SarahBeenySpringIssue2017 - 118
JUST THE LOVELY
'I SAT WITH THE FLOOR PLANS FOR HOURS
FIGURING OUT THE BEST WAY TO CONFIGURE
THE ROOMS AND ARRANGE THE FURNITURE'
when the couple went to visit the four-bedroom property
in Bristol, they knew straight away it was 'the one'.
'It's right next to the harbourside and has a huge oriel
window that overlooks the water,' says Lottie. 'Inside, the layout
is actually very clever and space is maximised. There's a large
yard at the back and, beyond that, a huge communal lawned
area that in summer has become an extension of our garden.'
When it came to making the space work for their
family, the couple didn't need to do any major
structural work. Thankfully, the spacious rooms
were practical for their needs; the
areas just needed deﬁning.
'I sat with the ﬂoor plans for hours
trying to ﬁgure out the best way to
conﬁgure the rooms,' says Lottie.
'The living room is L-shaped
and it took a while for me to work
out how to arrange the furniture.'
The answer? Back-to-back sofas
section the room into two distinct
areas: one faces the TV, while the
other is a more grown-up space
near the open ﬁre, alongside
a couple of armchairs and a coﬀee
table. This way the family have
created two spaces out of one room
- perfect for a large family.
The couple also whitewashed the
original brick ﬁreplace to give it a more modern feel.
'I don't mind exposed brick when the colour and condition
make it interesting,' says Lottie. 'But this was very orange,
with no character; so we ended up whitewashing it to blend
in with the white walls: a neutral theme that we've carried
throughout virtually all of the ground ﬂoor.'
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A CLEVER MIXTURE OF
AN ECLECTIC APPEAL
The dining room is the ﬁrst room you
enter when you walk into the house,
and was also one of the ﬁrst to get the
'The dining room is pretty large, but
it was just so characterless - empty and
echoey,' remembers Lottie. 'It felt like
somewhere you'd dump your bike, not
a room you'd want to spend time in.'
The room did have one redeeming
feature, however: the original parquet
ﬂoor. 'Other than that ﬂoor, there was nothing much of interest.
It was a totally blank canvas,' says Lottie. 'Also, because it
opens straight oﬀ the front door, I knew I wanted to include
bookshelves to make it feel more homely and welcoming.'
The couple bought bookcases from IKEA to line one wall
and set about arranging their many volumes. 'Within 24 hours