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CONTACTS/ SUPPLIERS SPIRAL STAIRCASE


Spiral Stairs Direct www.spiralstairs-direct.co.uk


FARMHOUSE FLAGSTONE TILES


Floors of Stone www.floorsofstone.com


DINING ROOM CHAIRS AND BENCH


Lee Longlands furniture store in Birmingham – now available in Cox and Cox www.coxandcox.co.uk


PENDANT LIGHTS


Tom Raffield www.tomraffield.com


KITCHEN Howden’s www.howdens.com


PARQUET FLOORING


ESB flooring www.esbflooring.com


KITCHEN STONE WORKTOPS


Everything Stone www.everythingstone.co.uk


LIGHT TOUCHES


Old houses have a tendency to put cosiness above light; here the owner has added in Velux windows that allow light to come in while preserving the original features of the house – particularly in the former outbuildings where windows were particularly scarce. The house is built over a single storey – steps up and down as you enter different parts of the restoration are the only real clue to the original configuration of the building. In the hall there are small nooks cut into the exterior wall, giving an indication of how thick the white washed walls of the cottage are. The skill in renovating such an old project is finding the right modern products to


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“Decisions had to be taken on how to rip out the tawdry 1980s additions of cheap flooring and decor but save some old features”


complement the era of the house rather than fake it – but which also support the needs of modern living. The parquet flooring throughout the living area of the house came from ESB flooring, of London. “I wanted something that would work well with underfloor heating and which looked traditional and parquet-like, without the cost of real parquet,” she says. The kitchen came from Howden’s and was designed by Salma, with a little help from the company’s CAD designer. “I had fallen in love with a deVOL kitchen and wanted the same feel and look without the price tag. The stone worktops are from Everything Stone in the Cornish village of Par. It is my dream kitchen,” she admits. “It is the perfect entertaining space, opening up onto the patio.”


This fabulous kitchen opens out via floor to ceiling and wall to wall windows onto a secluded garden – where a hot tub and outside shower awaits. The dining table, bench and chairs are made from reclaimed wood by furniture store Lee Longlands in Birmingham. “I chose them because I wanted to bring an industrial feel into the property, to reflect its history as a working building.” Dramatic steam bent wooden pendant lights from Tom Raffield provide a sculptural element here.


Sadly the floors had to be completely


replaced – among other past architectural atrocities committed here, the original flagstones had been lost during its 1980s renovation and replaced with carpets, Lino and


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