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25 Beautiful Homes

25 Beautiful Homes March 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
R 78,88
R 591,41
12 Issues

in this issue

4 min
let there be light

FAVOURITE FEATURE ‘We love the kitchen – it’s now such a welcoming, light-filled room Despite its potential, its vast space and some beautiful period features, Kerry and Jat Sahi’s Brighton Edwardian house needed a complete renovation when they moved in. ‘We knew it could be the family home we’d been searching for,’ says Kerry, who owns interiors styling company Sahi & Osborne Styling (sahi-osborne.com). ‘It had great potential and had amazing period features like the original stained glass and architectural detailing. And there was space either side of the property to extend.’ But to turn it into the spacious home they dreamt of, Kerry and Jat needed to carry out a complete renovation. And with three children, Jai, now 15, Biba, 14, and Lola, 11, it was going to be a challenge.…

3 min
a taste of france

When Gloria and Eric Stewart moved into their 18th-century farmhouse, high above a valley in Périgord, southwest France, it was far from habitable. It was an empty shell that had been unoccupied for more than 35 years and, before that, only in two ground-floor rooms as there was no upper level. The rest of the long building consisted of two barns, one a tobacco drying chamber, and both with earth floors. And there was no sanitation. FAVOURITE ASPECT ‘I love the romance of bringing together two early pieces from different periods’ To turn this blank canvas into an authentic 18th-century interior the Stewarts had to decide on criteria that would suit how they would live in the house. ‘We wanted a large kitchen, a dining room and a large sitting room. Upstairs…

4 min
all change

This Victorian terrace in west London is the fourth property Polly Ashman and her husband, Matt, have renovated and for Polly the project proved the impetus for a complete change in career. ‘We’ve worked with the same building company, Lofty Creations, on all of our houses and after this project they asked me if I would like to join them to head up the design side of their business,’ she recounts. ‘I’ve been part of the team for a year now and I absolutely love it.’ DECORATING ADVICE ‘Paint the upper and lower halves of walls in two different colours – we did it in our boys’ room’ Polly’s passion for interiors is evident throughout the home she and Matt share with their two sons, aged four and two. The pair have…

4 min
strong connections

Having decided to move from London to the West Country, Chris and Laura Mead spent months house-hunting without success. The comfortable period property they sought, in a tranquil spot, close to Laura’s family in Devon just seemed to keep eluding them. ‘Eventually we saw a decrepit bungalow for sale,’ says Laura. ‘It wasn’t salvageable, but the plot of land was perfect, with a lovely garden and gorgeous views. We’d never thought of self-building before, but we both have backgrounds in architecture and we couldn’t pass up the chance to live in such a special location.’ They were not the only ones to recognise the site’s potential and, having set their hearts on buying it, they initially found themselves outbid. Their search resumed, until they learned that the original sale had fallen through.…

4 min
blending old with new

To realise the potential of their house, with its large garden and established trees, Charlene and Ruan Oberholzer knew that a top-to-toe renovation was the only way to create the home of their dreams. ‘The original property, a farmhouse built in 1949 in the style typical of the area, was cold and dark. It had little windows, two bedrooms, one bathroom and a small living space,’ says Charlene. ‘We decided to keep the existing shell to preserve its heritage, but demolish the internal walls to create an open-plan space that would focus on the garden. We also wanted to build a new hallway and an extension for the bedrooms.’ Charlene called in architect Nadine Engelbrecht, who specialises in sustainable architecture. But the work wasn’t all plain sailing. ‘The existing roof trusses…

4 min
raise a glass

Looking for a ‘forever’ family home in their quiet village in Aberdeenshire, Lynsay Rebecca and her husband Craig never thought they would end up living in a place they had spent time socialising in as young adults. ‘The Globe had been our local village pub,’ recalls Lynsay, ‘and we’d spent many an evening there, until it closed down about a decade ago.’ When the previous owner of the imposing granite structure, a builder, renovated it and put it back on the market, the couple felt they had to go and view it. ‘The building still felt familiar,’ says Lynsay. ‘It had been well thought out – it had a stunning larch-clad extension added to the rear that was home to a bright open-plan kitchen and living area and gone was the…