Fab­u­lously full of char­ac­ter

Prima (UK) - - What’s Inside -

A house where old and new blend to cre­ate a fab in­te­rior

It was a chance glimpse at a lo­cal news­pa­per that led Sally Crabb and her part­ner, Tanya Burns, to the door of a derelict stone cot­tage in ru­ral Northamp­ton­shire. ‘We’d been stay­ing with my par­ents for the week­end in Rut­land and had just made the de­ci­sion to move out of Lon­don,’ says Sally. ‘We saw the ad­vert for the house – two cot­tages be­ing sold as one lot – and de­cided to take a look through the win­dows on our drive back home.’

There was mould on the win­dowsills and the place was in a ter­ri­ble state of dis­re­pair, but Sally and Tanya could see that it had plenty of charm. ‘We didn’t re­alise quite how much char­ac­ter it had un­til we’d bought the place and started strip­ping it out. Hid­den be­hind plas­ter­board at op­po­site ends of the down­stairs rooms we found two amaz­ing iden­ti­cal stone fire­places,’ says Sally.

One as­pect that ap­pealed most to Sally and Tanya about the prop­erty, which was built in 1840, was the fact that the two cot­tages were mir­ror im­ages of each other. They soon re­alised they could ex­ploit this in their ren­o­va­tion plans. ‘Both cot­tages were a war­ren of small rooms, so it was clear to us that

RUS­TIC FEEL­ING Once hid­den be­hind plas­ter­board, the stone fire­place is now the fo­cal point of the room. Sea­grass floor­ing com­ple­ments rus­tic stonework, while an an­tique chair up­hol­stered in San­der­son’s vi­brant Fes­ti­val fab­ric adds a con­tem­po­rary touch.

PE­RIOD PROP­ERTY The house dates back to 1840 and was orig­i­nally two sep­a­rate work­ers’ cot­tages.

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