THE WELL-CRAFTED HOME

In­spired by her Cana­dian coun­try roots, Chris My­ers has in­tro­duced home­spun charm to her pretty Ed­war­dian house

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Home­spun el­e­ments and vin­tage finds bring char­ac­ter to an Ed­war­dian house in Buck­ing­hamshire

Al­though it’s a long way from her na­tive land, Chris My­ers’ house echoes the open style of prop­er­ties there, with their wooden wrap­around ve­ran­das and spa­cious, airy rooms. “When we first

saw it, some­how it re­minded me of home,” she says. Scan­di­na­vian and New Eng­land in­flu­ences are also ev­i­dent – an abun­dance of large win­dows and glass doors that make the most of the light, pale painted wood­work and sim­ple rus­tic fur­ni­ture.

A long-time fan of Coun­try Liv­ing mag­a­zine – “I’ve been buy­ing it since the first is­sue as it pro­vides the most amaz­ing in­spi­ra­tion for all the things I love about ru­ral life” – Chris fi­nally made the move from north Lon­don in Fe­bru­ary 2000 with hus­band Neil and their sons Nick, then aged nine, and Ste­fan, five. The Chilterns was a bit of a com­pro­mise ini­tially as Chris wanted to move fur­ther into the coun­try­side, but the area of­fered Neil easy rail ac­cess to Lon­don for work, as well as the quiet set­ting they had been search­ing for.

Once the practicalities of re­lo­ca­tion had been at­tended to, Chris set about trans­form­ing the prop­erty. Af­ter years of ex­per­i­ment­ing with colour and styles, she was drawn to a sim­pler, less clut­tered aes­thetic, us­ing fur­ni­ture and shades that cre­ate a sense of space. “There was a lot of pink when we ar­rived,” she re­calls. “We had to make it less girly and more ac­cept­able for the boys.”

They also spent many week­ends rip­ping up car­pets. A lover of nat­u­ral wood, Chris was keen to dis­cover the con­di­tion of the

LEFT Dou­ble doors lead onto the gar­den from the light-filled kitchen, where tongue-and­groove pan­elling was added to cre­ate an in­for­mal rus­tic ef­fect

ABOVE An old painted dresser holds a col­lec­tion of vin­tage blue and white china, along with a quirky mix of prac­ti­cal and dec­o­ra­tive pieces

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