‘Each room has A unique feel’

Us­ing her cre­ative flair and eye for de­tail, Vickie, 33, has added lots of char­ac­ter to her new-build prop­erty

Style at Home (UK) - - Modern New-Build -

Watch­ing our house be­ing built was a daunt­ing but ex­cit­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,’ says Vickie. ‘My hus­band Jumell and I wanted to buy in Sh­ef­ford, as it’s close to our fam­i­lies and the school that our chil­dren Kay­den, 6, and Nyla, 4, at­tend, plus it’s a lovely quiet vil­lage that we re­ally feel at home in. We chose one of the houses at the end of a brand-new devel­op­ment, so we’d ben­e­fit from beau­ti­ful views of the coun­try­side. An­other bonus was that we wouldn’t be over­looked by our neigh­bours.

Hav­ing a say in choos­ing the tiles, floor­ing and kitchen is one ad­van­tage of buy­ing a prop­erty be­fore it’s fin­ished and meant we could move in with­out the hassle of hav­ing to do those big jobs later on. I wanted the liv­ing room to feel cosy so we chose a pale cream car­pet to match the cream kitchen floor tiles and help cre­ate a sense of flow through­out the ground floor.

I fell in love with Far­row & Ball’s Manor House Gray paint so, af­ter we’d moved in, I painted the two larger walls of the room in this shade. Ini­tially, I was wor­ried it might be too dark, but the colour varies depend­ing on the light and makes the room feel calm and invit­ing. The so­fas are from the French Connection range at DFS and I’ve used colours from the wall can­vas to bring in ac­ces­sories in blush and cop­per, although I tend to up­date my cush­ion col­lec­tion with the sea­sons! I found the plush rug in Dunelm and love how it adds an­other layer of tex­ture to the room.

Heart of the home

I’ve al­ways dreamt of hav­ing the per­fect fam­ily kitchen where we could all gather to­gether. There were, how­ever, lim­ited op­tions when it came to choos­ing the fit­tings and none that we were shown by the builders quite fit­ted the look I wanted. I de­cided to go for white gran­ite work­tops and Shaker-style cab­i­nets, which I knew I could paint in a dif­fer­ent colour later on. When the time came, we got painters to

grey AREA ‘I’ve kept the colour scheme here very sim­ple, but the grey wall cre­ates a strik­ing look that also makes the room feel cosy and wel­com­ing’

style tip ‘Fit shut­ters to your win­dow for a sleek and un­fussy al­ter­na­tive to cur­tains’

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