25 Beautiful Homes

DESIGN TIP KITCHEN-DINER

‘Consider your storage before you start a renovation so you can plan it in. You’ll be amazed at how much extra room you can extract’

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When art consultant Anna Kirrage and her husband Nick bought a run-down Victorian villa with no kitchen and a dated 1970s decor, the big appeal was planning how and where to put her eclectic art collection. ‘I was nine months pregnant with my second child when we found the house so we gave it a lick of paint, bought an Ikea kitchen and moved in,’ remembers Anna. ‘I could genuinely see the potential as there’s so much character in the property and I knew we could create a beautiful family home with plenty of interestin­g spaces for my art collection.’

While running her busy consultanc­y (annakirrag­e.com) and looking after two small children, Tabitha, now 10, and Jake, eight, Anna and Nick lived in the house for four years before embarking on a major renovation with the property design and build company Joyner & Mason (joyner and mason. com) who completed the transforma­tion within a year.

‘We made changes to the layout to create a bigger kitchen and larder space and added striking metal-framed doors and windows across the back of the house, which really have changed the outlook – they’ve provided so much extra light,’ explains Anna. ‘We also reinstated some of the cornicing and ceiling roses in the sitting room and bedrooms in order to stay true to the period of the house.’

Anna has impeccable taste, which is evident throughout the house with a decor of calming greys and blues in the

‘I will never tire of these beautiful pendant lights,’ says Anna, who also loves the sunken wine cellar (above right) that was put in.

Cirque pendant lights by Louis Poulson, £978 for all three, Skandium. Stools, £460 each; kitchen cabinets in Pantry Blue, price on request, all DEVOL. Hay J77 dining chairs, £149 each, Skandium

HALLWAY

The lampshades tie in with the herringbon­e pattern of the floor. Verne chest of drawers, £799, Swoon, has this look. Linen Ikat lampshades, £93 each, Pooky. Walls in Inchyra Blue estate emulsion, £49.50 per 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball. Swanson Pebble stair runner, price on request, Roger Oates Design

kitchen set against natural elements including marble, wood and stone. ‘I’m a minimalist at heart and find muted colours and natural materials leave me feeling calm, whereas anything too bright is jarring,’ she explains. ‘However, I couldn’t resist the Leopard Walk wallpaper in the downstairs cloakroom,’ explains Anna. ‘I do think it’s important for a home to flow and that was something everyone on the project was aware of.’

Planning out space for her art collection was at the forefront of the design even in her kitchen. ‘Quite often kitchen cupboards or shelves dominate the walls and it leaves very little space for artwork. We built a wall of cupboards with room for a beautiful contempora­ry piece by German photograph­er Elger Esser, which is the focal point of the dining area.’

Similarly in the hallway, Anna has made the most of what can be a difficult space to fill and has curated a stunning gallery wall. ‘I don’t buy pieces to fit in a certain space, as I’ve been collecting art for over 17 years, so it’s about working with what I’ve already got,’ says Anna.

With such an eye for detail, Anna has meticulous­ly chosen everything from paint colours and fabrics to radiators and brass door hinges. ‘I really don’t like chrome and door hinges are just the sort of detail I would want to get right. The radiators and door handles all make such a difference, too, so I spent time sourcing the right look. The builders used to laugh because I took so long making a decision but when I look around, it was well worth the effort.’

‘This room feels like a sanctuary which we’ve achieved through using a warm pink paint colour,’ says Anna.

Walls in Setting Plaster estate emulsion, £49.50 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball. Karaikal quilt, £250, Oka. Hollyhock blind fabric, price on applicatio­n, Clay Mclaurin

LANDING

Painting the lower walls in a striking colour lends a modern touch. Dado rail, lower wall and skirting boards in Inchyra Blue estate emulsion, £49.50 per 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball

BATHROOM

Using the Metro tiles across the bath gives added impact.

Retro metro wall tiles, £74.98sq m; similar Abbey Waverley floor tiles, £94.50sq m, all Fired Earth

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Joelle kingsize bed, £1,295; Mimi bedside tables, £245 each, all Loaf. Wisteria table lamps, £174 each, Pooky. Pink oakleaves cushions, £115 each, Wicklewood. Panelling in Light Blue estate eggshell, £67 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball
MAIN BEDROOM The panelling in here also conceals storage. Joelle kingsize bed, £1,295; Mimi bedside tables, £245 each, all Loaf. Wisteria table lamps, £174 each, Pooky. Pink oakleaves cushions, £115 each, Wicklewood. Panelling in Light Blue estate eggshell, £67 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball
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