4 Feel the seren­ity

Your Home and Garden - - Your Renovation -

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.”

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