SarahBeenySpringIssue2017 - 117
HOME MAKEOVER ▲
THE ROOM IS NOW SPLIT
BETWEEN TV AREA AND
A COSY, GROWN-UP
SPACE FACING THE FIRE
BLACK AND WHITE
inding the perfect house is diﬃcult enough: one
which is practical for your needs but that also
tugs at the heartstrings. Add in extra criteria,
such as proximity to a train station, plus enough
room for ﬁve kids, and you've got your work
really cut out. This is the situation that confronted Lottie
Storey, 40, and Mike Goldsmith, 48, when they decided
to search for their dream family home.
'We had a lot of criteria when we decided that it was time
for us to combine families and all move in together,' says
Lottie, who runs the oysterandpearl.co.uk blog.
'Between us, we had Archer, 10, Arthur, nine,
Florence, eight, and Ted and Stanley, both six,
to consider; so the house we bought needed to
be close to their schools and big enough for
accommodating such a large brood!'
'Plus the house needed to be near a main station,'
adds Mike, who commutes to London from Bristol.
The couple knew ﬁnding such a home wouldn't
be easy, and would probably mean compromising
in other areas, such as the style of building.
'We'd seen this house online and although it
was built in the 1980s, which is not my preferred
choice of architecture, we knew it could tick all
of our boxes,' recalls Lottie. And sure enough, >
AND IN POOR
- PAINTING IT
HIGH ON THE
Opting for a neutral white
the odd splash of colour
with accessories and gives
the house a modern feel
www.athomemagazine.co.uk MAY 2017 | 117