Oxford mess transformed into dream home

Aug 15, 2014 - POSTED BY Anna Halloran - How To... , Market Trends , Whats Hot

After buying our dream home only two months ago, turning it from a derelict mess into our dream home hasn’t been easy, but after some pretty frightening hiccups I couldn’t be happier with the result.

Living and Dining Room

The open plan living and dining room grew by a metre in size by removing the two walls as you enter the property. The two Bingley sofas from sofa.com nicely frame what is quite a small room to make you feel it’s larger than it is. By placing glass antique lamps behind the sofa on an antique console table, it draws your eye to the back of the room, thereby making the room feel deeper. By using a kiln rug sustainably produced in India from Westelm, I’ve been able to further draw a distinction between the two rooms. I love colour, so by using a glass coffee table, I’ve openly housed many colourful copies of Vogue, which subtly injects an array of colours into the room, which is mirrored by our colourful collection of books.  In the dining room, I was able to play with the lighting a bit more and used a new supplier, Jam Jar Lighting, to create a retro feel, with the giant light bulbs hanging in the centre of the table. The orange glow is perfect for a dinner party setting, and the multi coloured wires echo my colour pallet throughout the house.

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The kitchen has remained tiny in size but feels like it has doubled, thanks to a fantastic German kitchen supplier, Kuchenwerks. I have managed to use clean lines and symmetry to create a minimalist look which maximised the space. To save space in the kitchen, I placed the new retro mint green Smeg fridge in the cupboard under the stairs, and the washing machine is housed in the old outside loo. To create a classic contemporary look,I used a white and grey marble like finish for the worktop, Lyra, and a full wrap around splash back in a pastel yellow, all supplied by the Surrey Kitchen Company. The back wall is painted with a great value magnetic and blackboard paint, supplied by Homebase, which is not only very practical but also lots of fun.

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Master Bedroom

Throughout the upstairs a great value acrylic carpet from Kennington Flooring has been laid, which is incredibly soft as well as durable. In the master bedroom I purchased, for under £500, the stunning Juliette bed from Feather and Black. The classic button back head board is contemporised when combined with a grass green ombre bed spread from Designers Guild, which I mimicked in the cushion on the arm chair. I used a mixture of antiques and modern furniture in our bedroom to create a classic contemporary feel. Throughout the house. I introduced an eclectic mix of small items, including different cupboard handles in every room, ranging from ivory stripe to nautical themes, which were all under £2 from Esty.

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Spare Bedroom

My favourite parts of this room are the homemade dried hydrangeas, the curtains which came premade from the ever reliable and stylish John Lewis designed by Harlequin, and the faux fur throw from Asda!

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Bathroom

In the bathroom I took a risk by using Porcel Thin tiles; about 4 mm thick. These super thin tiles come in huge slabs so it enabled me to only use a few, minimising the grouting lines. The faux marble effect looks so chic for a fraction of the high street cost.

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After a fairly gruelling 8 weeks, and coming in only £3,000 over budget, transforming our dream home ourselves has been well worth the pressure. A special thanks to Capehorn Developments for completing the contract on time, within budget and to a brilliant standard.

Only the garden left to do!