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
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...