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We peek in­side wildlife pain­ter Cather­ine In­gleby’s Shur­lock Row home, which she has trans­formed from

a dated 70s relic into a colour­ful hive of cre­ativ­ity

Art-lovers would be in heaven in Cather­ine In­gleby’s home, a beau­ti­ful red-brick Ge­or­gian build­ing in the heart of the Berk­shire coun­try­side. “Ev­ery sur­face is cov­ered with paint­ings,” Cather­ine ad­mits, with pieces she has cre­ated her­self, as well as work by other artists, on dis­play through­out the house. Each room seems to serve as its own art gallery, the colour schemes and fur­ni­ture tak­ing their in­spi­ra­tion from what­ever mas­ter­piece hangs on the walls – it’s easy to tell that the house has been dec­o­rated by some­one who is more than just a lit­tle creative.

Cather­ine, her hus­band, their two chil­dren, two dogs and cat have lived here since 2006, when they moved to the area af­ter her hus­band got a job at a brew­ery in Chiswick; fit­tingly, the house was once the Master Brew­ers’ house, so his­tory is liv­ing on. How­ever, the house had been “very, very dec­o­rated” dur­ing the 1970s. “There was a lot of ar­tex and a lot of green car­pets when we first moved in,” Cather­ine laughs. Thank­fully be­neath the heavy decor the house had re­tained its orig­i­nal Ge­or­gian fea­tures, such as its fire­places and wooden beams, which

The front as­pect of the house

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