When Claire first bought her semi-detached home it was very dated, with worn, dusty carpets, an avocado bathroom and living room curtains like rags. Today it’s a lovely family home with a new extension, an open-plan living area and bright and beautiful decoration throughout.
Claire’s kitchen-diner was created by building an extension at the back of the house. Here, she added a relaxed and practical vibe with vintage furniture and accessories. Keep an eye out at car boot sales and in charity shops for second-hand furniture that can be upcycled to bring character to your home.
The extension gives Claire a large open-plan space for dining, while bi-folding doors create a lovely airy feel during the summer. Look out for a larger dresser to show off your favourite crockery and introduce vintage furniture for a homely feel. An oilcloth on the table is both pretty and practical.
Knocking through walls ensures the layout is more family-friendly – the open-plan kitchen-diner means Claire can keep an eye on the children while she cooks. To add character to your home, why not upcycle an old chair with a lick of paint and choose a funky patterned rug to add impact.
The original fireplace creates a focal point in the separate living room. Claire picked the pink shade for the chimney breast to highlight the trim on the fireplace. Choose vintage-style accessories like this decorative mirror to make the original features stand out. Look out for an old trunk at car boot sales or in charity shops and use as a coffee table.
Claire loves experimenting with colour in her home and made a feature of her stairs by painting the risers a cool blue shade, with one in a punchy yellow. Why not give it a go on your staircase and try using a different colour on each step or paint the spindles and keep the staircase white?
The restful pale blue shades in Claire’s bedroom ensure her bright and colourful statement cushions stand out. Claire is originally from the Isle of Wight so there’s lots of inspiration from the coast with soothing colours and white wooden floorboards. Why not frame a map of the world or your favourite place for a personal touch? Simple bed linen will allow your accessories to shine.
Claire’s daughters share a bedroom at the moment but they plan to convert the loft to create an extra bedroom. The yellow theme continues into her daughters’ room with this colourful bed. Why not personalise a child’s bedroom with bunting? Gather remnants of fabric and cut into triangles before sewing to a piece of ribbon.