now: similar marble tiles, Stone Store

Create a stylish en suite

Pale tiled en suite shower room shower rooms Rachael Smith

Image credit: Rachael Smith

This en suite benefits from a generously proportioned shower. But that’s not a given in a compact space like this. With the door opening near to the enclosure, many people might assume it’s impossible to have a spacious shower. So this is a great example of what you can do with a relatively small corner. If it won’t work facing one way, try pointing your shower in another direction until you get the spacious design you crave.

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Buy now: similar shower screen, Soak

Go for dramatic black

Black tile shower room shower rooms Jamie Mason

Image credit: Jamie Mason

Choose striking black tiles for the ultimate contrast to white bathroom fittings. Pick an assortment of sizes and styles, from high gloss to slate effect. The shower area has been marked out with small rectangular tiles and these have been broken up with larger-format neutral tiles to lighten the space and avoid it looking too ‘heavy’.

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Buy now: similar tiles, Topps Tiles

Enhance a narrow room

Narrow shower room shower rooms 2 Jonathan Gooch

Image credit: Jonathan Gooch

This is another great example of the good use of a compact space. The shower, loo and basin are all right next to each other, yet this room doesn’t feel at all small. A bath wouldn’t fit in here, but because the shower enclosure runs from wall to wall, it is far larger than a standard cubicle. Mosaic tiling creates a hotel-style feel and recessed shelves mean there’s no need for unsightly storage racks.

Get the look
Buy now: similar mosaic tiles, £23.25 per sq m, Victorian Plumbing

Mix light and dark

Marble shower room shower rooms Fraser Marr

Image credit: Fraser Marr

Choose a combination of light and dark tiles for a balanced look in your bathroom. Using black marble tiles on the walls looks fantastic but also offers a happily practical benefit: water stains and limescale will be almost invisible. If you want to cover a large space, marble-effect tiles made out of porcelain offer a budget-friendly option that looks really realistic.

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Buy now: similar tiles, Tons of Tiles

As you can see, shower rooms have the potential to be stylish and glamorous spaces. But we have one last piece of wisdom to share – buyers do like there to be at least one bath in a home, so a shower room is best for second bathrooms or en suites. Good luck with your shower room planning!

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Have a wander through this characterful three-bed semi in Dorset

The owners have combined rich shades with a vintage, mid-century look to create a stylish home with a great sense of fun and personality

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Originally from Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, the owners have always felt they lived too far from the seaside. So when some of their family relocated, they decided to follow suit and settle in Christchurch, Dorset. ‘With a ten-minute drive to the sea and ten minutes in the opposite direction to the New Forest, and the busting lights of Bournemouth just down the road, it felt like the perfect location,’ they say. ‘Plus the house is on a residential street with lots of families and has a great community vibe.’

The couple searched for a period property for quite a while and when this house came on the market, they were super excited, but then they found that the previous owners had taken out many of its original features and the decoration was dated.

The kitchen was also really small, as they often are in 1920s houses, but the bedrooms were very spacious. Also, on the upside, the garden was huge. ‘It was 140ft long, so we had lots of outdoor space,’ the pair say. ‘Luckily, we could visualise what we needed to do to restore the original Art Deco features that the house would have had when it was originally built.’

Exterior SAH July 17 p18 Dean Dorset

The biggest project the owners took on when they bought the house was the kitchen extension at the back. ‘It took three months from start to finish, even though the actual shell of the extension was built in three weeks,’ they say. ‘We used a local builder who was recommended to us, and we chose him after getting various quotes, which ranged hugely in price. His was the cheapest and we went for that because of the limited amount of money we had to work with. To cut back on costs, we project managed the build, arranging for contractors to come in at different times as needed and sourcing fittings and materials, such as radiators and flooring.’

Kitchen

Kitchen SAH July 17 p18 Dean Dorset

The owners mapped out the plan of the kitchen themselves, as they were adamant that they wanted an island and the rest of the design had to work around it. ‘We also wanted open shelves rather than wall units, as they feel more spacious and create an interesting focal point,’ they say. ‘Our dream was to have a blue country-style kitchen so we searched everywhere and luckily for us, it was one of the cheapest collections available. We did end up splurging on our solid bamboo worktops – when you look at them side on, the layered effect is beautiful.’

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Buy now: kitchen, Simply Hygena at Homebase

View to garden

Kitchen with view to garden SAH July 17 p18 Dean Dorset

‘It felt like a real accomplishment to finish the kitchen and we’re really pleased with the outcome,’ say the couple. ‘The extension has really transformed the whole house and creates such a great sense of space. We love how it flows directly in to the garden, too.’

Get the look
Buy now: similar bar stool, Wayfair
Buy now: similar rug, Burts

Dining area

Dining room SAH July 17 p18 Dean Dorset

The pair have been innovative with their furniture choices and used an old trunk that belonged to one of their grandparents as a bench at the dining table. They’ve also made the most of every nook – in the corner of the dining room, a wall-hung shelf is ideal as a makeshift desk for home working.

Get the look
Buy now: similar wicker hamper, Fortnum & Mason
Buy now: similar clock, Newgate

Living room

Living room SAH July 17 p18 Dean Dorset

The owners renovated the rest of the house themselves, painting, decorating and wallpapering with the odd bit of DIY here and there. ‘Our style is quite traditional, in keeping with the age of the house, but with heaps of personality,’ they say.

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Buy now: similar wooden trunk, Swoon Editions
Buy now: similar sofa, Sofa.com

Hallway

Hallway SAH July 17 p18 Dean Dorset

The couple wanted the decor to say something about them, so there are various elements that reflect their personalities dotted about the house. In the hallway, a photo gallery showcases happy family memories that they can all enjoy every time they wander past.

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Buy now: similar blind, Wooden Blinds Direct

Main bedroom

Blue bedroom SAH July 17 p18 Dean Dorset

The rich blue wall colour makes the bedroom feel cosy and intimate. It’s also a great backdrop to the fun artworks the couple have on the wall plus the eclectic mix of prints on the bed.

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Buy now: similar paint, Farrow & Ball
Buy now: similar poster, Amazon

Bedroom storage

Bedroom storage SAH July 17 p18 Dean Dorset

The other side of the bedroom has lots of built-in storage so the room can be kept easily tidy. A handy built-in shelf is perfect for displaying some of the owners’ vintage finds, and also doubles as a dressing area.

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Buy now: similar storage, Ikea

Second bedroom

White bedroom SAH July 17 p18 Dean Dorset

Ripping up the old flooring, the couple were delighted to discover stunning floorboards underneath. ‘We decided to paint them white to give an illusion of space and it meant that we didn’t need to sand the floors, which is a really messy job,’ they say. A vintage cabinet here is perfect for displaying an extensive shoe collection.

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Buy now: similar bed, WorldStores

Bathroom

Bathroom SAH July 17 p18 Dean Dorset

‘We went for toile wallpaper for something a little unexpected in the bathroom,’ say the owners. A circle shower rail keeps the bathroom free from splashes and offers a more characterful look than a straight design.

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Buy now: wallpaper, Wallpaper Direct
Buy now: similar shower curtain rail, Victorian Plumbing

‘We’re really proud of all the work we’ve done in our home,’ say the couple. ‘We learnt a lot of great new skills during our renovations. We love our home now and it feels so welcoming every time we walk through the door.’

This house tour originally appeared in Style at Home, July 2017.

Image credits: Colin Poole

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