4 Feel the serenity
The industrious couple, who describe themselves as “active relaxers”, have recently painted the exterior of the home. Gail’s love of grey and white is evident here, with soft grey for the walls and white on the roof and trim. Inside, a soft palette has been used in all the rooms. “I really love calm spaces,” says Gail. “Our bedroom is a sanctuary with soft, mossy green wallpaper on one wall, teamed with grey accessories and white throughout.
Gail designed the formal gardens and maintains the clipped hedges and lush lawn. On moving in, she removed all the old roses in the front garden and was very close to cutting down the ugly tree in the middle of the lawn. Her mother urged her to give it a year and it’s advice she has been forever grateful for. The flowering cherry perked up and is now a stunning feature, covered with a mass of candy-floss pink blossom each year. “It’s my favourite tree in the whole garden. It’s a real focal point, so I designed the rest of the garden around it.”