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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.’

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.’

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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.’

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.’

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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.

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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.

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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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Be inspired by this pretty coastal home in Cornwall

This period villa in Cornwall has stunning views out to sea while, inside, a neutral colour palette creates a lovely welcoming feel

The owners of this two-bedroom semi-detached Victorian villa in Cornwall are an engaged couple who work in television production. They spent six months renovating the property before decorating work could even begin and they undertook a lot of the work themselves. ‘Whatever we didn’t know, we learned along the way, researching online or seeking advice,’ say the owners. With these views, it was well worth it.

Exterior

Image credit: Jason Ingram/Ideal Home

The granite-coloured stone gives the property an imposing look, while the original sash windows and blue painted front door soften the feel of the exterior. A collection of potted plants, a gravel-covered front garden and painted iron railings create a welcoming entrance.

Kitchen-diner

Image credit: Jason Ingram/Ideal Home

The perfect blend of country and coastal, this charming kitchen-diner came together from the owners’ choice of traditional pieces that are both practical and stylish. Copper and turquoise cookware grouped together creates an eye-catching feature. Use open shelving to make the most of the space and turn the wall of the kitchen into an attractive aspect.

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Buy now:
Similar cookware, Copper Cookware, John Lewis

Dining room

Image credit: Jason Ingram/Ideal Home

Don’t play to type with a typical coastal look. Here the owners have steered clear of the obvious by balancing the white panelled walls in the dining area with a dark contrasting floor. The vintage chairs and farmhouse table add character and another dimension to the room and complement the original fireplace and stove.

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Ceiling light, Cobb Ceiling Light, Original BTC at John Lewis

Living room

Image credit: Jason Ingram/Ideal Home

Again in the living room, the scheme is a surprise. Dark stained floorboards and more formal furniture go against the casual Cornish aesthetic. The owners’ handy skills came into play again as they reupholstered the inherited armchair themselves. Comfort abounds in this classic living room that steers clear of a traditional all-white Cornish look in favour of a more striking scheme. The richly stained and glossy floorboards and more formal shapes of furniture are traditional staples, but the choice of upholstery fabrics in muted tones of contrasting colours create an eclectic but coherent feel.

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Buy now:
Similar lamp, Signal Zigzag Floor Lamp, Jieldé at Made In Design

Sitting room corner

Image credit: Jason Ingram/Ideal Home

The traditional living room was given a period feel with vintage furniture and accessories gathered by the owners. The couple share a love of antiques and were keen to incorporate a vintage style. ‘Finding furniture and accessories became our favourite game during the renovations’.

Bedroom

Image credit: Jason Ingram/Ideal Home

‘Our bed has lovely views from every window, so we kept the décor simple to allow the sea to be the star of the show,’ say the owners. Smart idea. With the timeless look of simple white walls and classic furniture, the room is fresh and unfussy. The zing of the bedspread is a nice contrast. This cohesive arrangement of white furniture and accessories creates the perfect backdrop for a distressed vintage console table and original floorboards.

Dressing area

Image credit: Jason Ingram/Ideal Home

Vintage furniture painted white gives the bedroom an elegant boutique-hotel feel. Carefully chosen and revived, the stunning armoire is an auction site find from France that was then brought back to life with chalk paint and some TLC. Chalk paints are a great choice for furniture as they don’t require a primer, making it a time- and cost-effective option.

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Buy now:
Similar chest of drawers, Burford Painted Drawer Chest, The Cotswold Company

Dressing table

Image credit: Jason Ingram/Ideal Home

More vintage furniture painted white creates the setting for this dressing table tableau enhanced by glass trinket jars that provide an attractive but practical storage solution. The vintage theme is continued thanks to carefully chosen accessories. The large floor lamp adds a metallic tone to the neutral colour scheme as well as bringing a contemporary element to the space.

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Glass trinket jar, Glass Cotton Jar, John Lewis

Bathroom

Image credit: Jason Ingram/Ideal Home

In the generously sized bathroom the owners paid careful attention to the details. The period feel of the grey panelled walls and fixtures was a deliberate move. ‘It was important to us to respect the history of the house in every room,’ they say.

Bathroom

Image credit: Jason Ingram/Ideal Home

Vintage fixtures and fittings give this bathroom an elegant feel. Décor has been kept simple, using tones of whites and grey, allowing the striking claw foot tub to take centre stage. Hang shutters – they are a coastal staple and provide privacy while still allowing the right amount of light into the room.

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Buy now:
Similar shutters, California Shutters

Twin bedroom

Image credit: Jason Ingram/Ideal Home

The twin guest bedroom is another place where a vintage industrial feel is balanced with fresh calm. The brass bed frames – also an auction-site find – and the wall-mounted lights give it a contemporary edge. Bring in pattern and texture in scatter cushion form and match with pale green throws to continue the feeling of symmetry in the room.

Twin bedroom

Image credit: Jason Ingram/Ideal Home

A unique or interesting item of furniture is a great way to support the look of a neutral bedroom. Here, the twin brass beds are the stand-out focal point. Keep every other element pale so as not to fight with the statement bed frames.

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Buy now:
Bed, Oliver bed, Feather & Black

This house tour originally appeared in Ideal Home

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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.’

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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.

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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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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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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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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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‘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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