Mix together an interior decorator and a bespoke kitchen designer and you have the perfect recipe for creating a 21st century home from a Victorian coach house.

The kitchen’s wood floor has been stained to complement the dark Alpi veneer on the kitchen units. Jane had the antique rosewood chairs in the cosy dining area upholstered in different colours of Kediri silk satin

The kitchen’s wood floor has been stained to complement the dark Alpi veneer on the kitchen units. Jane had the antique rosewood chairs in the cosy dining area upholstered in different colours of Kediri silk satin

Although Jane’s scheme was designed around a cool white central island with a gas hob, she didn’t want to lose the familiar warmth of the 1970s family Aga, which now adds a bold red accent to the ultra contemporary industrial mood of the kitchen

Although Jane’s scheme was designed around a cool white central island with a gas hob, she didn’t want to lose the familiar warmth of the 1970s family Aga, which now adds a bold red accent to the ultra contemporary industrial mood of the kitchen

Jane and her husband Chris are keen and accomplished cyclists and the former dining room makes a perfect bike store, as well as being a multi-purpose family space

Jane and her husband Chris are keen and accomplished cyclists and the former dining room makes a perfect bike store, as well as being a multi-purpose family space

The Andrew Martin chair

The Andrew Martin chair

The cabinet in the hallway was found in Phuket “after what turned out to be an expensive walk along the beach”. The lamp on it is from Porta Romana

The cabinet in the hallway was found in Phuket “after what turned out to be an expensive walk along the beach”. The lamp on it is from Porta Romana

Jane and Chris picked up the striking centrepiece table on a walk through Paris

Jane and Chris picked up the striking centrepiece table on a walk through Paris

The drawing room has glass doors opening on to a courtyard. The fireplace is finished with a Chesney’s limestone surround and stainless steel insert. Jane and Chris are keen art collectors. They bought the abstract painting above the fire during a holiday in Sri Lanka. The Modigliani-style portrait is by a Vietnamese artist, found at an Affordable Art Fair. The duck feet lamp is by Porto Romana

The drawing room has glass doors opening on to a courtyard. The fireplace is finished with a Chesney’s limestone surround and stainless steel insert. Jane and Chris are keen art collectors. They bought the abstract painting above the fire during a holiday in Sri Lanka. The Modigliani-style portrait is by a Vietnamese artist, found at an Affordable Art Fair. The duck feet lamp is by Porto Romana

Jane and Chris’s extensive art collection continues on the other side of the sitting room. The brightly coloured landscape is a view of St Paul de Vence by John Holt. The French chair in the hallway is covered in black and white checked velvet by Larsen. The cushions on it are made from textiles designed by Larsen and by Kelly Wearstler. The paintings above it are by Charles MacQueen

Jane and Chris’s extensive art collection continues on the other side of the sitting room. The brightly coloured landscape is a view of St Paul de Vence by John Holt. The French chair in the hallway is covered in black and white checked velvet by Larsen. The cushions on it are made from textiles designed by Larsen and by Kelly Wearstler. The paintings above it are by Charles MacQueen

The master bedroom is flooded with light from a vaulted ceiling and French windows onto a Juliet balcony, further enhanced by Jane’s choice of pale grey for the walls, bed linen and the background colour in the Larsen graphic weave fabric of the curtains. The windows on either side of the bed act like extensions of the upholstered headboard, with a pleasing symmetrical effect. The mirrored side tables, specially designed by Nathan for this room, further bounce the light around, as do the chrome bedside lamps which are original vintage Anglepoise

The master bedroom is flooded with light from a vaulted ceiling and French windows onto a Juliet balcony, further enhanced by Jane’s choice of pale grey for the walls, bed linen and the background colour in the Larsen graphic weave fabric of the curtains. The windows on either side of the bed act like extensions of the upholstered headboard, with a pleasing symmetrical effect. The mirrored side tables, specially designed by Nathan for this room, further bounce the light around, as do the chrome bedside lamps which are original vintage Anglepoise

Jane’s stunning mirrored dressing table set the tone for the decoration for the whole of the master bedroom, which combines cool simplicity with golden era Hollywood-style glamour. This was Nathan’s inspiration for the bedside tables seen on the previous page

Jane’s stunning mirrored dressing table set the tone for the decoration for the whole of the master bedroom, which combines cool simplicity with golden era Hollywood-style glamour. This was Nathan’s inspiration for the bedside tables seen on the previous page

The en suite bathroom in the master suite occupies one of the upper rooms of the octagonal tower, which links the new extension with the original building. Light pours in through four windows

The en suite bathroom in the master suite occupies one of the upper rooms of the octagonal tower, which links the new extension with the original building. Light pours in through four windows

The natural light bounces off the iridescent rectangular tiles covering the wall behind the twin basins

The natural light bounces off the iridescent rectangular tiles covering the wall behind the twin basins

Daughter Emma fancied a touch of baroque in her bedroom, which Jane created by combining pale blue, rich browns and delicate golds in a range of texured fabrics for dressing the bed

Daughter Emma fancied a touch of baroque in her bedroom, which Jane created by combining pale blue, rich browns and delicate golds in a range of texured fabrics for dressing the bed

A reindeer hide thrown over a chair creates a dramatic corner on the upstairs landing. The bold pineapple print wallpaper is Neisha Crosland

A reindeer hide thrown over a chair creates a dramatic corner on the upstairs landing. The bold pineapple print wallpaper is Neisha Crosland

The tiles in the spacious family bathroom in the original part of the house - a lovely bright room with windows running along virtually the whole of one side and a sandy brown slate floor - are multi-coloured glass.

The tiles in the spacious family bathroom in the original part of the house - a lovely bright room with windows running along virtually the whole of one side and a sandy brown slate floor - are multi-coloured glass

“When we moved here it was a bedroom, but we wanted a large light room with both a bath and a shower and it was the perfect space for that,” says Jane

“When we moved here it was a bedroom, but we wanted a large light room with both a bath and a shower and it was the perfect space for that,” says Jane

Daughter Georgia has gone for a cross between monochrome and Miami for her bedroom with hot pink accents mixed in with the striking black and white paisley wallpaper by Cole & Son. The bedside lamp is by Kartell

Daughter Georgia has gone for a cross between monochrome and Miami for her bedroom with hot pink accents mixed in with the striking black and white paisley wallpaper by Cole & Son. The bedside lamp is by Kartell

The decorative scheme is continued with the white desk and black chair, with pink accents in the accessories and poster. The lamp is by Porta Romana

The decorative scheme is continued with the white desk and black chair, with pink accents in the accessories and poster. The lamp is by Porta Romana

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  • pictures: David Merewether
  • styling: Helen Barton

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