Take a tour around a quirky and eclectic mansion

Find modern decorating inspiration from our room-by-room house tour of designer Marianne Cotterill's eclectic Victorian mansion. Find decorating ideas from its classic and kitsch working together in quirky harmony

Property type 1880s Victorian mansion
Space 5 floors (plus 2 mezzanine) covering 6,000 sq ft, including 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a large study, double reception, kitchen-diner leading onto conservatory, and basement (used as a utility room)

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hallway of the quirky and eclectic mansion

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It didn’t take stylist Marianne Cotterill (opens in new tab) long to decide that these 5 storeys of untouched Victoriana were the perfect place for her family. After one quick viewing with her husband, Terry, and their children, they simply had to have it.

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living room of the quirky and eclectic mansion

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After a few essential repairs and updates – no one fancied a winter without central heating – it was time to consider the look of the place. As a top stylist, Marianne wasn't short of ideas, but faced with such a plethora of original features, she needed an open mind, too. Much as we might all swoon over intricate cornicing and stained glass, it can be difficult to make it work with a contemporary aesthetic.

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vintage wallpaper of the quirky and eclectic mansion

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Vintage wallpapers complement the mint-condition 1920s chair, while an eye-popping wall print sits above and a modern floor lamp sits beside. It’s a style that’s both unpredictable and relaxed.

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dining room of the quirky and eclectic mansion

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A friend found the tiled floor in a café that was closing down in Belgium, but because some tiles had been lost, Marianne had to make up a design using other tiles, too.

The chairs and table are 1960s copies of Eero Saarinen (opens in new tab)’s Tulip design and came from Kempton market. The bride picture was £10 from a car boot sale.

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guest bedroom of the quirky and eclectic mansion

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Marianne's daughter's icy-silver bedroom is both girlie and sophisticated at the same time.

The bed was found on the side of a road in France, but The French Bedroom Company (opens in new tab) sells similar.

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bathroom of the a quirky and eclectic mansion

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The top bathroom is possibly the most modern room in the house. ‘I do appreciate some space being clean and white,’ says Marianne. ‘It’s a peaceful place to come to when you want to escape all the decoration.’

The bath is from Duravit (opens in new tab) and the black and white tiles are Spanish.

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living room with floral wallpaper in the quirky and eclectic mansion

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Marianne and a friend painted the flowers on this wall by hand.

The day bed is by Cappellini (opens in new tab).

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master bedroom of the quirky and eclectic mansion

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The master bedroom has been kept its original ‘Germolene pink’. Ointment by Farrow & Ball (opens in new tab) is a good match. The bed was snapped up for £10 on the Portobello Road – Marianne had it re-covered in green Chinese silk for a striking update.

The pyramid lamp is Murano from the late 1960s. The curtain silk was from Pongees (opens in new tab).

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Heather Young

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.