Philippa MacKinnon has employed her enviable organisational skills to sensitively transform her Victorian grange from a dilapidated space, untouched since the 1960s, to a chic and functional family home with ingenious storage solutions.

The large, open plan kitchen is now one of the most important rooms in the house and where the family spends most of their time

The large, open plan kitchen is now one of the most important rooms in the house and where the family spends most of their time

The immaculate larder is a shrine to organisation, with clearly labelled jars next to neat groupings of tins and everyday essentials

The immaculate larder is a shrine to organisation, with clearly labelled jars next to neat groupings of tins and everyday essentials

A door in the utility room leads out onto a brick-paved patio, home to the kitchen garden and the family’s chickens

A door in the utility room leads out onto a brick-paved patio, home to the kitchen garden and the family’s chickens

The dining room, once the drawing room, gathers around a great dining table from Thaiger House. A Carrara marble bust of Philippa’s great-great-grandmother surveys the scene in one corner

The dining room, once the drawing room, gathers around a great dining table from Thaiger House. A Carrara marble bust of Philippa’s great-great-grandmother surveys the scene in one corner

Bookshelves line one wall of the study

Bookshelves line one wall of the study

The drawing room has been transformed from a home to the property’s oil tanks into a comfortable space for entertaining

The drawing room has been transformed from a home to the property’s oil tanks into a comfortable space for entertaining

Once the kitchen, the den is where the family now retire to watch TV or a movie

Once the kitchen, the den is where the family now retire to watch TV or a movie

The master bedroom features a dressing room which leads through to a fabulously contemporary bathroom

The master bedroom features a dressing room which leads through to a fabulously contemporary bathroom

Philippa’s renovation has increased the number of bedrooms at The Grange from four to six. The beds in the welcoming guest rooms are dressed with cosy velvet and quilted throws and plump feather pillows

Philippa’s renovation has increased the number of bedrooms at The Grange from four to six. The beds in the welcoming guest rooms are dressed with cosy velvet and quilted throws and plump feather pillows

Daughter Izzy’s room

Daughter Izzy’s room

Philippa’s philosophy as far as bathrooms is concerned is to go for a high quality centrepiece – all her baths, showers and taps are from C.P. Hart

Philippa’s philosophy as far as bathrooms is concerned is to go for a high quality centrepiece – all her baths, showers and taps are from C.P. Hart

A third Jack and Jill bathroom is shared by a guest room and Izzy

A third Jack and Jill bathroom is shared by a guest room and Izzy

The hallway’s herringbone parquet has been expertly restored

The hallway’s herringbone parquet has been expertly restored

Philippa’s company, Organised World, which she set up with friend Sarah Mavius is a one-stop-shop for all things organisational. Shelving at the end of her cloakroom holds an array of neatly-labelled, compartmentalised clear boxes, to keep bulbs, cables, gardening and household supplies in order

Philippa’s company, Organised World, which she set up with friend Sarah Mavius is a one-stop-shop for all things organisational. Shelving at the end of her cloakroom holds an array of neatly-labelled, compartmentalised clear boxes, to keep bulbs, cables, gardening and household supplies in order

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