Updating 1970s houses

‘We decorated the guest room with it, creating a feature wall, and liked the result so much that we used a bold pattern into our bedroom, too.’Redecorating upstairs was a fairly straightforward task, but the balcony off the main bedroom needed work.

‘I’m a visual person and there are so many looks that I love that I end up mixing styles throughout the house,’ she explains.

‘Plus, we’ve owned much of our furniture for many years, so the inspiration for new décor often comes from one of the pieces that we already own.’Rooms including the living room and the separate snug have a subtle Moroccan/Middle Eastern theme, an idea that was based on existing furniture, including the fire surround and large day bed, as well as fabrics discovered while travelling.

Liz and Dave loved the look of the folding-sliding doors so much that they wanted to achieve the same design with the conservatory that leads through from the living room.

‘The old conservatory was leaking so we had it knocked down and a new one built with the same footprint, featuring the same frames as the kitchen doors.

Looking back at the house from the garden, we can really see the difference it’s made to the appearance of the property – we’re so glad we had it done.’Another area Liz and Dave were keen to change was the stairwell.

The pine staircase was dated, with traditionallooking turned finials and open treads with wraparound carpet, and the couple wanted to update the space to create a more welcoming feel.

‘I really enjoy going to markets abroad to fi nd and bring back different fabrics to make cushions, curtains and throws for an individual look,’ says Liz.

‘Fabric I’ve bought in places such as Mali, Rajasthan and Istanbul features in the living room and snug.’In contrast, the kitchen is a modern space with a palette of white, soft grey and black granite.

‘When I looked through the window and could see part of the garden, too, I was sold.’Having taken on redecoration projects in the past, Liz and Dave weren’t put off by the amount of work needed to bring the interior up to date.

The previous owners had introduced dado rails, lots of dark wood and beams to try to create a cottage style but Liz wanted to strip it right back.

They asked a local joiner to make a solid oak door with frosted glass panels either side, which Liz designed.


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