See: our spaces section for more inspiring featured homes With impeccable timing –the work too just nine months to complete –the couple managed to create a warm and stylish home that not only works perfectly for the family, but is also, as the homeowner reveals, a wonderful showcase for her design ideas.

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The property

The home was very tired when the owners first bought it. It had been modernised over the years, but nothing seemed to flow. There were different types of flooring, doors, joinery, finishes and electrical fixings. We had a lot of work to do to unify it.

Dining room

Deep blue walls make a good foil for brown furniture, adding a refreshing twist to a traditional setting.


The house originally had double doors, which the owner says, ‘weren’t very practical’, so she had a single door designed to look like the original pair.

Living room 

Layers of rich textures and a tartan-covered rocking chair bring a club-like feel to this hospitable room.


‘We had quite a small space to work with, so the designer had to think hard to find ways of squeezing everything in,’ says the homeowner.

Dining room

Useful storage has been created with built-in shelving around the door arch leading to the dining area (below), which is positioned between the family room and the kitchen.

Main bedroom

A muted scheme of strong greys and warm gold tones creates a cosseting feel.


Marble tiles and accents of brass make for an unusually glamorous family bathroom. ‘It wasn’t easy to find traditional-style fittings in this color,’ says the homeowner.

Guest bedroom

A modern cityscape painting and lime-green accents lift the neutral palette in this comfortable space. Photography/Jonathan Gooch