Being able to entertain en masse is really important to us
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.