Wel­come to my home

Ideal Home (UK) - - Real Home - Kitt Moss, an in­te­rior stylist, lives here with her boyfriend Jack Noy, an events co-or­di­na­tor.

“We have a good mix of colours, a blend of old and new fur­ni­ture, and pe­riod features, so I’m happy! ”

THE PROP­ERTY

A two-bed Vic­to­rian ter­raced cot­tage in Go­dalm­ing, Sur­rey.

THE VALUE

Bought for £325,000 in 2016; now worth £425,000.

Kitt Moss and Jack Noy were rent­ing a flat when a cot­tage a few doors away came up for sale. ‘The owner had lived in it for 50 years, and it was very dated,’ says Kitt. A sur­vey re­vealed that the cot­tage would need ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tion, in­clud­ing re­build­ing the walls, re­in­forc­ing the floor and ceil­ing joists, and us­ing steel piles to fix sub­si­dence. Un­daunted, the cou­ple bought the cot­tage and de­cided to re­con­fig­ure the in­te­rior and ex­tend to the rear as part of the ren­o­va­tion work.

The cot­tage was stripped back to a bare shell, so the cou­ple con­tin­ued to live in their rented flat while work was done. They ex­tended to the rear to turn the old gal­ley kitchen and ad­join­ing bath­room into a spa­cious kitchen-diner, re­con­fig­ured the front sit­ting room into a separate hall and a study by build­ing a wall, and con­verted the third bed­room up­stairs into a bath­room.

Kitt was keen to re­tain and re­cy­cle as many orig­i­nal features as pos­si­ble. ‘I love old ob­jects and fur­ni­ture with a bit of his­tory to them,’ she says. ‘We kept the old cast iron fire­places in what is now the study and in the main bed­room. They’ve lasted this long, so I thought it im­por­tant to pre­serve them for a few more years yet!’

When it came to the decor, Kitt found she had more ideas than she could use. ‘You have to sift ideas from as many sources as pos­si­ble,’ she says. ‘We didn’t rush to do ev­ery­thing at once, but took our time to de­cide ex­actly what colours and fur­ni­ture would cre­ate the look we wanted.’ Kitt had to rein in some of her more out­landish ideas, though. ‘I would have used dark colours through­out for a dra­matic look – in­clud­ing a dark blue kitchen with gold han­dles – but Jack prefers a more subtle look, so there had to be a com­pro­mise!’

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