Faced with the revitalization of an old house of the 70s, this owner did not take long to make it a modern and elegant family home.
"When we had to choose a location to buy our next home, it was simply a pin on the map," says the owner of this semi-detached house in Oxfordshire. "The region needed good secondary schools for our two boys and a main train station in London for my husband's commute."
A village in northwestern Oxford checked all the boxes and offered a nice campaign on its doorstep. But when the sale of the family's old house failed on the day of the exchange, they had no choice but to rent in the area, as the boys' schooling was already in place.
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"We moved into a picturesque 300-year-old cottage just outside the village and ended up renting for almost five years while keeping an eye on the housing market," says the owner.
"When we saw this Seventies property for the first time, we sent it back, because it looked nothing like the pretty cottage we had come to love – but something made us come back. When we finally saw it in person, we immediately offered an offer because the space and location were too good to be left out. "
This terraced house from the 1970s in Oxfordshire had soft carpets, aged wallpaper and, with the exception of the kitchen, had not been renovated for nearly 40 years. The new owners redesigned each room and restored the original features, such as the beautiful parquet floor. The decor presents a Scandi-inspired touch and a colorful art that makes it personal.
During the first week of moving in, the owner had carefully stripped the flower wallpaper of the hall and staircase layer by layer and had painted everything in white to create a blank canvas. "I do not feel comfortable when my environment does not suit me, so I wanted to do everything I could as soon as possible," she says.
The previous owners had lived in the house for 40 years and the interior required a complete overhaul: tired carpets, old air heating system and scream wallpaper, but the scope of the project was fantastic.
"As soon as the keys were handed to us, I asked friends to help us rip the faded rugs," said the owner. "We've been lucky enough to discover some original flooring on the ground floor, which I love because even if it's a little worn in some places, I think it adds character."
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As for the choice of decorations for each room, the owner has embraced her love for classic Scandinavian design. "By using the chosen color scheme and simple and simple furniture, I have always channeled my Nordic style," she explains. "Each piece has a modern and eclectic twist on the background inspired by Scandi and I love mixing a few muted touches of color to bring warmth."
She chose Cinder Rose from Farrow & Ball to create a striking center point behind the sofa and introduce a touch of subtle pink to balance the dark sofa. 'Choose a consistent set of colors to navigate your house and help connect different spaces. Even one or two shades of accent will help create a flow, "says the owner.
The Habitat sofa is one of the owner's favorite pieces. "It lasted almost 10 years with two boys at home!" She said. "The leather is easy to clean and clean and I love the simple shape of the frame."
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Previous owners had recently built a new kitchen, so the family did not have to change any structures or replace the units. They added a new double oven and a fridge-freezer and painted the walls on their first move. "The space suits us perfectly and the open plan layout in the dining room means that this room is the most used room in the house," says the owner.
Although small, the kitchen is perfectly shaped and the breakfast bar helps to create a cleavage within the open space. A simple painting job in the kitchen – using the Farrow & Ball balustrades – created a contrast with the bright white units.
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"The dining room is a busy part of the house and we spend a lot of time working and socializing here," says the owner. The seats are an eclectic mix of Bentwood chairs, Eames-style Eiffel chairs and a laid-back bench matching the IKEA Ypperlig dining table.
"I have grouped some of my favorite prints with a monochrome theme to create a gallery wall," says the owner. "My husband and I have accumulated a whole collection of artwork over the years. As I had so much, I decided to create several gallery walls throughout the house as it is a quick and easy way to personalize any space. & # 39;
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Previously painted in several shades of blue, the owner opted for a calm and neutral palette in the room and exposed the original floor. The simple white shelves with IKEA wood racks sublimate the charm of Scandi. "I constantly change the display and I add new accessories," explains the owner.
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The upstairs bathroom was stuck in a 70s time chain, with a thick brown carpet, peach wall tiles and green flocked wallpaper! The owner painted the walls and tiles in white, and made the space less horrible at the moment. "We hope to eventually completely redo the bathroom and install a new suite to make it really ours," said the owner. "I like using the foliage as a finishing touch because I find it helps to refresh any space and give it the impression of being lived."
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Working from home means that the homeowner spends most of my day at home, which has greatly contributed to the renovation being completed in record time.
"I quickly realized that aesthetically redecorating was a quick and relatively inexpensive way to inject personality into any space if you did not have the budget or the room to maneuver to tackle the problem. structural work, "she says. "I focused my energy on drawing each piece simply, using paint, furniture and accessories. Although the house is constantly changing, it comes from a million kilometers of used shell that we had bought. "