Looking back at the house from the garden, we can really see the difference it’s made to the appearance of the property – we’re so glad we had it done.’ Another area Liz and Dave were keen to change was the stairwell.
‘We fi nally tackled the kitchen a year after we moved in.
It was originally a dark room with lots of dark wood, but we liked the layout and just wanted to lighten up the space without having to redesign it,’ says Liz.
‘When I looked through the window and could see part of the garden, too, I was sold.’ Having taken on redecoration projects in the past, Liz and Dave weren’t put off by the amount of work needed to bring the interior up to date.
The previous owners had introduced dado rails, lots of dark wood and beams to try to create a cottage style but Liz wanted to strip it right back.
The new design has made such a difference, brightening up the hallway and landing – it’s hard to believe it’s the same space.’ Upstairs, inspiration for the master bedroom and the guest room came from the patterned wallpaper that Liz fell in love with.
‘It’s quite unusual for me to use patterned paper, but I saw the leafy design and started to think about how and where I could use it,’ she says.
‘I’m a visual person and there are so many looks that I love that I end up mixing styles throughout the house,’ she explains.
‘Plus, we’ve owned much of our furniture for many years, so the inspiration for new décor often comes from one of the pieces that we already own.’ Rooms including the living room and the separate snug have a subtle Moroccan/Middle Eastern theme, an idea that was based on existing furniture, including the fire surround and large day bed, as well as fabrics discovered while travelling.
Although a dated 1970s property might not be everyone’s idea of a perfect home, as soon as Liz and Dave Every set eyes on the house, they knew they were going to buy it before they’d stepped inside and seen any of the rooms.