This two-bedroom home belongs to an interiors shop owner and a sales manager who bought it in 2012. They live here with their little boy. As a new-build the house came with a lovely new cream kitchen and bathroom and plain magnolia everywhere else, making it an easy house to personalise and make comfortable. The owners have decorated with greys and whites and accessorised with upcycled painted furntiure, soft pastel shades and pretty country-inspired touches. They combine to maximise the light and create a tranquil mood.
The owners wanted to have plenty of seating for when friends are around and the grey sofa was an original piece that works well with the new pale blue colour scheme. The little storage chest does double duty as a coffee table and is an excellent choice for a compact living room. 'I like my home to look inviting,' says the owner, 'so I have lots of pretty accessories and I love scented candles, hearts and romantic sayings. I'm not overly precious about things, though, because this is a family home.'
The family spend a lot of time in the living room so wanted the space to be flexible. They were keen to have a proper dining area so they could eat together as a family, so added a traditional painted dining set and brought it to life with a floral tablecloth. 'The living room is my favourite space. It's full of light and I love having the doors opening on to the garden.'
The kitchen is small, neat and well organised. 'The cream country-style units were here when we moved in,' says the owner, 'but they are what I'd have chosen anyway. We've just added a few accessories to give it personality.' The space may be compact, but there's storage aplenty and the neutral shades and wood worktops make for an easy-on-the-eye scheme.
The house is full of pretty second-hand finds that the owner has upcycled and given new life to. The kitchen rack shown here was found at a flea market, given a rub down, painted and hung above the kitchen splashback. It now displays the owner's favourite china. Red and pink accessories bring fun and a bit of life into the neutral kitchen.
In their bedroom, the owners measured their original furniture and laid out sheets of paper on the floor to decide the best layout. They wanted a warmer shade for the bedrooms so decided to leave some of the original magnolia in place, but add a little duck-egg blue into the mix along with some grey accessories. 'It works well,' says the owner. 'I've used fewer accessories than elsewhere in the house and we've got plenty of wardrobe and storage space, so it feels simple, calm and uncluttered.'
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The blue theme continues into a child's room, with a feature wall breaking up the off-white. 'This room features a very soft baby blue,' says the owner, 'with white furniture and a star theme that should last quite a while. When I was expecting him, we knew we were having a boy - I had to find out so we could decorate his room!'
The garden has been fitted with smart decking, making it easy to look after - a lovely spot for an outdoor dining table and chairs. The owner painted this garden set herself, choosing pretty ice-cream shades. A wirework shelving unit has been used to display potted plants, while bunting and enamelware buckets add a little rustic vibe.
Table and chairs (unpainted)