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25 Beautiful Homes

April 2019

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Who doesn’t hanker after extra space? Those of us in bijou houses may long for an extra bedroom or a sliver of greenery, while homeowners of larger properties might covet more storage, a garden office, a cinema... With this in mind, I cast an eye over all of the projects in this issue and was delighted, but not surprised, to discover clever ideas around ‘creating space’ in every one. Naturally, our replanned properties focus on how to rejig a layout, but the inspiration doesn’t end there. The chic colour palette of our cover story (page 94) is fine proof of the impact decor has on how spacious a home feels. On a different note, Elisabeth and Aldo’s factory conversion in London (page 14) shows how to turn a large…

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home truths

THE PROPERTY Farm cottage, dating from the 1700s, rebuilt in 1898 LOCATION Lincolnshire ROOMS Hall, sitting room/ library, dining room, kitchen, snug, study, five bedrooms, bathroom PURCHASED 2006 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘Before moving here, we lived in converted stables next to our current home,’ says Emma. ■…

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the long way home

DINING ROOM During the restoration, Emma and Iain sourced a classical-style fireplace for this area. Burlington fireplace, £2,200, Chesneys. Similar chandelier, price on request, Hattie Hatfield Decorative Antiques & Interiors When Emma Hatfield Watkins’ husband, Iain, was a teenager and mowing his neighbour’s lawn to earn pocket money, he never imagined that, one day, he would buy the house he’d often admired from across the garden. Over the years, the property, which is surrounded by barns, has witnessed a number of reincarnations.‘During the Seventies, an occupant sold the house and moved into one of the barns which they’d converted,’ explains Emma. ‘The surrounding garden was then divided up between the two owners.’ In the late Eighties, Iain’s family bought that barn and he converted the adjoining…

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working wonder

SITTING ROOM The double-height living space is flooded with light from the original Victorian windows. An internal window in the main bedroom borrows natural light from this space. Similar Sigurd Ressell Falcon armchairs, £1,450 each, Pamono. Herringbone throw in beige, £89, John Lewis & Partners. Elisabeth and Aldo Ciarrocchi’s daughter Isabella, now 11, was a toddler when they began house hunting, and Elisabeth was pregnant with their younger daughter Piera, now eight. ‘We were living in small flat not far away, and all we knew was that we needed something larger for our family,’ says Elisabeth. ‘We both liked the idea of warehouse-style living and as soon as we walked in here, we fell in love with it.’When the Ciarrocchis got the keys to the property,…

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home truths

THE PROPERTY Duplex apartment within a Victorian factory conversion LOCATION East London ROOMS Sitting room/ kitchen-diner, four bedrooms (two en suite), bathroom PURCHASED 2010 PREVIOUS PROPERTY ‘We used to live in a two-bedroom flat about a mile from here,’ says Elisabeth. ■…

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restoring charm

DINING ROOM ‘Adding the extension meant we could move the dining table away from the middle of the room and have an island installed instead, which has made cooking and socialising far easier,’ says Victoria. Jerry dining table, £450, Habitat. For similar dining chairs, try Nimah, £231.99 for four, Wayfair The one thing Victoria Gedge noticed when she viewed her future home for the first time was its smell. ‘I said: “We must buy it, because it smells like a National Trust property”,’ she says. ‘My husband Dale replied: “Damp is what you can smell,” but I was sold.’They were looking to upsize after their wedding in 2013, as their current home could no longer provide enough storage to suit their needs. The couple were keen to remain…