5 Still going strong
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.