My favourite cor­ner

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katie lee, a pho­tog­ra­pher, lives in a 1930s mid-ter­race house near Whit­ley bay with her hus­band, kevin, and twin daugh­ters, lily and anna, aged nine

‘I’m not a huge fan of the colder months as I don’t like the lack of day­light, but one ma­jor ben­e­fit of win­ter is that we get to light the open fire in our liv­ing room. As soon as au­tumn ar­rives, I’m al­ways ask­ing Kevin and the kids if it’s cold enough yet to have it on! My work space is in my kitchendiner at the back of the house, so this room is def­i­nitely a no-work zone. It’s where I like to come in the evening to re­lax and switch off, whether that’s read­ing a book or watch­ing TV as a fam­ily. There’s a huge pic­ture win­dow in here so it al­ways feels light, and it’s won­der­ful to sit on the sofa and en­joy the views over the coun­try­side. When I dec­o­rated this space with the help of in­te­rior de­signer Cathy Dean (cathy­dean­in­te­ri­orde­sign.com), my brief was that it had to feel cosy but bright. The mod­ern geo­met­ric pat­tern on the wall­pa­per adds a touch of in­ter­est to the space, while the painted chim­ney breast in­jects some warmth and makes a fea­ture of the fire­place. Once the fire is lit and I’ve got a glass of red wine, the thought of a cold win­ter doesn’t seem quite so bad af­ter all.’ Fol­low Katie on In­sta­gram @beau­tifu lhome­sinth enorth; beau­ti­ful­home­sinthenorth.com

an­gles wall­pa­per by Erica wak­erly, £89 per roll, wall­pa­per direct walls painted in rac­coon Fur and shore­line, from £20.50 for 940ml, Ben­jamin Moore.My­ers sofa, £945,Barker & stone­house

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