Be­ing able to en­ter­tain en masse is re­ally im­por­tant to us

No. 1 Magazine - - INTERIORS -

I bought my home in April 2011 off-plan, so at the time I only had the out­side as a guide. Be­fore they started on the in­side I al­tered the plans to re­move two walls from the main down­stairs liv­ing space as I wanted to cre­ate open plan liv­ing. Be­ing able to en­ter­tain en masse, es­pe­cially for Christ­mas eve cock­tails, is re­ally im­por­tant to us, hav­ing the kitchen, din­ing and liv­ing room all in one place makes com­plete sense for how we live and then no mat­ter how full the house is, it means that no­body is ever far away. We both have lots of fam­ily close enough to drop in un­ex­pect­edly, so there is al­ways a cake on the cake stand just in case! One of my favourite rooms is the bath­room. It is the small­est room in the house, so it was never go­ing to fit every­thing that you might want in one place. The bath dic­tated the room style and its size is de­ceiv­ing. I splashed out on the mus­tard vel­vet but­ton back arm­chair. It’s com­pletely im­prac­ti­cal but I love it! My apothe­cary draw­ers and cup­board only cost the paint strip­per to re­store it. My dad ‘found’ the cabi­net in a build­ing due for de­mo­li­tion at the med­i­cal school he was train­ing at back in the early 1970s. It then spent 30 years in var­i­ous at­tics un­til I even­tu­ally res­cued it and re­moved count­less coats of paint, I man­aged to save some of the name plaques but un­for­tu­nately not all of them. I would de­scribe my style as un­clut­tered. I love stripped back Scan­di­na­vian style and Kerr loves Ja­panese ,so if we ever get around to build­ing our own place the re­sults could be in­ter­est­ing. We both love tex­ture in ma­te­ri­als, so tweeds and leather are great fab­rics to work with. You should think of your home as your gallery, if you love some­thing you’ve pur­chased, show it off – I’ve al­ways started with neu­tral walls as I think it al­lows art­work, ce­ram­ics, fab­rics or even a stack of favourite books to be seen and en­joyed.

TOP: Hiro the French Bull­dog with a piece of art­work. LEFT: The bath­room is Amy’s favourite room. BE­LOW: The apothe­cary draw­ers were res­cued from a build­ing that was due to be de­mol­ished by Amy’s dad in the 1970s.

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