10 years of careful restoration the couple, who have two children Sam,
13, and Joe, 12, have had every opportunity to leave their stamp on the
property and create a favourite room from scratch.
Deborah the task of selecting a favourite could not be easier – it’s
the C-shaped open-plan space encompassing the kitchen, dining room and
She said, “Some
people might not like it as a knock-through and I have thought about
blocking it up, but I enjoy the space and it works for me.
“And the nice thing is it’s quite a social space for the family, but also for occasions when we have guests around.”
who left DIY: SOS in January because the show was keeping her away from
her family for up to 30 weeks a year, added, “With the knock-through we
don't have the scene divided up by having to go to the kitchen from the
dining room, because the kitchen and the dining room are one space.”
kitchen space is designed to maximise the light with birchwood units,
tumbled marble tiles on the walls and the floor laid out in limestone.
said, “It’s all very light, which is good because there are not a huge
number of windows so it's important to bounce as much light around the
space as possible.”
the bright atmosphere, one of the kitchen walls is painted powder blue,
before this gives way to walnut in the living room, while a cherry wood
table with suede chairs takes centre stage on social occasions.
musician and amateur painter Deborah has decorated the walls of the
space with a collection of six guitars and watercolours bought on
family holidays around the UK.
said, “For my 40th birthday we had a party at home and I invited the
DIY: SOS team – Mark Miller, Chris Frediani and Nick Knowles – and they
bought me a 12-string pink electric guitar and a Marshall amp.
“So that’s now on my wall as well and I’ve had to balance it out by putting my son’s guitar up there too.”
mahogany piano sits alongside the table, while several frameless
montages of large family photos are also up on the kitchen wall.
interiors specialist, who now hopes to re-establish her business
dddesigns.co.uk, said, “Basically, I've taken some very large pictures
of the family and put them together. There are about 36 images laid
over each other to make one big picture and I've got three of these
montages next to each other.
would recommend everybody do them because they really stop people in
their tracks and you just catch people at parties looking at them.”
by a series of lighting features around the edge of the room the living
room is furnished with an oak wood floor, a pewter fireplace with a
white surround and two cream leather BoConcept angular sofas.
turned statistician Steve, 36, has a Technics turntable in the living
room as he still prefers the sound of vinyl to a CD and the couple
enjoy relaxing in the evening in front of their 42ins flat-screen TV.