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When Lucy and Robert Mer­rell moved into this Vic­to­rian ter­race, it had been ren­o­vated by a prop­erty de­vel­oper, but it took vi­sion on their part to give it colour and char­ac­ter

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THE PROP­ERTY A four-bed Vic­to­rian ter­race in Lich­field, Stafford­shire.

VALUE Bought in March 2016 for £330,000; now worth about £375,000.

“I don’t have one par­tic­u­lar style

– it was fun to ex­per­i­ment and bring dif­fer­ent looks to­gether”

Wel­come to my home

With both of them work­ing in de­mand­ing full-time jobs, Lucy and Robert wanted a house that didn’t need lots of struc­tural work do­ing to it. The flow of the rooms ap­pealed to them, as the down­stairs has the bal­ance of a so­cia­ble open-plan kitchen-diner, ideal for en­ter­tain­ing, and a cosy front liv­ing room. Hav­ing re­cently been ren­o­vated by a lo­cal de­vel­oper, this place ticked all the boxes. The kitchen had been ex­tended, newly fit­ted cab­i­nets and sky­lights flood­ing it with nat­u­ral light. Up­stairs, the loft had been con­verted and an en suite in­stalled, cre­at­ing a self-con­tained guest suite in the eaves. New car­pets had even been laid through­out. The house was fin­ished to a high stan­dard… but it looked bor­ing.

Lucy gath­ered ideas on­line, us­ing Pin­ter­est and In­sta­gram, as well as homes mag­a­zines, be­fore get­ting started. She wanted a mod­ern in­te­rior, but was anx­ious not to lose the char­ac­ter of the house by mak­ing it too con­tem­po­rary and min­i­mal­ist. Af­ter all, the prop­erty de­vel­oper had care­fully pre­served its pe­riod fea­tures – fireplaces, pic­ture rails and deep cor­nic­ing. She set­tled for a blend of Scan­di­na­vian and in­dus­trial in­flu­ences, with a touch of glam­our on top.

‘Mov­ing into a blank can­vas had its ad­van­tages and its draw­backs,’ she says. ‘Luck­ily, we loved the style of the kitchen and the bath­room is fairly neu­tral, so our big de­ci­sions were choos­ing fur­ni­ture, light­ing and paint colours, with ac­ces­sories and fin­ish­ing touches at the end. We didn’t have to dive into any of those de­ci­sions straight away. We took time to plan each room and ex­per­i­ment with colours be­fore com­mit­ting, so the process didn’t feel rushed or hap­haz­ard.’

Lucy Mer­rell lives here with her hus­band Robert. Lucy is a branch man­ager for a truck and trailer parts sup­plier and Robert is an op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor in the mo­tor trade.

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