Check out this boho chic Christmas home

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  • Christmas time for the owners of this property is all about fun and creating a space that’s personal to them. However, the house hasn’t always been exactly as they wanted it. ‘When we bought the house in 2011, our plan was to transform it from top to bottom into a lovely family home,’ they say. ‘We started with a rear kitchen-diner extension in 2012, then updated the bedrooms, and most recently the living room and garden. We hope to tackle the bathroom and extend into the loft this winter, too.’

    When it came to the living room, painting over the dull and dated wallpaper was the first job. The owners wanted a bright, neutral backdrop, but fancied a change to the white running throughout the house. Grey was a natural choice, as it’s a favourite colour of theirs and provides depth and simplicity to the walls. Next, the couple built shelving around the fireplace and splashed out on three-quarter height shutters to create the European look they wanted and let the light flood in.

    Over the years, the husband and wife duo have become more confident about what they like, so the look came together pretty easily. Most of the house is a work in progress, as they prefer to let rooms grow organically over time, adding as they go. A tight budget and their interest in scouring antiques markets, charity shops and warehouse sales has naturally created a mix of old and new. Instantly falling for the intriguing lady’s head picture on a lunch hour in London is one such example. ‘It’s over the mantelpiece and we never tire of looking at it,’ they say. ‘Its multifaceted design and muted colours have made it central to our scheme.’

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