in­side out

Cre­at­ing a strong con­nec­tion be­tween her home and the great out­doors came nat­u­rally to pas­sion­ate gar­dener and ar­chi­tect Jane Lund Bach

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View­ing their typ­i­cally Dan­ish sin­gle-storey home for the first time was an un­der­whelm­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for Jane Lund Bach and her hus­band, Es­ben. ‘It was dull and old, and noth­ing like what we’d dreamed of,’ re­calls Jane, ‘ but there was some­thing about the area and the gar­den that re­ally got to us on that sum­mer’s day – we knew we could bring the out­side in.’

Newly qual­i­fied as a con­struc­tion ar­chi­tect, Jane im­me­di­ately be­gan sketch­ing a floor plan. ‘There was a nar­row hall and lots of doors,’ she says, ‘so what was needed was more day­light and a sim­pler lay­out. I just kept draw­ing floor plans and, over the next year and a half, we worked out ex­actly what was re­quired.’

The cou­ple, who have two daugh­ters – Lærke, now 7, and Dicte, 4 – started the ren­o­va­tion in Au­gust 2009. ‘We moved all our fur­ni­ture to the base­ment and be­gan tear­ing down the kitchen and most of the walls,’ ex­plains Jane. ‘I love gar­den­ing, so bring­ing the out­doors into our home was one of our big­gest pri­or­i­ties. In­stalling large fold­ing doors in the sit­ting room to link the two spa­ces was the best thing we did. We also made the chil­dren’s rooms a lit­tle wider, and cre­ated a more spa­cious guest bath­room.’

Next, Jane dec­o­rated in bright white and jewel-rich shades. ‘When we picked out the pur­ple for the kitchen and hall floor, we wanted a colour that made the room in­ter­est­ing and per­sonal,’ she ex­plains. ‘Pur­ple is my favourite colour – it in­spires me and calms me all at the same time. In fact, I find it such a sooth­ing shade that I now have an on­line store called Pur­ple ID sell­ing home ac­ces­sories.’

Although the house has been com­pletely trans­formed, Jane isn’t quite sat­is­fied. ‘I’ve still got so many ideas I’d like to try, such as ex­per­i­ment­ing with some new colours,’ she says. ‘One of the bath­rooms still needs ren­o­vat­ing, and I’d also like to add an­other level onto the house with a fab­u­lous stair­case in the sit­ting room. Es­ben of­ten says no to my “crazy” sug­ges­tions at first, but hope­fully he can be per­suaded be­cause I don’t think I’m done with this house yet.’

de­sign ad­vice‘ When plan­ning a scheme, think about the colour, shape and func­tion of the room as a whole. Pin­ter­est and In­sta­gram were great sources of in­spi­ra­tion for me’

KITCHEN- DINER Bold colours have been cho­sen to de­lin­eate the dif­fer­ent zones in this open-plan area. rose Bay matt emul­sion, £39.50 per 2.5 litres, fired earth, is a com­pa­ra­ble paint shade. ra­narp pen­dant light (painted grey by Jane), £25, ikea

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