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Lush foliage softens the edges of this modern hallway (opens in new tab). Plant greenery in separate pots with a layer of gravel to prevent them becoming waterlogged, and add uplighters to create impact. Find similar containers at houseofplants.co.uk (opens in new tab)
1/9 Staircase | Lightfilled family home house tour
2/9 Dining area | Lightfilled family home house tour
The traditional internal courtyard has been replaced with a glass-walled, leafy atrium. Perfect for showcasing tropical and architectural plants, the magical glass lightwell is also a fun space for the children (opens in new tab). The Eiffel chairs are by Eames from The Conran Shop (opens in new tab)
3/9 Kitchen | Lightfilled family home house tour
4/9 Living room | Lightfilled family home house tour
Bold splashes of colour help break up the modern, utilitarian feel of the open-plan living area (opens in new tab), giving the room character and warmth. The black modular sofas are by Living Divani (opens in new tab).
5/9 Bedroom landing | Lightfilled family home house tour
The swing in the master bedroom (opens in new tab) adds a quirky touch to the room. The rug is by Top Floor (opens in new tab), and the bedside table is from Ikea (opens in new tab). The chair is by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Magis from Viaduct (opens in new tab).
6/9 Bedroom | Lightfilled family home house tour
When the space gets too sunny, canvas screens can go over the glass panels of the central lightwell. Plenty of neat, built-in cupboards make good use of the space.
7/9 Home office | Lightfilled family home house tour
The study, at the back of the ground floor, is brimming with books, files and paperwork. The lamp in the study is by Jasper Morrison for Flos from Icône (opens in new tab), and Ray and Charles Eames designed the office chair, stocked at Nest (opens in new tab).
8/9 Bathroom | Lightfilled family home house tour
9/9 Children’s room | Lightfilled family home house tour
The spaces around the lightwell can flow uninterrupted, or be sealed off into separate rooms for privacy. At the touch of a button, blinds ease down over windows; walk-through wetrooms adjoin the childrens rooms with the master bedroom; and mirrors slide across to reveal joist-deep storage space.
The chair in the bedroom is by MDF Italia from Viaduct (opens in new tab).
Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and also edits its sister title Style At Home. 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.
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