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25 Beautiful Homes

25 Beautiful Homes

August 2021

Your life made easier - every day. 25 Beautiful Homes is a magazine for readers with a sense of personal style. Aspire to your dream house and enjoy looking at other people's homes, designs and styles for inspiration.

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Paese:
United Kingdom
Lingua:
English
Editore:
Future Publishing Ltd
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Monthly
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3 min
best of both worlds

When Juliet Elliott first viewed her home in Epping Forest in Essex it was its character and sense of space that appealed most. ‘An added bonus was that it was conveniently sited for commuting into London,’ says Juliet, an interior designer who set up her business House of Elliott in 2019. DECORATING TIP ‘Consider upcycling existing furniture as sometimes a lick of paint is all that is needed to give a piece a new lease of life’ Juliet and her husband Chris recognised that with three boys, Sam, now 19, Archie, 17, and Alex, 13, they needed more space than their semi could offer them. ‘Both inside and out, this house has a generous footprint and is surrounded by farmer’s fields and beautiful countryside,’ says Juliet. Once they’d moved in Juliet couldn’t wait…

4 min
easy living

Rebecca and Edward Charles have always loved a calming, neutral decor, so when they decided to buy a period property complete with green walls, feature wallpaper and dark floors, something had to give. ‘We like decoration to be simple and rooms to be clutter-free – everything has to have its place,’ says Rebecca. ‘Friends advised us to live in the house for a bit before we made any changes, but Edward and I didn’t feel comfortable with the mishmash decoration – the rooms felt too disjointed and overwhelming.’ THE WHITE CHOICE Soon after the couple moved in with their sons, Charlie, now 10, and Freddie, six, they hired a decorator to paint all the rooms white. ‘We hadn’t paid much attention to interiors in our previous home as we’d always been too…

3 min
a new wave

When Aoife and David Porter decided to put down roots after travelling the world, they ended up close to home in County Sligo, where David had grown up. ‘We had lived in Dublin,’ says Aoife. ‘Then we went travelling before ending up in a place called Margaret River, near Perth, Australia. ‘It had a great vibe to it, with a surf community, wineries and coffee shops.’ However, after two years of being away, they yearned for home with an idea of finding a similar way of life in Ireland. ‘Fortunately, there was a surfing community here, we had family there and it had the community feel we wanted,’ says Aoife. Aoife and David saw an average-looking bungalow that had been on the market for a while. ‘It wasn’t ideal,’ says Aoife,…

4 min
modern elegance

Moving from London to Surrey six years ago, Rebecca and Sam Churchill had chosen a family-size house with plenty of potential. But as the years rolled by, busy with family life with their two young daughters, stay-at-home mum Rebecca and visual effects artist Sam found themselves stumped by how to tackle the project. ‘The house was rather chaotic,’ recalls Rebecca. ‘The rooms felt cramped with an illogical layout and our storage was limited, so it was always messy.’ DECOR ATING TIP ‘Choose a simple palette of colours and combine with luxurious textures for schemes that feel both tranquil and rich’ Things were about to change: Rebecca met interior designer Charlotte Drinkall of Shere Madness at a local street party and the pair quickly struck up a friendship. ‘I went to see Charlotte’s…

1 min
welcome

Judging by the huge increase in demand for seaside properties in recent months, it seems many of us can’t resist the appeal of coastal living. Ronelle and Möller Bester’s beach-front house (p20) is the perfect example of that free and easy waterside lifestyle that so many of us aspire to. Sea views were also a big draw for Julia and Colin Wilson when they had the chance to build their dream home in their favourite coastal spot (p8). And it was a similar story for Aoife and David Porter, whose love of surfing brought them back to Ireland (p94). If the buzz of urban life is your idea of bliss, take a look at how designer Katie Lion has transformed a city apartment with sophisticated style (p84). Whichever type of…

4 min
refined grandeur

When creating a nuanced and authentic sense of identity within a home, time is a gift. For Katie Lion, the interior designer on one of Kitesgrove’s latest projects, time was a luxury she was grateful for. ‘Our clients were a couple based in Florida, who come back and forth to London often. The project actually unfolded over three or four years, meaning we had time to find pieces that would suit the schemes,’ says Katie. The property itself is a flat in a mansion block that hadn’t been modernised for many years. Kitesgrove (kitesgrove.com) worked alongside architects Studio McLeod to reconfigure the layout, allowing the light and space to flow more naturally. Shifting the focus back onto the architectural detailing set a refined and timeless backdrop against which to show off…