Houzz Tour: A Brand-new Home Personalised with Vintage Treasures
This modern, architect-built family home with impressive views has been transformed with bright colour and vintage finds
‘I love hunting through the bargain areas at antiques markets and unearthing treasures in junk shops,’ she explains. ‘With the latest one-coat paint and special decorating effects, you can give a new lease of life to old items in an afternoon. The pieces l’ve found are what makes our home so different.’
Who lives here Interior designer Jenny Branson with her husband, their three children and their cat
Property An architect-designed new-build
Size 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
Designer Jenny Branson – Design for Living
Instead of selling a piece of surplus land that surrounded his house to a developer, the architect of this property decided to design and build the Scandinavian-style house himself about three years ago, after which he sold it on to interior designer Jenny Branson.
‘When we first saw it, I just loved that it was a big white box with huge windows that I wouldn’t have to do anything to structurally; I could just fill it with colour and pretty vintage finds,’ explains Branson.
‘As the house isn’t overlooked and, being built to the latest Building Regulations, doesn’t suffer from draughts, I left the huge window undressed, so as not to detract from the view.’
Leather pouffe, Graham & Green. Sofa, Loaf.
‘I try to think creatively about everything I find,’ she says. ‘I discovered this screen, which I’ve laid out flat behind the sofa, at a local antiques shop. It was a bargain at £70 and adds a nice piece of interest to this wall.’
Bookcase, Ikea. Trunk, car-boot sale.
Above this, she hung decorative wallpaper, then had a frame built around it to make it look like a single piece of art above the fireplace.
Wallpaper, House of Hackney. Ottoman, Sunbury Antiques Market at Kempton Park.
Gold cushion, House of Fraser.
Sofa, Loaf. Dining table, The Old Table Company.
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Branson found the old cinema chair in a local antiques shop. She had it reupholstered in the American flag and made a Union Jack cushion for it to represent the couple’s two different heritages.
Cinema chair, No 5 Interiors.
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Wallpaper, Harlequin. Bed, Loaf.
Bed, Loaf. Lattice wallpaper, Clarke & Clarke at Wallpaper Direct.
Cloud cushion, Gorgeous Gerties. Bed linen, Ikea.
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