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Property type A 1930s bungalow with a loft conversion.
Space An open-plan kitchen/living/dining area, guest bedroom, home office and deck area on the ground floor; a master bedroom and bathroom upstairs.


Exterior of house with white walls and wooden door

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)


What was a set of poky rooms has been transformed into a versatile, party-sized open-plan living space, that's also cosy and intimate. The house ticks all the boxes for 21st-century living: floor-to-ceiling glass doors opening onto the decked garden; a neutral backdrop with splashes of colour; and a mix of design classics and high street buys.


Living room with white walls and wooden flooring

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)

Living room

With its streamlined storage, roof windows and floor-to-ceiling glass doors, the living area combines a modern aesthetic with comfort. Walls and storage are painted off-white as the perfect base for displaying photographs.

IKEA does flexible shelving like this.


Dinning table with chair and wooden flooring

(Image credit: FUture PLC/Paul Massey)

Open-plan dining area

The owner was inspired by Mies van der Rohe's 1951 Farnsworth house in Illinois, USA. Large sliding doors and a canopied decking area have been added to link the inside and outside.

Find similar chairs at Habitat.


Dinning room with wooden flooring and white walls

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)

Indoor-outdoor space

Solid oak flooring has been laid in the living space, and oak decking used outside to blend indoors and outdoors seamlessly into one, giving the illusion of more space.

The walls have been painted with Albany's 'Haze'.


Dinning area with men and wooden wall

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)

Outside dining area

The hardwood outdoor furniture is from the owners own range - find similar at John Lewis. The floor lamp is the Tolomeo Mega lamp, available from The Conran Shop.


Shower area with towel and wooden flooring

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)

Shower room

Different materials blend together in the elegant shower room, the vibrant floor contrasting with the muted walls, which are finished in polished plaster sealed with polyurethane.

Find a similar radiator at B&Q.


Kitchen with white walls and green cabinet

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)


The kitchen has been designed so that it doesn't look like a kitchen, with pared-down units in bright, punchy colours. The owner devised an L-shaped run of cupboards, with a breakfast bar facing the main living zone.

Find similar stools at Herbert Direct.


Entrance door with white wall and wooden flooring

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)


This stunning western, red Cedar, pivoting door creates a real focal point in the hallway. The mechanism means that doors can be made wider than they are tall and still remain sturdy.

For made to measure doors, try Urban Front.


Bedroom with white walls and bed

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)


The master bedroom is in what was originally a loft conversion. A monochrome scheme and soft lighting play up the tranquil and ambient mood. The headboard is a useful divider between the sleeping area and the entrance, with emphasis falling on the central bed.

Visit Mr Light for reading lights.

Looking for more modern decorating inspiration? Check out our House Tours section for everything from an industrial-chic conversion to a minimalist flat in West London.

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.