This detached home in Hertfordshire with its wisteria-covered exterior had such an impact on its owners that they decided to up and move from their previous home even though they had only been living there for a year. ‘We’d regretted moving so close to a busy high street and were craving more space for our family and dogs. We loved the look of this house. However, the footprint was surprisingly narrow even though the plot was so large. This didn’t put us off though as we could see that the house had so much potential to extend.’ Obtaining planning permission for a two-storey extension was far more difficult than they’d expected but, 18 months later, work was finally underway to extend the house and change the position of the rooms.
The living room has been positioned in the new extension at the back of the house where the owners can relax and enjoy their wonderful garden view. Full-length curtains in a contrasting teal shade and a simple open fire mean the room can be transformed into a cosy sanctuary during the winter months. As a keen bargain hunter, the owner searched for attractive pieces at the right price including the Danish sideboard. She also made the patchwork cover for the sofa which gives the room an individual look.
One of the main priorities when it came to the new layout of the house was relocating the kitchen to the front to create a larger, open-plan cooking and dining area. The room is now the heart of the home and is bathed in sunlight in the morning, making it perfect for breakfast. A fantastic mustard coloured feature wall gives the room a distinct mid-century feel which is echoed by the mismatched dining chairs. As the owner likes to keep things moving in the house, this wall display is often changed around when something else catches her eye.
A Shaker kitchen was chosen for the new open-plan room as it’s a style that doesn’t date quickly. ‘I went for units that I could repaint in case I got bored of the colour in a few years and wanted a change.’ The pretty mismatched crockery also lends a quirky touch.
The staircase had felt quite dark and dingy before the layout was altered. To increase the sense of light and space, panels of glass were installed on the staircase. Walls were painted in a pale blue colour and teamed with a cream carpet and light porcelain floor tiles. The statement piece in the hallway is the striking coat rack which looks like a sculptural design.
The new master bedroom looks out onto the garden – ideal for enjoying a lazy morning. A yellow and green colour scheme suits both contemporary and traditional looks. Here, the headboard has been recovered in a yellow silk fabric with a scatter of pink buttons added for fun. The floral silk throw was bought as a gift for the owner’s daughter but never made it as far as her bedroom! In this room it complements the colour of the headbord and cushions and lifts the whole scheme.
The owner’s grown-up daughter chose an English country floral theme for her room. Walls have been covered in a tradtitional floral wallpaper and the look is extended with elegant wooden furniture. Two sets of fairy lights wrapped around the headboard add an extra special touch
Pale green is always a soothing colour in a bathroom. Here the mix of apple green and pretty florals gives the room a tranquil feel. The upright tiled edge adds a contrasting effect, while the vintage trunk is practical and eyecatching.
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