MIXED BLESS­ING This west Lon­don ter­race is reaping the ben­e­fits of a blend of dif­fer­ent styles

By blend­ing pat­terns with plain walls and Scandi style with in­dus­trial chic, Tina Rams­bot­tom has cre­ated a win­ning com­bi­na­tion

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Af­ter a long time spent look­ing for a house in south­east Lon­don, Tina Rams­bot­tom and Neal Wil­liams had al­most given up when they saw a larg­erthan-av­er­age corner plot in their de­sired area. ‘As we have a child, Hud­son, now 6, we loved the fact that the neigh­bour­hood was very fam­ily ori­en­tated, and the streets wide and leafy,’ says Tina. ‘Also, the large out­side space meant there would be room to ex­tend. But un­for­tu­nately, the house was al­ready un­der of­fer.’

Dis­ap­pointed, the cou­ple de­cided to widen their house hunt­ing to Nor­wich, Tina’s home­town. ‘We were on the mo­tor­way to Nor­folk when we re­ceived a call to say the prop­erty was back on the mar­ket,’ she says. ‘ We put in an of­fer straight away.’

Though the house had good pro­por­tions, the decor was decades out of date. ‘The hall was awash with honey-coloured pine, the wall­pa­per was orange and yel­low, and each room had a chintzy chan­de­lier,’ ex­plains Tina.

The cou­ple planned to build an ex­ten­sion at some point, but in the mean­time, they ripped up the car­pets, re­plac­ing them with oak floor­boards, and painted all the walls white to cre­ate the Scandi look they have long ad­mired.

Three years later, Tina and Neal fi­nally felt ready to tackle the

ex­ten­sion. ‘The kitchen was tiny, so we used the side re­turn to give us much-needed ex­tra space,’ says Tina. ‘ We could have gone big­ger, by ex­tend­ing to the rear, but I didn’t want to lose any of the gar­den. We chose less ex­pen­sive wall units and plain metro tiles, so that we could splash out on high-qual­ity items such as the gran­ite work­tops.’

As the all-white kitchen took shape, else­where, Tina in­tro­duced inky colours to many of the rooms. ‘I could feel a pull be­tween my love of Nordic style, with its pale tones, and this new at­trac­tion for much darker shades,’ she says.

An artist-il­lus­tra­tor (us­ing the name Sum­mer Thorn­ton), Tina was able to achieve a bal­ance be­tween these two styles by us­ing her skills with colour. The spa­ces flow to­gether with ease, and the light and dark hues pro­vide a strik­ing back­drop to the pops of colour and brass ac­cents. Walk into any of the rooms and you’re sure to find one of her ex­quis­ite wa­ter­colours hang­ing on a wall.

Geo­met­rics and pat­terns – from the vi­brant jun­gle wall­pa­per in the bath­room to the Ber­ber rug in the mas­ter bed­room – tie the look to­gether. ‘I think I’ve found my win­ning scheme,’ says Tina. ‘It’s been fan­tas­tic to try and push the en­ve­lope a lit­tle.’

1 kitchen the geo­met­ric pat­terns in both rugs break up the white space. Scandi rug, £80, Rock­ett St Ge­orge. Welles bar stools, £99 each, Swoon Edi­tions, are a good match 2& 4 Sit­ting ROOM ‘i love the fire­place – it’s so typ­i­cal of the Art Deco era,’...

1 MAS­TER BED­ROOM Moroc­can style meets or­nate Louis XIV in this sooth­ing zone. see Kuba ber­ber rug, £225, trouva. Du­vet cover set, £80, h&m home 2 CLOAK­ROOM Geo­met­rics add quirky ap­peal. erica wak­erly an­gles wall­pa­per, £89 per roll, Mon­u­ment...

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