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25 Beautiful Homes February 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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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
12 Issues

in this issue

4 min
surprise package

When architect Lindsey Wislocki, owner of Hedgehog Architects, bought a derelict sorting office with plans to redevelop the site, she never expected to leave her beloved Victorian town house and move into one of the modern, new-build properties she was proposing. ‘But once the project was complete, I fell in love with this particular house,’ she recalls. The house has a distinct industrial feel yet retains a warm and welcoming family atmosphere. ‘For the windows and doors I used aluminium painted in a dark colour for an edgy feel,’ says Lindsey. ‘I tend to favour a neutral palette with feature walls, and the darker windows and shutters really complement this look.’ The theme continues in the kitchen with dark units. ‘I like kitchens that look like furniture rather than a traditional fitted…

4 min
calm and collected

On the surface, the home of Kristen Peña is an oasis of tranquillity and calmness, where muted shades complement the natural tones of the many wood features. But a closer look reveals an interior that also has substance, a reflection of Kristen’s philosophy. ‘A home should be a museum of memories,’ she says, referring to the many mementos sprinkled throughout the house. But perfection doesn’t come overnight – when Kristen and her husband Luis, with daughters Emmi, 14, and Sadie, 17, first moved in, the house was very different. ‘Oh it was a doozy,’ says Kristen. ‘It was a one-floor Victorian property with a worn-out kitchen and just one bathroom. We had to completely gut it, add new foundations and extend and reconfigure it.’ The result was a bright and spacious…

3 min
recipe for success

Caroline and George Dodds were living in a fisherman’s cottage on the East Kent coast when they decided they needed to find a larger family home. ‘We saw this house online while we were on holiday and as soon as we got home, we arranged to view it,’ says Caroline. ‘It was in a terrible condition, overrun with cats and hadn’t been touched since the Fifties.’ Nonetheless, they loved it so much they put a bid in, which was accepted. The couple had recently welcomed their son Henry and knew they needed more space. To help make the most of their new home, they worked with architect Ellis Designs. ‘We really wanted a modern, light-filled kitchen extension at the rear of the house, designed to complement the age of the property,’…

4 min
opportunity knocks

When Samantha Sandberg had an offer to buy her soft furnishings business back in 1999, it was the catalyst to leave the city and look for a place in the country for her family. The Cotswold property Samantha and her husband bought consisted of a group of mid-19th-century farm buildings around ‘a rough and ready barn conversion’, as she describes it. Together with the buildings came 130 acres and a livery stable, a plus as Samantha loves to ride. Having land to farm also had a profound influence on her decisions both indoors and out. ‘The land was too tidy, too monochrome, too unnatural,’ she says. ‘I wanted texture and diversity, and so began my journey to adopt regenerative farming practices and create a tapestry of habitats.’ Many of the same…

3 min
rustic revival

LESSON LEARNT ‘Think outside the box – moving the staircase instantly created our snug’ Lucy Wright and her husband Chris were living in London when they decided to move to the country. ‘We wanted a better way of life for our children,’ says Lucy. ‘We settled on Hampshire as we had friends in the area and there were good schools nearby for our two children.’ For the couple, the property’s appeal was instant. ‘It’s so pretty and it’s way bigger inside than it looks from the outside,’ says Lucy. ‘We adored the original features like the wooden beams and windows and the kitchen had a lovely cosy feel. We also liked the location – it’s in an idyllic village with a nice pub and lots of families around. The house was…

4 min
simply idyllic

This is absolutely not the house we were looking for,’ reveals Emma Lawley as she describes the journey to finding her weekend retreat in the Cotswolds. Pregnant with her first child, Emma and her husband James, both London-based business owners, viewed more than 20 period cottages before beginning to despair. ‘So many of them were chocolate-box pretty on the outside, but dark and poky inside,’ she says. ‘We’d almost given up,’ continues James, ‘when an email for a new barn conversion popped into my inbox.’ They quickly made an appointment to view, admired its large rooms filled with light, dramatic double-height hall and original Cotswold stone structure, and promptly made an offer. ‘We loved its sense of space and the fact that we would have plenty of room for friends to…