‘We filled it With happy colours’

Alice turned a dated holiday flat by the sea into a cheer­ful home full of bright shades and coastal de­tails

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Alice turned her run­down sea­side flat in East York­shire into a cheery fam­ily home

Most peo­ple wouldn’t have both­ered to give this dated sea­side flat a sec­ond glance,’ says alice. ‘a for­mer holiday home, it had been well used and months of stand­ing empty had taken its toll. how­ever, my hus­band chris and I could see be­yond its di­lap­i­dated in­te­rior, the damp and dirt.

We’ve ren­o­vated prop­er­ties be­fore, so we knew it could look great, but we had to re­ally vi­su­alise how it could be. We’d been look­ing to buy a home in the sea­side town of Hornsea to be closer to my par­ents. We have a young daugh­ter, Mag­gie, and we were trav­el­ling from our home in Manch­ester to Hornsea every other week to see my par­ents. Chris can work from home and we had no real per­sonal at­tach­ment to Manch­ester, so it made sense for us to move.

All change

Prop­er­ties within our budget were few and far be­tween in Hornsea but this flat, just a few me­tres from the beach, was in the per­fect lo­ca­tion and was just the right size. It was pretty much un­in­hab­it­able, so we spent many week­ends work­ing on it to get it into a state where we could move in.

The only thing that re­mained un­changed was the front bay win­dow, which had re­cently been re­placed. The rest of

the prop­erty was al­tered be­yond recog­ni­tion. The old kitchen was at the end of a dark cor­ri­dor and squeezed into a space barely big enough for a cooker and a fridge. A work­top blocked the back door and a cramped bath­room, along with an out­door toi­let, was be­hind that.

Get­ting to work

The day we came to start work on the flat, the lock on the front door broke and we had to break in. We de­cided that, from then on, the only way was up! Chris and one of his friends did all the build­ing work, strip­ping out the old fit­tings and tak­ing out non load-bear­ing walls so we could re­design the lay­out.

They used some of the old kitchen space to cre­ate a big­ger bath­room and util­ity room, then moved the back door and knocked down the out­side toi­let to

‘don’t be afraid to Use Pink in the Kitchen – it’s Per­fect for bring­ing a light, fresh feel to a room’

turn that area into Mag­gie’s bed­room. We built the new kitchen out of the old cor­ri­dor – we raised the ceil­ing to cre­ate a feel­ing of more space and had the whole area re­plas­tered. New plumb­ing and electrics were fit­ted through­out.

I helped where I could, but I spent a lot of time look­ing af­ter Mag­gie, who at that time was just a baby. Once ev­ery­thing started to take shape, I be­gan to plan how I wanted the in­te­rior to look.

Coastal liv­ing

I had a very clear idea of the way each room would look, based on a clean, fresh style with tra­di­tional el­e­ments com­bined with bursts of mod­ern colour.

I wanted to re­flect our coastal lo­ca­tion, but I didn’t want it to be too full on. It was more about re­flect­ing the lovely light here and the nat­u­ral el­e­ments of the

sea­side rather than cre­at­ing a very con­trived coastal look.

To keep things sim­ple, I chose just one colour to use through­out the whole flat – Du­lux Time­less matt emul­sion. It ties the rooms to­gether, makes the small spa­ces look a lot big­ger and also makes main­te­nance re­ally easy, which is im­por­tant when you have a young fam­ily.

My dad, Robin Rose, is a cabi­net maker and he made free-stand­ing cab­i­nets, ta­bles, shelves and cup­boards for us, then we shopped around to find bar­gain fit­tings and fix­tures, plus ex­tra fur­ni­ture, to cre­ate a warm, wel­com­ing style.

He also makes things out of drift­wood, like our towel rail in the kitchen, and that in­spired me to col­lect shells and small pieces of drift­wood from the beach to make my own dec­o­ra­tive pic­tures. Friends kept ask­ing me if they could

‘PUT at­trac­tive TOYS OUT ON DIS­PLAY SO THEY Make an eye-catch­ing Fea­ture AND are easy FOR YOUR CHILD TO reach’

buy the pic­tures, so i started my own small busi­ness, sell­ing them on­line.

the coastal lo­ca­tion has also in­spired the sunny ac­cent colours of our flat, in­clud­ing the bold yel­lows, pinks and blues. i love bright colours. they re­ally cheer us up and can be eas­ily changed if you want a dif­fer­ent look, with­out go­ing to huge ex­pense.

The per­fect fit

We brought quite a lot of fur­ni­ture from our old house with us and luck­ily it all fit­ted per­fectly. We also brought a piece of stone from our old cel­lar which we’ve used to cre­ate a hearth for a small stove that’s in the sit­ting room.

it’s so re­lax­ing here, com­pared to liv­ing in Manch­ester. it’s won­der­ful to wake up each morn­ing and hear the waves, and when the sun­light is pour­ing in through the big bay win­dows, you can be in the sit­ting room and feel as though you’re on holiday. i’m much more aware of the sea­sons and the moods of the sea now. Mag­gie and i spend a lot of time walk­ing along the beach to­gether, look­ing at shells and peb­bles and in­ter­est­ing bits of flot­sam and jet­sam, some of which find their way into the house or into my home­made pic­tures. it’s why we love this flat – it re­flects ev­ery­thing we love about liv­ing close to the sea.’

colour pop ‘this yel­low wall­pa­per lifts the room – it’s Wi­de­nor chevron by thibault, from Wall­pa­per di­rect’

Favourite.. .room. ‘I love how the bay win­dow floods the sit­ting room with light, mak­ing the win­dow seat a lovely sunny spot to sit in’

beach pic­tures ‘th­ese Ikea ledges are the ideal depth to show off my art­works’

ta­ble talk ‘We chose a small ta­ble to save on space, but it can be pulled away from the wall and ex­tended if we have guests over’

hand­crafted ‘My dad, Robin, made this un­usual towel rail out of drift­wood and old nails’

Max­imis­ing. .space ‘I only have units along one wall to make it seem more spa­cious, and I kept the scheme neu­tral with touches of pink to make the room feel light and bright’

seascapes ‘My hand­made art­works re­flect our coastal lo­ca­tion’

Sea bed ‘This room is quite small so we used every inch of space, fit­ting in a desk by the win­dow. The shelf above the bed is per­fect for dis­play­ing our sea­side ac­ces­sories’

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