Step inside this harmonious Victorian home in Somerset

10 images

Although the owners had originally chosen the house as a stop-gap, they’ve really settled in. ‘The area has good schools for our children, and we’re near the beach, so it’s perfect,’ says Laurie, who runs Ruby Summers Country Home, painting and restoring furniture.

They previously owned a two-bedroom house, but it had become much too small for them. ‘We let it out, so we could rent a larger place for ourselves, but after three years, we sold our previous house and started searching for a new home.’ To find the space they wanted on a budget, they knew they’d be looking for a do-er upper.

‘I wanted a Victorian house because I love their spacious rooms, high ceilings and character.’ They had looked at a few possibilities, but as soon as they walked into this place, they felt sure it was the one. ‘The decor wasn’t for me, but the layout was ideal and the original fireplaces and picture rails really appealed. There was a lot to do, though. The kitchen was quite basic but neutral, so we knew it could be updated easily, but the dark carpets, heavy colours and loud patterned wallpapers had to go.’

Image credit: Colin Poole
Image credit: Colin Poole
Image credit: Colin Poole
Image credit: Colin Poole
Image credit: Colin Poole
Image credit: Colin Poole
Image credit: Colin Poole
Image credit: Colin Poole
Image credit: Colin Poole
Image credit: Colin Poole

Ideal Home loves...

Get creative with space

Small living room ideas for a cute, cosy and compact space

Conservatory and glass extension ideas

Conservatory and glass extension ideas

Children's room with blackboard wardrobes | Country children's room design ideas | Children's room | PHOTO GALLERY | Style at Home | Housetohome.co.uk

8 super simple DIY hacks for your child’s bedroom

Budget kitchen sinks | Update your kitchen on a budget | Budget kitchens | PHOTO GALLERY | Housetohome.co.uk

Update your kitchen on a budget

RT_2-Sofa.com-Jethou-armchair-in-Sunshine.png

Working from home? Do it in style…

Bright towels | Bathroom accessories | Bathroom | PHOTO GALLERY | Style at Home | Housetohome.co.uk

Simple accessories that make bathrooms better