The owners bought this two-bedroom flat in Kent as a holiday home. The property is part of an old school, which was built in the 1800s.
When they first viewed the flat they had to see past the dated style, but luckily the structure of the building was sound. The apartment was in very poor condition and needed a lot of internal work, ‘You could tell it had been lacking a bit of TLC, but we could see its potential and were ready for a challenge,’ say the owners.
When they bought it they set to work updating the decor, which they managed to do thanks to the help of friends and family. The couple worked hard to transform their holiday home into a light and airy property by making good use of the space. The decor is now quirky and unique and the holiday-inspired scheme makes it a great place to relax after a busy week.
They chose Kent as it held fond memories of childhood holidays and they thought it would be a great place to bring their three children.
The couple gave the flat a blank canvas by painting it white throughout, apart from the main bedroom. This helped to create a bright and breezy feel suiting their coastal scheme. The classic-style armchair and footstool is a great place to sit back with a cup of tea. Colourful cushions with their fun motifs bring colour into the room.
To add character to their holiday home, the owners upcycled lots of pieces of furniture. ‘I made the coffee table in the living room out of an unwanted suitcase and some legs from an old stool. I even left the stickers on as I think it allows the piece to tell its own story and gives it real character,’ says the owner.
The couple wanted a coastal scheme and for the flat to have a strong connection to the local area. ‘As Charles Dickens has played a huge part in the history of this area – he had a home in Broadstairs – I found this wall sticker with a quote from Oliver Twist,’ says the owner.
Similar wall sticker
The furniture in the couple’s holiday home is a mixture of old and new. The dining table and chairs were a great find on eBay and look great in the open-plan kitchen and dining area. The warming tones of the wood are a nice fit with the flooring and contrast with the bright white walls.
The couple have made the most of one of the corners in the main bedroom by using a second-hand sewing table and stool to create a dressing area. The ornate wall-hung mirror finishes off the look perfectly. The brick-effect wallpaper brings a rustic touch to the scheme.
The second bedroom is ideal for when the owners have guests to stay. They have kept the walls white and have used second-hand furniture and bright accessories to add character to the room. The pretty stripes and traditional crochet rug add a homely vintage feel to the space.
The bathroom was the first room the owners tackled. ‘We decided straight away to remove the run-down bath and installed a new shower, basin and loo, which made much better use of the small space,’ says the owner.
They chose funky statement floor tiles and tied the look together with industrial-style wire accessories.