Colour con­fi­dence

Me­lanie and Rus­sell Lis­sack have dec­o­rated an el­e­gant Ge­or­gian town­house from top-to-bot­tom with her­itage shades, clever de­sign ideas and sim­ple DIY projects, re­sult­ing in a stylish fam­ily home

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Me­lanie and Rus­sell Lis­sack have taken their el­e­gant Ge­or­gian town­house from bland to bold on a mod­est bud­get, dec­o­rat­ing from top to bot­tom

SEE­ING her mum dec­o­rate her child­hood home gave Me­lanie the skills she needed to tackle

ren­o­va­tion of her pe­riod house. ‘i al­ways loved help­ing and copy­ing what she did,’ re­calls Me­lanie. ‘That’s how i learned how to paint and hang wall­pa­per.’

Home for Me­lanie and hus­band Rus­sell today is a beau­ti­ful ge­or­gian house on the edge of ep­ping For­est in es­sex, which they bought af­ter de­cid­ing to swap their cen­tral Lon­don maisonette for a more fam­ily-friendly home. ‘When Jaxon was born we no­ticed how noisy and busy Lon­don felt and we needed a change of scene,’ ex­plains Me­lanie. ‘Although we wanted more of a coun­try life, we also needed to be near to the city for work. This area of­fered the best of both worlds.’

Love at first sight

When she first saw the es­tate agent’s photos, Me­lanie thought the house was too small, but Rus­sell per­suaded her to view it. ‘As soon as i saw it in per­son i was

to­tally smit­ten. The pretty door and drive­way had mas­sive kerb ap­peal, and in­side the rooms were full of light. We put in an offer on the spot.’

As the pre­vi­ous own­ers had ren­o­vated the prop­erty from top to bot­tom, the house was in good shape but it lacked char­ac­ter. ‘They’d done the hard graft, such as changing the win­dows,’ says Me­lanie. ‘How­ever, all the rooms were painted beige or cream. My plan was to add colour to ev­ery room to re­flect our per­son­al­i­ties. As i was on ma­ter­nity leave at the time, it was also the ideal pro­ject for us to take on.’

get­ting stuck in

The cou­ple lived in the house for two months, tak­ing in the pro­por­tions of the prop­erty, be­fore they picked up a paint brush. it wasn’t long, how­ever, be­fore Me­lanie was itch­ing to get started on the re­design. ‘The kitchen units were painted in a ca­nary yel­low with large brown knobs and cream walls,’ she re­calls. ‘i de­cided to paint the doors navy to pick out the ac­cent colour in the tiles ➤

KERB AP­PEAL Me­lanie was in­stantly won over by the el­e­gant en­trance to her home. the door is painted in Ox­ford Blue by Du­lux

STATE­MENT LIGHT Top Brighten up a cor­ner with a fun fea­ture ta­ble lamp and me­tal­lic ac­ces­sories. Lamp base, home­sense. Eos shade, Vita Copen­hagen. Ta­bles, Zara home

SIT­TING ROOM Above and above right the other end of the open-plan liv­ing space has a neu­tral colour pal­ette. the bird cage light fit­ting was made by Me­lanie. gold side ta­ble, Ur­ban Out­fit­ters. gold can­dle­sticks, h&m. For a sim­i­lar arm­chair, try the...

af­ter KITCHEN MAKEOVER Clock­wise from top Me­lanie dis­liked the yel­low colour of the orig­i­nal kitchen so looked to up­date it with­out re­plac­ing the units. the wooden heal’s din­ing ta­ble com­ple­ments the room’s coun­try styling. Me­lanie had a bench made to...


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