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oak floor­ing laid through­out the ground floor,” says So­phie. “Fumed oak looks old and suits the style of the house; it’s in a chevron de­sign in the ex­ten­sion and laid as planks in the hall and draw­ing room.”

Claire also de­signed the stained-glass lan­tern in the din­ing room based on one So­phie spot­ted in the fa­mous Ivy restau­rant in London. She rec­om­mended the crit­tal win­dows in here as well as de­sign­ing the lay­out of the kitchen; she also sourced many cos­metic touches like the light­ing and wall fin­ishes.

The kitchen also has a roof lan­tern.

The stained oak cab­i­nets with their brass mesh pan­els and han­dle-less doors were hand­made by Si­mon Payne of Woodgrayne of Rugby with con­crete work­tops by Fluid Stone. But most spec­tac­u­lar is the is­land coated in liq­uid bronze. “I think it looks mono­lithic,” says So­phie. “Al­though the Moby Dick lights of fi­brous plas­ter by Kar­man ‘fly­ing’ above the is­land like seag­ulls are also pretty eye-catch­ing.”

Claire also cre­ated and de­signed a pantry area with a glazed crit­tal door look­ing into it from the kitchen. All the shelv­ing is in hot rolled steel with a re­cy­cled Heineken green glass work­top.

“I wanted a con­tem­po­rary vibe in­side a tra­di­tional house,” says So­phie. “And I think be­tween us all we’ve achieved it.”

So­phie chose the Zof­fany yel­low wall­pa­per when they first moved in. The bed is from John Lewis, with a navy vel­vet head­board and sur­round

So­phie chose Far­row & Ball ‘Stiffkey Blue’ for the front door and flanked it with two bay trees in pots from Pithou Pots of Hamp­shire. A wis­te­ria grows above, and the couple planted Annabel hy­drangeas along the front

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