The house was designed by Sophie Chapman of creative studio The Vawdrey House. And it's full of unexpected, yet on-point, ideas that lift the house out of the ordinary - such as the show-stopping slab of Cipolino Ondulato green marble for the kitchen island, and the elegant, framed-glass wall into the boot room - and pack it with personality.
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Just next to the kitchen island is this breakout living room area, part of the open plan ground floor which also houses the dining space. All it really needs is a big squashy grey sofa, and then, to do comfort but make it Christmas, a grouping of colored candles. ‘When they’re off duty, the couple love welcoming friends and family, so big, open-plan, flexible, entertaining and socialising spaces were key,’ says Sophie.
Also in the open plan living area is this dining room, opposite the kitchen. The stone fireplace is the hero, except at Christmas, when it becomes a backdrop to a vast floral display.
By day the wet bar by the dining table looks like a recessed bookcase. But at night it opens up to reveal a well-stocked bar, complete with a mixing station made from a marble off-cut from the kitchen island.
Vintage meets modern in this small living room designed for cocooning. The walls and ceiling are painted in Dead Salmon, Farrow & Ball. All it takes make your house look Christmassy on top of this is to hang some paper garlands from ceilings lights and a wreath placed artfully on the fireplace.
Next to the front door, this mudroom has plenty of storage for coats and shoes so the owners can leave their outdoor paraphernalia behind them before entering the living space. But just because it's a practical space didn't stop it being dressed for Christmas. Hanging favorite baubles along a fireplace or shelf is such a simple way to create an instant display.
Blessed with a high staircase but don't fancy the traditional foliage garland? All you really need to do is hang a few paper lanterns from the top of the stairwell and you'll feel like you're ascending into a Christmas wonderland.