Dream Homes: Step inside the sitting room of this Hampshire home

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  • Arabella St John Parker, Houses & Gardens Editor at Homes and Gardens magazine takes a tour around a beautiful country house in Hampshire with interior designer Stephanie Dunning who designed the decor.

    Stephanie explains how the starting point of the sitting room was the double doors – the client informed her that the doors had just been installed, and replaced an original door to the left. The front door is directly in line with the double doors, which is also directly in line with the French doors at the back. This means that you can walk in and look straight out into the amazing view at the back of the house.

    Stephanie also talks about the gorgeous floor, which was only discovered when they took the carpet up. They sanded the floor down, waxed it and decided to leave it in a raw oak state, which gives a pretty, rustic edge.

    The striking cabinetry was already in the house but Stephanie decided to box in the two radiators, which were on show. She also created a library effect by adding extra cabinetry.

    The furniture is new and the colour scheme adheres to the client’s favourite tones of blues and silvers.

    The cushions reflect the rest of the scheme, while picking up the brightness in the colour tones.

    This sitting room also features a mix of contemporary styles, such as the modern coffee table and the art collection. Traditional antique pieces, like the original fireplace add a balanced feel.

    Chairs upholstered in a mix of velvet striped ticking and neutral linen add interest, whilst not being overpowering.

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