Step inside Susann's open-plan family home

Takes a tour around an open-plan family home, filled with stylish furniture and ideas in this photo gallery from Style at Home. Find more homes in the house tours galleries at

Open-plan living had suited Susann and her family in their previous home, so they remodelled this house in the same way. A huge rug breaks up the smart wooden floor and adds warmth and texture, while an over-sized floor lamp creates a striking focal point.

1/9 Living room

living room with sofa cushions rug and arco style floor lamp

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

Similar sofa

Arco-style lamp
Iconic Lights

2/9 Kitchen breakfast area

kitchen breakfast area with tulip table chairs and bramley dresser

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

Susann's French-style dresser sits beautifully alongside a modern dining table and pendant light, revealing her love of mixing old and new. Her decoupage chairs are full of character and add a burst of colour.

Saarinen Tulip table
Vertigo Interiors
Similar Bramley dresser
Laura Ashley

3/9 Kitchen diner

kitchen dinner room with kitchen units walnut worktops and wine cooler

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

The open-plan feel continues into Susann's kitchen, where she has chosen unfussy white units, smartened up with walnut worktops. A slim wine cooler creates a sleek designer feel.

Kitchen units
Wine cooler

4/9 Dining room extension

dining room with dining table and chairs and rug

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

The extension provides a lovely light and airy spot for the dining table and chairs. Again, Susann has mixed traditional and modern styles with confidence. The large rug helps define the area.

Similar dining chairs
Sweetpea & Willow

5/9 Hallway

hallway with staircase

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

In the hallway, Susann asked the architect to install a toughened-glass balustrade to the original open staircase to create the modern yet safe design that she wanted for her family home.

6/9 Bedroom

white bedroom with bedlinen textured rug and striking artwork

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

Adding a balcony to the bedroom was an inspired decision for Susann; it is wonderful to open the doors in the summer. A neutral scheme creates a suitably calm feel in this room, warmed up by a textured rug and striking artwork.

Similar bedlinen

7/9 Children’s room

childrens room with play mat clothing and toy storage

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

Susann ensured that the children's rooms were colourful and had lots of practical clothing and toy storage.

Similar furniture
The Little White Company
Similar play mat
Dunelm Mill

8/9 Bathroom

bathroom with marble wall tiles and sleek black mosaic tiles on the floor and side of the bath

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

Susann's bathroom has a luxurious feel thanks to marble wall tiles and sleek black mosaic tiles on the floor and side of the bath. A frameless shower screen helps stop the small room feeling closed in.

Similar tiles
Walls and Floors

9/9 Exterior

open-plan family home

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

The modern house had great potential to become a fabulous open-plan family home.

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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.