Go for a gallery If you’re searching for a place to hang that steadily growing pile of photographs, then this idea neatly solves two dilemmas in one. Beefing up a staircase with a mass montage of images will create your very own gallery, and add character to this generally forgotten area of the home at the same time. Sticking to a black and white palette is sophisticated and perfect for a coordinated effect, or try ornate frames and colour-packed pictures for a more vibrant feel. There’s nothing to stop you branching out from photos, either – paintings, artworks, trays and plates can work beautifully, too. With so much to take in, though, it just may take you a little longer to reach the next floor…
Oliver Burns Save Email Formal meets family in the beautiful hallway, where a bespoke staircase begins its snaking journey up to the top floor. ‘We had it made in wrought iron with a mahogany handrail, made from a single piece of wood,’ says Katia. The lanterns were also made bespoke. ‘This space is in keeping with the grand, Georgian feel of the house,’ adds Katia, ‘but there are family photos lining the walls, which make it personal, too
This is a second entrance to the property, but it’s rarely used by the family, as it opens onto the garden. As the house is Grade ll listed, certain elements had to be carefully preserved. The main, Chippendale-style staircase, seen here, was one of them. Given the age and importance of the house, the conservation officer was involved throughout the renovation project, overseeing the preservation work. A decorative chandelier provides a focal point in the hallway, and adds a touch of grandeur without being excessive. The tartan pattern on the stair runner continues the traditional vibe
This 11th century manor house with its very own lake has an amazing history and location, on the edge of a beautiful rural village, but when a family of five living in London bought it, the Grade ll listed property was muddled and neglected. Keen to transform it into their dream home, they approached architect Jeremy Lowe of BLA Architects and interior designer Emma Sims Hilditch for their expertise in what became a two-year reconfiguration. Various extensions and additions had been tacked onto the house over the centuries, which had led to an eclectic mixture. ‘The building had been divided up in a rather haphazard way over time,’ explains Jeremy. ‘We rationalised the inside and restored a lot of the original features.’ A contemporary garden room was added, replacing a 1980s-style orangery. ‘The idea was to have a minimal impact on the existing building,’ he adds. ‘We wanted a transparent addition that wouldn’t compromise what was already there.’ Along with adding the extension, the entire layout and interior of the building was changed, with great care being taken to bring the home into the 21st century without losing any of its medieval charm. Along with the impractical layou...
This corridor links the living room and kitchen-diner on the ground floor, and the master bedroom with the other bedrooms upstairs. ‘This is essentially the landing area. We kept it as open as possible to enhance the views from the floor-to-ceiling windows,’ explains Simon. ‘There’s actually a bridge linking the master bedroom to the rest of the house with incredible views of the ocean in the distance.’
Craftsman bungalow meets Montana meets modern living inside the home. While the house has Craftsman bungalow style, one of the challenges was to balance that feeling with a more modern open floor plan and higher ceilings (they are closer to 10 feet high rather than the 8-foot ceilings typically seen in bungalows). The details also offer a mix; some of the trimwork is distinctly Craftsman style, while the rugged reclaimed fir beams are a nod to Montana lodges. The homeowners were very involved in the design process and felt strongly about having a designated entry area for arriving guests before they enter the main living space. The entryway gives people a moment to pause before it opens into the living room.
Mudrooms show up frequently in this list because they have roots in farmhouse design. (Farmers need a place to take off their muddy boots and overalls before coming into the house.) They’re used as drop zones for wet or muddy clothes and shoes, and also as spots for stashing purses, keys, backpacks and more.