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  • Relocating from Manchester to the south of the country was an exciting yet apprehensive time for the owners. They had to move for work, but having resided in the north all their lives, they had no knowledge of Hertfordshire. Also, with a three-year-old daughter, a fresh start in a strange town was going to be a challenge.

    Fortunately, making friends came easily, as children’s chat tends to break the ice. It was after one such conversation with a local mum that the owners discovered their family’s future home. ‘We’d been renting for a few months before deciding to buy a place, but we had no idea where to settle,’ they say. ‘So when we heard a mum singing the praises of this area, we focused our search around here. We soon stumbled upon this amazing new-build property and bought it straight away.’

    Freshly built, the house was pristine and smart. However, the rooms lacked colour and character, so the couple’s first job was to replace the bland corn-yellow walls with a more chic and inviting shade. Armed with interior magazines and design blogs for inspiration, the owners tackled one room at a time to make the project manageable.

    ‘Apart from sourcing window treatments, no jobs were urgent because the house was perfectly liveable,’ say the owners. ‘This meant we could take our time choosing fabrics and paint.’ With just a blank canvas to work with, they admit they found it hard at first to visualise the rooms, but once they’d decided on a palette of modern greys, they were able to start enhancing the spaces.

    Now that their interiors work is complete, the owners, who now have three children, are delighted with their new-build, which perfectly combines chic and stylish with homely and welcoming.

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