Have a wander around this characterful converted barn

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  • Some houses are decorated all in one go; others evolve over time, developing a layered look as their owners build up a collection of furniture and objects that reflect the way they live. Such is the case with this home, an 18th-century former tithe barn in a village in the heart of Berkshire.

    Its owner bought the property, which has been converted in the 1950s, in 1983. Over time, she opened the layout and turned the adjoining coach house into a studio, where she teaches reformer pilates but, around 12 years ago, she decided to ‘really attack’ the interior. Her children had grown up and left home and the house ‘looked out of date and needed to be pulled up by the scruff of its neck.

    I wanted a modern look.’ To that end, she sold most of her furniture and painted the rooms cream, using various shades of Chalk by Paint Library, and started to redecorate almost from scratch.
    Over time, the owner of this converted barn has used an artful mix of characterful pieces and warming shades to create a home that now embodies a sense of easy elegance.

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