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Hav­ing al­ready found some­where to move to, amanda Er­ritt was re­luc­tantly per­suaded to view a few more prop­er­ties. one view­ing later she was hooked and found her new home…

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In-be­tween houses in 2005, amanda Er­ritt, an in­te­rior de­signer, and her hus­band si­mon, a risk an­a­lyst, had al­ready put down a de­posit on a new fam­ily home in Clapham, south lon­don, for her young fam­ily. “We were stay­ing near my mum in sur­rey and she was keen for us to live nearby, so I made a to­ken ef­fort to view a cou­ple of houses to ap­pease her,” says amanda. “but I didn’t ex­pect to fall in love with the first house I viewed and buy it on the spot! My hus­band hadn’t even seen it, but I just knew it was our home – per­fect for rais­ing our young chil­dren louis and lara.”

although the house hadn’t been touched for 40 years, amanda knew that she could make it her for­ever home – but there was lots of work to do and it has taken years of love and thought to cre­ate the home she wanted.

amanda had a plan of ac­tion, in­clud­ing a new kitchen ex­ten­sion, new bath­rooms, win­dows, heat­ing, electrics, soft fur­nish­ings, car­pets and fur­ni­ture through­out, as well as a new front door, land­scap­ing and fenc­ing. “We just worked through the house as and when our bud­get would al­low. For me, it was im­por­tant to re­tain the pe­riod style – with­out mak­ing the house look old-fash­ioned,” ex­plains amanda.

De­spite the house be­ing an orig­i­nal arts and Crafts house, de­signed and built by the ar­chi­tect tar­rant, the >>

“Even though I am an in­te­rior de­signer, this is home, so I didn’t want it to be a show­piece”

pre­vi­ous own­ers had clearly been in­flu­enced by the 60s and 70s. the floors were adorned with swirling car­pets, there was an abun­dance of Formica in the kitchen, and the bath­room suites had been up­dated in peach and av­o­cado. “While I am a great fan of the retro look, when we bought this house, the 70s re­vival was not a good thing. I de­cided to strip it back and add my own con­tem­po­rary touches that worked har­mo­niously with its de­signer past,” says amanda.

In the kitchen ex­ten­sion amanda has man­aged to bal­ance the old and new with ef­fort­less style. “a house this old

needs to be treated with re­spect but I felt that as the kitchen ex­ten­sion was a new ad­di­tion to the orig­i­nal plan I could be more ad­ven­tur­ous,” she ex­plains.

“even though I am an in­te­rior de­signer, this is home, so I didn’t want it to be a show­piece. We all love it, and friends and fam­ily of­ten gather here for meals and par­ties, and we have fam­ily liv­ing abroad who of­ten stay.”

be­ing an in­te­rior de­signer has its ad­van­tages; amanda was eas­ily able to imag­ine each room as a fin­ished project – all she had to do then was make it a re­al­ity. “of course I of­ten see other styles that I love, but I can’t bear the thought of hav­ing work done here and dis­rupt­ing the peace. I sat­isfy my in­spi­ra­tion and cre­ativ­ity when I am work­ing on clients’ homes in­stead!” she smiles. >>

“While I am a great fan of the retro look, when we bought this house, the 70s re­vival was not a good thing”

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