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Living room | Playful Eighties house tour
Dining room | Playful Eighties house tour
In the dining room the owner has dressed up a small space for big impact, in true Alice in Wonderland style. The eye is tricked into thinking this is the doorway into a big room, when it’s just a little cupboard.
Collage wall | Playful Eighties house tour
The walls of the space under the stairs are covered in a lifetime’s worth of memorabilia. Visiting dogs are lucky enough to call this fun cubbyhole home, as it’s used as a temporary kennel.
Kitchen-diner | Playful Eighties house tour
As well as sleek good looks, this space is all about practicality and efficiency. Even the plug sockets in the kitchen are sunk into the work surfaces.
The fringe curtains are from Habitat (opens in new tab).
Hallway | Playful Eighties house tour
The owner's high-style look was realised without blowing the budget or compromising on luxury.
Home office | Playful Eighties house tour
The top floor comprises of the home office area. Four rooms were reconfigured to create a master bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe, en-suite and study.
The Woods wallpaper is by Cole & Son (opens in new tab).
Cloakroom | Playful Eighties house tour
Bedroom | Playful Eighties house tour
Delicate fringe curtains are a more romantic option than heavy drapes.
Bedroom storage | Playful Eighties house tour
The main bedroom is warm and sensuous, with a wall of mirrored cupboards creating not only a feeling of light and space, but also providing a practical storage.
Bathroom | Playful Eighties house tour
In an anti-clutter move, the owner has transformed his collectables and memorabilia into mini artworks by displaying them in a series of frames. Get the look by gathering all your dust-collecting objects together and matching with postcards to create stories.
Master bedroom | Playful Eighties house tour
The emphasis in this home is on the fun factor. Here, a leafy mural brings the outdoors in and creates the feeling of sleeping in the great outdoors.
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.
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