Using her keen eye for vintage and unusual design, Sam, with the help of her husband Richard, has transformed her family’s award-winning sixties-built home into a haven for unique and fascinating finds.

Sam’s Ercol furniture collection includes sofas, chairs, sideboards and tables

Sam’s Ercol furniture collection includes sofas, chairs, sideboards and tables

The drawing room looks out into the garden which surrounds it, complete with a flock of vibrant pink plastic flamingos

The drawing room looks out into the garden which surrounds it, complete with a flock of vibrant pink plastic flamingos

The couple found the Ladderax shelving – which now displays collections of records, globes and old mobile phones – in North Wales

The couple found the Ladderax shelving – which now displays collections of records, globes and old mobile phones – in North Wales

“I never buy anything that I don’t personally like and so inevitably I just can’t bring myself to let the odd thing go,” says Sam

“I never buy anything that I don’t personally like and so inevitably I just can’t bring myself to let the odd thing go,” says Sam

The hallway is full of mirrors and pictures

The hallway is full of mirrors and pictures which Sam has collected

In the kitchen there’s an eclectic mix of items including a collection of Lou Rota plates featuring bugs, bees and birds that Sam found in Anthropologie

In the kitchen there’s an eclectic mix of items including a collection of Lou Rota plates featuring bugs, bees and birds that Sam found in Anthropologie

Sam’s company, Lush & Green, specialises in preloved gifts and vintage homeware and, needless to say, her home abounds both with current stock and pieces which she bought to resell but that somehow never made their way onto the site...

Sam’s company, Lush & Green, specialises in preloved gifts and vintage homeware and, needless to say, her home abounds both with current stock and pieces which she bought to resell but that somehow never made their way onto the site...

The walls surrounding the staircase are filled with vibrant artworks in an array of yellows, greens, blues and reds

The walls surrounding the staircase are filled with vibrant artworks in an array of yellows, greens, blues and reds

Halfway up the stairs hangs a truly vast canvas of silver birches from Skandium and a Banksy limited edition

Halfway up the stairs hangs a truly vast canvas of silver birches from Skandium

Two sizable canvases depicting large neon circles by Sam’s favourite artist, Sophie Smallhorn, hang to the left of the landing

Two sizable canvases depicting large neon circles by Sam’s favourite artist, Sophie Smallhorn, hang to the left of the landing

The family bathroom has been brought into the 21st century with modern fixtures and fittings. Richard has added wrap around tongue and groove, now painted a French grey to complement the slate flooring and mosaic tiles of the shower. Both the basin and free-standing bath are from eBay.

The family bathroom has been brought into the 21st century with modern fixtures and fittings. Richard has added wrap around tongue and groove, now painted a French grey to complement the slate flooring and mosaic tiles of the shower. Both the basin and free-standing bath are from eBay

The master bedroom was once virtually all pine, three walls and soaring pitched ceiling. Sam covered one wall in a William Morris print, leaving the ceiling bare

The master bedroom was once virtually all pine, three walls and soaring pitched ceiling. Sam covered one wall in a William Morris print, leaving the ceiling bare

In the corner stands a complementary Ercol dressing table above which have been set delicate narrow shelves made from old wooden metre rulers

In the corner stands a complementary Ercol dressing table above which have been set delicate narrow shelves made from old wooden metre rulers

Daughter Esther’s room sports the same dramatic pitched pine ceiling as her parents’. Her wardrobe started life a plain pine but is now a bright pea green. Books and ornaments are kept neatly ordered on floating shelving

Daughter Esther’s room sports the same dramatic pitched pine ceiling as her parents’. Her wardrobe started life a plain pine but is now a bright pea green. Books and ornaments are kept neatly ordered on floating shelving

Daughter Iris’ room has been papered in duck egg blue flamingo wallpaper by Cole & Son

Daughter Iris’ room has been papered in duck egg blue flamingo wallpaper by Cole & Son

Primary-coloured strip lights create a soft glow on one wall

Primary-coloured strip lights create a soft glow on one wall

The shelves in Iris' room

The shelves in Iris' room house her books and knick knacks

Sam has kept the decor in the smallest room of the house, the spare bedroom, simple by painting the panelled walls a brilliant white which offsets the colourful metal hooks, Ercol furniture and framed commemorative children’s aprons perfectly

Sam has kept the decor in the smallest room of the house, the spare bedroom, simple by painting the panelled walls a brilliant white which offsets the colourful metal hooks, Ercol furniture and framed commemorative children’s aprons perfectly

A family of flamingos reside in the spare room

A family of flamingos reside in the spare room

Sam has plans to change her Harlequin paper after it made an appearance in the loos of the Queen Vic in an episode of Eastenders

Sam has plans to change her Harlequin paper after it made an appearance in the loos of the Queen Vic in an episode of Eastenders

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