This family home in Hertfordshire has an open-plan layout downstairs and three bedrooms upstairs. It was in a good condition when the new owners moved in. They have painted throughout and laid reclaimed pine floorboards downstairs for a little rustic charm and warmth. The owners’ period furniture has added instant character.
Second-hand furniture and vintage buys have given this living room a welcoming, laid-back feel. The floor lamp and wall-hung mirror introduce a traditional feel that is echoed throughout the house. The owners have a preference for charity and antiques shop finds over new, mass-produced pieces.
All sorts of pieces are used for storage in this home. A preloved glazed dresser keeps the children’s crafts paraphernalia in good order, a wine box is used to store a much-loved vinyl collection, while a simple floating shelf makes the perfect perch for a gallery of family photographs.
The impressive dining table is a multipurpose beast – as well as meal times the owners use it for homework and craft projects. Against a backdrop of plain walls, floor and curtains, floral seat pads and a family notice board bring a little colour and joy.
The kitchen cooking area is a heart-warming mix of vintage charm and modern organisation. The units were in great condition and the owners just replaced the worktops and fitted a new sink. They freed up additional storage space by relocating the boiler upstairs. The retro-style accessories add a dash of colour.
The owners’ craft area occupies a corner of the main bedroom. The red laminate table is a family piece and pretty tins, shelves and larger plastic boxes all keep everything to hand and neatly in its place. The owners have become obsessively organised since living here and have realised that you don’t need a large house to enjoy your favourite things.
The trailing floral wallpaper was already in place in the main bedroom when the family moved in. It complemented their look so they decided to keep it. The owner made the cushions for the bed using vintage fabric. The pretty eiderdown adds instant comfort and vintage appeal.
This children’s room is a lesson in organised space and streamlined storage. A bunk bed is an obvious space saver over the twin bed. Two bedside storage units have been stacked one on top of the other to claw back some floor space, while every inch under the bed has been assigned to lidded box storage. The cup cake rugs are a humorous touch.
Don’t overlook wallpaper for a bathroom. This wonderful pink toile de Jouy design transforms the space and little more than a plain splashback is needed to complete the look. Papering a single wall – or even just a section of wall – helps to keep costs down, making your decor easily changeable whenever you fancy a new look.