Be inspired by this Lincolnshire family farmhouse

Looking for homes and interiors decorating ideas? Check out this family farmhouse in Lincolnshire for design inspiration

Charming neutral interiors, warming textures and classic furniture come into their own with a touch of Christmas sparkle. The founder of a home accessories company shares this 1800s property with her husband, a farmer, who inherited the property from his father, and their two children.

1/10 Living room

living room with sofa and fireplace

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The classic furnishings and off-white colour palette of the living area are also feature throughout the property and the owners were influenced by chef Raymond Blanc's hotel, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons. 'We have gone for muted colours and light shades as they are subtle and calm.'

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2/10 Exterior

house exterior and jute basket

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The owners moved in in 1986. The house needed lots of work, but funds were tight. At the time they were also running a catering business from home and it was tricky cooking in such a small space, so the first priority was to extend and put in a new kitchen. The rest of the work has continued over the years and is now complete. 'This place has lots of space, both indoors and out,' say the owners, 'and we love to fill it with family, friends and pets'.

3/10 Informal dining

dining room with dining table and chair

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Decorate your Christmas table in a single accent colour. In their neutral dining room, the owners' festive purple tableware makes a fabulous show. They have continued the colour on to candles on the dining console and out back on the kitchen counter top. This open-plan downstairs space was created when they knocked through the wall between the original kitchen and dining space. 'We always wanted a huge room we could entertain in.'

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4/10 Dining room

dining room with dining table and chair

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Decorate your Christmas table in a single accent colour. In their neutral dining room, the owners' festive purple tableware makes a fabulous show. They have continued the colour on to candles on the dining console and out back on the kitchen counter top. This open-plan downstairs space was created when they knocked through the wall between the original kitchen and dining space. 'We always wanted a huge room we could entertain in.'

Chair
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5/10 Siiting room

sitting room with fireplace and sofa

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Pick Christmas decorations that are in keeping with your decorating style. In their snug, the owners have brought together a mix of silver, pewter and chrome decorations, which are a perfect fit with their mirrored and glass furniture. The beautiful eucalyptus mantelpiece swag draws the eye to the focal point of the room, where grey velvet buttoned poufs add to the opulent feel.

Fire screen
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6/10 Master bedroom

master bedroom with carpet and headboard

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Combine satin, velvet and wool in a sliding scale of greys and neutrals for a bedroom scheme that is naturally calming, restful and beautiful. In this fabulous space, the owners have layered up an upholstered bed and footstool with paired cushions, crisp cotton bedding and the softest of throws. A sparkling chandelier and pale curtains, pelmets and lampshades filter electric and natural light through the purest of whites for a scheme that is always fresh and appealing.

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7/10 Dressing area

dressing room with mirror and drawers

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Make your bedroom special with an oversized Rococo-style mirror. This statement piece sums up the owners' love of French style. An impressive sideboard and matching table lamps create a grand dressing-table feature when topped with the show-stopping mirror. A cabriole leg side table, beaded chandelier and faux-fur rug continue the glamour.

Mirror
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8/10 Bedroom

bedroom with master bed and curtain

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In a plain space, let colour be your friend. In their guest bedroom, the owners have created a beautifully sophisticated scheme with the addition of silk duck-egg blue curtains and matching cushions. The combination of colour and texture lifts the whole space, while the addition of gunmetal grey throws adds another tonal layer.

9/10 Bedroom seating

bedroom room with seating and curtains

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Make a guest room as multifunctional as possible for your guests. In theirs the owners have set a love-seat sofa in front of a window so that guests effectively have a living space as well as a sleeping one. The scallop-edged console table is a pretty addition that also provides a handy surface, while tassel-trimmed silk curtains create a truly theatrical touch at the window.

Curtain fabric

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10/10 Bathroom

bathroom with bathtub and round mirror

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Bring a sense of drama to the bathroom with a classic roll-top bath and signature accessories. In this property, the owners have added focal points to two opposite walls by hanging ornate mirrors flanked by stylish wall lights. The effect is to instantly elevate the scheme into something special. Their decision not to fit wall or floor tiles has allowed the couple to treat this space more like any other room in their home. 'Having spent many years in this property means we now have a beautiful home that has our individual stamp on it.'

Heather Young
Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and also edits its sister title Style At Home. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.