The story

Period Living - - Updated Victorian Villa -

Who lives here?

Claire Baker, an em­broi­dery artist and col­lege lec­turer, lives here. Her three grown-up chil­dren live nearby


A late-vic­to­rian ter­raced villa in County Durham

What she did

Claire re­placed the ex­ist­ing bath­room and kitchen fit­tings, stripped walls of wood cladding and re­plas­tered, sanded and stained floors, re­paired cor­nices and plas­ter­work, and re­dec­o­rated through­out

Below: In­spi­ra­tion is ev­ery­where in Claire’s stu­dio. She bought the drap­ers’ cab­i­net at Boldon Auc­tion Gal­leries and stored it for years in a friend’s garage. Now it’s stacked with her vin­tage tex­tiles and trim­mings

Above: When the fam­ily out­grew their smaller house, Claire and her par­ents agreed to a house-swapAbove right: Claire’s sis­ter is plan­ning to re­store the hall door’s orig­i­nal cen­tral stained-glass panel

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