The couple who own this four-bedroom, new-build home in Middlesbrough bought it off-plan in 2014. They were relocated to the area due to work when they came across the showhome for the new homes being built.
They were really surprised by the size and loved the stylish look of the interior. Plus, each home had a utlitiy room and the master bedrooms had their own en-suite shower rooms.
Over a few days the couple took time to choose their plot and they had eight weeks to organise the move from Cumbria. When they looked at the showhome the couple loved the furnishings and accessories the interior designer had chosen, so they contacted them and asked where various fabrics and wallpapers were from.
The next couple of weeks were spent sourcing everything they needed for the move and getting rid of anything they no longer wanted. It was the first time they had ever moved straight in somewhere and were able to unpack all the boxes into kitchen cupboards and hang clothess straight into wardrobes.
It was only a week until Christmas but they managed to get a real tree and get the house looking festive for their son - they even had 15 people round for Christmas dinner!
1/10 New build exterior
To give the hallway a festive touch the owners decorated the banister with a pretty garland. The couple gave their home a bright makeover using colourful accessories, furnishing and wallpapers and turned it from a plain, neutral new-build into a modern stylish space.
3/10 Dining area
The beautiful fushia dining chairs stand out against the dark wood dining table in the couple's home. This accent colour has also been picked out in the curtains giving the room a cohesive feel. The bright crackers add a colourful touch to the Christmas table.
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4/10 Kitchen diner
The open-plan kitchen-diner is great for entertaining guests. Plus it's easy to still socialise while cooking. The bonus of buying the house off-plan was that the couple were able to choose the fixtures and fittings they wanted in their new home. 'We chose the grey kitchen before we moved into the house as we thought it would be a good fit for a modern home,' they said.
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5/10 Living room
Warm wooden furniture makes the living room feel cosy and welcoming, while pink accents follow through from the rest of the house. Festive tealights give the room a Christmassy feel. 'There's nothing I love more than curling up on the sofa in the living room over Christmas.'
6/10 Living room
The bay window is the perfect spot for the couple's Christmas tree. The owner's mixed in warm wood with subtle greys, which give the room a homely feel. They could use teal as an accent colour if they wanted to create a new look without breaking the bank.
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7/10 Main bedroom
For the main bedroom the owners created a feature wall using a funky patterned wallpaper. Decorating one wall in a bold design is a great way to add impact in a neutral scheme. 'We've used different shades of pink as an accent colour throughout the house for a cohesive look.'
8/10 Children’s bedroom
The Christmas theme even runs through into the couple's son's bedroom with festive bunting hung over the window and a deer's head above the bed.
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9/10 Spare bedroom
The spare room in the couple's home really stands out with punchy pink shades. The striped wallpaper makes a fun feature wall and creates a bright space for when guests visit. 'Our spare bedroom is decorated in girlie shades for when our niece comes to stay.'
This simple white bathroom suite has been given an injection of colour by the owners. It's easy to change the style of the space with different colour towels. 'Plain grey tiles are livened up with fuchia accessories.'
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Amy Hodge has been working on interiors magazines for over 11 years. She's a freelance writer and sub editor who has worked for some of the UK's leading interiors magazines including Ideal Home, Style at Home and Country Homes & Interiors. She started at Style at Home just after it launched as food editor and is now chief sub editor for Ideal Home, Style at Home and Country Homes & Interiors.
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