Enjoy a walk around this family home in Hampshire

Visit this family home in Hampshire decorated with steamlined furniture and contemporary artworks. Chosen by Homes & Gardens. For more inspiring ideas, visit housetohome.co.uk

The owners of this Hampshire home wanted 'Nothing too dark or formal' and went instead for a gentle palette of creams and taupes. Where once the words 'rural idyll' evoked a vision of low beams, flagstones and a dresser festooned with painted mugs, tastes have moved on and these days, well-heeled urbanites crave pastoral peace alongside unfussy furnishings, open-plan spaces and iPod docks.

Hagga Stripe rug
Kasthall at Sinclair Till

1/9 Artwork

hallway with seating area

(Image credit: Future PLC/Benedicte Ausset)

By Donald Sultan, sourced by Sima Familant

2/9 Living room

living room with sofa and cushions artwork fireplace and coffee table and light fittings

(Image credit: Future PLC/Benedicte Ausset)

Working with Natalia Miyar, head designer at Helen Green Design, the owners have created a non-rustic hideaway that looks well pulled together and calm. In the living room, dark colours and challenging contrasts have been replaced with a mix of textured walls and calming shades, which offset the bespoke furniture and fittings.

Coffee table and light fittings
Helen Green Design
Kamrooz Aram

3/9 Library and home office

library and home office with wing back chairs and sleek gadget concealing oak bookcases

(Image credit: Future PLC/Benedicte Ausset)

Although no structural work was necessary, the owners did make one internal reorganisation of the rooms, turning the formal dining room into a library replete with wing-back chairs and sleek, gadget-concealing oak bookcases.

Similar armchairs

4/9 Dining area

dining area with dining table and oak dining chairs and pendant lights

(Image credit: Future PLC/Benedicte Ausset)

In lieu of a formal dining room, an oversized dining table and a striking pendant light designed by Helen Green Design were installed in the equally expansive kitchen.

Oak dining chairs

5/9 Kitchen

kitchen with yew tree antiques milk pitchers and leather bar stools

(Image credit: Future PLC/Benedicte Ausset)

Leather bar stools and a classic Aga provide the owners with high style and practicality in the relaxed eat-in kitchen.

Similar milk pitchers
Yew Tree Antiques

6/9 Family room

family room with blind fabrics armchair and Ingrid rug

(Image credit: Future PLC/Benedicte Ausset)

In the family room, a mixture of bespoke and off-the-peg pieces were used so that the owners could stay within the budget they had set themselves to renovate the house.

Blind fabric
De Le Cuona
Ingrid rug

Kasthall at Chaplins

7/9 Main bedroom

bedroom with bed and cushions bedside glass lamp bases

(Image credit: Future PLC/Benedicte Ausset)

Distinctive pieces, such as the glass lamp bases in the bedroom, were sourced to add definition and interest to the pale walls and subtle furnishings throughout the house.

Similar bedside lamps

8/9 Bathroom

bathroom with white bath tub armchiar and delicate small print wallpaper

(Image credit: Future PLC/Benedicte Ausset)

A garish yellow and black scheme in the main bathroom was removed in favour of this minimalist decoration, including a delicate small-print wallpaper to create a calm-inducing space.


Crabapple in Pink  by Knowles & Christou

9/9 Hallway at back door

hallway at back door

(Image credit: Future PLC/Benedicte Ausset)

For all their home's urban comforts, the owners relish the fact that the countryside is just a step outside the back door. 'It's the sense of space and freedom that we value most. At weekends, we're all outside, whatever the weather, walking the dog or fishing in the chalk stream.'

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Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. 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.