The owners bought this three-bedroom property in Hampshire in 2004. The house was split into bedsits – home to five people. There were three bedrooms upstairs, two downstairs and a downstairs bathroom, plus the garden was completely overgrown. After a lot of hard work, the refurbished property now has an open-plan living room and dining area, a new two-storey extension at the back housing a new kitchen and bedroom and upstairs bathroom.
The hallway is a narrow space made fabulous by an all-white decorating scheme and a collection of mirrors. All the mirrors are vintage-style pieces in various shapes, sizes and designs and they are hung along one wall. A single showstopper mirror in a burnished gold finish occupies the opposite wall. ‘I buy mirrors whenever I see them at antiques fairs,’ says the owner.
Similar vintage mirrors
The space downstairs was made completely open plan. In the living area the owners fitted bespoke shelves to make the most of the alcoves and a woodburner to make the space cosy in winter. A cabinet fits snugly into a tight space and the owners have personalised it with paint and wallpaper panels to match their decor.
The dining area is adjacent to the living area and the owners streamlined the space by stripping the floors throughout. Here a dining set and sideboard are perfect partners to the stripped boards and bring a honeyed warmth to the neutral interior. A showstopper fish-eye mirror is a fabulous addition.
This area of the kitchen is the workstation, containing all the small gadgets and utensils. This room, which also includes a dining area, occupies a new extension that the owners built at the back of the house. The white units and walls are warmed up with the addition of the smart wooden worktops.
The kitchen dining area enjoys a fabulous garden view, through impressive French doors. Eames-style chairs and an oversized skeleton clock make this space extra special, while easy-to-clean floor tiles are a practical choice. The owners use artificial flowers throughout their home for prettiness and colour all year round.
The main bedroom is at the front of the house and the bedstead, which once belonged to the owner’s grandmother, dominates the room. The wardrobe has been updated with a coat of paint and a set of new glass handles. The dressing table came from a local antiques shop. Fretwork makes a stylish decorative addition above the bed.
This bedroom is perfectly pitched for the late teen! Just a hint of pink in the feature floral wallpaper and pretty bed linen is feminine without being girly. The wooden headboard has been brightened with a string of flower-head fairy lights and a plain desk is transformed into a dressing table with a vintage-style hinged mirror.
The smart hotel-style bathroom features large-format travertine wall tiles and a simple suite. Mirrors feature in almost every room in this property and are ideal for creating a feeling of space. In this room, the opulent looking-glass design adds the interest – and a fairytale element too.