5 Still go­ing strong

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Cory and Gail have met three other fam­i­lies who once lived in the villa, among them a milliner, an artist, a tomato grower and a pi­ano teacher. “When I’m out­side gar­den­ing, peo­ple pass­ing of­ten tell me they had years of pi­ano lessons in that front room. They remember sit­ting in the bay win­dow seat as a child, pa­tiently wait­ing for their turn.”

When they first bought the house Gail and Cory met a woman whose grand­fa­ther had built it. “We wrote to each other and she sent me pho­tos of the house. I love hearing the his­tory. It gives the house such per­son­al­ity and it gives me but­ter­flies. You just can’t build that feel­ing from new,” says Gail. “I want to do the house jus­tice and look af­ter it, so that it can stand for an­other 100 years and who­ever lives here in the fu­ture can love it as much as we do.”

“Until re­cently I ran my own small home­ware and gift store called SHELF. I sold it last year to re­turn to graphic de­sign, this time work­ing from home. My favourite place.”

GIRLS’ BED­ROOMS Tilly (on left) and Lola chose their bed­room decor them­selves. More colour­ful and lively than the rest of the home, these fun and fem­i­nine rooms should take them through to their teens and beyond.

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