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Katey Korze­ni­etz trans­formed a 1970s bun­ga­low into a con­tem­po­rary fam­ily home, turn­ing the dated, split-level lay­out into a strik­ing de­sign fea­ture

25 Beautiful Homes - - CONTENTS - FEA­TURE annabelle Grundy | PHO­TOG­RA­PHY Colin Poole

A sin­gle-storey house in Devon has been given a first-class makeover with a re­vised lay­out

Af­ter wait­ing pa­tiently for the right prop­erty to come up, Katey Korze­ni­etz and her hus­band, Si­mon Wannop, thought they had fi­nally found their dream fam­ily home. That was un­til their plans went awry at the last mo­ment. ‘The sale sud­denly fell through, which only left us a month to find some­where else to live,’ ex­plains Katey. ‘As a re­sult, this prop­erty was a bit of a panic buy, but when we saw it, I knew I could do some­thing with it.’

Katey and Si­mon’s fall-back choice was a roomy 1970s bun­ga­low. Its gar­ish decor and fussy, dated de­tails were not at all to the cou­ple’s taste, but the quiet, con­ve­nient lo­ca­tion, four bed­rooms and se­cluded gar­den were all plus points. The big­gest draw of all was the strik­ing, split-level, open-plan kitchen, din­ing area and sit­ting room. ‘ With­out that fea­ture, we might not have gone for this house,’ says Katey. ‘The split-level lay­out could seem a bit old-fash­ioned but we’ve al­ways loved the idea of open-plan liv­ing. It’s ideal with our eight-year-old, Heidi, be­cause we can all be do­ing dif­fer­ent things and still be to­gether.’

Hav­ing se­cured the house, Katey spent the first few days pulling up old car­pets and paint­ing all the in­te­rior walls white be­fore em­bark­ing on a top-down, room-by-room re­fur­bish­ment. ‘There was a lot to do,’ she re­calls. ‘I wanted a clean, mod­ern look and I adore colour, but I was wary of do­ing any­thing too bold, in case we de­cide to sell again within a few years.’

Katey, who runs her own in­te­rior de­sign busi­ness, (home­r­estyler.co.uk), fo­cused on cre­at­ing con­tem­po­rary, easy-to-live-with changes that would add value and main­tain the ap­peal of the house for fu­ture buy­ers. The or­na­men­tal wrought-iron­work on the stairs and be­tween the din­ing and sit­ting rooms was re­placed with mod­ern, low-key glass. Whites, greys and crisp, con­tem­po­rary lines now link the rooms, while con­trast­ing pat­tern, colour and ac­ces­sories give each space its own iden­tity.

Sub­tle wall­pa­pers teamed with corals, tan­ger­ines and blues bring warmth and en­ergy to the bed­rooms, and dark, wood

blinds and ac­ces­sories add con­trast to the bath­room’s pale walls and fit­tings.

Within the open-plan liv­ing area, each zone feels dis­tinct, thanks to clever com­bi­na­tions of colour and ma­te­ri­als. the light-filled kitchen has a sleek and un­der­stated style, while warm wood and a black fea­ture wall add depth and drama to the din­ing area. the glass par­ti­tion al­lows a clear view into the sit­ting room be­low, where Katey lets some of her favourite hues take cen­tre stage.

‘i’ve al­ways loved yel­lows as well as teals and turquoises,’ she says. ‘i found a fab­ric for the blinds and cush­ions that brought them to­gether and that was my start­ing point.’ Colour is just one of Katey’s tools when it comes cre­at­ing an im­pact. as her taste for bolder, state­ment pieces has de­vel­oped, she has brought in eye-catch­ing ac­ces­sories to add an­other di­men­sion. ‘i had lots of small bits be­fore, but now i pre­fer fewer, larger items, such as over­sized vases and at­trac­tive lighting,’ she says. ‘i go for strong, al­most ar­chi­tec­tural shapes that make a real im­pres­sion.’

although this home may not have been Katey and si­mon’s first choice, they feel that what it has pro­vided is far from sec­ond best. ‘this house has lent it­self in­cred­i­bly well to our taste and life­style,’ says Katey. ‘ We’ve been able to truly make it our own.’

Dec­o­rat­ing ad­vice ‘Use navy as a con­trast with brights – it’s a softer and more so­phis­ti­cated al­ter­na­tive to black’

Din­ing Area The honey-coloured oak of the large ta­ble lends a warm, nat­u­ral feel, while the black fea­ture wall makes a dra­matic state­ment. Bethan Gray New­man ta­ble, £1,200; bench, £ 429, both John Lewis. Karls­son Belt wall clock, £59,...

sit­ting room Two arches con­nect this low-level area with the kitchen-diner above, while also al­low­ing more light to flow into the space. Dil­lon corner sofa, £1,732, Sofa Work­shop. Print cush­ions in romo ilsa mi­mosa fab­ric, £ 45m, Tm in­te­ri­ors. bow...

Bath­room The gen­er­ous, curved bath and mar­ble tiles set a lux­u­ri­ous tone. du­ravit Happy d2 corner bath, £1,132, Qs sup­plies. st moritz Vein pol­ished mar­ble tiles, £108sq m, man­darin stone mas­ter Bed­room Katey’s grey theme con­tin­ues here with shades...

heidi’s Bed­room A neat desk and fold­ing chair cre­ate a study area that makes best use of space. mini stroller desk, £229, made. mat­tram cur­tains, £20, ikea

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