MIX­ING OLD AND NEW

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Lucy and Michael had a clear idea of the over­all look: they wanted a “mod­ern twist on 1930s moun­tain” style, and weren’t afraid to com­bine old and new. So they mixed an­tiques with mod­ern pieces that had a 1930s feel. While the Matt Blatt green vel­vet couch is new, its colour and ma­te­rial hark back to the 1930s. They found repli­cas of early 1900s me­tal bed frames at Beds On­line – and added new mat­tresses, lux­ury linen and plump pil­lows for max­i­mum com­fort. Then they mixed in an­tiques to com­ple­ment the house. “Wood has such a warmth and his­tory to it that we wanted to fill the house with wood, es­pe­cially as it ac­cen­tu­ates the tim­ber floors,” says Lucy. “The only thing we bought that didn’t quite fit was a blue kitchen cup­board that was a bit too ‘coun­try farm­house’ for our moun­tain kitchen – but it works per­fectly in the more eclec­tic artist’s stu­dio.”

Mod­ern take on a 1940s light, from Bea­con Light­ing.

FAB­U­LOUS FINDS Lucy teamed her new sofa and rug with a mid-cen­tury cof­fee ta­ble she bought from a friend – and found the ot­toman on the road­side!

AT­TEN­TION SEEK­ERS The fire en­gine red fire­place is a strik­ing fo­cal point in the liv­ing area, along with the emer­ald green vel­vet sofa. Lucy’s lit­tle gallery above gives it great per­son­al­ity. Its cheery colour is echoed in the state­ment wall in the...

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