Backyard Rose Cottage has been remodeled right into a dreamy household dwelling (Image: Rachel Ghent)
Carving out serene areas in a busy household dwelling that additionally doubles as a office can appear an unrealistic purpose.
However at Backyard Rose Cottage, within the idyllic hamlet of Mousley Finish, deep in Warwickshire’s Shakespeare nation, Paul and Alex Clarke have managed simply that.
Balancing fashionable but sensible residing areas, the Grade II-listed, three-bedroom home options pale, tranquil rooms with chalk-white partitions, beamed ceilings and plaster-pink concrete flooring, alongside an open-plan, midnight-blue kitchen and utilitarian and laundry areas through which to stash the inevitable mess.
‘There actually is not any level in having stunning, minimalist areas when they’re simply going to be draped in drying underpants,’ says Paul.
‘Once we purchased the house in 2015, we redesigned it to verify we might preserve elements as clutter-free as doable – and different elements that we might fortunately heap with all of the detritus of busy household life.
‘The goal was to strip the place again to its authentic, uncooked magnificence whereas reinvigorating it as a recent household dwelling.’
The Clarkes outdoors Backyard Rose Cottage (Image: Rachel Ghent)
The household within the backyard (Image: Rachel Ghent)
For Paul and Alex, who’ve two youngsters – daughter Teddy, three, and son Baxter, 13 months – dream household properties are their meat and drink.
They based property company Mr And Mrs Clarke in 2015, which has a powerful deal with promoting homes which have been each mindfully curated and treasured by their house owners.
The residing space (Image: Rachel Ghent)
They’ve tried to maintain the decor fashionable however becoming for the fashion of the cottage (Image: Rachel Ghent)
‘Once we determined to maneuver to the nation and put our Islington condo available on the market, the entire expertise made us really feel indifferent and undervalued,’ says Paul, a former instructor who additionally arrange an occasions firm with Alex, a former celebration planner to members of the royal household.
The kitchen (Image: Rachel Ghent)
The property has lots of authentic options (Image: Rachel Ghent)
‘We knew we might do higher.’
It was his spouse, admits Paul, who instantly noticed the potential within the 400-year-old home, a 25-minute drive from Leamington Spa, to succeed as each their work base and a spot to lift a household.
The nursery (Image: Rachel Ghent)
‘The home had seen so many households come and develop, however it actually was a higgledy-piggledy mess,’ he says.
‘There was a mish-mash of rooms, and layer upon layer of flooring. We made some welcome discoveries, resembling uncovering ceiling beams, picket floorboards and hidden fireplaces, however there was an odd, spooky staircase that appeared to go nowhere, which we later ripped out and transformed into the pantry, and, oddly, two kitchens – one in all which made the right research area.’
The household within the vegetable patch (Image: Rachel Ghent)
The toilet (Image: Rachel Ghent)
With the assistance of Dean Poulton, of Lapworth-based Development Architects, assist from the native planners, who have been eager to see the Sixteenth-century home restored to its former magnificence, and a workforce of trusted builders, main works have been carried out.
These included an extension for that all-important utility room, the addition of a storm porch and the elimination of two false ceilings in the main bedroom, giving it an ethereal, vaulted really feel.
They purchased the home in 2015 (Image: Rachel Ghent)
Paul and Alex, who stayed with Alex’s regionally primarily based dad and mom for 5 months whereas the work was being carried out, have reinvented a home that made no sense in any respect into one that isn’t solely magazine-spread glamorous, however totally pragmatic, for a complete price range of round £200,000,
The beautiful pale pink concrete flooring all through the entire of the downstairs, for instance, is hard-wearing in addition to wipe-down, ought to Teddy take her crayons to it, or Marlowe the black lab path mud inside, although it’s softened right here and there by mushy, luxurious rugs.
One of many bedrooms (Image: Rachel Ghent)
A window within the cottage (Image: Rachel Ghent)
The poplar kitchen cabinetry is by British Normal, upmarket Plain English’s extra reasonably priced little sister vary, which you paint your self: Paul and Alex selected Farrow & Ball’s Stiffkey Blue, setting off the white Unistone counter tops.
The pale partitions (inset, left) create a way of area all through, with light-filtering linen floating on the home windows. As a substitute of standard lighting, pendants loop from the ceilings on lengths of flex (inset, proper), and within the youngsters’s bedrooms, white painted floorboards are the right various to simply stained carpets.
They stored the signal from Alex’s dad and mom’ dwelling 30 years in the past (Image: Rachel Ghent)
Their daughter’s bed room (Image: Rachel Ghent)
To keep up a way of serenity, it was essential to not muddle, so just a few much-loved items made the lower.
In the primary residing area, for instance, a carefully painted picket trunk belonged to Alex’s great-great-aunt, and the antlers on the wall have been a Christmas current from Alex to Paul. Classic chairs got here from one of many Clarkes’ purchasers, an antiques seller and the HOUSE signal within the kitchen is the outdated on the market board that sat outdoors Paul’s in-laws dwelling they purchased 30 years in the past.
Within the backyard with their canine (Image: Rachel Ghent)
The kids love the backyard (Image: Rachel Ghent)
One-off ceramics and vases from Baileys Dwelling Retailer in Monmouthshire, Daylesford within the Cotswolds and Closet & Botts in Lewes are displayed on deep windowsills and in classic glass cupboards. Taking the pared-back look to a brand new stage of artistry, nonetheless, is an installation- fashion hanging wardrobe merely constructed from a chunk of wooden and thick knotted rope.
Step outdoors, and also you’ll discover gardens as thoughtfully designed because the interiors, the work of Ula Maria, winner of the 2017 RHS Younger Backyard Designer of the Yr competitors. Off the kitchen is a sunken Provencal-inspired courtyard, for the al fresco household meals the Clarkes love, in addition to varied ranges of decking (one, romantically, for stargazing).
The couple outdoors their dwelling (Image: Rachel Ghent)
There are 4 fireplace pits and a chiminea to verify the out of doors areas can be utilized all yr spherical, a kitchen backyard through which the youngsters are elevating veg, and a riot of cottage planting, together with roses, hydrangeas and herbs – plus a meadow’s price of untamed flowers, grown from seeds scattered by Teddy.
‘It truly is heavenly, however the hassle doing the job that we do is that you’re at all times seeing different, stunning homes, and that may provide the urge to maneuver on and begin one other venture,’ Paul says.
Overcoming their devotion to the tiny native pub, The Case Is Altered, which solely serves beer and bans cell phones, the Clarkes have determined to promote up, for £790,000, and can most likely transfer again in with Alex’s dad and mom whereas they discover one other home to do up.
‘If there may be one factor this yr has taught us, it’s about ensuring we glance to the long run proper now.
‘If there are adjustments you wish to make that can make you content, both in your current dwelling or by shifting on, why delay?’
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