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If walls could talk this detached Georgian home would have a thing or two to say. ‘In the 1950s it was used as a base for nurses working the night shift and in the 1970s, it was a renowned party house. There are rumours that Jimi Hendrix turned up here to join the fun!’ says the owners. The couple moved to the property just 18 months ago with their two children.
Because it’s a Grade-II listed building, renovations were restricted, but the couple have given the home its own unique slant with their inventive decorating ideas. It was the giant, airy rooms, oversized windows and idiosyncratic Greek-revival style (think columns and ornate embellishment) that became popular in homes during the 1800s, and that most attracted them to the property.
The hallway is the first place to showcase this original Greek style in all its glory. To counteract the sternness of the stone walls and floor, a distinctive wallpaper was added to bring a softer edge. 'Everyone thinks this is a painted mural. It's so unusual.'
This beautiful room is a clever mix of femininity and modernity. Injecting colour was at the top of the agenda - 'It was beautifully decorated but it was all in typical Georgian neutral shades beige, cream, white. I was desperate to add colour and we've since redecorated every room.'
Kitchen cabinets in a daring colour, bring a vibrant energy to the heart of the home. A statement pendant in copper and flowing curtains that co-ordinate with the colour scheme really rounds the look off. 'We started from scratch with bespoke modern units and these incredible lights, which I adore' says the owner.
A rich colour palette for the dining room creates a charming place to entertain guests. Floor length floral curtains and teal velvet chairs add drama to the space. 'In every room, there is an explosion of tones, with more than a smattering of punchy floral and feminine glamour.'
High ceilings and a dramatic domed skylight complement the couple's choice of statement accessories. 'We included a lot of purple and lilac in the house, so there's some kind of flow from room to room. It helps to have a semblance of unity.'
A bathroom fit for pampering - the decadent chaise sports creative upholstery that, coupled with a freestanding bath, turns this room from average wash space to pampering palace. 'This is my retreat, I go here for time out when I need to relax.'
This pretty room has style oozing from the walls. The cloud wallpaper is used alongside the bed for the sweetest of dreams. With a house this historic, it was always going to be a challenge to give it a contemporary update without losing its opulent and distinctive essence. 'While I wanted to preserve its character and respect its heritage, I also wanted somewhere that felt it belonged to us, and I think we've achieved that. It's a big, beautiful, family home.'