After spotting the potential of this Victorian house near Camden Road in Tunbridge Wells, Justine Hodgson-Barker, an interior designer, and her husband James set about transforming it into a stylish yet functional family home.

The open-plan kitchen and dining area both feature reclaimed parquet flooring, interconnecting the rooms and making the whole area feel light and bright. The kitchen, which now opens directly on to the garden was once dark and cluttered and accessed via a dining room

The open-plan kitchen and dining area both feature reclaimed parquet flooring, interconnecting the rooms and making the whole area feel light and bright. The kitchen, which now opens directly on to the garden was once dark and cluttered and accessed via a dining room

Justine describes the living room, which is at the front of the house, as a ‘work in progress’. Even so, the subtle paint scheme and signature pieces of furniture, including a Charles Eames chair and a Hans Wegner rocker, give it understated style

Justine describes the living room, which is at the front of the house, as a ‘work in progress’. Even so, the subtle paint scheme and signature pieces of furniture, including a Charles Eames chair and a Hans Wegner rocker, give it understated style

Retro fashion posters brighten up a wall. Justine has found other quirky prints at Rockett St George and, for unusual art deco and modernist furniture, uses the online boutique, MAR-DEN

Retro fashion posters brighten up a wall. Justine has found other quirky prints at Rockett St George and, for unusual art deco and modernist furniture, uses the online boutique, MAR-DEN

Justine has laid reclaimed pale parquet wood flooring throughout the ground floor which cleverly interconnects the rooms and makes it all feel very light and bright

Justine has laid reclaimed pale parquet wood flooring throughout the ground floor which cleverly interconnects the rooms and makes it all feel very light and bright

The neutral, simple kitchen units are from Krieder in Tunbridge Wells with open shelving as a design feature in itself and home to colourful ingredients and recipes books, as well as a collection of retro Homepride ‘Freds’

The neutral, simple kitchen units are from Krieder in Tunbridge Wells with open shelving as a design feature in itself and home to colourful ingredients and recipes books, as well as a collection of retro Homepride ‘Freds’

Light floods into the narrow kitchen from three sides, including the large glass doors which lead out on to the garden

Light floods into the narrow kitchen from three sides, including the large glass doors which lead out on to the garden

Justine is on-trend with her copper-coloured kitchen accessories and complementary ply retro boards used as a splash-back

Justine is on-trend with her copper-coloured kitchen accessories and complementary ply retro boards used as a splash-back

The layout of the downstairs was reconfigured to create an ‘inside outside’ feel and easy access to the ‘mojito garden’ – as friends affectionately call it.

The layout of the downstairs was reconfigured to create an ‘inside outside’ feel and easy access to the ‘mojito garden’ – as friends affectionately call it

“Personally I like quirky, old-meets-new interiors where signature pieces play an important role while James prefers clean, contemporary, gadget-boy minimalism. I had to make it work for both of us.”

“Personally I like quirky, old-meets-new interiors where signature pieces play an important role while James prefers clean, contemporary, gadget-boy minimalism. I had to make it work for both of us.”

The landing leading to the girls’ bedrooms is where Justine says you enter the fun part of the house

The landing leading to the girls’ bedrooms is where Justine says you enter the fun part of the house

The girls’ bedrooms are very much the creation of the Hodgson-Barker’s eldest daughter who wants to be a teacher, so chose to have a blackboard wall as well as a white board. The wall and ceiling are painted in coral

The girls’ bedrooms are very much the creation of the Hodgson-Barker’s eldest daughter who wants to be a teacher, so chose to have a blackboard wall as well as a white board. The wall and ceiling are painted in coral

Open shelves are both practical and decorative, with this wire-work shelving unit in the nursery showing more than a hint of Justine’s style

Open shelves are both practical and decorative, with this wire-work shelving unit in the nursery showing more than a hint of Justine’s style

The master bedroom is painted in Bone China by Little Greene with a striking light fitting from Gong Lighting – who specialise in vintage ideas with a twist

The master bedroom is painted in Bone China by Little Greene with a striking light fitting from Gong Lighting – who specialise in vintage ideas with a twist

An original fireplace makes the perfect focal point for the room and a collection of ‘objets trouvés’

An original fireplace makes the perfect focal point for the room and a collection of ‘objets trouvés’

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  • pictures: David Merewether
  • styling: Helen Barton

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