VIC­TO­RIA SAYS

Hampshire Life - - Real Home -

Your favourite room: “The kitchen! I love the yel­low walls. Also, I love how ac­ces­si­ble the kitchen is with its back door and win­dows out to the gar­den, so I can watch the chil­dren play while I potter. It’s the eas­i­est hang out room.”

Your best buy: “My rugs from Ikea! We have a few of their colour­ful kilim ones, but also their usual jute sisal ver­sions, too. They make the cot­tage cosy and warm, but also last for­ever, even with many a muddy foot on them.”

One thing in the house you couldn’t live with­out: “The pi­ano - to keep Peter busy play­ing won­der­ful mu­sic al­most constantly.”

Your favourite home store: Jub­bly’s in Lyming­ton: an old-fash­ioned bric-a-brac shop which I love to visit on Satur­day morn­ings. It has some real trea­sures sell­ing for noth­ing. Some­times, out of con­text in a crowded shop, th­ese pieces are amaz­ing; oth­ers just need a lick of paint.”

A tip for any­one else do­ing a sim­i­lar project: “Try to mir­ror the sur­round­ings and your life­style so that the in­te­ri­ors look right and are prac­ti­cal.”

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