The owner, who is an artist and illustrator, and her husband, an anaesthetist, bought this five-bedroom detached Arts and Craft house in 2011.
Living nearby, she used to walk past the property every day and the garish colours it was painted in at the time are what grabbed her attention. But it was a lovely, big old house with a large garden that would have been perfect for our children, so I decided that it was meant to be ours and that wed move there one day, she says.
When the property came up for sale in 2009, the couple put in an offer but were gazumped. Two years later the house came up for sale again, but the couple lost out to another buyer. However, it was third time lucky, when the sale fell through and the couple had their third offer accepted.
There was plenty to do, including replacing the windows throughout and the removal and replacement of the garish pink render. By the time they moved in, the house had been empty for some time and it was clear just how much work was needed.
The sheer size of the property was one of the reasons we had fallen in love with it, but instead of rushing to decorate, we decided on a gradual renovation schedule, that would give us time to think things through properly.
2/11 Open-plan kitchen-diner
Transforming the house’s interior began with extending at the back to create the kitchen-diner. ‘We knew we were going to be spending most of our time in this room, so made sure it had different eating, sitting and relaxing areas. It had to be light, so we had a glass roofed section put in and a separate utility room and cloakroom the other side.’
3/11 Kitchen area
With the pale blue Aga as the starting point for the kitchen-diner, the owners chose inexpensive kitchen units teamed with luxury wall tiles. A trio of white pendant lights with copper interiors adds a stylish touch.
4/11 Dining area
The kitchen-diner is where the family spends most of their time. Glazed doors opening out to the rear garden flood the space with light.
5/11 Garden corner seating
The new patio area with its protective brick wall is a great place to sit out and enjoy a coffee and the built-in bench never needs taking in from the rain.
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6/11 Living room fireplace
The couple disliked the modern fireplace in the living room, but found a wooden Arts and Crafts one that fitted perfectly. Their builder created the hearth using split cobblestones laid in a herringbone pattern.
7/11 Living room
To create an elegant, relaxed mood in the living room, the walls were painted a soft grey and teamed with pale linen sofas and floral cushions.
The original parquet flooring in the hallway was renovated and now looks stunning and very in-keeping with the Arts and Crafts theme.
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9/11 Master bedroom
The final big project was creating the loft bedroom and en-suite, which has created a grown-up space away from the hustle and bustle of family life.
10/11 En-suite bathroom
A pretty floral blind softens the all-neutral colour scheme in the en suite. The curves on the basin are echoed in the mirror above.
11/11 Guest bedroom
The olive green feature wall in the guest bedroom was inspired by the owner's own artwork and co-ordinates with trailing print curtains and cushions.
Olive Estate at Farrow & Ball
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Lisa is Deputy Editor of Style at Home magazine and regularly contributes to sister title Ideal Home. She has written about interiors for more than 25 years and about pretty much every area of the home, from shopping and decorating, crafts and DIY to real home transformations and kitchen and bathroom makeovers. Homes and interiors have always been a passion and she never tires of nosying around gorgeous homes, whether on TV, online, in print or in person.
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