With an eye for design that she has honed working on the complete renovation of her own period cottage, and following a career in events management, interiors lover Rebecca Middleton has hit the ground running with the start of her new company

Give me a child who constantly changes their room around and organises ‘photoshoots’ of the results and I’ll show you a future interior designer. Except that life is never quite that simple. All too often in our lives other influences take precedence over formative ideas and we find ourselves far from our early dreams. It takes courage and determination to listen to those inner thoughts and allow our dreams to flourish.

A huge pink lampshade by Anthropologie hovers over the dining table. The tiles on the walls in the kitchen, from Bert & May, miraculously match the floor tiles

A huge pink lampshade by Anthropologie hovers over the dining table. The tiles on the walls in the kitchen, from Bert & May, miraculously match the floor tiles

A cosy macrame-style swinging chair is adorned with blankets and suspended from the ceiling in the dining room

A cosy macrame-style swinging chair is adorned with blankets and suspended from the ceiling in the dining room

There is a subtle Alice in Wonderland theme in here, highlighted by a neon ‘Follow the White Rabbit’ sign next to the imposing fireplace

There is a subtle Alice in Wonderland theme in here, highlighted by a neon ‘Follow the White Rabbit’ sign next to the imposing fireplace

There is a subtle Alice in Wonderland theme in here, highlighted by a neon ‘Follow the White Rabbit’ sign next to the imposing fireplace

There is a subtle Alice in Wonderland theme in here, highlighted by a neon ‘Follow the White Rabbit’ sign next to the imposing fireplace

There is a subtle Alice in Wonderland theme in here, highlighted by a neon ‘Follow the White Rabbit’ sign next to the imposing fireplace

There is a subtle Alice in Wonderland theme in here, highlighted by a neon ‘Follow the White Rabbit’ sign next to the imposing fireplace

Dusky pinks and vibrant yellows are an eye-pleasing contrast in the sitting room

Dusky pinks and vibrant yellows are an eye-pleasing contrast in the sitting room

In the restful master bedroom an inky-blue wall and period fireplace have replaced built-in wardrobes

In the restful master bedroom an inky-blue wall and period fireplace have replaced built-in wardrobes

In the restful master bedroom an inky-blue wall and period fireplace have replaced built-in wardrobes

In the restful master bedroom an inky-blue wall and period fireplace have replaced built-in wardrobes

The bathroom, previously a bedroom, is now a sleek and luxurious space with pale, olive green tiles and gleaming sanitaryware

The bathroom, previously a bedroom, is now a sleek and luxurious space with pale, olive green tiles and gleaming sanitaryware

Up on the top floor, the space has been divided in two to provide a guest bedroom and home office – handily combined with a walk-in wardrobe and dressing room

Up on the top floor, the space has been divided in two to provide a guest bedroom and home office – handily combined with a walk-in wardrobe and dressing room

Up on the top floor, the space has been divided in two to provide a guest bedroom and home office – handily combined with a walk-in wardrobe and dressing room

Up on the top floor, the space has been divided in two to provide a guest bedroom and home office – handily combined with a walk-in wardrobe and dressing room

The pale pink conveniently continues outside with the beautiful blossom of a mature cherry tree

The pale pink conveniently continues outside with the beautiful blossom of a mature cherry tree

The guest bedroom features a dreamy pink tassel pendant light from Homary

The guest bedroom features a dreamy pink tassel pendant light from Homary

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  • pictures: David Merewether
  • styling: Holly Levett

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