in the mix

A com­bi­na­tion of cre­ative flair and care­fully cho­sen col­lecta­bles cre­ate an air of el­e­gance in Gill Lock­hart’s pe­riod home

25 Beautiful Homes - - CONTENTS - Fea­ture LIZ POT­TER

Cre­ativ­ity and col­lecta­bles com­bine in this Not­ting­hamshire ter­race

There’s some­thing re­as­sur­ingly solid about Vic­to­rian houses that makes them the per­fect can­vas for a cre­ative makeover. So when Gill Lock­hart’s land­lord gave her first re­fusal on the ter­raced house she had been rent­ing, she knew she could not turn it down. As this was her third ren­o­va­tion, she took its re­fur­bish­ment in her stride.

‘When I moved in, there was no kitchen – just a sink, a few old plug sock­ets and a light bulb dan­gling from the ceil­ing,’ re­calls Gill. ‘Free­stand­ing de­signs were just com­ing into fash­ion, so I bought two oak butcher’s blocks, a range oven and an Amer­i­can-style fridge to cre­ate my dream look.’

Af­ter buy­ing the prop­erty, Gill ex­tended into the side re­turn, adding a glass lan­tern in the roof, which made the area much brighter. Rip­ping out the tired ter­ra­cotta floor tiles and re­plac­ing them with pale mar­ble ones gave her the op­por­tu­nity to also add un­der­floor heat­ing. Then, by re­mod­elling the back pantry, she cre­ated a space-sav­ing util­ity room as well. Hav­ing got used to an open de­sign, Gill de­cided against wall cup­boards to help the kitchen feel less clut­tered. ‘I do, how­ever, have to find cre­ative ways to store things,’ she says. The open shelves, painted dresser and ceil­ing rack also mean Gill has to be scrupu­lously tidy but, as she ex­plains, ‘I do now have a va­ri­ety of places where I can

dis­play my col­lec­tions of an­tique tins, vin­tage creamware, posy jars and jam pans.’

About three times a year, Gill likes to visit some of the larger lo­cal an­tiques shows. ‘I never go with any­thing par­tic­u­lar in mind,’ she says, ‘ but these days, I tend to look vaguely for old wa­ter­ing cans, gar­den ac­ces­sories, man­nequins and clas­sic Bake­lite light fit­tings.’ Gill cer­tainly has an eye for the un­usual, and one of her favourite finds was a pair of black man­nequin arms, which she has tied to­gether with raf­fia and hung on the wall above the kitchen work­top.

As an art ed­i­tor by pro­fes­sion, there are ex­am­ples of Gill’s cre­ativ­ity through­out. Fur­ni­ture is painted and waxed for a more sea­soned look, while a feather boa adorns a mir­ror, and shells and pom-poms are strung around twisted tree branches. On the walls are botan­i­cal prints, en­grav­ings, em­broi­dery sam­plers, seed pack­ets and pho­to­graphs of Lon­don in the 1960s, taken by Gill’s late fa­ther. It’s an eclec­tic cel­e­bra­tion of the per­sonal. Gill is also par­tial to fur­nish­ings from In­dia and the Far East. ‘My style is a mix of sou­venirs from places such as Rus­sia and China, but although I love the style of the Vic­to­rian Raj, I’ve never ac­tu­ally been to In­dia.

‘I’ve al­ways en­joyed bring­ing pe­riod houses back to life,’ says Gill. ‘This one was a real labour of love, but it’s def­i­nitely been worth all the hard work.’

| Pho­tog­ra­phy COLIN POOLE

Din­ing ROOM ‘The ladies’ card ta­ble has a well worn top from years of use,’ says Gill. re­gency ma­hogany ta­ble, £1,950, elis­a­beth James an­tiques, is a match. tra­di­tional Ziegler art silk rug, from £70, My rug store, would work well here

KITCHEN A me­tal cabi­net and stool add an in­dus­trial edge. Butcher’s block, £649, the cotswold com­pany, is sim­i­lar. Great Grey flat matt, £24.49 per 2.5 litres, du­lux

MAS­TER BED­ROOM Two small rooms were knocked to­gether to cre­ate this larger space. is­abelle me­tal bed frame has this look, £630, Ben­sons for Beds. Mo­saic ta­ble lamp, £19, the range. kate seer­sucker du­vet cover, from £39 for a dou­ble, John lewis

BED­ROOM A sec­tion of the wall be­hind the bed­head has been painted grey to cre­ate a strik­ing fo­cal point. fea­ture wall paint, down Pipe es­tate emul­sion, £ 43.50 per 2.5 litres, far­row & Ball

BATH­ROOM A tra­di­tional claw-foot bath gives this space a clas­sic feel. try the Her­itage es­sex cast-iron bath, from £840, tra­di­tional Bath­room shop

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